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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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    • AlecEiffel
    • By AlecEiffel 16th Feb 17, 7:56 PM
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    Just got back from week 2 run 2. Enjoying it so far (but not as much as I enjoy a kebab and a beer but then that is why I need to do it).

    I'm doing the 5:2 diet as well (started that at the the start of the year) and so far scheduling issues mean I've done one run a week on a fast day but I've managed it no problems but then it is early days.
    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 18th Feb 17, 9:24 AM
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    Glad to see this thread, I'd like to join in. After 15 years of zero exercise and being 3 stone overweight I decided rather than join a gym I'll never go to, to try c25k.
    I got a mp3 for Christmas and that's when I started. I did week 5 run 2 yesterday and was shocked that I could jog for 8 mins. I jog very very slow but the fact I didn't stop was a big achievement for me. Very nervous about the next run week 5 run 3. its 20 mins running. Seems a big leap. I don't think I can manage it. Why the huge increase?!
    Also - anyone watched video blogs on YouTube? Everyone I've seen seems to complete each week quite easily! I've found it a bit demoralizing.... Good luck to everyone doing this. I still can't see running ever being fun but will stick with it and see. Better than the zero exercise many of us did previously.
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 18th Feb 17, 4:32 PM
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    Fireflyaway good effort so far. Things may seem like big jumps but once you are up and running, extending time/distance is (relatively) much easier. Hardest is getting going in the first place.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Kayalana99
    • By Kayalana99 19th Feb 17, 3:47 PM
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    Managed to finish week 2 run 2 but still have run 3 to do...debating doing it shortly but as lame excuse as it sounds I have a bite on my leg and it really is killing rubbing against clothing but I've put a plaster on it now. If I don't do it today, I'll do it tomorrow and just catch up in the week.

    I guess it seems like a big jump but after 4-5 weeks of running this is what it has been building you up to? Hope it goes well interested to know how you get on.

    Really am trying to diet but it's so hard being as it's half term this week, been out and about so much and eating out but have been trying to make up for it ...yesterday we had mcdonalds for lunch so for tea I had soup and bread.

    Hope all is going well, fingers crossed I can get the last run done now
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    • Kayalana99
    • By Kayalana99 22nd Feb 17, 2:49 PM
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    Just completed week 2...admitly 3 days late. The plan Monday was to do week 2 / s3 (as I didn't get to it on the Sunday) but I woke up aching all over - most likey from all the walking over weekend and I did a couple shoot Sunday so I was carrying heavy gear and lying on the floor and all sorts so didn't want to push myself and Tuesday I just didn't find time...

    But despite doing 10k steps today in walking I pushed forward and will start week 3 tomorrow or Friday if I feel rough...better then people sitting on the couch though ey..!
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    • xbrenx
    • By xbrenx 22nd Feb 17, 9:14 PM
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    Firefly, don't think about what other people are doing, we all face our own challenges
    Don't worry about the leap to 20 minutes either, once you've done 8 minutes you KNOW you can do you're nearly half way there and once you pass half way you might as well carry on
    Speed is not important, that will change as you do more.
    Remember you can repeat a day if you want, when I did it, there were days when I asked myself why I ever thought I'd be able to run and others that I seemed to get through really easily. But I definitely repeated lots of days and even weeks before moving on. You'll get there. You've achieved a lot already, keep going

    • Fletchasketch
    • By Fletchasketch 26th Feb 17, 2:26 PM
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    How's everyone's running gone this weekend? Just did week 5 run 2 and it went pretty well. Big one next though!
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    • speakingofart
    • By speakingofart 26th Feb 17, 2:52 PM
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    Glad to see this thread, I'd like to join in. After 15 years of zero exercise and being 3 stone overweight I decided rather than join a gym I'll never go to, to try c25k.
    I got a mp3 for Christmas and that's when I started. I did week 5 run 2 yesterday and was shocked that I could jog for 8 mins. I jog very very slow but the fact I didn't stop was a big achievement for me. Very nervous about the next run week 5 run 3. its 20 mins running. Seems a big leap. I don't think I can manage it. Why the huge increase?!
    Also - anyone watched video blogs on YouTube? Everyone I've seen seems to complete each week quite easily! I've found it a bit demoralizing.... Good luck to everyone doing this. I still can't see running ever being fun but will stick with it and see. Better than the zero exercise many of us did previously.
    Originally posted by Fireflyaway
    I know, right? I've also got w5r3 to do tomorrow and I'm psyching myself out purely because of the big jump it'll involve. Surely there should be a couple of 10 minute runs in between 8 and 20?
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    • xbrenx
    • By xbrenx 4th Mar 17, 12:41 PM
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    Firefly, Fetch and Speaking, how did you get on with your dreaded W5R3?

    • Fletchasketch
    • By Fletchasketch 8th Mar 17, 12:40 PM
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    Hey there,


    W5R3 actually went really well, did the full 20 minutes with no issues. Then on Sunday is did W6R1 and it was horrible, barely got round.


    Annoyingly, I think I need to accept that I'm an evening runner and that running first thing does me no favours. Not keen on evening running on the weekends, but as the weather gets better should be able to do more after work.


    How did everyone else get on?
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    • greent
    • By greent 14th Mar 17, 12:55 PM
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    Afternoon all - total newbie joining in. I used to do a bit of running when staying away with work 20+ years ago (to help burn off all that food and drink on expenses) but haven't done anything for ages. Started Zumba (Gold - so the lower impact one) back in Nov. Have been putting off C25K for ages - no real reasons, just excuses - so today I did W1, r1 - and it killed me! It's going to be a loooong journey for me, but one I want to complete
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 14th Mar 17, 1:07 PM
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    Have been putting off C25K for ages - no real reasons, just excuses - so today I did W1, r1 - and it killed me! It's going to be a loooong journey for me, but one I want to complete
    Originally posted by greent
    But you have done W1R1 and you are going back for more (or you wouldn't have posted on here) so well done on your first steps
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • xbrenx
    • By xbrenx 14th Mar 17, 9:43 PM
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    Well done Fletch.
    Finding the optimum time to run and then being able to run at that time is difficult.
    Sometimes runs are just harder for no particular reason.

    Welcome greent and well done for taking the first step(s).

    • greent
    • By greent 15th Mar 17, 12:05 PM
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    But you have done W1R1 and you are going back for more (or you wouldn't have posted on here) so well done on your first steps
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    Welcome greent and well done for taking the first step(s).
    Originally posted by xbrenx
    Thank you, both - W1R2 done today - but muscle in one thigh is very sore this morning and I limped the last 2 x 1 min runs
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    • xbrenx
    • By xbrenx 15th Mar 17, 10:04 PM
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    I'm a recent convert to these, my hubby and son both use them a lot but I resisted for ages because it hurt! hahaha. Gentle massaging helps, or it seems to

    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 16th Mar 17, 7:56 AM
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    I'm a recent convert to these, my hubby and son both use them a lot but I resisted for ages because it hurt! hahaha. Gentle massaging helps, or it seems to
    Originally posted by xbrenx
    Everyone I know uses a foam roller post run. They do seem to help, although its not the most relaxing thing using them.
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    • greent
    • By greent 16th Mar 17, 9:35 AM
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    I've a foam roller, which I've used. I used to be a massage therapist, so totally get that - and can feel the bunching of the muscle - pretty sure it's the rectus femoris. Just going to go for an amble today to keep it moving, but nothing strenuous.

    I quite like the look of the stick roller from an ease of use pov - if I can find one that's not quite so evil looking!
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    • Kayalana99
    • By Kayalana99 16th Mar 17, 10:18 AM
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    I've found streching before hand really helps. I feel silly doing it (always did at school before P.E too lol) but I spent 3 days in pain with my leg after I pushed myself too much and ever since I started doing the streches I've been fine.

    I've given up with the couch to 5k because it doesn't work for me, I've not given up running itself but I'm just no longer following the app. Bought an excerise bike and I'm alternativing between doing that, running and Zumba....the weight is just not shifting though but I do feel more fitter then before. I'm just going to keep plodding on for now...
    People don't know what they want until you show them.
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 16th Mar 17, 2:28 PM
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    I've found streching before hand really helps. I feel silly doing it (always did at school before P.E too lol) but I spent 3 days in pain with my leg after I pushed myself too much and ever since I started doing the streches I've been fine.
    Originally posted by Kayalana99
    This is well worth a read on stretching. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/Do-I-need-to-stretch-before-or-after-a-run-or-sports-and-exercise.aspx
    We generally just do a dynamic series of light jogs and "range of motion" exercises rather than stretching. Added bonus is that the exercises help with running form.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Fletchasketch
    • By Fletchasketch 25th Mar 17, 2:02 PM
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    Hey gang, how's it going? Just did my last run of week 6 in the sunshine. 25 whole minutes! Dead slow, but it's great being able to see the progress again.
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