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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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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 11th Sep 16, 5:30 PM
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    oh forgot to say hope it goes well tomorrow wantobese and to anyone else who is running tomorrow.

    I will pop back tomorrow evening to see how everyone got on.
    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 11th Sep 16, 5:43 PM
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    I have never moved a thread but I think I have heard people say you need to send a message to a moderator.

    I think its a good idea to move it, hopefully we will pick up a few more victims participants
    Originally posted by iammumtoone
    I've PM'd a mod, hopefully they can move it for me.
    Thanks
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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 11th Sep 16, 5:47 PM
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    I can listen to my own music on the NHS app, but you have to go through the app and select the ones that you want, but I think you can only select a certain amount- either that or I was doing it wrong (I was trying to run at the same time!)

    Has anyone got any good motivating songs they use? I like to listen to sexy and I know it! haha! I like the "I work out" bit. In my head I'm like YEAH I DO!

    Good luck to everyone starting this week! looking forward to hearing you all totally nailing it! I need some good motivation as I really struggled with my run this morning, I managed to aggrevate an old injury, hopefully will be fine with some stretching, fingers crossed!!
    Originally posted by i.love.baking
    I like things like Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, Call on Me by Eric somebody i think, most things by Lady Gaga, especially 'The Edge of Glory' , some stuff my Avici and also some of the new Justin Bieber stuff (oh God, i cant believe i just admitted that!).

    I hope your old injury heals again soon!
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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 11th Sep 16, 5:50 PM
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    wanttoebse - yes I am really looking forward to it, I've been feeling quite low this week, it will help with my mood. I like when I am running (will be mainly walking tomorrow but I will try to walk at a good pace) that I do just that, run and listen to the music, nothing else to think or worry about, its a good feeling
    Originally posted by iammumtoone
    I totally get what you mean. As well as getting fitter and hopefully losing a little weight, i want to get those endorphins kicking. I need something to boost my mood, so i am hoping this'll help with that.

    Sorry to hear you've been feeling low too. I hope the C25K helps us all

    ILovebaking- what week are you on? Was it week 2?
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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 12th Sep 16, 9:42 AM
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    Morning!

    Day 1 of Week 1 is DONE!! I am so proud of myself!
    It was raining, windy and foggy but i did it! I can't believe it

    I thought i may as well get used to running in bad weather..this is England after all, and we are leaving summer far behind by the looks of it.

    Things i worked out today:

    -I need thicker ankle socks. I wore trainer liners, which are super thin, and they rode down and almost off my foot, giving me blisters because it was also really rainy. So I'm going to go and get some of those tomorrow.

    -Shock Absorbers are AMAZING! No boob movement going on at all, no pain, super comfy. I am a DD so need to keep those babies contained!

    Did anyone else run this morning? Or running today? Let us know how you get on
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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 12th Sep 16, 9:43 AM
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    Oh, and thanks to the board guides/moderators for moving my thread for me
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 12th Sep 16, 11:24 AM
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    @WantToBeSE my suggestion would be to get some proper running socks. Or at least socks that are designed to wick away moisture from your foot.

    I am using these but they are not a recommendation for road running as I mostly trail run.

    Well done on completing your first day the hardest step has been done now
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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 12th Sep 16, 11:30 AM
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    Thanks indesisiv

    I've been looking at various socks, and it seems like running socks are the way to go.
    I don't do road running, i do trail running, so those look good.

    I'm looking forward to the next run (can i even call it a run??) on Wednesday.
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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 12th Sep 16, 1:57 PM
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    Well done wanttobese

    I had an easier start than you, its hot here, I got a bit burnt my phone said it was 32 deg , that is a false reading as phone was in my pocket but it was still very warm And I didn't take any water with me

    It was tough, very tough, I feel ashamed that I used to run at least 5K three times a week and I gave it up but life and children get in the way and I will get there again it will just take time. I also have to be realistic that it will take more time as I am five years older. Still I really enjoyed it, it felt good to be doing something again.

    I know what you mean about socks, no blisters here as my trainers are well worn in but I could feel my feet moving. I can't wait until the next Aldi running event they have socks and other good stuff.

    I have learnt MUST TAKE WATER WITH ME.

    I am also really looking forward to Wednesday, much more than I thought I would.

    Did you stretch afterwards? I have written down in a notebook, date, my time, distance and how I knackered I felt out of 10 (8 today), This will motivate me to keep going, I will be able to look back and see how I have improved.
    Last edited by iammumtoone; 12-09-2016 at 2:36 PM.
    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 12th Sep 16, 4:10 PM
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    Well done wanttobese

    I had an easier start than you, its hot here, I got a bit burnt my phone said it was 32 deg , that is a false reading as phone was in my pocket but it was still very warm And I didn't take any water with me

    It was tough, very tough, I feel ashamed that I used to run at least 5K three times a week and I gave it up but life and children get in the way and I will get there again it will just take time. I also have to be realistic that it will take more time as I am five years older. Still I really enjoyed it, it felt good to be doing something again.

    I know what you mean about socks, no blisters here as my trainers are well worn in but I could feel my feet moving. I can't wait until the next Aldi running event they have socks and other good stuff.

    I have learnt MUST TAKE WATER WITH ME.

    I am also really looking forward to Wednesday, much more than I thought I would.

    Did you stretch afterwards? I have written down in a notebook, date, my time, distance and how I knackered I felt out of 10 (8 today), This will motivate me to keep going, I will be able to look back and see how I have improved.
    Originally posted by iammumtoone
    Well Done IAMTO!!

    Thanks

    Oh you poor thing, you must have been boiling! 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 like the idea of writing down everything, what a great idea! I might do the same.

    I know what you mean about feeling a bit ashamed that i am so unfit. I've never been a runner, but i used to go the gym very regularly (almost daily at 1 point). But like you, children and general life got in the way and i didn't have the time or energy.
    But fitness levels soon decrease once we stop doing it, but we'll soon (ish!) build them back up again

    I think i'm going to buy some proper sports shorts/leggings in town tomorrow too. I only have 1 pair of normal leggings (which i wore this morning) but they weren't very good at keeping the sweat away from my skin.
    I don't want to spend a fortune though, so i might have a look at Primark for now.

    Does anyone know what their sports clothes are like?
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    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 12th Sep 16, 4:23 PM
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    I don't know about Primark but if you have a Decathlon they have lots of reasonably priced stuff. I need some new ones as mine keep falling down - either that or a belt/braces! Annoying really as I haven't had them long but I have lost a bit of weight.
    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 12th Sep 16, 8:09 PM
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    Well Done IAMTO!!
    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.
    Originally posted by WantToBeSE
    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.
    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 12th Sep 16, 8:58 PM
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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
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    • i.love.baking
    • By i.love.baking 12th Sep 16, 9:11 PM
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    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
    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 12th Sep 16, 9:19 PM
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    i.love.baking- My tip (through my many minutes of experience ) 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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    • sweetilemon
    • By sweetilemon 12th Sep 16, 9:46 PM
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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.
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 13th Sep 16, 7:07 AM
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    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.
    Originally posted by WantToBeSE
    @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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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 13th Sep 16, 7:20 AM
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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.
    Originally posted by sweetilemon
    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!

    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.
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    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 13th Sep 16, 7:24 AM
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    @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
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    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.
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    • sweetilemon
    • By sweetilemon 13th Sep 16, 9:37 AM
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    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!

    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.
    Originally posted by WantToBeSE

    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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