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Posts posted by jvincent78

  1. Way to go, Stacey! My wife and I have 3 boys, and neither of us were in the best shape either. We've combined the C25k program with a lifestyle change in eating habits and the results have been addicting. Neither of us were runners, now we're always looking to see what 5K/10K races are in the area!! Oh, and sliding into a pair of pants that haven't fit for 2 years, with room to spare, priceless!


    Keep it up. It may seem hard at first, but it gets addicting! I found that once I got past the "big 20 minute run" I felt like I could overcome any barrier.

  2. Depends on what phone you have. iPhones and Androids are different in this area


    Once you do have music on your phone though, you'll want to set up a playlist in the actual music app. It can then be quickly accessed either through the C25K app or through your music app.

  3. There is no sign-in for pro. I believe all it does is remove ads.


    That being said, you can just skip ahead to where you were at on the free version. Also, you can long-press on the days you've already accomplished and the app will mark them as finished.


    Since it was the first time you used the app, that's why FB acted like you were new.


    Great job on getting through week 2. Keep it up! Before you know it, you'll be cruising along, knocking down personal milestones!

  4. While I was doing the 5K trainer, I tended to not have anything except some water before hand. Then a smoothie after showering.


    Now that I've started the 10K trainer, I've taken to downing a can of V8 Fusion Energy when I get up. Then getting ready and stretching usually allows me enough time for it to kick in.


    I think the most important thing to remember is that your body is unique. Try what others are doing, but find and stick with what works best for you.

  5. Don't let others put you off. I am obese and I did C25k 18 months ago for Race for Life. You will get the odd comment from stupid people but you get respect from other runners. I did the same route 3 times a week (it's flat) and I found the rude ones are not normally regular people on my route, but found other runners/jiggers saying hello, smiling or just nodding their head in acknowledgment! Persevere and have fun. I want to start again and I will!


    I've noticed this same thing about runners...they generally tend to be encouraging. I'm blessed to have a forest preserve right behind my house and I can jump right on the trails and it's generally pretty private.

  6. Do you just run and not do any other exercise? I'm curious if ut will help me lose weight or inches even w/o doing weights. I just started. Tomorrow will be my week 1 day 3. How soon have you seen results?


    There's been some times when I cross-trained on my mountain bike. But mostly I just run, usually every other day. I do need to start a weight-lifting program, it would definitely help.


    Keep this in mind...nutrition plays a huge role. I know it's easy to fall into the trap of "I'm running, so therefore I can eat whatever I want". While it's true to an extent, putting in healthy items will speed up the loss of inches/pounds.

  7. Way to be proactive at a young age (well ok compared to some of us!)


    Work the program the way it's designed; don't try to go too fast.


    If you can, invest in a good pair of running shoes. The best would be to go to a running store and have them fit you for the proper pair.


    Keep at it, you'll soon find your body craving a good run!

  8. The other day I did not want to get up and run...but I did, and I never regret doing it. 


    Don't focus on what you're at right now... The Zen Labs FB page posted a pic today that said "The first step of getting anywhere is deciding you are not willing to stay where you are"


    Keep at it, don't give up. I've been in your shoes. My wife and I did the program together as well...it helps to have an accountability partner.

  9. If you feel like you can do it, then you can do it! I hadn't run in 18 years (since high school) and I just finished the 5K trainer, now working on the 10K trainer. Don't let yourself get intimidated by thoughts of "I have to run how far???" Just keep knocking down those walls one 60-second clip at a time.

  10. Great job, thanks for sharing that. It's motivating.

    I don't recall if I saw this on Zen Labs Facebook feed, but somewhere I read that to treat your running sessions like business meetings. Literally put them on your calendar if you have to. You wouldn't skip an important business meeting, so don't skip your running session.


    Plan, plan, plan. My story goes like this; I am a 34 yr old father of 3 (all under the age of 5), I work FT as a retail manager (no set schedule), I attend the University of Pheonix (online classes) FT AND completed the C25kfree program from April 14, 2014 to running my first 5k on Father's Day of this year. There are many factors to being successful, but for me there were 2. The first was for me. This was a challenge to myself saying that with all on my plate, I can do this and be successful! (Just finish my 3rd 5k at 24:00min flat). The second was for my family and their support. They understood that I would be out "running" 3 times a week for only a short time, but that would be a good thing down the road. We would make up the 1.5 hrs of my commitment on the backend.


    The only way to be successful is to plan each week ahead of time and stick to it. If you have the ability to have a set schedule, this should be easy, but if you are like me, this takes some thought. I was actually running at sometimes as late as 10 pm in my neighborhood because that was the day that I commited to. I have lost 13lbs since starting, but a bigger win is that I have dropped a pant size! The scale may not reflect your changes, but your clothing will!

  11. It is important to have that rest day in between, especially when you are just starting out. That's one of the beauty's of the C25K program, it keeps you from overdoing it and hurting yourself.


    On those in between days I try to do some weight training or cross train on my mountain bike to keep the calorie burn going. But I must warn you the running gets addictive and it's hard not to run on those rest days!

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