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  1. The best thing I found was to jog barefoot on a smooth concrete or tile surface. It gives you immediate feedback. I used the smooth stone tile at my work to practice, and get a feel for how I should be running. I didn't run very long. Just enough to get a feel for the proper technique for when I ran outside. Another thing that helped was using a jump rope on a hard surface. The foot strike for jumping rope is very similar to the forefoot running technique. If you don't have a jump rope then just use an imaginary rope. It's pretty close to impossible to heel strike while jumping rope.
  2. I'm a believer in the barefoot running technique, which has you land on your forefoot. Of course, this is somewhat difficult to do with most shoes that have an elevated heel. It's much easier with a zero drop (flat) shoe. If you can find a place to run barefoot on a smooth concrete or tile surface, you will soon find out how much force is generated through heel striking, and you will naturally start running with a forefoot strike. This technique does use different muscles, and requires some transition time. https://youtu.be/7jrnj-7YKZE
  3. Great job! Finishing week 5 was a big confidence boost for me. The finish line is almost in sight!
  4. W7D1 this week was the hardest run I've ever had on the C25K program. I finished, but only due to sheer stubbornness. My wife, who is usually beside me or behind me, ran way off into the distance. Mentally I started questioning why I was doing this. I just wanted to quit the whole program. Then day 2 came along. I didn't want to run. I was scared. I didn't want to have another experience like my last run. Still, I laced up my shoes and reluctantly headed out the door. I had great run! I got into a nice rhythm, and finished strong. Today's run was even better. My pace was nearly 2 mins. pe
  5. Due to icy conditions, I've been unable to run for the last 9 days, but now the roads have finally thawed. After 9 days off I was a little worried about continuing on to w6d1, but today was by far the easiest workout yet. It felt good to get out there running again.
  6. My first time doing C25K I did the time option. This time I'm using my GPS watch and doing the distance. I think the time option is better for a new runner. For me, on w5 d2 the distance worked out to be about the same as the time. On the 2 mile run of w5 d3, the distance worked out to be 1:59 over the 20 minute time. I'm not sure I would have wanted to run that extra 2 minutes my first time running c25k.
  7. About a year ago I started C25K, but after completing the first 2 weeks, I had to go out of town on business for a month. After that, I always had excuses as to why I couldn't restart. No more excuses. Week 1 was hard, but I'd done it before, so mentally it wasn't much of a challenge. Physically I felt like I was just about at my limit. The worse thing about this week was the weather. Windy with temperatures in the 16-20 degree F range. The weather made an uncomfortable experience even more uncomfortable. Week 2 was easier for me than week 1. I preferred running a little longer each
  8. Hey, ya'll! My name is Brent. I graduated from C25K in May of 2014. I had an injury which then kept me from running, and I soon slipped back into bad habits. Now I'm doing the program again, and I just finished week 5. I thought I'd share my experience from the first time I did C25K, but I wanted to introduce myself first. I a 40 year old married man with 9 children. I've struggled with weight for most of my life. I've never been a runner. Even in my youth, when I was fairly athletic, I was never able to run very far. Halfway around the track was about as far as I could go without needing
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