(Closed) starting couch to 5k tomorrow…any tips??

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not much of a runner, but i’ve heard good shoes are really important.  I ran a bit last year and noticed my knee would start hurting if i ran more than 1.5 miles and my runner friends told me i need better shoes (mine are just athletic shoes I got from kohls). If you go to a running store and buy real running shoes, they actually watch how you walk and stuff to make sure you get the best support for you.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree about the good shoes!  And ideally, you need to replace them every 3-6 months (I haven’t done this even though I should).

Post # 6
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I know what you mean!  I want pretty shoes too!

If you want, you can post your progress on our weekly thread, Workout Buddies.  There are a few girls there who are doing the C25k too.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I’m finishing up week 7 of C25K tomorrow! It is an amazing program and I can’t believe I am running 25 minutes at once now πŸ™‚

Tips:

The first couple of weeks sucked because even though the intervals are short, there are so many of them! But it does get better so push through it. I never repeated a week but I have heard some ladies have and it worked well for them.

Make a schedule of when you will run to keep you motivated. I scheduled every day I would run for the 9 weeks on my iCal so I would have no excuse NOT to run :p

Download some type of C25K program. If you have an iphone/itouch I suggest the C25K app (the one with the little man running on a green background). If you have a regular ipod/mp3 player download the podcasts. It is MUCH easier to run when you don’t have to focus on the time.

Invest in great shoes. I was running in okay shoes for a while and my feet never hurt but as the distances got further I decided to invest in better shoes. I went to an actual running store and had my foot analyzed (scanned, ran on treadmill, etc.) and dropped $250 on proper shoes, socks, and insoles. It was a lot of money but so worth it for the health of my feet.

I’ve never run the program on a treadmill, so after I get home I calculate how far I’ve run and track my speed/splits/etc. I use this program, but if you will be running on a treadmill it will be easy to keep track of. I like doing this so I can see how much I’ve improved over the weeks!

Sign up for a 5K around the end of your program to give you motivation to finish. But, if you will be running the program on a treadmill I suggest doing some road running first to prepare you. Running outside in the elements is SO different than doing it on a treadmill.

Good luck! Keep coming back here for support, it really helps πŸ˜€

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@babyboo:  Were you pretty athletic before you started?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I will second (third, etc) those who say to get good shoes, but I don’t think you need to spend a ton of money. The early weeks of the program are light, mileage wise, and a decent pair of sneakers will do (note that by sneakers I do mean athletic sneakers, not fashion). My Fiance runs a ton of miles in sneakers he buys at Target and has never had any problems.

That said, if you’re sticking with it, I’d go to a running store like others suggested. Have someone watch you run to make a recommendation. I started doing this and it helped a TON with my knee problems — but I’ve also never spent more than $100. Most of my sneakers have been the $80-90 range and they’re great.

I also recommend getting running socks to help with chafing, blisters, sweating and all that gross stuff. I have cheap ones from Target and expensive ones from UnderArmour and I can’t tell the difference between the two. The only thing I think matters is that  they’re not cotton.

Good luck! I’ve been doing C25K to come back from an injury slowly and I’m really loving it.

Post # 10
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

@beekiss2: I am “skinny fat”, so while I am a size 0 I don’t have one athletic bone in my body, haha! My endurance level was close to zero when I started, meaning I was huffing and puffing on the 60 second runs. Now I am up to running about 2.75 miles in 25 minutes and I feel amazing after πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

@Babyboo:  Thanks for the info!  I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile, I just need to do it.  I’m kind of concerned about running in the winter, I live in the midwest (Indiana).  Have any of you encountered that when running?  I don’t have a gym membership and I prefer to run outside when I used to (like 5 years ago and had access to a gym).

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I live about 15 minutes from the beach, so the boy and I run down there and then along the beach and walk back home. We tend to run at night when the wind has picked up so it is cold but I find it helpful because it “numbs” my body from the burn in my legs. I will say there was one night where it was so cold/windy we had to stop about 10 minutes into our run. My lungs burned from trying to breath in the cold air! I know it gets much colder in the midwest during the winter than it ever does here but if you started the program now you would be fine πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@beekiss – I live in a valley in central PA which can be very similar to the midwest…winter running is tough. It’s snowy and icy and the wind get pretty painful, but it’s possible to do it. I think if you start now, like babyboo said, you’ll be in a good place come winter months. There’s lots of info online about how to run outside in the winter, but you really need to prepare for it, esp in the midwest (or central pa…) Wearing clothes that block the wind, warming up your muscles extra well, etc.  I skipped outdoor runs when it was really snowy/icy because I was afraid of slipping and there aren’t tons of sidewalks where I live.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

Thanks @Babyboo and @lisaberry!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m on C25K W3W3 (tomorrow). I’m loving it! Thanks for the tips! I have been using the treadmill so far, but I’m going to download those podcasts so I can start doing this outside as well. It’s starting to get so freakin’ hot though so I may have to go back to morning workouts.

Thanks for the tips, all!

I plan on 5King it on August 8 – Race for the Cure!

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