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Is it supposed to get easier?
blaisepascal
One of the things I hear about C25k is "it gets easier". I'm not sure I believe that.

OK, let me be clear: I know, as I go through the program, that (assuming all goes well) it will be easier for me to run longer distances and for longer times. Right now, I'm running a minute at a time, 8 times over a half-hour. I'm winded and exhausted at the end. In 9 weeks, it'll be a breeze to run a minute at a time, 8 times over a half-hour. In that sense, it gets easier.

In 9 weeks, I won't be running for a minute, then resting (repeat 8 times). I'll be running continuously for 25 minutes. Right now, that's impossible, then it should be possible. So in that sense, it gets easier as well.

But I expect that, in 9 weeks, running for 25 minutes continuously will leave me as winded, exhausted, and achy as the week-one runs are leaving me now. In that sense, I'm not sure it does get easier. I'll be better at it, but I'm doing harder stuff, so the ease of increased skill is compensated by the increased difficulty.

I don't know if a good training system is ever supposed to get easier.

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I thought "of course it gets easier, that's the point." :P

I don't know if a good training system is ever supposed to get easier.

Well.... obviously. If it were a breeze there would be no real workout. At least not a quality one.


It does get easier in a sense. By day 3 of my week I'm usually feeling pretty good about my runs and ready / looking forward to moving onto the next week. Obviously then the next week will kick my ass for a day or so until my endurance catches back up again and so on and so forth.

What gets "easier" about it is the impossible feeling. On week 1 I was literally thinking, "Oh god. Kill me now. I can't run uphill for a full minute, why isn't this the downhill portion of my block? This is impossible."

This week my thought process is closer to, "Uphill isn't TOO bad, downhill will be awesome. And then the uphill again will be totally doable because I know I'm almost done with the set." Because now I'm going around the block 1.5ish times in 6 minutes instead of .33 times in 1.5 minutes.

Re: I thought "of course it gets easier, that's the point." :P

If I stop trying to push things harder, it'll get easier.

Let's say that after Week 9 I do the Week 9 program indefinitely, running 25min 3 days a week. After a while, it'll be a breeze, but that doesn't mean it isn't a real workout. It will certainly be better for my cardiovascular/endocrinic health than going "Woo! I did a 5k race! I'm done! Back to the couch!"


Re: I thought "of course it gets easier, that's the point." :P

Yes. Which was my point in saying that it get's easier to a point.

It's a workout, of course, but so is walking up the stairs. If you get into a routine and run 3 miles 3 times a week until it becomes easy, then you are getting exercise and burning calories. But not as much as you might think. Your body gets used to it and doesn't have to work as hard to do the same action as before. That's why the more successful workout programs involve changing up what you're doing every few weeks or altering the intensity regularly.

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