couch to 5K

This is what I use.

http://www.ullreys.com/robert/Podcas...ategory-7.html

There may be better ones out there.

I'm hoping to finish W2D2 tonight. I'm falling behind.
Thanks so much! I think I'm going to go try to start today. We'll see how things go!
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10K is JUST under an hour today!!! WOOOHOO!
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To the podcast question: I didn't want to have music going while I got used to running in the first place, because I've always had problems regulating and timing my breathing with my strides. So I found a podcast for C25k that has no music. It's completely silent except for vocal cues to switch gears, from running to walking. Now that I'm getting a bit further along in the program, I've learned my stride and my breathing pretty well, and I don't know that I could have done that with techno pounding along.


As for my own progress, I usually start weeks of the program on Fridays, but this past Friday was pouring rain and I don't have any gear that would have made me visible enough on the country roads where I run for it to be safe. So I bumped D1 of W4 to yesterday. I was terrified of it, but sure enough, it was actually easier than W3 was!! I almost (almost) enjoyed it. I felt fantastic when I got home, though, and my husband is super proud of me. (I think I've mentioned before, he's a runner, always has been, and I've never been. He's really excited to see me getting involved in this.)
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
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I am in the middle of Week 4 too. Supposed to start Day 2 tonight but may put off due to weather.

I struggled though it but did it. I'm sure I run like a dork but I don't care.
I've finished the standard three days of W4 but I'm adding a day... D1 was spectacular, I was SO excited, but D2&3 were horrible. I'm not ready to move on just yet.

What I really need is new running clothes. I'm running in head to toe cotton right now and it's hot and humid here... it's a bad combination when I oversleep. If I can get up and get moving before it gets too hot, it's fine, but if I get so much as an extra 45 minutes of shuteye I'm boned for a run.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
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Michelle - I bought a new pair of shorts and a singlet from Target for $25 total earlier this week. Might be worth checking out!
"Well I love that dirty water. Oh, Boston, you're my home!"
I just got back from Target!! I spent a lot more, but I'm also celebrating a little bit (new job!!) so I figure it's justified. I don't like shorts, so I got two pairs of like knee length pants and a few tops. I desperately needed to get out of cotton, so I un-cotton-ed (totally a word) and I'm pretty excited.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
Oh, yeah wicking fabric is a must.

Don't use fabric softener on it, it will ruin its wicking properties. Also, air dry to make it last much longer.
First run today in non-cotton (mostly breathable/wicking polyester), in slightly cooler weather (when I left it was 76 out) and took an augmented route (lots of hills but none of them steep) and man, did I ever CRUSH IT. I feel great again!! And finally ready to move on to W5. I did W4 5 times. I tried different routes but between the cotton and the heat I just couldn't get comfortable with it. Now I"m DONE with W4 and moving on!! A girlfriend wants to run with me on Tuesday morning, so I'll have good motivation.

ETA that I finally got my pace ffor the entire run (including all the walking) under 13 minutes!! w00t!!
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.

Last edited by MichelleBFT; 06-14-2009 at 09:06 AM.
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If you don't like shorts you might want to keep your eyes open for a running skirt. I am not a big running short fan as I am blessed in the thigh area (translation - I have big thighs and though they are toned from running they are still not pencil thin!). I got a running skirt 2 years ago and love it for looks and for its coolness when I'm running in hot weather. I wore it on my last race and all my friends commented on how good my race photos looked! Now they want one too. I got mine from www.runningskirts. com but lots of brands make them and if you watch you can get good deals! (if you do want to order from rs.com watch for their promos too - they have them often)
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So, I got up this AM & my right knee hurts
Hopefully, it's just arthritis...
W5D1 done!! Got up early to run with my girlfriend, who is what I call and "actual" runner.... and I finished almost as strong as she did. I'm planning to do my run Thursday in the evening, which is something I haven't really done. All my runs have been in the morning, mostly to avoid the humidity that comes midday around here. But it was cool and overcast this morning, mabe Thursday won't be so bad.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
I just finished W5D1 last night and felt great.

I'm a little nervous about D2 and D3 but trying to focus on one day at a time.
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D2 was surprisingly doable. I was going to do D3 this morning but it was pouring down rain so I'm going to aim for tomorrow evening.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
I just started running in the fall and did my first 10k. It really feels good to finish and most of these races are for charity so I have the personal accomplishment as well as giving back. I am 48 years old and feel great!
I started the C25K program earlier this summer as part of my plan to get fit/lose weight before college starts again in September. I was already able to run one mile comfortably when I started, but I wasn't really sure where to begin, so I started at the beginning even though it was quite easy. Today I did W3D1, and it's getting a bit more challenging.

I do have a question for you ladies, though. For those of you who run on a treadmill, how fast do you run? I started out doing the running segments at 5 mph, now I do them at 5.5.
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