Let's Really Run a 5k


I think this is my third, or fourth, attempt at c25k (couch to 5k) and I'm determined to stick with it until the end this time. As soon as winter was behind us (or so I thought) I started C25k again, as it turned out, spring never really showed up and the weather has still been pretty cold and rainy. I feel like I can't complain because it's better than snow/ice/freezing rain every other day, but it's still really cold. This week finally looks like we might get some 60 degree days and sunshine!

Week One (60 seconds jogging | 90 seconds walking x8)
I was surprised with how easy this was for me-- and by easy I mean I was able to run each segment of the running portion. The first time I tried this program I couldn't even run all of the running portions.

Week Two (90 seconds jogging | 2 minutes walking x6)
The weather was not so great this week-- it was cold, but it was still pretty good and I managed (just barely sometimes) to run during all of the designated jogging times. The third day of this week was definitely the hardest.

My goals for April are pretty simple-- to continue and keep on track with c25k and to incorporate some yoga and hopefully we'll finally be able to get in a few good bike rides. I was previously looking into an April or May 5k, but now I think I'm shooting for the beginning of June depending on how the next couple of weeks go.

What training/exercise goals do you have for April? Link up with Tracy and Alyssa to share your plans.

22 comments

  1. Way to go, friend! I'm a huge believer in the C25K program! It definitely made a runner out of this perfectly un-athletic girl! Good luck!!

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  2. The fact that the first week went so much better than it did previously is awesome! You're right, though, the weather really hasn't cooperated yet like I think we all thought it would. If you can make it through the chilly weather, you're going to be golden once those nice days finally show up. Think of them as your reward for all your suffering ;) I'm so happy that you're giving this another go - really, not giving up no matter what is a hugely important lesson for anything, but especially for running. I'm so excited to see where this round takes you. Go at your own pace and do what you need to do. It took me something like 3 months to actually make it all the way through Couch to 5k and then it was another 2 months before I ran a 5k race.

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  3. i loved the c25k program! it's what helped me learn how to run and breathe properly. you can do it!!

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  4. Good job girl!! You're definitely going to rock it! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  5. Good for you, girl! Sounds like you're off to a great start.

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  6. Girl you CAN DO IT! I'm always here for some support and motivation if you need it. I started with C25K and it was the best decision I ever made. I started in March 2013 from basically running a grand total of 0 miles and in December of that year I finished a half marathon. Whatever your goal is, you can!

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  7. girl I am so proud of you and happy for you, you are so amazing!!! you can totally do this. the fact that the first week was easier than previous times just goes to show how much you've improved, and you probably didn't even realise it. i think i might start couch to 5k again, i feel like it can always be helpful and i'm in a bit of a rut anyway.
    really - you're so amazing. congrats girly!!!

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  8. Good for you!! C25k programs are awesome!! You should look for a fun 5k, like a color run or something to make it even more exciting :)

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  9. Good for you! Stick with it, the plan really works!

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  10. Good for you... keep trying - that's the key. You'll make it through the program.
    I'm doing the Les Mills Combat for April... giving my knees a break from running... though I did just register for a 10k in 3 weeks :)

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  11. I'm so proud of you for giving it another shot and keeping it up. I know there have been some challenging days thrown in there but I have no doubt that you can follow it through to the end and be as amazing as you want to be. Don't let one setback derail the weeks of progress you've already made. We all have bad runs! Hell, Tracy and I can both tell you about supremely challenging runs we've had in the last month or two! But they make the rewarding ones so much better. You got this. Keep going.

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  12. Get it girl! My goal is just to get back into consistently working out. After breaking my toe I got a little lazy. Time to get beach ready.

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  13. Thats awesome girl!! I love running but then fall off when life gets crazy. Having a set goal like this really helps with accountability!

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  14. keeping with a program can be a struggle, especially when the weather is not cooperating. bring on spring!

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  15. That's awesome! Third or fourth time is the charm, right? I signed up for a 5k that's going to be in May so I should definitely also get back on the running train. Good luck and keep on going :)

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  16. Yay, good for you for starting the c25k! I should really look into doing it as well because it's slowly but surely warming up here and I need some new exercise to get into.

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  17. Girl, you can do it! The weather definitely can be a downer, but if you stick through the yucky weather, think about how easy it will be after! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  18. You can do it.. one run at a time girlie keep with it and it will pay off in the end :)

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  19. I should start a c25k! There actually is a cute 5k that I can take my dog with me. Keep up the good work!

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  20. Yay Carly! So glad it's easier this time around for you. You can totally do this! You have all of our support!

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  21. I need to start C25K program again this week since I've already signed up for a 5K in June. For me, signing up is really the kick in the pants I need to get moving, because I'll have to do it no matter what shape I'm in and that's pretty motivating to me haha. We'll make it there eventually!

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