Why I Quit Couch to 5K, but Kind of Really Didn’t…

by SimplySharpe on July 17, 2013

Hi, I’m Marisa and I’m a C25K quitter, kind of.

SAY WHAAAAAT?!  It’s only a nine week program. Who can’t do something so simple for nine weeks?

Me, the person who finds running on a treadmill for 34 minutes straight more boring than a History Channel marathon about the GOP.

To be honest, I can totally do it, I just don’t want to. I realized pretty quickly into the program that I did not sign up with the intention of running a 5k. Almost defeats the purpose of the program, right? Wrong. The purpose of the program for me was to get moving.

I signed up because I needed to get off the couch–which I did–and I needed something that would change my lazy lady ways into a gym going Goddess, which I also did. I now hit the gym five days a week, with at least two days of C25K, in addition to cardio kickboxing classes and weight training. Oh, you thought I quit? Not me!

I just decided to do it my way. Cue Sinatra…compete with yourself-simplysharpe

I absolutely love the interval training in the C25K program. I just got bored when I hit the end of week six and saw that week seven-week nine is all running. Dullsville. I was pumped when I completed the first full running day with no intervals, but after you prove to yourself you can do something, what is the point of proving it over and over? I’m in this for me. I can totally run now. I just don’t love doing it on a treadmill. Maybe when it’s cooler out, I will try this again and go for a 5K? Maybe not.

Who knows? All I know is I’ve lost my first 10lbs in eight weeks. That’s pretty awesome!

I would say not all of the weight is a result of the program. In fact, I doubt most of the weight I lost was because of C25K? I read a ton of posts on Spark People and My Fitness Pal about the program, and only a few people lose weight doing it. I am consistently losing weight because I committed to cleaning up my diet, I track everything I eat, make better choices, and workout more than three days a week.

I still recommend the C25K program to anyone getting started back into a fitness routine or someone who actually wants to run a 5K. I believe it helps condition you for running. I am still running, and I’ve been able to increase my speed each time I repeat the same week’s workout. HOLLA! I love that I am getting faster and better at running, even if I don’t love just plain, boring running. If I find an app that helps me just do running/walking intervals with the prompts, I would be one happy human. Anyone know of one???

What are some of your fitness success stories? Or failures? Anyone else customize the C25K to fit their needs? As always, I would love to hear from you!



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The DJ August 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

I’m still looking for an app that will actually go to the gym and do the workout for me.. 🙂

JTB November 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Hello there —

So I stumbled upon your blog when I googled “c25k recurrent pregnancy loss”. I bet you never thought you’d be found with *that* search! 🙂 I only read a few of your posts (c25k week 5, 10/15, mother’s day (boo!), and c25k quitter). I’m also an aspiring mother. My husband and I married in August of 2009. Since then, we’ve had 7 losses. 🙁 Mother’s Day sucks. We don’t go to church on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day because it hurts too badly. We typically don’t leave the house on those days actually. We found a new obgyn who seems to be willing to actually help us! We had all of the RPL bloodwork after loss 3 but we only received a quasi- diagnosis of borderline blood clotting issue. We considered IVF after 3 losses and had a 4th while considering it. We started the process but ran into some road blocks with the dr and insurance. The RE basically said ‘i will only help you with donor eggs’. *blink* we had insurance at the time to cover IVF but not for donor eggs. Then came losses 5 and 6. I read a book called “Coming to Term” by Jon Cohen before losses 5 and 6. We also had an insurance and jog change about that time as well. Then we moved to a different state, started new jobs with different insurance (no infertility coverage), new obgyn, less financial burden, and had loss number 7.

The new obgyn gave me a PCOS diagnosis and prescribed clomid and metformin to boost egg quality and help me carry to term. 7 weeks ago I started c25k as a couch warmer. I’m about to start week 8 and did sign up for a 5k at the end of week 8. I also downloaded the next program of couch to 10k. the first 8 weeks are c25k! Anyway, at week 9, it’s back to intervals 10min/1min repeated 4 times, 15min/1min, 17 min/1min, etc until it builds up for the 10k. i was also very astounded when I learned about 20 full minutes on week 5, day 3! My husband (also a couch warmer) went with me that day to make sure he was there in case I didn’t make it! haha.. what a great support!

Congrats on announcing your 20 week news!! I just found that as I accessed your blog from feedly to add it to my reader. Do you mind sharing if you continued your exercise regiment as you carried this far? I don’t believe I can do anything that would cause a miscarriage but my body already doesn’t like to carry to term so I don’t want to give it yet another reason to fail me. I really have enjoyed the challenge of c25k. We live in the country so I jog outside and enjoy the peacefulness of everything around me while I am out there. Most recently though I’ve needed to bundle up! I don’t think I could do this on a treadmill either. My choice of machine at the gym prior to moving was the elliptical. 🙂 I could be on that for 40 minutes without a problem. 40 minutes of jogging… woah! it’s a whole other story!

Anyway, thanks for writing your blog!


JTB November 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm

well shoot. i didn’t realize i was leaving that all as a comment. feel free to delete it as I don’t see how I can. I was just hoping to send a message to you!

SimplySharpe November 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Ha, I never thought about that combination of words leading to me! I am so sorry to read about your losses. 🙁 I’m glad you found a doc that diagnosed the PCOS. It’s a whole different ball game getting/staying pregnant if you have it. My Mom does, and she had three children, but three losses first. There’s hope!

Are you pregnant now? Hoping I read that part right! I tried to keep up with the running intervals, but was exhaustion central in the first trimester. By the time the energy started to come back in the second, I got nervous about running. Realistically, I know that is not going to harm the baby, but my mind is a complicated machine and I stopped the running intervals. I still go to the gym and use the treadmill–it’s better than you think. My biggest problem keeping consistent has been the smells. It’s like some people bathe in B.O. instead of body wash or soap. GAG!

The one thing my docs keep telling me is to keep exercising. I’ve scaled down, but not stopped. Hope this helps! 🙂

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