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Lesley22

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Posted: 31 Mar 2011, 20:14
Ok just got back from a jog/walk. I'm Doing the couch to 5k training. I have done it 3 full times now. Everytime I run I feel like I am not gonna be ready for the next week, so I pushed myself a little more and ran a couple of extra sets. I dont wanna push myself too much cause I dont wanna burned out, so I think I am gonna take tomorrow off?!?!? I dont know I am scared if I take a day off to rest and recoup that when I go back the next day it will be even harder. what do I do??? help help!!!
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matrixed

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Posted: 31 Mar 2011, 20:24
let pain be your boss, if your in a lot of pain take a rest, if your just being lazy run. If your looking forward to the 5k run it, if not don't, be true to yourself if you do things you don't like you'll eventuallty quit LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT
tapeekcm

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Posted: 31 Mar 2011, 22:28
Many people feel this when doing the C25K program. The key to the program is to stick to the program and not do more than what it tells you for the day. This is for many reasons, one of the most important is injury. When you first get into running, your muscles need to adjust to this cruel and evil thing you are doing to it Smile.

At the end of the day though, you have to listen to your body. If you are experiencing abnormal pain, take a day or two off then try picking back up where you were.
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Posted: 31 Mar 2011, 22:47
Well, if you're doing your own variation of the program & it's not working for you, maybe try doing it as designed??

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confusedange...

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Posted: 31 Mar 2011, 23:10
I'm on week 7 of the c25k, and every single time the program has changed, my brain has told me "I can't do this, there's no way"... and yet I've made it through every one so far.

So I understand.

My personal experience... I started out trying to do it 6 times a week, just repeating each day twice... and I almost put myself out completely with shin splints, blisters, and just overall fatigue. It's hard to take a rest day, because your brain resets... so I do something else on the other 3 days (I always take one full "rest" day a week..although that's usually when i super-clean and take the baby on adventures and such)... even if it's still using my treadmill, but just not running, etc.

I do believe that the c25k really is a very mental program. By the end of the 3rd week, I tested myself and did a 15 minute mile long jog, because I've always wanted to run 15 minutes. and yet when I got to the first 15 and then 20 minute jogs on the program, my brain still kicked into that "there's no way i'm going to make it" mindset. So, I say, unless you're in real physical pain, keep pushing yourself. The point is to learn that you CAN do it.

My plan, btw, is that if I ever actually get to a day that I *can't* finish, I'll just keep repeating that day on every scheduled run day until I do finish it. Makes me a lot more likely to finish, since when I'm 20 minutes into a 25 minute jog, there's no way in hades that I really want to do it all over again! =)
confusedange...

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Posted: 31 Mar 2011, 23:12
Oh, my other suggestion... look at your pace. When I first started, my jogs were at 5.0 mphs. Which, for 60 seconds at a time, was fairly difficult for me. (I use a treadmill, so that does make it easier.) Now, I start around a 4.0, and fairly regularly slow down to 3.8 or even 3.6 for minutes at a time. The one thing that always stopped me from running a full mile was that i'd sprint as fast as i could in the first few seconds, and burn out. (Besides the fact that i live in the middle of a city with no reasonable park in walking distance... its the reason i use a treadmill. instant pace control, until i learn how to keep myself at a steady gait! =).)
Kate GB

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Posted: 01 Apr 2011, 00:11
I felt the same way when I was doing C25K, I wanted to run more than it tells u too cos I got bored I guess so I increased my mileage and got injured, had to take 2 weeks off from running. So my suggestion - stick to it. There is a reason it's designed like that Wink
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Lesley22

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Posted: 01 Apr 2011, 07:42
thanks all you guys for your help and suggestions. I really appriciate it all. I'm not in real pain or anything my legs hurt a bit but its nothing bad, I did get a blister last night though. I think I will take today off from running and see what happens when I pick back up tomorrow. I am signing up for the Beachpalooza this weekend with my husband and some friends, its way in septemeber so I figure I am giving myself enough time to build up as gradually as I need to. I am just an impatient person and I just wanna get to where I can run more than like 90 seconds. Its embarassing to me that I cant run continuously for a period of time. ya know?
anyway I really appriciate it and I think I am gonna take the day off from running, do a zumba class and start again tomorrow!
Thanks again yall!
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thqueenbe

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Posted: 01 Apr 2011, 10:01
Make sure your socks have NO cotton in them - this helps to prevent blisters Smile
Lesley22

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Posted: 01 Apr 2011, 10:38
interesting, havent heard that, I will go check, and if they do I'll buy some that dont!
Thanks
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thqueenbe

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Posted: 04 Apr 2011, 10:51
No problem. Hubby learned that the hard way after several years of blisters. Turns out, a big saying in the running community is "cotton is rotten"...because it hold moisture, which of course is the first ingredient in getting a blister. Also, running clothes made of no cotton helps with chafing, overheating, etc. Smile
relz

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Posted: 04 Apr 2011, 11:26
Don't ever be afraid to take a day off running....Your body needs the recovery time and rest is necessary, especially if you have deviated from a program in order to push yourself....You have to either stick to the exact program or adapt the plan to what you have decided to do. I run marathons and this happens all the time....It's great when you have a great day and push yourself, but it does sometimes require modifying the next few days to account for it. (Likewise, the other way, when you have a bad day and cut short or skip, you have to build in make-up work!)

And if avoiding cotton doesn't help with the blisters, get some BodyGlide or SportShield. It's a MUST for blister points and chaffing areas! BodyGlide is inexpensive and easy to find. I wish I had known about it my entire life!

Good luck with your run!
Lesley22

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Posted: 08 Apr 2011, 11:41
awesome, thanks guys. I did end up taking 2 days off last week. I am trying really hard to force myself to take today off too. its been a full week since I had a day off so, its time.
Yesterday I ran to my own music instead of the c25k program and found I did better than I do when I follow the program. I ran much mure than I walked, I still did a warm up and cool down too. But now that puts me in a spot cause I dont know if I should keep going with the program or do it on my own ya know? All of my runner friends just listen to their own tunes and just kinda run till they need a break.
I dont know!
Thanks for the socks tips though. I did change socks and havent had a blister since the first one! yay! and as soon as I lose a little more i will go get some cotton free clothes too!, so far it seems my boobs are losing the most! rrrrr.... Sad but My jeans did fit a bit better yesterday and a few ladies at work commented to that effect. I guess I am building muscle!
Thanks for the help!
Mini goals: 10 more pounds lost by april 22
then my final 14 by June 22 (my 30th birthday)
kerstenmarie

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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 18:41
I'm doing the C25K program as well and was feeling the same way. Instead of increasing the number of runs I was doing, I increased the intensity of the walks. I run on a treadmill, so it's easy to keep track.

My ultimate goal is to run at a 5mph rate so I am I keeping my runs at that pace. In order to help get ready for the next week, I increase the speed of my walks a little each time.

On day 1 of each week, I walk at a 4mph. On day 2, I walk at a 4.2mph. On day 3, I walk at a 4.3/4.4mph rate. When the next week starts, I start over at 4mph.

Now, I haven't been trying this for too long, but so far I feel like it's working for me.
ktfitzgerald

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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 15:17
I just started the C25K program today and just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the great tips. Going sock shopping tonightSmile

Best of luck to everyone with your goals!



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