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11/27/14 6:23 A

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OK I've found my way here emoticon

I used to be a runner but now I'm more acquainted with my couch. I'm 51 years old and live in the Pacific Northwest. Happy emoticon BTW.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

Wish me luck!

Jane

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Age 50! Now is the time to make your mark on the world-explore the Antarctic or become an astronaut. Make your mind up to take on exciting new challenges-straight after your afternoon nap. - Unknown


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10/17/14 6:36 P

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Way to go! emoticon

~ Nancy

...trust the process...trust the process...trust the process...trust the process...


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10/15/14 12:39 P

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I just wanted to throw out there, how I heard is one way to improve your speed. I finished my first 5K ever at 43:12 and want to improve. I heard about getting a playlist with 145 or above bpm's (beats per minute) and if you can keep up with it, you will be running a 10 minute mile. I haven't put it to test yet but surely will. Will let you know how it works out. Whatever speed you are running, you just bump it up about 5 bpm's and can improve a little at a time. To find out what your current running speed translates to bpm's there is an app, Cadence that figures it out for you.

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9/27/14 4:48 P

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Hi Cassie! Isn't it great when running yields results?

~ Nancy

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9/27/14 4:15 P

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Hey everyone I'm Cassie and I'm a single mother of one from Beautiful Pacific Northwest. I'm also a fat runner. Looking forward to shedding the baby weight and more as I go through this runner's journey but right now I'm proud to say I don't use my body fat as an excuse! I just finished couch to 5k week four and already the weight is starting to come off!

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9/23/14 4:08 P

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I'm 45 and both my beautiful slim trim sisters are runners. I want to join them but up till now I just kept thinking that my knees would not be able to handle the pounding of running. I'm going to just try. 1 minute at a time!

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Do you use a heart rate monitor? If so, what kind and how do you like it? And if you're female, how do you keep it from tangling up with your sports bra?

~ Nancy

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8/23/14 4:59 P

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Hi all! I'm the fat chick on the treadmill on the end at the gym. The one who sweats a lot. And jiggles a lot. And is well over 50. And doesn't go very fast. But I am indeed going, and since both feet are off the ground at regular intervals, I AM RUNNING! (shouting intentional). I'm following the Runners World "Run Your Butt Off" program, which is similar to what FORTUNETSOUL is doing in working up to running 30 continuous minutes.. I'm on Stage 4 (3-minute intervals of both walking and running for 30 minutes), and am thoroughly jazzed right now. I still have 20 more lbs to use before I'm merely "overweight," as opposed to obese, so we're in this for the long haul. Hopefully the weather will cool off soon so that I can take my workout outdoors. Best wishes to other folks who are Running While Chunky! We can do this!!!

~ Nancy

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8/2/14 11:49 A

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Looks like no one has been on here a while, thought I'd post since it's an accountability function that I need. I love reading these posts, even if they're old. I tried this program before, and made it to W7, I believe but think my daughter moved back in as I was just getting used to an empty nest. My treadmill was in the room she took and she started using the treadmill, it's one of those large ones, not an option to move it. So, I got sidetracked, and a couple years went by and I'm still struggling with this weight gain now that I'm in my 50's...this time I'm trying the Runner's World 8-week program, just for a switch, they're all basically the same thing, they increase your jogging time until you can run 30 continuous minutes. I'm at the end of week 2, and just got done 4 min jogging, 1 minute walking 6X, it was very difficult for me, but I'm going to continue, just because of the posts I've been reading, they are so encouraging, and just knowing we all struggle when life throws us curve balls but when we hang in there and endure, we really shine! Good luck to everyone and hope to see more posts!!

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7/23/14 10:26 A

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My name is Katie, and I'm in my early 40s. I've been fiddling around with SparkPeople long enough (4 or 5 years, I think). My husband and I have plans for the what-comes-next of our lives (nest is empty, working for ourselves and retirement, now), that include a laundry list of places to go and things to see. I won't be able to do it at my current fitness level, and that's unacceptable.

I chose the Couch to 5K program because I need clearly-defined short-term goals to stay motivated when the needle on the scale isn't dropping as fast as I want it to. Being able to watch the indicator move along a track for each day I complete the workout meets that need for me. I'm on W4 D3 right now, and already feeling a difference.

Looking forward to getting healthy with y'all!

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7/6/14 6:25 P

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Just wanted to say hi, I'm in my late 40's and think I should become a runner!
I can't seem to lose weight just by walking anymore. Onward and upward.


best regards, Ruby


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6/28/14 5:10 P

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Hi All - I'm 51 - and iI need to lose 50 lbs. Recently I've been taking a Zumba class once a week. I really like it but I'm not losing any weight. Bummer So, do you think I can do a 5K in September? I'm gonna give it a try.

I could really use some support to get me going, since I haven't run 3 miles in about 35 years - YIKES! Hopefully, this is the place. I'm going to start the plan this weekend! Anyone else wanna start?

Thanks!

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6/20/14 8:02 P

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Hello everyone!

I'm 46 years old and this year alone I've gained twenty pounds. This is also the year that I've tried five different diets, so I'm thinking it's time to change direction. I used to go to the YMCA every morning at 4:30 and exercise for an hour before my work day. Then our school district changed school hours to accommodate a single bus run, meaning that hour of exercise time was now needed to get ready for work. I gave up my membership and thought I was still working out as hard at home, but clearly that has not been the case.

Two weeks ago, my coworker asked me to join her with C25K. She's 20 years my junior, but in the same shape as me (although she bounces back faster at her age). I used to run a little, but six years ago I burst two disks in my back and was told not to do anything like running, so I've really used that as my excuse. My back has been fine, except for pain from the extra weight, so I figured I'd at least give it a try. I met her and she put on the app and off we went! I called her lots of names and couldn't quite keep up with her, but I did it!

We made plans to meet and run again, but she got sidetracked and I didn't want to fail after one try so I tried again...and did it again! I completed three runs last week and tomorrow will be my second run this week. So far, only sore feet and legs so my back seems to be handling it okay. My friend has since been inspired by the fact that I've kept with it and she started over again today.

It is a struggle to stay on course, but I'm at the point that if I don't change course now I'm going to get deeper and deeper into obesity and health problems.

Okay, that's me! I've stalked several of the posts and I think this looks like a good fit so I'll be back to chat with you all tomorrow!



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6/6/14 7:46 A

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Laurensmama, what a great post! Congratulations to you and all you've accomplished!

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6/5/14 7:07 P

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Hi everyone. I'm 42yo, have 30lbs to lose and last week I ran my first 5k race! A year and a half ago I started C25K with a friend who had just turned 50 and never ran a step in her life. She was immediately hooked and within 13 weeks was running and winning 5k races. I hated every step and by week 3 had such pain in my hips and back I couldn't continue. Went to physio, healed up, tried again, same result. My friend and her running buddies had by this time set a goal of doing the Rock & Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas. I didn't want to miss out so decided I would do it too, just very slowly! I forgot about running for a while and started training to walk longer distances. First 5k, then 7, 10, 12, 18 and suddenly it was marathon time! It took me 3 and a half hours but I did it and felt so amazing. Being proud of myself was a very foreign feeling. Starting in January this year I decided to give C25K a try again, but at my own pace. Often I would run only twice a week, or do the same workout for 3 or 4 weeks before moving up. Once I got to a point where I could run 1k straight (71/2- 8 mins for me) things suddenly seemed to click. I went from 8 mins to 12, to 16 and suddenly one day I just decided to run 5k straight and I did it!!!! It wasn't easy, but it wasn't that hard either. That was just 2 weeks before the 5k race I had set as my Holy Grail. I was determined to run the whole thing without walking. The course was unfamiliar and every tiny hill was excruciating. It was hot and I had to really push to keep putting one foot in front of the other. But I did it, and it's honestly not something I ever thought I could accomplish. Because I did it I know anyone can. So here's my advice if you're struggling, or you've quit, or you're embarrassed to run outside or afraid to enter a race.
- just do it. Sign up for a race, train and show up. Plan to walk your first one to take the stress off. You will discover dozens of other participants walk too. You won't be the fattest and you won't be slowest. If you are, it's because the fatter and slower people didn't have the guts to go out and try like you did.
- use C25K as a guideline but go as slowly as you need to. It doesn't matter if it takes you 12 weeks or 12 months to get there, just keep moving forward.
- a good physiotherapist is your best friend. Don't ignore sore joints and persistent pain. Great it before it gets out of hand.
- invest in great shoes. My miracle was discovering Hoka running shoes. Super light and ultra cushioned. Make an unbelieveable difference in the shock absorption to the joints. Literally would not have been able to do this in any other shoes.
- Move every day. Don't run every day but do something that involves moving toward: walk, ride a bike, rollerblade, etc.
- don't worry about what other people think. I used to be embarrassed that "real" runners would see me jiggling and huffing and puffing out there. They did. And you know what? They saw me in the snow and in the rain and they saw me getting stronger and feeling better.
- Believe in yourself. You are stronger than you think.

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6/4/14 5:22 P

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So glad to see new posts! Welcome to all the newbies! I'm on week 3--so happy I started! I'm amazed each time I finish a workout, and so proud if myself! It's not nearly as daunting as when I first started. I enjoy running on the treadmill, and one thing I have found that helps is put a towel over the clock so I'm not constantly looking and thinking "it's only been 10 seconds???" I just got an arm band for my iPhone, but before that I would turn it around so I couldn't see the screen and just wait for the cues while zoning into my music (I love I Heart Radio's "spin cycle" station--constant music and a good pace).

How's everyone else been doing? What "tricks" do you have that help you?

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5/25/14 11:56 P

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Hi, I'm Angie, I'm 5'7" and I have over a hundred pounds to lose to be in my "healthy" range and I'm going to start tomorrow. I've had the app before and excuses kept popping up (the first time was a lightning storm, the others, much less important... it's crazy how easy it is for one excuse to lead to two..)

I like how Karvy09's blog post talks about running as moving your feet in such a way that you have to pick one up before you put the next one down. It's not a marathon. I'll only disappoint myself if I do nothing.

Anyways, I have four kids, the youngest is two. Since this is a fat runners club forum, I feel almost-comfortable saying my biggest concern is my bladder. My last little really messed with things and exercise can be embarrassing. (Crunches are the worst). My doctor said "surgery, pills or lose weight". Funny how so many catch-22's involve being fat.

So... tomorrow I start. God willing. Please no lightning storms!

Going to go and get my gear ready so I don't have to look anything and give myself a chance to talk me out of it!

To all of you Monday starters and restarters.. week 1, 2 or 10... WE CAN DO IT!

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5/21/14 8:29 P

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I'm 335 lbs, I love zumba and yoga - although I've slacked off on both the last few months. But I was never a runner. Dancing is fun, running was evil and work. "I don't run" was a mantra for years - especially if someone was asking me to run for a bus.

I've been on a health kick lately. Spent a week on vacation eating actual food and when I came back to reality I discovered that my body had gotten used to it and *really* didn't like processed stuff.
That was a few weeks ago. Today I found a blog article about a guy who lost 100 lbs in 10 months and how he had started a running regimen. It blew me away. Never occurred to me that a 300+ person could run. His take on it was "try it for 2 weeks and see".

I thought, I can totally do that.

So I downloaded the couch to 5K app that a friend of mine told me about over a year ago, found this site and this thread showed me that I could just do W1D1 at home, running in place - so that's what I did! I'm apparently not in as horrible shape as I thought since I was kinda tired at the end but nowhere where I thought I'd be.

I can do this! THAT'S SO COOL!!!!

I thought I'd share :)


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5/21/14 12:14 P

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It's so cool to read other people's stories & to see where other people are at with this. :)

My name's Michelle, & I love to bike. It's my exercise of choice, but I've not done it for a while, for a variety of reasons - most of which are just excuses - that I won't go into (at least not at this point) aside from saying that there are some health issues in my life that I've convinced myself are keeping me from moving. They're not, though. Nothing with which I struggle with in regards to my health is the kind of thing that is keeping me from moving. It's all in my head.

So, if I love cycling, why am I here? I have a lot of friends who run, & some who've completed marathons & others who do it as a form of exercise. I decided to give it a try. I know that it can compliment cycling, & so, about a month of so ago, I downloaded the C25K free app from Zen Labs.

Yesterday I made my first attempt to start, but I was doomed to fail from the start. First of all, I chose a field of uneven ground as my place to do this. Second, the grass had been freshly cut, and fresh cut grass is one of my biggest allergens & asthma triggers. Also, it was the middle of the day & the weather was humid. I should know better from past experience, but, well. haha

So I'm going to make an attempt again later today, & I'll go to the gym & use the treadmill. It's a beautiful day outside, & I wanted to go out much earlier to use the local high school's track, but I didn't wake up early enough.

Anyway! I know that I can do this. People who've been more out of shape than me have done it, people with much bigger problems than me, & so I know that I can do this. It's just my mindset that's keeping me from doing this, & I'm determined & stubborn. So I can beat myself & do this. :D

Blessings,
Michelle :)


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Hi. I'm Lynne and I am currently trying out the Couch to 10k app from Zen labs. Just completed W1D1 Monday. It has been hard getting out of the house with two little ones but I manage to sneak out once my husband is up to distract them.

“Unless You Puke, Faint or Die, Keep Going!”
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“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!”
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5/6/14 9:45 A

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Hi all! I'm Kristen, and I completed w1d3 yesterday!! So excited and proud of myself. Also just got a couple of awesome sports bras from Lane Bryant, along with some capris yoga pants that are super comfy. I'm excited to see how this goes! Not sure yet if I will ever sign up for an actual 5k race--just focusing on working through the program right now. Never thought I'd ever try to be a runner, let alone enjoy it! I'm 5'6" and 258

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5/1/14 11:15 P

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Hi all, today I completed W1D1 and I have to admit it was hard. Completed it with my husband. We both could need to become more active. So I got him out to motivate me and this helps get him back into shape. Question do we do the every other day

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4/23/14 7:13 P

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Hey yall! I started the c25K BY ZENLABS back in jan. But didnt finish and i already signed up for a 5 k in feb . I did complete it but only through jog/walk. I was so sore because i wasnt prepared. This time i am going to complete the program and run the whole race. Id like an accountability buddy if possible.we can support each other.:)

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Hi everyone! I'm back after a short detour into bad habits...I am a married mom of two. My son who is almost 3 has an ASD spectrum disorder, while my 13 month old daughter has no delays at all. In fact, she's advanced. I am a trained nurse by profession. I am 28 years old and looking to make a new me happen before I turn 30. I am currently training with my husband for a 5K that we will run in September. My family is the main reason I am doing this, besides doing this for ME! I just recently lost a baby to miscarriage, so now I am hoping to get healthy before trying to have another baby. I'm a busy mom, but I love to talk! Feel free to message me if you'd like to talk about ANYTHING!

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Hello, everyone! I hate running, but I'm trying to trick myself into becoming a runner and loving it (mind over matter??). I started the C25k program twice before, but never finished. The first time I was a lot more fit than I am now. I can't remember why I stopped. I think I didn't like whatever podcast program I was listening to, and I was doing it all on a treadmill. I started again last summer at my favorite park with the ZenLabs C25k Free phone app (I like it so much better!), but quit after Week 2 Day 1 when I became ill. This time around, I'm using the same app and going to the park (with my pups who love to train with me & keep me going) when weather permits. It's a LOT tougher this time, but I'm going to keep at it. I'm gettin over a sinus infection, and all of this extra weight I have on me is taking it's toll! I was SO SORE after completing Week 1 Day 2 yesterday! But I know if I keep at it, it will get easier and there's nothing like the sweet satisfaction of completing something you once thought you could never do! I also signed up for my 1st 5k. It's a Color Run so it will be fun, and not so much pressure to run it in a certain time or anything. I just need to complete it to check it off my bucketlist and do the best I can for ME! I can't wait! :D
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Been a long time since I posted on this thread. I worked through C25K in 2011 and managed to get up to jogging 10K races. I have regained about 30 lbs of the weight I lost and got to the point where I couldn't jog a 5K anymore. I have done little to no cardio exercise this winter. But I am determined to get back to it.

Did W2D1 today. Felt good. Glad to be back.

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Hello everyone. I'm Christina, and I recently started the c25k program with my boyfriend. I really struggled with W1D1. I couldn't complete a few of the runs, and had to stop early and walk. I was miserable. I have asthma, so learning to control my breathing is one of my hardest challenges. It's difficult for me to stay positive when i struggle, especially with my boyfriend lightly jogging next to me and not even breaking a sweat. But he is so supportive. He constantly reminds me that everything I do is 5x harder than what he does (because of weight). That every step I take is much more impressive than his, and that even as I struggle to breath evenly, and sweat like a mad woman I am showing him up as each minute passes. At the end of W1D1 I was ready to cry. My legs were cramping, and i felt like a failure because of having to cut some of the run time short.

I had to give my body three days to recover from soreness, leg cramps, and exhuastion.

Yesterday I completed W1D2. I thought it would be similar to day 1. I was completely incorrect.

Day two was a big surprise. I still struggled to regulate breathing, but I didn't need my inhaler. The first few runs I completed with no difficulty. In fact I was surprised when they were over so quickly. It was still difficult, but I managed to complete all the runs without having to cut them short. It was noticably easier to propell myself forward during the runs.

I am so proud. I know that simply being able to complete the day's workout correctly doesn't sound like a huge accomplishment- but for me it's everything. It's a huge high five that says "You can totally do this!" It's hope. It's encouragement. It's the feeling that I might be in control of my body after all.

I know that everyday won't be like yesterday, but if I can do it once- I know I can do it again. Yesterday allowed me to believe in myself, and my own power to change. I might not think I look fabulous in my clothes yet- but accomplishment definately looks good on me. :)

Thanks! Hopefully I'll have more updates soon.

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2/18/14 7:02 P

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Yay!! I just did W1D1 of the Zombies, Run! app, and it's really cool. I almost ended up writing a blog post here, but the short version is that I ended up running in place at home instead of outside, and it seemed to work out pretty well.

As far as how to track, I've been using Runkeeper to calculate my pace, but today Zombies didn't sync (I emailed them!), so I used the distance and time to come up with pace using a pace calculator. I used www.coolrunning.com/engine/4/4_1/96.
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That's actually pretty cool that you don't have a 5k. I like to have a reason in mind for doing this, something to look forward to, and for me the first one is The Color Run. I have a list of 5k's that I want to do this year, and I suspect next year I'll take a page from my friend's book and have a 5k scheduled for every month, even if it's a virtual 5k. Maybe the year after that I'll look at 10k's. (Yeah, right. I'll be pushing myself to do 10k's next year, I suspect. :P I'm pretty sure my motto is, "I'm crazy, not stupid!") But first I have to finish the training!

(Also, I want to apologize for my absence, in case it bothered anyone... I was hit by the PMS monster in a real bad way this week.)

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So I did W1D1 last Wednesday, only to have about 18" of snow Thursday, which led to lots of shoveling that day. We went on to get more snow Friday night (more shoveling Saturday, lol). All that to say, I didn't do anymore last week because I was at double the amount of my weekly workout minutes/calories, and sore, so I took a few days off. I just did another W1D1 today, and plan to actually do all three days this week!

I do have a question: how do you track the C25K in the fitness tracker on here?

And to answer your question, no I don't have a 5K in mind at this point. Right now, I just want to learn to enjoy running first! Once I get to a point where I feel like I could run a 5K (or could by the time of the 5K) I will go from there. I'm just excited to have a goal of running to work toward.

After doing W1D1 twice, I think I'm going to enjoy this more than I originally thought. It feels great completing one session, like yes! I can actually do this! I look forward to getting outside to do it once the snow and ice melts some more.

Stop trying to paddle against the current. Instead, point your boat downstream, put down your oars, and go with the flow. Enjoy life because that's what its all about.


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W1D1 is completed, I started this program up last year and completed the majority of it. I didn't finish the program because I was training for a triathlon and I knew that I really needed to work on the cycling since that was my weakest part (and you can always walk the "run" part). I decided that I would do a 5k with my sister-in-law for the local Sheriff's office which is doing a D.A.R.E. 5K. I think that I have also talked my husband into this. What is great is that I should be able to finish this program right before the race! Good Luck to everyone out there!

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Welcome! Glad to have you. I hate running too, at least until I do it. There are a ton of C25k programs out there, which is kind of nice... if one doesn't work for you, try a different one!

Do you have a 5k you're interested in doing? I haven't registered for mine, but that's mainly due to lack of money. I think the first one I'm going to do will be the Color Run in June, because it's less about the race and more about having fun... And my husband and son both said they'd do it with me!

I would assume you could walk/run in place. I don't because running is a great way for me to get out of the house (I'm a stay at home mom who doesn't drive. I get stir crazy.) But it seems like that would be a good way to start, and safer than potentially slipping on ice, if you're somewhere that would be an issue. The one real advantage to running outside is that there's really not an option to give up entirely... I have to at least walk til I get home!

Make sure you have plenty of water on hand. I've actually grabbed a handful of (clean!) snow as I ran past, but it's definitely not the preferred option!

Glad to have you around, Nicole! I look forward to following your journey and seeing you successful!

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Hi everyone! I'm new here!

I've heard about the C25K program many times, but never even thought about trying it before because I HATE running! lol Anyway, I've been back to SP since the beginning of this year after a hiatus of.....too long! Up until now, I've been doing Just Dance as my main form of cardio, but I'm getting bored with it, so its time to change it up. Maybe having a more solid goal besides just "get better at the game" will help me!

As my ticker shows, I have a LOT of weight to lose. I fully expect to be miserable during every C25K workout in the first few weeks, if not longer. But I do want to do it. I would love to prove to myself that I *can* be a runner if I just work at it.

I will be starting the program indoors, but I don't have a treadmill. I can do it by just walking/running in place right? lol I'll try it regardless.

Thanks for having me!

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Thank you, Kitrona! I appreciate any and all words for advice/wisdom and the encouragement!! :)

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I wear several layers of clothes I already own: thermals, t-shirt, sweatshirt and sweatpants. I don't wear a coat, because I end up warm enough without it, but I do wear a hat and gloves. Most of my layers are on my torso, since my legs are, obviously, doing enough work to stay warm!

As far as shoes, those I would advise actually spending decent money on if you can. Each company uses a different "last", or foot model, and you want to find the one that works for you. As tempting as it is to just buy whatever sneakers are on sale at Target, they're not made for running. Be brave and go into a store that caters to runners; the staff there should be educated in how to assess your stride, gait, and a bunch of other stuff that makes no sense to me but makes a HUGE difference in how comfortable you are while you're running.

I also tend to think of it like this: If your feet are comfortable while you're running, you're more likely to head back out later. If you've laid down a chunk of change on the shoes that keep your feet comfortable, you probably won't want to give up and make that investment pointless.

I personally lucked out and found two pairs of running shoes that didn't have much wear at all at Goodwill at different times. I'm very glad I did... I found out two very valuable pieces of information! 1. New Balance shoes are AMAZING for me, and 2. I cannot do anything but amble around the mall in Nikes; they don't have the support I need.

And if you live someplace where there's ice and snow, for the love of all that's good, please please please GET SOME TRACTION SPIKES. My stride has been ridiculously short this year because I don't want to slip, so running hasn't been doing me as much good as it could. But more importantly, I was walking back from taking my son to school last week and I slipped and fell and ended up with a concussion. So that's a health and safety issue... I haven't been running in almost a week because of that (running with a concussion sounds pretty nauseating, and I was already nauseous from the injury!). I just got my spikes today and they fit on my shoes just fine, so tomorrow (or later today, maybe) I might chance it.

As far as being a fat runner, it's not as hard as it seems. I mean, sure, it feels weird the first time you get out there, but then you do it and you get home and you flop into the chair and gulp down water and then.... oh my gosh, I DID IT. And the endorphins hit (don't let anyone tell you they don't) and you just feel great for the rest of the day.

Ok, I've babbled on long enough. Please check out the thread about the different programs, so you can find the one that works for you, or recommend one that you're trying. And I'll leave you with this thought: There's no "trying" to be a runner. If you run, even a little bit, then you're a runner. The qualifiers (fat, thin, fast, slow, kitty-ear-wearing) don't matter. The point is, if you run, you're a runner. The qualifiers can always be changed. :)

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Hi everyone! Brand new here, not even sure what I'm doing on this forum, let alone in trying to learn to run. LOL

I've decided to take the plunge and stop living an unhealthy lifestyle. I'm going to attempt to be a runner. A fat runner, but a runner nonetheless. I'm pretty well starting from scratch. I'm looking for some suggestions for clothing and shoes to get started. Any advice/recommendations is welcome... as is encouragement!! :)

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Hi MOMMY! Your goals are similar to my own; I want to model a healthy lifestyle that includes showing them that exercise can be fun (this is going to be a challenge with my 15 year old!) and that healthy eating can be delicious.

You're already ahead of me, starting by being able to run a full minute! Is there a certain C25k program you're using? As far as help, I'm fairly new to running, but I bet if you post a question, someone will know the answer, and I /can/ promise supportiveness. Welcome to the group!

(I apologize that this was delayed; I was out of town without my computer.)

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Hey Everyone,
I'm new here. I really need to lose some weight for both myself and my daughter....I do not want her to grow up like I did with the self-esteem issues and the fad diets. I want to do this the healthy way and be a healthy role-model for her :) Running is something that I didn't totally get into before but I enjoyed it once I did it for awhile and I would like to get back to that place so here I am :)
I'm currently able to run 1 minute at a time...2 if I really push but that winds up in a calf cramp (for now).
This isn't just a diet for me anymore, it's the start of a new lifestyle.....I just need a little help.

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That's a good goal! Can't wait to read your success story! emoticon

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My goal is to finish three 5k's this year in under 45 minutes. I am looking for my first 5k to hopefully be in May.

It will not be easy, but it WILL be worth it!


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Good luck! :) emoticon

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I'm starting a training for the Crescent City Classic in New Orleans, LA. I've walked two 5ks. It may be a tad bit ambitious but I think it's time to kick it up a notch. Wish me luck!
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No, I did not get to do the 2 mile race :( But I did run a mile straight for the first time in my life that week!! I went from making it a quarter of a mile to a full mile in days. I was so amazed. Like you said, it is mental. Unfortunately, I have not run much since then as the snow and cold hit WI (high of below 0 temps this week). But I did join a gym and have tried on the treadmill a few times. I I finally figured out the issue with my shins is due to tight calf muscles, so I have been doing what I can to help them. I have a challenge starting with a friend tomorrow, and at the end we will run a 5k together. I am looking forward to that! And congrats on making it through the 20 min run and past your hurdle!! I hear ya on dropping a few pounds to make it easier... We will both be runners in 2014!! Let me know if you want to be "run buddies" to keep each other accountable!

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Karley- were you able to do the two mile race?? This is my 4th time starting c25k. The furthest I made it to before this time was the 2nd run of week 5. I was always scared of the 20 min run. Well after putting off week 5 for almost 2 weeks I decided to do it. Day 1& 2 were actually easy... Then day 3 approached. I obsessed about it all weekend, mentally prepped myself and yesterday I did it!!! It wasn't easy, but I didn't quit. I feel like I can do anything now. It's amazing how it is all mental. Though it was hard, it wasn't much harder than the 1st time I ran 3 min, or 5 min!!! I may just be a runner yet! Can't wait to drop a few more lbs so it gets a little easier. :)

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Hello. I am a new "fat' runner. I started the c25k last week, have had a few days that did not go so well do to weak shin tendons. So I have been listening to my body, and not pushing it to the point of needing to take time off. So far seems to be working. Our treadmill broke last Friday, and I tried running outside. Only made it through the 3rd running section...but Saturday I tried again and made it through the whole program outside! I felt like a rockstar :) Monday I made it through too, and legs did not tighten up until last running section.

My question to the rest of you who have been doing this longer is, do you do some of the "weeks" for more than a week if needed? I am thinking of continuing week 1 until I can do it without pain in my legs, but I still want to push myself to maybe do a 2 mile race on Thanksgiving.

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Hopefully this is just the first of many for us. How proud will we be when we look back and see how far we've come.

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Gutzmom-
I'll be thinking of you on October 6th. You never know what you are truly capable of until you try!
I'm doing my first 5k on October 20th. I am up to 2 very slow miles, so maybe by then I'll be able to do 3. Who knows!! We'll see. At least we are trying!

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I'm doing a 5k on oct6th, I'm not sure if I can run the whole thing, in fact I'm pretty sure I won't be able to since its 3 times my best run but I'm going to give it my best. Who know's I might surprise myself.


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Just joined because I've signed up for a 5K in November. I've been walking for about a year, and I'm not worried about the distance - but I want to be able to *run* (or at least jog) the whole thing, not walk it or run 1K then collapse. I figured the group would help me be more accountable.

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today I did W5D1, but my goodness when I finished I was exhausted. I can't tell you the last time I was that tired, it was almost too much to just keep my self sitting upright and my eyes open. I'm hoping that my body is just adjusting and that is going to pass. Is that what it's like for everyone else? I notice in the last couple of days I haven't been eating as much protein as I should and I wonder if that is part of the problem.

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Definetly figuring out what works when in a full house and full schedule is key. Great job, Gutz and hang in there because everyone will be fine in their own endeavors. I think I've had a hard time of backing off from involvement when my kids are all adults now. I'ts definetly nice to be needed but they do want us to get a life, too! I made it through W5D2, will tackle W5D3, which promises to be a challenge I think.

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I think carving out the me time is the hardest part. I dropped my daughter at her first ever gymnastics class and went for my run. It was like the first day of daycare all over again. Completely irrational, because I couldn't really see her anyway. Turns out she was proud of me for going for my run, she said she had a good class and I had a good run which makes it a good day. How can a 4 year old be so smart?

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Well, I never thought I'd say this, but I'm looking forward to the next challenge, I survived W5D1 and really enjoyed it! The sweat was pouring off me and my stomach really felt like it had a workout. Now that I've conquered a day of W5, am thinking I can do all the other weeks. It's really important to get that me time in there. I've felt like I've given my time for other people and never realized how I was pushing my health and well being aside.

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looking forward to my run tomorrow W4D3. My schedule finally seems to be falling into place, I will drop my daughter at gymnastics and go do my run. Fridays I will take my other daughter to dance and go do my run. Sundays my husband is home to watch the kids while I run.

emoticon Oct 6th, I'm going to participate in the run for a cure, not that I'll be able to run I'll be running next year!

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I lost 2 lbs this week, I did W4D3 and since trying to do more than 3 times a week actually is first I've lost anything. I guess the key is finding what works best between times you do this and finding the right amount to reduce the calories you intake. I'm very pleased with these results since am signed up at work with a BIggest Loser contest. In 10 weeks we see who loses the most weight and weigh in once a week and next Monday, willl be able to feel good about stepping on the scale! This so far is the only exercise I do, since there are 3 different work schedules in my household and getting time on treadmill or tv to use workout dvd's is very difficult!

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Hi, I'm back again! I used Couch to 5K back in 2011 and I lost almost 30 lbs in the 9 week program! But I hurt my foot when I tried to transition to the 10K program, so I am starting again, but more mindful of pushing myself too hard and trying to run as fast as I can doing intervals.. I am now 43 and live in So Cal. I did all my running on a trail before but this time I am using a treadmill.

It doesn't matter how fast you walk/run/bike, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!


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Week 2, day 3 done, and yowza! I'm pooped. Going to do this again next week. :)

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Week 2, day 2 down. My calves do not like all the running. :P I'm going to get some new shoes today (real running shoes!!!!), and that should help.

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Week 2, day 1 down. Whew! Sweaty! :)

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Week 1, day 6 done! I picked up the pace today, and boy did I feel it! I'm definitely ready for week 2 on Monday. The hard part is going to be motivation--I'm on vacation next week. :)

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Week 1, day 5 down! It gets easier every day! :)

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Week 1, day 4 down! It felt nice and easy today, so the muscles are finally accepting of their duties. :P

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Week 1, day 3 down! I'm going to repeat week 1 next week, just to make sure my muscles are really ready for week 2 (they're protesting a bit at the moment).

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I hit week 7 and three weeks later was still on week 7. Those 25 minute runs after running 10 walking, then running 10. I just couldn't do it. Maybe if I had a running buddy, but I was miserable. So I went back to a distance I knew I could do and I'm just adding 0.1 miles to each run. It is slow, but I can do it, and mentally I can do it! I think I will try 0.2 mile increase soon. Sometimes you just have to get past the mental block :) I will eventually run a 5k!

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Week 1, day 2 down! Woohoo!

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