SUNSET, I think it's intentional that there aren't more than 4 minutes of solid minutes of running with this program. It's for rookies or people who need to take it just a little more slowly.
I'm pretty grateful for this program and how gradually (perhaps slowly) it works you through running for longer distances.
All that said -- even if you're not running the entire 5K (and you stop to walk for minute every 4 minutes), I would still maintain that you've "run" a 5K. I call myself a runner, even if I'm slow and stop to walk on occasion.
"Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. "
I am actually doing C25K, not the SP program. The only reason I'm sticking to C25K is that the SP one doesn't actually have you run more than 4 minutes at a time for the entire program, and then says you're ready to run 3.2 miles without ever running 5 minutes straight before. On C25K you start five minute runs in week 4. Has anyone had success with this SP program and actually been able to run a 5k after completing it?
Here's the information about the C25K running program. It's basically just another way to help people go from being couch potatoes to runners. Although you really do need to be able to walk (at some pace) for 25 minutes straight before starting it. www.c25k.com/
I've completed the 1st 2 weeks of the C25K program. Tonight, I did day 1 of week 3 and found it extremely challenging. I'm thinking of doing this Spark 5K program at least until week 7 and then maybe I'll return to C25K. I want a good workout but I also don't want to overdo it.
I've tried both as well. I am on 6 of SP, which is the farthest I've ever been. I think it's because the Run/Walk intervals are manageable (I think to myself, I only need to run for 3 minutes) Where the C25K had such long run intervals.
Overall, my knees/ankles are not hurting on SP either - but perhaps it's my shoes.
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I was following the c25k program and just completed the 3rd week for the second time. I am overweight and hoping to begin running a full 5k this fall. I started on week 3 of the SP 5k and got through it no problems!! I find it easier on my knees and feet. Has anyone else had trouble with the c25k program and had better success after switching to the Sparkpeople program?
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