On to week 2

Well, I survived the first week of the C25K program – exercised 3 days for a total of 4.5 miles, 26 minutes of which were running. The workouts didn’t seem terribly hard on my legs– hardly any sore muscles afterward.  But  the cardio– yikes.  I get breathing hard in no time flat– obviously my heart/lungs are unaccustomed to the work.  It’s doable.  But I’ve decided to do each week of the program twice before moving on.  No sense trying to go too fast and then ending up hating it or hurt.  So my logic goes this week anyway.

A few things that I’ve already noticed.  Normal things like hopping into the van or getting up off the floor are easier.  I almost don’t believe muscles could be getting stronger that fast, but it is obvious.  On the down side, I’m TIRED!  I need to start going to bed earlier…yawn….  And I’m HUNGRY– have been fighting the munchies.  Blah.

But overall the week has been great. I’m actually looking forward to exercising, and am feeling like my goal of walking/running every other day is doable.  And I feel an absolutely huge sense of accomplishment.  I’ve been wanting to get in shape for awhile and I’m glad to have begun.


  1. Great news. I started a similar programme a few months ago and recently finished the 27 lessons. The max I’d run in the lessons in one go was 20 mins. On Sunday I did my first 5k in one go in just under 32 mins. Such a proud moment. Keep at it because it makes you feel so much better when you reach the goal.

  2. Woohooo! Good for you!

  3. Congrats, Mary. You are healthy in so many other ways, I’m sure you’ll love this one too. We mommies need to keep our bodies strong so we can keep running our households and enjoying our children.

  4. Congratulations. Another option instead of repeating each week could be a stepback weeks, where you every 2-3 three weeks, you step back to a earlier week’s training.

  5. Awesome! I am glad to hear your experiences! Some friends and I are going to start the C25K program this week! I look forward to readin more about your journey!

  6. Good for you!! BTW_I have the same problem, legs are good to go, but my breathing is hard. I am doing one of Leslie Sansone’s more advanced workouts-Walk your Belly Flat-45 minutes of hard cardio.
    Today, I had to FORCE myself to do it, but I did. Stick with it…you’ll be so glad you did.

  7. Hi Mary, After reading this post and getting inspired myself, I googled “start C25K” and I didn’t come up with any sites that tell you how to begin following this program. I couldn’t find any previous discussion of it on your blog – but maybe I missed it. Are you following a specific program? Is it on your ipod, laptop? Thanks!

  8. Good luck! I recently tried this myself but I’m not a good runner at all. I’m much better walking quickly and using high inclines. My legs are sore but I have much more energy and am losing weight.

    My girlfriend at work has been doing this and has run a few 5ks now. She is also losing weight and feeling better.

  9. We’re doing this too! We use a similar program that is free, called Podrunner (First Day to 5K) and we’re in week 5 of 9. Loving it, and can’t believe how far we’ve come! I’ve been in good shape most of my life but *never* had any endurance. Now I can’t wait to be able to run a real 5K!