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Kiki99 Rookie 3 posts since
Jan 13, 2010
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Jan 13, 2010 2:50 PM

Starting over....Newbie   (It's been 10 years)

Hi everyone,


I've decided to start running again. It's been 10 years since I ran on a regular basis. I ran cross country and track in HS but haven't done a things since then. I've wanted to get back in shape for a couple years but I've just too been lazy. A friend has asked me to do a 5k and I said sure. I thought this would be a way to be held accountable and force me to get back in shape. I figured it wouldn't take much for me to get back in the swing of things........until today.  I just tried to do a jog through my neighborhood and it wasn't pretty. I'm going to try the C25k program but my concern is that it will progress too slow. Anyone else in my boat?

  • BioChick Amateur 34 posts since
    Jul 29, 2009
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    1. Jan 14, 2010 7:32 AM (in response to Kiki99)
    Re: Starting over....Newbie (It's been 10 years)

    Glad to hear you're getting back into running!  The C25K program focuses on slower progress.  For me, it is perfect.  I absolutely hated running when I first started because I was terrible at it...I felt like whenever I ran, my legs would burn and I would be gasping for breath...after like 30 seconds.  Now, I'm on Week 5 and running for 5 minutes is painless.  I'm looking forward to the longer runs coming up in this week.


    My advice to you is to start the C25K program and if you feel you aren't being challenged, try running at a faster pace or running up hills.  From other people's experience on here and from what I've read elsewhere, you have to trust the program.  It is slow progress but it's progress.  The first week was relatively easy for me, I was actually running at a much faster pace that first week than I am now.  However, I'm able to run for longer periods of time now.  I plan to increase my speed after I'm done with the 9 weeks.  Anyway, I would at least try it and see what happens.  If you feel you're progressing too slowly then skip to the next week.

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  • Jasmine1972 Legend 923 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
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    2. Jan 14, 2010 8:12 AM (in response to Kiki99)
    Re: Starting over....Newbie (It's been 10 years)

    I agree with BioChick. If at some time in the training, you get your "legs" back, and find that C25K is too slow or unchallenging, then increase your running pace, run for distance (not time like most of us), or increase the number of runs per wk, so that you complete each C25K wk in less than 7 days.  Or, when you get to a certain point where you need to, use C25K as the foundation for your own modified program, and increase the time, distance or number of runs, based on what you feel you can do each day or week.


    Just listen to your body- it may recognize the "olde ways" and snap back. OR it may tell you that, yes, you are older, and its going to take some time to get there.  But most important, have fun, and don't train too hard so that you get injured.  Running is something you are trying to make a part of your life now, and you don't have to overtrain to meet a coach's demands, just your own internal siren to train for your first (or next) road race.

    Jo Ann C

    Started Walking 7/15/09 Weight = 265#; C25K Grad 11/6/09

    8/30/09 5K (62:42) 262# 10/2/10 5K (37:44) 206# 3/26/11 5K (36:42) PR 202#

    6/19/10 10K (83:47) 208# 3/6/11 UAH 10K (79:18) 200#

    6/27/10 IronGirl, Atlanta Tri S 1/3m/B 18m/R 3m (2:42:10) 207#; 5/15/11 - (2:34:08 200)#

    9/25/10 Women's HM, Nashville (3:27:10) 209#, 11/13/10 Huntsville HM (3:17:27) 203#

    2/13/11 Mercedes HM, B'ham (3:02:02) 203#; 3/19/11 Rocket 10mi (2:13:37) PR

    4/30/11 RnR HM Nashville (3:10:12); 5/15/11 5/30/11 Cotton Row 10K (84:36) ;

    6/11/11 Mt. Mania 15K (2:17:12); 7/16/11 Wet Dog Tri (98:56);

    8/13/11 Mtn Lakes Tri; (2:13:32); 8/28 Rocketman Oly Tri; 9/10 Frantic Frog Tri (1:52:35)

    9/24/11 Womens HM (2:54:28) 195# PR; 10/1 Toray 5K (35:35 PR);

    10/15/11 Liz Hurley 5K (36:24); 10/22 Book-it 10K (74:51 PR) 197#;
    11/12/11 Huntsville HM - Target 2:50

  • Sonyaanewme Rookie 1 posts since
    Jan 21, 2010
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    4. Jan 21, 2010 10:40 AM (in response to Kiki99)
    Re: Starting over....Newbie (It's been 10 years)

    I am starting back as well. Have not ran or participated in an event in 5 or 6 years because I hurt my knees in the 2005 Peachtree Road race. So I am getting back in shape and working on running again. I would love to start with training for 5K. I began training in the gym but I know I need to start outside as well as to test my knees. What is the C25k program?

  • BioChick Amateur 34 posts since
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    5. Jan 21, 2010 10:52 AM (in response to Sonyaanewme)
    Re: Starting over....Newbie (It's been 10 years)

    C25K stands for "Couch to 5k."  It's a training program that builds someone up from not running at all to running a 5k in 9 weeks.  Here's the link so you can take a look.  It's a great program.  I'm currently on Week 6 and just did a 20 minute run the other day and I had never run for more than a few minutes at a time ever!  I was an athlete in high school and I'm trying to get back into that shape.  The C25K works but it's slow progress.  A lot of people in this community can verify that it does work!  Also, going from the treadmill to outside is a hard transition (at least for me, it will be).  I tried running outside the other day and couldn't do it, my chins ached and I was winded after just a few minutes.  I'm sticking to the treadmill until I finish, then I will start running outside (on soft terrain!).  Hope this helps!


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