Couch to 5k Running

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Posted: 12 Apr 2011, 09:13
Hey Guys Smile

A friend of mine showed me this regime, on my second week and im starting to feel it. Thought I'd share it with you lot. Not sure if it's already been posted, haven't had a look through the forums :S Enjoy!

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Posted: 12 Apr 2011, 16:39
Hey My sister mentioned this shes lost 17 lbs already! maybe she's on here.. I'll check!
Kim- I saw my self in a picture last week omg GOTTA LOOSE A LOT OF fat!

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Posted: 13 Apr 2011, 14:41
My husband is doing the Couch to 5K. He's already way ahead of the program, competitive person that he is, but it's a very reasonable way to improve your stamina and endurance.

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Posted: 13 Apr 2011, 14:43
I actually did this program and it works! I wouldn't say that I can run 5k in the half hour they say I should but I literally went from sitting on my butt constantly to being comfortable running 20 minutes straight without walking. At this point I'm trying to increase my speed but I'm averaging a 12-13 minute mile.

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Posted: 13 Apr 2011, 18:54
That's awesome! Kinda glad people are getting results from this, defiantly going to stick to it till the end Smile

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Posted: 13 Apr 2011, 19:17
I did this a while ago. I've never been a runner in my entire life. Even when I was a skinny little dancer kid, I couldn't run. We had to do laps around the schoolyard, and about halfway through I'd just quit running and walk.

I did it because I didn't think I could. Finishing the last few minutes of the last run was one of the most amazing things I've ever done. (Of course, I walked the final five minutes, sat down to stretch, and in sitting down I screwed up my knee. Go me!)

I'm still the slowest runner on the planet, but I'm OK with that.

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Posted: 15 Apr 2011, 17:39 has a series of weekly podcasts that provide music and guidance (warm up, when to run, when to walk, and cool down). Handy for those (like me) not coordinated enough to run and look at a watch.

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Posted: 15 Apr 2011, 20:22
I might give this a try.

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Posted: 15 Apr 2011, 21:39
I seriously wish someone would have shown this to me years ago. I now love to run, or should I say jog (I proudly claim my 11 minute mile time when I'm doing distance), but it took me awhile to get there. I seriously spent months trying to get a 5k without stopping to walk, and it was super hard. I didn't do any sort of training that built up, and I just always went for the whole thing, got tired and discouraged. It wasn't that enjoyable and I struggled a lot.

However a few words of encouragement:
So a year or so after that I started running again with my boyfriend (who is a pretty intense runner). The very first day we went out, he encouraged me and I pushed myself to do the whole 5k. It was slow, but I did it. When we were finished I was so out of breath, panting, and fell to the ground! We ran a 5k two or three days a week, and after literally only 2 weeks of doing that something interesting happened. We finished the 5k and I realized I was comfortable; I was actually holding a conversation as I ran. I looked over and was like, "umm... yeah, I feel great. Want to do another mile?" And it was that easy. Each week we added about another mile or so, and I felt great when I ran!

Since then I've gotten as far as running a half marathon, and I plan to run a full in the next year (ideally this fall!) The moral of the story is; once you can get yourself to run a 5k, then it's all downhill from there. Find a good training program and follow it!

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Posted: 17 Apr 2011, 15:37
I just read this post and this is funny, because I finally just got myself to run a 5k this morning! I had to stop one time to walk for a minute but this was only the second 5k I have ever ran in. I am running 12 min/miles per my time..but considering I couldn't even tell you the last time I tried to run a full miles since the 8th grade I think that is not too bad. When I finished today I felt great! I felt the need to do it again, and the need to improve. I never thought I would finish something like this, let alone sign up. It feels amazing! It doesn't matter who you are, what size you are, you can push yourself to sign up and walk or run a race you will get better and better and it will give you something to really train for and get ready for...and then try agian to always improve. You meet people too!Can't wait to do it again! Smile

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Posted: 17 Apr 2011, 16:51
I just started this program last week. I'm glad to hear people saying it works. Having asthma makes cardio somewhat difficult. I'm hoping this program will help me build up my stamina.

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Posted: 18 Apr 2011, 15:06
i hadn't heard of this program...sounds like something i could possibly do/get interested in! thanks Smile

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Posted: 19 Apr 2011, 12:33
I just completed the Couch to 5K program myself and I think it's the best thing I could have come across. You'll definitely need to go at your own pace. In order to get a 5K done in 30 minutes, you'd have to run 6+ mph -- and that's not easy for a lot of people. I ran my first 5K on April 2nd and completed it in roughly 40 minutes (running around 4 to 4.3 mph). It was awesome! I now run 2-3 miles a day because I thoroughly enjoy running! Something that I haven't really done since I was a little girl. A highly recommended stepping stone. Good luck! Wink
~ Jennifer ~

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