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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 4th Sep 16, 6:27 PM
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    Couch to 5K support thread.
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    • 4th Sep 16, 6:27 PM
    Couch to 5K support thread. 4th Sep 16 at 6:27 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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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 4th Sep 16, 6:33 PM
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    The link to the NHS C25K plan:

    http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/couch-to-5k.aspx
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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 5th Sep 16, 9:44 AM
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    I've been looking for some running trainers and sports bra, but I'm not really sure which ones are any good.
    There are so many, and some are really expensive!

    So i am trying to find some reasonably priced, but decent ones.

    Any tips?
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    • rdone
    • By rdone 5th Sep 16, 1:32 PM
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    • 5th Sep 16, 1:32 PM
    If you do your research on footwear and sports bras you can't go wrong with GO Outdoors or Sports Direct. I recently bought a pair of trainers from SD for 25 which were 80 in GO in this seasons colours - I'm not colour fussy (as long as they're pretty), so I didn't mind that they were last seasons. They're Salomon and have quick laces and they're amazing.

    I need a rather supportive sports bra and found that any in SD were just to small so I went to GO and found a great one there that was on sale, I saw the same one a few days later in JD Sports for 10 more. M&S are also quite good for leggings and tops when starting out.

    I completed couch to 5k earlier this year and have gone on to do 2 triathlons. I'm also doing a 10k in 2 weeks and a half marathon the beginning of October. I used to hate exercise but the variety of training that the tri gave me really made me enjoy.

    Good luck and I'll check back in with progress or any other tips I can along the way.
    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 5th Sep 16, 2:15 PM
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    Thanks rdone

    I have always loved the idea of running, and envied other people who i have seen doing it. So i need to out my idea into practice.

    I have heard that i should go up a size in trainers for running, as my feet will swell when running. Is this correct?

    I'm going to pop into SD if i dont win my eBay bids (i'm bidding on a Freya Sports Bra and some Nike trainers, both brand new).
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    • Elfbert
    • By Elfbert 5th Sep 16, 9:55 PM
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    Hiya,

    good luck with the C25K. I've just started it - I'm really unfit, but I'm determined!

    Just don't go too fast at first - I'm just plodding along at the mo, but even after 3 sessions I can already see I'm better than I was!
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    • Westywoodpecker
    • By Westywoodpecker 5th Sep 16, 11:08 PM
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    I've heard on another site that Asda do a really good support bra, it's the one that zips up the front x
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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 6th Sep 16, 7:41 AM
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    Hiya,

    good luck with the C25K. I've just started it - I'm really unfit, but I'm determined!

    Just don't go too fast at first - I'm just plodding along at the mo, but even after 3 sessions I can already see I'm better than I was!
    Originally posted by Elfbert
    Thanks Elfbert I am hoping that i will enjoy it enough to continue.

    I've heard on another site that Asda do a really good support bra, it's the one that zips up the front x
    Originally posted by Westywoodpecker
    Thanks Westy Being quite busty, i need a lot of support, so think i'll pay the extra and go with a proper sports make. But thanks
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    • Elfbert
    • By Elfbert 7th Sep 16, 7:24 PM
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    Have you made a start? How are you doing?
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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 7th Sep 16, 7:43 PM
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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 ). 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.
    Last edited by iammumtoone; 07-09-2016 at 7:50 PM.
    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 7th Sep 16, 7:46 PM
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    Have you made a start? How are you doing?
    Originally posted by Elfbert
    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.

    Also best to have the correct trainers to start with otherwise you might fail due to feet hurting too much from running in the wrong type of trainer.
    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 7th Sep 16, 7:48 PM
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    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?
    .
    Originally posted by WantToBeSE
    No, you need the correct size and type of trainers which are breathable.
    • Elfbert
    • By Elfbert 7th Sep 16, 10:16 PM
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    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.
    Originally posted by iammumtoone
    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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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 8th Sep 16, 7:41 AM
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    Have you made a start? How are you doing?
    Originally posted by Elfbert
    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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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 8th Sep 16, 7:53 AM
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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 ). 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.
    Originally posted by iammumtoone
    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
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    • littleblue735
    • By littleblue735 8th Sep 16, 11:08 AM
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    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.
    • asset2004
    • By asset2004 8th Sep 16, 11:53 AM
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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.
    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 8th Sep 16, 1:19 PM
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    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.
    Originally posted by WantToBeSE
    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.
    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 8th Sep 16, 1:26 PM
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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.
    Originally posted by littleblue735
    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.
    • littleblue735
    • By littleblue735 8th Sep 16, 1:57 PM
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    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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