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NEED2MOVE2 Posts: 1,279
1/3/12 3:59 P

I would use the link nancy gave it is awesome :)

WAYCAT Posts: 1,009
1/3/12 3:51 P

Collins, thanks for the info re: ITunes training program for C25K. Will check it out!

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1/2/12 9:13 A

I'm thinkng about it. I did a marathon about ten years ago (walking) and it was a wonderful experience. I trained for months to prepare for the event and I'm glad I did - can't imagine doing it without prepping first. There are a few 5K's coming up in my area that I'm considering - so, we'll see.....

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1/2/12 4:05 A

Unless you have trained well it may be tough to try and run the full 5k. Maybe you could do it in intervals and that would also decrease your time. C25K or Couch to 5k is a really great program to get you prepared and you can download various audios made for the program on itunes and probably elsewhere as well. The one I have has a woman speaking throughout the run who tells me when to jog or walk, how much I've run, how much time I have left, gives me motivation and changes the music to match whether I am on the run or walk interval. It's really a great tool if you'd like to get into running, no matter where your starting point is.

WAYCAT Posts: 1,009
1/2/12 1:45 A

I have always ran, but have recently graduated from the treadmill to outdoor running, and what a revelation it has been!!

So much so, I am contemplating taking part in next years' Race For Life here in the UK, a charity race of either 5k or 10k.

Not sure which distance to try for, but I shall have a look around for training tips, etc. because I have never run competitively before.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
1/2/12 12:03 A

I would consider walking it if you've never run before, but take a look at a couch to 5K program if you're interested in running.

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1/1/12 10:56 P

I love running....robert ullrey's (google him) couch to 5K program is great as well......

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1/1/12 10:15 P


Running has truly changed my life and I hope it does for yours as well. I love it when people want to become runners. It's such an amazing experience even to this toe the starting line with people who are just living a dream.

Coach Nancy

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1/1/12 10:09 P

Thanks ladies! I've never been a runner - at least not any sort of distance (I played soccer in high school and college). I'm really glad I participated in the 5k as I now have a better understanding of the "real" distance. I'm actually excited for the next race emoticon

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1/1/12 10:03 P


I would suggest you begin using a training program for new runners (See link below).

What I always tell my new runners, while having a goal time in mind, until you have done the training and have an idea how well your body adapts to the sport of running, it is best to put that on hold for now. Once you do your first race post-training then you can start setting your sights on your time.

Remember too, that you cannot rush the process in becoming a runner. Allowing recovery time between runs is essential since it is when you are not running that your body makes the adaptation to running.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
1/1/12 9:58 P

have u run before? If not I would try the 40 minutes/walk thing.

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1/1/12 9:57 P

I participated in my first 5k about three weeks ago, and I pretty much walked the entire distance so my time was about 50 minutes. I plan on entering another 5k in mid-February, and I can't decide if I should make my goal to either 1) run the whole distance or 2) finish in 40 minutes. How would you approach training - distance run or the total time? Eventually I want to run a 5k in 30 minutes.

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