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  1. 3 points
    Drum Dave

    What comes before Couch?

    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. Happy running to all y'all.
  2. 2 points
    Rossd

    Changed Watch. App no longer working

    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.
  3. 2 points
    My first week had 1 min runs x 8. I did every other one and repeated week 1. Hope that helps
  4. 2 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.
  5. 1 point
    TMW

    New on day 3

    Just started. I'm on day 3 today. Just finishing up! TGIF everyone.
  6. 1 point
    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
  7. 1 point
    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!
  8. 1 point
    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 you love, but are also taking steps towards weight loss. Nothing drastic. Swapping out unhealthy foods for healthier alternatives. Don’t go cold turkey, slowly swap out certain foods starting small. exercise. However you choose to do it, just be active. And that’s it! Pretty simple, but it took me a while to figure out that small long term changes were the way to go
  9. 1 point
    Drum Dave

    What comes before Couch?

    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 run for a full minute, eight times? If that's "couch" is there a setting or a premium offer or another app by the same development team that'll get me from "Barely Alive to Couch"? Thanks all
  10. 1 point
    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 friends my age who breeze through a quick 6 miles even if they haven’t run in 6 months and don’t run for 3 months after that. When does it get easier? Feeling defeated even before I get started. On week 2 day 2. so now, at 55 I’m starting again.....
  11. 1 point
    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.
  12. 1 point
    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 pounds then got it all back. We did find out I have Hypothyroidism but I can't blame it all on my thyroid. I want to be healthy. My goal for myself is to be a healthy 150. I'm currently going through a divorce and I find myself running out of breath just by washing clothes. I want to be able play with my son, but I can't due to my health. What is the best way for me to get started? Any pointers will help! Love, alli
  13. 1 point
    twheels

    New to this

    Finally getting started on my exercise goal...i am not a runner and know this will be a challenge, but here we go!!!!
  14. 1 point
    MaryIreland

    Hi everyone

    My name is Mary and today is day 1! I’ve just completed it and I’m feeling positive! I can’t wait for day 2 already! As my name suggests I’m from Ireland, we’re currently on lockdown due to COVID 19. We are permitted to do brief exercise daily so this plan is perfect for me!
  15. 1 point
    Dreamofillusions

    Here we go again!

    Hi Just about to start the course again. Will be trying to fit a run in in the morning, so am looking for some help to stay motivated and some accountability! It's dark and cold and there are too many reasons to not run, but I want to!!!
  16. 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 :-)
  17. 1 point
    LSwain

    Help a newbie?

    This may be really dumb. But I just finished Day 1 and it was fine. But can’t find in the app what I do next. Do I go three days in a row am I supposed to take a day off between each run or two days off or none? Might be app challenged but can’t find that on here. Also, nothing on here saying how fast or slow I should be running. What pace am I supposed to go at ? Without this information, this app just seems like a timer I could just use a stop watch for. Any help? I am sure it’s not but help on how long between run days if any and how fast am I supposed to be running at first and then as you go. Is there a link with that info I may have missed ? Sorry for the long post all help is appreciated.
  18. 1 point
    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.
  19. 1 point
    JustBreathe

    Asthmatic scared to run

    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 really easy for me to get set back for days in my journey to normal health again. But I really WANT to be fit and 100% again... I sure could use some encouragement and/or tips on building strength slowly to make progress without making things worse. At this point I can run around and play games etc most the time with minor attacks only (unless it's a bad day, which has been every day this week lol) but for some reason my lungs struggle quite badly just to walk for extended times. I seem to only be able to manage short bursts with long rests in between... But I want to be normal and fit again. Should I attempt a plan towards running or...??
  20. 1 point
    http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/difference-running-treadmill-running-pavement/ As you gear up to get started on your running routine, one of the most important things that you might be asking yourself is where to do your runs. While some people have a srong preference of either the treadmill or outside, others may not be so sure. Is one better than the other? Would you see enhanced results running outdoors compared to on a treadmill? Or perhaps the treadmill is better? By understanding the differences between the two, you can make a more informed decision on where to do your runs.
  21. 1 point
    http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/how-the-8020-diet-can-help-improve-your-health/ What Is The 80/20 Rule? The 80/20 rule basically states that you should be ‘on’ the plan around 80% of the time, which then allows you time to have freedom and flexibility the other 20% of the time. Most people when they first start out on a healthy eating plan expect themselves to be 100% healthy 24/7.
  22. 1 point
    Twosofas

    Proper running technique!

    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.
  23. 1 point
    BGmomma

    Hallucinating rigidus

    That’s Hallus rigidus...pretty funny autocorrect!
  24. 1 point
    AMidnightSoul

    Week 5 day 3 , failure

    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, if you’ve made it that far, don’t listen to yourself. Push yourself. You can do it. On day 3 of both week 5 and week 6, you know you’ve got non-stop jogs, so don’t start out going full tilt. Start with a nice, steady pace that isn’t too taxing. If you have to, don’t pay attention to the timer. Just keep telling yourself you’re going to keep going. Eventually, you’ll get into a groove and your body will quit panicking. You can do it!
  25. 1 point
    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
  26. 1 point
    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
  27. 1 point
    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.
  28. 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
  29. 1 point
    DarrenP

    Syncing Apple Watch with iPhone

    on your phone go to the app change to the day your on and then look on your watch it should now match :)
  30. 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.
  31. 1 point
    Genn

    Find Your Inspiration Here!

    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.
  32. 1 point
    Tom Riddle

    Proper running technique!

    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..?
  33. 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.
  34. 1 point
    Hechy

    3 days a week?

    The programs are set up to train 3 times a week. Training every day could result in injury.
  35. 1 point
    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!!!
  36. 1 point
    StacyS

    C25K not working on Apple Watch ...

    My Apple Watch workout app overrides my c210k app...when I lift my arm while struggling through a tough segment, I see the apple workout stats instead of hoe much time is left in the segment. Is there a way to lock the c210k screen on the watch despite workout also running? Second to that...can anyone confirm that if both are running, I don’t have a duplicate cal burn logged on my activity app?
  37. 1 point
    Dreamofillusions

    Here we go again!

    Well I went, not as early as it will be once school starts again but it's an attempt to get in to a routine before then, and it was more of a slow shuffle than a run.....but I went. And it was glorious!!
  38. 1 point
    jeb6294

    More than 3x per week?

    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 much too fast is a good way to end up with shin splints. I did my 2nd stint while I was overseas in Afghanistan so I was able to get regular runs in every morning. I was able to fast track things a little bit because I, literally, did one rest day between runs rather than say Mon, Wed, Fri. Something that I did do that I would recommend is getting out and walking for 30 minutes on the off days. Any extra exercise is always good and that way I was able to stay on a regular routine.
  39. 1 point
    This has driven me insane since day one. I hate it!!!!
  40. 1 point
    I would say go back. Your health is more important than a schedule. I did week one at least twice and week two maybe 3 times (I've kind of lost track now). I did week 4 last week and will probably do it again this week, even though I can't really run for 3 to 5 minutes and I think I'm on a week 8 or 9 as far as how many weeks I've actually done the program.
  41. 1 point
    Crabapple

    Proper running technique!

    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.
  42. 1 point
    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.
  43. 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."
  44. 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
  45. 1 point
    Twobees

    Week 5 Day 3 conquered!

    Thank you. Ive now completed week five and the 20 minute run was awesome. Felt like I could keep going. Week 6 this week. Feeling satisfied
  46. 1 point
    MrsWepking

    Week 5 Day 3 conquered!

    The day after when it went back to intervals I was happy and couldn’t understand how people said the long runs were better, but now that I am on week 8 I agree! Long runs are satisfying. I also crave running—on my off days I get cranky that I can’t run, lol. Good luck on Monday!
  47. 1 point
    liev

    Can't seem to get past week 5 day 1

    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.
  48. 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
  49. 1 point
    admin

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  50. 1 point
    admin

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