I've been aware of the c25k program for a couple of months now and after seeing my friend begin the program and complete it successfully and my husband working the program, I, being the competitive person that I am and having a desire to work on my fitness. thought I'd give it a go.
Two problems have plagued me over the past month. First, I'm not very disciplined, so I'd start and stop week 1 repeatedly due to fatigue, shin splints, etc. I haven't yet made it all the way through one week of consistent cardio. Second, since I don't have a stopwatch, my timing of the 60/90 sec intervals has been off. I was using my strides (every time my left foot hit the ground) to count the seconds. Of course this leads to very uneven times as during the running sections the foot hits the ground in shorter intervals than during walking. This means my "60 seconds" of running moved much quicker than the first 60 seconds of my "90 seconds" of walking.
To fix the timing problem, I downloaded Robert Ullrey's mp3 podcasts that provide a great beat and tell you when to walk and when to run. You can find them here: http://www.ullreys.com/robert/Podcasts/page6/page6.html.
To fix the discipline problem i am committed to sticking with the program and to not get discouraged even if i have to repeat days until i can master them. I'm also sticking with my weight training which will strengthen my muscles and help prevent shin splints.
As for results now that I am starting over: with W1D1 I was able to make it through 5 of the 8 segments before I had to stop and walk due to cardio fatigue (at least it wasn't my shins burning this time). Could be bc it is 95 degrees out side, but also maybe bc I am just that unfit.
As for stats, right now i am 34, 219, 5'6" with a 39 inch waist. Size 16/18 depending on the brand.