I'm not just starting; I just finished the 2nd workout of week 7. But I did really want to encourage you to keep going. My main mantra has been to keep the faith that it works. My basis for this faith was two-fold: 1) reading about other people it worked for; 2) my own experience. When I started I was dying at the end of a minute of running. No joke! And in some ways the first few weeks were the hardest. But each workout that went up a notch, I first thought "I can't do this" then reminded myself to have the faith. And EVERY SINGLE TIME I was able to do it. Sometimes it felt hard. Other times it wasn't too bad til the last minute or two. But I could always marvel at the fact that before I couldn't run a minute and now that feels easy - or as I got higher that 5 minutes seemed easy. When I did the 20 minute run, I couldn't believe it. Now I've completed my third 25 minute run (a lifetime first at 38) and it's starting to feel really manageable. I am starting to think of myself as a runner. I'm looking forward to new challenges now that I'm actually "a runner".
So keep with it, you can do it and it's an AWESOME feeling. My top tips:
-music is key; it can get boring, esp if you're not outside, and songs keep you going and offer mini-intervals within the workout
-keep the faith!
-mentally break the workout down into smaller blocks so you always feel like you're accomplishing stuff
-follow the plan faithfully; don't be tempted to go too fast - it goes by faster than you think
-and personally, for me, after the first few weeks I found keeping up my weight training and one hiit session a week made the runs feel easier
Good luck and keep us updated on your progress! Hope you get some buddies who are also starting.
It gets easier. I found the first 2 weeks the hardest. I think it's because even though the intervals are short, your body has had NO conditioning and is starting from scratch. You'd be amazed how quickly your body adapts. I started 7 weeks ago and just ran 3 miles today! I would never have thought it.
However, if you're still having a hard time, just keep repeating the week until you feel like you're ready to move on.
I will be on Week 2 Day 2 tomorrow and am doing better than I thought! The hardest day so far was the second run day of week one. I couldn't believe how hard it was to run for only 60 seconds!! I almost did week one again, but moving up wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. And the feeling of accomplishment is SO awesome:) Keep us posted!!
KEEP GOING!!!!!!! Week one was the hardest, week two was also pretty hard. When I started out I thought I had developed a hairline fracture in my hip. I hurt, hurt, hurt!
That was back in July. Since then I have finished c25k and have finished it a second time after having to take time off from running for surgery. I have lost 70 pounds thanks to running.
There is no law saying you have to move up to the next week. If you need to repeat a week, then do it. Don't stop!!!
I also downloaded some C25k podcasts so I could run to music. That really helped.
Just wanted to pop in to say that I'm starting the program too! I'm on W1D3 today. I went thru the program up until week 7 this past spring, but a lot of things popped up for me and I am just starting back up...and starting over.
I posted on a thread here last time and it helped with accountability. OK, off to my treadmill before the kiddies wake from their nap!
GoNicoleYourself has music with lyrics and a good beat, but some of the selections are vulgar. Still, it kept me going through it and there's a different track for each session. The Ullreys podcasts are also decent, but I got tired of the music after awhile.
I also downloaded w C25k app on my Droid that sets the timing for me and allows me to listen to my own music while the phone takes care of the timing.
I did C25k through I think week 4 (took more than one week for each step-I have bad knees) last year and again early this year until the morning sickness stopped me. I was wanting to start back up indoors on a treadmill. How soon postpartum do you think is a good idea to start this?
One of my midwives said I was fine to exercise once the bleeding had stopped for 3 days. The other said 6 weeks. I choose to listen to the one who said 3 days b/c that happened first. I felt like I could have started at 2-3 weeks, but both DH and both of my midwives said a big fat no. I'd say once you feel ok to run and you're not bleeding you're fine to go.
OP it gets soooo much easier! It gets addictive! I just finished the Couch to 5K a couple days ago but I loved it. I think it gets easier because you see how much better you are getting. I hated it in the beginning and only went because my sister was couting on me. Well she quit on me after a couple weeks and I have not missed a day yet, besides Christmas ;)