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JENNASAURUS1 SparkPoints: (4,273)
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2/21/13 10:49 A

Thanks, everyone. I feel so much better. I know I can push myself a bit harder each time. You guys are right. My body will thank me for not punishing it by trying to do it all at once. I think that as time goes on I'll get better and better and maybe one day be able to jog a mile straight - end goal!

SOCCERTAZ SparkPoints: (32,304)
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2/20/13 2:26 P

Don't worry, I have been repeating weeks. Usually do each week twice. It definately helps me when I progress to the next week. Started at the beginning of January and just not halfway thru the first time of week 4.

PAMDAQTPI Posts: 605
2/20/13 2:08 P

I've recently started jogging and training for a 5K so, like I normally do, I'm reading everything I can get my hands on about the subject.

While your body could potentially learn to jog quickly it's best to take it slow because your skeletal system doesn't adapt quite as quickly as your heart and muscles and you're more likely to suffer an injury (setting you back weeks or even months) in your training if you push too hard too soon.

Go ahead and take your time, your body will thank you.

CILER11 Posts: 265
2/20/13 11:26 A

One great thing about jogging is you can set the pace and distance. Also if you are currently running on a treadmill, don't worry when you run outside and can't go as far. It is much easier to run on a treadmill and will take time to build that up outside. I'm training for my first 5k and even though I'm on week six and will be done with the training before my first race, I know I won't be able to run all of the first race. My goal is to just complete it and then in future races work on improving my time. Keep going and I'm sure you'll get to where you want to be. emoticon

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
2/20/13 7:22 A

It took me forever, as well. I'm sure close to a year. I started with 1/4 laps on a track several summers ago, and just increased each distance. I was shocked the first time I went a mile, then equally shocked when I hit two miles a month or so later. Then my husband and I went out one day and just did it, nonstop. It surprised the heck out of both of us.

One thing I noticed for myself was that the moment I realized I COULD run through that feeling of utter fatique and keep going just a bit more- that's when things changed for me. Instead of stopping like I usually did, I'd pull out everything I had to keep going a few more steps/feet and that's when I broke through to some more distance.

Good luck! It's a great feeling when you start putting some milestones behind you.

JENNASAURUS1 SparkPoints: (4,273)
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2/19/13 11:47 P

Thank you! I still appreciate the support! I know I will probably end up doing every "week" at least twice. The important part is that I'm continuing on! It's still nerve racking though

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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2/19/13 3:08 P

Others have already said it, but I'll say it again. There's no such thing as taking too long. You take how long you take, and if that means you repeat every single week multiple times, then so be it. I think most people repeat some weeks as they go--just keep at it and you'll get there!

JENNASAURUS1 SparkPoints: (4,273)
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2/19/13 8:40 A

Thanks! I will try that! Slow and steady wins the race, I suppose.

I know it'll take me awhile, but I feel better about it now.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
2/18/13 9:39 P

Don't be afraid to repeat a week of C25K if you feel you need to. It isn't a sign of failure - in fact, it's just smart in terms of giving your leg muscles more time to adapt to the stress and impact of running.

Also, try slowing down your running pace. Less speed = les impact. At this stage it is more improtant to get used to the motion of running, rather than worrying about your speed.


ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (196,690)
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2/18/13 4:39 P

it took my husband a year to go from 0 to 5K.

Don't worry about taking "too long", because there really is no such thing.

JENNASAURUS1 SparkPoints: (4,273)
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2/18/13 4:27 P

Thanks. I was kind of worried that I wasn't going quick enough. Now that I've had some time to ponder over it, I feel a lot better. It's only human to not pick up things as quickly as some others can. If it takes me a year, I'll keep at this jogging thing. It can only be for the best that I'm doing it.


BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (0)
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2/18/13 4:15 P

It took me For. Ev. Er. to get "good" at jogging. I didn't use a formal program when I started (about 6 years ago now), I used my iPod, and set up playlists where I'd run for one song, then walk for two, and so on, until I finished whatever amount of time I was supposed to be exercising for. As I built up endurance, I shortened the amount of walking I did between the jogging sets, until eventually I could just jog, but it took me at least six-ish months to get to a point where I could just jog continuously for a mile or two. Now, six years later, I'm training for my first marathon.

It's completely normal to take awhile to get better at jogging - just know that if you keep going, and if you go at your own pace, you'll get there eventually. emoticon

JENNASAURUS1 SparkPoints: (4,273)
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2/18/13 3:51 P

I'm doing the walk/jog to 5k challenge and despite me being in week 2, I'm still in week 1. It just takes me a little bit longer to get better at jogging. Does anyone else go through this?

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