couch to 5K

I'm still doing it. I'm on Week 7 Day 3 today [although in chronological time, I'm on week 10 ]. 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!

Last edited by wild~hair; 05-10-2008 at 07:07 PM.
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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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.

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! ]

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!
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!
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.

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! ]

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!
Originally Posted by wild~hair
Complete guano, what types of birds were you hoping to see? All I've seen is pigeons and Robins.
Minneapolis, MN
Complete guano, what types of birds were you hoping to see? All I've seen is pigeons and Robins.
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
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
Is anyone still running? I'm looking for motivation!

I'm hoping to start. I can barely run/jog the length of myself.
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 …
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.
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I'm currently doing week 6 & it's kicking my butt!
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?
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.

Originally Posted by Nutkin
Very interesting experience lol Good luck

I was doing my own version of C25k (because I didn't even know what that was) and I was trying to run 2 miles straight by the end of the summer. I got interrupted, because I went out of the country, but by the time school started I went from running half a mile to running 1.5 miles . I'm looking forward to doing this program this summer, because I really really really like running! It seems like when I run my asthma is better controlled. I'm just not sure whether I should see how much I can run now and then start the program from there, or just start over? I feel like if I start from scratch I'll be doing a lot less than my potential. I'm not starting until school ends though... hopefully I will continue during the beginning of next semester instead of stopping at the end of the summer. My ultimate goal is to run faster and longer.
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Last edited by pulchri2dinous; 05-04-2009 at 08:57 AM.
Just tried to start this again tonight for Week 1. I managed to do runs 1 to 3, and then 5. I walked the rest. I get pains in my left shin and it feels like my foot is just pounding the pavement and just didn't have the strength to do more.

Is it normal to NOT be able to complete all 8 60-sec runs when you start out? I feel like such a failure.
Nutkin, good for you for not giving up!

It's totally fine to not do the whole thing. You have to start where you are, wherever that is. You'll ease into it, it's ok.

The only thing I've ever heard about that is a) it's okay to take it at whatever pace works for you, and b) if you do have to take it slower, repeat that week until you can do it without stopping or slowing.

Because if you proceed before you're done with that week's training, your body won't be ready for the next week's program.

Here's a forum site — much like nc.com — for this program. I found it helpful when I was doing C25K. I just lurked but there was some good advice there.

There's even an active discussion on that shin pain you're experiencing.

HTH!
I've been working on C25K. Through most of the winter I rotated through weeks 4 and 5. Now I'm up to week 7 and really sort of winging it on my own with the podcast to accompany me! I plan to start Freeway to 10K in a few weeks!

I also started the 30 day shred DVD today. I figure between running and the 30 day shred, I'll be toned up in no time!
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I did it! After three attempts I got through the first day of week 1! I realize there's a long way to go but I didn't give up on the first try.

You were right Wild~Hair...I took it slower. I was probably going a little too fast before and was getting worn out almost half-way.

I also went to a running store yesterday and got fitting for proper runners. That should help too.

If I can start this than anyone can!
Just ran 3.13 miles in less than 27 minutes.

The best part was that I was DYING at about 1.5 miles and then again at 2.1. At 2.7 miles I got this AMAZING sense of happiness and well-being!! The last 0.4 miles felt like NOTHING. WOOOHOO!
"Well I love that dirty water. Oh, Boston, you're my home!"
I completed Week 1 last night! WHOO HOO!

But Day 3 was the hardest.
I completed Week 1 last night! WHOO HOO!

But Day 3 was the hardest.
Originally Posted by Nutkin
Good job

Don't be afraid to repeat weeks if you aren't feeling ready to move up!!!
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