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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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    • fire-wannabe
    • By fire-wannabe 15th Apr 17, 9:35 PM
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    Sounds good, looking forward to it
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    • CattyCatX
    • By CattyCatX 17th Apr 17, 2:40 PM
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    So today should have been W2R2 but I came down with a high temperature/sickness/cold-like symptoms yesterday I haven't left bed for 24 hours so definitely won't be running today. Am pretty frustrated as don't want this to set me back but am just going to have to wait until fully fit again...

    I know I'm pretty ill as I haven't touched my Easter egg yet!!
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 19th Apr 17, 11:26 PM
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    CattyCat, are you any better? Get yourself well then pick up on the running again, meanwhile enjoy your Easter egg!

    As for me, I've started Week 4 with an absolutely gorgeous run while I was away for a few days. Beautiful setting and those five minute runs really aren't scary now. In fact - much to my astonishment - I did the second one on an uphill slope and I was just enjoying the scenery when it suddenly occurred to me a) this is uphill and b) this is a five minute run! And it wasn't a problem at all.

    So take heart - it only sounds scary. The program is obviously improving my fitness as I would have struggled with that not so long ago.
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    • fire-wannabe
    • By fire-wannabe 20th Apr 17, 6:35 AM
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    Welll done, Cherryfudge I'm doing W3R2 today and feeling great about it, I finally realised this is achievable
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    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 20th Apr 17, 10:52 AM
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    Welll done, Cherryfudge I'm doing W3R2 today and feeling great about it, I finally realised this is achievable
    Originally posted by fire-wannabe
    Brilliant, well done you .

    Good feeling isn't it?!
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    • AlecEiffel
    • By AlecEiffel 22nd Apr 17, 9:13 PM
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    Managed one run of W9 so far, only did one run of W8 as messed up my back lifting something from my car but as it was only a two minute jump to W9 I did the 30 min run for my next one. Then hurt my back again (not running). So only done two runs in the last two weeks. But back to it tomorrow!!
    • fire-wannabe
    • By fire-wannabe 24th Apr 17, 6:23 AM
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    How inspiring was the marathon yesterday! !! Getting tempted....(not even started W4 yet hahaha)
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    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 24th Apr 17, 9:00 AM
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    Managed one run of W9 so far, only did one run of W8 as messed up my back lifting something from my car but as it was only a two minute jump to W9 I did the 30 min run for my next one. Then hurt my back again (not running). So only done two runs in the last two weeks. But back to it tomorrow!!
    Originally posted by AlecEiffel
    Look after that back! Gosh, W9... that's still far over the horizon for me.

    I was going to do W4R3 today but it's bucketing down and I'm still a fair weather runner.
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    • CattyCatX
    • By CattyCatX 25th Apr 17, 12:07 PM
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    CattyCat, are you any better? Get yourself well then pick up on the running again, meanwhile enjoy your Easter egg!
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    Originally posted by Cherryfudge
    Thanks Cerryfudge! Gosh, the flu got me for the whole week... Watched lots of TV and felt very sorry for myself! I finally started feeling better yesterday and feel back to normal today so am currently having my Easter egg

    Going to attempt to W2 either this evening or tomorrow morning, depending on how I feel. Very frustrated to have been unwell for quite so long and am wary of turning back into a couch potato. Oh well, will let you know how I get on with getting back into it!!
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 25th Apr 17, 12:36 PM
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    Thanks Cerryfudge! Gosh, the flu got me for the whole week... Watched lots of TV and felt very sorry for myself! I finally started feeling better yesterday and feel back to normal today so am currently having my Easter egg

    Going to attempt to W2 either this evening or tomorrow morning, depending on how I feel. Very frustrated to have been unwell for quite so long and am wary of turning back into a couch potato. Oh well, will let you know how I get on with getting back into it!!
    Originally posted by CattyCatX
    Good to see you are well enough for an Easter egg - always a good sign. Take it easy getting back into running, you won't have forgotten everything but your body's been working hard already to recover and might do a double-take if starting back where you left off. Hope the weather is kind to you - it's windy and cold here.
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    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 25th Apr 17, 12:38 PM
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    W4R3 done.

    I am so pleased I didn't back out: it was a bit tempting as it's cold - snow further inland - and windy, but I told myself I'm tough. I was more tired than I expected to be but I was running into the wind and partly uphill, so I'm trying to convince myself I'm fit enough to move up to W5 next time.
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    • AlecEiffel
    • By AlecEiffel 25th Apr 17, 9:00 PM
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    W4R3 done.

    I am so pleased I didn't back out: it was a bit tempting as it's cold - snow further inland - and windy, but I told myself I'm tough. I was more tired than I expected to be but I was running into the wind and partly uphill, so I'm trying to convince myself I'm fit enough to move up to W5 next time.
    Originally posted by Cherryfudge
    Well done!! No matter how much I've dreaded doing any given run I'm always really pleased when I have done them too. Each week is a prep for the onwards and upwards of the next - I'm sure you'll ace W5.
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 25th Apr 17, 9:06 PM
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    Well done!! No matter how much I've dreaded doing any given run I'm always really pleased when I have done them too. Each week is a prep for the onwards and upwards of the next - I'm sure you'll ace W5.
    Originally posted by AlecEiffel
    Thank you Alec.

    I'm doubly glad I ran earlier as it's since both snowed and rained!
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    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 27th Apr 17, 10:30 PM
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    W5R1 today - three lots of five minutes is definitely harder than interspersing some three-minute runs!

    How's everyone else doing?
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    • WatsonNimrod
    • By WatsonNimrod 28th Apr 17, 7:05 AM
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    Made a start a few weeks back but had to give up due to shin splints, although I generally walk 5-7k per day the 'fitted' trainers I bought seem to be what was giving me grief so went back to my £5 charity shop asics and all is good again!

    So that's me completed week 1, first 2 runs I did on the treadmill and now persuaded myself to do run outside which I have to say was much harder for some reason!
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 28th Apr 17, 9:16 AM
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    Good for you, getting back to it!

    I haven't been on the treadmill so all my runs are outside (it's free and gives me Vitamin D ) but I find for some reason it's always windy, I mean always, and there are lots of uphill slopes that aren't there when I walk! I count those as extras that make me fitter.
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 28th Apr 17, 11:31 AM
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    Good for you, getting back to it!

    I haven't been on the treadmill so all my runs are outside (it's free and gives me Vitamin D ) but I find for some reason it's always windy, I mean always, and there are lots of uphill slopes that aren't there when I walk! I count those as extras that make me fitter.
    Originally posted by Cherryfudge
    Keep going outside over those hills
    You will find that they flatten out over time and also how much easier it becomes running into the wind.

    As with everything else practice makes it easier.

    Agree with the Vit D ... we don't get enough of it as it is!
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    • greent
    • By greent 29th Apr 17, 4:52 PM
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    Wow - lots of chat going on on here - and lots of fab progress too! I didn't touch c25k at all for the past few weeks - when I needed an inhaler just to get up to flights of stairs I figured that running wasn't a good idea! Am feeling much better now and am restarting from scratch this week - did a brisk walk today to get my head vaguely in the space and will start on BH Mon - and am hoping the foul weather we had around the country this week has now well and truly gone!!
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    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 29th Apr 17, 11:05 PM
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    Good to have you back greent, may BH Monday dawn fine and fair for you!

    I've just seen your MF signature - wow! Did you have a diary on here? (Linkie please? ) I'm a MF wannabe and it's inspiring to see people actually get there. I bet it feels very satisfying!

    No run for me yesterday or today though I've walked a fair bit.
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    • fire-wannabe
    • By fire-wannabe 1st May 17, 6:51 AM
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    W4 started well but struggled with the last 5 mins runs in R2 and R3.....think I will have to repeat this week before moving on.....
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