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Running made easy or couch to 5k


Gold Member
S: 12st8lb C: 11st12lb G: 11st4lb BMI: 26.8 Loss: 0st10lb(5.68%)
Hello all.

I've started running using my own plan to begin with and now I want something more structured. Either I carry on making my own plan or have the running made easy which has a 5k plan or I could use the couch to 5k plan (both are different)........ any ideas either way ?

I dont have any headphones for doing either so I'll be looking at my phone for the time and when to start/stop running and start/stop walking. I was shocked by the C25k plan in that week 6 you do a 20min run with no walking, it seemed to jump to that quite abruptly!

Anyway, any ideas much appreciated!
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S: 12st12lb C: 9st11lb G: 9st3.5lb BMI: 23.5 Loss: 3st1lb(23.89%)
Plenty of folks have done couch to 5K and surprised themselves when they hit the 20 min run mark - its surprising how quickly you progress.

I started from no running experience ever - started C25K in Feb, finished it in around 8-9 weeks - I now run on average 3 times a week, am doing a 10K race for life tomorrow and a half marathon in Sept!

Have a look in the teams sub-folder for some inspiration there is a couch to 5K team in there (anyone can join, just copy and paste the most recent list into a post and add yourself to it) - its fascinating to see people's progress.


One thing I absolutely couldnt do without though is music and the podcasts - I absoutely hate running without music - dont think i could manage without - even the gaps between songs on my shuffle I hate as I cant stand the sound of my breathing while running!


I CAN do this
S: 18st4lb C: 15st10lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 37.8 Loss: 2st8lb(14.06%)
I'm doing a couch to 10k. What kind of phone do you have as a lot of smart phones have apps for it.


Gold Member
S: 12st8lb C: 11st12lb G: 11st4lb BMI: 26.8 Loss: 0st10lb(5.68%)
Thanks Both!

Mandy good luck for today :) !!! I do love to see how much I progress each time so you're right I could be doing loads better by the time I get to the 20min run.

Cherry-Blossom I have an old style phone that does texting and phoning lol! But it does have the radio on it actually, I'd forgotten about that :)

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