I'm a mom to 4 kids (my oldest is 6 and my youngest is 1). I'm heavy and out of shape. I run/walk on the treadmill in my bedroom. I had these grand illusions when I got my treadmill 4 months ago that I would be on it every day, in all my spare moments. Recently had a reality check: Not many spare moments when the kids are awake. So--Sunday evening at 10:30 pm I announced to my husband I would be up at 6:15 am on Monday and on the treadmill to start the C25K.
I did it, W1D1 with success. I went pretty slow though and was sore in the afternoon.Tomorrow is W1D2 and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm feeling really odd not doing anything today though. I know my body needs time to rest and heal. I'm sure I'll get used to it. I'll probably do W1 twice. I have a hard enough time running (I should be saying jogging--slowly) for 60 seconds...not sure I will be up to 90 after just 3 workouts.
I'm doubting that when I get to 3.1 miles that I will be running a 10 minute mile. I'm a worrier and I tend to talk myself out of things. I worry that I won't ever get any faster and I'll just slowly jog forever and it will all be very ineffective.
I've decided not to weigh myself. When I first started using my treadmill my dad told me to track my fitness by my increased stamina and endurance. He told me not to worry about what my weight was doing. I didn't listen and I got really discouraged when I had changed my eating habits and was on the treadmill 3-4 times a week but was gaining weight. I was so discouraged that I quit.
So now I have no weight loss goal. I have a 5k goal. My goal is the Turkey Trot 5k 11/24/11. I know that it's 3 months away but I have this feeling I will need the extra time! I hardly ever stick with anything so I am telling a lot of people about the Turkey Trot...I have at least 1 other person who will be participating with me--2 others are thinking about it. I can't let them down. That's my motivation to stick with it! Let's hope it lasts!
Your body will probably surprise you!! Just let it do its thing and see how fast you get. You have to start slow!
There are some great threads for C25K support...this one is for 8/8 starters:
You'll find lots of doubts as well as support here. Just hop in, announce that you started 8/15 and join the club! There are usually people who repeat weeks or days, so I'll bet there are some on the exact same schedule as you're on.
Totally understand the difficulty of running with young kids, too. My wife (who typically works 70 hrs/week) and I have a two year old, so I've been getting up at 5 to run for about a year now. Because she's a teacher, during the summer I'll run from 5:30-6:30, she goes to the gym from 6:30-8 and then I'm into work at 9. Kids make it a bit crazy! Your body gets used to that, too.
Welcome to the program
I completely understand when you say you are a worrier, I am just the same. I am currently up to W2D3 and I was only just looking at W5D3 (again) wondering how I was ever going to do this but I think that is half the fun... Having a little doubt in your mind and then achieving what you thought you couldn't. I think it's good that we can surprise ourselves sometimes!!
I thought the jump from 60secs to 90 secs was going to be a shock but I barely noticed the change which was very motivating!
And don't worry about the speed thing... A faster pace will come in time!
Good luck with your C25K journey, I can't wait to hear how you are going!
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Sure it can last! Hi, I'm a mommy of 4 also, 10, 9, 9, and 5. DS is 5 and likes to stand right behind me on the treadmill while I'm trying very hard to concentrate, and puts things on the moving belt to watch them fly off lol. Its hard to make them understand that the treadmill is "me" time, and the really little ones just won't get it.
I started on the street, without the treadmill, gasping for air by 30-45 seconds of intervals in the 1st week wondering how in the world I was going to do week 2. I admit, i did have to take some time off and do something different till I got the treadmill, but its much better now. Done with week 5, just finished yesterday with the 20 minute run. Key is, just don't let your mind tell your body what it can and can't do. Our minds have had years of self negative talk that said "i'm not running even if you paid me and had a gun pointed in my direction" If you feel your breathing is out of control, then slow down some but don't stop till that interval is done.
Thanks everybody for the encouragement!
Tomorrow is W1D3 for me and I'm looking forward to it. I'm trying to figure out a way to get up and on the treadmill without leaving my bedroom. As soon as I step out the door at least 2 of the kids are up...*sigh* I think I'll be stocking my dresser with energy bars and water bottles! I have to get up and get on before anyone wakes up or it just doesn't happen for me.
I am getting a lot of encouragement from my family. My mom is running her first official 5k on Saturday. It's funny because I'm the one who said "I've always said to myself that I could never be a runner. But why not? Why couldn't I ever be a runner?" And she said "You're right!" She went and bought a treadmill as well and runs on the road and on the treadmill! I also have an aunt who wants to start the C25K and be support for each other.
This is really exciting! I hope above hope that I stay on track...October 14th is a couple days shy of our 7th wedding anniversary! My husband says he'll support me by riding in a golf cart along side me while I run! HA
Thanks a lot for the encouragement, again--I really appreciate it!
Today was W1D3 for me as well as LittleEvo. I REALLY REALLY REALLY did not want to get on the treadmill this morning. Baby woke up about the same time I did...then older brother woke up... But I told myself I would regret if I didn't get on there! So I got on and I did it! I didn't feel as great as I did Wednesday but I'm glad I stuck to the plan. It's WAY too early to give up! LOL I think I may have been a little dehydrated which made a huge difference. I also didn't eat anything because I didn't want the other kids to wake up too. I'm sure that's why I didn't feel great.
I'm hoping to get some walking in this weekend and then I look forward to Monday. Actually not really. I don't know if I can do 90 seconds of running!
Don't be afraid to repeat a week.
I repeated almost every week at least once while I was doing C25K. and I stuck with it up until I had the 20 minute run. As soon as I did the 20 minute run, then next workout day I ran for 30 minutes, and ever since I have been just running for distance.
Stick to the running as best as life allows, and I promise you you won't regret it!
being a mom of little ones that need so much attention at this point in life truely does make it hard to run sometimes...you have to make sure your husband knows this is important to you and that you want his support as well as his help. I got tons of "support" to start running when I did but no help in fitting it into our life with kids until I demanded it. Now he has no problem when I lace up and head out no matter what time of day it is. and you are correct not to be focused on weight at this point, just follow the program and maintain good low fat/ high protien intake with good hydration and the rest will fall into place.
Pop over to http://www.momsrunthistown.com and see if there are any running moms in your area to meet up with, and if not hey thats fine to you can connect with us running moms for support online too we are on Facebook there is the national page and then state pages as well
Good luck and dont be hard on yourself
2009: Opperation Troop Appreciation 5k oct 29:44 (first race), Greensburg Turkey Trot 5k nove 31:09
2010: On Deck for the Cure sprint 1mi 1-4 9:00, Race for Grace 5k 3-20 32:11, Yough River Council 1/2 marathon 4-10 2:16:39 (goal for 1st 1/2 2:25) 3rd in AG, Pittsburgh Komen Race for the Cure 5k 5-9 30:08, Jerry Mahar Jr Parkinsons Awareness 5k 6-5-10 29:28 6th in AG
Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon 12-5 5:01:?? FIRST FULL MARATHON (with calf tear)
2011: Race for Grace 5k 3-19 30:56, Alpha Fitness 5k 4-9 28:57 8th in AG, Pittsburgh Half Marathon 5-14 2:17:52, 9/11 Heroes Run 5k 9-11 27:34 (PR) 5th in AG, Pittsburgh ZooZilla 5k 10-2 28:03, Greenburg 5k Turkey Trot 11-24 28:35
NEXT PLANNED EVENT: Race for Grace 5k 3-31-2012, Pittsburgh Marathon 5-6-2012, Great Race 10K 9-30-2012
I just wanted to let you know that it is all worth it. I have an 8 yr old and a 3 yr old, and could never find the time or motivation. Early Summer or Late Spring, my husband downloaded Robert Ullryes C25K, and we both started the program. I loved that it is only every other day. I love even more that if a week is hard, or if the weather doesn't cooperate, or if we are up all night with a sick/grumpy toddler, that we can repeat a week! Which we did when our heat index was over 100 for 3 weeks straight! I still ran early a.m., but getting to pace was hard! I don't run on a treadmill. Being outside motivates me more, and is my only quiet time. I think getting on a scale is a good idea though. Maybe not at first, but once you feel a change in how your clothes fit, it's good to see your weight, so you can really SEE that muscle does way more (I know "they" say that, but seeing is believing to me).......I've lost 55 pounds in the past 4 months, but am wearing clothes as if I lost another 20. I do lift weights on the alternate days, just in my home, just little 5 pounders. I LOVE couch to 5K.....so much in fact that today I started the Couch to 8k. Now I am in pain today. And if I can do it, then I know you can too! Keep up the great work
My alarm went off this morning at the same time the baby was crying. Plus I took Benadryl last night for a bee sting so this morning was rough. I didn't get on the treadmill right when I woke up and decided I would make time to do it at naptime.There is danger in that, I took the risk of it not happening at all. BUT I found the time!
LittleEvo:YAY for us!! We did W2D1...I noticed today that there is a very fine line between feeling great and feeling like I'm going to die! lol I was wavering up until I finished my 5 minute warm up--I really thought I was going to redo W1D3 but I gave myself a little pep talk and went for it. I wish my husband would go for it. I can just hear myself now "You know there's another mom on this forum who is at the same place in the C25k as I am and her husband decided to start it too!" hint hint
undomial: Thank you for the words of encouragement. Last night when I was all swollen from my sting and exhausted from a busy weekend I told my husband "There's NO giving up!" It's just not an option. I also want to do an upper body strengthening workout on tues/thurs with 5lb weights. I also plan on weighing myself eventually. It is inevitable I will lose weight/inches but it plays so much into my discouragement that I don't want to go there and risk getting so frustrated that I want to quit!
So many friends are finding out that I'm doing the C25k and everyone is rooting me on. A couple of them are joining in! I wish I could run on the road. I'm too scared to go early in the morning or later in the evening--we live in bear country! Eventually I will. I have a couple of potential running buddies but I need to get closer to their level before I feel like I could join them! I'm super excited. Maybe one of these days I will stop under estimating myself!
How wonderful that you found the time! It can be so hard when you have little ones, especially if you don't get sleep. So many mornings I'm too tired, and I'll do it after my hubby gets home, and then dinner is later and the whole routine is off, all because I can't get up! I envy that you can run on a treadmill. Oddly, I lose my balance on them. But if I lived in bear country, I don't know if I'd ever be brave enough to run outside! I carry pepper spray for dogs, and that is about as brave as I could get.
I don't know if you have On Demand, or if it has the same choices, but if you are looking for a great 5 lb weight workout, try Jillian Michaels, Target Trouble Zones. It is mostly arms, but she does lots of core in it too. You constantly are moving your legs in lunges or squats, but most of those I don't do quite as far, as I just don't have the knees for it. But it is a great weight work out!
I'm so glad you have a great support system! Don't underestimate yourself, we are stronger than anyone can ever know!