I''ve tried to do C25K more than once but have never even been able to complete W1D1. Even once I established a decent walking base (walk 3 miles a day 3x week) I still just always found C25K too hard. Earlier this year I worked on shorter run intervals of about 30 sec with longer rest periods (like 90sec-2min). Doing that I had finally gotten up to the ability to do intervals of running one minute, walking 2 minutes which is still not up to W1D1 but was at least an improvement and I was slowly getting closer to W1D1 of C25K. Then I got derailed by illness for 11 weeks (stomach virus then flu-like symptoms with fever for 2 weeks, asthma problems, 2 bouts of bronchitis, followed by 2 separate bouts of pneumonia). I've only recently gotten the approval from my doctor to start exercising again. I found a program that is similar in nature to C25K, but starts out much easier. Anyone interested?
I'm doing Phase 2 of the routine suggested on this webpage
This program was designed for someone who wants to do a half but the suggested interval training works for someone who just wants to do a 5k as well. It goes from running 30 seconds/walking 3 minutes (much easier than C25k) and then over 11 weeks increases to running 3 minutes/walking 1 minute. I was thinking that if I can manage to get to the last week where I'm running 3 minute intervals then from there I have options of continuing to increase the running intervals or possibly start eliminating the walk breaks or even picking up in the middle of C25K.
Is there anyone else out there who finds C25K too challenging and might be interested in a slower more gradual running increase? This week I'm doing the week of running 45 seconds/walking 3 minutes. I hope I'm not the only one who is so out of shape and finds C25K to simply be too hard.
Nope your not alone I'm thinking of backing off too! I am on day 4 of W1 c25k and it's hurting me ...I dont want to give up... so i want to start tomorrow just briskly walking 5 miles a day/ 4 days this next week. then maybe Go back to C25k and try week one tweeked to running 1 min walking 3 and going from there. I seem to beable to briskly walk 3 miles faster then i can 2miles doing the 60sec/90sec intervals of this c25k program so think it will help me loosen up some more and prepare better for the c25k program.
Just Do It, My New Motto!!
I was looking for something slower than c25k and ran across your post. Thanks for sharing. I lived most of my life without being active, and although I walk regularly, trying to run has not been easy. I'm currently walking and adding in 30 seconds of jogging here and there. Hopefully it will continue to get better. Thanks again!
Tell you what, this last week I had to take TWO days off instead of ONE in between W2D2 and W2D3 and am considering doing that again as I approach W3D1. I'm not overweight and I am LOVING the running but it is doing a number to me in various ways.
I wonder if it is "legal" if I just put an extra day off of running in there occasionally. I'll keep trying and then maybe drop back and join you-all if C25K isn't working for me. I do NOT want an injury.
Good Old Gal
I think you have to do what works for you. That's what I started doing when c25k was too tough for me. But I'm getting better, it's slow improvement, but at least I'm out there!