Couch to 5K support thread.

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  • iammumtooneiammumtoone Forumite
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    WantToBeSE wrote: »
    Well Done IAMTO!! :T
    I took a bottle of water, but left it in the car! I hate carrying things when i exercise, but will have to take it with me from now on.

    I didn't stretch afterwards, but only because the walk trail that i do is just over 5K, so i have about a 10 min slow walk back to the car once the podcast has finished.

    I hate carrying things too thats why I left it, you shouldn't really need a drink for that short amount of time especially as its mostly walking but it was so hot, I need to make sure I'm not caught out again. I've seen those running belts but think I'd look like a bit of a kn8b with one of those! I am going to try to find the smallest bottle I can.

    As it was hot with no water I needed to get back, I know my route well I so timed it just as I finished I was only a few meters from my house :) after a sit down and re-hydrate I did some stretches, I will do some more just before bed.
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    Haha, i saw one of those belts too and thought exactly the same!
    I bought a really small across the body bag from Claires Accessories. I put my keys, phone and iPod in it.
    It seemed to work really well and didnt get in my way at all.

    it's this one, if that helps at all. I'm not sure you can see how small it is by the photo though.

    http://www.claires.co.uk/elephant-print-cross-body-bag/shop/fcp-product/49640
  • wanttobese-WELL DONE FOR DOING THE FIRST RUN! it's definately the hardest part! I went 'off piste' on week 2 but might jump back in at week 4 ish.

    I did a slightly different route on my last run so don't know if that made a difference to my fail of a run! Next run is tomorrow morning so hoping for a good one! My leg has been absolutely fine today, but have booked myself some physio so I don't do anything too bad to it! not very MSE but it's got to be worth it!

    I bought some of the karrimour running leggings from sports direct and they have a little pocket for keys and a phone. I do need to get myself some new running trainers though, I've had my current ones a while. anyone got any tips
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    i.love.baking- My tip (through my many minutes of experience :rotfl:) is to go to a proper running shop to get fitted for some trainers.

    I got not only my feet measured and excellent customer service, but also loads of advice, information about running groups for new runners, diet advice (eat carbs before a run, eat protein after) and a really friendly experience.
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    sweetilemonsweetilemon Forumite
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    edited 12 September 2016 at 9:51PM
    Hey! Can I join you all please? I've just finished day 1 of week 5. I am doing it on the treadmill, I have started to struggle to keep up so I have lowered the speed of my *run* to 6.5kmph. I know it's slow but I just struggle with the stamina. I was running at 7kmph up until this week but was having to pause or go back to a walk to get through it. Looking forward to being able to run. I'm also doing MFP (same user name if anyone wants to add me). I've never been good at running so a real newbie!

    I can run faster (10kmph) but just can't keep it up for so long. I've chosen Sarah millican but tbh I was getting bored with the silence (I don't have music on my phone). I tried listenin to you tube but I was missing her telling me to change speeds so now I just put the days programme into the treadmill. Only thing is I miss anything Sarah says apart from the first and last bit but it means I can watch and listen to the TV on the tredmill. Bought some new trainers after my last ones fell apart. Really need new sports clothes but I'll wait a bit as I just bought my winter boots too.
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    WantToBeSE wrote: »
    I got not only my feet measured and excellent customer service, but also loads of advice, information about running groups for new runners, diet advice (eat carbs before a run, eat protein after) and a really friendly experience.

    @i.love.baking Unless you have real problems with your feet (arches) then you should be fine with most shoes as long as they fit properly.

    @WantToBeSE you shouldn't need to eat lots of carbs before a run of this length your body can store enough glycogen for a 5k. So just eating a normal healthy diet should be fine.
    Personally I go for chocolate milkshake after my runs :)
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  • WantToBeSEWantToBeSE Forumite
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    Hey! Can I join you all please? I've just finished day 1 of week 5. I am doing it on the treadmill, I have started to struggle to keep up so I have lowered the speed of my *run* to 6.5kmph. I know it's slow but I just struggle with the stamina. I was running at 7kmph up until this week but was having to pause or go back to a walk to get through it. Looking forward to being able to run. I'm also doing MFP (same user name if anyone wants to add me). I've never been good at running so a real newbie!

    I can run faster (10kmph) but just can't keep it up for so long. I've chosen Sarah millican but tbh I was getting bored with the silence (I don't have music on my phone). I tried listenin to you tube but I was missing her telling me to change speeds so now I just put the days programme into the treadmill. Only thing is I miss anything Sarah says apart from the first and last bit but it means I can watch and listen to the TV on the tredmill. Bought some new trainers after my last ones fell apart. Really need new sports clothes but I'll wait a bit as I just bought my winter boots too.

    Hi Sweetilemon :)
    Of course you can join in.
    Week 5 is impressive! How are you finding it so far? I've heard there is quite a jump at day 3 of week 5, from running 8 mins to running 20 mins! :eek:

    I'm a total newbie too, I've never run a day in my life.

    I wouldn't worry about pace too much, just as long as you do something, it's better than nothing. When i run ( i can barely call it a run!) it's a very slow pace, but as long as i can keep it up for the allotted time, that's all i care about.
  • WantToBeSEWantToBeSE Forumite
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    indesisiv wrote: »
    @i.love.baking Unless you have real problems with your feet (arches) then you should be fine with most shoes as long as they fit properly.

    @WantToBeSE you shouldn't need to eat lots of carbs before a run of this length your body can store enough glycogen for a 5k. So just eating a normal healthy diet should be fine.
    Personally I go for chocolate milkshake after my runs :)

    Chocolate milkshake sounds so yummy! I made a smoothie after my run yesterday. It was so nice!

    I am off into town today to get some running socks and leggings. I cant afford loads of money, so Primark will be the first place for leggings.
  • sweetilemonsweetilemon Forumite
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    WantToBeSE wrote: »
    Hi Sweetilemon :)
    Of course you can join in.
    Week 5 is impressive! How are you finding it so far? I've heard there is quite a jump at day 3 of week 5, from running 8 mins to running 20 mins! :eek:

    I'm a total newbie too, I've never run a day in my life.

    I wouldn't worry about pace too much, just as long as you do something, it's better than nothing. When i run ( i can barely call it a run!) it's a very slow pace, but as long as i can keep it up for the allotted time, that's all i care about.


    20mins?! MAN! Lol. Glad I've put the speed down then. I am just determind to complete it tbh! People keep asking how it's going and I know they are expecting me to say I gave up so I just want to be able to say, yes, completed. When it's completed I can work on speed (would need to be 10kmph to do the 5k in 30mins). Yesterday's was 3x 5min runs, I have the BBC app, not sure if NHS one is the same?
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    1. This might be a silly question but do you run (following the programme) every day ?

    2. I have trouble keeping ear buds in, and Ive just thought getting one of those stretchy headband thingies to put over my ears, see if it works. Or I might make my own with stretchy bandage (the ultimate in money saving !)
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