After weeks of mumbling about it, I finally started C25K+ this morning. In one word : Magic. Now why didn't I do it straight after C25K I don't know, but my loss !

By the time I reach the 165 beats per minute, I carried on just a bit more to do 5K. I think I will stick to it for a while. I like the way Laura reminds you about posture. I seem to go into a dream world and hunch up so Laura is great at reminding me to relax. I also notice my shuffle has more of a spring to it. Conclusion: new graduate "do yourself a favour" and go on to C25K+.


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  • Lots of people love the c25k+ podcasts and get great results. I never got round to trying Speed and Stamina but, when I did Stepping Stones, I found it really hard to follow the correct number of beats. However, I suspect the fault was with me, because other people rave about it. Suspect I'll give them all a go when I'm fit enough. Rumour has it that Stamina is quite tough!!! ;)

  • You have convinced me. Graduated c25k last week and found this, but it sounded a bit fast , but I will give it a go:0)

  • I tried this a couple of weeks ago and really struggled with it.


  • I started with Stamina. I assumed it is the first step? I did find it easy. Maybe I am having a good day.

  • I love these, I'm always waffling on about them. I normally do Speed and /or Stamina once a week. I wasn't so keen on Stepping Stones, don't really know why. I'm off now for a bit of Stamina...my goal is to get to 5K in the 35 minutes, nearly there!

  • my 5k today was 40 minutes running. I think 35 minutes would be wonderful.

  • Told ya!

    It's the business! Keep mixing them up and run them as they pop up on your playlist. They will keep you busy for quite a while and move you on to a point where you can start Bridge to 10k

    Have fun!

  • Bridge to 10k .... This sound as scary as when I was in the early stage of c25k and heard of W5 run3 !

  • Ha ha. It's ok honest. You start at the beginning and work your way towards your 10 k goal. It's progressive but it gets you there in the same way as Couch does. I got stuck on Week 4 but kept plugging away. Nothing like the feeling of nailing that first 10 k. Marvellous!

  • Yes, my dream......

  • I'm a big fan of the + podcast series. At first I found Laura's tone a bit stern but I'm got used to it now. I struggled for the first few attempts especially speed but I kept trying & got there eventually. They are a great way to improve your 5k but also build up to start a 10k programme if you decide you fancy that

  • I'll do this after I graduate, but I have reservations about the stepping stones. One, it is only 16 minutes long compared to speed and stamina, which are 30 and 35 minutes long respectively and two, I've read the most negative comments about stepping stones compared to the other two.

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