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999 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 24, 2011 9:19 AM by urun2me
ikhlaas Rookie 1 posts since
Aug 15, 2011
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Aug 24, 2011 7:23 AM

having trouble with couch to 5k

I recently started the couch to 5k program. Ive done 1 min run, 1.5min walk and it took me 2 weeks to get a lil bit comfortable with it. I decided to move on to 1min run with 1 min walk but it turns out i cover a shorter distance with this routine. I think its because 1 min running is harder and i compromise for it on my wlaking speed. Has this happened to anyone. With the 1min run and 1.5 min walk i covered 2.5k. With 1min run and 1 min walk i covered 2.3k. And Im finding it really hard to get comfrtable with the 1 min run 1 min walk routine. Why am I experiencing  a decrease in my distance and why am I noticing very small gains in my stamina?

  • akaerock Pro 120 posts since
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    1. Aug 24, 2011 7:41 AM (in response to ikhlaas)
    Re: having trouble with couch to 5k

    How fast are you running? Maybe you need to slow down your run. Dont think of it as running, think of it as jogging very slowly. Once your jogging your goal distance you can start improving your pace.





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  • slowskinnyrunner Pro 67 posts since
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    2. Aug 24, 2011 7:42 AM (in response to ikhlaas)
    Re: having trouble with couch to 5k

    I can only speak for myself but my stamina was very slow in building up also. Part of it I am sure has to do with our fitness level when we start exercising. Don't get discouraged. It took me about 3 months to be able to run 3 miles without stopping and I actually did that for the first time during a race but was unable to do it again for at least another month. So you see you are not abnormal, unless we both are, and don't worry about your distance or your time. You are moving and that is the most important part.





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  • ModernMaven Pro 135 posts since
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    3. Aug 24, 2011 8:10 AM (in response to slowskinnyrunner)
    Re: having trouble with couch to 5k

    slowskinnyrunner wrote:

     

    I can only speak for myself but my stamina was very slow in building up also. Part of it I am sure has to do with our fitness level when we start exercising. Don't get discouraged. It took me about 3 months to be able to run 3 miles without stopping and I actually did that for the first time during a race but was unable to do it again for at least another month. So you see you are not abnormal, unless we both are, and don't worry about your distance or your time. You are moving and that is the most important part.

     

    This.  In fact, the first three 5k's I did  I had to walk a little of it too.  It took me a long time to get up to running 3 miles straight without it really feeling right.  There is so much at play with your level of fitness and it takes time to build it all up.  In the time from when I started the program even to now, there are certain times and mileages where I feel I will never break through that wall and be able to go further or faster... and then it just happens.  And you dont look back.

     

    Just keep at it.  It will happen.





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  • urun2me Pro 194 posts since
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    4. Aug 24, 2011 9:19 AM (in response to ikhlaas)
    Re: having trouble with couch to 5k

    It takes time for the body to adjust from inactivity to activity. It took me about six months of walking and doing some treadmill running before I could even start C25K! Then it took another six months to get to the point where I could run 30 minutes nonstop "comfortably." Three months later I completed a half marathon using run/walk and felt great at the finish. I'm now preparing for a full marathon in February - but running is still not "easy" every day. Some days feel great and I can run for extended periods of time without walk breaks, other days are a little tougher and I have to adjust with more frequent breaks in order to cover the distance. But in the grand scheme of things - who cares?

     

    Give yourself a pat on the back for getting off the couch! In time your endurance will increase. It wont happen in a straight line, but it will happen over time. So keep putting one foot in front of the other and congratulations on tackling the challenge of C25K. Good luck in your journey!

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