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Week 1 Day 2 - Not too hard

chrisjohnsonrunnerboy profile image

Started C25K yesterday, and I am loving it. I might just get on the running machine for half an hour every day! Even though it's day 2 I decided to push myself, and I managed to keep a sustained effort going for 8 minutes. I've always wanted to get into running, and this seems like a great opportunity for my to do so. We have a competition at school every year, on sports day called the iron man, which is 7 miles of cycling and 3 miles of running. I hope that by starting my training now I can do well this year - maybe even win!!

A quick question - is it okay to skip on weeks - ie, I think that my fitness level is around week 3 to 4, and week 1 and two are far too easy. Can I skip on, and do like 5-7 minute runs interspersed with 1 minute walking breaks? I can't wait to graduate - and the feeling of being able to run for like 25 to 30 minutes seems great!!

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Beckipeg profile image

Personally, I'd go a bit easy on pushing ahead, I don't want to pick up an injury that holds me back. You might be a fit young thing that can start quicker, my daughter started at week 7 and then jumped straight to week 9. The dog was a bit shocked to go out with me one day on week 7, then my daughter the next day on week 9. She's been asleep for hours!

Thanks for the advice. It's much appreciated!!

Minuette profile image

Yes I agree with Beckipeg, I think it's best to follow the programme and believe me, it will go fast enough and you'll be graduating before you know it!

When I started my fitness levels were also around week 3, but I decided to start from week 1 and then I didn't find them difficult at all.

Good luck! :)

AmandaW profile image

I also have started on Wk1 although I could have managed Wk3 with no difficulty. Everyone is different but I'd say follow the plan if you can - or start on a higher week then follow it! Its designed to build strength and stamina in your muscles and cardio system - if you race ahead or alter it you're messing with something that's been proven to work without causing injury. Even if you start at Wk1 you'll be running the 3 miles in 9 weeks anyway :-)

witchynic profile image

When i first started running i just put on music and went for it. Unfortunately it knackered my shins and i didnt run again for about 3 years. I've started again at week 1 and the slow work up has really helped me find a technique that works for me and helped me sort out my breathing and my forefoot landing. x

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