Am I too FAT for the C25K Challenge

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  • amusedmonkey
    amusedmonkey Posts: 10,331 Member
    edited January 2015
    Well, I started at about your weight (5'6). My ultimate advice to you is to run SLOW! If you can run any slower, you're going too fast. It should feel as if you're moving through jello. You want to train the actual act of running now. Speed comes later.

    I started fast and it was so frustrating that I couldn't progress. Learned from my mistakes, and did it slow (using a different program) and succeeded. The trick is to run as slow as you can walk. I could actually walk faster than I ran, but it paid off in the end.

    If C25K feels too harsh for you (it did for me) start with this one:
    http://www.exrx.net/Aerobic/JogWalkProgram.html
    Followed by this one slightly faster - and modify it to your needs:
    http://www.exrx.net/Aerobic/RunnersEdge/5K10K1.html
  • DMicheleC
    DMicheleC Posts: 171 Member
    I started the C25K about a 2 years ago, I was running for about 25 minutes, but then I had a problem with my hips and gave up, then someone told me to go and get my running gait checked because it was probably my shoes causing the problem. I did and started it late in the summer last year, but had to stop because of the weather, I am now going to start up again as soon as the weather starts to get a little better. So go for it. Like everyone else says you need to control your speed, its more a very slow jog than a run when you start but you gradually get faster. Good luck.
  • DMicheleC
    DMicheleC Posts: 171 Member
    Might be a stupid question but what's a c25k ? Lol

    Hi C25K is a running programme that you can download, it helps you to slowly build up your strength to eventually run a 5k
  • CA_Underdog
    CA_Underdog Posts: 733 Member
    edited January 2015
    If C25K is too aggressive, Mayo Clinic offers an alternative 5k running program that's a bit gentler at the beginning-- http://www.mayoclinic.org/documents/fsm14-5k-run-pdf/doc-20086108

    (Quite a few find even the first C25K workouts too much. No shame staying safe and taking it slower. Either way, you're doing great if you enjoy running, and cross that 5k finish line!)
  • ShanellyBoo
    ShanellyBoo Posts: 13 Member
    Might be a stupid question but what's a c25k ? Lol

    C25K, is a fantastic program (on andriod or apple) that's been designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers or 30 minutes in just 9 weeks. Check the websites:

    http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml
    - or -
    http://www.c25k.com
  • taunto
    taunto Posts: 6,420 Member
    There is an app for c25k. I downloaded it and use it. At first, I would walk the entire time, running when it tells you to but I could only run part of it. So I ran when I could but the rest I walked. Slowly built up the endurance and now I am running when it asks me to. You have to build yourself up for it. Stick to first day till you finish it completely.

    good luck
  • AglaeaC
    AglaeaC Posts: 2,009 Member
    edited January 2015
    Sdemus05 wrote: »
    Might be a stupid question but what's a c25k ? Lol

    C25K, is a fantastic program (on andriod or apple) that's been designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers or 30 minutes in just 9 weeks. Check the websites:

    http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml
    - or -
    http://www.c25k.com

    It's important to realise that a huge bunch won't run 5 km in 30 minutes after 9 weeks, like the original programme by Cool Running insinuates.

    If you choose the time-based version, you will run for 30 minutes, whereas the distance-based version has you running 5 km at graduation.

    Many run much slower at that point, so it's nothing to worry about.

    ETA
    C25K means couch-to-5K where K means kilometres. 5 km is about 3.1 miles.
  • the_alexorcist
    the_alexorcist Posts: 71 Member
    Never too fat! go for it :D