I like running. I used to hate just getting out there to do it (honestly, it's bc of the amount of energy I have to exert), but once I am running I enjoy it; however, lately, I have found myself feeling like I NEED to run. I stuck it out, and now I enjoy the whole process.
BUT running isn't for everyone. If you enjoy walking fast, then go for it! Every so often, I'll trade my 3mi run for a walk because it engages other muscle groups.
The whole point of C25K is to adapt your leg muscles and tendons to the impact of running. Walking really fast just won't create this benefit.
But I don't mean to diss walking - walking fast is a good workout, especially going uphill. It's just that it won't achieve the implicit objectives of C25K.
Just to clarify Unident's post - at most speeds people actually walk and run at, running does burn more calories per mile than walking. But if you continue to push the pace much above 4-4.5 mph, walking does become more inefficient (ie. burns more calories). Walking at this pace will feel unnatural, and very few people actually do it.
If you are finding running hard, slow down your running pace. At this stage it is more important to get used to the motion of running, than worrying about the pace.
Also, before beginning C25K, it is important to build a solid walking base first. If walking fast lifts your heart rate to the point where you cannot pass the 'talk test', then you probably need to walk more before trying running.
Many long-time runners hated it when they started out. So you have two choices--you can stick with it in the hopes that you do eventually learn to love running or you can stop forcing yourself to do a form of exercise you don't like. Since you titled your post "I hate running" I would suggest you search for exercise you do love. Walking, hiking, biking, swimming, rowing...keep looking! It's all exercise.
If hate is an exaggeration, I would suggest trying to stick it out to the point that you run in a race (even if you don't run the whole thing). That may be the deciding point for you. If you don't enjoy running now and you don't enjoy running in races, that should be a pretty good indicator that you should look elsewhere.
"Walking counts but running does use more calories,"
Actually no. Fast walking burns more calories than running (at the same speed). Running faster does burn more calories, but there's a crossover point.
Does it count? Like others have said, count for what?
If you don't like running, why are you still doing Couch to 5k? Why not just go walking? Explore hills for some high intensity work!
Speed walking can stuff your hips, ankles, knees. Have you ever seen speed walkers? Have you seen that wobble you have to do? That is NOT good for you. Just "walking fast" is fine, but "speed walking" I would hesitate to recommend. Use hills or steps, or increase distance, to increase burn and intensity instead.
I did meet my goal of running a 5K a few years ago, but also found I really don't like running long distances. What I DO enjoy is walks with short spurts of running mixed in. Do what YOU like to do! As long as you mix things up with your walking (speed, distance, hills, etc.), you'll be fine and more likely to stick with it. Hang in there!
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Count for what?
C25K is a self-challenge. The goal is what you make of it. If your goal is to fast-walk an entire 5k, then yes, it counts! If your goal is to *run* a 5k, then no, it doesn't, because walking (even fast walking) isn't technically running.
However, no one will look down on you if you don't like to run. If you don't like it, don't do it! The best exercise for burning calories does you no good if you hate it and won't stick with it. Stick with what you enjoy.
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Walking counts but running does use more calories, if that's your goal. I would do the walk/run if you are new to running. The C25k website has some podcasts that are very good, telling you when to walk and when to run. If you don't wish to progress to full-time running just stick to the week one, or two, program.
6/9/13 9:28 A
Absolutely! Walking fast is greatly beneficial to your heart and lungs as it makes them more efficient than without exercise. Getting your heart rate up helps to prevent or combat diabetes. Walking is easier on joints than jogging, so many people can keep it up longer in life than if they were runners. It burns calories and gets your blood moving to all parts of your body.
Walking can be done anywhere, any time, solo or with friends (including dogs!). It can be done in the dark, daylight, in rain, snow, sunshine, wind, and on city streets, rural areas, or hiking trails. Walking is a great exercise. I know a man who lost 100 pounds by simply walking for one year, and have read about many others who have done the same.
The main thing is to find some exercise which you will continue to do consistently, irregardless of the weather, your mood, or anything else.
I hope something said here is helpful. Whatever you do, just keep moving! Movement is life!
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Yes. It counts. I do not like running either but, sometimes, when I walk I will run for a half block or so to get my heart rate up then continue walking....run a half block, etc. Walking uphill (there are tons of hills in my area) also gets that heart rate up. I'm sure you will find tons of people who have gotten themselves in shape by walking. Keep up the good work!
This question is about my being a perfectionist. I guess I'm asking for permission to walk really, really fast instead of run when I do my C25K workouts. I think it's okay - my heart rate goes way up and I would have trouble speaking at the fast pace I'm walking. Does walking fast "count"?
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