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I am now 4 workouts in and I am having a blast. My pace and distance has increased each time and I feel like my jogging mechanics have gotten much more comfortable. Hooray for fitness.
12/31/2013 - Started C25K - 243#
Congratulations to everyone who is working on a C25K program. Just be patient, especially if you're older. I'm 51, and had been quite sedentary for about 20 years. I had also gradually gained about 60 lbs over that 20-year period. I learned about C25K at a WeightWatchers meeting, and started the C25K program last March. In the beginning it was really tough, so gave myself about twice as long to complete the program, not moving on until I had completed the three prescribed run-walk programs for that week. I also took a good form running class at a local running shop. My top priority was to avoid injury, but after I began focusing on form, I started to enjoy the running process much more, as something to look forward to, rather than a workout to get through.
The payoff: My blood pressure is down, as is my resting heart rate. I've also lost 50 points, doing it slowly with a combination of making better choices of food (incl. the quantity; WeightWatchers has been great for building my awareness). In the past three months, I've run a three 5Ks, one 8K and one 10K (prepared myself with a 10K training app). At the beginning I was wondering how I would find the time to run, but with the exercise and weight loss, my concentration has improved, so I'm getting more done at work and at home even though I'm spending a few hours per week running. My mood is also much better. I know that I will never win a race, but I set modest goals for myself, finishing my first 5K under 30 minutes, and the 10K in less than 60 minutes, for instance, and trying to improve a little bit with each new competition.
Again: just be patient as you progress, buy a good pair of shoes at a specialty running store (mine cost about $110), take a class in good form running if one is available, run safely, and enjoy!
As a former recreational runner, I too am trying to get back to running after a heart attack and many years of neglect. I can't even do the minimum for C25K right now but I will keep plugging away at it. My knees ache, my lower back hurts, and when running my shins just SCREAM but I will keep on keeping on !
Please, please, please, do your shins a favor; that is one part of the body where "running through the pain" usually doesn't work, in fact, it usually makes things worse.
Take it easy, do lots of walking and work your way up to W1D1 of the C25K program.
Fat old man PRs:
Great to read all these updates. Have had a crack at c25k before but determined to see it through this time. Always easy to find excuses to stop but I'm going to ignore them this time!
Well im new to all of this, tried C25k a good few years ago now and couldnt get pace right and got disheartened.
Spoke to a friend of mine last year who said it was all about gowing slow and building up stamina. ........
So here i am back again.
overweight, but well i suspect around 100kgs and 5.7
I am planning on feeling my clothes looser will be a motivator and not the scales this time around as that is what disheartened me last time not seeing any movement
just completed Week 2 run 2,
walking speed 6.0 and running 7.0 as advised by friend and going ok, well to be honest.
I ran at 7 for 1.5 x 4 this evening with 1min walk inbetween, (didnt realise it was meant to be 2w)
then 4 x 1min after a 2min walk
Welcome fatty2surf and K3atie!
K3atie, I started running (again) last April when I was about 116 kg and I'm only about an inch taller than you, so I know from whence you speak. Due to a few lifestyle changes I made back then I was able to free up enough time to really concentrate on putting in lots of long, slow, and safe miles, and wouldn't you know it, by November I was down to about 88 kg; something I accomplished with zero dieting. I've been in a bit of a holding pattern since then, but I'm not worried about that, I don't mind a little extra weight to help keep me warm on those long and cold winter runs; I plan on losing the final 10-15 kgs by the summer.
There is another fairly active thread you might want to follow called the "200+ Pound Club!", you can get to it here: 200+ Pound Club!
Fat old man PRs:
K3atie, what units are you using for your speeds of 6.0 and 7.0? I'm admittedly old and unfit (61 years old and sedentary), but my walking pace is 2.4 miles/hour and my jogging pace is 4.5 miles/hour. I can't imagine walking a 10-minute-mile. That would be some kind of fast walk!
OR, if you are walking a mile in 10 minutes, please please give me your secret!
(By the way, hi everyone. Tomorrow is W2D2 and so far I've managed to stick with the program. I'm a little worried about Week 3, though.)
completed my w3 runs last weekend, feeling upbeat about it.
had a heavily congested nose and a nagging headache, but completed the runs nevertheless.
felt a bit weird inhaling through mouth for the entire run though
I started on 1/20/14, so I think I'm behind everyone here. I'm on the 3rd week, which means I'm moving my running outside (and the weather's improving, so it's serendipitous). I'm 33 y/o, 165 lbs, never run before, on feet all day for work but no exercise. I've run into a new dilemma. My current shoes aren't suitable for outdoor running. I need a different style. Any input/advice/suggestions/warnings? And I'd love to not break the bank on them initially.
I'm feeling really good about the program though. I'm going to have to repeat a couple of weeks to build my stamina, but I'm plugging along. My energy, mood and shh! (s3x drive) have all improved!
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