I was starving for lunch by 11:30 AM!  Not sure why my breakfast didn’t hold me over as well as it normally would.  I ate an early lunch and all was well in the world again.


So, I used to think that leftover salad always went gross, but I recently discovered the key is not covering it in dressing at the restaurant.  If it’s dry, it will last longer.  I bulked up the salad from last night – which had apples, corn, Napa cabbage, and pecans – with some Athenos feta and spinach.  It was still perfectly crisp!


Plus, two slices of Honey Whole Wheat with PB and strawberry jam.


All together now!


A C25K Success Story


Yesterday, I asked how much weekly mileage other people run, and MANY people said they run as much as 40 to 60 miles per week!  Wowza!  I am really intimidated by that kind of mileage – and super impressed.


But, of course, no one starts off with 40 miles a week – everyone starts off by putting one foot in front of the next!  One great program I love for new runners is the Couch to 5K program. which utilizes a walk/run interval system to get newbies running.  To get going, all you have to do is 20 minutes of 1 minute jogs following by 1:30 walking breads.   After 9 weeks, you’ll be strong enough to complete a 3.1 mile race!  Here’s a sample of what the first three weeks look like.  


Here’s a great “Healthy Tipping Point” story from Dani, who used the C25K program to rock out her first race… and find a new healthy perspective in the process.


Dani wrote:


I’m 21 years old. The closest I ever got to doing anything athletic was my ninth grade year in high school, in which I did JROTC. That whole year, I worked out, ran, did drills, and even went to compete in Nationals in Daytona Beach Florida! That year was the year I looked my best ever. But then I got a case of the lazies, and completed high school, and gained all of my weight back. 


I graduated high school, and immediately adopted a very lazy lifestyle. Laying around, eating constantly, and not doing any type of exercise AT ALL. I had a part time job where I was on my feet everyday, so I suppose that’s what kept me from getting any bigger.  I was 18 years old and about twenty pounds overweight. I had very, very low self esteem, didn’t like going anywhere because I felt too fat and was intimidated everywhere I went. 


That year, I met my boyfriend. He was in shape, and an ex-army trainer. He DEFINITELY saw my weight and self-esteem problems immediately, and he helped me completely overhaul my diet and laziness. He gave me a membership to the YMCA, and he taught me how to use the machines. We went grocery shopping together, planned meals, and worked out together.  


Three years later, I had begun to slack off a bit again because of my work schedule and such.  But, four months ago, I decided it was high time to get our life back on track.  I wanted to stop feeling sorry for myself, because I’m the only one who can make me feel better. So, I started the Couch to 5K program. 


At the end of the program I ran my first 5K, completing it in 41:58, 68th out of 85.


It was a trail run, over soooo many hills, stumps, and uneven ground. Slow, I know, but it’s my first, and I was so proud, as was my boyfriend. He and my parents, my cousin (who ran it with me), and my sister were all there to greet me at the finish line. It was magic, and I’ll never forget it. Trust me, there are MANY more races to come. :) 


Check out these other Healthy Tipping Point stories!


  • Maissa: Finding Inner Strength
  • Freya:  A Journey Out of Anorexia
  • Carrie:  Ditched Distorted Thinking and Ran a Marathon
  • Amy:  A Mom Who Lost Baby Weight and Became a Triathlete
  • Jenny:  Saw Lance Armstrong on Oprah and Decided to Ride a Century
  • Lauren:  Stays Active Despite Being a Busy Associate at a Financial Firm
  • Beth:  A Friend’s Serious Illness Inspired Her to Focus on Her Own Health


Are you a Couch to 5K Success Story?  Tell us about it!



  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! July 15, 2010, 12:08 pm

    I LOVE Honey Whole Wheat with PB and Strawberry Jam, one of my favorites and always a “go too” quick snack or meal with fruit or salad like you did!

    Love The Success Story! =)

  • Andrea July 15, 2010, 12:14 pm

    Congrats to you Dani for making a healthy lifestyle change and completing your first 5k! I started with C25K and now have 3 half marathons and plenty of other runs in the bag. Keep up the good work!

  • Amanda July 15, 2010, 12:19 pm

    Yes, I am a C25K success story!! I tell everyone that C25K changed my life. I finished the program in Oct 2008 and I ran my first 5k in 39:02. I have since run 26 races including 3 half marathons, marathon relay & a ragnar relay. I am currently training for my first full marathon (MCM on 10/31) and my 5K PR is 28:23 🙂 In the process I have lost over 100lbs.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet July 15, 2010, 12:21 pm

    Congrats! Coming from someone who really doesn’t like to run, but WANTS to, these stories always inspire me.

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter & Moutaintops July 15, 2010, 12:22 pm

    Not yet! I’m working on it I have finished Day1, but realized that right now I want to spend my time biking, swimming and hiking. So, I’m holding off on the running until fall when I can’t swim and it’s not so hot and it’s too dark after work for me to want to bike.

    I have 2 good friends who started a few months ago : she is running 10Ks now and he just ran a half marathon!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 15, 2010, 12:29 pm

    i’m not but would love to be…not in a race necassarily, but i would love to be up and running 5ks all the time sometime soon!

  • Juliene July 15, 2010, 12:29 pm

    I am a C25K graduate as well. I truly feel like learning to love running has helped me in my weight loss journey(lost 115 lbs so far and have just 15 to go). I completed the C25K program in December and am now registered for my first half marathon this October. I never thought I would love running and always told people “I don’t run unless I am being chased” That’s all changed and I am so glad it has.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 15, 2010, 12:31 pm

    I love that plan – I myself am not a 5k success story thing, but this winter my mum has agreed to do her 1st ever 5k! So I can imagine she will be 😀

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 15, 2010, 12:32 pm

    Congrats Dani!!! You are awesome! I tried the C25K program a couple of years ago and DIED after the 60 seconds of straight jogging. I just completed my first marathon. I love stories like this because they remind me that we have to start where we are and we can do anything we set our heart on. So inspiring!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 15, 2010, 12:37 pm

    Great inspirational story! Thank you for sharing!

  • Nicole July 15, 2010, 12:45 pm

    I’m currently working my way through C25K as I’m trying to get back into running. I’m loving the app I downloaded for my iPhone that tells me when to walk/run AND lets me listen to my own music! So much better than the old one I had years ago for my iPod that had awful techno music.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 15, 2010, 12:53 pm

    I was hungry around 11:30 today, too! Must be something in the air, lol.

    And that was a very inspiring story! Thank you for posting them.

  • Amy* July 15, 2010, 12:58 pm

    I’m a Couch to 5k graduate, also. I never liked to workout (hello! it has the word “work” in it for a reason)and I especially was not a fan of running. When January of this year rolled around I really felt like I wanted to do something amazing for my new year’s resolution. So, I resolved to run a 5k.

    I completed my first 5k in March and since then I have been hooked! I’ve done 5 5k’s this year. I’m signed up for a 10k, a half, and a full marathon (December 5th). I haven’t lost weight, but I feel healthier. My husband has also gotten into it with me.*

  • Olivia @ Blissful Runner July 15, 2010, 1:00 pm

    I also tout the C25K program to anyone who will listen! I started the program in 2008 on the treadmill in the gym at my aprartment complex. When I moved and began running outside I was in for a rude awakening – running outdoors was so different and my endurance was shot. I had to start the program all over to get back to where I was skill-wise on the treadmill. Wowza! But the program didn’t let me down either time. I’ve now completed almost a dozen races including three half marathons and am training for my first full marathon this October. I think it’s safe to say I’m officially addicted to running. 🙂

  • Jes July 15, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Not yet! July 31st is my first race! EEEK! I have had to modify training a bit to fit with my lifestyle, but overall it’s been going great!

  • Autumn Tao July 15, 2010, 1:10 pm

    I’m doing that program, slowly, but doing it. I’m at week 4 day 3 tomorrow. wish me luck!!

  • Kelly July 15, 2010, 1:18 pm

    That’s a great story! I just got one of my friends started on the C25k program.

  • Shelly @ EpicOrganic.net July 15, 2010, 1:22 pm

    C25K changed my life 🙂 I “graduated” a month ago, on June 13. I’ve run two 5K’s so far – one was during week 5 of C25K, 46:48. The second was a week after graduation, 43:23. I have another race next week and hope to continue to improve my times. (I’m still about 50 pounds overweight, so I’m not exactly Speedy Gonzalez!) I am currently running 2-3 miles, 3 times per week, and doing yoga, walking, biking, and strength training on 3 other days. I’m 35 years old and have never been this active in my entire life! I’ve lost 52 pounds since December, and hope to hit my goal weight with a total loss of 100 pounds by the end of this year – all by eating healthy (I switched to a mostly organic whole-foods diet in December as well) and exercising! I am forever grateful to CoolRunning, creators of the C25K program, and also to Robert Ullrey’s podcasts, which got me started.

  • Ashley July 15, 2010, 1:23 pm

    Do you use real maple syrup on your oatmeal/pancakes or the sugar free stuff? I was curious if you’d have a brand recommendation

    • Caitlin July 15, 2010, 1:24 pm

      Oh I definitely use the real stuff. I just buy whatever brand is on sale. Currently, I’m using Trader Joes.

      • Ashley July 15, 2010, 1:43 pm

        Thanks! I’ve been thinking about trying theirs, it’s so cheap compared to the stuff in other grocery stores.

  • Brie @ Brie Fit July 15, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I’m not really a C25K success story, I just started adding mileage bit by bit, but my husband is! We are running his first 5K together in August. I am so proud of him! Last night he ran 2.75 miles in 25 minutes.

    (I confess that I am, however, annoyed that he is already faster than me and I’ve been running for 2 years. I guess that’s what he gets for being 8 inches taller, but NOT FAIR!)

  • allison @ livingoneday July 15, 2010, 1:33 pm

    her story just gave me the motivation to do something like this. i am active and i work out, but i am NOT a runner. i know people say that all the time, but i have no endurance and really bad asthma. i eventually want to work thru my asthma and i think this is such a good place to start. thats caitlin!

    • Laura July 15, 2010, 1:53 pm

      Jackie Joyner-Kersee has asthma and she made it to the Olympics running. 😉 http://www.biography.com/articles/Jackie-Joyner-Kersee-9358710 You can do it! Try taking a puff of your inhaler 20 minutes before you run and it may help (of course, talk to your doctor about it first as I know absolutely nothing about your asthma or medication! haha Just passing along something that my doc recommended)

  • Megan July 15, 2010, 1:36 pm

    I had a lot of luck with the c25k program.. I actually talked about it on my blog today.. If it wasn’t for that c25k program I would have never run my first 5k, a half marathon or I would never be training for my second half marathon!

  • Lauren July 15, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Where I am today, with running, I have to give full credit to C25k. I had so many failed attempts before that it was nice to find a program that I could easily follow. There were plenty of repeat weeks, but I eventually ‘graduated’ and ran my first 5k. I even wrote a blog post about it!


    And now I am training for my 2nd half marathon!

  • Alyssa July 15, 2010, 1:43 pm

    I love the idea of the C25K program because I always have people saying they are jealous or envious of my “ability” to run – and I try to explain I started like everyone else, barely able to run for a few minutes. I didn’t use any program I just sort of tried to go further every day but I wish I had known that option was out there! Now I follow programs religiously for every race. My husband just started C25K, so hopefully he will have a success story after 9/11 (the day of our first race together!)

  • Karla July 15, 2010, 1:44 pm

    Very cool to see this and read Dani’s story. I just started this program last week so I’m really happy to read about someone who has had success with it!

  • Camille July 15, 2010, 1:46 pm

    I love all the inspiring stories you keep posting! Keep at it!

  • Poppy @From Fried Chicken to Tofu July 15, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Great Post…I’m actually in week 3 of the program right now. I love it, and it makes me feel so accomplished. Week after week, I can’t believe how much more I can run. I love it!

  • Wendy July 15, 2010, 2:15 pm

    I am a C25K success story two times over! It got me back into running shape after the births of my two kids. I’ve run 4 half marathons since the birth of my youngest (he’s 3).

    I think a lot of people get frustrated with running because they can’t go very far at first. I always point beginning runners to this program, because you can increase your endurance so much more quickly and easily by using run/walk intervals.

  • Erin July 15, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I didn’t use the C25K program exactly. Instead I joined a Beginning Women’s Running Group that trained us to run our first 5K using run-walk intervals. It was an amazing experience and I had no idea that I would go from someone who could barely run 2 miles on the the treadmill at 5.0 MPH to someone who is training for their first marathon and consistently banging out under 9 minute miles in short races. Without joining that running group I wouldn’t have made friends where I live now, either. I had no idea the running community was so wonderful.

  • Annie July 15, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I’m in my last week of C25K! I love it. I’ve always done other exercise, but not running. I decided to try C25K after I saw Michael on TBL jog 5 miles. I said to myself, “You are not 200+ pounds overweight! If he can do it, you can do it.” So now I am. 🙂

  • Emmanuelle July 15, 2010, 2:33 pm

    I plan on using the C25K programme when I start running, and reading your post and the comments make me want to start now!

  • Jane July 15, 2010, 2:38 pm

    One way to save a leftover dressing-coated salad is to pop it in the freezer for a few minutes. It’ll crisp up the greens and make it edible.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble July 15, 2010, 2:41 pm

    Two years ago I couldn’t run a mile. An hour on the elliptical – no prob. A spin classs – a breeze! But running for 2 minutes would make me winded. I used my own little version of c35k and before I knew it I was running little further each time and just complete my first half in April. If I can do it, anyone can! I always said I could not run and made excuses – yes, I have bad knees to, I know you think you can’t but you can! Now I encourage everyone to run. It’s not about speed, it’s about endurance.

  • Baylee July 15, 2010, 3:06 pm

    Caitlin – if you go look at Quinn’s blog, she has started reading the comments and although she is shocked, she seems grateful. perhaps it isnt exactly the push she needed to get out of this, but hopefully it will encourage her to look deep inside herself and find what she needs to get through this.

    three cheers to you & dropping a love bomb!

    • Caitlin July 15, 2010, 3:55 pm

      i’m so glad 🙂

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing July 15, 2010, 3:06 pm

    I started running using C25K, also! 🙂 Now, I’ve done an 8K, a 10K and a triathlon. Thinking of doing the bridge to 10K to get back in shape before my next 10K.

  • Jessica @ Rawtumn July 15, 2010, 3:13 pm

    I LOVE healthy tipping point stories! Thanks for sharing and way to run Dani! C25K is such a great program.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 15, 2010, 3:46 pm

    Awesome story, Dani! No matter what your race time, that’s awesome that you got out there and did it and you should be super proud! 🙂

  • Laura July 15, 2010, 3:49 pm

    I’m definitely a C25K success story!!! 🙂

    I was a runner back in my elementary school days, but once I hit high school, I stopped. I actually came across Healthy Tipping Point and Meganerd Runs last november and decided right then and there that I wanted to RUN!

    I started the C25K program in the middle of February. On April 3, 2010 I completed my very first 5K race in 31:41!!!! then just under 1 month later, on May 2, 2010 I completed my very first 10K!!!!!!!!!!!! a 10K only 3 months after starting the c25K! I finished in 1:04:05 and completed the entire thing with no walking!!
    C25K is amazing! 🙂

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 15, 2010, 4:00 pm

    I love reading stories about people who have turned their lives around, it’s so uplifting and inspiring. I’m glad she fell in love with running and wants to do more races!

  • Rachael July 15, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Excuse me for being totally off topic, but I LOVE your silverware. Where’d you get it?

    • Caitlin July 15, 2010, 5:00 pm

      My mom gave it to me! I think she got it from IKEA?

  • kwithme July 15, 2010, 4:46 pm

    I am a C25K success as well. First, I did the program on my NordicTrack from Jan to March. Then as soon as there was no ice on the ground, I started over outside with my neighbor. We finished on May 21. We ran my first 5K on June 5th (my neighbor ran in races before having kids). I finished in 31:31. I was thrilled since we had never finished in under 35 mins. I just ran my second race on July 3rd and finished in 31:12, though since I now have a Garmin, I know it was short only 3.06 miles.

    The biggest success is my daughters have also the 1 mile fun runs at the races and my mom (who is about 40 lbs overweight) walked in the July race. They ranked in the top 3 for their respective age groups and received medals.

    Who knew that me doing C25K would lead to a fitter life for all of us.

  • Britney July 15, 2010, 4:49 pm

    Not yet, but I plan to be! I’m on week 8, day 2 tonight (so after today I’ll be four runs away from graduating). I started the program with the goal of running my entire next 5k (my fourth) which gets to be more likely with every day that passes. For the past few weeks I’ve been so excited to go running, and I already registered for my first 10k! I plan to run a 5k in August and start training for my 10k the week after.

  • Cindi July 15, 2010, 4:52 pm

    I tried the Couch to 5k when I started running in December and I just couldn’t do it. It kept me too focused on my clock and every loooooooooong minute I was on the treadmill. So I bagged it and just ran as long as I could and then I’d break when I needed and tried to focus on my endurance. Now I can run 4-5 miles without stopping and to me that is great progress – seeing as in December I could barely do 2 miles without wanting to die.

    My husband however looooooooooooves the couch to 5k program and it worked great for him. He is also someone to has to run to a certain beat – where I just put on teen bopper tunes like Ke$ha and run my ass off – so to each their own! I’ve loved reading everyone’s feedback about it!

  • Heather July 15, 2010, 4:59 pm

    what a great story! trail runs are tough

  • Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) July 15, 2010, 5:01 pm

    i am a C25K success story! I’ve now run 5 1/2 marathons, a marathon, and a number of smaller races. I for sure have C25K to thank for getting me going without overwhelming me by requiring high mileage too fast! I’ve also had my best running buddy start WITH C25K and we have now raced much longer distances together!

  • Jenny July 15, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Also a C2K graduate, I ran my first 5K exactly two years ago. I have since run many 5K’s, a couple 10K’s and am working on my first half marathon and a 50 mile relay in the fall. I haven’t lost a ton of weight, but running has helped maintain a 35lb loss. The running appetite has stalled my weight loss, but still, I am much healthier than before.

  • John July 15, 2010, 5:17 pm

    I’m a Couch to Half Marathon success story times 2. I was already running 2 miles when I was talked into running a race so I went for a challenge rather than a 5K 🙂
    In 2007 and this year when I decided to lose weight I added running into my exercise regime as soon as I got to around 300lbs.
    Both times I trained for and completed a Half Marathon after 3-4 months of running and weighing 267lbs.
    From what I’m told I ran both in pretty good times for my size and amount of training….2007 was 2:12:24 and this year I ran it in 2:08:25.
    I’m running the Canada Army Run HM in Sept and my goal is to break 2 hours.

  • loreejo July 15, 2010, 5:24 pm

    C25K graduate Dec 09. 40-something mom of 2 college kids w/a 40 hr/wk desk job. woot-woot! just did my 2nd race july 4th and my time was about 5 min better. i find i often discount what i’m doing “only this far. not that fast.” self-criticism is such a buzzkill! however, yesterday big-baller commenters didn’t make me shrivel and think less of my accomplishments; i just marveled at their dedication and felt inspired! nah, i won’t be running any marathons soon….but i’m learning that setting goals is the only way to get that RUSH of reaching goals! like dani said, “it’s magic”. thanks for your inspiring story dani!

  • Katherine July 15, 2010, 5:25 pm

    I just ran my first 5k and I think it might have been my healthy tipping point. It felt so amazing to cross the finish line at my first race. It was so empowering to know that I set a goal and was able to achomplish it. I started grad school this year and its been really hard. I haven’t felt like I was able to do anything as well was I was able to in undergrad. Running has changed that for me. Not to mention that I have a healthy glow and lost 18 lbs! Can’t wait to run more races.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) July 15, 2010, 5:49 pm

    I have tried to become a runner so many times, but it hasn’t worked yet.

    I’ve heard great things about c25k… maybe I’ll give it a try…

  • Kelsey July 15, 2010, 5:50 pm

    I ran my first 5K in June, using the Couch to 5K program! I actually used the APP for my iPod Touch, which was really awesome so I didn’t have to focus on my watch the whole time. When I first started doing the program I remember thinking how hard it was for me to run for 1 minute, and how would I ever do 3.1 miles?! BUT, I stuck to it, and was able to complete my first 5K in 33:59! I loved it so much, I signed up for my next 5K the minute I got home! 😀

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 15, 2010, 5:54 pm

    WOW WHAT a great story!!! Way to go Dani! 🙂 🙂

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated July 15, 2010, 6:01 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the way Dani described the feeling at the end of her first 5K. “Magic.” That makes me think of how I felt when I crossed the finish line at my first race and brings a smile to my face. Crossing the finish line of a race is one of the very best feelings in the world, and it definitely feels a little something like magic! 🙂 Awesome job, Dani!!!

  • Katie July 15, 2010, 6:12 pm

    I love C25K – that’s how I got started running. It was really encouraging. Great story, Dani!

  • Skyler Meine July 15, 2010, 6:23 pm

    I am glad there is a program out there for people run their first 5k. Running might not be the most effective way to get to your ideal shape but it is definitely a way to stay motivated.

  • Anne @ the doctor takes a wife July 15, 2010, 6:36 pm

    I started running thanks to the C25k!! It was a great program to get me on my feet, and now I’m training for a half marathon!

  • Cate July 15, 2010, 7:21 pm

    I have been working on running and am doing a Couch to 5K program too. I can now run about 8 minutes without stopping so it is working well so far. It is so good to hear that it works for so many people; I love the success stories! thanks

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 15, 2010, 7:35 pm

    I hope to run a 5K someday!! 😀


  • Chelsey July 15, 2010, 8:04 pm

    i love that you just ate when you were hungry – some people get so stuck on a time they normally eat. i say, if you’re hungry, eat!!

    what a great story!

  • Wei-Wei July 15, 2010, 8:18 pm

    I hope I can run 5k someday! Then the mile run in PE would be a lot easier 😀 But I sincerely don’t know how to “measure” the intervals… :S I don’t have any equipment but, eh, a kitchen timer?! Any tips?


    • Britney July 15, 2010, 9:14 pm

      If you have an iPod/mp3 player, you can do C25k as a podcast that tells you when to walk and run. Go to http://c25k.com to see some options you can download.

  • Jess July 15, 2010, 9:57 pm

    I started C25K back in the summer of 2008. I used the Ullrey(?) podcasts, was totally religious about it, made it up to week 6… but never finished!

    Despite this, I kept up with running/walking combinations of my own. Eventually I got the courage to run my first 5K in September 2009 with the support of my Spark People friends. (The whole story can be found in my SP blog.)

    I used to be the girl in high school walking the mile “run”. As an even younger kid, I did mini-triathlons, and was so winded during the running portion that I had to be taken aside by the volunteers to make sure I wasn’t going to pass out. I can’t believe I can now run long distances!

    Thanks to the push the C25K program gave me, I have now run three 5Ks (my fastest is 24:10) and one 10K (56:24). Once I’m done nursing a minor injury, I’ll be back on the open road and preparing for more 10Ks, and maybe even a half-marathon! Anything is possible now. 🙂

  • kelly July 16, 2010, 2:45 am

    I really like this idea and want to do the Couch to 5K program. I see to how many miles some people run and like jogging myself so when I go outside and get winded after a minute it’s more of a letdown then anything. It’s always nice to remember that ‘everyone starts out putting one foot in front of the next’! Thank you!

  • Marika July 16, 2010, 3:57 am

    I did the C25K way back in 2006 after a friend asked me to run a 5k with her. Before that I’d never been able to run for more than a few minutes without stopping to walk. I remember the first workout that had running in 5-min increments– by the last 5-min run part, I seriously felt like dying. Then just a few weeks later, I ran 20 minutes without stopping and returned home absolutely bursting with pride. Since then I’ve run longer races, the longest being a half marathon this past May. Bottom line, I am absolutely a C25K advocate :-).

  • Holly July 16, 2010, 9:17 am

    Like Dani, I also used C25K to become a runner. Actually… I tried using C25K a few times but until this year I couldn’t seem to stay with the program. Running is not easy for me at all but I was determined to get better at it. I wanted to be a runner because it was something I could do for ME at a time when I felt like I was getting a little lost. My husband was in law school, we had moved away from our families and our hometown and I was working a job that I was working a job I did not like to get us by.

    I started C25K early this year and I’ll admit that I jumped in at week 2 or 3. I also didn’t complete the end of the program as it is written. But some personal tailoring is okay! I ended up running my first 5K in May to benefit the humane society. I finished in 33:53, which I was elated about because the fastest I had run 3.1 miles prior to the race was 37 minutes. I’ll take a 3+ min. improvement! My husband was there to cheer me on and took pictures of me and the friend I was running with before during and after the race.

    I took June off from runner (okay, I did some interval runs here and there) to do 30 Day Shred (which I did EVERY DAY of June… some days at 5 a.m…. I was glad when that was over…).

    I am getting back to running now and have decided that I am going to attempt to train for a 10K. I am planning on loosely following Hal Higdon’s novice training program.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 16, 2010, 1:49 pm

    I hated running my entire life. I only ran if I was being chased by a dog or something. But I really needed a kick in the pants with my workouts when my weight loss stalled just walking. The trainer at my seminary suggested the C25K plan and I was super skeptical. But I tried it out. The first day I sucked wind so bad. I wanted to quit but I though ahead enough to bring my track star friend with me for encouragement. And I kept at it. I ran all summer around the neighborhood where I was staying for my internship because I am not a quitter. And I couldn’t quit because I had already signed up for a race my first weekend back to seminary and enlisted friends to run with me. That really pushed me to keep doing it even during the heat waves (I just ran at 9 at night with lots of water).

    The day of the race I was super nervous because I wanted to run the entire thing. My friends who were running showed up and so did my fiance and some other friends to cheer us on. I ran the entire thing without stopping and even beat one of my friends because she is a sprinter and had to take some breaks. It was so fun and actually encouraged Hunni (my fiance then) to start running and sign up for a race with me and some other friends. And now I’m addicted to it. C25K success!

  • Mel P February 28, 2012, 9:10 pm

    You are all so inspirational. I have just started C25K. Never really thought it would happen as I was born with a hip problem and have not been able to run most of my life.
    I started off walking 30 min a day and have just completed w1 of the program.
    I thought i was going to die on the first day but was surprised that by day 3 I have actually nailed week 1. Fingers crossed I get through the program and will start doing fun runs.

  • Jordy April 12, 2012, 5:53 pm

    I started doing the C25K program because a certain youtube star managed to run a marathon and lose 100 pounds in under a year! I was so inspired that I wanted to try it too. I’m now going onto week 5 and I’m so happy with the program and I can’t wait for the 10 and 15 minute runs. In highschool, we’d have to do a 12 minute run that I could NEVER do. I’d walk most of it. So I’m excited to finally say I could do it!:) And of course, do my first 5k!

Previous post:

Next post:

Healthy Tipping Point