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Pippa8668Pippa8668 Posts: 163Registered Users
hey, are there any curlies doing the c25k workout plan from coolrunning.com? I am just starting week 2 and I know there is a forum for coolrunning specifically, but I find it very hard to navigate so i was hoping to find a little motivation and support from you guys instead. Anyone out there a new runner?
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  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    I am! I just finished week 6 - and did my first 25 minute run today without a walk break. The last two minutes were tough, but I did it! You'll be amazed at how much you'll improve as the weeks go by. Good luck to you - are you using a TM or running outside?
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  • Pippa8668Pippa8668 Posts: 163Registered Users
    hey 2poodles, thanks for the encouraging words. I am only on week two so the most I have run is 90 seconds at once, but so far I am feeling pretty good. Do you work out on your off days at all? Somehow I don't feel as if running 20-30 minutes 3 times a week is enough to get me in shape.

    I have been using a treadmill- I go to college pretty far north and it's been freezing and icy outside, but it's warmed up a little bit this week so hopefully thursday I will go outside for the first time! I used the C25K podcast this morning and thought it was helpful. My boyfriend promised me he'd start the program after our spring break so we could run together, but by then he will be like 5 weeks behind, so I think we might have to do treadmills or go to the track so that I do not get really far ahead of him during his walking bits. Do you find one or the other easier or better? I have to admit I find changing the speeds on the treadmill every couple of minutes really annoying, but the longer I run the less that becomes an issue.

    You sound like you are doing great- congrats on running 25 minutes straight!
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  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    Pippa - I run on M-W-F and lift weights on Tu and Th. On the weekends I'll do yoga, walk/hike and/or garden.

    I've only ever used the TM, but hope to get outside once the weather improves - but only if my spine can take the pounding. I have scoliosis and degerative disc disease, so I need to be a bit careful. I'm very pleased with the C25K program. And you're right, it won't be too much longer 'til you wish you could slow the TM down to a walk speed! :laughing6:

    Have fun and good luck!
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  • malafachamalafacha Posts: 301Registered Users
    I want to start this program next week! I haven't exercised seriously in about a year and a half though. How did you guys experience the first week when starting from basically not having exercised in ages?
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  • Pippa8668Pippa8668 Posts: 163Registered Users
    I did not exactly start from not exercising at all, so I can't speak to how that would be. My guess is that it would depend on your level of normal activity throughout the day. I walk to classes and all over campus at my college, so I wasn't in appalling shape. If you try the first week and it seems really tough, back off and try doing some long, brisk walks for a week or so and see if that prepares you. I would say that if you can go on a half hour walk you can do this program and the progression so far for me (I am on week three) has been pretty gradual and manageable. The great thing for me is that this program is not overwhelming- it is just half an hour three days a week and its surprisingly easy to stay motivated. Good luck on your first week!
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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I just started my second week. I'm off to buy some new running shoes this weekend as inspiration. :)

    It's amazing, I can do kickboxing and step aerobics for an hour and feel fine, but 25 minutes on the treadmill wipes me out!
  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    LAwoman wrote: »
    I just started my second week. I'm off to buy some new running shoes this weekend as inspiration. :)

    It's amazing, I can do kickboxing and step aerobics for an hour and feel fine, but 25 minutes on the treadmill wipes me out!


    Aint that the truth!! :toothy7:
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  • hopetocurlhopetocurl Posts: 1,280Registered Users
    LAwoman wrote: »
    I just started my second week. I'm off to buy some new running shoes this weekend as inspiration. :)

    It's amazing, I can do kickboxing and step aerobics for an hour and feel fine, but 25 minutes on the treadmill wipes me out!

    1 hr of step aerobics = 3 miles of running...or so my step instructor tells me. :) Still doesn't make those 3 mile hauls any easier.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    I got to week 6. But I'm back on the couch.
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  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    I got to week 6. But I'm back on the couch.


    :toothy7:
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Pippa8668 wrote: »
    hey, are there any curlies doing the c25k workout plan from coolrunning.com? I am just starting week 2 and I know there is a forum for coolrunning specifically, but I find it very hard to navigate so i was hoping to find a little motivation and support from you guys instead. Anyone out there a new runner?

    Me! Me! Me!

    I got up to week 4 (OK it took a few months) and could jog w/o stopping for 5 minutes MAX. When I started I could only jog for under 60 seconds.

    Then I stopped for two weeks. I went back to the gym today and thought "This is gonna hurt. A lot."

    But I jogged for 10 minutes straight! I can not believe it! I don't kow how it happened. Not only have been away from jogging for two weeks, but I couldn't jog this long before!

    I'm thrilled.

    Just keep at it. It seemed like I'd never progress but I did eventually.
  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    Great job, Kimshi!! :nike:
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    I'm doing this, I'm on Week 3 right now. Just bought some new running shoes because my old ones really needed replacing.

    I have no idea if I'll keep it up — I tend to switch things up every 3-4 months because I get bored. So I was doing yoga 3-4 days a week, then I added in walking, now I alternate between all three. I also like to bike, skate, ski, etc., so I try to keep things interesting. I just read the book Spark, which has convinced me to try to do something every day, even if it's just a 20 minute walk.

    Pippa, where are you getting the podcasts from? Are they from here? I just found a website that shows you how to make your own, which I thought was cool. I'm not a huge fan of the dance/trance music in the other one.
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    Kimshi42 wrote: »
    Pippa8668 wrote: »
    hey, are there any curlies doing the c25k workout plan from coolrunning.com? I am just starting week 2 and I know there is a forum for coolrunning specifically, but I find it very hard to navigate so i was hoping to find a little motivation and support from you guys instead. Anyone out there a new runner?

    Me! Me! Me!

    I got up to week 4 (OK it took a few months) and could jog w/o stopping for 5 minutes MAX. When I started I could only jog for under 60 seconds.

    Then I stopped for two weeks. I went back to the gym today and thought "This is gonna hurt. A lot."

    But I jogged for 10 minutes straight! I can not believe it! I don't kow how it happened. Not only have been away from jogging for two weeks, but I couldn't jog this long before!

    I'm thrilled.

    Just keep at it. It seemed like I'd never progress but I did eventually.
    So glad you posted this Kimshi. That's exactly how it was for me. When I stopped I could run 8 minute intervals. I need to get back to this. Job is in the way. Why am I not independently wealthy?
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    So glad you posted this Kimshi. That's exactly how it was for me. When I stopped I could run 8 minute intervals. I need to get back to this. Job is in the way. Why am I not independently wealthy?

    You might want to try reading the book Spark. You don't need to read the whole book either, you could just focus on chapters that apply to you, since your schedule is so tight.

    It really shows that especially when you're super busy, exercise can help in managing a packed schedule. That is, the time put into exercise is more than paid out in health and mental benefits.

    I feel the same way when work overtakes my life and I do cut back on the time I commit to exercise. But I find that even 20 minutes can make a huge difference in my ability to manage the stress that goes with being tightly scheduled. The only time I opt not to do exercise at all is when doing so would cut into my getting a minimum of 7 hours of sleep.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    2poodles wrote: »
    Great job, Kimshi!! :nike:

    Thanks so much! :toothy7:
    Kimshi42 wrote: »
    Pippa8668 wrote: »
    hey, are there any curlies doing the c25k workout plan from coolrunning.com? I am just starting week 2 and I know there is a forum for coolrunning specifically, but I find it very hard to navigate so i was hoping to find a little motivation and support from you guys instead. Anyone out there a new runner?

    Me! Me! Me!

    I got up to week 4 (OK it took a few months) and could jog w/o stopping for 5 minutes MAX. When I started I could only jog for under 60 seconds.

    Then I stopped for two weeks. I went back to the gym today and thought "This is gonna hurt. A lot."

    But I jogged for 10 minutes straight! I can not believe it! I don't kow how it happened. Not only have been away from jogging for two weeks, but I couldn't jog this long before!

    I'm thrilled.

    Just keep at it. It seemed like I'd never progress but I did eventually.
    So glad you posted this Kimshi. That's exactly how it was for me. When I stopped I could run 8 minute intervals. I need to get back to this. Job is in the way. Why am I not independently wealthy?

    Yeah, I was psyched!! And I think I actually could've run longer.

    I'm lucky I have a 24 hr gym 2 blocks from me (it's still too cold for me to run outside most days).
  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    malafacha wrote: »
    I want to start this program next week! I haven't exercised seriously in about a year and a half though. How did you guys experience the first week when starting from basically not having exercised in ages?
    I started it this week (today was my second day of running). I haven't exercised seriously in about 10 years. Honestly, it was tough, but survivable. I think I may actually be able to do this, so maybe you can too!
    Minneapolis, MN
  • KookyCurlKookyCurl Posts: 1,980Registered Users
    I've been thinking of starting this. I need something that is all laid out, otherwise I lose interest real quick. I'm going to start just doing a 20 minute walk first because one I have asthma so I want to get my lungs acclimated slowly and two cuz I have not done anything exercise like on a regular basis in a long time. I'm actually excited even though the idea of running is abhorrent to me. I just know I need to get moving and get healthy. :blob7:

    My friend has a little recording studio in her basement...I'm going to talk to her about creating my own playlists so I don't really have to time myself.
  • tmmycattmmycat Posts: 256Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    Hey is anyone out there still doing couch to 5k? i am going to start something similar.

    but I am completely inept at keeping track of a stopwatch or listening to a podcast when I'm exercising, so I'm going to measure blocks instead of minutes.

    week 1: run 1 block/walk 1 block - repeat for 30 minutes
    week 2: run 2 blocks/walk 1 block - repeat for 30 minutes
    week 3: run 3 blocks/walk 1 block - repeat for 30 minutes
    etc.

    Anyway, that's my plan... It should take me about the same amount of time as couch to 5K, but it will be easier for me to zone out and relax during my workout and not think about seconds ticking by.
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    I'm still doing it. I'm on Week 7 Day 3 today [although in chronological time, I'm on week 10 :D]. It's going well!

    I think the block thing will work fine — they say to do time or distance, so you're doing distance.

    ETA: Make sure to look ahead and do the intervals. Some weeks they mix it up, so Day One you'll be doing the equivalent of 5 min/8 min/5 min, then Day Two it's 8 min/8 min then Day Three it's 20 min. At some point a pedometer might come in handy. A lot of people work it that way.

    Good luck!
  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    The two weeks of bad weather messed me up. I had done Week 1 two weeks in a row, then had to wait for the cold and rainy to go away. I did Week 1 again this week, and plan to move forward and start Week 2 on Monday.

    I'm surprising myself, though. We had friends over last night and I didn't get to bed until 1:00 am, yet I still looked forward to my run this morning at 7:00. That's something I thought would NEVER happen.
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    Way to go Poodlehead!

    I totally and completely hear you on the weather front. Icky, ick, ick. It's been keeping me from it as well — it's taking me 2 weeks to finish Week 7. :laughing9:

    I was up and at 'em this morning, but on a birding outing during the rain-free hours. Right at the end of our birding the rain started up.

    Funny aside: all the birders were scoffing at this pack of runners in the park for scaring off the birds. I was snickering to myself, because none of my fellow birders knew that I, too, am one of those horrible runners who scares off the birds! :D]

    But, if I can get myself to bed here, I plan to go in the a.m. before it starts pouring again.

    Keep it up! :blob7:
  • tmmycattmmycat Posts: 256Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    that's awesome so many of you are doing couch to 5K! keep up the good work!! :)

    I ended up doing couch to 5K week 1 day 1 today after all since I was running in a park and didn't have any blocks to count. I found exercisefriends.com and found a few local women who want to start running too, so I might have a little mini couch-to-5K club starting next weekend! I'm excited! :)
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    wild~hair wrote: »
    Way to go Poodlehead!

    I totally and completely hear you on the weather front. Icky, ick, ick. It's been keeping me from it as well — it's taking me 2 weeks to finish Week 7. :laughing9:

    I was up and at 'em this morning, but on a birding outing during the rain-free hours. Right at the end of our birding the rain started up.

    Funny aside: all the birders were scoffing at this pack of runners in the park for scaring off the birds. I was snickering to myself, because none of my fellow birders knew that I, too, am one of those horrible runners who scares off the birds! :D]

    But, if I can get myself to bed here, I plan to go in the a.m. before it starts pouring again.

    Keep it up! :blob7:
    Complete guano, what types of birds were you hoping to see? All I've seen is pigeons and Robins. :lol:
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    Poodlehead wrote: »
    Complete guano, what types of birds were you hoping to see? All I've seen is pigeons and Robins. :lol:

    Sorry, I just saw this!

    It probably helped a whole lot that the trip was not in the city, but rather in Lebanon Hills Park in Eagan.

    There are migratory birds passing through right now, so that was the main purpose for this trip. You actually can see them in the city, though. In the tree right outside my window I saw 2 black and white warblers and 2-3 pine warblers this past week. And there are a ton of yellow rumped warblers around.

    Here is our trip list from the excursion. The trip was organized by the Bell Museum at the U. The guy leading it was amazing, he could identify birds just by their calls, sometimes 4 or 5 all going at once. It was pretty cool, especially if you like birds. :)
    Location: Lebanon Hills Park (Eagan)
    Observation date: 5/10/08 (7:30 to 11:15 a.m.)
    Notes: Overcast, wind E at 5 mph, temp. 50-55 deg. F. Lebanon Hills Holland Lake parking area, trails to S and W. With Bell Museum bird group.
    Number of species: 54


    Canada Goose 4
    Wood Duck 2
    Mallard 3
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 1
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Broad-winged Hawk 2
    Caspian Tern 3
    Rock Pigeon 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 5
    Hairy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 3
    Least Flycatcher 5
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Yellow-throated Vireo 1
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 3
    American Crow 3
    Tree Swallow 7
    Black-capped Chickadee 9
    White-breasted Nuthatch 3
    House Wren 8
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    American Robin 3
    Gray Catbird 1
    European Starling 2
    Golden-winged Warbler 3
    Tennessee Warbler 2
    Nashville Warbler 7
    Yellow Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 60
    Black-throated Green Warbler 1
    Blackburnian Warbler 1
    Palm Warbler 4
    Black-and-white Warbler 3
    American Redstart 4
    Ovenbird 1
    Common Yellowthroat 1
    Eastern Towhee 2
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Field Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 3
    White-throated Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 2
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
    Common Grackle 2
    Brown-headed Cowbird 10
    Baltimore Oriole 1
    American Goldfinch 4
  • NutkinNutkin Posts: 352Registered Users
    Is anyone still running? I'm looking for motivation!

    I'm hoping to start. I can barely run/jog the length of myself.
  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    nutkin, I am trying to walk right now, to get myself in the mood for running.

    If I manage to go for a walk daily, eventually I tend to feel like running at points. I think to myself, "I could so easily be running right now instead of walking." And then after a week or so, I put on the running gear and go.

    I'll be doing the C25K again.

    Stay tuned …
  • NutkinNutkin Posts: 352Registered Users
    I will stay tuned!

    I've been walking for a couple of weeks now every evening for about 30 minutes. I try to do some jogging for a minute or so but have not actually tried the C25K.

    As soon as the weather improves I'm going to get out there with my iPod and listen to those podcasts that someone posted about earlier.

    It's raining and very windy here today. So I went out and bought an $8 jump rope and some running-type clothes to get me started. I decided to only buy a few things just in case I get oh so skinny and need to get more! My belly right now is just too rolly-polly to buy the cuter stuff.

    As for the jump rope I'm hoping to whip that out on days I can't get outside. Darn thing is too wrinkled from being in the packaging so I kept tripping on it today but did manage to work up a sweat after 15 minutes.

    I'm 5'11" and 170 lbs. It's just a number and it doesn't bother me. I'm more concerned about getting rid of that roll and being fit.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    I'm currently doing week 6 & it's kicking my butt!
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  • NutkinNutkin Posts: 352Registered Users
    So...I go out last night all set with my iPod and everything went well until I got to the 3'rd interval of running and got a pain in my shin. Instead of pressing "pause" on the iPod I pressed "next" so screwed up the sequence. Then I had to start over but I can't skip ahead to where I left off because it's an iPod shuffle. ARGH!

    I have also never seen my route get so busy before with other walkers, and traffic. I got a little paranoid. It's a small town so they are not used to seeing anyone running. It's a big deal when they do. And then I got chased by a dog.

    I'm a little ticked off by myself, the dog, the iPod....but I'm going to keep doing it. I did manage to do 5 out of 8 runs. I'll just have to find another course.

    For those that are currently doing this program...are you doing it to lose weight or be in better shape? If so, when did you start to notice a difference?
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