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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 4th Sep 16, 7:27 PM
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    Couch to 5K support thread.
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    • 4th Sep 16, 7:27 PM
    Couch to 5K support thread. 4th Sep 16 at 7:27 PM
    I have looked for a similar thread, but they are all over 1 year old, and dead. So i thought I'd start a new one!


    I am on a mission to get healthier and fitter.
    In 2010 i gave up smoking, and in Feb 2016 i gave up drinking alcohol. I feel like fitness is my last 'thing'.
    I hate exercise, and am incredibly unfit. I could do with losing 10lbs too.

    I am about to start the Couch to 5K programme, does anyone else want to join me? Or has anyone else just started/completed/have experience of doing this?
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    • Fletchasketch
    • By Fletchasketch 9th Oct 16, 4:15 PM
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    Well done, Claire! It's wonderful when you get to the 25 min walk. Have had a we off due to a hectic scheduke, but goingot start week 7 again this evening. Feeling freshly inspired after watching some colleagues run the royal parks half- who knows, might even be ready for it by next year!
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    • clairec79
    • By clairec79 9th Oct 16, 8:43 PM
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    You're doing better than me, I really struggle to stop my brain winning sometimes, when I really want to push I end up in a jog rather than speeding up!
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    If your brain is telling you to stop then a jog is still beating it
    • sweetilemon
    • By sweetilemon 9th Oct 16, 11:49 PM
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    I managed 25 minutes this morning - only 3.5km in that time though so not convinced I'll be at 5k in a fortnight or so time

    It does make me realise how far I've come in the 7 weeks though, I wasn't completely unfit to start, but I didn't run. I'm still not enjoying the running but 10-15minutes is now absolutely fine, doesn't bother or frighten me at all - whereas the jump to 8 minutes was huge and scary at the time (and I didn't like the 5 minutes if I'm honest)
    Originally posted by clairec79
    I'm the same, on week 8 but still only hitting 3.5k. I've not been posting as much because I really still don't feel like a 'runner' but still trying to pick up stamina and pace. I will try a treadmill run tomorrow, I started a circuit training class on Friday and my muscles ache all over haha!
    • Wild_Rover
    • By Wild_Rover 10th Oct 16, 12:31 AM
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    I would just like to point out to Sweetilemon and Clairec79 that, to folk like me who have just started week 3, those who talk of running 3.5km are like gods!



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    I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence. D McLeod
    Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own? RG. Ingersol
    I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously. D Adams
    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 10th Oct 16, 10:49 AM
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    well done to everyone. I have to stay that your efforts do you proud and the results do stay with you. I did C2k 5 years ago after being talked into a Race4Life. It was a 6 week plan back then. I did my 5k and a couple of park runs but then life, and plantar fasciitis and then pneumonia, got in the way. 5 years on with no intervening exercise except dog walking and I decided to run again. I went out and did about 4k and then a bit more and was back at 5k (pretty slowly and very red and out of breath) after a few outings. Then I took another break for the summer. I saw an ad for a free 6 week program to improve parkrun times and signed up. My starting point was 37 mins but I did run all the way round. Now 4 weeks in I have just got under 33 mins and I automatically assume I will run the whole thing, not walk for a bit. It is an amazing feeling.
    Running is still very hard work and people do the same course in less than half my time but I am getting out there, I feel better for it and it is free!
    Last edited by MallyGirl; 11-10-2016 at 12:02 PM.
    • Elfbert
    • By Elfbert 10th Oct 16, 10:29 PM
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    Well done everyone! I'm pretty much over my chest infection so need to get back on the running! I don't know if I should dive straight back in to week 3...I think I'll try it, and if it's really bad I'll drop back to week 2 for a run or two.
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    • Wild_Rover
    • By Wild_Rover 12th Oct 16, 12:16 PM
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    Hi all.

    Just finished week 3 run 2. I must confess to being surprised - despite a meal out last night, involving pizza, I didn't find it as difficult as run 1.

    Could this actually be working



    WR
    I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence. D McLeod
    Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own? RG. Ingersol
    I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously. D Adams
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 12th Oct 16, 12:33 PM
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    Hi all.

    Just finished week 3 run 2. I must confess to being surprised - despite a meal out last night, involving pizza, I didn't find it as difficult as run 1.

    Could this actually be working



    WR
    Originally posted by Wild_Rover
    Don't knock pizza! I regularly run fuelled on pizza.

    Glad its getting easier WR.
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    • Fletchasketch
    • By Fletchasketch 12th Oct 16, 9:41 PM
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    Congrats Wild Rover! I second indesisiv's comment on the pizza. A little of what you fancy does you good! Week 7, run 3 done tonight but had one failed run in the middle so wondering if I should do one more on week 7 before pushing on to week 8? Eek!
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 13th Oct 16, 7:45 AM
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    @Fletchasketch personally I would push on with week 8. You can always repeat that week. If you are managing with it in general it makes sense to me. Besides I'm sure you will be fine with week 8.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • clairec79
    • By clairec79 13th Oct 16, 8:32 AM
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    How have I nearly caught up with Fletch?

    Personally I'd move on to week 8 - it doesn't look like a huge jump, plus the last run of week 6 is the same as the 3 runs of week 7, so you've done three 25 minute runs even if you had one not so good one
    • Fletchasketch
    • By Fletchasketch 13th Oct 16, 1:10 PM
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    Haha, Claire- it's not that hard to do! I should be on week 8, but after the bad run I wanted to get at least 2 25 minute runs in so I've done it 4 times now. Next run is due to be Sat so would be a good time to start week 8 when it's light etc.

    I know what you're saying about only being an extra 3 minutes- but 25 was still pretty tough last night! Fingers crossed it won't be too bad. Good luck to everyone running this week
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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 13th Oct 16, 8:41 PM
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    Hi guys

    I've had to take this week off, due to medical reasons. Nothing too serious, but some blood results relating to some ongoing health problems came back abnormal and i was advised not to exercise until i see the GP tomorrow.

    So hopefully I'll be back to it next week. I wish i were further along in the C25K plan, but like i always say, it's not a race!

    Well done to everyone who is doing so well! I am seriously impressed with you all!
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    • clairec79
    • By clairec79 13th Oct 16, 8:47 PM
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    Hope you get good news tomorrow

    I completed week 7 today - I may try and step up to more or less finish before I go away - if I do every other day it'll only leave one day of the programme left before we go to France. But then I am so tired tonight I may feel differently on Saturday
    • Wild_Rover
    • By Wild_Rover 14th Oct 16, 4:27 PM
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    Week 3 run 3 completed this lunchtime. Oddly, I found it much harder than I expected! I woke up at the usual time, not too much to eat, plenty of water, but I found that my calf muscles were really tired, but I kept going so I suppose that's something.

    Now faced with a bit of a dilemma. We are away for a week, and I am unlikely to be able to programme in the runs for week 4. In fact, I know I wont be able to - away from home, B&Bs, clothes washing availability, etc ...... it would be a lot of hassle to overcome these, added to the fact I'll be really quite busy.

    I suppose the best thing to do will be to "accept" the more or less enforced week break, then repeat week 3 before moving on.

    Any other views on how best to proceed?

    WR
    I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence. D McLeod
    Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own? RG. Ingersol
    I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously. D Adams
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 14th Oct 16, 4:42 PM
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    Any other views on how best to proceed?

    WR
    Originally posted by Wild_Rover
    Take the weeks break and then carry on as if you had been running. 1 weeks break shouldn't make much difference to your running.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • clairec79
    • By clairec79 15th Oct 16, 1:57 PM
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    run 1 week 8 complete
    3.9km in 28 minutes - and as usual the thought of the run was worse than actual run (not least because whichever way I go I seem to end up with a blasted hill at some point)

    Think I worked it out that if I can keep that pace it would be 5km in 36mins - so figure won't completely embarrass myself when I decide to do a park run
    • Fletchasketch
    • By Fletchasketch 16th Oct 16, 8:05 PM
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    Just back from week 8, run 1; knackered although wasn't as hard as I'd expected. Annoyingly, I forgot to use the Strava app this time, but did five times my half mile lap so about 4k hopefully.

    Should be able to do Tuesday and Friday this week and then on to week 9 next Sunday- eek!
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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 20th Oct 16, 5:08 PM
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    Hi Guys, long time no speak!

    The test results didn't come back as i had expected, so am being referred to the hospital specialist.
    I was told to avoid strenuous exercise, so had a bit of a panic and basically sat on the sofa all last week

    Then got myself together and realised that running 5K is not 'strenuous' and i enjoy it, so i am going to continue. I just need to make sure that i eat plenty before and after, to keep my blood sugars stable.

    So i will be starting week 3 again tomorrow. I've itching to get back to it, so can't wait

    How is everyone else doing?
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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 20th Oct 16, 5:33 PM
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    I have been AWOL as well

    I just haven't had time to fit it in, been either at work or with my son. I was getting really annoyed and frustrated with myself that I couldn't fit my runs in so made the decision to take as break so as not to stress myself out about it. I have not done anything this week and next week will be out as well due to working full time.

    So I plan to start back wc 31st Oct, I will go back a week and start at wk 3 again.

    Well done to all who have kept it up, I have learnt that the actually running is the easy bit, its fitting it in around life that is hard.

    Sorry to hear of your health worries want2bse, I hope it all turns out well for you.
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