Group photo
Author:
SUPERJAXSTER SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (1,037)
Posts: 1
4/10/14 7:32 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Hi everyone! I'm new here too. My mom bought herself and I the spark tracker, so it pushed me to get back on here. I decided I was going to run a 5k this year.
Tonya I know exactly what you mean! I picture a totally different "run" in my head than what I am doing and it does feel strange at first. I have several friends who started running and al of them have reached a point where their runs are their meditation/reflection time. They are usually able to lose themselves in thought and actually enjoy themselves. I'm on Week 2, repeating for a second time right now and the thing that keeps me motivated is wanting to cross a 5k off my bucket list, proving to MYSELF that I CAN DO THIS, showing my 2 year old that being active is important, and also to get some confidence. I'm looking forward to seeing each of us succeed and who knows, maybe we can run a race together someday!

GINGERSUNSHINE's Photo GINGERSUNSHINE Posts: 87
4/7/14 3:47 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello, this looked like a good place to introduce myself, so here I am, glad to be in the group! My name is Stephanie and I'm in my 5th week out of 10 on my Couch to 5k program. I will be running my very first 5k on May 20! emoticon I sort of created a custom program using two different free podcasts, the Couch to 5k Christian Indie Broadcast (sometimes getting through some of the songs on that is more of a challenge than the jog LOL) AND I also alternate with the 5k 101 podcast put out by Running Mate. I run 5 days a week in order to get my cardio in and maybe give myself a little extra challenge. I normally look at the two programs and choose the one that looks harder to do on days 1, 3 and 5 and the one that looks easier on days 2 and 4. emoticon I take a rest day somewhere in the middle of the week (partially depending on weather) and another on Sunday. Also I am in a contest called "Lose to Win" with my mom through a local hospital. The winning team gets to split $1,000 so Mom and I are motivated! It's cool because they had a kick off dinner last month and we got to hear a speech by Ali Vincent, the first female winner of The Biggest Loser. emoticon


If anyone's interested on what I'm doing for my 5 day a week program I'd be happy to share the charts I made to keep track of my progress and also I just posted a blog about it for last week and this week on my page. In a nutshell, I spread the program out over 10 weeks (the amount of time I started with until my 5k) by using all the supplemental/ "optional" workouts that each includes. Weeks 1 through 3 I used the 5k 101 on days 1, 3, and 5, and the Couch to 5k on days 2 and 4. Weeks 4 and 5 are on my blog here:
https://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665366

Anyway, good luck everyone, it's good to be here! emoticon emoticon

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it!"


 current weight: 212.4 
212.4
194.3
176.2
158.1
140
TONYAJO0274's Photo TONYAJO0274 SparkPoints: (151)
Fitness Minutes: (180)
Posts: 3
4/7/14 9:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you OLIVIANIGHT!

 current weight: 300.0 
300
281.25
262.5
243.75
225
OLIVIANIGHT's Photo OLIVIANIGHT SparkPoints: (203,897)
Fitness Minutes: (133,248)
Posts: 11,349
4/7/14 8:07 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It can take a while to get into, but give it a few weeks and I bet you'll be addicted! I used to swear I would never ever run, and now I go a bit crazy if I can't.



 July Minutes: 0
0
375
750
1125
1500
TONYAJO0274's Photo TONYAJO0274 SparkPoints: (151)
Fitness Minutes: (180)
Posts: 3
4/6/14 11:13 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you that is helpful! I'll try that tomorrow because I feel so awkward jogging so far, like I'm not sure I'm even doing it right because it's so foreign to me.

 current weight: 300.0 
300
281.25
262.5
243.75
225
SEPT2014's Photo SEPT2014 SparkPoints: (9,886)
Fitness Minutes: (4,870)
Posts: 62
4/6/14 10:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi Tonya,

As a confirmed "non-runner", I am working through the c25k program at a slow rate. I am completing each"week" twice before moving on. Turning 52 this year, I signed up for a BADASS Dash which is a 7k run and extreme obstacle course so I knew running would be a necessity.

It is true, we CAN run! A physiotherapist suggested lots of warmup and cool down stretching and when you run, many people do short, fast steps on the treadmill, don't. Slow down the stride and weird as if sounds (and feels at first), try letting the leg go full range of motion and lean a bit forward pushing off like you are an ice skater. Once you get the rhythm, it makes the run easier. Hope that helps. Enjoy your running!

TONYAJO0274's Photo TONYAJO0274 SparkPoints: (151)
Fitness Minutes: (180)
Posts: 3
4/6/14 4:23 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi:

I'm Tonya. I'm 40 years old and I'm planning to start a couch to 5K program using an app on my phone. I've never done any running but I've had the desire to run for a few years now and I just got brave enough to try it while walking at the YMCA a few days ago. Surprisingly I can run and it doesn't hurt my knees as I was expecting it to.

I am very overweight and I don't want to wait to lose weight to start running so I'm just going to try it now with doing the program three times a week.

 current weight: 300.0 
300
281.25
262.5
243.75
225
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Couch to 5K Group Introduce Yourself to Team Forum Posts

Topics:
Last Post:

Related Topics: Calories Burned Running   How to Run with Proper Form and Technique   Runner Stretches  

Thread URL: https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x788x57410315

Review our Community Guidelines