10 Life Changing Stories and The App That Made it All Happen
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"I started C25K for the first time three years ago. It instilled in me a love of running. I was able to drop 90 pounds and run 14 5Ks and three half marathons. I would have never imagined myself loving to run, but the program gave me such a feeling of accomplishment that I just kept going. I'm planning the training for my fourth half and first full marathon coming up next year!"
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"I completed the C25K in 2012—this program taught me how to train for a run and gave me the confidence that I needed to reach my next goal. I completed a half marathon in 2013 and am planning to go for a whole marathon soon. I never even thought I'd be able to run until I tried C25K!"
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"Whew, how hasn't C25K changed me? I did the program three years ago (finished it on July 10, 2011), and haven't stopped since. In that time, I've lost over 100 pounds. I have run many 5K and 10K races, several half marathons, four marathons, and as of last Saturday, I ran an ultra marathon!"
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"When I started C25K almost five years ago I thought I'd die the first time I ran for five minutes straight! Now I will be running my tenth half marathon in a week and my third marathon in September. Not only has running helped me maintain a 30-pound weight loss, but it has become something that brings me so much joy. Running is how I relax and decompress. Running keeps me sane."
Connie Ross Ciampanelli
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"It changed my life. I began at age 59, planning on running a "one-and-done" 5K to celebrate the big birthday that was looming. Two years later, I am still running, reaching 10K twice and seven miles. I completed a book about the journey and it will be coming out in a few weeks. I am healthier than I have ever been and exercise with joy for the first time in my life. I have made countless new friends, locally, all over the country and all over the world. I will leap into official senior citizenship next fall ready to take it on. And I will still be running."
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"I started making attempts at C25K last July. At that time, I couldn't even run 60 seconds. I committed to it again in March and did much better. I finished the program last week, shortly after running my first 5K and being 25 pounds lighter (and counting). My life has changed so much. I exercise now six days a week, sleep amazingly, and have no doubt I can keep losing."
Amanda Hickman Tipton
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"I started C25K four years ago for the second time. I've lost weight, feel fantastic, and have run nine half marathons, three marathons, and one ultra marathon."
Kelly Logullo Pettyjohn
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"My ex-husband and I started C25K in July 2012. Neither one of us could make it around a quarter-mile track. We ran our first 5K together November 2012 and have been losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle ever since. I stuck to my New Year's resolution of completing 13 5Ks in 2013, finishing off the year with a 5-miler. The experience was so bonding for us that my ex-husband and I ended up re-marrying May 2013. We just celebrated our one-year anniversary by finishing our first half marathon together this past Saturday! Thank you!!"
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"C25K was my very first running program I began almost two years ago. It literally moved me from the couch to monthly 5Ks and I have begun training for 10Ks now. Ran my farthest ever back in January at the Run Disney Princess 10K and I have a 10K slotted for September that i'm eager to run from start to finish."
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"I started C25K three years ago when I saw a post about it on Facebook. My gym had become a struggle—I loved going, but my son hated the overcrowded daycare. I decided to suspend my membership and give C25K a try.
The gradual steps to increase time and distance worked amazingly for me. I remember dreading that first 20-minute run and was so excited when I finished it! The best part was how proud my whole family was when I ran my first 5K race later that year.
This year, I finished the 5K-to-10K program, then worked my way through a half-marathon program. I am running my first "official" 10K in three days and half-marathon in 2 weeks. One of the best parts of these training programs was when I had a 20-minute run scheduled. As I left the house, I told my husband "I'll be back soon! It's an easy day-just a short 20-minute run!" I spent my entire run reflecting on that statement. I had just referred to that previously dreaded 20-minute run as both easy and short! I've definitely come a long way! Thanks C25K!"