Couch to 5Km program

  • 3499 days ago

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    FireMummy Level 3
    Is anyone here doing the Couch to 5km program? I got up to week 5 last year and want to start again. I would love to be able to run 5km without stopping!

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  • 3496 days ago

    I know someone who had success with it... How many weeks is the program, and does it assume you're a complete beginner?

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  • 3494 days ago

    It is 9 weeks and yes it is for beginners. I stuck with week one for a few weeks before I was brave enough to go to week two lol
    There are some great mp3 podcasts to help you out.

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  • 3465 days ago

    THEDaegan Fitness trainer
    Have any links for it? I'm doing my first 5k in a couple of months and I'd like to see =]

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  • 3461 days ago

    I started the C25K program last fall and got to Week 5 (I think). I liked it and have continued "running". I can jog for around 30 minutes on a treadmill. Running outside is much more dificult for me. Here's a link to the training program: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

    It's a great place to start for new runners. There are also C210K and Couch to 1/2 Marathon plans out there.

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  • 3459 days ago

    I used the C25K to start running a few years ago. Love it!

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  • 3458 days ago

    I use Get Running app and it's fairly simple-- it just tells you at when to run and when to walk (intervals).... I use that at the gym when it's too hot outside. Then when the weather is nice I use "Zombies, Run!" app.... it's basically a running game that lets you build a 'safety base' by how far you run and it tells you when zombies are chasing you-- so you speed up. It's really fun if you have a good imagination.

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  • 3458 days ago

    Currently on week 4 of Couch to 5K. I've tried it before in the past and was unsuccessful, but this time around I'm much more committed and I don't see why I won't finish the program this time.

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  • 3458 days ago

    I'm doing this program too. I'm on week 5, though I find each C25k week takes me a couple of weeks of real time. I'm not disciplined enough to make time to run more than 1-2x per week - and that's holding me back at the moment. It's so easy to make excuses not to run!

    I've started the program before but I don't think I've gotten past week 5. I'm going to do it this time!

    I need to get past a mental block about running in windy/rainy/cold weather. I've only had good success with running in the warm dry spring/summer. How do you do it in the fall/winter?

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  • 3457 days ago

    I had a lot of success with C25K and am now training for a marathon. The Run 5K app by Felt Tip, Inc. for the iPhone/iPod Touch is amazingly helpful for timing your runs while still listening to music.

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  • 3455 days ago

    I have just completed week 2 and I am loving it! It is HARD WORK but if it was easy everyone would be a runner. I have never been a runner before, I am over 200lbs and have early onset arthritis at 29. If I can do it anyone can if they commit to it. I update weekly on my blog @ blogwobble.blogspot.com

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  • 3450 days ago

    I have done a modified C210K years ago and got stuck at ~ 5 week mark too. I repeated that week until I finally felt comfortable to go on (seems like it took forever) and that is what got me started running!

    I am trying it again now after having lapsed for too many years -- moving for a (bad) job, living in a cold climate with no easy access to a gym (does no one in the midwest work out in the early AM??). I am ready to make some positive changes and getting physical activity back in to my life is one of those.

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  • 3450 days ago

    Thanks for the tip! I'm loading Zombies run! right now and can't wait to try it out.

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  • 3445 days ago

    I have the C25K app on my phone and I LOVE it! it helps you remember what week you are at and doesn't judge when you click on the same week again. I really like just being able to just run and not have to check the time to see when I need to stop or start up running again. the app tells you when to stop, start, turn around, or when you only have 1 minute left. I highly recommend it.

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  • 3408 days ago

    I got up to week 6 on the c5k my heart can't handle the 10 minutes the second 10 ;( will keep trying

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  • 3394 days ago

    http://runningintoshape.com/2012/05/08/creating-smart-goals/

    The 5k training downloads are pretty good here. I've started c25k several times but get bored with it quick. This time I started on week 3 and am enjoying myself a little better.

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  • 3394 days ago

    I'm using a 5K Runner App. I'm on week 4 and it is awesome!

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  • 3346 days ago

    I lost my ipod a while back and got a shuffle which doesn't allow for apps so i downloaded some podcasts... truth is, they sit there :( I am heavier than I've ever been and my feet have been hurting me even just walking so I figured I should hold off on the C25K. I really want to begin. Maybe I should just do it and stop messing around with it.

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  • 3260 days ago

    I'd like to try this. I just watched Ben Davis' journey and I almost cried. :,) One question - do I have to start with week one if I'm not completely off the couch? I could probably run a 5k if I forced myself, but I lost my motivation.

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  • 3255 days ago

    I am sure you can start where ever you would like. But I think if you started from week one you can use that to pick up your pace. On the parts that seems less challenging for you, like 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking, you could do a faster run for the 60 seconds and a brisk jog for the 90 seconds instead of walking. You can push yourself harder on those "easy" parts until you get to the week that is about at your current pace and go from there. Just a thought.

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  • 3160 days ago

    I did this in the summer of 2011 and was running 4.5 miles by the end of summer. Then I got pregnant with my 5th child. I am starting this again now (baby is 5 months now). I will however be doing it as a 16 week program instead of an 8 week program i.e. doing each week twice, running 3 times a week with 3 days of other exercise - elliptical/walking/etc and one day of rest.

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