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TOPIC: C25K: Stick to Every Other Day or Do it Everyday?

 
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April 22, 2013 6:23 AM
I have been doing the C25K program on Monday/Wednesday/Friday's and doing Jillian Micheal's 30 Day Shred on Tuesday/Thursday.

I do not enjoy the Jillian Michaels dvd very much...I thought if i spread it out to only two times a week I would like it better but I'm just not! I honestly LOVE doing the C25K...and so I'm thinking about upping it to just no more JM for right now & 4-5 days a week doing the C25K. (im surprised that I'm liking running so much - I used to HATE it with a passion)

If I do this - I still plan on doing only that week for the week (so like this week I'd do the W4 work out all week & not progress to W5 early).

Is this bad? I don't feel hurt or bad the day after so I feel like my body could handle doing more running, but since the program says do it every other day I just wasn't sure....

Your Thoughts?
April 22, 2013 6:41 AM
You really need the rest days as you are building a solid running base. You risk injury by running on consecutive days. Once you get past C25K the longer distance training programs usually have 4-5 days of running per week but on consecutive days it's usually a shorter easier run on one day followed by a long run (but not at race tempo). I would recommend finding a strength training program you enjoy on the non-running days. The strength training will be very beneficial to your running.
April 22, 2013 6:52 AM
Every other day.

One poster on here previously related "Your rest days are as important as your running days..." and I find that true.

The C25K program is designed to incrementally get you ready to run, as you're building cardiovascular, muscle, tendon, and mental capability needed for safe and healthy running for a long time to come.

It's not a race, it's a journey. Enjoy it. If you're wicked sore (like I am today), don't be afraid to take a day and shift the schedule a bit. My legs are killing me due to some non-running related shennanagins yesterday so I plan on doing a walk today instead to work out some of the soreness and run tomorrow.

I'm on week 4 now and loving the program. It's good stuff. :)
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April 22, 2013 7:00 AM
I would stick to c25k as it is written, just do three days a week.

If you're bored with 30DS, pick up a new DVD, check your local library - great way to try out new workouts before buying. Or if you have a smart phone, download the Nike Training Club app - it's free and full of awesome workouts. I started using it over a year ago after becoming bored with my DVDs, and I haven't gotten bored yet!

http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/womens-training/apps/nike-training-club
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April 22, 2013 7:21 AM
If you don't like 30DS, don't do it. But, I wouldn't run every day. I currently run 3 days a week. I lift free weights 3 days a week. On running days I also squeeze in a core workout, and on lifting days I'll get in some HIIT or a short kickboxing workout and/or some Pilates. I also try to get in some stretching/yoga.
April 22, 2013 7:30 AM
Thanks everyone!

I guess when I've completed the program I can do more running - I'm just finding that any in home workout video (ive tried others before) I just don't like...or haven't found the right one yet lol

I'm not planning on joining a gym cause I just don't want to rely on that - I want to find things I can do on my own that I can workout anywhere I am and not use the gym as a crutch for exercise.

Anybody have any good at home strength training workout routines I could try?
April 22, 2013 7:31 AM
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I would stick to c25k as it is written, just do three days a week.

If you're bored with 30DS, pick up a new DVD, check your local library - great way to try out new workouts before buying. Or if you have a smart phone, download the Nike Training Club app - it's free and full of awesome workouts. I started using it over a year ago after becoming bored with my DVDs, and I haven't gotten bored yet!

http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/womens-training/apps/nike-training-club


Thanks for the suggestion! I'm sure I could look into it happy

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