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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,096)
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3/4/13 4:33 P

You definitely can. There's a number of Couch to 5k apps. My favorite is the Zombies, Run! 5k training app. It's like an immersive audiobook. :) It's not free, but it's worth EVERY penny (and the full Zombies, Run! app is awesome, too.) Don't be afraid of the price. The voice acting is great, the program is solid (I've never had another C25k program that has you doing calf raises!)

www.zombiesrungame.com

There's also the C25K app (one of many, this is the one I've used.) c25kfree.com/

If you're not interested in an app, I also like the NHS podcast:

www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/c25k/

CHUBBYTRISH39 SparkPoints: (275)
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3/4/13 1:09 P

Thanks. I'll look into that.

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3/4/13 1:08 P

Thanks. I'm trying to train well on the days when my friend and I can't together. She is a better runner so I just want to be able to keep up.

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3/4/13 1:07 P

I wonder if I could get something like that on an ipod. My kids have them. Thanks.

CHUBBYTRISH39 SparkPoints: (275)
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3/4/13 1:06 P

Idon't know why my ticker says that. I am 215 pounds. Yikes, better fix it! Thanks. I hadn't noticed.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
3/4/13 12:34 P

I'm doing a couch to 5k program right now and I love it. I have an app on my cell phone that will prompt me when to run and when to walk.

I think a 15 minute mile is a great time for someone starting out.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,096)
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3/4/13 8:41 A

I agree with Motivated@Last. Your time doesn't matter at this point.

Take it slow, do an interval-based training program, and listen to your body. At this point, you aren't competing against anyone but yourself. :)

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,239
3/4/13 6:28 A

A Couch to 5K plan is definitely the way to go. These programs work through progressively increasing intervals of running and walking. Typically they are around 8 weeks, but if you are already running a bit, perhaps go to week 2, which should put you right on target. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=598


15 min/mile (4 mph) sounds about right for mostly walking with a little bit of running. But at this stage, you shouldn't be too worried about speed. Your focus at this stage should be on the motion of running, rather than your speed. Keep your pace down at this stage.

Also, running is hard on your body, so beginner runners should run just 3 times per week to allow your leg muscles time to recover and strengthen.

M@L

-HEALTHYAMY Posts: 2,586
3/4/13 6:00 A

If you are just starting out you don't want to overdo and risk getting hurt.

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3/3/13 10:55 P

is your ticker correct? you're 450+ pounds and running?

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3/3/13 10:29 P

I have registered for a 5k on April 21. My friend and I decided it was time to get into shape and we do not want to walk the entire thing...so we are running together whenever we can. Well, we walk and jog. We are just starting out. Is a 15 minute mile good? We walked and jogged 9 km the other day. Any suggestions for us to gain the running strength in 7 weeks? I am really excited and scared at the same time. I know I can't quit because I would let my friend down and she really wants to do this. I have agreed so I want to do everything possible to get into shape and do this!!! I have always wanted to do this. Thanks.

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