Hi! I'm starting C25K this week and was wanting a support group of others that were starting. Anyone want to go through this with me? I am 30 years old, married, two kids, stay at home mom, living in Georgia, and wanting to loose weight.
Thanks! ......hope someone is starting and wanting to write about their journey.
Hi Sleepheight ~
I started 2 weeks ago - on week 3 this week. But I'm also in my 30's and have a goal of weight loss... Have you tried your day 1 run yet? Let me know how it goes!
Hi! Thanks for responding!!
Yes, I did my first day on Monday. At first, the running part was great. It's the perfect time length. The last two running parts were a little difficult--but I'm not a very active person. I am going to run my second day today.
How's your running going? Do you find it becoming easier each day of the week?
Thanks so, so much for your support!!!
For week 1 and 2, the first day of each week was the hardest. Then day 2 and 3 for both weeks were easier... So far for week 3 though, day 2 (which I just ran) wasn't any easier than day 1. I was still very winded and my legs were like lead during both 3 minute runs... although, my exercise-induced asthma was less of a nuisance today, because I puffed my inhaler 20 minutes before the run as I learned to do... I am pretty nervous about week 4 - so if I don't feel much better by the 3rd and the last run of week 3 on Friday, I think I'll repeat week 3 schedule next week... We'll see!
Just keep at it...as hard as it is, it's bizzare, I'm enjoying it! Happy running!
Okay....just finished my W1D2 and my legs are really sore. Is this normal? After only the second running segment, my legs felt like they were seizing! I thought that I might have to walk the rest of the time, but I pushed on. I'm really proud of myself that I made it through, but I'm so afraid that I'm get shin splints or something.
I truly am going from couch to 5K; I'm completely new to running (well, besides what I had to do in school). So I don't know if this soreness and tightening is because my body is screaming, "What are you doing???" or if I'm pushing myself too hard.
I think it's great that you kept pushing on, but be careful to not injure yourself. Everyone's different - but for me - those 5 minute warm-up at the beginning of each C25K is not enough of a warm-up for me. I'm not sure if what you're feeling is shin splint pain or not... but regardless, I think you could also benefit from a longer warm-up. I walk for a solid 10 minutes - after which I do a series of stretches...quads, hamstrings, calves, hip flexors, and also some specific stretches for shin splint prevention and then I start the day's C25K routine - which also continues to warm you up for another 5 minutes before starting any kind of jogging.
If you want to read about shin splints, try http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/0608.htm - the article has some exercises for helping you stretch. If you search within this forum, you'll find more information as well, I'm sure.
The trick is to really really warm-up - not to eat right before working out (may lead to cramping)...keep hydrated, well stretched out after warming up...etc. I no longer cramp up during my runs - don't get me wrong, I still get sore, but that's just me being out of shape, so I get sore toward the end of a run...
I hope this helps!
I also started the program this week, with w1d1 on october 20th and w1d2 on october 22nd.
Day 1 was pretty easy for me, but day 2 was kinda harsh, mainly because I had a big lunch 2 hours before the run (must remember not to do that mistake again ever ). But in the end I finished it me still being alive yay!
Looking forward to day 3 tomorrow \o/
I also started the program this week. I'm 26 from the St. Louis area and am hoping to lose weight and get into shape! My husband and I are doing the program together.
Because I haven't been a regular exerciser in years, I'm planning to repeat weeks 1 - 3 twice to get my joints more accustomed to the increased use. So far so good. Yesterday was my W1D3, and we're planning to go out Friday as well. I'm going to participate in a 5k walk this weekend and dream about running the same one next year!
I can use all the support I can get - looking forward to hearing how you are all doing!
Hi everyone! My body is so glad that it's a "rest" day today! My legs are sore, but I just keep trying to think about how (hopefully) I'll never be in this bad of shape again.
CJulia: Thanks so much for the tips. I think I'll definitely warm up longer tomorrow and do more stretching. That's great advice!!
Alex: Welcome! Looks like we're on the same track. Sounds like you're doing great. I may have to repeat Week 1, depending upon how tomorrow's run goes.
Hellosalsa: Welcome! That's great that you have a running partner! I may be repeating some weeks as well. We'll see how it goes! Keep up the good work!
Thanks so much everyone for the support! I look forward to hearing about everyone's journey. Good luck and be safe!!
Hi Michelle ~
I also was going to repeat week 1 and 2, but was told by many veterans of this forum not to do that - unless absolutely necessary... by necessary, I think they were saying that go ahead and try the day 1 routine of the next week to see if you can do it, if you find that you couldn't then go back to the previous week's schedule for a couple more runs... So you might want to consider going ahead through week 1 and week 2 in a row - I was and am very out of shape and was able to do that no problem... Week 3, on the other hand, is kicking my butt - so if I don't feel better by the last run of week 3, I might do it for one more day before transitioning to week 4. You'll be surprised how quickly you improve!
Good luck and welcome!
Good morning! Thanks for the welcome, sleepheight and CJulia!
I appreciate the advice, CJulia! I definitely feel like I'm ready for week 2 - I'm amazed how much I've progressed just during my first week. W1D1 I was huffing and puffing, and by day 3 I was pretty comfortable out there. The weather has been perfect for it - around 65 degrees. We're going to start week two on Monday. Hurray!
One of my challenges is staying loose while I do the jogging. I tend to get tense in my shoulders. Do any of you have that problem?
Have a great weekend!
I remember reading somewhere that if your shoulders are tense it means that you tend to raise your hands to chest level that meaning that you are tired. Probably you are running to fast?
Not sure... I do notice that sometimes I'm really tense overall...and I read that runners can tense up like that. It was in an article another C25K forwarded to me, callsed "Keep Your Focus" in the runnersworld.com site. (http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-267--12903-0,00.html if your'e interested in the article). In it, there's an advice that says: "Relax your jaw...Relax your shoulders...Run tall...Run smooth... Flow." LOL...not sure about running smooth and flowing yet, as I'm too busy being out of shape and trying to breathe, but I have tried to relax my jaw and shoulders... and it helps me.
It's my Week 3 Day 3 today, hopefully it will be easier! If not...I'll have to consider doing at least one more day of Week 3 schedule, I think. I'll report after the run! Happy Running everyone, and Happy Friday!!!
Well, today I'm suppose to do W1D3, but it's really rainy and I think it's going to be like that all day. Any thoughts on running in the rain? Has anyone ran in the rain? If so, how did you dress?
I've thought about just running tomorrow and letting my muscles rest another day. But then again, I'm obessed with not quiting. So I'm entertaining the idea of running in the rain. I'm just a little afraid of being miserable and not getting a good day in.
What do y'all think? Thanks and happy running!