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04/29/2010 08:50:08 PM · #1
Has anyone here ever heard of the c25k running program?

Has anyone ever done it?

Any thoughts/opinions about it?

c25k
04/29/2010 09:28:03 PM · #2
It looks pretty good to me, i cant run because of numerous leg injuries (hockey/snowboarding).

I would like to see if I could adapt it or find something similar for cycling. I need to get back into it after 4 months of with chronic sinusitis. 5 months ago i was doing 55km/day
04/29/2010 09:38:12 PM · #3
Let me tell you....I have been in the army now for a long time...Running is horrible. There was a time that I could run 20 miles in a single run. Why would anyone want to run when there was a person in the early 20th century that made a great invention.......It's called the automobile. Running is hard on the body. Because of running, I have 2 bad knees..my left ankle has a catch to it..and several vertarae have compressed and now I have pain in my back all the time. It is just as healthy to walk / hike. So if you are trying to be healthy and not kill yourself take a walk, or better yet take your camera and tripod on a hike. You should feel warned now.
04/30/2010 05:46:46 PM · #4
ooookay, opinion noted cowboy. :)

any other thoughts?
04/30/2010 08:03:18 PM · #5
Originally posted by karmat:

ooookay, opinion noted cowboy. :)

any other thoughts?


I did not read the details, but I do know friends who have successfully gone from never running to 5 miles in a few months. I think it's an awesome goal. Despite cowboy's opinions, studies show that runner's knees are healthier than non-runners. I love running and it definitely is something that grows on you over time.

Set reasonable goals (I think 5k is quite reasonable). Don't give up. :)

I'm running a half-marathon on Sunday. Jenn and I try to do at least one a year.
04/30/2010 08:14:14 PM · #6
I have used this program. It is very good although I did start over a few times but I credit it for getting my ass off the lounge.
My advice is stick with it and if you need to start over just go back to the beginning and each time you will be much better. I know many people who have used this to great success, some I personally know who now run half and full marathons. My goal is to finish a full marathon.
I first started that program 4 years ago when I was lucky to walk 1km let alone run and now I run 3-4 times a week around 3 km each time and I do at least two 12km fun run's each year.

edit: by the way that cool running's web site is great, loads of good information, that's where I first found the program. good luck

Message edited by author 2010-04-30 20:18:39.
04/30/2010 08:23:20 PM · #7
I took up running about a year and half ago and started on a similar program. The one I choose, though, assumed you could jog 2 miles ... which I couldn't do at the time (I could barely jog for 1/2 mile before my heart exploded).

The body responds very quickly ... do not get discouraged. Think about one run a time, don't worry about the intimidation of the entire program.

I bought a Garmin jogging GPS which I believe is an absolute must have for outdoor running. Tracking your runs becomes a breeze. You'll also need an mp3 player. The sound of my breathing makes me tired, so I drown it out with Linkin Park :)

DO IT ... DO IT ... DO IT!!!!

5K is not that far ... even though it seems like it right now.
04/30/2010 08:41:34 PM · #8
I've started this program and many people swear by it. Unfortunately the weather here has yet to cooperate with me, but I do hope to get it going again soon. My Garmin has a great program on it for running too and found an application for my HTC that uses gps to track running/cycling/blading/walking, it's called SportyPal and works on all windows mobile phones if I recall correctly. Cool Runnings is great, they have fb & twitter updates too... the podcasts listed on C25K are also awesome :).
05/01/2010 12:51:49 AM · #9
I don't know much about the details of C25K, but it's a great program. Why? Because it gets people off the couch and becoming more active!

For those saying that running is bad, that's ridiculous. More than likely, you aren't/weren't running correctly.

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Get out there, take it easy, and progress slowly. You'll be feeling healthier and younger in no time!
05/01/2010 11:20:59 AM · #10
One of the reasons I want to run is for me, though I would rather swim or something, but the primary reason is this "little" guy --

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he was born built like a linebacker (the OB/GYNs first statement about him was, "Oh my God! Look at those shoulders; this kid's gonna be a linebacker!), and is still built like a linebacker/lineman.

He will NEVER be a skinny, scrawny kid, but he does need to be a bit healthier. he loves playing football, basketball, golf, and baseball, and he's really good at them, but as he gets older, his inability to run far and fast will hurt him, I'm afraid. Coaches love him and continually tell me how coachable he is, and he is *good* at what he does (of course, when you're 8, almost 5 feet tall, 115 pounds and you are an offensive lineman against someone who is 8, barely 4 feet tall, and 65 pounds, there is a definite advantage). He is just tired of being the last one when they run laps or sprints.

So, I'm thinking we'll start this "program" this week (first week of May), go as far as we can and by mid-July football camp, hopefully he will be a bit leaner and a bit faster.

Thanks for the encouragement!
05/01/2010 03:00:11 PM · #11
That's really awesome you're doing it and doing it together too karmat... he'll be the fastest linebacker out there ;)... This is an awesome podcast system for the C25K program... there are others on the site too but I really like this one :)

//www.ullreys.com/robert/Podcasts/podcasts/podcasts.html
06/20/2010 11:51:50 PM · #12
Hey Karmat have you been doing this program? I started with week one day one Saturday and have day two on tap for me on Tuesday night. I couldn't have picked a hotter time to start, but I'm determined to make at least one 5K this fall. How are you doing on it?
06/21/2010 11:47:32 AM · #13
I made it two or three weeks, repeating week one because I was so out of shape. :P

I really enjoyed it, and actually didn't want to abandon it, but sometimes you have to listen to your body -- my knee went from the occasional "tingle" (before I started running) to an all-out cramp/pain several times a day. I stopped the program and a week or so later, the knee pain disappeared completely.

So, I don't get to keep running, but I am trying to walk more. when I lose some weight, and it isn't so abusive to my knee, I plan on starting back.
06/21/2010 11:54:37 AM · #14
Originally posted by karmat:

I made it two or three weeks, repeating week one because I was so out of shape. :P

I really enjoyed it, and actually didn't want to abandon it, but sometimes you have to listen to your body -- my knee went from the occasional "tingle" (before I started running) to an all-out cramp/pain several times a day. I stopped the program and a week or so later, the knee pain disappeared completely.

So, I don't get to keep running, but I am trying to walk more. when I lose some weight, and it isn't so abusive to my knee, I plan on starting back.


That sucks, my quads are still reminding me of day one. But other than that I'm pretty well recovered. Will see how tomorrow goes as it's going to be around 95 degrees when my run is scheduled. But I'm going to do it as long as my body doesn't revolt. I'm 50 pounds heavier than when I last ran anywhere besides to the bathroom or buffet line. But I'm determined to do it.
06/21/2010 12:03:07 PM · #15
I was really surprised at how much I liked it. I *hate* running, or did. But, this was so doable, even I was being successful.

Unfortunately, I hate pain worse than running. :P
06/22/2010 09:25:15 PM · #16
Just finished week 1 day 2. Another 2 miles, in 93 degree heat and humidity. I must be nuts!
06/22/2010 09:39:44 PM · #17
Hey, that's great! If you can do it in 93 degrees, it will all be down hill when the weather cools down. :)
06/22/2010 11:19:42 PM · #18
This program sounds great. Might give it a go.
06/22/2010 11:33:09 PM · #19
Originally posted by digichic:

Hey, that's great! If you can do it in 93 degrees, it will all be down hill when the weather cools down. :)


I hope so, I am doing this with several friends, however they all have treadmills and are doing the first weeks in the comfort of their A/C. I'm doing mine out in the heat. But I can tell you at the last I was ready to quit. Watching the screen for the countdown on the cool down time so I could stop walking.
06/22/2010 11:40:41 PM · #20
I started running in January on a similar program with a group. It's definitely better than doing it alone. I went from being barely able to run for a minute to running the entire 5K in 32:07 at the end of March. I lost about 15 lb in the process. I'm still running and now I'm trying to go faster and lose more weight in the process.

There are a few lessons I learned:

Go to a "running" store that can fit you with a good pair of running shoes. It might be a bit more expensive, but the right shoe will make all the difference. When I started, I just got a pair of running shoes from a sporting goods store (big mistake) after 4 weeks of training, my feet, calves and knees hurt all the time. I was ready to quit. I went to the local running store on the advice of my coach. They spent about 45 minute with me, they analyzed my gait, brought out several shoes for me to try and even let me go run outside in them before buying. My feet, knees and calves did not bother me after that.

Do dynamic stretching before you run and static stretches after, especially if you're on the heavy side and are going to stress your joints a bit more.

HYDRATE! If your pee isn't clear, you're not hydrated.

Other than that, just keep moving forward, if you need an extra 30 sec of walking to rest, go for it.

06/23/2010 12:27:18 AM · #21
I hate running, too, but I might look into this further.
06/24/2010 08:24:38 PM · #22
Week1 day 3 completed. 2 1/4 miles tonight in 31 minutes. Not near as hot, but still a good sweat!
08/26/2010 12:19:44 PM · #23
Thought I would give this a bump and a quick look to see if anyone else is still using it or started using it.

I'm two weeks and two days from my first 5K. I'm shooting for 30-35 minutes for it. I also picked up a Garmin Forerunner to keep track of some things for me. Here is last nights training run.

Run 8/25/2010
08/26/2010 12:45:43 PM · #24
IMO, running is for stamina only. If you really want long distance running and speed, don't neglect weights, do leg exercises: lunges, squats, jump training, wall squats, etc, you really need to build muscle in your legs. In fact, any running program worth their weight will have at least two days of solid weight training.

I don't run (bad knees), i bike ride and i noticed that my distance and speed rapidly increased after doing weight training 2 days week as opposed to just riding a bike 4-5 times a week. Now I only ride 1-2 times per week on weekends.

Message edited by author 2010-08-26 12:46:32.
09/12/2010 12:04:07 PM · #25
Well less than 3 months after I took up the Couch to 5K plan I ran my first 5K. I did it on 9/11/2010 to benefit Backstoppers and to Honor those that lost their lives on 9/11/2001.

Here is the official finish. I finished in 148th place out of 354 who finished the race. My official time was 30:58.8, on my Garmin watch that I started when I finally got to the starting line from my place in the pack I finished in 30:45. I'm very proud to have been able to accomplish this and if you were wondering if the program works, I'm proof that it can and does work. June 19th when I started running I couldn't run a full lap at the local HS track, yesterday I ran a full 3.1 miles in less than 31 minutes.

Data from my Garmin watch on the run.
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