common question: why do people drop out during C25K?
On a forum I
contribute to, someone asked:
" I'm interested to know if those who have
started this previously and got to week 3 or 4 had to stop because
of injury or it got too hard or life just got in the way?"
I have also seen this sort of question in other
C25K forums. Here was my reply on the forum in question:
Guys I'm sorry but I'm going to tell it how I see
it. The truth is only a small percentage of people finish C25K,
and an even a smaller percentage keep running for any length of
time afterwards. Some of you have joined our runners group which
is terrific, and I urge anyone that hasn't to do so. The thing
though is that there are only around ten regulars there who have
finished C25K, and are still running long term.
But in that little group there are some incredible
success stories. How about Staypuff who has lost 40kg in the last
year since starting C25K, has finished a half marathon, and is
now training for a 55km race? Graham has lost around 30kg, and
has beaten type 2 diabetes. I've lost nearly 25kg, given up the
cigarettes and am in training for my second marathon.
I'm sure if you ask any one of us, we would tell
you we had exactly the same nervousness and fears when we were
doing C25K that you are experiencing now.
Running 5k seemed like such an unachievable goal
to me just over 12 months ago, now I go for training runs somewhere
between 15km and 30km in distance every Sunday, plus another 3
or so 10k runs during the week.
I'm not trying to pat myself on the back here...what
I'm trying to say is that if you stick with it, the rewards can
be enormous, any one of you can achieve whatever you want out
of this...you can turn your life around, in fact you may even
save your life.
The fact of the matter is though that if history
repeats itself, most of you will drop out somewhere around week
4 or 5.
I have read so many times people saying they had
just achieved their 20 minute run, and that they are so proud,
only to disappear a week or so later. I think they lose motivation.
Somewhwere along the line an extra hour's sleep in the morning
suddenly becomes more important...they miss a few days, and before
they know it they decide they've missed too much to keep going.
I listen to a Podcast called Fitness Rocks by Dr
Dr Monte said in a podcast I listened to the other day that he
sees weight loss being a by-product of fitness. In other words,
exercise, get fit, and the weight loss takes care of itself. Research
has shown that one of the things found in just about all people
who have lost weight and maintained long term, is that they exercise
I think you all have the oppportunity right now
to make an incredible difference to the rest of your life. I know
running, getting fit, and losing weight has changed my life like
I can't describe...it is just so much better now.
As you can see it frustrates the hell out of me
when i see people choosing to stop this journey. Commit to at
least the 9 weeks of C25K...it isn't that long, and if nothing
else, you will have the satisfaction of having run 5km. But hopefully
it will have inspired you to keep running, because you have grown
to love the feeling of it, and what it does to your body.