I agree with WADINGMOOSE--cross training is essential. When I did C25K, I found that the Biggest Loser Cardio Max helped (the 1st part with Bob Harper). While it's cardio, it's mostly a lot of lower body strengthening as well.
Week 4 is tricky! Now, you have probably figured this out, but it took me too long. My BFF told me she'd signed us up for my very first 5K in a few months (I was only on week 5 at the time). Anyhow, I knew I had plenty of time to finish, but it occurred to me that I wouldn't be able to complete the race. Why? Because I was following the C25K program for time not distance. So when it said run for 3 minutes, I ran at my pace (which as it turns out was very slow). I realized that even if I finished the program, I still wouldn't be able to run 3.1 miles. So, I went back to week 4 and started following the directions for distance. Sheesh. Made a huge difference. I was still slow, but at least I knew I'd be able to run the whole race. By the time I finished with C25K, I was taking about 40 minutes to finish; however, when race day rolled around and the adrenaline was pumping, I actually ran under 30 minutes. What???!!!
There is nothing wrong with run/walk either. You're doing it for fun! Don't give up on C25K. I just trained a friend for a 5K and used the C25K program. While she's someone who is on her feet a lot, she had NO exercise experience. She finished the program and is preparing for her first 5K.
Enjoy the process and rejoice in every goal you achieve.
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