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  1. So I thought an update was due. I fought through the demotivation and ran anyway. I took all the advice and repeated Day 1 over and over, allowing myself to walk during most of the day's 8 runs. And when I did walk through a one-minute jog, I chose to see it not as a failure but as part of the process. Each jog was a success, whether or not I could do many of them. My first Day 1: Barely survived 3 of 8 runs. Nearly three weeks later: For the first time I actually jogged for all 8 one-minute runs of the Day 1 session. It was messy. I was out of breath. But I did it. Hap
    8 points
  2. So I have just changed from a Series 4 Apple Watch to a Series 6. I pay the monthly sub which rolls tomorrow. In the Apple Watch app I can only add the free C25K app to the watch and this causes a You need to subscribe on your paired device to enable the watch app. Any help appreciated.
    2 points
  3. So happy to hear about your progress, Drum Dave! I just downloaded this app and did my first Day today. I definitely had trouble with it, and had to skip one of the runs because I was so out of breath, but it’s so great to see what persistence allowed you to do! Really motivates me to keep at this.
    2 points
  4. Cdoc

    Week 1, Day 1

    I’m nervous about starting this program. I think I’ve finally admitted to myself that I gained a few pounds and I’m not longer the fit, cross-country runner I used to be in high school. My goals are: - lose 25 pounds in the next 3 months - build your confidence - slim down thighs and calves a little - be able to run 30 minutes without stopping. Anyone else on here gain the freshmen 15 (or more in my case) and looking to work it off?
    1 point
  5. Beginning my journey to recovery (long story) and my cardio is shot. Used to have stamina out the wazoo but now it's long gone. So I started Day 1 and couldn't finish. The mind is willing but the flesh is weak; my legs gave out and I couldn't get enough breath to keep going after Run 3 of 8 on today's Day 1. I've read suggestions on other threads to just run every 3rd run, or redo Day 1 over and over until I can finish it. I appreciate the intent but that's incredibly demotivating. This app is called "Couch to 5K". Does it really consider the "couch" someone who can r
    1 point
  6. Thank you! Just started Week 2 Day 1. I’m breathing much better and running much stronger. I am grateful I can play my music with another app and they both work together. I got a phone call though and it knocked out the c25k and I had to reboot. Also sometimes it shows me the calories burned and distance ran but not all the time.
    1 point
  7. Hi, how are you doing with the program now that it’s been a few days? I usually run every other day to give my muscles and ligaments a chance to recover. This helps ease me back into running so that I’m never really sore. Also, running ridiculously slow in the beginning helps me get through the challenging days. Speed will come as you build up your strength and endurance- nothing wrong with taking things slow until that happens. Good luck!
    1 point
  8. TMFMS

    Let’s Go!

    Hello from Montana. Over the past few years I’ve really fallen out of shape. It ends today! I’ve committed myself to the C25K and 5/3/1 programs. I’ll also be taking the MTN OPS Conquer Weight Loss Supplement System.
    1 point
  9. HankP

    Second try

    Hello I am Hank, back for second try. Last time I gave up on myself, but I have been doing a slow and steady exercising plan of my own making and I am lot stronger, so I really expecting better of myself this time around. Monday is day one.
    1 point
  10. DiscoCoyote

    First day!

    Hi I'm Ollie! Today's my first day on the app! :) I'm excited for this new adventure!
    1 point
  11. Elinainen

    Liking a post

    Hey! Here's a stupid question: how do I like a post here? Btw, I survived day 1 - yey!
    1 point
  12. TMW

    New on day 3

    Just started. I'm on day 3 today. Just finishing up! TGIF everyone.
    1 point
  13. Viver555

    Living Healthier

    Hello everyone; My name is Jackie. I’m 26, and it’s been nine years since I was active. I have slowly become a couch potato. I recently made a goal to exercise, eat better, and lose 30 pounds. As motivation, I joined a virtual 5K. None of the people I know are very active so I started this program, and I hope the people of this community help with motivation and accountability. Stay healthy and active, Jackie
    1 point
  14. Bodacia26

    Big 5-0 tomorrow

    I don't want to be out of shape anymore. It happened so gradually, but here I am! My gift to myself is going to be the ability to run a 5k again!
    1 point
  15. After yo-yo-ing back and fourth between a very restrictive diet and just binging, I realized that weight loss should be a lifestyle. I’m pretty sure some people already know this, but I just wanted to share just in case. Instead of going on a diet, it’s better to change your current diet and maintain it rather than doing big changes for short term results. If you want to stay at your GW, you can’t go back to your original lifestyle. My advice: Start by changing one of two things. limiting portion size. This way you can still eat the foods
    1 point
  16. So, I’ve “run” in the past (very slowly) and have started and stopped so many times before it’s daunting at start... again. I did a full marathon In 2005 doing a run walk (12 minute pace), didn’t keep up with it. Now 15 years later and 20 pounds heavier I’m at it again. I did a half marathon last November doing a run/walk and it took me 3 hours. I did it with a bunch of old friends and we did a LOT of walking. Even “training” With a run/walk app for 9 months before the marathon I couldn’t run a couple of miles without walking. And once again, I didn’t keep up with it. I have fri
    1 point
  17. RunMommaRun

    Couch-to-30minutes

    I realized yesterday that this app does not prepare you to run 5k/3miles; it prepares you to run for 30 minutes, and it assumes a 10-minute-mile pace. That is a pace too fast for most beginners. I don't really have a question, just wanted to express my annoyance. At my current (very slow) pace, it will take me 45 minutes to run 3 miles, but the app abandons me at 30 minutes.
    1 point
  18. Ninjajedi

    Week 3 Day 1

    I was really intimidated by the 3 minutes run, but I made it and it fills me with confidence. Happy running folks!
    1 point
  19. Hi everyone! I'd like to post my experience on being an absolute beginner to running and getting to the 10k mark. I found it very difficult in the beginning, and wanted to share some things I've learned and some tips that will hopefully help others. I started off doing the Zenlabs C25K and moved straight up to their 10K app. My fitness level was average, and all my running was done on a treadmill. It took 12 weeks and I'm 47 yrs. old. When I first started out it was hard. I mean, OMG I really wanted to get each running session over with. I hated it, complained to myself all the
    1 point
  20. MrsWepking

    Week 5 Day 3 conquered!

    I did it! C25K week 5 day 3 is in the books! I ran for 20 minutes straight, which is 12 minutes more than I’ve ever done before. I didn’t hit the 2 mile mark because I only run at 5 mph, but running for 20 minutes without stopping is a huge accomplishment for me. I am by no means a runner, and just a few weeks ago 3 minutes at a time was rough. I will say I much prefer the intervals to the long runs, but it is very satisfying to know that I am capable.
    1 point
  21. Hello y'all. Without going into too much detail, I have severe asthma. I can't use inhalers or medicine because I'm allergic to them, so I have to try managing things naturally. I've been fighting major problems for over a year when things got really bad. One year ago I was completely bedridden with asthma. I've had multiple ER visits, a 5 day hospital stay and countless long nights. I am little by little improving in health and I'd love to get back into walking, running, exercising etc but the truth is I'm scared... I have no way of controlling things if I suddenly get an attack and it's
    1 point
  22. admin

    breathing techniques

    Hey everyone! Don't forget to check out our blogs for great running tips, from breathing technique, stretching, shin splints and first race tips! Here is the article on breathing techniques to try: http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/perfecting-your-breathing-technique-during-running/ Happy running and namaste! Zen Labs Fitness team
    1 point
  23. The program is not realistic for true couch potatoes and it certainly is not realistic for people with serious health problems. The best rule of thumb is to run when you can, walk when you have to, and don't over do it, even if it means you can only go 5 minutes in a session.
    1 point
  24. A gait analysis thru my local runner’s store and another at a Physical Therapist’s office was extremely helpful and showed me exactly what I needed to correct. I didn’t know what I was doing incorrectly until I saw it in slow motion from a video recorded while running.
    1 point
  25. BGmomma

    Hallucinating rigidus

    That’s Hallus rigidus...pretty funny autocorrect!
    1 point
  26. I wanted to add an update for anyone else who gets to this point and panics when they see the 20 minute jog on week 5, day 3, like I did. When I got there, I ended up doing a repeat of week 5, days 1 & 2, which I wish I hadn’t done because it turns out, I could’ve done the 20 minute jog non-stop. I just completed week 6 and rather than psych myself out on day 3 (22 minute run), I decided I would run until I couldn’t any long and was surprised when I did the full 22 minutes non-stop without feeling like I was going to die or like I did too much. So, even if you’re sure you can’t do it
    1 point
  27. Viver555

    New new new

    I think it’s amazing that you have decided to try to fit in exercise into your schedule. It can be hard during quarantine. I’m 26 and still in school. I’m not really sure how, but I’m willing to hold you accountable if you will do the same. -Jacqueline
    1 point
  28. SKD

    Weight Loss Apps

    For calorie burning I use My Fitness by Jillian Michaels and was using Lose it! for counting and meal planning. Btw, here is an article about best diet and nutrition apps - maybe U will some useful apps
    1 point
  29. Concern about the pressure on your joints is valid. There is no shame in walking as opposed to running. Listen to your body, test your limits, but don't shame yourself for getting tired! Recovery is just as important, IF NOT MORE important, than the exercise. You can't continue each day if you get injured, so go easy on yourself. Push later, but only because you feel empowered to do so - avoid doing it out of guilt, jealousy, or spite. Your body is your greatest asset, take care of it and it will take care of you. No need to "punish" it every day. Long term results will come from fee
    1 point
  30. RoseGale

    What comes before Couch?

    In this instance the "couch" is a generalized term to reference anyone that may be leading a sedentary (not active) lifestyle to begin with. It's difficult to define what this means to different people because of the wide variety of individuals who use the app, so don't be discouraged! There are many variables to consider like age, weight, experience, and lifestyle (what you do for work). I, myself, walked exclusively for about a year before I attempted to dive into a 5k protocol. Even then, my body was greatly limited in the beginning in terms of stamina and mobility (and I'm still in my 20's
    1 point
  31. Hi ive completed c25k previously a few years ago and a few kg lighter. Im about to start week 6 day 1 - I’m struggling this time to drift off mentally as I used to. I listen to music & try to distract myself with little success. Does anyone have any tips to help me drift off & enjoy the run more? cheers
    1 point
  32. JaiTadeo

    Burning legs

    Your leg muscles with get stronger as you continue with regular runs. And the burning sensation when you suddenly switch to walking is normal. I suggest to switch up running with cycling or swimming for variety. You'd get the same level of leg workouts and well, keep the exercises from getting boring. You can also read about Fartlek exercises for runners It'd hep build your endurance and strength - plus help keep running injuries at bay.
    1 point
  33. My son is 5 months now. The last I checked I weighed 176lbs and that was when i was 6 months pregnant, I think I have gained more. My son is still breast feeding too. I was a runner prior to falling pregnant. I tried to run during the pregnancy but I couldn't, it was too painful. 5 months later I ran 5Ks and my pelvic was acheing so much. But I wanna try again I need to lose the weight. I have tried hiit and other forms of exercise and I am not seeing any results, so i am going to run
    1 point
  34. Hey y'all! I am an almost 42 yrs old high school math teacher who looks like an Easter egg with legs. I have never lost my pregnancy weight...in fact it's only gotten worse. I weigh approx 240! All my excess weight is on my stomach, face, arms, neck, and back. My legs are still awesome. I am 5'3" and have always had a very muscular body. Even when I weighed 130, I only had 12% body fat. After marriage and having a child, I lost control over my body and quickly put on the pounds. Now I can't get rid of them. I've tried everything you can think of and would maybe lose 10 or 15
    1 point
  35. on your phone go to the app change to the day your on and then look on your watch it should now match :)
    1 point
  36. How do you keep going? I started day 1, struggled but got through it. It was hard, a lot harder than I initially thought it would be. I don't see myself being able to do 5 mins of nonstop running by week 5.
    1 point
  37. Hey ADMIN, Surely going to check your blogs but before that I've a Question;How about doing YOGA for better breathing. I mean the asanas can really leads to better breathing. What say..?
    1 point
  38. This is my 3rd time doing C25K. First time did the whole thing on a treadmill which doesn't translate to running outside so it didn't go anywhere once I'd finished. Second time I did it outside and kept going and eventually got up to doing 3-5 mile runs, long runs of 10 miles and even a half marathon. A bum knee due to a fall on the ice put a stop to that. It's been several years, but I am starting again...just did week 2, day 2 this morning. Taking the day off is pretty important, especially if you're starting as someone who wasn't running at all at the beginning. Trying to do too m
    1 point
  39. Thank you so much, Silver Pie! I will go back to week 2 then, for now. That sounds more doable at the moment. I didn't have to repeat week 1 or 2 but now I've come to week 3 I'm kind of stuck. Thanks again for your support! I needed that. :-)
    1 point
  40. I agree. I don't think it's good to land on your toes, if that's what they mean. I've read that it's good to land lightly on the ball of your foot, that heel strikes are not good and can lead to injury. Also, that a person should take shorter strides, in essence, falling forward with your body over the foot as it hits the pavement or ground.
    1 point
  41. I repeated week 1 as well. I wanted to be certain I was settled in with that before moving on. One thing all of my "runner" friends have said about when they first start was it takes time... they all said repeating weeks was not a problem at all. As long as you are working it will come. I would like some advice for a new runner. My calf muscles get pretty tight. Any suggestions for a good warm up/stretching routine?
    1 point
  42. After my first run the watch wanted me to synchronize with the ‘parent app’ I had to do it three times before both were on the same page. Same thing happened on the next day.
    1 point
  43. I was able to do the first day work out even though it was hard. But I did repeat week one before moving to week 2. So I would recommend attempting to do the workout and if you need to back off some of the runs to a brisk walk and repeat the week until you have those 8 runs down. One thing I have found is that the first 2 runs and the last one are the hardest. The ones in between are the easiest because my body is all warmed up. This will increase your stamina. I have been a walker for exercise the past couple of years so this is quite challenging. I just did my week 2 day 1 and it wasn't as h
    1 point
  44. Jschaferhess

    Weight Loss Apps

    I'm sorry, I just reread your post. You asked about calories. MapMyFitness is great for tracking calories and interfaces nicely with either MapMyRun or Runkeeper.
    1 point
  45. Jschaferhess

    Weight Loss Apps

    I use both MapMyRun and Runkeeper. I use both because I like the while running statuses each provide. One reports your pace and distance every five minutes and the other provides status at each mile.
    1 point
  46. Hi, I'm 68 and just finished W5D3. I was so scared last night that I couldn't fall asleep and then I just yelled at myself and decided that I will have no judgement. Just do the best I can. Well I did it. Ran the 20 minutes with no problems, so excited... I run a bit faster than a turtle but I figure that I'll work on the speed after I build up my endurance. On to W6.
    1 point
  47. "you want to make sure your legs are in such a position that your foot lands directly over your toes." What the heck does that mean?
    1 point
  48. I am trying to use the app on my Apple watch 4 without having my iPhone with me on my runs. But the app on my Apple Watch doesn’t sync at all with my iPhone when I am finished. And it won’t let me use the app on my Apple Watch without it syncing. This was 3 days ago and it still hasn’t synced! I emailed them and we’ll see what they say. Such a hassle trying to use this with my Apple Watch in stand alone mode!!!
    0 points
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