I am presently doing something similar with a 5k training app for my android. I am presently finishing up week 2; jogging for 90 seconds, walking for 2 minutes, and repeating for a total of 20 minutes (after a five minute warm up walk). Week 3 will be two repetitions of jog 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, jog 3 minutes and walk three minutes (after a five minute warm up walk). So far so good. The hardest part is for me to find time to do it between working and spending time with my 13 month old. Sometimes I take him with me in the stroller :) Though this past week has sucked for sleep, which drags my energy down. Gotta love teething...
I started to use a C25K app once, but fell out after a couple of runs. The problem wasn't the app and it wasn't running - it was my psychology - I need other people to try to keep up with and to say something if I miss a couple of runs. That really motivates me. I can do well walking on my own for a while, but running is hard for me. I have asthma and ITB issues so I have to remember to take my inhaler and take time for stretching, foam rolling, etc to give muscles the proper TLC afterwords. Also, on a previous attempt at running I did too much too soon and got a stress fracture in my shin - so I really think these C25K and similar programs are really important for teaching people to not get ahead of themselves.
So, for me, I joined a walk to run group - and I started walking before I did so to prepare myself and instead of running I'm doing slow jogging and calling it a run. Hopefully I will get up to a run soon. My time is improving a little each week. Good shoes are important and so are good socks. You don't want to get blisters! I have a few different brands and so far my favorite are Balega. Running stores have trained shoe salesman who will look at your foot and watch you run a little and choose shoes based on your actual foot. They're a bit pricey though.
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I've never done an official couch to 5K program but I've done my own unofficial version (as well as a 10K, and a half marathon) and I was previously not a runner. Here are the things that motivated me: 1) good shoes - not necessarily expensive shoes, but shoes that working for you and your feet 2) I really like capri running pants or wearing bicycle shorts underneath my running shorts- not as fashionable but its better than chaffing 3) Born to Run. Its an awesome book about running, very inspirational. Good luck!
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Hi guys! I have been active on and of on sparkpeople for the last couple of years and I recently remembered how awesome it is! I am using the couch to 5k app and am on week 3. I just wanted to know if anyone else is starting a running program using this? I am (hopefully!!) going to jog a 5k in Charleston, SC when I visit my family there in about a month. Some days I love it and most other days it requires a lot of motivation. I bought some bluetooth headphones online as a motivation gift for myself, but does anyone else have problems getting going in the morning? I live at 9,000 feet above sea level so I'm hoping the sea level 5k will be something I'm ready for. I guess I just wanted to put my goal out there so I can't back down and see if anyone else is doing the same program. Thanks for listening!
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