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C25K - I think I graduated!

Monday, October 29, 2012

It has taken me a while to get through the Couch to 5K program, but I think I can now safely officially announce that I've graduated! For those who aren't familiar with it, the program helps non-runners get from running for one minute at a time in Week 1 to running for 30 minutes straight by Week 9. In theory, this means that you are able to run 5K by the time you finish! I started doing the program on my treadmill back in January of 2010 but four weeks later I found out that I was pregnant so I put it on hold. I no longer had access to a treadmill and I was self-conscious about running in public so I put it off until I managed to convince myself that I could do it in February of 2012. My goal was to run 5K on my 40th birthday in May.

My first runs were hard. I went out in under cover of darkness in the evenings. I ran up and down the sidewalk of a quiet street in my neighbourhood. I got sidelined by snow and ice. I kept trying. By early May I had made it to week 7 and I was able to run for 25 minutes straight. Then a couple of (what should have been) minor incidents happened...a thoughtless comment from casual acquaintances here and there and I allowed my self-confidence to slip. The goal of my big 40th birthday run began to seem like it was impossible. I got a bad cold and used it as an excuse not to run for a few weeks. I missed my big run day and by the time I built up the courage to get back at it, my endurance and confidence had slipped back so much that I could only run for about 3 minutes at a time.

In June I had surgery and was not allowed to do any exercise. In July I had another surgery. It took quite a while before I was able to push my son in the jogging stroller but I started getting out for long walks in August. By mid-September I was ready to give C25K another chance. I did a test run to see how long I could go without getting overly tired and I decided to re-start the program at Week 3. I ran the Week 3 program once and found it to be fairly easy, so I skipped to Week 4 for my next run. It was just right for me, so I picked up and got back into it three times a week.

By Week 7 I really got into the groove. My runs started to become easier and much more enjoyable. By the end of each run I was feeling so good that I didn't want to stop, so I kept going for an extra minute or so. In Week 8 I ran for at least 30 minutes each day. Now I'm in Week 9 and my most recent run was 35 minutes. That's 5 whole minutes more than I set out to do when I started the program!

I am definitely not the fastest runner out there, but I'm getting better. Thirty minutes is not enough time for me to run 5K, but as I increase my time I'm getting closer and closer to running the full distance. I have signed up for the virtual Trick-Or-Treat Trot here on SparkPeople and I'm going to tackle it this week! I'll post an update once I've finished.

For now I'm happy (and amazed) that I can consistently run for at least 30 minutes straight...and you know what? If I can do it, you can do it too!!

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  • RYDERB
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    2178 days ago
  • YISMET
    That is amazing! Congrats on sticking with it and graduating! I just graduated from C25k a month ago, and I am just amazed at what my body has been able to do. Keep up the hard work - it is worth it! emoticon emoticon
    2178 days ago
  • SARASMILING
    emoticon Congratulations!!! emoticon
    2178 days ago
  • DROPPINGWEIGHT
    Very Happy for you. I started my first workout with the C25K program.. I am alive... not sure if I like it yet... but I am going to try to stick with it.. and we shall see.

    2179 days ago
  • BELLABLUE10
    emoticon good for you!!keep going,I am on week four,day one today,and the five minute run today was really hard,but I did it,and am really liking it. You should be really proud of yourself for not giving up!
    2179 days ago
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  • JCARDINAL
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    2179 days ago
  • CCADIE
    Fantastic! You didn't let all the obstacles slow you down. That is determination! Congrats on making it through. I did my first 5K this weekend and I may have been slow, but I ran the entire time. You are gonna kill that Trick or Trot this week!!
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  • CNTRYGL1
    I am absolutely with you! I did the C25K program about 3 times before I quit letting things get in my way and derail me. I am not a fast runner either but I can run about 6 miles when I push myself. I still am trying to get under a 36 minute 5k and thats my next goal. Also want to run a 10 minute mile and Im ALMOST there! Congrats on seeing it through and all your success with it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2179 days ago
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