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C25K really works

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athingthateveryoneneeds Sat 13-Jan-18 17:03:55

I finished week 7 day 1 today, and surprised myself by running for 25 minutes without stopping. I could have gone longer, too!

I'm not fast.

I haven't gone further than 3.6 km.

But my endurance has increased so much, even when I'm only managing to get out 1-2 times a week.

So for those of you just starting, or feeling like you've got that wall in week 5, keep going. You can do it!

I'm looking forward to managing a full 5 km one day, and I know I can do it because I've improved so much already.

squiggletea Sat 13-Jan-18 17:25:20

It’s great isn’t it. I’m on week 8 run 1. With warm up walks, I can do 5k in 35 minutes.

I also: feel stronger
feel ‘firmer’ (no noticeable weight loss, but that’s fine!)
Feel confident enough to say ‘I went for a run today ‘ and be seen in running tights


lorisparkle Sat 13-Jan-18 17:41:46

I have only just started (week 3 day 1) so it is really reassuring. My problem is finding the time as I work 4 days and my ds have very busy evenings.

MidnightVelvetthe7th Sat 13-Jan-18 17:46:12

I started in December, did week 1 & felt really positive then tried week 2 & discovered that actually I can't run for 90 seconds straight grin grin so did week 1 again. Managed to do one run of week 2, was elated then it snowed then it was Christmas!! So started again on week 1 last week.

But yes it will work, I'm not getting hung up on week numbers or finishing it within the allotted number of weeks smile

athingthateveryoneneeds Sat 13-Jan-18 18:14:42

But yes it will work, I'm not getting hung up on week numbers or finishing it within the allotted number of weeks

This is my attitude precisely.

I also need to pay more attention to see if I'm getting firmer. I have hit a plateau with weight loss recently but I noticed my jeans felt looser in the legs, and that was straight out of the tumble dryer. So that's good!

I was running 5k (slooowwwlly) before I got pregnant with ds, but the sickness knocked me flat. He's 12 months now so it's been a while.since I've been able to do it. But I will!

Keep going, squiggletea, lorisparkle, and MidnightVelvetthe7th. We can do this.

lorisparkle Sat 13-Jan-18 18:28:50

I know what you mean about weight loss, I seem really stuck at the moment but have not got much to lose before I will be happy. Just can’t seem to shift those pounds. I also need to really firm up. My trousers are so tight after Christmas!

squiggletea Sat 13-Jan-18 18:50:50

I started in September!! 2 children and work have stopped me getting out every week.
But I’ve done it at my pace and I’m still in it.

MidnightVelvetthe7th Sat 13-Jan-18 18:55:59

And sorry to bore everyone further, but I must have gone on about it as for Christmas my DP bought me a voucher for a gait analysis & new pair of trainers, as the trainers I were using were about 5 years old! smile

I wore the new trainers Monday just gone when I started week 1 again, & my knee has hurt ever since! My running friend has said its just muscular & I haven't damaged it, its just getting used to running in new shoes so I'm wearing said posh trainers right now to get used to them, then starting week 1 on Monday (again) grin

My mindset is that as long as I don't stop altogether, its fine having a delay.

Thanks athing smile xx

squiggletea Sat 13-Jan-18 19:02:35

That took a long time to post!

Yes, we can do it!

Life does get in the way sometimes. There’s a week in the plan you can always go back to. And running is running.

Keep going!

Littlechocola Sat 13-Jan-18 19:03:42

I’m on day one week 2 after doing week one over and over!
I’ve never run before but I’m enjoying it.
I’m confused though as my app doesn’t show distance. I just run/walk until it says stop but it doesn’t tell me how far I’ve gone.

SwimmingInTheBlueLagoon Sat 13-Jan-18 20:06:09

little all couch to 5k are actually based on time and not actually distance. I believe 5km is the average distance people will be running by the end of the training and Couch to 5k sounds nicer and is catchier than saying minutes running.

Allsloppy Sat 13-Jan-18 22:23:49

Couch to 5k does work if you stick at it. Never thought I could run but did it and loved it increasing to 5 miles but injury set me back. I have restarted from the beginning several times and enjoy the journey from thinking I can not do a minute to running 5k on a regular basis. My advice is no matter what small amount you may be running 1 minute to 30 minutes you are running. grin be proud.

Littlechocola Sat 13-Jan-18 22:33:57

Thank you swimming. I was confused!
Might get a distance app just because I like to see how far I’ve run.

squiggletea Sat 13-Jan-18 23:43:25

Apps like Strava or mapmyrun are good for distance.

Littlechocola Sun 14-Jan-18 05:47:57

I’ll have a look. Thank you

Leilaniiii Sun 14-Jan-18 05:52:33

Oh, I can’t wait to start C25K again! I will be doing it on the treadmill though. Anyone else?

rocky4 Sun 14-Jan-18 10:26:12

I am going to give it a bash too! I do Metafit twice a week and hoping to slot this is somewhere also.

I have just downloaded the app - can someone clarify for me, is it only 3 days a week you do of this? I see it says Week # Day 1, 2 & 3. Am I right to assume you can complete these 3 days anytime of the week?

squiggletea Sun 14-Jan-18 11:41:19

The idea is to have a rest day between runs. If you really were starting from the couch, your muscles would need some rest to recover so avoid injuries.

I’m not sure how other exercises would fit into rest days. Listen to your body seems to be popular advice though.

athingthateveryoneneeds Sun 14-Jan-18 14:49:46

It's definitely aimed at people starting at the beginning, fitness wise. I don't manage running three days a week, due to time commitments etc, but I try to do some yoga or callanetics in between runs.

SwimmingInTheBlueLagoon Sun 14-Jan-18 15:07:55

Squiggle I think the NHS recommends beginners do the NHS 'strength and flex' podcasts on 3 of the 'rest' days of C25K and then have 1 actual rest day.

BrassicaBabe Sun 14-Jan-18 15:21:51

I'm enjoying it too! I'm scheduled to start week 7 tomorrow. It's not easy but doable. Ive already had a peak (just a peak) at a 5k to 10K app to see if that might be something to consider....

squiggletea Sun 14-Jan-18 19:20:11

I’ll look for those Swimming.

Definitely want to keep going but not 5k to 10k. My main motivation was to do more in half an hour - it’s hard enough to find that time.

Any tips for programmes that increase speed in the half hour- preferably including warm up and warm down?

SwimmingInTheBlueLagoon Sun 14-Jan-18 19:44:00

Squiggle I've not done them but NHS has podcasts for people who have completed c25k to improve speed and stamina.

SwimmingInTheBlueLagoon Sun 14-Jan-18 19:53:13

Strength & Flex to alternate C25K with. If you're reasonably active you can probably go straight to week 5 (also called maintenance level).

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 14-Jan-18 19:56:49

It’s great isn’t it?

I started as a 50 y o novice a couple of years ago, having done nothing since leaving school, and am now training for a half marathon.

I ran 7.5 miles this morning. All from starting c25.

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