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Join me - Couch to 10K Challenge


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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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I'm doing a C25K from runnersworld   Tried the one from coolrunnings but didn't like it as working with half minutes was tedious to me.  I'm starting to call myself a runner even though I can only run a half mile!  Never been good at it but I am bound and determined!

Hi. Can I join you all. Tomorrow I'll be on week 1 day 3 of the c25k.  I'm doing the program from cool runnings, but I'm using the pod casts from this website.  http://runningintoshape.com/5k-training-downl oads/ so far I like the music she uses.

I've never been a runner, but I'm at the point in my journey that I want to do it to 1) prove to myself that I can and 2) step up my fitness routine.  Before starting, I walked probably around 10 to 12 miles per week.

So far so good.

Also coming over from the C25K thread. I'm on week three, just did day one yesterday and feeling pretty great! I did a little fitness test over the weekend to see how long it would take me to do the full 5k. I finished in a little over 40 minutes, I think I did about equal parts walking and running. My next goal is to finish in under 40!

I'm using a free app on my phone from Zen labs to do C25K.  I'm not sure what program differences there are, but I doubt they are significant.  Plus, I usually tack on a bit extra to round out my mileage.  I would hate recording 2.71 miles, so I might push on to complete 3 miles.

@karozel, I do the same thing, but I'm so fresh into the program it's actually only 2 miles I'm going, so when I get to the end of my podcast, I have about 1/8 mile left.  I usually walk 2 miles a day, so I have three two mile routes, that I use.  So far both of the ones I used fit the time almost perfectly.  I have no idea how fast I jog, but I walk between 3.5 and 3.75 mph. I know yesterday when I did wk1 dy2 it took me 34 mins.

BTW, outside is so much better for me than a treadmill, I hate a treadmill. 

I also like the app Run Keeper, you can put in your intervals beforehand and it will tell you when to speed up or slow down.

Yay - new folks! Welcome everyone! And thank you for the congratulations! Now if only someone would give me a lawyering gig! Student loans are a killer.

Rukiah - woohoo on your improved time and on keeping going! Supposedly the really tough runs are followed by a breakthrough... so hopefully this means easier runs in the future!

I use 10K Runner from Heavy Duty Apps - also for the iPhone. It's fine, no special love for it in particular, but it serves its intended purpose. 

I finished week 4 day 1 today. The increased running times were not a problem for me, provided that I stayed at a reduced running speed (3.8 mph). It really kind of feels like I'm just sorta shuffling along, but whatever. I'm proud of myself for simply doing it. 

Off topic: Pandora interpreted "funk" to mean disco during my work out this morning. I somehow found myself listening to lots of BGs. Have you ever really listened to the lyrics of Staying Alive? Man, they're a downer for such an upbeat sounding song. No more BGs.

 

It's nice to see some legal folks on here!  You'll probably read my vent sessions about my b/f's baby mama drama once in a while.  Currently going through the legal process.  As a paralegal, and working for his attorney, it's really hard to separate the personal and professional.  I do pretty well.  The attorney understands that I want OUT of the discussions!  WAY TOO MUCH DRAMA!  And I get mad so easily!  Be reasonable and be normal, that's our approach to things.

Week4 day 2. Managed 2.5 miles in 33 min. Felt good but realized I'd chosen unsuitable foundation garments. My sports bra wasn't supportive enough, but my good ones were in he laundry. I may have to invest in a few more for running days.

Week 1 Day 1 Couch to 5K:  1.84 miles in 30 minutes.

Now my question:  Should I be doing 3 miles?  Or are doing the minutes they suggest ok?  I did 2 min walk/1 min runs.  Last week I did day 1 of the suggested and I was dying, so I wanted to ease it up a bit.  Also, is there a suggested pace or do what your body can manage?  I usually walk b/w 3.3-3.5 and run at 5.  

Don't feel like you need to do three miles or keep a certain pace. Some of us are comfortable doing it but you should do what's comfortable for you.

Me for instance, Ive been "wogging" for a while now and am using this to try and increase my endurance. I usually walk at 3.5 or maybe 3.7. And my jogging speed is usually somewhere between 5 and 6 mph. For 90 second interval I might push it to 6 but for the 5 min intervals I keep it about 5 or 5.2.

Just follow the program. But if for instance you're doing it outdoors you still might have to go a little longer to get back to where you need to be. Home, car, or wherever.

Hiya, I'm doing a program similar to Couch25k, however, it's called pooch to 5 k :) I'm running with my dog!!! The program last a little longer than couchto5k, 12 weeks, I think, but I like that because it gives me time to adapt!!

I did day 1 of week one today! Not bad at all! I used to run a few years back (nothing serious or competitive, but could run 5k), so I found this a little easy. Still, I'll keep with it, I don't want to do too much. I've tried to get back on the running wagon a couple of times, but I kept hurting my hips from doing too much too soon. So, I'll keep it steady this time!

 

Original Post by karozel:

Just follow the program. But if for instance you're doing it outdoors you still might have to go a little longer to get back to where you need to be. Home, car, or wherever.

^^ this.  I do mine outside, I'm on week 1 day 3 BTW, and I wasn't sure how far I would go, so I started on my 2 mile walking routes.  I'm done a little bit before I get back to my starting point, so I just do a little bit longer "cool down" to get me back to my starting point. Both days, so far, I've been about .8 mile from where I began.

I can definitely do 3 miles.  It's the mental block for me that says ok it's 30 minutes get off.  I'm going to need to replace my treadmill soon.  It's so squeeky and sounds horrid.  It doesn't have buttons for speed, but instead the slide thing.  hate it!  It's never where I want it to be, but I deal with it.  I don't like outside because "people" scare me.  Too many people snatched up while minding their own business.  I've only lived in my community for 2 and a half years, so I'm not quite sure about everyone around me yet.  For the most part I think I'm just fine outside.  The space I walk is wide open and there are cars a lot, which is the downfall. 

Original Post by karozel:

Don't feel like you need to do three miles or keep a certain pace. Some of us are comfortable doing it but you should do what's comfortable for you.

Me for instance, Ive been "wogging" for a while now and am using this to try and increase my endurance. I usually walk at 3.5 or maybe 3.7. And my jogging speed is usually somewhere between 5 and 6 mph. For 90 second interval I might push it to 6 but for the 5 min intervals I keep it about 5 or 5.2.

Just follow the program. But if for instance you're doing it outdoors you still might have to go a little longer to get back to where you need to be. Home, car, or wherever.


5-6mph is running not just jogging or wogging :)    I'm a new runner too (started Jan 3rd) and I run around 10:33 miles on a 7k which is around 5.7 mph. That is running and I wouldn't let anyone tell you any differently.

Honestly, jogging and running are interchangeable terms to me.  Both involve moving fast enough that both feet are off the ground briefly.  And no matter what it's called I'm burning more calories than sitting in front of the computer, lol.

My definition of wogging is simply having to take walking breaks to finish my planned mileage.  I'll call myself a "runner" when I can keep going without the walk breaks. :)

 


You all are runners, trust me!

Cool!  Works for me! :) 

So it goes DFL, DNF, DNS and then I guess DOA --lol. 

Just finished Week 1.  Yea for me!! Feels so good that I've gotten this far, considering I've never run before in my life.  Week 2 starts on Sat or Sun.

Once thing I have learned about running is not to try and push for some "fast" pace right away. I tried an online C25K last year and got frustrated and quit when I couldn't progress to week 4 (I think) because I was still wiped out doing the week 3 stuff! I didn't realize it at the time but I know now that I was pushing myself to run 6-7 mph and that was what killed me.

So this year, in addition to CC, I'm back to running and not following a program - just doing as much as I can. I'm sticking to a max of 5.5 mph on the treadmill and after 4 weeks I can now run for 2 miles before I need to walk a bit. I already have a 5K set up for May, so that's my goal! I figure once I can do the full 5K at 5.5 mph, then I'll see how I feel going a bit faster.

Ya'll are inspiring! Keep it up!

Week 1 Day 2 = Success!  Did 2.1 miles in 33 minutes with 3.5 walks/5.0-5.1 runs.  I'm dead on for 16 minute miles.  I hit mile one at 16 and mile 2 at 32.  Feels good.  I am trying to overcome the mental part of it.  Some evil talker is still in my head telling me how boring it is.  Ugh!  I tried kicking that out!  I'll have it know that I'm not listening this time.

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