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DIONNE1972 Posts: 1,041
7/29/13 10:16 A


I know you can do it. even if you just walk the whole thing. FINISH that race. The finish line was my biggest motivator when I did my first 5k. I had planned to prepare and like you got stuck on week 4 of the couch to 5 k. to be honest I still have not gotten past week 4 but I have done 6 5ks and 1 10 K this year. my goal for each race is just to finish. no matter the time and no matter how much running I do. My only goal is to not be LAST. :) You can do it. go for it and let me know how you FINISH

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,311
7/28/13 7:25 A

Personally, I'd look at it as an opportunity to really jumpstart the exercise-- since you've admitted you haven't been consistent lately with that. As pp's have already mentioned, a 5K is for fun, with people of all different fitness levels participating. I'd be more worried about my costume than how long it would take me to complete the 5K-- because I know (if necessary) I could WALK the whole thing and I wouldn't be the only one walking it all, either. And even if I came in buck nekked last, I'd want to be wearing a fabulous costume while I did it. : )

CHEEKYGEEK SparkPoints: (12,492)
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7/26/13 11:54 P

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.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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7/25/13 1:10 P

Sure you can! The C25K program is actually 9 weeks long, although I know for myself, it took me 13 weeks total to get up to running 5k. But as others have said, even if you don't run the whole thing, it's no big deal! Just get out there and have fun. And I promise--nobody will be looking at you, so don't worry about feeling self-conscious. :)

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7/25/13 12:00 P

I remember week 4 as being the worst week in the C25K program. Give it another shot! It's a win-win situation: you spend 9 weeks getting in better shape and you have a great time with your friend on the zombie run. If you have to walk parts and end up getting tagged, then you turn into a zombie and go after other folks, right? If you gotta go down, drag everyone else within reach down with you!! emoticon

BAREFOOT-LISA Posts: 1,412
7/25/13 11:46 A

Thanks everybody. I guess I will just start slow and do what I can. I am putting too much pressure on myself.. as usual!!
How vain am I that I am worried about it being in my own town!.. I wish it were an hour away so no one I knew would see me lumbering along and nearly purple in the face from the effort!
Oh well... if I put enough fake blood on my face, no one will know the difference!
Today at lunch I am going to put on my running shoes and at least get in a walk to get pumped up for this!

DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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7/25/13 11:42 A

You can do it! I am currently on week 6 day 2 of couch to 5k and I never thought that I would be able to do it. Put the negatives out of your mind and just go for it. I know a lot of people who said that the support from running their first 5k was awesome!

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7/25/13 11:25 A


No need to worry ! 5ks are for FUN and the collecting of cool tshirts and bling (finisher medals). 9 weeks is plenty of time to prepare for a 5k. AND even if you can't quite run the entire 3.1 miles in that time, no one says you can't do a walk/run combo. No one says you have to run the entire race. You can walk parts of it. Plenty of newbie runners do a walk run combo. That's okay !!!

Start the couch to 5k. repeat weeks when you need to repeat or take extra time. Remember, 5ks really are all about having FUN. because there will be people of different sizes, shapes and athletic abilities. There will be college track kids who can do the course in 15 minutes and there will be groups of friends running as a team. there will even be people 200+ pounds.

Just enjoy the process of learning to run and have fun being a zombie. The only thing you should have to worry about is what sort of costume you should wear. and yes, if this is a zombie run, you need to wear a costume. that's what zombies do.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/25/13 11:22 A

It's hard to answer that. I'm doing my first 5K ever and it's been 9 weeks since I started my training plan. I'll finish, but it's going to be a run/walk and I'll be slow.

It's my third attempt to finish the C25K and I was moderately active.

If you do attempt it, can you walk part of the way with a zombies run? I'm going to be doing 3/1 intervals for mine. I've also learned that it's really important to stretch, strength train and do the cross training for the C25K. The weeks I did what I was supposed to with cross training specifically, I the running in the program was noticably different.

BAREFOOT-LISA Posts: 1,412
7/25/13 11:11 A

About 2 years ago, I tried to do the couch to 5k app for my iphone. I got stuck on week 4 and never finished.
A friend that I talked into doing a polar plunge with me just cashed in her guilt stock and told me she wants me to do a Zombie Run 5k with her.. in nine weeks.

I am beyond terrified. I have gained another 10lbs since my first attempt at running and I just don't know where to start. Thus far I have only been doing a Leslie Sansone walk at home video sporadically.

On one hand, this is a great motivator to really get me moving.. but can a 210lb lazy bones really be ready for a 5k in 9 weeks?

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