To worry about looking ridiculous when I start running?(270 Posts)
I have done
no very little exercise since I had the dc-a few periods where I've swum once a week but generally not. I am not huge, but a size 16 and not exactly small breasted.
I've decided that I'm going to start the couch to 5k thing I saw on Nhs choices and I was all fired up and ready to get on with it until I started thinking of getting running shoes and sports bra. Then it hit me that I would look just ridiculous and awful running and that the folks in the sports shop would think I was too.
I'm still going to do it, i would look sillier staying big and more importantly unfit andI want to set an example to the dc, but Aibu to think I will look silly for a while, and how long that while will be?
I look like a complete twat when I run, I'm a size 16-18 with massive boobs, I'm pretty sure I breathe like I'm about to pass out whilst running and my feet sound like great sacks of spuds galumphing in the floor with every step. However, I have headphones in and I concentrate on the ground in front of me. I can't hear me, I can't see me, I never look in passing windows and I stick to non urban areas if possible and I think 'at least I'm doing something about it'. Good luck!
i never think people jogging look silly whatever size they are, my first thought is good on you, go faster! whenever i exercise my face goes bright red and i look like a strawberry, however we look when we exercise we are still lapping the folks sat on their sofas!
Message withdrawn at poster's request.
Ooh, thanks already! Holiday armadillo-pl can I ask where you got a sports bra? I fear ending up in a and e having knocked myself out...
M & S do the best sports bras. Wear a baggy sweatshirt too, you will sweat more and burn the pounds off quicker as well.
You'll get over it - I used only run at night (even though I was terrified - it was better than having anyone witness my ridiculousness!) I'm still a wee bit self conscious but not so much. All people think is: good for her getting out there. DH runs with a group and they are ALL self conscious and won't run through town!
PS best sports bra is a Shock Absorber - I got mine in Debenhams.
Yep mine is a Marksies one too. Very good and I have no pain whilst or after running. (Size 38G)
Off to m and s today! Sorry about the questions-but what can I get away with spending on trainers? Don't want to do myself in but equally want to be a bit careful not to overspend on something I haven't actually done yet.
I am also a size 16 and this is the best ever sports bra. Well worth every penny
If you have big knockers I highly recommend a shockabsorber bra - bravissimo sell them online. I am a 38f and it is brilliant.
I find running totally comfortable in it.
I'm a similar size as you and thought the same when I started running but now I can honestly say I don't give a shite about what anyone thinks if I run past them.
You can't control what other people think unfortunately and I spent too much of my life feeling insecure because of that.
The one I was talking about is the one that rottentomatoes has linked to!
I'm also a 16 (was an 18), and run at night in the dark because I think I look like a prat! I like the idea of a cap, might get one myself.
I got my sports bra from Marks and Spencers too and it is really good. I have huge knockers, but I haven't once knocked myself out as yet. No pain either whilst running or afterwards. I would definitely recommend them.
I think it's normal to worry about how you'll look, but please don't let it put you off.
I went from a beginners walk-run programme to a decent half-marathon in under two years and loved it. I wasn't overweight to start with, but was very unfit and could honestly only just complete the one minute running the programme required, so felt very self conscious in the park alongside the 'proper' runners.
I can only second what everyone else has said - by running at all you're way ahead of many people.
A hat can help, as someone has already said, and also I find sunglasses make me feel more confident in the same way. Remember too that no-one who sees you knows how long you've been running or what you're doing. If you're slow, it might be because you're warming up for all they know. Or if you're puffed it might be because you're doing intervals. Even if they can tell you're a beginner, if people think anything it'll be 'I should really do that'
Bra-wise, I'm a 30E (or at least I was before pregnancy and feeding, my current nursing bra is a 32I!) and got my running bras from Bravissimo. I think they're Fantasie. I don't like the shock absorber because racer backs make my narrow shoulders ache.
I found I couldn't run while pregnant, although I know lots of people do, but now that my baby is 7 weeks I'm starting to think about getting back to it and can't wait. After 9 months off I'll be back to square one, though, and with a bit of extra weight this time, so I'll be walk-running and not worrying what I look like again!
Disagree re marks and spencer - get a shock absorber - try debenhams.
I'm 18 months on from C25K an it change my life. Don't worry about looking silly - you won't. With a decent bra you won't have to worry about jiggle - mine were a 38F when I started and didn't have a problem.
Wear headphones and sunglasses and you won't care!
Oh, just saw you're trainers question. You don't need to spend loads, but you do need to get properly fitted the first time. If you're in London go to Run and Become near Victoria. If not, do go to a proper running shop where they can look at your gait and advise.
Good to know that a running shop might not break the bank. Might go today-my trainers are
20 years quite old.
I'm a size 10 with smallish boobs and I look like an utter dick when running
I don't let it stop me though, I've just accepted the fact I'll always look like I'm being chased by a swarm of bees....
Honestly no one will think you look silly.
I started January 2012. At the time I was a size 20 and HH norks. Initially I too felt silly (I did the C25K) and only went out in the dark with a hoody/beanie on but within 4 weeks I felt brave enough to go out in daylight hours.
I now wear tight lycra running tights and top and have gone down to a size 16. My norks are now only a G cup. You will feel so much better and once you start you really do miss it if you can't go for one reason or another.
I feel exactly the same. And people stare at you!
I find headphones help.
I used to go out running at 20 stone and a size 24 so don't worry about what size you are. In fact I did a triathlon at a size 22! I wore an enell sports bra, it basically pins everything down including my JJ boobs.
Good luck. I'm hoping to start again soon once my pelvis is sorted as it went kapput in pregnancy
Get proper trainers!! And well done
I did the NHS one but then downloaded the c25k by bluefinapps as you can have your own music playing
I'm a c25k graduate and have just joined a running club. Don't worry what others think, I agree with everyone else. No negative thoughts!
Oh, and get a copy of Running Made Easy for motivation, tips and training programmes.
This thread, and the slight improvement in the weather, has really made me want to get back out there.
Who cares OP?! I mean, seriously. who cares what other people think? What is important is you when you're running, not what anyone else thinks. That said, I doubt anyone will notice you anyway.
I'm a runner, and in the unlikely event I look at someone else out running, I don't make judgements on their running style. I must admit I might briefly think about whether they're faster or slower than me, but that's the extent of it! If I see someone really large out running, and I mean by that perhaps over a size 20 or so, I would think nothing but really admiring thoughts about them.
You will probably find that running makes you more self confident and more likely to feel like twatting someone that gives you any negativism.
That said, you might get abuse shouted at you, but ignore it, develop a thick skin. I'm a size 8 - 10, and I get it. We live in a country where abuse gets shouted at women on their own. I was on holiday in Turkey recently, and thought I would get hassled while I was running alone, but actually it was fine, and so refreshing not to be shouted at by groups of children when you passed them.
btw when I was larger boobed, by far the most effective thing for keeping them from bouncing was wearing a tight fit racer style swimsuit underneath instead of a bra.
I spend £70 - £80 on trainers and they last me about 6 months.
Ok, one more thing and then I'll stop evangelising, I promise.
Last summer I was shouted at by a group of young men sprawled on the beach as I ran by. I was at the end of a really hard speed training run and cooling down, so running very slowly (although, to be honest, I always run quite slowly, it doesn't matter). They shouted stuff about how slowly I was going, plus a few sarcastic "looking good" type things. I finished the run then went back and calmly challenged them on what they'd said, pointing out how unpleasant it is to shout at a woman like that. They didn't really know how to respond and I felt absolutely great. It was running that gave me that confidence.
I had a thread a while ago in Sport & Exercise. It is titled 'fat people in the gym'. It's not a piss take, it was about taking a friend to the gym with me, and her being scared people wouldn't look favourably on her because she was big. It might help you to have a read through wrt worrying about how you will look to others.
Sorry, would link but not on computer!
I challenge them too PhoebeC, but I'm not quite so nice about it. The words "under-achieving losers" tends to feature if the giver of the abuse isn't actually running themselves. Running makes you really confident.
I'm average size with tiny boobs and kids/ men shout at me when I run, you just have to ignore them. Your size/ running ability has nothin to do with it and don't let them ruin your run. I am evangelical about running. It is so empowering, you'll get hooked! Have fun!
Yes yes, what everyone else says! And download an app that gives you a cheer over your headphones whenever anyone 'likes' you on fb. I like Nike Running, but there are a few. They register your runs and your progress, it really motivates you.
I love that you challenged them PheobeC!
I look like a total knob when I'm running - bum wobbles, a lot, I run fairly slowly and I'm sure I am so fat I sound like a herd of elephants ! I'm a size 16 but not a toned 16. I've done couch to 5 k a few times but never got past week 5 for some reason. I just wear sunglasses, cap and run when not many people around. I was a size 10 before dd and been this size now for over 5 years so I am accustomed to the fact I am a but fat and now trying to get something done about it. Good Luck
I don't know if that link is going to work on the iPad, but that's the thread I referred to above.
When I lived in a house that had a really quiet road, I used to take the dog out for a run in the morning when no one else could see and I really enjoyed it!
Now I am a bit heavier and much more self conscious. Even if I take a few little runny steps I can feel my arse cheeks jumping up and down as I do it and then stop I really admire you, OP, for getting out and doing it!
As a size 18 with vv big bosom, in about 5 years of running (inc several half marathons) I am sure i looked ridiculous but only ever got the following comments from passers by -
'Good on you' (twice)
"Wish I had your motivation'
'Blimey has that woman nexer heard of a sports bra' ( from a quite amusing 12 year old...felt like stopping to point out that I was actually wearing two sports bras at the time..)
One comment made from one passing male to his friend which I didn't hear, but I did hear the friend rebuke him saying 'good on her for getting fit'.
For confidence, I go for a really lightweight running jacket that covers my bum a bit, long flared running trouser/yoga pant type things, and a baseball cap. I listen to music if not on an isolated route, then I worry less about other people. Have fun
ive never had any comments
I run in the park now,and get smiles from fellow runners and dog walkers and pram joggers.
Well done you for starting the c25k. With regards to trainers I always get mine online you can get last years model for about half the price if you're lucky and in any case they are always cheaper. You can try them on in sports shop beforehand
You won't look ridiculous. You will look as though you care about your body and your health, and that's something to feel really proud of!
Bra - couldn't afford a decent sports bra when I started running (sz16/18), had a cheapo Tesco one, wasn't very comfortable until my body and bombs shrunk in size tbh. So get a decent one if you can.
Trainers - I had some £45 Asics, well comfy, lasted about 18 months before I retired them as they no longer seemed springy, but the Reeboks I replaced them with were rubbish so when I start again I'll be going back to Asics. No gait analysis places local to me.
The only time I had things shouted at me was when running with one or two other women, perhaps people thought we could handle it better cos there were a few of us I feel like I've been looked at a few times but I don't acknowledge it, and I only ever ran in the dark/dusk, and not alongside a main road.
(obviously we don't know your area so can't say whether that's a safe option for you or not, but I would hate to think that any woman feels so self conscious when running, that she would run an unsafe route!) I use headphones and that's not really very safe in the dark, but I would feel fine doing it in daylight.
I'm slimmish (10-12) and fittish and have run on and off for years. I get very occasional comments and the odd toot from a passing car (more so when I was younger...). I mention this just to show that it's not because you are feeling a bit big that stupid people shout at you - they would probably do it to a twig. It's about their own insecurities and need to show off.
Another vote for the shock absorber run bra here.
I've just signed up for Race for Life in July and this thread has given me some encouragement to go out jogging.
I don't particularly enjoy running, but do intend to get out and do some training before the event.
It's the London Mazza next weekend. I always find watching a bit of that gives me extra running inspiration.
Da-dum-de-dum-da-da-da-da-dum (that was my attempt at the BBC's London marathon theme!).
I run in a baseball cap. When you try on a sports bra, jump up and down. If your boobs move, forget it.
I run in a baggy t shirt and loose bottoms. I feel self conscious too, which is why I took up cross country running love running up hills- best for bottoms!
If you walk then run then walk - no one is privy to your training program even if you only jog a bit, and walk. Ignore idiots who toot horns.
Another vote for shock absorber bras here. I have 4.
I was a size 20ish when i started. I went out in daylight with a quite "fuck you" attitude to begin, but with my headphones in i may as well be on a different planet and i don't remember feeling 'looked at' ever.
Now I'm a size 12 i prance through the centre of town on a run in my lycra all the time, rubbing my it arse in everyone's lardy couch potato faces :-)
There's a great motivational t shirt I've seen online. On the back it says : fat. Fifty. Diabetic. Ahead of you. If ever I do another fun run, I'm doing myself a version. I think it says it all (except I'm only ever ahead of someone because they've lapped me). Seriously, I started c25k when nearly 4 stone overweight. Old men walked their dogs faster than me. But as Jillian michaels will tell you, transformation is not a future event but a present day activity. I am 3 stone lighter now and still the crappiest runner in town!
To be honest, whenever I see someone fat running I think 'bloody well done, I wish I would make myself do that'. Really don't mean to sound patronising btw. You can't look ridiculous, you look motivated and not lazy and anyway I bet once you start, you'll just concentrate on your running and nothing else.
I used to run and it was fab, I loved it, but didn't do it enough and now never anymore....desperately unfit!
I'm a big fan of 'shock absorber' level 4 sports bras.
I hate shorts - always wear 3/4 length capris
I started in baggy tshirts, and in a baseball cap to avoid eye-contact.
If you have a parkrun anywhere near you www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/ head on down to get some inspiration and see the massive range of people who run these events... people at my local one finish it in anything from 16mins to 40mins!
and get ready to parkrun yourself when you've finished your C25k programme
Yesterday was my second run. My first mini-challenge is to be able to run around the block. May sound pathetic but I'm very unfit and need baby steps to build my fitness but my confidence it the biggest problem. I have a shock absorber bra and nice sports clothes. I have fairly decent Nike trainers which I think were about £60 or £70. My first run was really walking with a teeny tiny bit of running thrown in. I was so self conscious I nearly chickened out of running at all. Yesterday I was more confident and I'm keen to go out again later. I will be running around the block within a week and then I will look at the best way to train properly. I've signed up for a 5km run in June and am keen to run as much as possible. I'm unfit and overweight but having taken the first steps I can only hope my confidence improves as my fitness does. Good luck!! Ellie xXx
my running club are in London marathon so ive been training with them...oh boy!!!
kids say, 'mum,that will be you next year' lol I doubt it
No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping the people on the sofa!
I never thing anyone exercising looks silly, I always feel pleased when I see people trying their beat!
Go for it op, well done!
(Am currently rather pregnant so can't run but)...I'm overweight and love to run and whole heartedly agree with what's been said on here. I had one teenage
pipsqueak shout at me what I can only presume was a rude comment but I had my head phones in and merely shrugged. I was training for a 10k for which we as a group raised a big amount of money for cancer research so I didn't care. Generally I've always had people encouraging me! Smiling, nodding, even had kids in a car wave at me!
It's definitely worth getting good shoes, you will note a difference. Re the bra, it depends on your size but if you're up to a D cup I actually found the sports bras in Sports Direct (?lonsdale) are very reasonable and do a good job.
Go for it! It'll be tough at first but I've never found anything impact on my body and self-esteem so quickly!
Wear 2 Shockabsorbers. Get the one that looks like a standard , but industrially constructed bra, wear that underneath and top it with a second compression style one.
Dont just get the compression type, they have no more support than a very tight t shirt which is no use at all for anything but a very tiny bust.
I run alone sometimes, at other times with a group if women friends. There will always be a breed of man who can't help themselves from making remarks regardless of who is doing or looking like what. Ignore them and get yourself out. This is your life. You do what you want to do. Don't let fear of the type of utter loser who can't keep his gob shut stop you from doing anything. Remember, that's why they do it, to try and get you to react and by doing so, have some control over women.
Don't let them spoil anything for you. I'm just back from a run myself - I just kept a circuit of my block today cos I'm not really feeling well and wanted to be able to get home if I needed to. I passed the same old fool several times, he made a remark every single time. I'm slim so don't be fooled into thinking it's anything got to do with what you're like. It's 100% them.
Another fan of Shockabsorber Run (just noticed some good prices on Amazon - about £10 off standard price).
Please don't waste time and energy wondering what you look like running, or what other people think. It's not something you can do much about and it really doesn't matter. (Having said that, I've run for years and rarely get any comments. The very few I've had, have been jokey or encouraging ones.) Just focus on enjoying your running and the benefits it will bring.
I always feel self conscious but with headphones and cap I can block everyone else.
I wear one of those exercise tops with built in bra over my sports bra for extra support. Then baggy top.
So-I feel inspired to do my first run thanks to you all. Which is just as well because after trainers, socks and bra I'm £143 lighter. But the man in the shop was very nice and apparently my 20 year old trainers won't do the job! Just calculated that I'll have to do 35 runs before running becomes cheaper than swimming but at least I can do it just by stepping out of my front door!
Thank you all! Oh-bought the shock absorber bra that had multiple recommendations!
Well done! You might be bitten by the running bug good trainers make a huge difference and don't forget to renew them at maybe 6 month intervals, depending in your level of use.
Thinking back, the funniest comment I had was from an old chap walking his dog who watched me run up a hill and said " cor, I bet you don't eat much bread and butter pudding!" I patted my tummy and ran on
Oh, not the twenty year gap l
I have huge respect for any runner.
I just can't do it.
Well done, don't give up. ( I know you haven't started but you know what I mean )
I've never had any comments when out running except encouragement from people I know (which is almost worse - I prefer to be anonymous!)
Re: bras, I like Shock Absorber too. figleaves.com sometimes has them on sale (although, alas, usually at the end of the summer rather than the start).
Re: shoes, please don't get trainers, get proper running shoes (yes, there is a difference). And do go to a specialist shop to get your gait checked before you buy. It can be a bit more expensive but not half as expensive as only wearing them twice then before leaving them to rot in a cupboard because you've knackered your knees and can't run any more! As someone else has said Run & Become in Victoria is excellent but there are lots of other places that do gait analysis.
I haven't looked at the NHS couch to 5k thing but I found The Running Bug quite good for tips and training plans. I also used a mobile app (I've used both RunKeeper and MapMyRun) to track my progress as it was really encouraging to see the improvement.
The best motivator though was that a friend and I signed up together to do a 10k run. We only ran together a couple of times (she left me for dust both times!) but it was really good for those days when I was tempted to think "Oh I can't be bothered to run" then thought "Oh but she went out yesterday... I can't let her get ahead". When we did the 10k, I was only 5 minutes slower overall which I was really pleased with. Oh, and I'd gone down a dress size and lost over half a stone, which I was even more pleased with!
One tip is that tighter running trousers will go someway to limit stomach jiggle when you run. I found my stomach really hurt in looser trousers. My running trousers are now tight ones but with a little skirt piece attached, so my bum is a bit hidden .
Ali- don't worry-went to proper running shop and they are running shoes-just used to the word trainers . Had to run (or a near approximation of it) in them to show the nice man they were right. Apparently, it's about more than liking the colour .
Just mentioned this thread on the thread mnhq have started about what's best about mumsnet-I think I'll picture you all cheering me on when I do my first run!
OP Get Asics or Nike runners, (personally i think asics are better. You can spend upward of £30-£40, but i got a perfectly good pair of asics for £40 in the sale.
MOST IMPORTANT!! Buy the supportiver insoles for your runners! This is crucial and will prevent shin splints and the like. You buy them separately in a packet, not expensive, a few quid, whip out the existing insoles in your runners and replace with these ones and you notice a huge difference in the support. Also means you can buy the cheaper asics trainers but still get that fantastic support your feet need.
I feel a bit clever that I got asics now-although if the running shop had said wellies were the thing to buy I'd have got those!
Go for it. Most people will think good for you if they notice you at all whilst they pant desperately around the park looking like a tomato (not describing myself here at all . Best bra is a shock absorber. Sweaty Betty do them too. I got a dd when I was still bf and it was fab. Good luck with it. It's amazing fun once you get going.
Whenever I see runners who are possibly closer to my ample size, I always think 'Good for you!' and wish I had the resolution to get out there and do it myself.
Trust me, there will be a lot of people admiring you.
Interesting to see other larger people. I'm about size 20 and quite overweight. Separate but linked question. Is it safe? I'd assumed I need to lose weight before I started due to pressure on joints and sheer weight?
I run like Phoebe from Friends www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_0Ta_DIWuU and people have passed comment, but you know what? I don't give a fuck. I like running, this is the way I run and sod the rest of them. As long as you're out and about getting exercise it doesn't mater what people think.
I run either very early in the morning or late at night and say that this is the best time for me to go out but in truth its also because I don't want to be seen out running. Am size 14/16, completed the NHS programme last year and then lost motivation, ate cakes for 9 weeks! Am now in week 6 and am determined to continue this time!! Tips for gear: Panache sports bra, mens running tops because they are longer and cover my backside, headphones and collie who is always ready to run.
Sorry - clearly I'm no expert having yet to complete my first run, but I think from what I've gleaned from my trip to the running shop today and this thread is that good, proper running shoes are really key and a good bra. A running shop would advise you-initially over the phone of you don't just want to turn up. My guess is it'll be fine with those two items,
Another night-time runner here
I never judge another runner or think they look silly though
unless they're wearing obscenely short shorts in winter. Ditto very overweight people at the gym, like my friend who feels very self-conscious and thinks people are laughing at her. They are actually getting out and doing some exercise, good on them!
Please don't tell me you're going running in just a sports bra and running shoes!
There's a few of us doing the c25k at the moment. Come and join us here if you like! I'm on week 4 at the moment and am well past caring what I look like running...
Another vote for the shock absorbers run bra
And parkrun. It's free, every Saturday morning in a park near you. Once you sign up you get a text and an email each week with your time. It's really encouraging as you can see your time drop each month at the beginning.
Lots of beginners take about 40 mins to get round, by jogging/walk ing . Many of them are carrying a few extra lbs or not so young. Others are running to help them recover from a heart bypass or cancer. It's very inspiring .
Thanks. I might try losing a stone to get motivation and walk more . . them try and take the plunge!
Thank god for mumsnet again, youmaycallme! Trousers and too too? Until this thread I think I lacked confidence to do it without a paper bag on my head-but I think nearly naked might be too much for everyone!
Over use of the phrase 'at the moment' sorry
I'm drinking wine at the moment. I'm allowed cos I go running
PhoebeC, you might find that you're not as back to square 1 as you expected. I used to run, then didn't when pregnant but after, having pushed a buggy around for a few months, I got up the courage to run again and found I was nowhere near as unfit as I thought I might be.
And your beach story is FANTASTIC! Well done you - I shall remember this one and employ it (thankfully no one has ever said anything to me that I have heard at least).
Used to drive home from work locally, about 10 years back. Was a woman of routine.
Used to see another woman of routine.
First clocked her on the way home in around Springtime, around the time the clocks changed. Not sure why I noticed her, I just did. Might have been the red face.
Saw her every day thereafter for months and months.
Saw her go from a size 18-20 (I would guess) to a neat 12, maybe a 10. Then I changed job.
I changed my job, she changed her life.
Don't forget socks, pants and a hi-vis!
Pants? Erm...special ones? Have got fancy new socks but may need to wait until I've done an actual run before purchasing hi vis. Dh has just asked what I will put my phone in while the nice lady is talking to me about what to do next via couch to 5k podcast. I thought my hand. Another sign of naively? Any suggestions?
No, just normal ones. Unless you aren't wearing a hi-vis, in which case ones you wouldn't mind showing off to paramedics
I'm a size 16 and I'm also charging towards 54. I started couch to 5k over a year ago and I went through all that "oh people will laugh at me" stuff. The only comments I ever heard were very encouraging / supportive ones. I used to take the dog in the hope that peope wouldn't notice I was running.
I amazed myself as I almost got to the end of the programme, but then various things were going on and I had to stop. Today, I have started again at Week 2. I'm cross that I allowed it to slip, but I know that I did better this time than the first time. I had to drag the dog as she is in a worse state than I am!
Honestly, it is a brilliant programme. Just do it!!
I nicked my husbands soft shell jacket and put phone in the breast pocket. The jacket covers my backside and has long sleeves which help keep my hands warm. Some running leggings have zip pockets for phone etc.
Im joping to start running again. I haven't did it for about 4 years. I put a couple of extra stone on due to being ill with gynae problems. I had a hysterectomy in August..
I used to run in the dark too. When starting off I run between lampposts. Then walk between the next ones and gradually build it up.
I run with headphones in and once the battery died on my ipod. It was then I realised I sound like a train huffing and puffing along .
I was size 22 when I had to go to a meeting on the 3rd floor at work when the lift was broken. By the time I got to the top of the stairs I genuinely thought that I was having a heart attack. That evening I was in Tesco as they were putting up signs for the Race For Life. I decided there and then that I would sign up to lose weight.
Colleagues and friends were so stunned by the prospect of me running that they were very generous with their sponsorship.
I did it. I was slow, but I did it.
I got the running bug and ended up organising our company's team entries to various 5k, then 10k events. It culminated in us doing a 1/2 marathon!
By then I was size 14.
As the slogan goes ... Just Do It!
I've skipped thru a lot of this, but I started running and went from wearing all black to now have 2 fluorescent tops, we do a lot of country lane running and you need to be visible!!
What I really noticed last year when I had it in my mind t start running, was that after watching my sister do a 10k race, people that were beating Ghurkas, in military kit/regiment t's were size 18 or 16 or 14 ...l people were soooo much bigger than I thought.
You won't stand out
Try and join a local club, it reaaaallly helps.
I have an arm pocket thing from Lidl, it's great, fits my phone and room for a key and best of all, stops me bingo wings flapping!
I went for my third run tonight. I don't usually take my keys but had to because DP was going out. I ended up putting them in my bra! Probably not the greatest idea but as a complete beginner I really didn't need the distraction of holding my keys!! xXx
I bought some 3/4 trews from primary and they have a zip pocket above your bum crack. Handy for a door key!
And now I've bought a pink arm pocket on eBay! I sense running has shopping as its sister sport! Not buying anything else, just not!
Message withdrawn at poster's request.
Another advocate of the arm holder for your phone and key here, and for a cap. And a special water bottle that has a handle is also useful.
I really hope you enjoy your journey into running - I started just over a year and a half ago, had no idea what I was doing but did at least get myself a decent pair of running shoes. I rashly decided to set myself a goal of running a half marathon 12 weeks from when I started - it was incredibly hard work, but I absolutely loved it and went on to run a marathon less than a year later.
I've not had any unpleasant comments, but I have been shocked at what a twat I look like running when I catch a glimpse of myself in windows! At first it did make me feel a bit self-conscious but now I couldn't care less - I love running, and even when it's a bad run, it's better than doing nothing.
Something I found really motivational was listening to the Marathon Talk podcasts on my ipod on my runs - not only a distraction from the pain, but really inspirational and informative.
Go for it. I think most people would respect you rather than sneer at you. Good luck.
go molehill, running is great! Another vote for both shock absorbers bra and park run !!!!
wow what a fantastic supportive thread! MN at its best
not just full of judgy pants haters
Go for it OP x
Don't tell anyone, but I might do the first run tomorrow! Those shoes are made for running (or at least a brisk 5 min walk followed by alternating 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking .
Sorry if someone has said this already, don[t have time to read the entire thread, but I have massive boobs and since I got myself a shockabsorber running bra I literally am not aware of having boobs at all!
I have been ill this year so unable to run but I previously I ran for 10 years and had all kinds of strange things said to me...the funniest was probably when someone shouted "wobble, wobble, wobble" out of a passing car! I genuinely did not give a toss. I started, like you, really, really gradually and progressed to running half and full marathons, I made tons of lovely friends through running and it made me feel fantastic about myself. I cannot wait to get back to it.
Please try not to give anyone else a second thought. I just think "I am running, you are not, deep down you are probably jealous"! Basically, really don't worry about it, WHO CARES what they think? You are getting fit, achieving something and probably inspiring others! Go for it!
Shhh! Tell no one but I'm off for a run! My feet look the part-the rest a bit less so but I've downloaded my podcast and am about to go!
When running in daylight I wear sunglasses so no one can see my eyes, SAS style
Hey we'll done!
I should go really ...
I've been! It was great! I actually ran and the podcast was brilliant-just as I thought I hope that block of running is up soon...it was! Lovely morning, saw one other runner who was walking at the time and a lot of sheep who bleated. Can't really tell if they approved or not - their lambs were very lovely though. And equipment worked-no noticeable chest wobble and shoes comfy. Thanks all-I'm absolutely sure I wouldn't have gone if it weren't for this thread. Next run Tuesday...
Hello! I'm a big fat porker. A size 14 on a good day and I started running at New Year. I have the bonus of living in the country so when I go out no one really sees me! I'm not particularly bothered what others might think of me running anyway. People who are stupid enough to shout abuse at joggers are thick little simple life forms anyway so don't worry about them.
Do you live anywhere near the country? Do you have friends who live rurally? It might help with your confidence to map a route out in the country where no one will see you until you feel good enough about yourself to go back to where you live.
Also for bras, I thought shock absorbers were good until I discovered the Enell www.boobydoo.co.uk/enell.html I swear its absolutely amazing and they do not move at all! I also ride and wish I'd discovered this years ago because it really has made a huge difference to me. They aren't very sexy (what sports bra is!!?) but its worth every single penny. I'm a 34G/H. In fact sometimes I just wear it as a normal bra because its like I've had an instant reduction!
Good luck and just go for it. Once you've started you'll wonder why you were worrying about what others think.
Just wanted to let you know Molehill you inspired someone else already! I went to bed thinking about your thread and today completed my first walk run in a year (since recovering from illness) with my favourite hairy, 4 legged "personal trainer". I feel euphoric! So glad you did your run and it went well for you too. Let's keep it going.
Ooh cherries, I feel a bit tearful! I can't honestly say I've ever been someone's inspiration to exercise before! Go you! Well done!
Hurrah and well done you!
And me! First run last night since before I got pregnant with youngest son who is now 18 months. I am a really really crap runner. I managed 4 months before pregnancy wiped me out and went from monumentally useless to moderately rubbish in that time.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Oh! And for the first time ever, I was wolf whistled at by a gang of yoofs. I assume they meant it sarcastically as I am a size 16/18, my mega norks were strapped into an enell sports bra - the best sports bra ever but so unsexy. I was also clutching my running leggings and knickers which were sliding down - they fit but the tie at the waist is lost.
Instead of being mortified at attracting their attention, I though 'I must tell mumsnet'
it'snotunusual-well done! No obviously but some and maybe a . Actually, sod it, we've earnt a if we want one!
I have just started C25k again at a size 16 and very unfit. Only on run 2 but trawling about for the relevant thread I found a post I put on this time last year being proud of myself for doing 40 minutes! It does work!
I run in ancient leggings and t-shirts BTW so u don't need to spend a fortune on gear - ignore the gazelle like springy ladies in coordinated Lycra. You don't need all of that stuff if you don't want it.
Well done dementedma Ooh, but I do want the gear a bit! Not having it though! My lovely shoes are enough and the wonderful shock absorber. Honestly, I forgot that I was a size sixteen with 34g (but bigger in normal bras) boobs. Until I looked in a window, I was a springy gazelle lady. Answer-don't look! The sheep cared little.
Go for it! There was a woman on TV once who had been obese-she was so embarrassed that she started by running in a coat with handbag so that it looked as if she was running for a bus!! The weight started to go and she dressed properly for it.
I see quite a few 'larger ladies' when I am out running and I just think 'good for you'-nothing else.
Well done mole!
I'm hoping (?) to go my first walk/run tonight <wibles>
Well done OP. I started recently doing very basic running, mix of walk two minutes,run one minute. I found that I got caught up in achieving the times,and forgot all about whether anyone could see me or not. It's a great feeling.
I've been running on and off since school but have been flagging recently as my fitness is low and I couldn't be arsed to get back out there and work to get it back but your thread has reminded me how good it feels when it goes well and so I'm going to dig my trainers out and go later. The short term pain is definitely worth the euphoria when you have a good run and those feel-good hormones kick in! And I always feel I look better when I'm regularly running (even if in reality I probably don't!)
I second the recommendations for Shock Absorber sports bras - totally the best. Enell are also good as they don't half strap you in. When my boobs were huge I would wear a Shock Absorber and then a Sport Jock crop top on top just to avoid as much movement as possible. The most comfortable way of running with boobs is to strap them close to your body. Bloody hard work getting the kit off once when you go for your shower, but I think it is worth it.
As for trainers, Asics work for lots of us. You can get bargains online if you go for last year's styles.
Don't worry about looking crap. I used to dribble. Really. And it would get all drippy and mixed in with sweat. And then I'd wipe it away with my hand - this is when I could hardly breathe but was fighting to keep going - and then I'd have to wipe my hand on my leggings or top. Yeuch!
You notice that people who run say 'When my boobs were bigger...' The operative word is 'were'.... if you keep running you get toned and shapely and even more gorgeous and your boobs may even start to behave themselves at a slightly smaller cup size.
Also, set yourself attainable goals or you'll never go out. If you don't feel like getting your trainers on, just say to yourself 'Oh I'll just potter out for 20 minutes to say I've done it.' And then you do it.
I started c25k this week. I've done one run so far. I'm a 16-18, 36G chest. I wear a sports bra that's actually too small but actually it does the job, no black eyes or discomfort and I got it from ebay.
I ran up on the local school field - out of the way, round one of the rugby pitches. I ran round half the pitch (60 seconds) and walked the other half (90 seconds) - it was really helpful to see the line coming up at the end of the run and thinking 'nearly there' when I felt like giving up. I nearly stopped but didn't - and by the time I got home I was knackered, but after a quick drink and a rest I was up doing the Shred!
Brilliant, OP - I started running when DS2 was 1 - I went early in the morning, so no one would see me and ran round our local rugby pitch. In the beginning I could do no more than 3/4 of the side of the pitch before needing to have a rest. I now do 5k easily within 30 mins, and do so at least 3 times a week. Running is the most fantastic therapy, both physically and mentally, and honestly, if I see someone who is just starting out I think 'Good on you' - keep at it, you will not believe how much better you will get and the personal rewards are amazing.
Ahhhh!!!! That's so lovely Mole! I can't tell you what a special day it was for me. I have been so depressed at being ill and thought I would never get out there again. Running is my thing! I'm not good at it but I am stubborn and just love the fact that if you keep putting one foot in front of the other you will get there, slowly but surely! That is my motto by the way...."slowly but surely completes the race"! Happy running to all, let's keep each other motivated!t
Hooray to that! Question now is will I find the next run harder or easier? Not sure what to expect.
If you are following c25k then you might find the next couple of runs easier. I am finding the start of each new week tough, as it steps up a gear, but then by the end of the week I feel ready
sort of for the next challenge.
I'm starting week 5 tomorrow... It ends with a non-stop 20 minute run <wibble>
Flisspaps - I am one run ahead of you so let's keep at it.my next one is tomorrow so finger s crossed for success
Week 5-impressive! You'll do it! It would be nice to feel easier-it was manageable today and not at all overwhelming, but it'd be great to see progress and that it's easier. The front of my calves feel stiff today but apart from that I appear unscathed and actually more energetic than I would be normally.
Fliss-when's your next run? Good luck! We should "graduate" together.
Demented-you've nearly done week one? Fab.
Thanks mole. Yeah, W1,R3 tomorrow and then onwards and upwards
I completed w1r1 this evening. So proud of myself I'm telling anyone and everyone!!! Good luck to everyone! xXx
If I see a larger person running, I can't think of a time when I've thought they look ridiculous. I think "Good on them and I hope they keep it up". If it was myself, I wouldn't just wear 3/4 pants and a sports bra though - would probably wear a t-shirt to hide my midsection rolls
Well done! Just be careful with front calf pain as it can lead to shin splints. Look it up, and I'm sure you'll get advice on here. I ran up hills, on soft grass as much as poss, and tried to keep off hard surfaces.
Have you a running club near you? It's not scary, they aren't all stick thin and run miles every weekend effortlessly
My second run should have been
Saturday but it was DS's birthday party and I over indulged/was knackered and yesterday we were at an engagement party. I have logged it today on MFP which means I'll have to do it - plus a couple of days off exercise is supposed to be good; I'd gone from nothing to Shred and C25k in a week with no days off!
Was wondering if I could join?
Finished work at the end of February, and decided this was the first challenge I wanted to tackle. My husband runs ( can run 10k quite easily ), I wanted to see if I could do it. Before I began, I couldn't run the length of myself!
I will be doing W4R2 either today or tomorrow. Was nervous to do a 5 minute run ( how would I be able to manage? ), but did it at the weekend. I find that because Laura tells you, for example, that you have run for 4 minutes and only have 1 minute left; I then tell myself that it's myself another 60 seconds then it's done. I have also told myself that I have to do all three runs without failing before I move to the next week and that's an added incentive.
My sister is also doing C25k, but she lives in Yorkshire. I do think the competitive edge is also spurring me on- can't be beaten by my little sister, although she is very supportive and it is something we are both enjoying, something that is just for us IYSWIM.
If I manage to get through this week, I am dreading next week. W5 ends with the 20 min run . Think I will need to get my husband to keep me company and spur me on. Can't see myself being able to do that, but I thought I wouldn't be able to run 60 seconds two months ago.
One step at a time......
Good work on getting out there Op.
I did not run until I was 40. Now 45 and not the best ever, but have a half marathon under my belt, a couple of 10 k and do parkrun most weeks.
I got into it as I found a beginners group organised by my local council. It was good to start off eifgt at the beginning, with a qualified instructor leading us, warm ups etc. Most of us are still I'm touch, and meet once or twice a week to run together.
Parkrun is fab too. Check out the website for a local run. It's good as you try and best your time each week. The one I go to is huge now, and there is a cafe serving cake and coffee for afterwards.
Don't bother what you look like. You are moving and looking after your health.
I like the comment prev. JFDI!!
Hi mogglemoo! Good work on getting so far-w4r2 seems a way off for me!
You have to have rest days, fliss. The key to anything I try to do regularly has always been what to do when life gets in the way and you can't do what you planned. My view is (wait for the astounding level of wisdom and insight!) that you just do it the next chance you can. Too many of my plans have fallen by the wayside of perfectionism ie if I can't follow the plan to the day and the letter I'd better give up. Not this time!
I feel surprisingly good today. The ache in my calves was the same as when I switch from heeled boots to sandals in the summer and it goes after a couple of days. Going to make sure I stretch afterwards and run on grass tomorrow. Friend is having dd2 for an hour so I can do the second run in daytime. Then I'm planning an evening run on thurs.
You'd be surprised how quickly the weeks go!
I know what you mean about using any excuse to quit. I've found that even if the weather is crap, I'm busy or whatever it doesn't matter if I miss a day; I just go out the next day. Because of holidays etc I decided to repeat W3 as more than a week had passed since I had last run- the world didn't end, I just got back on the horse!
One thing I do remember though- on W2R1 was OK (in OK I mean I managed it without collapsing!). I assumed W2R2 would be easier but it wasn't, it was hell. I ended up really demoralised, having assumed that each subsequent run would be easier and that progress would be steady. My husband ( the runner ) says that sometimes, for whatever reason, some runs are harder; you may be tired, hungover, it may be windy/cold... WHATEVER!
So if you do have a crap run, don't sweat it- literally!!
There's always next time...
PS- to answer your OP, who cares what you look like? I'm over six foot with ginger hair and a size 16. Not easy to hide behind a cap, but I do like using sunglasses. If people don't like it, they can look the other way.
PPS- LOVE JFDI!
I might get a t shirt printed with JFDI. Might give a smile to those in the know!
mole was thinking of getting a jfdi T-shirt myself
Did W1R3 tonight in the pouring rain and found it really hard going with a lot of pain in my shins. Bloody did it though !
Well done! Respect for running in the rain! It might not have JFDI on it but I'm going to treat myself to an item of running gear when I have done two weeks-probably something high vis. Guess I could scrawl on that!
Blowing a gale up here ( west Scotland ) today and weather not looking good for tomorrow, so may not get out in next couple of days. If that is the case, I'll start week 4 again. It may calm down here this evening, so I may go out then. Sister is now ahead of me, so must get on with it! You'll be catching up with me soon, Mole!!!
So, for today... No JFDI
Safety first mogglemoo! Did second run this morning. Bit braver as running in more public venue. Ducks and squirrels unimpressed and the podcast puts me in my own little world. Running with a friend on. Thursday then that's week one done!!!
It brightened up here so I decided to run. My eleven year old daughter came. She listened to the podcast. We did the first 3 minute run, the 90 second walk, and halfway through the 5 minute run she bloomin' well got a stitch!
So a disaster...
I did JFDI, but didn't.
Back on the horse tomorrow.
Oh-it's your run to describe as you like, but your dd wanting to come sounds like a big tick for one of my big motivators for starting-I want dc to see me as someone who does exercise. Dd wants to come with me too-I suspect she'd outrun me at seven! Ds has started seeing my running shoes and saying "you wear those when you go running. When I'm big I can have some"
Hope you get your full run but from where I am it does sound as if you JFDidIt
That's okay. You went out - and your daughter was inspired enough to join you.
It's all good.
Lord-I've got so much energy tonight! Will have to stop running if its the reason why! And in other news-I seem to inadvertently started a running club at the school gates! Two new converts and one old hand might join me for Thursday evenings run
Mole, that's great I like running with people as you can chat ( if not too breathless if your dc come its a good way to bond and leads to other sport. Plus more water drinking, healthy eating, and a good hobby to get into.
However, I miss running as I used to do all my thinking then. When dc are at school, I'm back into it, hopefully. I shall be a dm at the school gate looking all keen in my cap and running gear
Did w2 r1 tonight. We were supposed to be walking but decided to jfdi!
Right shin still a problem but not quite as agonising as yesterday.
Rest day tomorrow thank God. Finding this tough
that your shins hurting, Dementedma. Hope better tomorrow. Well done for JFDIHooray for rest days! Felt like (unjustifiably) but of a running expert today when someone was saying they'd tried and not managed running-turns out they'd tried to run mile to work straight off! I'm finding this challenging but motivating as I have managed the two runs so far. Did meet my Waterloo with a short stretch of uphill and decided flat it is for now.
I love all this converting people at the school gate
When I started running I got random sore bits -shins, hips, back.i just took it really slowly and if I found a particular week hard, I just repeated it instead of moving on to the next week. So the 8 week programme took me 12 weeks but who cares, I got there in the end.
I found that proper running trainers ( rather than an old pair from the back of the cupboard) really helped with the joint problems < old dear here>
Well done everyone, remmeber it doesn't matter how slow you are, you are still lapping all the people on the couch
at mole meeting her Waterloo on a hill.Hills are bastards. Avoid them at all costs. By hill, I mean anything with the teensiest upward incline!
Totally agree with the avoidance of hills. I, too, avoid at all costs! Or at least do the uphill (read slight incline) bit first so the downhill bit is towards the end when you're tired!
My sister, who I'm in gentle
serious competition with, lives in Yorkshire and has no option but to do hills. I think it can build up stamina, but am concentrating on the running time, not distance, speed or anything like that.
Weather here calm just now- will be going out once the kids have left for school, as it's supposed to get windy later.
Mole- forgot so say very well done for the second run! I also couldn't stop talking about my achievement... W1, W2 etc. Even though my husband can run WAY farther than me, he still says he is proud of what I'm doing, and it gives us a common hobby which we have never had. Remember, tomorrow when you do the last run of W1, that once it's done W2 beckons... Bet you feel even more of a runner then
I was a size 20 when I starting changing my lifestyle. Running really helped me. I lost loads of weight ( size 12/14) and just feel POWERFUL when I run.
These days I run at night with my dog. I live in a good area that is busy and my dog is large - a Weimaraner. I like the cool ( in Brisbane) and the quiet and yes the dark too. I don't look at people and I think they tend to look at my dog ( very beautiful )
Good on you for taking control.
Get your trainers on, nobody is looking I promise, when you are doing your 5k runs you will be fitter, healthier and stronger.
A little short term self consciousness is a tiny price to pay for good health and reducing waistlines.
Ma-you'd have even more if you'd seem what I described as a "hill"! It was in a park that I thought was completely flat! Liked the "downhill" bit that followed, though!
Go for it! I started 16/18 with 38f's & barely able to run using a 5km app and now am training for a 10k, start at your own pace, find somewhere to run that's either supportive ( gym) or no one cares ( gym again) or outside at quieter times. Every now and again some idiot in a white van will shout Run Forest Run or similar but they do that to all runners! And the last time someone did that to me it was some massive fat bloke hanging out of his work van eating a pasty for breakfast and smoking! At least I'm trying mate...
Shock absorber do a running specific bra that goes up to 38f and its AMAZING - first time I have not had to wear 2 bras for support when exercising.
My tip is if you find a bra that's comfy to wear, and you've tried it a few times, buy another one or two straight away so that you can alternate them cos they do wear out quicker when one has big knockers!
Plenty of us look ridiculous after years of running, you are certainly not alone! Your physique doesn't define how well you're doing (a particularly body-fascist colleague was recently miffed to be beaten in a half marathon by someone who was 'actually obese!', which pleased the rest of us no end), and personally when I see someone who looks new to running or not a natural runner powering up a hill, I am all the more impressed. Good luck!
it's all so motivating-thanks for the comments. Feel as if I've joined a huge club. The last time that happened in the same way was becoming a mum! Although obviously I'm hoping for instant figure change-rather as I thought I'd be the perfect mother!
I agree, this is a motivating thread. There is one in 'Health and Fitness' but they are much further on than me. They are inspirational, but too far along the difficult road of C25K!
Talking of looking stupid, after yesterday's less than satisfactory 'run', I went out this morning (in the poring rain)- hi vis top (with hood up) and sunglasses on! Even had enough puff to say 'hello' to a dog walker, their dog and the lollipop man!
Soaked to the skin but felt great afterwards!
And here's a to warm you up. Well done!
I love running, today I ran for 6.5 miles just because ! and yet two years ago I couldn't run fr a minute without wanting to throw up. I have gone from a size 24 to a 14 but I'm eyeing up those 12's jeans which I will fit into one day soon.
I like Sports direct for cheap dryfit clothes (wicks sweat away as you run) and the mobile phone app 'Zombie, Run !' as a fab way to learn to run. Zombie run even have their own version of the Cto5K podcasts.
Lovely to hear everyone's success stories
Well done Molehill, I did my second little jog today. When Dd got up and came into my room I said "LOOK" she said "what?" I said "I've got my RUNNING GEAR ON"!!!! We both let out joyful shrieks! It's been 15 months since I've put it on (I ran in jeans and a jumper -no sports bra on Sunday-why??!).
While I was jogging along with my lovely doggy I felt elated to be back doing what I love doing again after so many months. I enjoyed getting sweaty, I enjoyed the light drizzle which is so refreshing when you are running, and I loved hopping in the shower all red faced and joyful afterwards. Yippeeee!!!! Also, was amazed at how my legs just seemed to remember what to do. It wasn't half as hard as I had imagined.
Well done to all, this is such an uplifting thread.
Still being inspired by you OP.
I have downloaded a c25k app. Completed w1r2 tonight. I'm finding it challenging but not impossible.
I have set myself 3 goals:
Complete C25k within 10 weeks
Run 5k at nearest parkrun in 10 weeks time
Run 5k at parkrun in Brisbane when we visit family in the summer. They will be astounded by this.
Have to stick to it now ! Tis written!
cherries and it'snotunusual!
"Running club" this evening! I'm a bit nervous actually-it's the first time I'll be with other people and I'm worried that I'll feel a bit rubbish if I'm slower. Am obviously putting that thought out of my head! After all I am the founding member
Well done its not unusual. By the time you get to Brisbane you will be an experinced park runner and your family will be flabbergasted
New farm park run , Brisbane . Looks lovely
Slowest person last week was over 45 mins. So you won't be last
Good luck tonight. I went with my 16 year old daughter last night. I my running is considerably slower than hers! Though it was very windy so I'm awarding myself brownie points for just getting out there.
You are also the founding member of this virtual running club.
Thanks KristinaM. My family will be seriously flabbergasted. I card not a jot if I am last. I'll be proud that I start the race, not how I finish. Maybe one day the competitive big will kick in. For now my thrice-weekly challenge is to get my sports bra on and out the door
The great thing about parkrun is that it's not a race. The only person you are competeing against ( if you want to ) is youreslf. You get a text and an email each Saturday afternoon with your time and it always says well done!
Of course there are a few super keen boys and girls up the front each wek who will run sub17 or sub 20. But most of us are jogging along in the 22-42 min group and just having fun
I am of your Australian holiday
Also of the Australian trip! But I'm planning to pack my running shoes for our holiday-got quite pleased when I remembered how portable running is.
So-week one done! And had lovely run with two other ladies today. One not a novice but enjoyed the gentle run and chat. The other wasn't going to do it but did! Yay! (Did I just type the words "lovely" and "run" next to each other in the same sentence?!)
Feels good doesn't it?
Quite jealous of your running group, when I run with my sister it does go faster once we 'get into step' with each other. I like running alone (although I have found myself answering back to Laura out loud; God knows what people think!), but will using Hubby as support next week when I have to run for 8 minutes- he's not allowed to talk and I will be listening to Laura, but I still need him there.
W2 now- when you next going out?
W2R2 tonight, if the shins will hold up....
Too lazy to read the whole thread. When I see an overweight person, red in the face, hair plastered down with sweat, gasping as they stagger down the street, I always think good on them. For making the effort, for attempting it. I wish I had the motivation and the dedication to do that.
Why not try?
W1 is very light jog for 60 seconds, then 60 second walk- you repeat that 8 times (I think).
I bet you surprise yourself, I couldn't run the length of myself before I started....
Go on, give it a go; come back and tell us how you get on.
Yeah-join our club!
Hope your shins surprise you in a good way, demented!
They did mole. W2R2 done in the evening sunshine and all good.
I haven't looked at this thread since last Saturday. What a great read, really positive! I did W6R1 this morning after a ten day enforced by flu bug break. Was worried that I maybe should have repeated a run from week 5 but decided to plug on as per the programme when I got up. Really great morning with lambs in the fields and hares out and about. Not blowing a gale either which makes a change. Surprised myself how well the run went. Keep going everyone, its ok once you get going!! Its the getting going that's hard!
That is good news. I haven't been out since Wednesday . I have come down with a very sore throat and a hacking cough. I can hardly catch my breath, so running doesn't seem a good idea. On waking this morning, it's now not too sore to swallow, but I'm still short on breath. It reassures me that you went do long and still didn't take a backwards step- I hope I'm the same.
Demented & Mole
W2 and W1 completed respectively. I hope you're both proud of your achievement! I'm sorry I didn't complete the week finishing hat-trick by finishing W4. I kind of feel that I'm letting the side down. Hopefully will JFDI on Tuesday.
When are you all next going out?
View-sorry you've been poorly. Well done for going out - nicer when the weathers kind. Mogglemoo - sorry you are poorly. Get well soon. This is honey and lemon.
My challenge today is to get out for a run after a rather nice but alcoholic night last night! Oops! Forgot my body is now a temple and had rather a lot of very nice food and wine. . Will watch marathon to inspire me although I doubt any of them will be nursing a hangover!
I used to watch the marathon and kid that I would run it next year!
This year, I'm a runner- it could actually be me next year
Mole, the run may be hard, I found W2 harder than W3/4, but the run will help the the toxins out your body, and if you can run having indulged last night, then you can run anytime (and you'll feel even more virtuous afterwards).
I'm quite jealous actually. <what is WRONG with me? Missing running, even when feeling grotty- have I gone mad?>
W1r3 will be taking off * shortly. Reading this thread again for motivation. And posting as a virtual self- kick up the arse. Should have gone yesterday. Am disappointed in myself that I am slacking already before even finishing week one.
* taking off = plodding along so slowly that normal human being can keep up by walking along side me.
I'll be back soon with a face like this
Week one completed. Easier today than last time - probably due to less windy. Though sure it's windy in both directions around here'
Reward for completing week one : new headphones and / or arm holder thingamy for my phone. Any recommendations?
Well done It's not-any chance it could be easier because you're getting fitter?! I thought we did a slower pace for run on Thursday because we were chatting and then I thought that actually, I'd done it twice and perhaps I should give myself some credit!
My phone holding thing for my arm is coming any day so I could tell you about it then. Headphones-I'm a simple soul and I use the iPhone ones.
Week two, run one complete! Hard work and the first one where I've walked straight back into a houseful of awake children needing mummy. But I did it
Well done mole
Just completed w2 r3 and feeling you hot on my heels. Am starting to feel a difference now in the thigh wobblage so onwards and upwards to week 3
Hot and pretty shattered on your heels, Demented! Hoping to get similar results with my wobbles.
I've never been chased by a mole before.....although have been overtaken by a snail in my time
What a great thread! I went for a run again tonight - did almost the whole 4 km. My dog was pleased; she likes to trot
I am aiming to run the whole distance ( I have a specific route) and then pick up my speed. I like to challenge myself.
I feel so powerful when I run!
W2r1. Done. Joio! Reeeeally must get better earphones though. I missed a 'walk now' instruction. Ooooof! Great weather for running - cool, not quite drizzle, light wind.
Still enthusiastic! How you all doing?
W3r1 and a bit downhearted. Can't believe I could run 30 minutes last year and I'm struggling with a 3 minute run this week!I KNOW this programme works, I've done it before but finding it hard to find my self belief at the moment
Keep going demented and you'll be at the 30 min run stage again. I'd say sooner than you know but of course with the plan you do pretty much know. I have that little voice in my head that tries to destroy good stuff I do by saying it isn't as good as other people or how I was, or if I'd started sooner it'd be better. Don't let yours get you. I'm sending mine packing.
That little voice in your head that says you can't do it is lying
80 year olds run marathons
Ordinary people just like you run when they are recovering from heart surgery or cancer or a stroke. You can do it, just build up gradually .
W4 done- but by far the hardest run I have had so far. I know I've not been well (still spluttering) and it's been nearly I week since I was last out; God, that nearly finished me!
I did it though... Felt like Wallace in 'The Wrong Trousers' when he has someone working the trousers by remote control and making him walk-it certainly wasn't me controlling my legs!
W5 beckons... GULP....
Ladies: you are all doing fabulously. We are doing more exercise than lots of people and actively encouraging each other here in an extremely supportive fashion. I'm not sure if I would have gone out today if I hadn't mentioned it here. While REALLY toiling with the last 5 mins the thing that kept me going was that I wasn't coming back here to admit failure.
Am really going to need you next week (allegedly, by W5R3 you run for 20 mins straight-with NO WALKING)
So, to you all.
to you too! W2 R2 done in lovely sunshine. Accidentally fast forwarded and not sure if I did an extra 90 second run by mistake! Anyway-felt tough but carried on!
I second pretty much everything mogglemoo says-except the week 5 next week bit - gulp indeed. I imagine I'd still be thinking about it if it weren't for the surge of encouraging comments that first weekend and the ongoing support from the runners and extra comments.
Hooray for our little group We can do it! And we actually are!
Ooh and an individual well done to you mogglemoo! After a weeks break too!
Well done !
I know that feeling of not wanting to admit defeat ;-)
I run like a granny, I look like I'm just walking quickly really, but I enjoy it, I love my time listening to music and I realised I could run like a granny for miles and miles, so I did the Great South Run - Took me blumming ages but I did it.
What might help is to enter a 1k, 2K or 5K run and then you can see the massive difference in running, shapes, sizes, ages of people who run, you will feel part of a pack and maybe gain confidence when you are out on your own. Once you start running you sort of join a group or runners, and to meet up and see others really helps you realise you are part of a big global team of people who run..
No run tonight as not feeling well and won't get out now till Saturday. Stuck on W3 r1
Well done moglemoo for digging deep. I find myself mentally composing a this-is-how-my-run-went post around the halfway mark. So it feels very much like you are all with me
Hope you feel better soon dementedma.
W2R2 done. Dusted. Felt great. Love this weather for running - cool, misty and damp but not wet. Am dreading summer and hotter weather.
Keep up the good work runners!
Just putting here that I will be going out this morning, so I can't wuss out...
Demented- frustrating, I know but running when feeling grotty makes things much harder, meaning you may get dejected. Better to take a few days off, be nice to yourself and run when you feel better. I bet you'll just pick up where you left off.
Report to follow....
Unusual- I like that! May try that this morning; so I will be composing that report between 9am and 9.30am! I also promise myself a treat when I get home- today it's last nights episode of Grey's Anatomy.
W5R1 done and, if I'm honest, was by far the easiest run I've done so far!
Even by the last 5 min run I managed to run faster in the last 60 seconds and it was up a 'hill'.
Was nervous starting W5, but now looking forward to R2 and then the 20 min run- bring it on.....
Evening runners! Been AWOL for a couple of days, but about to do week 2 run three so will post later. Well done for all the street/field pounding!
molehill I started couch 2 5k because of this thread! Thanks
hooray! So did I actually! How are you getting on, gym bag? Good name!
Tink phoebe and Rachel in friends. Never feel stupid. You are doing something and the lardy arse couch potato you aint doing shit. Sorry haven't read thread at all just the op headline
Week two done! Lovely run (erm-again, the words lovely and run next to each other!!) with my two physical running buddies, as opposed to you lovely virtual ones! It felt so hard on Tuesday that I felt really demotivated. Have learnt a valuable lesson about each run being new and different.
Come on week three-I'm ready for you (but not til Saturday )
Ooh and another thing that motivates me is that every run I do becomes cheaper. How? Well, spent nearly £150 on shoes, bra and socks. First run cost £150, second £75. Done six now so down to £25 per run .
My gear is an early gift for my birthday (big one) btw. Going now...
mole only done week 1 twice. Was very proud of myself. Am about a 16 too. Going swimming tomorrow then another run on Sat!
Thought I would struggle but I could do it, and the lady telling me when to do it made it easier than my own will power but better than a personal trainer who pushes you so much it puts you off!
Mole, I've just finished c25k and your thread is making me want to pound pavements right now! It's still hard, really hard. But I think I might love running. Keep going lovely. It's worth it (and if any if you live in NI I'm looking for a buddy...). Been looking for a 10k to sign up for tonight. Didn't think I'd be doing that 2 months ago.
Good to hear that lurker. Can I ask how you found the jumps between the weeks?
Probably already been said, so apologies if it has as I haven't read all 9 pages (!) but does this thread remind anyone else of the Friends episode with Rachel and Phoebe running together in Central Park?!
Rachel gets all embarrassed about running with Phoebe as she runs really daft with her arms flailing everywhere.
"Who cares if people are looking? You run past for them, and then they're gone!"
Rachel thinks she has a point, shouts "I'm free!" runs off like a look and runs smack bang into a horse
yes I'm a Friends geek
I found jump from 15 minutes run up hard and still think 15 is my true comfort zone. But I can usually slow and do same again. Think my pacing is not good - do most of my running on a treadmill which is ok but when I hit the road I run too quick. I'm still learning so much. Plan to sign up for a 10k in June and there is a half marathon in September which is haunting my dreams... (Can't believe I'm writing that)
Good for you! I am signed up for 5k in May
Well done everyone! I love the idea of composing your mumsnet runreport half way round.
Just another plug for parkrun, a free weekly timed 5 k run in a park near you, every Saturday at 9am or 930am .
You can find your local parkrun here www.parkrun.org.uk/.if you go to the local webpage you can click on " latest results". Scroll down to the bottom and you will see what time the slowest runners are doing - proof that you don't have to be a super fit athlete to do parkrun. Most of the runners finishing in 40 mins are doing the jog/walk thing, just like on C25k.
You'll also see that while many runners belong to a local club, most don't, they are just fun runners like you.
If you want to get your results emailed or texted to you, you need to register online. Again it's all free.
W3r3 tomorrow after a couple of days off and half a tub of salted caramel sauce. Oops!
I really fancy parkrun but Saturday morning is family time. DS still sleeps and after a weeks stress we want to do something nice with the kids and need to be back for sleep. I sometimes head out at about 8/8.30 so 9.30 is currently too late. Give it a year and I plan to have the whole family cheering me on.
Have signed up to park run!
Well done gym bag, I hope you enjoy it. It's a bit scary the first time but usually people are very friendly , especially to a beginner. At our local run they have a briefing for first time runners about 10 mins before it starts.
I'm not on commission BTW, it's just I've found it really useful in making me go out running during the week . And at the beginning it was very exciting as I got a new PB few weeks !!!!!
And Im lucky that DH is nearly always around on a Saturday morning -still in his PJs but around. On the odd week that he's working away I take my kids with me to parkrun as they are all school age. Two of them can run and I just volunteer with the LO -there are jobs you can do with a child attached :-) . I appreciate that Saturday morning doesn't work for l lots of mums
Have you managed to get out running?
W5R2 done! Yay! Was hard but not impossible. My buttocks and stomach muscles are sore though.
It's a bit of a bittersweet victory; now I need to get ready for the biggie 20 minute run straight with no walking. . That's two and a half times the longest I've ever run. Can't believe it can be done. DH is making me a playlist with uplifting tunes so I can run to that instead. Don't know what will be on it before I run, but I bet AC/DCs 'Back in Black' is on there.
Will report back (if I survive), but have decided as long as I run more than 8 mins then it's progress; I'll build up gradually.
Don't want to fail as I've not failed a run yet....
Think of me on Monday about 9am!
Awwwww Mogble,your Dh sounds like a sweetie
And you will manage it. Afterwards you will feel fan bloody tastic.
Good luck mogglemoo. I was terrified of the 20 minute one but I did it and so will you!
Go mogglemoo! Going out for week three, run one in a bit. Dd2 has been kind and gone to sleep easily. I also just posted on another thread that I "run three times a week". Felt strange, but true and very satisfying!
I've just read the whole thread and think you are all amazing! Anyone can sit on a sofa and think of excuses not to get out there but you have all taken the hardest step and started. I took that step 5 years ago and the training program started with a 30 min. brisk walk, last year I did my first marathon! I've got more energy forl everything now, the kids, work and DP . Keep at it! The longest journeys really do start with a single step and you've all taken it Well done!!!!
Thanks, sofa . Well done on your marathon!
Just done (well done and then eaten curry-not a big one!) w3r1. In a strange way it felt better to be doing the slightly longer runs because there were fewer of them. So 30 mins will be a breeze . I do love Laura and her positive comments. Today I learnt that I must keep my head level so I wouldn't appear to be running to an onlooker on the other side of a hedge [skeptical]. Yes-but my astonishing speed would give it away, surely? Anyway, it made me chuckle.
Oops- can't spell! I meant [sceptical] obviously!
I am skulking away after one final attempt at . And a for good measure!
Great read here still especially when you find that others are getting out and moving on through the schedule.
I don't need to worry about whether I look ridiculous because I know I do! Today I ran the w6r2 and went out around midday as I was watching the weather to try to miss the hail showers. It is blowy here too so I went out adding a woolly hat to my get up. Did the run, not too bad either and came across a couple out walking as I was getting back. I smiled and nodded as I passed them, they gave me a pitying smile which I thought was because my dog was filthy. Got back to the car and saw in the mirror that the hat had ridden up giving me the pointy head look! Oh well......should be more worried about Roy Ning for 25 mins without a walk break as that's next. In fact no more walk breaks at all, gulp.
Who is Roy Ning? I meant running
I think that what you thought was a pitying smile was an embarrassed smile because you were running and they were just walking . Especially if they were younger than you
Week 4 starts tomorrow. Legs sore after yesterdays 7.5 minutes so will be sticking to the programme and not trying to add in any extra bits!
I just did Week One Day One after posting up thread about a fortnight ago
It was ok, 60 seconds is a lot shorter than I thought it would be! But I do need to repeat it before I move on to the next one, because I did cheat at one point. I took the dog out with me and she is evidently unused to me running, because as soon as I started, she got very confused and just stopped dead in front of me.
I face planted in to the dirt
So I missed the first two 'run' sections completely, while debating whether or not to give up and go home!
I confess I didn't run today as asthma very bad and struggled at parkrun yesterday. But will defo go out tomorrow
Well, second run of week three done. Tried to be a bit clever and run faster on the last run and by the end was willing, nay begging Laura to say slow down and walk! But I did it - yay! Well done all!
Keep going Mole. I always try to ramp up my speed in the last bit of my run. Went out a few weeks ago with DH who is a proper runner and he got left in my dust in the last few 100 yards when I started to run like a crazy woman!
Oh wow! Well done Molehillmountain
Well, you have inspired me too! Just downloaded the C25K and start tonight. When it's dark! And it will be cooler (Brisbane also).
I was in a sport shop here about a month ago that is popular called Lorna Jane trying to find a decent bra (34D) and it was awful! The super-toned-gym-outfit-wearing-glamorous assistant was actually trying to squish my puppies into this bra which would have been useless - no support. I got the giggles - she must have thought I was a loon. So I'm going to look online at the Shock Absorber too - and wearing two is a great idea.
I'm not massive - 12/14, but much bigger than is right for me/I'm happy with. I'm only 5ft 5.
Thank you for this thread - you've really given me the boost I needed!!!!!
Also, it seems EVERYBODY in Brisbane is a runner, goes to the gym, does SOME form of exercise, so it's no big deal here like it is back home in the UK. You will love Newfarm!!!!! Brilliant park - if you have children, there is a gorgeous kid's park all encased in these massive trees. It's really cool! I was there a couple of months ago and was very jealous of the children getting to play there!
Net curtains -I'm F or g cup and I find the shock absorber run bra gives me very good support. I think you would have to be much larger to need 2 at once . It's much better that the normal shock absorber bra.
I've heard good things about the enell bra too but have never tried it
Good bra and shoes essential
Week three done! Bit nervous about week four but I've done it so far so I trust the lovely Laura!
Ooh-week 4 run 1 was a toughie! Had to remind myself that I've done tougher things that were more painful and lasted longer (not least three labours!) but I did want to stop at one point. I didn't though! Hooray! Sixteen whole minutes of running, albeit broken into (just) manageable chunks
It's very quiet here, have you girls been out running over the weekend?
Good to hear that all are progressing well and that we are encouraging others to try C25k.
Mole- well done. W4 is hard, but well worth it.
Today I did W6R1. I managed to do W5R3 (the biggie 20min one!) last Tuesday. I felt really nervous, like going for a job interview, and had convinced myself that I wouldn't be able to do it. My husband has made me six different playlists to listen to. I checked them out and picked one.
I thought it was six songs long with DelAmitri and Scissor Sisters at the end. So I ran, song four finished and I was feeling OK and readjusted my route for the last two songs (about another 8mins). But I'd made a mistake- there was no DelAmitri and the Scissor Sisters came on I nearly wept with joy. I speeded up!!!
Finished the 20 minuted and it was the BESTEST feeling ever- so proud of myself!!
Keep going, ladies- JFDI......
Tidy - what size are you now?
Well, my punishment for not running last night is running in the rain tonight!
good luck Molehill.
am another person you've inspired to do this too, thank you so much! also have big boobs+size 16 + am extremely self-conscious about doing it cos not exercised properly for aaaages, am so unfit. the tips from other runners and links on here are v.helpful.
already have the kit, (running shoes from shop where the staff advise you and a shock-absorber bra). Got them last year when I joined a group that run around the park on sat mornings but have since moved house so my
good intentions stuff is gathering dust (but no longer)
Ah, that's great springy! Get those shoes on and out you go-if I can, you can. And the rain's stopped-hooray!
Mogglemoo - that's amazing! I can't wait to be able to do 20mins-friend has said I can run to her house she'll
feed me tea and cake give me a glass of water and a banana and drive me home
So-I did a bit of a hill today! Another stint where I was willing Laura to say walk (I may have begged her out loud . Run ended at shop to buy chocolate for
me dh! But only a little bit and I had to do more walking than strictly necessary to get home!
Nice one PhoebeC, I agree and have also confronted a few yobs and various white van men about shouting stuff - I once caught a man in a van up at a roundabout and shouted at him through his open window how he would feel if people shouted stuff at his wife/ daughter etc - very satisfying to see him look so crest fallen but got told off by friends later who said it was dangerous, oops
Anyway OP I think everyone feels stupid to start with, and it can take a while to go, but stick with it. Even some really excellent runners I know look a bit daft with their running styles - think Paula Radcliffe with her nodding head! - but they don't care as they are the ones feeling fitter, happier, more confident etc, so go for it.
As for bras - pricey but get an Under Armour one if you can - amazing!
Ooh-first "to run or not to run" dilemma! Supposed to go tonight but have come down with sore throaty sniffy head full of grot cold. Not bed bound and doing okay but are you supposed to run through this kind of thing or rest up? Can't quite believe I am asking-the Pre C25K Mole would have seen it as an immediate get out of jail free card
It's ok to run as long as the bug is just in your head . If its in your chest then you should rest. Assuming you are not running a temp etc, just sniffles .
If it were me I woudl take a couple of paracetamol and go a brisk walk. If you manage to jog a little you will be delighted.
Usual caveats -I am not a doctor etc etc, see one if you are worried etc etc
Runners world article on this here
If you google this you will see there's no clear advice . But given that you are taking about a 20 mins jog /walk session and not a marathon ( unless I've missed some thing ) , you should be fine :-)
Not yet-need dc to be in bed. But it's absolutely chucking it down and my nose is completely blocked. There's dedication and there's foolishness. I might skip it tonight.
Ill watch this page them for your update some time this weekend
Remember you are an inspiration to others mumsnetters
No pressure then
I felt pretty rubbish about how i looked after pregnancy. im not a very vain person and was really surprised how much i beat myself up but i just didnt recognise myself and when you are constantly tired and hormonal i guess you are more likely to focus on something. any way i just wanted to say running has been absolutely amazing for my confidence. i did a few things that helped get me started:
1) i made a date to run with an equally unconfident/ unfit friend every week. At first we walked more than we ran but now I love it.
2) I bought a cheap treadmill and ran on it every day for 30mins when my Baby was asleep.Some days I literally walk but I just make sure I press the start button and find motivation along the way. I love my treadmill!
3) I signed up for a 10k race and got all my friends to sponsor me. its much further than Ive ever ran before but the prospect of failure is keeping me going.....wish me luck! I'm running the heroes run in Brighton on the 19th may..eek just hoping not to get injured before hand.
Sorry the link to my treadmill didn't seem to work but just thought I'd leave this recommendation too www.jtxfitness.com/treadmills/jtx-motorised-folding-sprint3
Ps I went running with a cold and it made me feel really rotten. I really don't recommend it at all!
molehill, I have just started c25k. Did run 2 of wk 1tonight. Just give it a go! I have been on the c25k thread and everyone is really supportive, and their stories give me hope for week 2 and beyond!
Sorry should have read whole thread!
It's a bit of a read, wizzler! Well done - its a great feeling, isn't it? Vivalina-sorry you felt rotten running with your cold, but thanks for having me permission not to. I'm going to see how I feel when dc are in bed. At the moment I'm one run behind and I'm a bit worried about not going tonight as it'll be four days since my last run. No way could I have gone weds-just felt rotten.
To add my twopenn'orth about sports bras, I love the Freya underwired ones. I am a 36F and they are comfy and I don't feel as if I wobble about all over the place. Not my boobs, anyway.
How are feeling now mole?
And have the rest of you been out running this weekend?
I did my second ever 10k yesterday ( in the cold and rain ) and made my target time so I was well pleased. So I'm having a day off today :-)
Well done Kristina! What time are you targeting? I do my first in 10 days (started running in March). Feel prepped and just to do it now!
Thank you! My target was sub 50, which is ok for an old dear like me
Just Wow. Don't think I would ever get sub 50 for 10k... If I get under an hour I'll be very, very happy.
How are you going Moley?
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