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HEALTHYNCGAL
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5/9/13 10:06 P

Wow! Thanks for all the feedback, guys! I am really thinking I want to give this a try. I even found a 5K in my town in 10 weeks, but I've already got plans that day :P I'll just have to look for something else. Thanks again, everyone! :)



PENAM87
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5/9/13 7:32 P

I'm doing it right now and I'm no fan of running. I'm doing it because I signed up for a 5k and because I would like to incorporate running into my fitness routine, even if its only a mile a week. I like it so far but my knee thinks otherwise which is why I'm taking a break and will start from the beginning again. It's nice because you start at a decent pace and work your way up! Plus it's a nice feeling once you accomplish the weekly tasks.



SP_COACH_DENISE
Posts: 29,640
5/9/13 12:48 P

As long as you are cleared for exercise, it should be ok. I would recommend starting out with the walking plan first though.

Coach Denise



IAMHIGHLYFAVORD
Posts: 392
5/9/13 12:45 P

It is a good idea to start something like this when you are 65 and obese?



SP_COACH_DENISE
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5/9/13 12:37 P

We also have training plans like that: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/training-plans
.asp


Coach Denise



CILER11
Posts: 265
5/9/13 11:08 A

I haven't done Couch to 5k, but have done similar plans and LOVE it. It gradually builds you up and you can work it at your pace. I've lost about 36lbs running, tracking my calories, and doing other exercise.



LOTSACATS
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5/9/13 10:52 A

I did the Couch to 5K a couple of years ago and loved it, absolutely loved it. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in becoming a runner (or jogger).



NOMIE322
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5/9/13 9:33 A

I also completed the program last summer (July to be exact) and it was awesome. I lost about 50+ lbs by incorporating running into my overall lifestyle journey. The program was tough in spots... so much so, I repeated a couple of weeks. So don't feel bad if you do.

To date, I've continued running about 4x a week and find that a) I really LOVE it and b) I crave it at times as it allows me to tune out my day. Like the previous poster, I'd recommend the program to anyone interested in trying it.


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NANLEYKW
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5/8/13 11:25 P

I started it last May and finished in August (and have continued running since then). At the beginning, running for 60 seconds straight was challenging. Now I can run for more than an hour and am training for a half-marathon! Along the way, I've lost about 70 lbs, though that is attributable more to my attention to my diet than to the running. Anyway, I highly recommend a C25k program!!



MEGAPEEJ
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5/8/13 11:25 P

I'm also currently doing one (just did week 4, day 1 today!). It's a program that assumes you've never run in your life (hence "couch"), and slowly has you do longer and longer jogging intervals and fewer walking intervals, until you're able to maintain a steady jog for 5k. If you want to start running, it's a great program to get started and to challenge yourself. Oh, and it's ok to repeat weeks, so if you find a week really challenging, try it again a couple days later until you get it, and then move on to the next!



ANNELIZABETH918
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5/8/13 10:52 P

I'm doing a couch to 5k right now! I'm on week 6 day 2! It gives you different training workouts three days a week. There are usually different intervals, for example run 90 seconds, walk 60 seconds and then build up to a 5k. I'm not a very good runner, but it's a nice challenge!



HEALTHYNCGAL
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5/8/13 10:33 P

I read a magazine article today about women who've lost weight. One of them did a "Couch to 5K." I don't know anything about this other than what I read in the article. Has anyone done this? Is anyone thinking of doing it? Even when I was young and in the best shape of my life, running long distances was always very hard for me. I am thinking of trying this, but I wanted to ask about it first.



 
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