Hi all! I am loving reading the discussions here! Anyway, I've just started my C25k, and so far, it's going decent. I'm in week 2. Anyway, for those of you who are graduates, or who are ahead of me in the program, what was your hardest week, or day? I am really loving the program, but the bigger weeks are so intimidating to me. Really, will I be able to run a 5k?? It seems so unrealistic right now! I'm anxious to hear everyone's input!
Graduated C25K 5/8/2010
5/1/10 Turkey Hill Country Classis 5k- 37:03
5/8/10 Miles for Moms 5k- 32:43
6/30/10 Joe Heyer Mem Run 5k- 34:31
8/7/10 Seca Race for Rec 5k- 33:36
10/2/10 Hands on House 5k- 33:58
10/9/10 Spina Bifida Run 5k- 32:17
The hardest run for me was the very first day. I felt awkward, and I coulnd't believe how out of shape I was. It was kind of depressing, but also proved to me that I had to keep going and commit to the 9 weeks.
And let me say to those of you who haven't done it yet... the dreaded W5D3 run turned out to be my favorite run of all ---- because I couldn't believe I did it!! The 13-14 minute mark was hell, but I pushed through it and before I knew it I was at 20! Amazing!
The program works. If you are completing each run, you are ready to move on. If you absolutely can't push through one, repeat it! Each one should be a challenge, but as you progress along you will be amazed at what you can do!!
Meryl I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday. ~Author Unknown
C25K Graduate 7/18/2009
I got up this morning and did Week 6 Day 1. So far, this has been the hardest day for me. I haven't had any trouble completing a day so far, but I think today was so difficult because I ran outside and have been running on a treadmill for most of the last 5 weeks. The weather is getting nicer, so its great to be outside, but running outside is SO much harder than on a treadmill. I think I might stay on week six for 2 weeks and do all my runs outside so that I can catch my body up. I felt kind of discouraged after my jog today, and I definitely don't wanna feel like that.
Every other day has been great! It's amazing how much better I feel getting some exercise. I'm more relaxed, it's easier to get up in the morning, I'm motivated to choose other healthy behaviors (no occasional cigarettes, eating well, drinking water, etc).
I've also found that the days I really didn't feel like jogging and forced myself to go, were the best. I'd be dreading the gym after a long day of work, and once I started it never ever felt as bad as I'd feared. The thing I always have to remember is that you NEVER regret geting some exercise after you are done, you always feel better.
Week 2 was the hardest for me. Week 1 I was excited to be taking on something new and very motivated and although physically it was challenging I was ok. But Week 2 was like oh crap, now I know what to expect. I tried very hard not to look ahead after week 3 so I didn't know about W5D3 until my actual running day. I was like "what? Already?" I am on W6D2 now and boy do I miss those interval trainings.
Graduate C25K 4/7/10
Officer Training School PT test Ready by 4/23/10 1.5 miles under 15min
Yesterday, w6d2 was my hardest. I think it was really my own fault though because I don't think I was properly hydrated. Plus, I was outside and it was only my 2nd outdoor run of the program. The weather got nice enough this week to get out there finally. I find that when I don't drink enough water, my runs are really much harder. As someone else posted, the dreaded w5d3 run was my favorite so far. I struggled much harder yesterday...the last mile wasn't bad, but the first one sucked.
Getting back into a healthy lifestyle so I can set a good example for my kids.
Couch to 5k program February - April 2010.
4/25/2010 - Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k 33:09
6/26/2010 - Binder Park Zoo Cheetah Chase 5k 32:42