Thoughts on C25K

When I first began the Couch to 5K program, I was really scared. I was scared because I’ve never been a runner. I remember the beep test they made us do in school and I couldn’t go further than 4 I think. Maybe I couldn’t go further than 2-2 ½ I don’t quite remember. I just remember that it was a huge struggle for me to keep going and I could never go very far, and when I was done my throat used to burn so much and I was certain I would faint. That’s why I was scared of the C25K program. But I thought it might go better since it was sort of supervised and it wasn’t always jogging, there were walking intervals.

I remember the first workout ever. It was horrible. At first I had set out to just walk, since I wasn’t quite equipped properly to jog, but during the workout my ego took over and I started jogging. The first workout was only a 60 seconds jog with 90 seconds walk intervals and I couldn’t even finish it the first time. I was so out of breath, my throat hurt so bad, I was sweating like a fountain and I was certain I would faint. It was a very harsh blow to my ego, but it made me realize how out of shape I was. The next day, I redid the workout and this time I managed to finish it.

Since then, it’s only been going uphill. Even though I barely stuck to my workout routine I was supposed to do, I still did all three workout during the week for the whole 9 weeks. I can barely believe now that I’m done that I can actually jog for 30 minutes straight when I couldn’t even jog 60 seconds only 9 weeks ago. It’s so fascinating how you don’t necessarily notice the improvement. Every week the workouts would get harder and the jog time longer while the walking intervals would grow smaller; and every week I dreaded the workouts, certain that I would never be able to do them. Now I can proudly say that I can jog for 30 minutes without needing to walk.

The next step for me is trying to get a hold of a treadmill to actually be able to know if I’m able to properly jog, or it was just way easier jogging on the spot. I’ll also possibly get to know if I can actually jog a 5K if the treadmill I get can calculate how many Ks I do on it. If I manage to do that this winter, I think I may be motivated enough to start the 5 to 10K program! If not, I’ll just keep up my workouts, jog for 30 minutes three times a week. Then this summer, I’m fairly certain I’ll sign up for a marathon with my sister-in-law. I won’t do the full marathon obviously, but I’ll either go for the 4.2K or the 10K depending on what I do this winter workout wise.

I’m actually quite excited about all of this, which is a first for me! I used to dread jogging, and now I actually want to jog and do marathons! The main reason why I’ve started doing this was to lose weight, which hasn’t been effective so far, but the other beneficial side effects of jogging have been slowly affecting me. I’m slowly feeling better about myself and very slowly gaining self-confidence that I’ve never had before. I recommend everyone to do this program. It allows you to start jogging in a safe way. It gradually elevates the difficulty each week in a safe way so you don’t get hurt and you actually build endurance. It’s an awesome program! If you don’t want to spend money on the app, you can simply go on their website and follow the workout sheet!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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C25K Week 9

This week has been pretty much the same every day so I won’t detail them as usual. Also because I forgot to write down after each workout and I actually don’t remember the days I worked out haha.

So this week the workout was a 30 minutes jog with the usual 5 minutes warm up and cool down. It actually went perfectly fine! My legs barely hurt as usual and I wasn’t even out of breath! The only things that made the workouts painful were the sweating and how bored I was because I was jogging for half an hour!

Nothing special happened except for the fact that I did my last workout today because I really wasn’t in the right mind set to do it earlier. Some stuff happened this week and they weren’t really big things, but all of them together happening one after another just really brought down my moral so I just spent the last days of the week trying to relax a little and take some me time.

Welp this is it! This was the last week of C25K! I have absolutely no idea if I can do 5K since I’ve been jogging on the spot in my living room, but at least I can now jog for 30 minutes!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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C25K Week 8

Day 1: Tuesday

This week’s workouts consist of a 28 minutes jog with the usual 5 minutes warm-up and 5 minutes cool-down. Today was a bit more brutal than last week, mainly because I did a workout yesterday so my legs didn’t have time to rest as much as they’re used to. I still pulled through even though at the end my calves were hurting a bit more than usual. My SO actually had to rub some RUB-A535 (antiphlogistine, I think it’s called) on my legs before going to bed! I told myself I would do day 2 on Wednesday if my legs hurt less in the morning.

Day 2: Wednesday

Waking up, I immediately paid attention to the sensation in my legs, checking to see if they hurt. They didn’t hurt as much as last night, so I thought if they stayed that way, I could do my workout; and they did! I decided it might be time to start stretching before and after to try and help my legs not hurt so much, and so I could maybe start working out every day. So today, I started by stretching my legs, hurt it a little because I’m not as flexible as I used to be. Then I started the warm-up. Then the jogging came. It started off smooth. No pain. Half way there, I started having the usual pain in my calves and I started wondering if I’d be able to pull through. At around 3-4 minutes left in the jogging, my left calf cramped. It must be the first time this happened to me. Such a horrible feeling! I probably didn’t have the best idea in continuing to jog while my calf being cramped, but I was so close to the end, my ego didn’t want to give up! I was so relieved when the cool-down came! After the cool-down I stretched my legs a bit again, but even with that I’m probably going to need my SO to massage my legs tonight again; and I’m probably not going to do a workout tomorrow like I wanted to, especially since I’m working tomorrow.

Day 3: Friday

Day 3 was way better than the previous two. My legs didn’t hurt at all. I was actually surprised since I worked the evening before. I was also scared my legs would actually start hurting during the evening at work, but they didn’t! I will have to test out if it was the fact that I stretched before and after, or just the fact that I had a day of rest in between two workouts. Probably the latter, which saddens me because I was hoping to be able to start working out every day. Someday, maybe, when I’m more in shape!

 

How was your week?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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C25K Week 7

Day 1: Monday

This week begins the non-stop jogging stretch until the end. From here on out there won’t be a workout with some walk intervals. Week 7 consists of a 25 minutes jog with a 5 minutes warm up walk before and a 5 minutes cool down walk after. In my usual habit, I was dreading jogging for 25 minutes straight. I’ve never been athletic, so jogging for me was like a death sentence. I think I never even jogged for that long. But I’m proud to say that today I jogged for 25 minutes straight with barely any pain! There was the usual pain under my feet because I don’t wear shoes (since I jog inside my living room, on the spot, while my baby is sleeping), and a slight pain in the calves during the last 5 minutes of jogging, but that was it!

Day 2: Wednesday

Another 25 minutes of jogging under the belt! This time it was a bit more tiring than on Monday, but still pulled through with barely any need of a kick in the arse!

Day 3: Monday

Yes, you read right. The last workout of the week was done today. I was supposed to do it Friday, but I completely forgot about it because I was too focused on thinking about my baby’s first time trick-or-treating! I then planned on doing it Saturday after work, but I was so exhausted that I ended up just relaxing on the couch. On Sunday, there are no other excuses than the fact that I was a lazy butt all day. I ended up doing the workout today and it went perfectly fine as usual! I’m always surprised at how easier it is than what I think. I’ve never been very fit so I always have the reflex of thinking I’ll be dead at the end of the workouts, but it always goes so well!

 

How was your week?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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C25K Week 6

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My baby sleeping while I workout

Day 1: Monday

Having taken a week off because I was sick, I was extremely scared of today’s workout, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought! I went slower than usual, as to not overdo it. I can still feel my legs throbbing, but it’s the usual throbbing that comes after my workouts, no additional pain like I thought I would have. I’m actually quite happy to be back on the horse! Last week, all I wanted to do was work out, but when I had time to do it I didn’t have enough energy! It must be the first time in my life I feel the need and the want to work out.

Day 2: Wednesday

Today’s workout consisted of a 5 minutes warm up walk, followed by a 10 minutes jog then a 3 minutes walk and another 10 minutes jog before the 5 minutes cool down. Somehow this workout felt harder on my legs than the 20 minutes jog from week 5. Maybe it’s because I spent a week doing nothing.

Day 3: Friday

Another non stop jogging workout today! 22 minutes this time, and I had less of a hard time with this one than with Wednesday’s workout! Strange isn’t it? It almost seems like I have less of a hard time doing non stop than having breaks. I think it’s because when I just jog non stop my body just keeps going, while when I have walk intervals my body doesn’t want to start jogging again so my legs start hurting. I wonder if that’s something that would be possible. Needing to only jog non stop, that if I stop I won’t be able to keep going. I guess we’ll see because from now on the workouts stop having walk intervals!

 

How was your week?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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C25K Week 5.5

As you know, if you read the last post, I spent last week barely being able to function because of a cold and needing to take care of my toddler while sick. Sadly, this means I didn’t have the energy to do week 6 of the C25K program. I hate myself so bad for skipping a whole week. I know I’m going to be in awful shape when I start week 6, but I couldn’t do anything about it. I did manage to go to work on Saturday, so that could count as a workout, even though I’m not registering it in the app. Wish me luck for this week!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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C25K Week 5

Day 1: Monday

Today went well. A bit of pain in the legs and a lot of sweating, but I wasn’t too exhausted after the workout. I feel like I’m starting to get back in shape even though I don’t always feel like doing the workouts. I just need to put it in my weekly routine and I will eventually stop having to kick myself in the butt to get up and jog.

Day 2: Wednesday

A bit brutal, lots of pain in the back of my ankles but maybe that’s because of how I jog. Not sure. The jogging periods felt endless, though they only lasted 8 minutes with 5 minute walks in between. I’m proud of myself for going through it. I wasn’t sure I would. At the second jogging period, I was ready to give up, but I pushed myself and made it. I’m dreading the next workout though. It’s going to be the first workout without any walking intervals. Friday I will jog for 20 minutes; no stopping.

Day 3: Friday

The 20 minutes jog without stopping. Huge challenge for me, but I made it through. Strangely enough, I wasn’t as breathless as I thought I would be at the end; it’s more my legs that didn’t like me at all. They were killing me so bad at the end! When I finally sat down, I felt the throbbing ten times more than during the cool down. I’m extremely proud of myself though for finishing it. Next Friday, we had two minutes; it’s going to be a 22 minutes jog without intervals.

 

How was your week?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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C25K Week 4

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My baby playing with his new kitchen set while I workout

Day 1: Thursday

Sadly this week has been a bad week for me again. I just felt like snuggling in a blanket, eating junk food while watching super lovey dovey movies. When I finally managed to kick myself in the butt and workout, it was almost the end of the week. So here we are, Thursday, and I finally do the first day of week for. Let me tell you, it was brutal; sweat and pain everywhere. This week started the beginning of jogging more than walking and I was not ready for that. Having a five day break did not help either.

Day 2: Friday

Two days in a row of this and my legs want to fall off. I didn’t feel any pain before starting the jog today, but when the jog started, my legs hurt immediately. I went a little slower so it wouldn’t hurt as much and I’m just hoping I won’t be in too much pain tonight at work! I’m also hoping day 3 will be less brutal!

Day 3: Sunday

This time around was much better. I decided to let my legs relax a little Saturday, I say a little because I still had to walk at work, and did the last work out of week 4 on Sunday. I finally got used to the jogging more than walking and the longer jogging periods. Hopefully week 5 will be less brutal. I’ll definitely get back to my Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. No more slacking off for me, especially this late in the program. I realised this week that if I don’t do my normal schedule, the workout doesn’t quite work because when I start a week 4-5 days after the end of the last week, it’s as if I hadn’t done the past weeks and start the program at this point, which is not good at all.

 

Tell me about your week!

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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C25K Week 3

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My baby “reading” a book while I workout

Day 1: Monday

I had to jog at home because it was raining outside. This workout was harder than expected. Since I felt like I slacked off during week 2, when the jogging time went from 1 ½ minutes to alternating 1 ½ and 3 minutes of jogging, it felt so sudden that I struggle really bad to finish the workout.

Day 2: Wednesday

Sadly, I had to jog again at home this time because there was way too much wind to bring my baby outside. The workout went a bit better than Day 1 but I was still quite out of breath at the end of it.

Day 3: Friday

Yet again it was an at home jog because of the weather. It’s starting to be too cold outside for me to job outside. I’ll either have to get actual workout clothes that keep you warm outside, or just keep jogging inside. Day 3 went way better than the Day 1 and Day 2. Other than the sweating, the workout went perfectly! My legs barely hurt, I wasn’t out of breath and I actually felt like the 3 minutes jogging went by fast! Hopefully next week will go as well as this day!

 

If you’re doing C25K, how was your week?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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C25K Week 2

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 My tired feet after Thursday’s workout

Day 1: Wednesday

I feel bad for starting this week so late, but I’ve had a rough beginning of the week. I had to wake up way earlier than usual on Monday and it somehow managed to exhaust me for two days straight. I’ve just started to feel like I have a bit of energy; which is why today I only walked. I didn’t quite feel up to doing the workout today either, but I told myself I couldn’t get back in my old habits already. So I made a deal with myself, just some walking today to get me back in the mood and tomorrow I do the jogging parts again. I did a 1.59 miles today.

Day 2: Thursday

Yesterday didn’t quite work in motivating me. I did the second workout of the week, but not outside. I did it at home. My legs still hurt though, so I guess the workout still worked. I don’t know what I’m going to do for the rest of the work outs, but I’m less and less motivated to do them outside; especially since it’s getting quite cold outside, what with winter coming and all. We’ll see what I can think of.

Day 3: Saturday

For the third workout of the week, I didn’t officially do it. I didn’t have time to do it Friday nor Saturday because of life. So I added up the time I spent walking at work (which is a lot) and figured I must’ve done more than the workout asks. When I got home, I simply pressed start on the workout and waited it out. I don’t like what I did, but if you think about it, I did workout. I just sort of did it at work since my work consists of me walking all the time.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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