Personally, I found the SparkPeople Rookie Running Program far easier for a beginner than C25K. Week 1 is walking for 4 minutes, then running for 1. I also really like the Zombies, Run! 5K training app if you have a smart phone. The starting intervals are less stressful too (walking for 1 minute, then jogging for 15 seconds).
I'm 222, and 5'5" and I am about to start the C25K again for the umteenth time. i have never finished it, but this time I will. Last time I started it, I was at 206, and I am scared that I will fail since I have this extra weight on me. I repeated weeks 2-3 times. I just wasn't ready to move forward. I am going to hopefully start on it today and move on from there.
6/3/13 10:58 A
Love this topic! I'm in exactly the same situation. I'm at 210 pounds and starting to really enjoy running. I plan on starting the C25K program soon, but the nerves of actually following a program with a deadline and everything scared me!
I feel better knowing that other people have done it and even repeated some of the weeks from the program and no fire-breathing dragon came to swallow them up in punishment (like I originally expected - I dunno).
Definitely going to get on that as soon as I'm done with my current challenge!
Thanks Lec358, I have had a brief read of the article and sound like what I have had after running so I have printed it off to have a good read through. My daughter wants us to do the 5K again this year and I was dreading it due to the shin splits but it looks as though this year may not be that bad.
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6/3/13 10:08 A
I think your doing and awesome job. If you have to repeat it that okay. It took me a long time to be able to run continuously. One of my goals was to be able to run across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and back without stopping. Let me tell you if took a long time before I was able to do it, but I didn't quit. I would get high five from people I didn't even know as I running, and telling me I was doing a great job. forward!
am so glad i've found this post, i'm in exactly the same boat as you :) my BMI is slightly lower than yours (i'm 5ft 4" & 185lbs), but only slightly and i'm doing the Couch to 5k programme too. last night i did week 3 day 2 and i'm finding it suprisingly okay so far. first week & half i was suffering with pain in my feet and shins but now i seem to have got used to the new shoes and seem to be okay. next week i'll be moving onto 5min continuous running which is scaring the hell out of me, before starting this i literally struggled running 1 minute constant. i haven't had to repeat weeks or days yet but im expecting to soon :s don't worry you're not alone
I used a similar training program for my Half Marathon. I still need to lose about 50 lbs. This was a huge goal for me. Turned out I ran about half and walked half of it. Next year I'll do better. Sounds like you're doing a great job! There is no shame in repeating a week or two. If you push yourself too hard you could get injured or burnt out. Either way that will slow your progress even further. Keep at it. You can do it!
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5/31/13 9:40 A
Hey there fellow runner! When I started C25K last year, I was about 250ish. I did have to repeat a few weeks and like the other person mentioned, no shame in that. For me, I found that part of my issue was mental -I just wasn't ready to move on so I didn't. Which was fine. When I was ready, I moved and it felt great.
I finished the program last July and since then I consistently run 5k or more three or four times a week. I'm not that fast (currently running between a 13-11:30 min/mile) but I don't necessarily mind because a) I'm running and b) did I mention I'm running-LOL. I did find that when I purchased real running shoes from a specialty store, I ran better and was able to go further.
By far, finishing the program is one of the best things I could have done. It helped me with my initial weight loss of 54lbs and I find that it's helped with my endurance in other activities as well. Good luck to you and keep running!
I started running back in January at a little over 225 pounds. I'm now around 204. I started a C25K program back in January and finished it earlier this month (I wrote about it on mySP blog if you're interested).
I did have to repeat weeks. No shame in that. Personally my biggest hurdle was the 20 minutes nonstop running. I was dreading it and surprise, surprise I couldn't make it. (Running so sooo mental!) I ran 15 minutes which I was still proud of. But I developed a bit of hip pain after that, so I took a week off running, then started that week again. By the time my 20 minute run came around again, I was able to do it!
I take my runs very slow. A my fastest, I'm running at a 12:00 mile pace, but usually I'm slower. Speed doesn't bother me until I get a good 6 months of running under my belt.
I'll be glad to help you with your progress. Running is something I'm extremely passionate about.
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5/30/13 11:25 P
Great goal! Good luck. I have done a few 5 K's but need to walk part of it. Hope the new shoes make a difference. My runner friends tell me shoes are very important.
5/30/13 11:24 P
I forgot to say, I've timed myself and I take about 164 steps per minute (around a 8:30/mile pace)... I've tried running slower (150bpm, using MotionTraxx podcasts) in the hopes that I can run longer, but the pace feels so unnatural to me that I just can't do it...
I walk 4 miles a day, 5 days a week and my average walking pace is 3.8mph (according to Endomondo) and have been regularly for the past 5 weeks, and before that I was walking about 3 miles a day, 4-5 days a week for a couple months. So I do have a bit of a base.
5/30/13 11:01 P
I just started training for a 5K using the Couch to 5K program, and I'm on week 2.
I currently weigh 208 lbs (5'5")... I'm wondering if any other overweight people (especially around my BMI) have done this training program? Did you have to repeat any weeks? It feels so hard to summon up the willpower and energy to run that 4th or 5th (or 6th) 90-second interval... especially when I've been running around all day at work. I've been having knee pain too, but I just bought some new running shoes yesterday (New Balance 860 V3) that are supposed to address my alignment issues.
I've completed this program before, but that was 3 years ago, I was 30 lbs lighter, and I was running on a treadmill... now, I'm running on a paved trail in a resort town that's at nearly 7,000ft elevation (I moved here from an elevation of 600ft just six weeks ago)...
I signed up for a 5K on August 3rd. I've been telling myself, if I have to repeat some weeks, it's okay, as long as I get to where I can run at least 2 miles of it (total, in intervals if need be) by the time of my race...
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