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DRWORM75's Photo DRWORM75 Posts: 219
2/24/10 11:16 P

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Thanks to everyone who took the time to write and give feedback. Looks like for now I'll continue this week as planned, but I might put a couple more minutes on at the end if I'm feeling it!



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2/24/10 8:33 P

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As with all plans, it is a guide and you should listen to your body.

With that said, if you are just starting to exercise again after some time, I do not recommend adjusting it. The C25k plan is designed to condition your bidy to regular exercise and build into the latter stages.

One thing that turns many off to running is doing too much too fast and that is what this geared to avoid. 9 weeks will come and go before you know it and you will feel great!

One thing I did on earlier stages if I felt good was do it for 30 minutes instead of 20 to increase my distance covered

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2/24/10 1:18 P

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Everyone has offered great advice and encouragement and I just want to say that it is so great having a wonderful bunch of people to keep everyone so motivated!

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2/24/10 1:05 P

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I signed up for my first 5k to be a week after the program as well (march 27 eek!) but I ended up skipping the first week. I really felt like I wasn't working out and when I went to week 2 it felt better. By W2D3 I was doing extra intervals as well. I'm not saying that I'm some sort of natural runner - the first 5 minutes I felt like I couldn't hit that lower mph button fast enough on the treadmill, but I did feel completely comfortable skipping Week 1.

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2/24/10 11:15 A

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I'll ditto CAROLYN1213. Stick with the program and you should be fine. When I did C25K, I too had been adding jogs into my walks in the prior months. The absolutely best advice I got on SP about the program was to slow down. The first few weeks you can get away with going a bit faster during the runs because they're short. I'm convinced the only way I was able to complete the program in nine weeks without repeats (because I'd never been a runner at all before) is because I slowed down my runs. The program is all about building endurance, not speed or distance. When I was done with the program, I couldn't run a 5K in 30 minutes, but I could indeed run a 5K.

Have fun!

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2/24/10 11:00 A

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Ditto what DRRAZZ said. Stay with the planned program. You don't want to rush through the foundational building blocks of the early weeks of the program. They are important to prevent injury and are vital to the subsequent weeks of training. It would be better to push yourself in the later weeks of training than rushing through now. I ran a 5K in week 6 of my training. I could not run the whole thing, but it gave me a time to beat and an experience to build on. A goal is a good thing to have!

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2/24/10 9:50 A

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I agree with what has already been said. Having a planned 5K can give you added motivation, so go ahead and sign up for it if you want to. I would continue the C25K plan as planned and then if you have to repeat some weeks that is ok too. If you haven't completed the whole thing by the time of the actual 5K, you could always view it as one of your weekly runs. There is no problem with walking some during an actual 5K. It's all about the experience.

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2/24/10 8:38 A

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I entered my first 5K before I finished my C25K training. I didn't run the entire thing - did it in walk/run intervals. It went better than I ever imagined. It was and still remains my best time doing a 5K. I think you'll be fine. I remember I couldn't take any time to run that whole week before the event. I still did great.

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2/24/10 8:30 A

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I'm a newbie but good question

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VALERIE_'s Photo VALERIE_ Posts: 991
2/24/10 7:53 A

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Hi there!!
I'm not an "experienced" runner but I'm in week 8 of the program and finished the C25K the first time in September. If you think signing up for your 1st 5K will give you the added motivation I certainly would do it. Also, remember you don't have to run the whole 5k. Just do what you can and what you feel comfortable with.
It's okay to adjust the program to fit your needs. Try the 1st day of week 2 and see how it goes. You might surprise yourself and be ready for that week but if not, it's okay to go back. I would never jump too far ahead though because the program is designed so you don't hurt yourself.
Good luck and emoticon on the decision to be a runner!! emoticon

Edited by: VALERIE_ at: 2/24/2010 (10:05)
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DRWORM75's Photo DRWORM75 Posts: 219
2/24/10 7:38 A

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I have found a 5K in Nashville that supports a cause worth running for... a Cinco de Mayo party! The event takes place on May 1, which would be one week after my 9th week of the program.

My first day of training yesterday went very well, which I contribue to my off and on jog/runs during the winter. But I am concerned about some of the more difficult weeks ahead. I'm wondering if it is a good idea to bump up to week 2 for the rest of the week, or should I just take my time and hit all nine weeks of training? After all, I can still participate in the event even if I get stalled on a week here and there, right?



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