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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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    • pixiebel81
    • By pixiebel81 3rd Jul 17, 3:17 PM
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    Newbie here, my partner and I did W1R1 yesterday. He did a lot better than me and managed to complete it properly whereas I think I only managed the full 60 secs of running twice, plus had to take a couple of minutes break completely near the end
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 4th Jul 17, 2:14 PM
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    Hi pixiebel, you started and that's the most difficult bit of all! I am just amazed at how good C25K is at building fitness (and getting me into a particularly lovely dress for a big event next week, LOL).

    I think everyone else has gone to start the 'slow jog' thread we were talking about recently, and I wasn't quick enough to catch them. How are you all? or is everyone watching the tennis now?
    • pixiebel81
    • By pixiebel81 6th Jul 17, 10:35 AM
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    W1R2 last night. Did much better this time, didn't manage all the running but I think I did about three quarters of it :-)
    • fire-wannabe
    • By fire-wannabe 7th Jul 17, 6:38 AM
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    Hi, my last day of C25K today and also a race on Sunday....feeling nervous as I signed up for 10k and due to weeks that set me back I am just about doing 5k....ambitious thinking but will give it a go anyway, feeling deflated that time has arrived quick and I am not ready though...I will update next week how it went
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    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 7th Jul 17, 11:55 AM
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    A bit of a story here if anyone is interested and it may also help someone:

    I had major back surgery (successful I may add ) in 2001 to my l3, 4 and 5 vertebrae which resulted in me basically giving up exercise and getting a sedentary office job. Fast forward to Jan 2013 and my weight had increased to 13 1/2 stone my cholesterol was high and my kids were telling me I needed to do something about it so I joined slimming world and ended up getting down to 11st and now have a cholesterol of 4.

    Anyway I hit 60 in March and other than walk my dog still did no exercise so 13 weeks ago (after reading some postings on the C25K forum) I decided the best thing for me would be to join my local gym on the basis if I've paid for something I will use it.

    I had read the the basis of the C25K theory but basically what I did was a mixture of cross trainer, treadmill and exercise bike with the treadmill being the thing I hate most and find the most challenging.

    Anyway on the basis of the C25K I set myself some goals and last week managed 4K on the treadmill but this week I have cracked the 5K mark in 36 minutes.

    I don't think I would have done this without reading the inspirational stories within this thread so a big thank you to everyone that has posted as you have given me the motivation to get myself reasonably fit again.

    I now go to the gym twice a week and am just about thinking of whether or not I should be stupid enough to target a 10K
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 15th Jul 17, 11:16 PM
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    Wow, I turn my back and people are being amazing! Well done all your former non-runners

    I managed a couple of runs this week, neither of them more than 3K but hey! That's 3K more than I would ever have attempted before. We were on holiday and had to get up early before it got too hot, and there were quite a few late nights and big meals too... but it's such a good feeling to have run at all. In my defence: it was hot and hilly and my heart rate clocked 173 at one point but now that I'm fitter than I used to be I recovered okay.

    I'm so looking forward to running back here where the slopes are gentler and the heat is less!
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 17th Jul 17, 10:08 PM
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    So I've got my 5k Race for Life this Sunday. I've yet to run a full 5k yet. I've done 4.4km, but with a lot of walking in that. My calf muscles are really tight, which slows me down a bit sometimes. Any advice on how to speed up recovery? I plan to keep at it after the 5k, and might do another one next year. I've bought new trainers to help as mine were getting old!

    My first 5k I plan to half walk, half run, so my target is 45-50 minutes.
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 17th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
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    Do you do runner's stretches after your runs? If they are difficult, don't overdo it, just do a little more each time. Also have a small amount of protein in the first 20 minutes after a run: this will help the wear and tear on your muscles, and keep hydrated.

    Lots of luck for the Race for Life, it's a great cause!
    • pixiebel81
    • By pixiebel81 18th Jul 17, 12:28 PM
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    Since I last posted I've had one really bad run which resulted in me taking my trainers back and exchanging them for a new pair, then the first run in the new pair went really well, didn't manage to do the full thing but it was probably my best run yet. That was last Tuesday, didn't manage to get out again until Sunday and it was disastrous. We both gave up halfway and came to the conclusion that running at in the early afternoon after not having eaten since breakfast maybe wasn't the best idea. Trying again this evening, fingers crossed we do a bit better!
    • AlecEiffel
    • By AlecEiffel 25th Jul 17, 10:21 PM
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    Ugh

    I did what I promised myself I wouldn't do, and stopped.

    Got to week 9 in early May, running 30 mins but not making the 5k (did about 4 1/4 in the 30 mins running section). Then went on holiday for a week and work was mad when I got back and I fell out of the habit.

    Getting back to it tomorrow - planning on starting at week 5 and seeing how I get on.

    On the upside, I've lost a little weight since (5:2ing it).

    Anyone else had a 2 month break and where did you restart?
    • fire-wannabe
    • By fire-wannabe 8th Aug 17, 5:44 PM
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    Haven't been here for ages, been busy and trying to keep active while school holidays are on, it's just a nightmare....BUT I ran a race on Sunday non-stop 10k and feeling great for it.... starting in March with C25K, struggling to breathe, repeating weeks etc and getting to this stage feels absolutely amazing....keep going everyone !!!!!
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    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 9th Aug 17, 12:14 AM
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    Wow... that's wonderful! Well done you!
    You are encouraging me to get running after missing about 5 days recently. I wish the rain would let up when I actually have time to run... then I wish I'd got my act together and started while I had the chance.
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 9th Aug 17, 9:12 AM
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    Well done fire-wannabe.

    Cherryfudge, just get out in the rain its actually quite nice in the summer when its not cold.
    Once you complete the C25K you can go out and do fun things.... I actually went out last night after work to go and do an off road run just so that I could run through the puddles and mud, it was great fun.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • pixiebel81
    • By pixiebel81 9th Aug 17, 10:05 PM
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    Well, I'm still stuck on week one, but I am getting better - managed to do very nearly all the running on my last two outings. Plus even the fact that I had two good runs in a row is an improvement, usually I have a good run then a bad one. And we had a week off due to all the rain (we run on grass and squelching isn't fun)
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 28th Aug 17, 10:52 AM
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    I actually went out last night after work to go and do an off road run just so that I could run through the puddles and mud, it was great fun.
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    That sounds brilliant!

    I was running the other day watching a big black cloud that was clearly raining ahead of me, and quite looking forward to the rain as it was hot, but it never came my way.

    I've been stuck at the 5K level for a while but broke through it in the last week and got 2 personal bests . Fantastic feeling. I'm now looking at the local parkrun, working on the C210K app (slowly) with a (very long-term) view to the Great North Run, which half my family is in this year.

    To think I started 6 months ago just to lose weight to get into a dress...

    By the way, it's odd how we get stuck at certain stages, isn't it? Why do some weeks take more doing than others? I don't know, but I realised I wasn't running as often, and now I've put that right, the results have magically appeared again.
    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 10th Sep 17, 9:17 PM
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    Run 1 week 1 done today... let's see if I stick with it. Going with a weekly group to try and get me to stick with it, but still need to do two extra runs by myself.
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    • Ader1
    • By Ader1 12th Sep 17, 3:08 PM
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    I am next on my week 6 day 1. My left ankle is hurting a bit today. I hope my running shoes are good enough. Any advice here on reasonably priced running shoes? Ones I have are fairly new. I am and adult male.
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 12th Sep 17, 4:19 PM
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    I am next on my week 6 day 1. My left ankle is hurting a bit today. I hope my running shoes are good enough. Any advice here on reasonably priced running shoes? Ones I have are fairly new. I am and adult male.
    Originally posted by Ader1
    No advice as to which shoes, other than find some with a decent amount of cushioning (if running on the road) or a decent amount of grip (if offroad).
    Most important thing with running shoes is how you feel in them. Make sure you are really comfy with them as if they rub they will only get worse.

    If your shoes are fairly new then they shouldn't be causing pain.

    Personally the ones that fit my feet best are Saucony (for road) and Inov8 (for trail)
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • HonourlessWeasel
    • By HonourlessWeasel 15th Sep 17, 7:03 PM
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    N00b here, nice to meet you all and see that some of you are completing this, which is reassuring

    I'm not a fitness n00b, I'm actually fit in general. The reason I'm doing this is because I'm a netminder in one of the national ice hockey leagues and I struggle a bit with short bursts of activity so I figure that stamina will help. Some teams that we come up against are poor, so I could be the most unfit person on the ice and it wouldn't matter, but others are better than us and I need the fitness and stamina to stay alert and put up a good fight.

    I did W1R1 yesterday, today my ankles ache which I expect. I hope to do W1R2 tomorrow. I hope. My only issue is I've been taking indometacin for a severe neurological disorder (I've now stopped) and it's also had the beautiful side effect of dealing with the horrible hip problem I have (trochanteric burstitis), but I can't take indometacin long term because it destroys your stomach, so I'm dreading the hip pain coming back with the running. We'll see how long it takes to come back I guess.

    Jog on, everyone - in the nicest way possible
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 15th Sep 17, 11:44 PM
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    Hi Honourless Weasel (I have to say - what a fantastic name! ) - just wanted to say I hope you enjoy your 5K as much as I did with mine! Is there a physio or coach in the ice hockey team that could give you some advice on protecting your hips?

    I don't know any more about your condition than I've learned from a quick google, but can you use anti-inflammatories? How about natural anti inflammatories such as turmeric?

    A friend who is a sports coach advised me to take a break from running maybe for a week each month and do different activity to allow the body to recover. The C25K approach seems to indicate taking a day or so between runs for the same reason. My friend also advised me to have some protein (just a little is enough) within 20 minutes of running because the body will then use it for repair and construction of the muscles I've just used.

    I've gone from being a non-runner at the beginning of this year to doing over 5K regularly and for the joy of it, and I've not had injuries so maybe the advice is working and I offer it for anyone who's interested in case it might help you too.
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