C25K: Week 1 Day 1

The other day, I posted about my arm injury, and I mentioned in that blog post that I was thinking about running in an effort to stay in shape. Given the fact that I probably won’t be able to lift weights for a while, I thought doing a bit of cardio might do me well, as much as I hate it…

With that thought in mind, I started the C25K program. By the way, thanks Amber for the recommendation!

C25K Schedule

Note: This schedule was based on the Zen Labs C25k app.

Truth be told, I sort of underestimated the whole thing. I thought for sure that I’d be able to finish day 1 without any problem. On paper, it sounded easy enough, alternating between running for 1 minute and walking for 90 seconds, but I was seriously considering cutting my run short around the halfway mark. I had to force myself to keep going. This just goes to show how out of shape I am when it comes to cardio. It was a good thing that I downloaded the C25K app right before I left the house. It really helped in keeping me motivated to finish my run. I probably wouldn’t have done the whole 30 minute workout if I didn’t have the UI guiding me, so I definitely recommend the app to anyone who’s interested in following the program.

In addition to the C25K program, I’m also thinking about doing a bit of plyometrics and agility training to build muscle, strength, balance, etc. I will update you all if I’m successful in keeping all this up. Starting is always the hardest. I know that once I get into the groove of things, my body will automatically crave physical activity, so it shouldn’t feel like too much of a chore then.


10 thoughts on “C25K: Week 1 Day 1

  1. Amber says:

    Yay! (Seriously, I so said yay out loud hehe.) I’m excited for you, getting into it and taking a try at it. Plyo wise, if it weren’t so much upper body and planking, I’d suggest Buti to you. (I’d suggest it anyway, it’s great for body strength with just using your own body weight.). I’m not sure how your arm would do though.

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    • Stephanie says:

      I actually did plyo yesterday. It was so hard that I only managed to do about 30 minutes of the hour-long video 😦 I still woke up with really sore muscles though, which is great 🙂 I love feeling like I’ve worked my muscles really hard.

      And yeah, I probably won’t be able to do any exercises that require upper body strength. Planking would most likely mess up my arm 😦

      How’s running going for you, btw? 🙂

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      • Amber says:

        It’s been pouring rain for the last two days. So I haven’t gotten out… and while I love trail running, I do not love trail running in the rain. I’ve had my shoes sucked into the mud that way. 😉

        I’m glad you were able to do at least 30 minutes of your video? Trying is better than not trying, and thats what counts! Keep at it!


    • Stephanie says:

      It’s going pretty well 🙂 I’m on week 4 day 2. I’m actually surprised that I’m still going lol. I thought I’d give up after the first week haha. I’m still having trouble running for 5 min straight though, but I just try to push through the pain.

      It’s so great to hear that your making really good progress 🙂 54 lbs is a lot! Are you doing anything else besides C25K to help shed the weight?


      • Brandi Jo Lyston says:

        Mainly just calorie restriction. When I first started I talked to my doctor and she helped me determine how many calories I could safely restrict myself to without causing any other issues like malnutrition. I’ve surprisingly done really well with that. I just started adding exercise after I reached 40 pounds lost. I waited because I knew my weight-loss would be a lot slower if I was adding exercise immediately. I’m easily discouraged so I was afraid I’d give up if my loss wasn’t noticeable… BUT now I am doing the couch to 5 k and walking and am still losing, but as expected it has slowed down a lot because of the muscle gain. I can actually see my progress though so even though the pounds aren’t dropping as quick I know I’m still progressing. I have raised my calories slightly. When I started I was only eating pre-portioned meals because I am a food addict so my biggest problem is not being able to stop myself from over eating, but I have now started branching out from that but still careful not to go overboard. I can tell my stomach has “shrunk” some because I don’t get hungry as much. I chew lots of gum to keep me from snacking. I actually came across your blog while googling for a Couch25K graphic to post on my website. Where did you find this one? Can I use it? Lol. My website and blog are http://www.Flabulous2Fit.com.

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      • Stephanie says:

        I actually just found the picture online…I’m not super clear on copyright laws, so maybe I shouldn’t have done that…:S Your comment actually prompted me to do some research on the topic, and I found an article about a blogger who got into trouble for using other people’s photos. Yikes! :S

        Since I can’t quite remember where I got the schedule, I decided to just remove the photo. I’ve replaced with one that I made on my own just to be on the safe side. It’s very similar to the one that I found, so if you’d like to use the new schedule that I just posted, you’re more than welcome to 🙂

        Anyway, have you thought about lifting weights at all? I personally find strength training a lot more enjoyable than cardio. I started lifting weights about a year and a half ago, and I cannot say enough good things about it! It’ll get you so much stronger, leaner, and more toned. I highly recommend incorporating it into your workout routine 🙂


      • Brandi Jo Lyston says:

        I hadn’t thought about lifting weights. Probably would help tone my arms better. I have a lot more loose skin than I’d like but I guess it’s better than filled with fat. lol I have a YMCA membership that I never use, guess I could incorporate that along with running. I just finished week 5, that 20 minute non stop run nearly killed me, but I did it!

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      • Stephanie says:

        Wow…that’s pretty impressive! You’re doing so well! I just started week 5. My calf muscles were burning so much after my run yesterday. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to do that 20 min non-stop run :S

        You should definitely use that YMCA membership. Going to the gym can be a lot of fun, especially if you have a gym buddy.


      • Stephanie says:

        Btw, I updated the schedule again…Sorry! I noticed that the one that I had before didn’t completely match the C25k schedule that I was following. After a lot of googling, I realized that many of the schedules posted online are completely off. So long story still long lol…I’ve updated the photo again. This time, I made it based on the schedule provided by the Zen Labs C25k app. So anyway, please use this new updated photo for your blog. It should follow the official schedule more closely. Sorry about all the confusion!


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