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Old 09-27-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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8 week rookie running program by sparkpeople

Has anyone else done this? I've seen the C25K program but this one looked a little easier to get started to me. I've never done any running. But really wanted to try a program. I'm on the 2nd week but just looked at the schedule again today and realized that I messed up this week and was short one set of walking/jogging so I guess its going to be a 9 week program for me. But the number of sets I did was hard enough as it is so I guess it worked out. I had juvenile arthritis as a teenager so starting slow is good for me because I'm worried about my joints. But I seem to be doing okay so far.

DD will do Girls on the Run through her school again in the spring and I thought it might be fun to run the 5K with her at the end if I can.

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else here had done this program and what your thoughts were?

Also, right now I'm wearing a pair of Nike's that I have and they feel okay, but if I continue this and stay commited I'm thinking I might should invest in a better pair of running shoes. I have no idea where to start though.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:03 PM   #2
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Hmmm.... I just googled it to take a look. It looks far more "easier" than doing the C25K program that I've been struggling with.

I may switch over if I continue to struggle with Week #4 on the C25K.

I'd probably enter this program on the same week - #4. Looks VERY doable to me - will still push me to my limits, but won't make me feel like I'm going to DIE, lol. And the reps are far easier to memorize compared to the complicated reps on C25K.

I have a lot of joint pain too when I walk or run - knees and hips. I don't think it's arthritis with me - just a sign of aging I believe, lol.

My goal is to run the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon in 2 years - it'll be my 50th birthday present to myself. Right now it seems like that's an unattainable goal, but I'm not ready to quit yet.

Thanks for posting this.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:28 PM   #3
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I modified last week to catch up. The first two days I had only done 4 sets of walk 3/run 2, but then did 5 sets the 3rd day and added an extra day (sunday) and did 5 sets again. Today I will bump up to week 3 and do 6 sets of walk 3min/jog 2min.

So far so good. I'm not having any pain in my knees or hips so that's good. Today I do 6 sets of 3/2 so it will be 12 minutes of jogging by the end and that is huge for me.

Right now I'm doing this on a treadmill because my only chance is after work and DH isn't home yet. DD hangs out upstairs and has a snack with DS. I'd love to get to a point where I could get up and go in the mornings before everyone wakes up but I'm not there yet. Plus its much easier to track my minutes on the treadmill.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:17 PM   #4
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Best thing I did for myself with my first time through the c25k is to repeat weeks when necessary!
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Well, I made it through the six sets last night, it was tought but I made it. I hope it gets easier as the week goes on though. Next week will be less sets (4 I think) but longer jogging time. I'm nervous about that.

I have noticed that I am gaining weight though. I'm not "dieting" bit Iam trying to be conscious of what I eat and make better choices and have smaller portions. But I've gained about 2 or 3 pounds over the last two weeks or so. I realize I'm only doing this every other day and I'm only in the 3rd week, but my hope is that as I progress I will lose weight as well as get in better shape.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:38 AM   #6
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So next week you'll be doing week #4?

I'll hold off so that we can start that week together!

I usually go to the gym for running on Monday, Thursday, and either Saturday/Sunday depending on weekend plans.

Would love to have a buddy as I try to get through the entire program!

I do my running on an indoor track. They do have treadmills there but I've shied away because I'm not so sure how to keep adjusting speeds between the walking and the jogging? Is it a simple thing to keep switching back and forth between speeds?
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:46 AM   #7
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Well, I made it through the six sets last night, it was tought but I made it. I hope it gets easier as the week goes on though. Next week will be less sets (4 I think) but longer jogging time. I'm nervous about that.

I have noticed that I am gaining weight though. I'm not "dieting" bit Iam trying to be conscious of what I eat and make better choices and have smaller portions. But I've gained about 2 or 3 pounds over the last two weeks or so. I realize I'm only doing this every other day and I'm only in the 3rd week, but my hope is that as I progress I will lose weight as well as get in better shape.
Don't forget that muscle weighs more than fat. You'd be better off taking measurements of your waist, hips, and thighs and comparing those on a weekly basis.
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I'll do it!

I tried the C25Klast year and was so disappointed that it was too hard for me.
Wow- how out of shape am I?
I'm ready to try again so I had a look at your suggestion- 8 week Rookie runner. I'll start today.
I go to WDW in 40 days but this will get me started. I'd love to lose 10# before I go and build up my fitness a little. Thanks for the link.
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I tried the C25Klast year and was so disappointed that it was too hard for me.
Wow- how out of shape am I?
I'm ready to try again so I had a look at your suggestion- 8 week Rookie runner. I'll start today.
I go to WDW in 40 days but this will get me started. I'd love to lose 10# before I go and build up my fitness a little. Thanks for the link.
Awesome!! We'd love to have you join us!

Let us know how you make out today! I'm lying here in bed trying to convince myself to get to the gym so I can finish out week #5, but gosh darn it, I'm really fighting with myself right now...
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Well, I confess. I never made it to the gym this weekend so haven't completed day #3 of week 5.

I am going to do week #5 again this week, starting with tonight.
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Well we had a great weekend but I wasn't able to work in any time for the treadmill so I'll be repeating week 5 this week also. I'm going to start tonight and hopefully do day 1 of week 5. But I may only be able to get through a day of week 4. If that's the case I'll do an extra day over the weekend of week 5 so I can hopefully get to week 6 next week. After taking such a long weekend I'm afraid I won't be able to get through the first day of week 5. But I'm going to try to push through!

mullysisters welcome and good luck! I was really nervous about starting this but the first few weeks were easier than I thought and I am so out of shape and not a runner at all.
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Mullysisters - did you get a chance to start the program? Please update us if you have!

KT - did you get a chance to treadmill last night? I went to track and finished day #3 (finally).

I think the next two times I go to the track I'm going to modify the program a bit - kind of like a transition into week #6 since it's such a big jump.

For the next two runs, I'm going to cut down to 1 minute walking time, but only do 5-6 reps (rather than the 8 required for week #6). Hoping to "ease" into week #6 by doing it this way.

What do you think?

That 1 minute walking time scares me! lol. I'm barely going to get my heart rate down before off I go again running.
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