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I just completed W1 yesterday. I can tell you it wasn't pretty, but got it done. If you are starting C25K this month maybe this is a good place to connect for morale support and probably a fair number of laughs.
Just a little background: 53 yo male, married, father of 1. Started P90 (not "X", but the old school P90) about 3 weeks ago and seeing some major improvements already. My wife signed us up for a local 5K here in Chester County PA on May 19th and after my horror subsided, I scoured the net for a training regimen. When I came across this site I thought the C25K program would be a great way to introduce me to running.
I've never 'run' before, and I was only moderately active these past number of years (you know, job, kids, travel, etc), running feels like an alien sport. I'm sure my form is pathetic, and I have no finesse - probably pounding too hard - nothing smooth about my stride. So I'm hoping to improve enough to run the race in May.
Ran (if you could call what I do 'running') yesterday at a local park with a combination of paved trails, gravel walkways, and dirt paths as well as uneven terrain and uphills. I thought this would be a good way to simulate the actual route. My first two outings were in the neighborhood - flat, well-paved streets and realized that this wouldn't be the reality on May 19th so will go to the park from now on to mimic race course conditions.
If you're sore, tired, filled with dread before you run, uncomfortable running, worried about getting hurt, trying to remember whether it's ice or heat afterwards , concerned about making a fool of yourself, or any other number of worries about starting to run, let's build a good, supportive online team and work through these things together!
Onto W2 D1 in about an hour. Beautiful early-Spring day. Enjoy!
Hey Steveha welcome aboard the program. i am only a wek ahead of you right now. I was set to do W2D3 this morning but decided last night after my leg and shoulder workout I needed an extra day off so I am postponing to tomororw. Congratulations on already signing up for a 5k.
I had decided back in January I needed to make some changes and get moving. I started by editing my daily diet by eliminating snacks and slowly started to eat less at meals. That felt pretty good so I started going to the gym regularly midmonth to do cardio work on the elliptical and by February I started a lifting routine to go along with the cardio work. Then at the beginning of this month my biddy had the idea we run a 5k and another friend suggested the C25K program; so here we are.
It always feels better to know there is someone else out there doing the same. Wether it is my two running buddy's, we don't always run at the same time but we make sure we get it in, my friend a few hundred miles away that started, coworkers who are encouraging and everyone else on this forum. That support network keeps me going.
Started C25K - 3/6/2012
Graduated C25K - 6/4/2012
SNA 5k By the Bay, 5/18/2012 - 29:25
Gaspee Days 5k, 6/9/2012 - 29:39
Hi There- I am a March newbie. I did w1d1 today.
My husband turned things around a little over 2 years ago and lost about 45 lbs. He started running endurance races, this year he will be running his second Tough Mudder. I"ve been jealous of what he has accomplished all ths time but have had no motivation to get myself started. For some reason this year about 7 weeks ago I just got tired of being tired and sick and miserable all the time. I feel like I have wasted the last few years of my life feeling sorry for myself and I can't do that anymore.. Sooo I started to turn some things around in my life and have changed my attitude and adjusted my line of thinking. I think I have finally gotten up the courage to work towards something. So I am starting today to join my husband in an endurance 5k race in November. I won't lie, I did not like today's walk,run at all. I am not a runner and neve have been. In the past when I set my mind to something, I have refused to give up. I don't really know where that person went. But I am determined to get her back! So the 5k will be running, climbing over walls, crawling through mud, running through fire, swimming thru the swamp and lots of other things that are completely out of my comfort zone!
Glad to be joining the community
Good to hear from you. Sounds like you're dong what I'm doing. Adding a little more each week and getting back into a routine without overloading too much all at once. I'm trying to juggle the running with the Power 90 workouts...basically trying to run on the days I do weights (alternating days are cardio); so I'm getting into the routine of adding the running to P90 without doing two cardio exercise periods on the same day. So far, so good. My knees are particularlyl sore today...nothing a little ibuprofen can't cure.
I just finished W2D3 this morning and feel great, taking yesterday off from lifting and running was a miracle. I had been sore from changing my lifting routine a little this week and was beat yesterday. My shins had been burning early into my run so I took the advice of a friend to use shorter strides and land on the balls of my feet. They were a little hot at the end but overall fantastic results. Breathe control and recovery was good and I felt like I could have kept going. I am looking forward to Week 3!
Started C25K - 3/6/2012
Graduated C25K - 6/4/2012
SNA 5k By the Bay, 5/18/2012 - 29:25
Gaspee Days 5k, 6/9/2012 - 29:39
Wow! An endurance 5K! What an accomplishment that will be when you finish! Congratulations for taking the first steps. For myself, I came to the realization that if I didn't intervene by doing something different, I wasn't going to change anything about my fitness. So I got off the couch and got in the game. And I think the first steps are the hardest, so keep up the positive mindset, even on the days when you don't feel like doing anything. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.
I will tell you that my Power90 experience was an example to me of what could be accomplished if I was just willing to put one foot in front of the other, taking one step every day. They call it "Just Push Play" and it's their version of Nike's "Just Do It". One day, one exercise session - don't worry about what you didn't do well yesterday, or whether tomorrow will be difficult - just take every session as it's own win towards you getting back to the person you know you can be.
It's trite, but I can tell you it works. After 65 days of doing Power 90 (I got hurt and couldn't finish the full 90 days) I was at a level of fitness that I didn't think was possible. I was doing stuff that I had only associated with "athletes", and realized that one day at a time can get you where you want to be. So keep up the good effort, try to eliminate the discouragement that you may feel from time to time, and most importantly, get out there and do it.....some days will feel great, and some will have you wishing you stayed home....but congratulate yourself for whatever you can do that day....because whatever it is, it wasn't sitting on the couch watching TV!
We'll be rooting for you!
Sounds like you're finding your sweet spot. So I'm jogging slowly, and I find my strides are too short, but I am thinking that this is conserving my energy. I'm sure a running coach would tell me that by not taking a full stride, I'm probably tiring myself out faster. I have a friend who tells me to run on the balls of my feet; another one says heel-toe, so I guess we'll all find the right approach for us in time.
I was just clearing the 90 second time on the runs yesterday (particularly on a couple of uphills). My hips, knees, and lower back were hurting last night which tells me maybe I'm pounding too hard and not smooth enough in my stride...so I'll keep working on it.
It's good I've got my tunes when I run which help distract me from the strenousness. I'm running the C35K app on my Android with another app that allows me to play my itunes library while the C25K runs in the background with chimes for interval changes....works nicely!
Onto W2D2 tomorrow afternoon. Enjoy the day!
I was wondering about c25k. as it says 3 days a week. you supplement the p90 on other days? Does anyone else have any reccomendations for doing anything any other days or should I ease into it and stick with the 3 days at least for the first couple of weeks?
I am actually fitting the C25K around my existing P90 routine. I had already started P90 about a month before I started running. So I'm doing the C25K as the program calls for - 3 days each week. I take a day off between each running session to help with recovery and soreness - not sure if I could do two runs on back to back days yet.
The P90 program calls for 6 days each week of exercise, 1 day off (3 days cardio, the alternatiing 3 days of strength training).
As to other activity, I'm a big fan of easing into a program so as not to get discouraged early on when I try to do too much and am sore, tired, hurt, etc. Since you're already walking/jogging/running you are getting some decent cardio, so I would vote for a little strength training. I use dumbbells and do about 35 minutes 3 days a week, alternating with 3 days of cardio (power yoga, calisthentics, and kick boxing which are all part of the P90 program routine).
I find that by exercising a little each day (30-45 minutes) that I am less sore, have more energy, and feel better. If I take a few days off, I'm stiff and sore, and then get discouraged. I've also noticed that in addition to better energy levels, I tend to eat better on the days when I've exercised - I guess it's just psychological that I don't want to eat junk food after I've just exercised off a bunch of calories.
If you don't have P90 you can easily find simple dumbbell exercises on the web or in a bookstore to help. My weights are between 8 - 15lbs so I'm not killing myself yet with heavy weights, but I'll build up to that in the coming months.
A little exercise each day coupled with just a bit less junk food, and you'll really start to see improvements. In the first month, I've lost about 7lbs, my clothes are looser, my head is clearer, I sleep better, and generally feel like I'm getting back to a point where I was when I was younger.
Just my simple opinions, but I hope this helps!
I am very much a newby! Finally decided to get off my couch and get in the game! I just finished week1 day 2 tonight and found it so much more difficult than the first run. Did anyone else have that experience? I truly felt great after my first run and tonight I felt like I could vomit when I was done! I am really hoping Wed. goes better for me. I am not giving up however...I will get in shape!
I am also a March Newbie, but not new to C25K. Last July I did the program and finished through week #9, I was running about 30 minutes ( though I couldn't run a whole 5K yet). I found out when I got up around 30 minutes of running, and noticed knee, hip and foot pain that something wasn't working. Fastforward to some PT, and I found out that flat feet and collapsed arches don't really go with running. Fastforward a little more, into some custom made orthotics, and I am starting over.
The good news is that I have no pain at all now, and after breaking in those inserts, I'm ready to get running again. I also feel a little boost, knowing that I did it before. Whomever said "Running is 90% mental" is absolutly right. I have literally come off the couch to start running. I have a full time job, a husband and 3 kids, but exercise has never appealed to me. My goal is to be running about 30 minutes again by the beginning of June, which is when a local women's running clinic starts up. I want to train with them to be able to complete a 5K this year, and get in the habit of running 3-5 miles, 3-5x's weekly. It's a lofty goal since I'm starting from zero, but I guess I have to start somewhere.
It's great to hear how all of you are doing and to have other runners to share the journey with.
Keep Pushing, Always.
Keep Pushing, Always.
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Welcome and congratulations to all of you newcomers! Keep it up, but be forewarned, running is addictive....but a great addiction!
Marie from Tennessee
Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!
61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!
Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59
Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb
Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45
Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,
Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39
Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb
"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1
Hi, everyone! My name is Angela and I'm a 34 year old woman. My screen name means "strong woman" in Persian.
I just did W1D1 today and feel pretty good, though a little sore. I'm tired of feeling badly about my physical self, and tired of the effect that has on my emotional state. I am a strong woman in every other aspect of my life and want my physical appearance to reflect that.
I'm considering working Tae-Bo into my days off of running.
I don't know how much I weigh right now and am trying to figure out whether I want to buy a scale for the house or not. Any suggestions?
In the meantime, to keep track of my progress (in addition to increasing the duration of the jogging segments and vice versa with the walking segments), I plan on giving updates of my size on here, to help keep myself accountable. I am hovering between an 18 and a 16 right now.
I look forward to supporting all of you and accepting support from you!
Way to go Tlb!
I think the first day was pure adrenaline for me, so maybe didn't feel as bad as I was anticipating. But, I did W2D2 today, and I could barely finish the 90 second segments....and afterwards, my knees were so sore I popped ibuprofen to help. Keep going; it may not get easier right away, but every step points in the right direction!