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Couch to 5K support thread.

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Sports and Fitness MoneySaving
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  • Longtime no do a 5k race.

    As now I'm training for a 50 miles race.

    However, I'd love to help you guys with 5k speed up routine.

    Just reply here!!!!
    One run can change your day, many runs can change your life!!!! :A
  • CherryfudgeCherryfudge Forumite
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    CattyCatX wrote: »
    Today was a milestone for me as I finally (!!) managed 5km :j

    Fantastic! And great that you didn't let one bad run put you off. They happen, but they aren't the whole picture.

    I got back to 5K the other day - great feeling! However, it's snowing now so I'm not going to be running tomorrow!
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  • SamSam17SamSam17 Forumite
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    CattyCatX wrote: »
    Hope you're sticking with it SamSam17!

    Today was a milestone for me as I finally (!!) managed 5km :j A very, very slow 5Km at 37.52 but still! I'd been happy for a few weeks at 4.5km when I had a terrible run on Saturday and only managed 2km before stopping... think it was a combination of being far too hot (sudden one-off temperature surge that morning), too many people around, which made me self-conscious and then, to top it all off, a man pinched my bottom as I ran past!! :mad::( Anyway, it all knocked my confidence so am doubly pleased to have got out there and done it this morning! WOO! Still debating signing up for the parkrun... I'll be in the area the weekend after next... :eek:

    Thanks! Finally started this week and managed WK1. I think I'll probably repeat it this week before starting W2.

    Well done! I'm really pleased for you :j
  • Thanks Cherryfudge! Hope the snow is easing off for you - luckily we haven't had any here.
    Well done SamSam17, the hardest week was the first for me!
    I came down with flu so missed out on a parkrun - back in the area at Easter so will try to aim for one then. Was down to 35mins for my 5km time before the lurgy struck though :) Aiming to get back out there this weekend once am fully recovered...
  • Poor_Single_ladyPoor_Single_lady Forumite
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    Hello All. I've been reading this thread for a while on and off.

    Never been running in my life before but tried the week one step one today. It was ok really. I thought it would be worse. But only dog walkers and teenagers out and about once I got to the running bit. Although on the way there have to walk past restaurants and pubs.


    Would never in a million years choose to spend time doing exercise but put on 2 stone and seriously unhappy about it. Can't seem to get it to shift so trying everything.
    Planning to go back Sunday but I find it very difficult to see myself doing that although I plan to.

    Spent the entire time running thinking about eating.
    Will see what Sunday brings.
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    If it's any help, I lost a stone between running and calorie counting. Now that I've done the 5K (a few times - I now enjoy it!) I often find I'm not bothered about eating junk afterwards. I think the happy hormones released by the exercise very effectively stop me 'needing' chocolate, etc. I do make sure I have some protein immediately on getting home, though. The body needs immediate protein and regular rest days to target the tiny bits of wear and tear caused by running.

    What I'm trying to say is: don't give up, follow the program and chose times and places where you feel comfortable running. My experience is that it helped me lose weight and discover that I love something I never ever thought I'd enjoy.
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  • Poor_Single_ladyPoor_Single_lady Forumite
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    Thank you very much for your kind message. Cherryfudge
    I plan to go out Sunday night. It means staying sober all day Sunday which sort of goes against the grain for me.
    Hoping it will just happen and it doesn't rain or be too hard.

    Yesterday was cold but not freezing. I think I had sort of expected people to stare at me. I definately felt self conscious walking past the restaurant with everyone All looking good for their Friday night - but then I got to the running park bit and almost nobody around to see anuthing.
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    Pressed send too quickly but what I do like is the freedom of it. Just me on my own doing something just for me. And our park is beautiful. I need to put contacts in because yesterday I didn't and I missed it all with bad eyesight. But the freedom and the beautiful settings and the hope of weight loss will hopefully mean I go back.

    I'm not telling anyone in real life. I told one of my friends that goes to a gym and does a lot of excercise and I could tell he didn't think I would do it. So then I thought I'll just see how I get on without telling any one and maybe when I am up to 5K ( which I kind of think will take longer than most people) I will tell him.

    But right now going to do week 1 - and I imagine I'll probably do it twice before progressing. Thank you again. (Sorry for the Ramble- it helps me) Xxx
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    the freedom and the beautiful settings and the hope of weight loss will hopefully mean I go back.

    My favourite run - which I can do straight out of my door but somehow had never explored on foot - goes up to the moors and has amazing views. I know the gradient is hard work but I'm using that as a reason I don't go fast. :rotfl: I know exactly what you mean about the freedom, the beautiful settings and the hope of weight loss. :)

    I am sure once you are doing 5K and say to your friend he will be pleased for you! I get such a lot of support from people much more athletic than I am.
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  • Poor_Single_ladyPoor_Single_lady Forumite
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    Thank you Cherryfudge.

    I went tonight and it was freezing! But I did it.

    Plan to go on Tuesday but failing that Thursday. A lot more people out tonight but it was OK and the
    Surroundings were beautiful.
    I just need one more and then I've done the first week which seems a bit weird.

    I told my other friend and she was supportive. My athletic friend will be so supportive but he thinks it's something I won't do so I'm going to tell him when I have some runs in the bank!
    Then he will want to come but it's a solo thing for me.

    Quietly quite pleased with myself. It's the most running I have done since school even though it is very little but it's a start.
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