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  1. 5 points
    Cheryl Huggins

    Help a newbie?

    Thanks this was very helpful. I’ll be starting this tomorrow and am literally going from couch to 5k. I’m hoping to run my first 5k in November. I’m 55 and have never been a runner but have always wanted to. Wish me luck! Louisdog good luck to you too.
  2. 4 points
    Crabapple

    Help a newbie?

    You're supposed to run 3 days a week. On the 4 days you don't run, you are supposed to walk 2 or 3 of those days. The remaining day(s) are rest periods. For example, I run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. My walk days are Tuesdays for sure, and Fridays or Saturdays maybe. My rest day is Sunday. As to how fast you run when you run, run only as fast as you can. I have heard that you should be able to speak at least in short sentences when you run, but that is up to you. And if you feel like you can't run for the full minute or however long it tells you to run, then you should start walking. The point is that you know your body and you know your limits, or at least you will learn them while you're doing this. Yes, it is essentially a timer, but it is also an encouragement. I find it incredibly helpful to have a voice telling me, okay now walk for a couple of minutes, or run for a minute. Also when she says that I'm halfway done that's also an encouragement. Without this app I think I would have given up by now. Also, it keeps track of how many miles you run. All you need to do is turn GPS on before you start your run, and at the end of the run it will tell you how far you have gone.
  3. 3 points
    Shorter steps when you run. Your feet should be hitting the ground underneath you, not in front of you. When you overstride you land hard on your heels and this can cause shinsplints.
  4. 3 points
    BeccasYeaman

    Just the beginning....

    Running my very first half marathon with my daughter on November 10, her birthday, on NASA property. Excited and nervous at the same time. I feel determined to complete it....that’s my goal at this point since I am just now starting this journey. I really want to get into the best shape I have ever been in.
  5. 3 points
    Winningone

    MadreKNLadybugT

    I started as a new runner. Zero running experience. 57 yrs old. Post 250 lb weightloss. I could barely make it through the first week.... Until I read to slow down my running to a conversation level (can say a sentence or two without gasping for air) I am now on week 6, day 2. From now on, it is straight running, no intervals. My son and I feel much better about ourselves. We are Proud of our accomplishments. My body shape is improving. If we can do it... You can!
  6. 3 points
    MadreKNLadybugT

    MadreKNLadybugT

    Our goal is to complete this program and run a 5K without walking. We need to get in shape and stop hating how we look and feel.
  7. 3 points
    RTallman

    C25K Take #2

    Hey everyone, I never really knew that these forms were here. My story begins 3 years or so ago when my daughter decided that she wanted to do a 5k for her birthday. i agreed and we started the c25k program about 3.5 months before the race. We did it everyday to fit the program to our needed schedule. I ended up losing close to 90 lbs in three months ( also eating chicken and rice). We ran the 5k and loved it. We ended up running five 5ks total in 2 years. then we kinda stopped when i moved back home. We have not ran since. I've gained all 90+ back and do not like this feeling, so we are starting it back up for take 2. Can't wait to see where it takes us this time..
  8. 2 points
    Cocoasmom

    Help a newbie?

    I started power walking in November. I have walked 5 5k’s. Now I want to run. I am over 65 and have had both hips replaced. I plan on running my first 5k at the end of April! Although I actually started running a little 2 weeks ago I am happy to have this plan to train with. Loving This Accomplishment!!!
  9. 2 points
    My first week had 1 min runs x 8. I did every other one and repeated week 1. Hope that helps
  10. 2 points
    Suzaku86

    Running theraphy for depression

    Hi, thanks for replying. My running progress so slow but progress is progress! Im on week 4 run 1 now. I am now in way better place mentally than when i started running. I had bad run, but i had good run too.
  11. 2 points
    What helped for me, apart from the tips you got, was to just slow down. Shorter steps and slowing down stopped the shin splints for me. I'll get faster later, and that's fine. At least now I can finish my run.
  12. 2 points
    dmbotz

    Help a newbie?

    I'm glad others have started over. I just finished week 1 and day 3 was worse than day 1. I think I want to repeat week 1. I am in such bad shape. I think the last time i ran/jogged was in 1985 and I couldn't do it then either. However, I am going to try this for 1 month and see where I am at that time.
  13. 2 points
    MistyT

    New

    I did 2 5 Ks last year. Now, I am motivated to do another one this October , after being treated for Breast Cancer. Thought this app would help get me on track!
  14. 2 points
    Jamie C

    Newb

    I’m a 32 year old mom who just signed up for my first 5k. I walk a lot at work, but don’t really work out on a regular basis. My event is a benefit for suicide awareness in my hometown. I’m really going to push myself to run the whole thing, but if I can just complete the event I’ll be happy with myself.
  15. 2 points
    admin

    Welcome to Getting Started!

    Welcome! This forum is for everyone who is new and just getting started. Questions? Post them in this forum and get answers from our community. Need help or guidance? This is your place. Please keep in mind that this forum is for beginners. Do you remember how it was when you first started? Any contribution can go a long way. Help others and please be polite. "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." – Booker T. Washington
  16. 1 point
    Blackrystal

    Pregnancy Weight Loss

    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
  17. 1 point
    jtaylo04

    More than 3x per week?

    I personally would just repeat the week one stuff until my actual week two. I think it’s a flexibility thing, so you don’t have to feel like you have to run 5 or 7 days a week to have progress.
  18. 1 point
    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 time, and didn't enjoy anything about the whole process! It was a tough trudge and I wanted an excuse all the time to get out of it. I had NO concept how anyone could even remotely enjoy it, never mind really look forward to it every day. Well... I actually went from feeling this miserable and negative to really enjoying running and actually experiencing that "runners high" that I'd read about. I'd like to share my experience for those who are at the beginning and feeling as disillusioned and dejected about running as I did. TIP 1 When you first start out, it's gonna be hard. There's no way around that, BUT it's pretty short lived. If you follow a structured program like the C25K, you progress at a nice rate. I ran every other day. 12 weeks later, I'm in a very happy place. TIP 2 Music. There is no way in hell I could have got to the 10K mark without a GREAT playlist of music that has a fantastic beat. This was an absolute must for me. I learned to quickly get rid of songs with beats that didn't work, and add more songs that I loved and that had beats that really kept me going. TIP 3 The beginning of a run is always tough. I assumed the more I progressed that this would go away, but it doesn't. Even at 10K, that first 4-6 mins is like getting over a hill - it REALLY sucks! I assumed it's just my body suddenly adapting to going from a stationary state to a running state, but whatever it is, the beginning of a run is like a challenging hump to get over. That leads me to the next tip. TIP 4 When you get into a schedule and get better at it, you really want to get over the misery of the "run start-up." I did a lot of research into this and went to a local running store. The consensus is that the beginning of a run is always tough. Always the optimist, I was determined to try and make it easier, so I started researching supplements. Now... I'm a really healthy person. I eat 100% organic, vegetarian, no processed food at all, and only pasture-raised dairy, so the thought of supplements wasn't top of my list. But I did learn that caffeine can really help with that tough part at the beginning of a run. I don't drink coffee at all, and the fact my office co-workers are addicted to their caffeine fix make me have zero interest in coffee! BUT, I wanted to make my run easier so I tested out 200mg caffeine (in supplement form) 30 mins before a run. Damn, it really helped...! I hate to admit it, but now that tough beginning to a run is so much better. I'm really hoping that as time passes by I can phase out the caffeine, but right now, I'm sticking with it :-) TIP 5 Always spend a couple of mins stretching before you get started. I do 3 simple stretches. 1) rag doll, bending at the waist for 30 secs to give my hamstrings a good stretch, 2) quad stretch, bending at the knee and holding my ankle behind me against my butt to stretch my quad for 30 secs, and 3) holding knee into my chest to stretch my glute for 30 secs. If I DON'T stretch, I notice the first few mins are tougher and more challenging to me. TIP 5 KNOW it's going to get easier. For me, that didn't happen until 10K. It just didn't, and that was 12 weeks. That's not to say it was all tough, but I never felt that "oh, this is a breeze!" feel at all. When I reached 10K and stuck to that 3-4 times a week, I started feeling good about it. My music list was full of energy and awesome beats, my body had adapted, and I really started to enjoy it. The first few mins is still tough, but the caffeine helps, so that's ok! TIP 6 This may not apply to everyone, but I found using a treadmill to be a life saver. I did the "interval" setting where you could set two speeds, one walk and one run, and it made it so much easier for me as I toggled between the speeds. I also like to have the company of people around me in a gym. I tried several times running outside and failed - I'm not sure why, but I couldn't get in to it. Being at a gym somehow gave me more accountability and put me in the right mental state. I really needed all the help I could get, and I needed the treadmill. My summary is that I went from absolutely HATING running in the beginning to suddenly looking forward to doing a 1/2 marathon. I mean, to me that's shocking that I went from one extreme to another, but I did! Hopefully these tips can help others because they are what I found was the most helpful for me :-)
  19. 1 point
    Gumpster

    Running outside-painful-any advice?

    Hi there, As someone with chronic leg and foot pain who can get shin splints from time to time, I highly recommend looking into getting proper insoles for your shoes. Treadmills have a bit of give whereas hard pavement does not, so it's a matter of getting your muscles adjusted. Power through and your legs will build up a tolerance to the shock level eventually. You may want to try running on a soft dirt path every now and then to give your legs a break. I use a fit bit to track myself! Great investment. Cheers.
  20. 1 point
    Ccfteacher

    Over 50

    Hi I’d like to get started training for a 5k. I am 54 years old, and overweight. I was once a runner in my 20s and early 30’s. Any advice? I’m also afraid my heart isn’t ready for this, ie I'm afraid of having a heart attack.
  21. 1 point
    Shin splints are the worst!! Ice massage helps recovery. Shin splints is an overuse injury. They are tiny tears in the muscle/tendon, and cause painful inflammation. aA first if feels like a 'good' soreness after a workout, but it doesn't dissipate it get's worse. The best treatment is prevention Run on softer ground if possible (dirt>asphalt>sidewalk) Slow down (mph), Limit your mileage until your bones and tendons have toughened up Stretch before and after your run
  22. 1 point
    Timb113

    Running theraphy for depression

    Suzaku, one of the best things that I found about running is that you realize your body can do so much more than your mind thinks is possible for you. This might be great therapy for you, especially when you get to that point of doubt in yourself and you're able to push through! There will be days that are disappointing, just keep believing that you'll be able to do it, and it will work out. Good luck!
  23. 1 point
    Nitae

    Newbie

    I was like you and was gasping for air and it was hard work right from day 1. I kept at it and just ran my first 5K on Saturday! I did the app 3x week and and did better giving my body at least one day of rest in between runs. And later on I think I repeated week 6 and 7. I'm 44. Good luck! You can do this!
  24. 1 point
    MumRun

    5K without stopping

    I want to run 5K without stopping. I am just going to follow the program and do my best, the aim is to move my body everyday, whether it is a programmed run or a long walk. I want to feel the best I can - and maybe go running with my sister next time I visit her!
  25. 1 point
    RL Jones

    For Me

    Hi everyone, I'm RL. I decided to do the C25k mostly for myself but also due to a rigorous course that I am looking to take up in January. I'm giving myself a full 90 days to see not only my cardio and endurance to build back up to what it is, but to also get more hard bodied. Everyday day, whatever it takes. I fell off a little while ago. A bad relationship break up had me down, but I'm looking to heal myself through exercise and body goals. Good luck to everyone!
  26. 1 point
    This has driven me insane since day one. I hate it!!!!
  27. 1 point
    Crabapple

    Newbies

    I made a comment at the end of one of my threads but I think it should be its own thread. Find it sad that so many people often get no answers to their questions, but I hardly ever come on here and I think most people who have had some experience are also gone. People come and go rather quickly on this forum. I rarely come here anymore, and the people who were active when I was training for my 5k seem to also be gone. I think most people don't get answers to questions because no one knows the answers. They are new, too. I would recommend reading old threads. And do a lot of research online. The app that brought you here follows a schedule created elsewhere so you should be able to find info about almost any question you have. (Problems with the app can be best helped by going to "feedback" in the app, which lets you send them an email.) Remember, you can also get really bad advice online so check in several places before you decide to believe something.
  28. 1 point
    Two middle age best friends who are out of shape and needing a purpose are giving this a shot. Wish us luck!
  29. 1 point
    Just me

    Hi

    I have been following the obesity code for 6 months and have lost 43 lb so far... wanted to increase exercise to ramp up losing because I have hit a bit of a plateau. I also want to start running again but after starting too quickly had an injury that delayed me... this time I will start a bit slower. I used to consistently run 35 miles per week and though it was many years ago, want to get back there.
  30. 1 point
    MistyT

    Training for October 5 K

    Have been walking the 3.2 miles each day. Now have to work on improving speed , strength and nutrition .
  31. 1 point
    Fionagettingfit

    The Next Six Months

    My goals for the next six months: -Get moving more -Make healthier food choices -Be able to run for 30 minutes straight -Lose 50 lbs at least
  32. 1 point
    Tubby_to_triathlete

    2019/2020 goals

    My goals for this year and next is to train for the Bolton 2020 iron man race. And to run the London marathon
  33. 1 point
    ZenStrength

    Which is which

    I would argue with recommending any kind of diet as an absolute one. E.g. keto. Keto definitely works well for people whose genetics is built for a fat-based diet, but that's not absolute at all, people who are born with a metabolism that promotes using carbohidrates as energy source would go very, very bad on keto. There are no absolute methods in nutrition. It should always be set specifically for one's genetics.
  34. 1 point
    Crabapple

    Week 5, Day 3 - WTF!!!

    Good for you, PaulaClara. (thumbs_up) I'm planning to leave my four-week loop on April twenty-second. Up until now that third day of week 5, while not exactly terrifying, was definitely scary. At this point though, since my breakthrough this week, it isn't as scary, though I'm not so sure I would be able to run for a full 20 minutes. But my mindset is such that I'll give it my best shot and maybe I can do it.
  35. 1 point
    PaulaClara

    Week 5, Day 3 - WTF!!!

    I just finished week 5 Day 2 and seeing what’s coming up is freaking me out. I’ll do what I can and start over if I have to.
  36. 1 point
    I repeated week 1 and week 4. I never in my lif thought I could ever run 28 minutes without stopping but I just did it twice. In two days I am going for 30 and I am signrd up for my first 5k a week later.
  37. 1 point
    Crabapple

    Help a newbie?

    Wishing you luck, Cheryl. If the runs get too difficult, you can always repeat days or weeks. I've repeated. (Thought I was around week 7, but seeing how long ago I posted this, it looks like I could easily be on week 9 or 10. I know I repeated weeks at least 3 times.)
  38. 1 point
    TheBoatDude

    Am I too fat to jog?

    No. Look up 300 pounds and running and Running Fat Chef...they’ve both done marathons...
  39. 1 point
    Maulik

    Completed 30 mins. Thanks C25K

    Today i completed 30mins jogging. The pace is still a bit slow. I could do 4kms in 30 mins. But still very much happy coz I couldnt even run 4 mins at start of the program. With balanced diet I also reaped sweet benefits of weight loss. Took me almost 12-14 weeks to reach 30mins. Although there have been some delays due to injury but I did not quit and hence completed it. Since my stamina was too less, alternate day jogging was not sufficient and so I used to jog daily(except Sunday) upto first 5 weeks. Also repeated the week wherever needed. Week 5 is toughest but remember not to quit and repeat if necessary. Every week seemed tough and hard to finish. But the thumb rule was not to quit and repeat until you finish a target week. Dont forget pre and post stretches at it helps prevent injury and helps in recovering. Take a break whenever legs are sore or in deep pain. Best thing about the app is its breakdown to achieve the target. Must say its very skillfully developed. Thanks C25K :-)
  40. 1 point
    Lovelylight

    Help a newbie?

    I believe this is meant to be three days per week with a day of rest inbetween each run As for speed, you start out slow and will naturally speed up after you've finished the program. "If you can run slower, you're running too fast."
  41. 1 point
    5marty

    Week 5, Day 3 - WTF!!!

    Sounds like a great idea! Seems odd to me that run6.1 is so much easier than 5.3. Just substituting 6.2 for 5.3 looks good too
  42. 1 point
    Jmunkelt

    Week 9

    Just finished a 3 day streak 5k 6.3k and a 5k. Tired but ok. Thx zen for the app
  43. 1 point
    The dreaded shin splints. We've all had them. Which running technique/stretches has helped you the most to overcome this painful condition?
  44. 1 point
    portion control, and exercise will help in losing weight, please intersperse running with strength training and rest , Eat wisely and you will reach your target goal. it takes about 6 weeks for you to see the results and 12 for others happy running
  45. 1 point
    Riverotter

    Proper running technique!

    "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?
  46. 1 point
    hubres

    c25k, completed

    Hello, I just completed my first 5k run, right in the 30 minutes allocated time. I have to say it felt really good. To give you a little background, I'm 35 years old, and I have not done any real sports... for most of my life. I started somewhere in May, last year . Ever since then, I ran each week until I felt confident about moving on to the next one. For me it was mostly about getting in shape and safely reaching the 5k point. So about one year later, I am at the point that I can make the 5k run, without any breath issues or pains. And yeah, I did drop some weight as well which is nice. Now I will slowwwwly move towards the 10k program, hopefully I will return in a year with another success story. To conclude, here is a picture of the place I first ran the 5k challenge. Have fun!
  47. 1 point
    KellyAnn

    More of a Prancercise than a jog.

    You are moving and that is what matters!!! Way to go !
  48. 1 point
    Socialrun

    5k in 2 months

    Yes it is ... I am now at week 9 ... Never imagined I could do this, but I ran 5k last week
  49. 1 point
    If you Search Shin Splints on the Internet, there are lots of articles on this subject!
  50. 1 point
    admin

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