Couch to 5K? Anyone tried it?

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krystal138

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Posted: 20 Feb 2008, 09:04
Hi there. I have done a little research and have come across this program called Couch to 5k in 9 weeks. I am quite interested as this is something my 10 year old son and I could do together as he enjoys jogging. As we both are complete beginners I think this may be a good training tool? And then perhaps after the 2 months is up we can join in on a race or something? Has anyone else tried this? Let me know? Any helpful tips , ideas , hints would be greatfully appreciated. thanks
Krystal
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evelyn64

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Posted: 20 Feb 2008, 09:14
I am on week 6 of the Couch to 5k. I discovered the program through a post on this site early in January and decided to give it a go.
It has been a very exhilerating program as I amaze myself with each week's progress. I have been keeping notes on my progress in my journal on here. My treadmill died at the beginning of the program so I have been at the mercy of Mother Nature since then but have been able to keep my schedule pretty regular. Today I go out for two 10 minute runs with a 3 minute walk in between. Then it is all non-stop running after this! Yikes. Those are tough. But it will get easier. That's what I keep telling myself! Good luck!
P.S. I recommend getting a stop watch and good quality running shoes before you start.

IT NEVER GETS EASIER - YOU JUST GET BETTER.



artistgrl

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Posted: 20 Feb 2008, 09:16
I just started the Couch to 5k program and I love it! It's an awesome way to ease into running. When I finish the program, I plan on doing a local 5k as a reward. You will be shocked and amazed at what your body can do!
spdswyf

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Posted: 20 Feb 2008, 09:51
This so really interesting can someone direct me to a site or something so I can get more info? Thanks!
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artistgrl

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Posted: 20 Feb 2008, 10:18
www.c25k.com

or

http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

The first site has links to podcasts, training tips, all kinds of great info!
krystal138

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Posted: 20 Feb 2008, 11:50
Hey guys. I am sooo glad to hear these responses. I am really pumped about it and mentioned it to my son this morning and I thought as a reward after completion we should enter a race as well? Has anyone tried the podcasts downloaded to your mp3 players? Are they free and do they actually change the songs so that you know when you should be walking/running, etc. I found a site last night that actually had podcasts for each week of the couch to 5K and well I have to say I am quite intrigued. Let me know what you guys think. tHanks
Krystal
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artistgrl

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Posted: 20 Feb 2008, 11:59
I downloaded a couple of the podcasts, they are both free.

The first one I got has a male voice over music telling you when to change your pace. There are different podcasts for each level.

The second podcast does not have voice prompts, but the tempo of the music changes, so you pretty much know when to change your pace.
evelyn64

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Posted: 20 Feb 2008, 12:00
I haven't tried the podcasts. I just use my favorite tunes on my mp3 and a stop watch to know when I need to change.

I was reading about the success rate of the Couch to 5k and right where I am now is where most people drop out! Shock So I am bound and determined not to become a statistic and am really going to push myself at this, the hardest part of the program.
They state all sorts of possible reasons but the one that I can see is that it is just too daunting for some when it comes to running non-stop. I just about gave up on my first 20 minute run. And now that I am on my last split run, I won't be getting any more "breaks".
I am going to have to pull from somewhere deep down inside me and get this mission accomplished! I want running to be my exercise of choice. How many long term runners do you know who are fat? NONE! That is going to be me! I am bound and determined!

I applaud your efforts to get your son involved, krystal138, but don't be surprised if you end up doing it together, seperately. I find it a very individual thing to push yourself at the speed and rate you can handle. You are working for endurance at first and the speed will follow. I am still at a pretty slow pace. What I am trying to say, I guess, is that you both may find that you need to go at your own pace and that it doesn't line up with what the other is doing. But you can certainly start out at the same time and encourage each other to "get out there"! Best of luck!

IT NEVER GETS EASIER - YOU JUST GET BETTER.



cindylynnwho

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Posted: 20 Feb 2008, 12:31
I've not tried the Couch to 5k program, although now I'm intrigued! Just wanted to add that I think this will be a wonderful bonding experience between you and your son, Krystal. From age 9 through middle school, I used to jog with my dad and we would run 5ks and sometimes 10ks all the time. It was SO MUCH FUN! I have the fondest memories about that. Don't have my trophies any more, though. Sad
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Pking

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Posted: 20 Feb 2008, 14:11
Yea I've done the Couch to 5K. It works quite well if you stick with it. I've been running ever since. Cool

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cabawi

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Posted: 21 Feb 2008, 00:22
How is the running on your knees? I want to try it, but don't want to destroy my knees in the process.
Pking

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Posted: 21 Feb 2008, 00:51
I think it depends on the condition of your knees. You can try walking a while before you actually start running. That's what I had to do in the beginning. I couldn't even run 2 blocks without getting winded and knee pain. So I walked for about a month which strengthened my legs along with some knee exercises. Then I started running little by little. And it helped. Sometimes your body may just need a little time to build itself up.

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krystal138

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Posted: 21 Feb 2008, 08:53
Wow this is terrific. I can't thank everyone enough for the tips and adice. I agree I think this could certainly be a terrific bonding experience for my son and I. I had not thought about the fact that in the end we may have different paces and different speeds and he may not be able to keep up during the program (oh heck who am I kidding. I won't be able to keep up to him..LOL) but we will give it a shot and see. He would absolutely love to join in a race as some sort of pay off or encouragement so I am going to check into that as well. For now I think I will be on a mission to get some good shoes and perhaps a stop watch. However, my son already has one. I am definately considering downloading the podcasts as we both have MP3 players. I will keep you all posted and see how I make out. Thanks guys.
Krystal
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krystal138

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Posted: 21 Feb 2008, 08:56
Oh by the way Evelyn64 I have to say congratulations on your determination. I too have read about the DROPPING OFF point for most people who try this program and it sounds like your not going to let that stop you or discourage you. GOOD FOR YOu.. Let me know how you make out.
Krystal
PS: I am even considering posting some sort of ad to see if there are any other moms out there such as myself who are interested in doing the same thing with their son/daughter and perhaps do the RACE thing together? We will see.
Krystal
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oliversgoldf...

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Posted: 22 Feb 2008, 10:01
I am also planning to start the plan next week - I'm plannng on downloading the podcasts too. I have no idea how I will get on but I'm determined to have a good shot at it! It certainly helps to know so many others are treading the same route Smile

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evelyn64

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Posted: 22 Feb 2008, 10:58
I just had to come on and tell someone! I did my 25 minute run this morning and it didn't kill me!Very Happy
I am so excited! It was actually easier than the first 20 minute run a week ago! Who knew? But I'll be honest, by saying it was easier is not saying it was easy.
As for how hard it is on the knees, Cabawi, I found it wasn't bad for me even though I am running on pavement (one of the worst surfaces but there isn't any grass until spring!). The recommendations by the experts to prevent knee pain is to strengthen your quads (the muscles on the front of your thighs) to help stabilize your kneecap. Since the hamstrings get the most work while running it creates an imbalance between the front and back of your leg.
I really encourage anyone who has ever wanted to run to give this program a try. It is more of an accomplishment to me than the weight I've lost! And I know the running will ensure my long term success at keeping the weight off. So I am even more thrilled that I have been able to do this.
Go ahead! Amaze yourself!

IT NEVER GETS EASIER - YOU JUST GET BETTER.



artistgrl

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Posted: 22 Feb 2008, 11:01
WooHoo! Go Evelyn!!! That is so awesome!
Pking

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Posted: 22 Feb 2008, 12:01
Way to go Miss E!! You're doing it. I bet ya never thought you could run for 25 minutes straight huh? I definitely know the gratification you feel. I'm trying to get up to 13 miles which I think is about an hour. I also started with C25k, so it works if you stay with it. Keep it up. I'm proud of ya!Cool



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krystal138

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Posted: 22 Feb 2008, 14:25
Hey there...Well I am really excited. I have spoken with my Curves Instructer/Owner and she is VERY interest as well and would like to somehow incorporate this with some other members who may be interested. She was thinking of putting something in her monthly newsletter and a bunch of us could give it a shot. I am really excited and want to start but feel I should wait for the others. I currently am already working out 4 days a week so I'm not losing anything really but I am pumped to get going on this. I am bringing her more information on Monday and we can discuss it further on how to get started. I feel if there is a bunch of us who are just as dedicated then perhaps we could end with a 5 k race after completing this program. I appreciate everyones comments and tips along the way. Any ideas on getting everyone pumped with us and getting together? Motivational ideas, etc. Congratulations to all of you who have been successfull...Way to go.....
Krystal
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