Sunday, 19 June 2016

Fitness: C25K Running App


I've touched upon fitness before on this blog and if you read my Fit February series you may remember that I attempted (and miserably failed) my running week (post here). My attitude to health and fitness has really changed this year  and I'm focusing on eating and exercising to keep fit and healthy rather than to lose weight as I've tried in the past, which just made me miserable. 

Since the weather has got a bit (emphasis on the word bit) nicer I've been wanting to exercise outside rather than do my YouTube workouts indoors. On a whim one evening in April I downloaded the C25K app (the free one with the orange logo) and vowed to start the very next day. 

The aim of the app is to get you running 5k in 8 weeks and it is aimed at people who haven't run before and who aren't particularly fit. It starts off by building your stamina using interval training to ease you into running, with each week challenging you to run a little further before taking a break. You're supposed to go three times a week, which really is doable! The app is so easy to use as it tells you when to stop and start, plus you can still listen to music on your phone at the same time! Also, if you feel out of your depth you can repeat days until you complete them. The only bad point about the app is that it doesn't have GPS and works solely with time so once I started the longer runs I used Map My Run at the same time to track how far I was actually running.


Week 1 | 5 minute warm-up walk, 60 seconds of jogging followed by 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. As someone who was already exercising I found the first week fairly doable, as you get such big breaks in between running. I would imagine this could be challenging if you haven't run before, but definitely still doable!

Week 2 | 5 minute warm-up walk, 90 seconds of jogging followed by 2 minutes of walking for 20 minutes. Again, I found this week fairly easy because even though you increase the amount of time you're running for you also increase your rest time. I wouldn't say it was any more difficult than the first week, just different!

Week 3 | 5 minute warm-up walk, 90 second jog, 90 second walk, 3 minute jog, 3 minute walk then repeat. When I saw this pop up on the app I thought it was a huge jump up to 3 minutes, but you get a three minute walk afterwards which was nice! It was a bit of a challenge, but I found the run actually went faster when I was running for longer chunks of time!

Week 4 | 5 minute warm-up walk, 3 minute jog, 90 second walk, 5 minute jog, 2.5 minute walk, repeat. I was definitely ready to stop after 5 minutes, but again I found that running for longer chunks of time made the whole run feel shorter and by the end of it I felt like I could probably do more. Also at the very end of week 4 a nice little message popped up congratulating me for getting halfway through! 

Week 5 | This week is different every day, building up to the end of the week when there's the first big run of 20 minutes without stopping! It does seem like a big jump (and feels like one!) when earlier in the week the longest you've run for at a time is 8 minutes! I could have easily stopped after 10 minutes, but I kept going and even though I was so tired and red faced it felt like such an achievement!

Week 6 | The first 2 sessions of week 6 take you back to interval training, which felt quite easy after doing the big run and was quite nice to go back to. The third day is another long run at 22 minutes without stopping. This was a challenge, but I completed it again and at this point was feeling so good about myself!

Week 7 | Week 7 is pretty brutal I'm not gonna lie! It consists of 3 25 minute runs with no walking and I didn't find it got any easier as the week went on! I did keep track of my pace though using Map My Run and managed to improve my pace slightly each day so maybe that's why it didn't get easier! 

Week 8 | This week again consists of three long runs, 2 at 28 minutes and then one at 30 which is supposed to be your 5k. I actually did slightly over 5k on my final run, but found it a massive struggle! I was so tired and definitely could have stopped halfway through (and would have if I hadn't  wanted to complete it so bad!). 


I'm so chuffed that I achieved my 5k - it's the furthest I've ever run without stopping and I'm determined to carry on running and keep my fitness up. I would definitely recommend this app as it really does work! For me I think it worked psychologically rather than physically - I think fitness wise I probably could have run 5k before doing this, but I never would because I didn't think I would be able to, plus I would have stopped as soon as I got tired, whereas the app kept me going!

Since finishing it I've been going running twice a week and I have to admit I haven't actually achieved 5k again and am tending to run between 3 and 4k. I'm aiming to get my pace up and hopefully eventually 5k will feel comfortable enough for me to start training for 10k! 

Do you run? Have you tried this app? Would you?

Amy x
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  1. Well done on running 5k, that's great! I go running about 3 or 4 times a week and I usually run for about 45 minutes, although I sometimes do 30, especially when I have little time. I recently did 60 minutes which made me really proud. I'm sure you'll run 10k soon, it gets easier the more you train and when you get into a routine, 20 minutes suddenly don't make a huge difference any more. ;) The app sounds really good, too, I have never tried an app like this but I bet it's really motivating. xx

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    1. Thank you! Wow sounds like you're really good! I have heard it gets easier as you go on so I'm looking forward to that! Xx

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  2. Wow you really did it! I think while running i would be stopping by at restaurants hahaha. Congratulations!

    Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you! Haha luckily I ran round the park where there's no temptation! Xx

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  3. Haven't tried the app but it sounds great! I need something like this for motivation. Gemma x
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    1. It's so good for motivation, I don't think I'd have done it without the app! Xx

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  4. This sounds like a great app! Yay for trying to get fit in the summer. It's one of my goals as well x

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    1. Ah good luck with it :) would definitely recommend the app! Xx

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  5. Sounds like a good way to motivate yourself! I'm not into running but I still sounds like a good app ☺
    Nati xx
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    1. So good for motivation, I wasn't that into running before this! Xx

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  6. Well done, Amy! Couldn't be more chuffed for you, girl! The app sounds amazing, sometimes I need to try and do (finally!). I find it so difficult to start running again after taking a long break. But you gotta start somewhere. Definitely interested in this app so thanks for recommending it.
    xox Nadia
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    1. Thank you so much Nadia! It is definitely hard to get into it but the app was so helpful! Xx

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  7. Congrats on running 5k, that's so awesome, I don't think I'll ever manage to discipline myself enough to do even half of it. The funny thing is I love running so much but I'm so incredibly lazy when it comes to any kind of fitness and workout that I simply fail miserably at it every single time. But I'm cheering for you! :)

    xx, Matea
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    1. Thank you! I do find motivation difficult but I also hate failing so the fact I felt like I had to do it three times a week or I'd fail the app made me motivated haha xx

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  8. Well done! It's so fun when you get the running bug! You'll be at 10k in no time at all, I progressed really quickly with my running.

    Corinne x
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    1. Thanks! You're so good with your fitness! I have heard that once you've got 5k it's easy to get to 10 so fingers crossed! Xx

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  9. Haven't tried the app but it sounds great! Well done and congrats! I need to be as motivated as you! x

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    1. Thank you! It is a really good app for motivation! xx

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