Couch to 5K support thread.

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  • iammumtooneiammumtoone Forumite
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    WantToBeSE wrote: »
    Thanks rdone :)
    I have heard that i should go up a size in trainers for running, as my feet will swell when running. Is this correct?
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    No, you need the correct size and type of trainers which are breathable.
  • I would say best advise rather than rush in to start on the first day is to take a bit of time to buy the right equipment. It is important to get a good bra and running shoes, better to buy once and well than rushing in and have to waste money buying again as the first ones aren't suitable.

    Ha, yeah, I didn't realise quite how recently this thread started! Get yourself kitted out, feeling comfy and ready and then hit the podcasts.
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  • WantToBeSEWantToBeSE Forumite
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    Elfbert wrote: »
    Have you made a start? How are you doing?

    No, not yet. I've not bought the bra and trainers yet, plus i have hurt my back :(

    As soon as thats right again, I'll start. I have found a 5K track which is quite flat, so i'll be training on there.
    I think i'll do my runs first thing in the morning and get it over with.
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    I have done this before its very good I would recommend following the NHS one, unfortunately I let it lapse and have got too much else going on at the moment to think about re-doing otherwise I would join you. I even ran a 10K race now I can't even run 10 meters :(

    For sports bras ebay is the way to go, I got some decent make ones for a few quid.

    For trainers ideally you should go to a specialist running shop to have your gait monitored, if you can't afford this (I couldn't;t) then go to SD and ask them to check your foot type (flat or high arches) and size. Then get them to point out which trainers are suitable for your feet, different trainers are for flat and high arches. Try as many on as you can and run in the shop wearing them (it you can - it was too embarrassed so walked fast :rotfl:). Try at least 4 different styles and go one up from your budget to see what the difference is. My budget was X and there was a style £5 over this, they were the ones I purchased as the difference in confort was well worth that extra (I daren't try any of the more expensive ones, just in case I loved them too much!)

    Good Luck I loved running.

    Thanks IAMTO :) I can't afford to go into a proper running shop, so will take your advice and go to SD and ask them.
    I dont want to spend loads, thanks for the tip :)
  • Best sports bras I've found are Shock Absorber. I'm a D cup and they are very supportive, they are a bit pricey at £38 but I wait until Debenhams have 25% off and buy them. Even washing them twice a week mine are at least three years old so worth paying extra.

    I agree with getting your gait analysed at a running shop, a basic pair is £60 max and again worth the extra outlay IMO. I personally would avoid SD.
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    I've been following the NHS app too. Another tip is to look for a local parkrun, it's free to join and they are held all over the country.
    I joined by then immediately wished I'd gone ages ago, they are so friendly and supportive and it's good to see your time decreasing so means you are progressing. :)
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    WantToBeSE wrote: »
    As soon as thats right again, I'll start. I have found a 5K track which is quite flat, so i'll be training on there.
    I think i'll do my runs first thing in the morning and get it over with.

    Personally I would not recommend that, running around a track is extremely boring. Do you have a park close by where you can run? Ideally you want to run in different areas so you don't get bored and de-motivated.

    First thing is good, I used to run straight after the school run so I didn't have time to go home and get bogged down with anything else.
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    I agree with getting your gait analysed at a running shop, a basic pair is £60 max and again worth the extra outlay IMO. I personally would avoid SD.

    Whilst SD don't have the best reputation, my local one were extremely helpful (this will be area specific). Do you know of any other non specialist shops who will be able to test the OPs arches and point out which shoes are suitable for their foot style?

    Again I don't know if this service they offered me is area specific, if your local shop don't offer it OP then I agree with littleblue, avoid them!

    I have heard of people using the specialist shops for testing then buying cheaper elsewhere :( personally I disagree with this and its never something I would do myself, if I can't afford to shop there then I would not take advantage of their services they offer.
  • I agree, I would never use their services then go buy elsewhere. I travelled 10 miles to my local running shop and after the test run I was worried that they would tempt me to buy some flash expensive trainers. As the guy said I'm starting out so won't need anything flash so I left with a basic pair at £60 which are still fine two years later so I would defo recommend travelling to a specialist shop and using their expertise.
    PS our SD is dreadful but I do agree it depends on attitude of the staff etc.
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    I did c25k a few years ago, and now think of myself as a runner. It was a great way to start. I've done quite a few triathlons since as well.

    Once you get going a bit you could find your nearest Parkrun, it is a great free organisation, and its great to run with others. No one cares about how slow you are, it's really addictive and a great way of meeting like minded people and getting extra motivation. Some people walk/run round my local park run so you could do it while listening to c25k.

    There is an organisation in my area called beginners 2 runners, not sure if they are nation wide or just local to me, but think they use c25k principles, but in a supportive group atmosphere.

    What ever you do, good luck, it is a great way to be active.

    ETA, just read through and seen how many times I put 'great' in my post!! think that sums up how I feel about running:D
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