Aug. 28

5K Runner

Category > Fitness

I’ve never been a runner, but always wished I could be because running is such amazing cardio. It’s strange; I could sit on an elliptical with the resistance at 100% and incline 100% for an hour before I would have been able to run for 30 min straight.

I recently encountered a sudden enthusiasm to get over that mindset that “I could never be a runner”. Sometimes you need a bit of a push or coach, so I downloaded an app called ‘5K Runner’, by ‘Heavy Duty Apps that has proven to be uber impressive!  I understand there are a ton of varieties out there and I am sure that they all train you in the same way, but I’m just reviewing the one I had personally downloaded. Find it HERE

The principal is simple; it starts you off with a 5 min warm up and then takes you through a sequence of walk/run reps, always ending with a 5 min cool down and stretch. Over the course of 8 weeks the walk/run reps slowly decrease the walk time and increase the run time. You don’t even realize that it’s really happening.  The only condition is that you STICK WITH IT! Like everything in life, it won’t come easy and you just need to commit yourself. It suggests that you do 1 set every other day. When I started, I wanted it so bad that I was doing 2 back to back every day, but lost 4 – 5 lbs within a week. I didn’t want to start eating more so I just cut back following the suggested frequency of 1 every other day (case and point that running really IS amazing cardio).

Another great feature is that you can listen to your music at the same time and when it shifts you into the next run/walk set, there is a bell that tells you what to do so you never really have to keep looking down at your phone.

Before I go, the one last thing I want to leave you with is the importance of good shoes. I have a fair share of super cute bright and colourful shoes that I train in, and they’re fine for that, but you should really invest in a pair that are good for cardio and running. I am addicted to Asics because they perfectly adhere to my high arch and my knees never hurt in them.

Alas, I still wouldn’t classify myself as a runner, but I am one step closer! Have you ever tried this type of program? Did it work for you?

xxxo

29 comments
Sam
Sam

Did the app make you upgrade after a few workouts?

beatrixlombrix
beatrixlombrix

Thanks for the recommendation.  I'm downloading the app right now... I started running in Jan and can run about 6.5 miles in an hr 15 min... However, I don't really think I have lost much weight :( I think my legs look very muscular and firm, but my goal was to loose some weight.  My hubby's coworker has recommended a belt and watch to monitor my heart rate so that stay within my "weight loss" and don't increase to a heavy cardio/resistance workout.  Do you have any suggestions for me? BTW congrats on your great figure.  You look great! 

 

Bea

VeronikaJavorRomeis
VeronikaJavorRomeis

I have always hated running but I like the idea of building up to it. My trainer gave me some treadmill HIIT workouts that I plan to try :) maybe i will try this app!

Katy
Katy

Hi Maja! I found your blog through Veronika and I love it! I adore your physic and would like to pick your brain if you don't mind? I'm a nutritionist, physically active (barre 4-5 x's per week and HIIT cardio 2x's per week) but struggle with a bit of belly fat. I eat a mostly vegan diet, with the exception of some fish, take probiotics, get plenty of sleep and drink tons of water. My daily diet consists of mostly a brown rice protein drink with almond milk, fruit, TONS of veggies, hummus, nuts and seeds, quinoa, and green smoothies on certain days. I can help all of my clients but can't seem to help myself! Any advice (diet, strength training, particular exercises) you could offer me would be SO VERY appreciated! I am about your age, height, and weight with no medical problems :) Thank you!! Xoxo Katy

annmarie6
annmarie6

Also, do you have any suggestions on a good eating clean book?

annmarie6
annmarie6

I don't have an iphone so I couldn't DL that exact app but I found one similar and I'm about to do day 1!  Thanks for the motivation.  I love your blog, starting reading after your motivational monday on Veronika's!

Nicole
Nicole

I love C25K!  I never considered myself a runner, but after I graduated college I needed to shed a few pounds so I started running.  I was running 20-25 miles a week and felt great!  Then I went to graduate school, got married, and just had a baby in March... and totally fell off the bandwagon!  I started C25K this summer and am running in my first 5K this Saturday! 

 

Love your blog by the way, especially the layout! I also found it through Veronika.

Carina K
Carina K

I found your blog through Veronika's and really enjoy the health and exercise tips you're offering . I'm a transplant Canuck to NYC and your posts are quite motivating as I'm trying to get back to working out (a 3yr old and dissertation to write complicates things), and would like to include running as part of my routine. Anyway, I saw your tweet to Ivanka and would recommend: Stanton Social on the Lower East Side, Tao in Midtown, and the Gansevoort Hotel Rooftop bar....

Carina K
Carina K

Hi M! Found your blog through Veronika's. Your blog is so motivational, particularly to someone like me - who like V is a Canuck transplant to the U.S. - with a 3 yr old, and a dissertation to finish! I'm getting back into working out (mostly barre based workouts), and would like to include running into a physical routine. Keep up the posts and tips. Oh, btw - i saw your tweet to ivanka -- Ive been living here in NYC for many years now - check out Stanton Social on the Lowe East Side, Tao in Midtown, and the rooftop bar on top of the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking district (I forget the name of it right now)....enjoy NYC!

julianabruno
julianabruno

Hi Maya,  I just came across your blog through Veronica's blog, and I am loving it. I love the fact you are covering everything ( beauty, health, fitness ) After having a very busy and stressful year at work last year, I am committed to dedicate this year for myself and my family. I just started the same running program and I am addicted to it. The more you do it the more energy you get. 

Thanks for sharing your tips and for inspiring us. Quick question: Are you from Houston, tx like Veronica?

Janice
Janice

I just started reading your blog through Veronika. Sounds like a great app! I'll definitely be looking into it. I'm finally getting back into the gym after having stopped for 6 months. Running is hard to start again once you've stopped! Out of curiosity, do you work out in the early morning before work or after work? I am thinking about working out in the mornings before work which will be super early, 5 am, instead of after work because I have no energy and am so tired. Do you think the work out in the morning will be as effective?

Amy
Amy

My husband is currently doing this app and likes it. He's always hated running, but he wants to do the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure with me at the end of September so he's working his way up and doing awesome! Running is fantastic cardio. I started about five years ago (after a looooong hiatus...like, since high school track) and started off doing walk/run intervals and now I run about four times a week - definitely addicted. Good luck with your program! 

Suz V
Suz V

I just started running a few months ago.  I didn't use any type of program, but I did the same sort of thing.  I just tried to run a little farther every week.  I ran my first 5k over the weekend. It's definitely hard!

JayneBecca
JayneBecca

I am a runner & regularly run 5k -- I even managed to run a half marathon this year! a huge achievement for me :) This app looks like it has the right idea, start slow and build it up! The key is just to try & run a little further or longer each time! x

Traci
Traci

I did the C25K app & I LOVED it! I've never ever been a runner & I run 2-3 times a week now. It's amazing how the program seems like it knows your body!! BTW, I found your blog from Veronika.


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