The C25K program stands for "Couch to 5K", and is a training program geared for beginning runners to gradually and safely condition their bodies to run a 5K race. Based upon your comments it sounds like you're currently able to run a 5K in the 27:00 to 28:00 range which would mean such a program would most likely not be beneficial for you. Like you, I'm a heavy runner, and reasonably fast for my size, and have never used a C25K program, that said, I've looked a few of them up on the internet and they all encompass a combination of walking and running with an early bias on walking and a finishing bias on running.
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Thank you very much for the info!! I signed up for a 10k on Saturday, so I just did one today & discovered that I was already running around 4.5-5 miles already, so I feel pretty good about that. Does anyone here have continuing problems with chaffing? I bought some very expensive running shorts, & they have helped some, & baby powder helps. Sorry if this is a taboo subject but I need some help!! A&D just wears off after 2-3miles, so does baby powder.
Vaseline works, though it tends to stain some fabrics. Also you can find commercial products like BodyGlide. All of them wear off after a while, but more like 15 miles or so. For certain areas (nipples, for instance) you can get bandages that cover them ("nipguards"), even bandaids. Again, they may not last for marathon distances but usually are good for half-marathon or less.
Regarding the chafing, if you find a running related web forum where chafing is a taboo subject, find a different forum as it is a very worthy discussion for many of us.
For the inner thighs I've found a generous dolup of Vaseline to be the best, even for 15+ mile runs. As for the nipples, I got tired of my shirts being stained from the Vaseline, so I've graduated to using Band-Aid "Clear Spots", and assuming you get them in well, they'll stay on for even the longest of runs (sure beats two vertical blood stripes running down the front of an otherwise white tee-shirt).
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Vaseline is a great idea!! I have had bloody nipples in the past, they came from one of those polyester , moisture wicking 'running ' shirts I got from a 5k. Running shirt-ha!!! Never wore one again. Now I just wear cotton & use chaffing cream (which didn't work down below) for my nipples, & that works fine. Thanks for the advice! For any new runners out there all I can say in in the end you have to find what works for you. When I 1st started running I had the time go for 1.5-2 hours of just running and walking about50/50 for a while. Then I just started incorporating more running and less walking, reducing the time as well. Everyone who said don't push too hard in the beginning is absolutely right, just STAY WITH IT. If you miss a day, don't use that as an excuse to give up. Just accept it and move on. You'll get towhatever goal you have in mind. When I train for a race and I am working my way up to a distance, every time I run I just plan to go a little further each time. Even if it is 50 feet. Hope my advice helps someone, keep everyone here updated on your progress!!
The problem with cotton is when it gets wet (i.e. real sweaty), it gets heavy, chafes a lot more and bunches up. Back when races only gave out cotton shirts, I would wear them regularly for running. But they do have their problems. The "technical" shirts from races have one big problem. The overlays they put on them chafe like crazy. The tech shirts I have, and I have a lot of them, are all over the map. Some have a fairly coarse weave and chafe. Some have a very smooth feel and don't chafe. And then there are the large overlays on the front of some that cause problems. I still prefer them over cotton.
If I'm wearing the Clear Spot Band-Aids, then I like the tech shirts, overlays or not. If I've run out of Band-Aids, then I too prefer a good old fashioned cotton tee-shirt; personal preference I guess. Then again, not all cotton shirts are made equal, some are a coarse weave, and some, like the ones from Life is Good (my wife works there and I have lots of their shirts) are pretty darned soft and don't chafe at all (of course they still get wet and heavy).
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Thanks for the advice. I had read on here somewhere about keeping your running to a nice pace a little faster than a brisk walk and the trail is my favorite place to run/walk, it is cooler during the summer and easier on the knees. So far so good with my second week one. Last week I had to walk a couple of the running cycles to catch my breath but this week I seem to be able to run all of the running cycles. I expect that next week I should be comfortable moving on to the w2 workouts. We will see Monday I suppose.
Great progress; keep us posted.
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Hi, I'm a fairly new runner...WOW...that's the first time I called myself a runner!
I began running on the treadmill about 9 months ago when I got a free gym membership through the SilverSneakers program. I weighed 200 lbs. and since then, have dropped 20 lbs. My nieces encouraged me to train for a 5K and run it with them, although I knew they were seasoned runners. However, even that they asked me to consider doing it gave me confidence. I used the Couch-5k app on my phone. I ran my first 5K on St. Patty's day in Baltimore for the Kelly Shamrock run. I did it in a little under an hour. I felt like Rocky when I got to the finish line. I even had someone yell to me, "You go grandma"...I should have told her that it should be "You go great-grandma!"
Since then, I've run 2 more---one a local run and the other was a Color Run this past weekend. Again, I did both in a little under an hour. I don't run for time or anybody else. I run for myself...it has become my therapy. SilverSneakers interviewed me for their program's news letter. Below is a link to the article:
I don't see me giving up running...running a 5K was on my bucket list and now I can cross that off.
"I believe God made me for a purpose, And when I run I feel His pleasure." Eric Lidell
For 20 years I suffered with bad knees...too young for a knee replacement I was told. My weight kept going up as I could not walk nor stand more than 5 minutes at a time. Finally 2 years ago I convinced the Doctor I really needed a new knee and he had to convince Workmans Comp. What a wonderful thing a new knee is. So much so, I had the other replaced a year ago next month. I was finally released to do stuff this past March. Running is out....but walking is not. I walked my first 5K in April at the Atlanta Color Run. What a wonderful idea!!! I hardly made it, took me two hours, but I did make it....had to take a 4 hour nap later.....but I was hooked. I got a fitbit and then started tracking everything I was doing. That little gadget is addictive!! In May I travelled to my second 5k, another Color Run this time in Savannah Ga. Flat, shaded, wonderful. I was so hyped after the walk...only an hour and 20 minutes this time. I stayed at a Bed and Breakfast close by as I was afraid I would not be able to stagger any further....Far from it!!! We walked to dinner....a mile round trip, went to River Street and walked the entire street. Never did take a nap!! That got me to really working hard. I found Map My Walk and started dedicating to walking at least a mile everyday and charting it with that app and posting on Facebook. A mile is fine, but then with Fitbit and MMW, I got to pushing. Two weeks after Savannah, I went on my 3rd 5k walk. This time in Atlanta and it had hills. UGgggh. It was another color type walk but not as well organized. I made it in a little over an hour...thanks to wonderful friends and a fun grandson. The day before, my hubby got me a Polar Loop....ok, I am a geek when it comes to tech objects. I use all three gadgets and am always comparing them to make sure they are accurate. MMW has some issues but I am dealing with them. Meanwhile I have upped my daily walk...oh have I said I am 63, retired and usually slept to 11 or 12 in the morning? Now I am waking up before my alarm goes off at 7. I now have a goal of 2 miles a day (at one time) does not mean that is all I do. Tuesday, the granddaughter was off and well, 4.2 miles later, I was back home from my walk. Yesterday it was 3.2....today only 2.75, but that is fine, I later went to Walmart today and did another 1.75 miles. I came home with stretchy bands to do some resistance work with my arms. Gosh this stuff is addictive. And by the way, I can now tread water 15 minutes at a time and have gotten back to horseback riding. I do love these new knees. I miss being able to run, but at least I am moving.
For those people who passed me during the last 5k.....and made comments about fat people shouldn't be there....tough.....I have to walk somewhere.
14 Jun 14 -- So just discovered this C25K program -- after a classmate posted wanted to get us all together for a Mud Run in October -- I didn't even know how far 5K was until I googled it... and was happy to discover it was just a little over 3 miles.... I started walking a few months ago while recovering from shoulder surgery and could walk 3 miles in 1 hr.... but now I'm back to work pm shift and haven't dragged my butt out of bed to get walking b/c I'm so tired.... I would love to do the mud run but they are all experienced runners / tri-athletes so a little intimidated... but after reading some of the blogs here ... think I will reach out to some of us 200+ and over 50 group and create my own support team... maybe even be the leader of the bunch .... my birthday is on the 23rd ... so my gift to myself is to get up and walking -- I deserve to be healthy again .... thank you all for the encouragement to kick myself in the butt and get going ... I commit myself to start this program !
Feeling inspired by everyone's story. Have felt out of place at so many races bcuz I'm still just walking. Hoping to start walk/run. It's nice to read that so many others have been able to start and accomplish the C25K.
I started C25K last Monday but just noticed your 200+ post and unfortunately I just made it into the club. Thanks for posting, I'm enjoying reading and will strive to also be a graduate
I've been an occasional runner for some time, but I've struggled to make gains. I sign up and "run" a couple of 5k's per year, but I've never completed one without walking, and my best time is around 36 minutes. My 11 year old son has recently shown interest in running and we both officially started the C25K program last week. We are doing our week two, run two tonight, with our last run being very successful (we went 2.52 miles in 31 minutes and kept our running pace at 9:50/mile). I'm so happy to not feel alone in my struggle with this!