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Hello,

Looking for folks who might be interested in doing the Couch to 10K in 14 weeks challenge with me. I have the app for my iPhone - was only $2.99 and is very structured and actually not so difficult! I started last week and just completed Week 2, Day 1 this a.m. I would love the support and will also be supportive your efforts, too!

A little about me. I'm 37 and need to lose about 65 pounds. I have been exercising regularly since the beginning of September, but only watching what I've been eating since January 1 and calorie counting for the last month or so. My exercise journey started when I found myself in the WORST shape of my life - had just spent 10 weeks on my ass doing nothing but studying for the CA bar exam and eating crap (I passed, so no need to ever do that again - thank god). I got winded from walking up a flight and a half of stairs! I began by walking - nearly every day. I made it up to 50 minutes and began to find myself getting bored and thought I should probably amp it up a bit - why not try running? This was a big breakthrough for me - the last time I ran a mile was in PE class my sophomore year in high school!

So now I'm a new attorney, not in the worst shape ever, but overweight (probably obese by BMI standards) and looking to get fit, drop the weight, and overall just feel good and energetic (and of course, I wouldn't cry if I looked hot in a suit!).

Anybody up for the challenge? 

- Sascha

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While I'm not up for the challange because I just ran my first 10K distance Actually almost 11K, I do congratulate you on your accomplishment/goals.

I went from not being able to tie my shoes without getting winded to running 6.75 miles without stopping to walk in 9 weeks (yes I was exhausted at about the 6 mile mark and was sore for a few days) although I think if I had taken a gel at the 40 min mark I could have kept going longer.

I started out only being able to walk and now I'm running good distances. I will be doing my first 7k race on Saturday (I average about a 10 -11 min mile so I won't be close to the front but I'm going to have fun just competing)

Hi Brian! Congratulations to you, too! Wow, 9 weeks! That's amazing and so inspiring to me! Good luck on the 7k - can't wait to join you there!

 

 

What the hey, it's 12 weeks to my first "A" race of the season, count me in. I'm signed up for the Rev3 Olympic-distance triathlon on June 2, comprising a 0.93 mile swim, 25-ish mile bike, and 6.2 mile run. My goal is to break 3:00:00 overall, 1:00:00 on the run, and be out of T2 before the winner crosses the line. We'll see how that last one goes.

Woohoo! Thanks, Chris! And your triathlon goals sound freaking amazing! I'll be there in spirit rooting for ya come June 2!

Will you using the app? I think I'll check in here when I complete a day on the program (there are 3 per week). My running speed (MPH) is embarrassingly slow, even though the run times for the first few weeks are in 1-2 minute intervals. My primary goal is simply to do the program each week, but secondarily, to get my speed up to 5.5 MPH by the end of the program. 

 

Original Post by Sascha1888: My running speed (MPH) is embarrassingly slow, even though the run times for the first few weeks are in 1-2 minute intervals. My primary goal is simply to do the program each week, but secondarily, to get my speed up to 5.5 MPH by the end of the program. 

Don't even worry about it. Your speed will increase at the rate it's supposed to. Do keep a log: distance, time, and most importantly, how you felt. It's really something to look back on how tough your first 5k felt, compared to three months later.

I'm loosely following the BeginnerTriathlete 16 week Olympic plan. I took most of last year off of structured endurance training, so I'm just focusing on building my training volume back up. I am throwing in speedwork here and there, but I'm not fixated on pace just yet.

I'm doing the Couch to 5K, just did week 2, day 1 yesterday.  I have the free app on my phone.  My running time is slow as well, but I'm pushing myself to slowly improve. 

I don't have any specific goals except to get healthier and lose weight.  I"m also lifting weights, so I'm not sure I will be "on-track" with the C25K, but I'd be glad to root you on.

Hi, I was going to start this tomorrow morning!  I tried it last year about this time but got frustrated with my really hilly neighborhood, my pants fitting tighter instead of looser (from the muscle, but it still sucked), but since last Feb I've lost about 18 lbs, give or take, so I think it's time to try again.  And I moved recently and this neighborhood is not so hilly.

I don't have a smartphone to get apps, but I'd love to support you.  You can also message me if you want to keep track.

Jessie

Karozel - Hurray! You and I are on the same schedule! I just finished week 2, day 2 this morning and feel fantastic - still have that slight high/super-relaxed feeling, which feels unnaturally good this early in the day. 

 

I may not stay on track either, depending on how my schedule shapes up in the coming months, but hope to. I just can't see myself running at 7 in the evening... perhaps I will need to reevaluate my priorities if this becomes a necessity. As for running time, well, thank god I am doing this on a treadmill and don't have to endure any funny looks (real or imagined) from passersby. Right now I'm at 4.1 - I could easily walk this fast, but speed will come with getting into better shape, I'm sure.

Looking forward to hearing how you're doing!

Jessie - 

Congratulations on your weight loss! 18 lbs is fantastic! And congrats on starting the Couch to 10K! You're probably in way better shape now since you last tried it so hopefully this, coupled with your flatter neighborhood, will make this a breeze for you. 

If you've started already, let me know how it went for you! I would love to root you on as well!

 

- Sascha

 

Original Post by Sascha1888:

Karozel - Hurray! You and I are on the same schedule! I just finished week 2, day 2 this morning and feel fantastic - still have that slight high/super-relaxed feeling, which feels unnaturally good this early in the day. 

 

I may not stay on track either, depending on how my schedule shapes up in the coming months, but hope to. I just can't see myself running at 7 in the evening... perhaps I will need to reevaluate my priorities if this becomes a necessity. As for running time, well, thank god I am doing this on a treadmill and don't have to endure any funny looks (real or imagined) from passersby. Right now I'm at 4.1 - I could easily walk this fast, but speed will come with getting into better shape, I'm sure.

Looking forward to hearing how you're doing!

Running at 7 in the evening seems easier to me. I don't know why but I always get better quality runs in the evening. I either run at 4:45am or 7:30pm.  I prefer 7:30pm but 4:45am works when I have plans. When I started 4:45am was my goal training time. The streets are quiet and  no one else is our except a few other walkers/runners. Cars are nearly non-existant except the poor folks that report to work at 5am or the paper carrier.

You'll notice a huge difference when it comes to running outside. In the winter/fall/spring I love to be outside and the cool air opens your lungs up.  I recently ran in 83 degree weather outside and it was one of the most intense 3 mile runs of my life. It's way different when it's warm. I'd prefer to be inside then.

If it's still cool outside where you live I'd try an early morning run when it's still dark out. Make sure to carry a small flashlight and wear white/reflective clothing.  It's a blast to get a great run in before you start your day and then go to work and look at your friend who is eating a 1400 calorie breakfast just a few feet away and inside shake your head and think I ran more miles before you got up than you will walk all day :)

 

I'm not a morning person, so I run on my treadmill when I get home from work. 

Did week 2 day2 today.  Went a little over on time to complete 2.25 miles.  I'm running 5.5-6.0mph and walking at 3.5mph.  But I've been trying to run for a couple of years and keep getting sidetracked. 

Thanks!  I think I will start on Sunday (tomorrow!) Friday night bowling league always wipes me out, because I bowl better with beer:)  I have to run at about 530 in the morning otherwise I don't have enough time-my kid is too big for a jogging stroller and too little to come with.  Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to do that this time of year.

I will let you know how it goes, I hope your second week is going well!

Morning all!  I am working on 5K training at the moment.  I start week 5 today (7 running/3 walking)!  My running and walking sppeds are about the same at the moment.  I am running 4 days a week and alternating between 3.5 and 4.0.  The 4.0 days I walk at 3.7.  I'm only five feet tall so 3.7 is about as quick as I can walk.  I love the feeling of running and how empowered and strong I feel!

Impressed by all people are doing here and how fast you all are at the get-go!  I can't decide if I want to sign up for the first 5K of the season next month - I know I can walk if I have to and maybe it'd be a good motivator!

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Impressed by all people are doing here and how fast you all are at the get-go!  I can't decide if I want to sign up for the first 5K of the season next month - I know I can walk if I have to and maybe it'd be a good motivator!

Why not? Can you go 3.1 miles already? No reason not to enter. Set your first 5k time and then you have a goal to beat. Constantly trying to get a new Personal record (PR) is what drives most runners. 

I started running Feb 5th. I was only walking prior to that. Sat March 17th I ran my first ever race. 7k finished in 45:51.1  or around a 10:33 mile pace. It was hard, the hills nearly killed me (overexagerating a bit) but I had a blast.  The excitement others show is what I loved.

Enter the race even if you aren't 'competitve' you'll love that you accomplished your first 5k.  No reason to delay entering the race. I have already signed up for my first 8k in April.  I plan to run my first half marathon in October.  

Original Post by brian702lose:

Original Post by rukiah:

Impressed by all people are doing here and how fast you all are at the get-go!  I can't decide if I want to sign up for the first 5K of the season next month - I know I can walk if I have to and maybe it'd be a good motivator!

Why not? Can you go 3.1 miles already? No reason not to enter. Set your first 5k time and then you have a goal to beat. Constantly trying to get a new Personal record (PR) is what drives most runners. 

I started running Feb 5th. I was only walking prior to that. Sat March 17th I ran my first ever race. 7k finished in 45:51.1  or around a 10:33 mile pace. It was hard, the hills nearly killed me (overexagerating a bit) but I had a blast.  The excitement others show is what I loved.

Enter the race even if you aren't 'competitve' you'll love that you accomplished your first 5k.  No reason to delay entering the race. I have already signed up for my first 8k in April.  I plan to run my first half marathon in October.  

ALRIGHT!  I did it.  Officially in a Habitat for Humanity 5K on April 22!!!  Thanks for the "why not"!  I'm jazzed already :D

Original Post by jjb26:

Thanks!  I think I will start on Sunday (tomorrow!) Friday night bowling league always wipes me out, because I bowl better with beer:)  I have to run at about 530 in the morning otherwise I don't have enough time-my kid is too big for a jogging stroller and too little to come with.  Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to do that this time of year.

Friday night bowling league!  I do that as well, and Monday nights.  I'm not a beer person, but I do like to sip a little whiskey while I bowl. 

Why not is what I always ask myself. I feel if there are many more good reasons to not do something than to do it I will not do it. Usually I can't think of many except lazyness (I battle it everyday).  I'm new to this all but Running is becoming a passion of mine. My body gets mad at me when I don't run and something inside of me is like screaming at me to get out there and go.

Rukiah - that's fantastic! So inspiring it makes me want to sign up for a race! It would feel sooooo good to make a commitment to do it!

I completed week 2 day 3 this morning, and for whatever reason my body was whining the entire time. Still, powered through it and glad I did.

How's everyone else doing?

I plan to do week2/day 3 tomorrow.  Bowling tonight and there's just no enough time after work/before bowling.

I've debated about signing up for a 5K, but I love to sleep in on weekends, and most of them seem to be at the crack of down on Saturday mornings.

Ha! It's always fun to see a fellow bowler around!  You can actually log that in the activities.  I did some pilates today, but my couch to 10k is waiting til tomorrow-my folks are visiting from out of state, and it's hard to get motivated to get up way early when there's snow on the ground.  It's spring!  I am very excited to get going though-even got a little pedometer.

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