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7/30/10 9:33 A

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@ PJDKSmith, I think she's referring to the reps. There are 8 60-second jogs in the first week's program.

I am asking the same question though. I got through it (barely!) for the W1D1 yesterday, but today I have a pain in my hip and it's killing me just to walk. No pain in my calves, no pain in the side. Just my hip. I hope I didn't pinch my sciatic nerve! Today is a rest day, so maybe it will be better by tomorrow so I can do day 2!

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6/21/10 8:20 P

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I started big and from the couch and am on week 8 day 2. You don't think you can do the next interval and suddenly you can. I have to admit I don't go anywhere near the pace that they recommend - I listen to my body and go as fast as I can. Figure I will give it another go round at a faster pace when I am done.

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6/19/10 3:24 A

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I got some great motivation here! Glad to see I am not the only one whose calves and shins feel like they are on fire. It lead to me thinking..maybe I'm not a runner, maybe I can't do this? I'm seeing here that I am not alone in my beginner aches and pains....thanks for the motivation:)

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6/18/10 4:00 A

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k.. can I clarify? You said EIGHT runs.. I'm not sure I understand... 8 of what?
If your on day 5.. well.. that's 5 runs.. so I'm just not getting the math.
You aren't doing 8 different running intervals are you?
And just SLOW down.. really.. just BOUNCE while walking fast.. its more mind over physical. I started from couch.. being a couch potato for over TWENTY years.. and now have run 13.25km for the longest.. and am training for a half marathon.. I graduated c25k last April.. first time I ran was for ten seconds, before I was dry heaving on the side of the road. My calves and thighs were on fire. I never thought I could do it!

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6/17/10 4:31 P

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To echo some of the others here, yes you can! I had not exercised in a very long time before I started the program. I'm now on Week 5 and loving it!!! Persevere, you can do this. As others said, you may need to slow down or repeat weeks, but that's ok, you are doing this for you!

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6/16/10 9:01 P

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Energy in 10 days. That is awesome.

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6/16/10 4:36 P

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I started from the couch and when I tried to move up in weeks I ended up getting bad shin splits so I quit. Once healed I started walking for a few months to strengthen my muscles, then started the program over and was able to complete it.

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I'm in week 2 and spend the first 30 seconds of walking trying to catch up with my breath too but quickly gain control after that. I've noticed that with every type of interval training I've tried.

One thing I've learned from my up and down health improvement attempts over the past 7 years is that I can attempt anything. I just have listen to my body and accept that it might take more time than others or I might have to take a different path to allow for my specific strengths and limitations. It helps that I've learned the difference between pain and fatigue. Early on they felt similar. Now I know better when to stop and when to push through.

I'm 36 and weigh 264 lbs. I've never run and only jogged intermittently during a 6 month period of my life 15 years ago. I'm happy when my jog speed reaches 4 mph and have no desire to push my speed until I complete the program and start focusing on my 5K race. But the energy boost I'm getting from the program in just the first 10 days is phenomenal.

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6/16/10 11:37 A

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I started from the couch!

And I totally agree with slowing down. I slowed down only 0.2 mph and it made a huge difference in my ability to complete the entire day's program without feeling like I was going to just keel over! I am already slow, so yup, I'm going even slower, but I'm doing it! I'm on W5 now.

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6/16/10 11:27 A

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Yes you can. It used to be my M.O. every day. Up at 7, do some conputing, hit the couch, lunch (on the couch), more TV, then dinner (on the couch), bedtime 11:00.

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6/16/10 11:08 A

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I'm just curious-you said week 1, day 5? Does that mean you did the workout 5 times this week instead of 3? If so, that could be a reason why you are struggling. If you do the 3 days/week with at least 1 but no more than 2 days in between C25K days it may help. I do other workouts on the other days, like Turbo Jam DVD's.

And yes, I think you can go right from the couch! As long as you don't have any medical conditions or doctor's restrictions, it's totally doable. Like someone else said, go at your own pace, but you do need to push yourself a little. I posted an article yesterday about a guy who went from being over 300 lbs. to now being a world class marathoner. He started out by jogging a block then walking a block.

I personally recently got up to the end of week 5 where I did the 2 mile jog without stopping, & I never would've thought that was posible a few months ago. I then got injured & sick shortly thereafter (of course), but now I'm back up to week 4 & it helps knowing I did it once before. So keep on trucking, you can do it!

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6/16/10 10:49 A

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I would say yes, but it is better if you have a good walking base at least one month under your belt before starting it. It makes it easier and more enjoyable.

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6/16/10 10:42 A

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You really can. A lot of people need to repeat days. Week 1 was killer for me. It took more than a week for me to move on and guess what? Week 2 I thought I was going to die. It took longer than a week and week 3 was the same way. I'm on week 4 and the 5 minute runs are tough but those shorter runs are easy now. Don't rush through it. Move on when you're ready to. You can do it!

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6/16/10 10:39 A

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Yes I really started from the couch. I am doing each week at least twice and then suddenly it is like "yeah ok I can do this" and I move on. It is tough but you can do it.






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6/16/10 10:35 A

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1. yes, you really can do this from the couch. just go at your own pace and repeat days as you need too.

2. if you are breathing that hard at the end of your run sequences, try slowing down. Doesn't have to be very much. just a little should make a huge difference. I know for myself on the treadmill the difference between 5.5 and 5.7 is big in terms of my ability to breath.

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6/16/10 10:29 A

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I just finished W1D5... yep... 5. On Monday, I figured out a different way to jog so my calves weren't burning. But, now I'm huffing & puffing and can barely make it through my 8 runs!

I really am starting from the couch. I haven't done aerobic exercise in about 1.5 years and haven't done strength training in about a year. So, are you all really starting from the couch? This is just SO HARD! I am proud of myself for doing another day today, but I'm exhausted and don't know how I can keep doing this. I will, though. Just wanted some feedback & encouragement as I keep this up.

(Oh, and I'm not doing a brisk walk between jogs - I'm going slow & trying to catch my breath. And, no, I can't carry on a conversation during about 30 secs of those minutes - I'm really breathing hard.)

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