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2999 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2013 5:09 PM by llvv RSS
llvv Amateur 12 posts since
Nov 21, 2013
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Nov 21, 2013 8:37 PM

doing great on week 6 of C-2-5k, how best to keep up after

I'm in the middle of week 6 of 9 of "Couch-to-5K". I can't believe how well it's going. I have never been a runner. I was so sure I would have to repeat weeks, but I have not. I'm trying to use the "natural running" style of running and I have light shoes for that with minimal heel rise. I was concerned about the first long 20 minute jog, but I did it !! My dogs are also enjoying coming along with me and they're probably getting into better shape too, although they want to go faster and longer. Ha ha !! Part way through this program, I signed up and paid to take part in a local 5 K run, since it said it might sell out. I was not at all sure I would be able to do it. It will be a "Resolution Run" on December 31st, about two weeks after my scheduled 9 weeks is supposed to finish, on December 13th. I figured that would give me a bit of a buffer in case I had to take it a bit slower.


I tried to take up running a year and a half ago without the help of an app and I really couldn't do more than about 20 second jogs at a time. I have been doing other things, so I was probably in somewhat better shape before I even started this time, but I'm still amazed I'm actually doing this. A few of the jogs have been a bit tiring at times, but it's sure working for me. I have been able to do all of the jogs without stopping or walking when I was supposed to be jogging ! Hooray !


In the last week or two, the novelty has worn off a bit and I don't always feel like doing these workouts, but I have so far always managed to get myself to do them. I have taken the jogs at a reasonable pace, not trying to push myself too much, since I wanted to be able to do them, so I haven't been too concerned about the distance that I'm going. Some days, however, I push myself a little more if I feel like it.


The zombie trainer has been kind of fun.


I'm thinking that if I can do the 5K, I might go on in the spring to try "5K to 10K", then enter the Mother's day 10K. Having goals of specific races seems to help !


Since it's winter and there's snow and sometimes ice here, it's not always the most secure footing for running. I have not slipped on anything so far, but I'm a little concerned about that. I don't want to hurt myself or fall.


After I finish "Couch to 5K", how much or how often would I have to keep running to keep up what I've accomplished so far, say for the next couple of months, January and February, to possibly start the "5K to 10K" in March, so I would be able to run the 10K race in May ? Should it still be 3 times a week of about 30 minutes / 5K ? Or would less often afterwards be OK ?

  • shipo Legend 455 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
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    1. Nov 22, 2013 6:35 AM (in response to llvv)
    doing great on week 6 of C-2-5k, how best to keep up after

    Congratulations on the C25K thing and on your 5K and 10K races. 


    Regarding winter maintenance mode running, it all depends.  Running 3 relatively easy 30 minute runs will certainly do it for you, however, I've also worked out "only" three times per week and pushed pace and/or distance and actually made improvements.  With that said, I suppose an argument can be made which says only two runs per week at say 40-50 minutes would bring the same results.


    FWIW, I live in New Hampshire and we get lots of snow and ice, needless to say, I've had to learn how to safely run in the stuff.  The following are two products I've used in the past to help with traction when things get icy:


    Keep us posted on your progress. 

  • shipo Legend 455 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
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    3. Nov 22, 2013 8:17 AM (in response to llvv)
    doing great on week 6 of C-2-5k, how best to keep up after

    Yeah, adding things to your shoes does weigh them down a bit, but that just makes the workout all that much more effective. 


    Keep us posted on your progress.

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,927 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    4. Nov 23, 2013 4:39 PM (in response to llvv)
    doing great on week 6 of C-2-5k, how best to keep up after

    When I completed the c25k the group I was in decided to go onto the c25k to a 10k. I did better when I followed a schedule. Good Luck

  • TIFFsters Rookie 1 posts since
    Nov 27, 2013

    So bummed...did couch potato to 5k and finished it to week 9...thinking I was running 3 miles in 30 min.  Used a treadmill tonight and it took about 30 min to do only about 1.5 miles:(. So now I don't feel ready for a 5k race

  • Kelly1066 Pro 122 posts since
    Jul 12, 2012

    Hi TIFFsters: That's really tough to discover that you're not running the pace that you'd expected, yet, the most important part is that you've still made substantial progress from where you were, and by continuing you'll get to the point where you're 5k ready.  It might help to start working in terms of miles rather than minutes, and figure out where a good starting place is to continue to gradually add.  It's worth doing... and I remember repeating parts of the program and being frustrated, but being so happy that I stuck with it and ran that first 5k.  Which I definitely didn't run in 30 minutes... it took months after completing the program to get to that pace!


    Best wishes and good luck... it's a long road but it's worth it.

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