Couch to 5K - to infinity and beyond...

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A new thread for those of us who started in January 2012 and anyone starting now. Everyone welcome for support, encouragement and occasional arse kicking smile

Just realised should probably link to old thread too!

milewalker Sun 01-Jul-12 09:44:23

shock who's nicked my legs and left these achy things as a replacement grin grin

FunnysInLaJardin Sun 01-Jul-12 14:30:42

Hooray, new thread. Did a run yesterday, 4k in 31 mins. My aim is 5k in about 35 mins, so I still need to speed up a bit. It was a good run though and I enjoyed it.

Wolfiefan Sun 01-Jul-12 16:13:52

Couldn't resist intervals. Here's hoping I can run next year!

jchocchip Sun 01-Jul-12 17:36:26

Thanks, Cinnamon, marking my place.

Friend has signed up to parkrun with her 2 children and dh has just committed to do it too, as has ds!! (although ds is going to walk with his very long legs...)

cece Sun 01-Jul-12 17:43:51

Hello, marking my place.

nomorecake I have pm ed you back. cinnamon I will pm you my MFP name as I can't work out how to add people...

nomorecake Mon 02-Jul-12 14:26:34

have we got a few MIA?

Didnt fancy running yesterday (nothing new there!!), but made myself go. And it was a really good run. matched my PB and notched up my 3rd run of the week.
i want to start doing some strength training too, maybe a JM dvd, not sure when i can fit it in!

woke up with a stinking cold this morning, and a desire to stuff my face eat the entire contents of the fridge. luckily havent been shopping, so not much in there!
think i will end up going over my calorie goal a bit today, but hopefully not much - as i've stayed away from the dc's biscuit tin!
weigh myself tomorrow...

wolfie well done on the 5k thanks

Went to running group today and did 30ish minutes running, warm up round the field, shuttle runs I think they call them- to first cone and back then second and back etc for 4 mins, 1 mins recovery, 3, 2, 3, 4 with recovery between each. Then 5 mins running in and out of cones and running back to improve strength in both legs as apparently our lead leg is stronger. Then another run around the field, was very wet and pretty cold too!!!!! First run of the week done grin

brightonite Mon 02-Jul-12 20:55:56

Yoo hoo! I'm here - just done W2R1 and whilst pretty tired, feel a great sense of achievement. I have to admit, I daren't look at week 3 yet wink - I'll worry about that on Sunday.

Milewalker - an amazing achievement. Wolfie grin Well done you! Nomorecake - I take note of your wise words.

Both DH and DS came out with me today. DH jogged supportively whilst DS (7) lapped me twice and suggested combining it with a game of tig...ummm...I think we're not quite there yet. Still I am moving on and I do feel terribly self righteous. Plus I struggle to justify putting a load of crap in my mouth after such effort so am eating better as a result.

I love this thread smile.

brightonite Mon 02-Jul-12 20:57:53

...oh and please feel free to kick my butt if I'm slacking. I kind of need that input sometimes! grin

littledolly Mon 02-Jul-12 21:14:31

Hello all - this is where you are then! I ran for a full 5K tonight & had a great run!! Tried a new route after having run the same path since I started in March - and it actually involved running on main roads where people could see me -eeekk!! Managed to run the 5K in 35 mins which I was delighted with. Still can't believe I can run grin

LilyPickle Mon 02-Jul-12 23:20:56

Wow, lots of great things happened on here. Congratulations to brightonite for starting (and keeping going) and for milewalker for such an amaing achievement.

I didn't run all last week as I was knackered. Not sure if I was on the verge of getting a virus or something but I knew I just couldn't do it...I barely had enough energy to get out of bed, so today was my first day and I should have been on W4R1. I knew on my very first run it wasn't going to happen, so did an improvised wk 3 run where I ran for 4 lots of 3 minutes with a 2 minute break in between. It absolutely knackered me but I am glad to get back on it really. Probably going to stick at this for a while until I can do it realatively easily before moving up to the 5min run as I am struggling I think.

LilyPickle Mon 02-Jul-12 23:22:04

Oh and littledolly - you star! I haven't ventured out onto roads yet, sticking to my trusty treadmill where no-one can point and laugh grin

milewalker Tue 03-Jul-12 17:52:10

omg i'm an idiot or a glutton for punishment-i've only gone and signed up to do same marathon again next year shock

i'm already really looking foward to it,i need to get out more grin

rusmum Tue 03-Jul-12 18:22:55

Here you are. I am back on week 4 after graduating in march and hardly running since blush back to it ! Lost 33 so far this year. 10 to go

nomorecake Tue 03-Jul-12 20:38:30

ooooo, well done on the weight loss rusmum!

i fancy doing a marathon now. Well, i like the idea of doing it, the reality will be a bit different!

between my cold and the weather, i think running this week is stuffed up. angry

littledolly Tue 03-Jul-12 22:13:58

rusmum well done on your weight loss! Do you mind me asking if you combined running with any specific eating plan? I've not lost a single pound since I started C25K despite trying and having over a stone and a half to loose!

Moln Tue 03-Jul-12 22:23:58

Right I'm joining as I'm starting to slack - should have gone out today but I just couldn't be bothered

I'm just finished up week 6 and did 3k (in 25mins) on sunday.

I was feeling it but now I'm losing it. i also need to get mu diet back in order!

Moln Tue 03-Jul-12 22:25:09

rusmum that' fab - well done!

Well done for gettin back to it after a week off LilyPickle, you'd be surprised what you can do so give wk 4 a try!

Good to see you back rusmum you might improve quicker this time around? Well done on weightloss, is that lbs?

I highly recommend myfitnesspal littlydolly for weightloss!

Welcome Moln! That's not a bad distance at all for week 6 smile

rusmum Wed 04-Jul-12 07:02:07

Yes that's lbs back tonight and bought treadmill do no it's raining xcuses! Debating w 4 or 5 at mo? Prob start at 4 so I will succeed. Hopefully will build up quickly grin

rusmum Wed 04-Jul-12 07:02:57

Little dolly I used mfp so just calorie counting!

Moln Wed 04-Jul-12 11:32:36

I've heard myfitnesspal is brilliant - anyone use it just on their computer? (I don't have an iphone or andriod so can't get the app sadly.

I've just over a stone to loose - I lost about 5lb just with the running!!!

Do you think it's an OK distance cinnamon - I've been following the NHS podcast and it just happened to be what I did in 25 mins.

I've been feeling exhausted in the last week and really don't want to go out - didn't go this morning either (bad) though I will force myself to do as soon as DH comes home - rain or shine

I was doing mid-high 3k's at that stage but that included my walks. Finished early April and only did my first sub 30 min 5k two weeks ago Moln. I use mfp, there are lots of bits you can't do on the app but using it only on your computer is not as convenient and you won't have the barcode scanner I guess but definitely doable!

massistar Wed 04-Jul-12 13:54:39

Just wanted to jump in with some words of encouragement for the C25K program. I started it about 4-5 months ago and I now regularly go for 5k runs in around 30 mins twice a week. Keep at it ladies!

rusmum Wed 04-Jul-12 20:17:44

Did week 3 on new treadmill. Too easy really but back on it. wink week 4 next time. Treadmill sioooo different to running outside

cece Wed 04-Jul-12 21:27:20

Is it easier or harder rusmum?

Been to running group again tonight. Another cross country run. Fun but not a lot of distance covered. Still better than sitting watching TV for 30 mins smile

The meadow was beautiful - all covered with flowering wild flowers. smile

What do you count as cross country cece?

Been out tonight did 4.8K in 30 mins but it was still very warm and close so hard work! Used my hrm for the first time and my heart rate was mostly between 170 and 180bpm. Plus burnt 345 calories grin

cece Wed 04-Jul-12 21:47:59

Through the woods, heath and through a flower meadow, around a copse at top of hill and then back through the woods to the car park. Fun but tricky due to low branches, tree routes, mud and humdity. Was fun though.

rusmum Wed 04-Jul-12 22:27:16

Cinnamon what contraption are u using to measure calories and heart rate?

I got a polar ft4 second hand from eBay rusmum, it's great!!

I think I must be cross country running then cece, I run in the forest and have to dodge branches and nettles but not too muddy today.

Purpleprickles Wed 04-Jul-12 22:33:25

Hi can I join? I'm in the middle of week 5 and am enjoying the feeling of satisfaction at the end of each run grin I did wk5 r2 last night. I cannot believe I can run for 8mins. I'm feeling more toned in my legs and bum but no change in my tummy and no weight loss on my scales. Those of you who are further in does the weight come off at any point?

cece Wed 04-Jul-12 22:36:56

As opposed to running along pavements or a towpath. Keep us informed on the hrm - might have to get another gadget...

Hi, can I join you? Have done c25k in the past and couldn't believe I could run! Even managed a 10k race but was pregnant 2 weeks later and haven't run since (and DD's now 2!) blush
Started Sunday and although I was very sore the next day felt very pleased to have got off the mark!
The question I want to ask is do you think I could do the programme only running twice a week? Mon-Wed I work long days, can't go before DP goes to work as he leaves at 5.30 and by the time I get home and DD is in bed I'm wiped out! Don't think I'll be up to running 2 days in a row for a while so was thinking about going Thursdays and Saturdays. Or do you think it's not going to be enough to increase my fitness?

Thanks, Clare x

littledolly Thu 05-Jul-12 09:46:12

I'm away with work at the minute in another part of the UK but managed to pack my trainers - not easy with hand luggage allowance! Torrential rain last night meant I ran in the hotel gym. It was my first run on a treadmill since I started & it was awful! The longest 30 mins of my life!!! It was just so boring. However, I did manage it, which is great. Mind you, I've just polished off a cooked breakfast so all my hard work is now undone grin

Off to Spain for over 2 wks on Tuesday & still debating about whether to pack my running gear. We go hand luggage only there too so am now worried there won't be enough space for my trainers.

rusmum Thu 05-Jul-12 21:29:00

I want a gadget !!!!!!!! ( stomps feet!!')

nomorecake Thu 05-Jul-12 22:42:40

Hi to all the newbies!!!

I was so frustrated with myself yesterday, I was just too tired to exercise.
However made sure I got a 30min run in today. And feel so much better!

(if anyone sees the real nomorecake, tell her to stay lost - I like the new me!)

rusmum Fri 06-Jul-12 16:16:42

Just done week 4 run 1 . Just about right place to start again I think. Was red hot!!!!!!!

Bex66 Fri 06-Jul-12 16:44:22

Well done on your first sub 30 min 5K. That is a real milestone. I remember mine well! Still yet to get the sub 29 min! Am joining the thread as I want to get back into my running - well, let me put it another way - I need to get back into running as have signed up to do the Great South Run in October - its 10 miles so I better pull my socks up (and get the Garmin out - my best friend!!).

Hi Purpleprickles of course you can join, well done for getting this far smile I have lost weight but I have been on mfp, so coining calories as well as running.

Welcome clare8allthepies, I don't see why you couldn't do it running twice a week. Just go for it!!

Well done for taking your trainers littledolly!!! I guess it will be pretty warm in Spain too!!!

Well done for gettin out nomorecake, I often find my best runs are when
I'm tired, very odd!!

Glad your back on it rusmum!!

I was planning to running tonight but dh was a bit of an arse about it yesterday. Ds's have hair cut at 5.30 so I said could he take them and meet me at my mums as we're going for tea then I could run there. He said why did I have to organise it tonight as I could take them tomorrow (when he's a work) and what if he wanted to train. Well he doesn't get home until after 5 and his training sessions are an hour +, and he trained yesterday so wasn't expecting he'd want to. Anyway not worth the hassle and I've been twice already this week so can go sat or sun but it's nice to burn some calories before we eat as my mums as she always feeds me more than I would normally eat!

Hi Bex66, welcome! Sorry x posts smile

Purpleprickles Sat 07-Jul-12 19:46:09

Hi all. I've not had the chance to run again since last post just for logistical reasons really. Am going to do my first 20min run in the morning and am terrified blush

I'm spurred on though by all of you who are further than me smile

Very quiet here at the moment! I did my third run of the week tonight, quite late so only did 21 mins. Was quite slow but I enjoyed it and could have carried on with no problem. Hope everyone else is doing well smile

dotty2 Mon 09-Jul-12 09:58:22

(Sneaks back in guiltily). I've been a MIA - as someone said up the thread. But I've found you again now.

Been running a bit but a bit haphazardly. But have promised to do a 10k in September and need to get more disciplined. I went out with DH on Saturday and did 8k in 52 minutes. DH can do 10k in less time than that so I felt a bit of an elephant plodding along holding him back, but he swore he enjoyed going with me, and I felt quite pleased at having done my longest ever run.

Planning to do two short runs a week 20 - 30 mins, but with sprint intervals, and one longer one to work up to 10k. I'm pretty confident I can do it. Finding the sprint intervals helping with stamina and speed, but a challenge to my poor pelvic floor (sneaks away again, in shame...)

brightonite Mon 09-Jul-12 22:25:41

I have just been out on my first run after being out of action for 5 days...this is just w2r2 but it was great to be back out there again. Left it a bit late and the evening was drawing in so must go earlier next time. It's very early on in the process for me but I still feel amazed that I can complete the whole run walk programme and that it feels a bit easier with each subsequent run after the first one of the week...the novelty hasn't worn off yet clearly! wink

dotty2 Tue 10-Jul-12 09:19:17

Good work Brightonite - the programme does work and the challenge of the next level should help ensure the novelty doesn't wear off.

nomorecake Tue 10-Jul-12 11:02:02

Well done brightone! Keep going.

Dotty2 sounds like your flying now! Good for you and good luck for the 10k.

Im really not very well. Been in bed for nearly a week now.

My OH started c25k with me. And he completed a 10k run last week, just over an hour, Very proud of him!

dotty2 Tue 10-Jul-12 13:04:27

Sorry to hear you're poorly, nomorecake. Hope you're on the mend soon - and well done to your OH. That's pretty inspiring.

Well done brightonite, keep at it and you'll be amazed what you can do!

That's fantastic dotty2!!!!!! Dh is still trying to persuade me to do more serious training to improve but I don't feel I can commit the time to it.

Oh no! Hope you feel better soon nomorecake!! That sounds horrible. Well done to your OH that's a great time!

LilyPickle Wed 11-Jul-12 22:59:01

I'm sneaking back in as well.

I finally managed to do a 5min run yesterday. Left my phone at work so couldn't do it on the official app but ended up running two lots of 5 mins and 2 lots of 3. Not sure what I was supposed to be doing but am pretty pleased with myself as I was convinced I wasn't going to be able to do 5 mins once, let alone twice.

Still don't find it easy though and still not enjoying it! It will come, I guess.

Moln Thu 12-Jul-12 20:22:42

I'm the same as you LilyPickle - wouldn't if I will like it at any point (and certainly don't find it easy)

I missed a whole week through one thing or other - just went out tonight, I dropped back to week 6 (was week 7) because of the missed week

Took me a long time to enjoy it LilyPickle! Well done on gettingto the next stage.

Been out this evening, dh had the day off do took ds1 to gymnastics and I ran around my route and then to meet them. Another sub 30 min 5K, getting quite good at this now smile

rusmum Fri 13-Jul-12 22:00:57

Week 4 r 3 done, feeling the love again!!! gringrin and got a gadget!! Hrm watch! Tis cool x

nomorecake Fri 13-Jul-12 23:34:54

Ooo nice! So do you have to run at a particular speed to maximise your cal burn or something?

Still ill. sad sad sad

cece Fri 13-Jul-12 23:40:01

Yeah I found you all....

Been busy at work this week with end of term stuff so no time at home to mumsnet...

Had a week off but managed a short run on Weds - hoping to do another over the weekend!

My hrm has a zone that you're supposed to run in nomorecake which you set yourself. I looked on the Internet and exercising at 70-80% of your maximum heart rate is best for increasing cardiovascular fitness which is what I want to do but I was way over for most of my run!! I was over my mhr for a lot too if I take my mhr from the calculation online. I'm pretty sure that the higher your heart rate the more calories you burn though. Sorry to hear you're still poorly sad

Glad you managed a run cece, horrible when life takes over!

Fantastic run today! Did 6k in 35 mins, did another 2 mins running and was close to home so thought I'd better warm down. Could have carried on running without trouble for a while! Definitely better when I run on days I don't work.

brightonite Sat 14-Jul-12 16:59:39

Poor nomorecake sad hope you start to feel better soon. Cinnamongreyhound - I aspire to your running heights!

I have been out for a run this morning. Took the dc's with me and they moaned continuously ....note to self - just take NHS Laura next time ;)

Strangely enough am loving the weather...good for the very unfit like me as a cool down! I still have the attractive beetroot look - will that ever disappear?

melliebobs Sat 14-Jul-12 18:53:30

I just did week one session one this afternoon. I had DD 4 month ago by emsc and had complications afterwards so needless to say this afternoon I was bricking it. But managed no problems grin. Proud of me self

rusmum Sat 14-Jul-12 21:11:14

I wanted to work in fat burning zone no chance!! Was in fitness zone for most of it heart rate at about 165bpm. ?? Still learning but interesting C

melliebobs Sat 14-Jul-12 21:17:14

There's no such thing as a 'fat burning zone' that theory is very outdated. So whatever you want to do just go for it!

rusmum Sat 14-Jul-12 21:56:09

Thanks mellie! grin so spent ££££ on a Hirt for nothing lol, counts calories burned though grin

FunnysInLaJardin Sat 14-Jul-12 22:33:13

hello, been a few weeks, but checking in. Have been doing 30 min runs and trying to up my time. Last 2 runs I did 3.75k and 3.80k in 30 mins. Need to keep trying to up my pace, I'm a bit off 5K in 30 mins! Been running twice a week btw

FunnysInLaJardin Sat 14-Jul-12 22:34:17

cinnamon I'm envy!

rusmum Sun 15-Jul-12 12:34:27

Week 5 run 1 done!

Em3978 Sun 15-Jul-12 17:12:54

Hi again, I'm afraid after my good start i'm not doing so well; did W4r2 on holiday the other week, then just after I got back I mildly sprained my ankle, its not bothering me most of the time, but I can't trust it to run on, and it'll probably make it worse, or at least slow the healing. So I'm runless sad

nomorecake Mon 16-Jul-12 07:40:45

Cinnamon- that is a bloody amazing run!

cheekydino Mon 16-Jul-12 09:53:35

Hello everyone, can I join? Am really struggling with motivation as I hate running but it is the only exercise I have time for!

Just did week 2 run 2 last night after a two week break blush due to family staying (and too embarrassed to admit to people i'm exercising as am convinced I'm going to give up too easily!)

Has anyone else been a complete exercise hater and managed to succeed with keeping going?

brightonite Mon 16-Jul-12 10:26:08

Hi Cheekydino - I have just done w3r1 and am sitting here knackered but strangely proud of myself. I am an exercise hater, am overweight and a serial project starter and failer. I even struggled to do the first run of week one. However, something feels different at the moment and I have kept going with the running so far. Perhaps we could motivate each other!
Well done on getting to where you are - don't give up - we'll do this together. Keep reading the thread too as this has been a real motivator for me. People here are kind as well as supportive! X

Em3978 Mon 16-Jul-12 20:04:01

Finally done w4r3, over 2 weeks after starting w4. I even managed a 15 min exercise bike (very slow!) afterwards. I was in the gym, maybe thats cheating a bit, but its been pouring with rain here and I neeeeeeded a run!

Btw I've always been an exercise hater, even through school, which is why I was so unfit to start with.

rusmum Mon 16-Jul-12 20:39:25

W5 r 1 done again! Since I ran yesterday decided to do it again , will move on wed. It's so much harder outside!! wink I burner 75 more calories out than on treadmill on same run according to my heart rate monitor!!! Enjoyed it tonight, feeling the love again winkwinky

Purpleprickles Mon 16-Jul-12 23:10:48

Hi CheekyDino I'm an exercise hater and I never carry exercise routines on but tonight I have just completed W6r3 and I ran for 25mins. I still can't believe I did it now, it's the furthest I've run since doing cross country at the age of 13 many many years ago smile

I was about that speed when I finished FunnysInLaJardin and I've just pushed myself at points of the run where I felt ok, plus I think the activities from my running group help. But your are getting out there and running that's the main thing!

I had a spell of doing aerobics in my early twenties but otherwise have never done exercise Cheekydino and always looked at people running thinking they were mad! I started c25k in January so literally went out in all weathers and although some days I need a kick up the arse to get out I love it now. It makes me feel great when I've done it, it gives me time to empty my brain while I'm out and I'm a much happier, healthier person because of it. Keep going smile

Glad you managed to get out and your ankle is better Em3978!

You'll be back to 30 mins in no time rusmum grin

Went to my running group last night and we did lots of sprinting (well for me running a bit faster than normal!). My legs ached this morning but after walking the dog they are feeling better smile

WipsGlitter Tue 17-Jul-12 07:30:45

I've stalled. Got up to week seven and then the weather and holiday conspired to keep me inside. Want to go out tonight but am dreading it already. Have told DP to encourage me to do it.

Em3978 Tue 17-Jul-12 08:57:23

My ankle is feeling it this morning, but not nearly as much as my left hip... grr. I really have knackered joints sad

still glad I ran though ;)

cheekydino Tue 17-Jul-12 09:25:23

Hello again and thanks for all the positive messages! Am hoping they'll keep me going. Can't go running tonight but am hoping to get out tomorrow evening if my dh gets home from work in time, so will update if I manage to do that.

Can anyone recommend an iPhone app that will tell me how far I have gone? I have the couch25k lite app that tells me when to run and walk, but I've no idea on distance, so I need something that will work alongside that.

Have a good day (and run, if you are running) everyone!

I use runkeeper for tracking distance and it's free smile

Go for it WhipsGlitter you can do it!! Maybe aim for 15 mins and see how you go smile

yehudiwho Wed 18-Jul-12 05:18:20

Hello ladies. Havent managed a run for a few weeks life just too busy. Now I've found you all will try again. But have a rotten cold so will stick to walking til my cough goes

melliebobs Wed 18-Jul-12 08:55:01

Run keeper is great for distance. Just make sure your battery is fully charged before you go out!!!!!!

I went to a buggy fit class yday n it was really good! Got week 1 session 2 of c25k today. Not looking forward to it cos I've really hurt my neck cos I've slept a bit funny! sad

Purpleprickles Wed 18-Jul-12 20:04:31

Gah managed 25 mins on Monday but flaked tonight. Only 20 in total. Feel a failure and very angry at myself. I hate running today.

rusmum Wed 18-Jul-12 22:13:04

Purple don't feel bad! sad you are out, running!!!!grin well done you!!

20 mins is still a good run Purpleprickles, your next run will be good smile

I did 26 mins tonight, went out on my road route that I haven't been on since it's been light enough in the evening to run in the forest and I ran out of road at 26 mins so will need to make it longer once the nights start drawing in, not quite sure how though.

Kewcumber Wed 18-Jul-12 22:25:01

Hi just dropped in to say hello to those who remember me form Jan. I started with you and tore a calf muscle on about week 3/4 and was off running for 10 weeks. i did actually take up running again and joined a thread which was at an earlier stage.

So my update is...

I ran a Race for Life on Sunday. And ran all the way (very slowly!).

Feeling very smug and am now aiming to improve my speed before doing another 5K.

If I can do it... anyone can do it!

Em3978 Thu 19-Jul-12 16:25:58

woohoo W5r1 completed and i'm not dead! Honestly, I just ran 3 lots of 5 solid minutes and I'm not dead!! (dreading w5r3 though)

Ankle felt better through this one and hip not hurting so far. fingers crossed...

I remember you Kewcumber, well done for getting so far! I'm yet to do a race.

Well done Em3978, you will do w5r3 take it nice and slowly it's not a race.

WipsGlitter Thu 19-Jul-12 21:32:07

Went out tonight 28 minutes. Felt really good!

melliebobs Fri 20-Jul-12 20:50:26

So proud of myself. This was my first week back exercising after dd appearance 4 month ago. With a lot of planning. And one hell of a lot of expressing I've done all 3 sessions of week 1 AND a buggy fit class smile

Well done melliebobs and WipsGlitter!!

Very quiet here at the moment!

I went out today and did 5K in 28m 20, so a few seconds faster than my previous pb but still faster! Ran for 30 mins total but it was a bit warm for it. Working tonight so can't really go later. Hope everyone else is managing to get out and enjoying their running smile

Brightonite Sat 21-Jul-12 23:34:05

W3R2 completed plus an extra bit at the end - feeling good!

Purpleprickles Sun 22-Jul-12 09:28:36

Whoop whoop I just did my wk7 r1 again and managed 25mins without stopping and this time without my friend running with me. Well done to everyone- especially Mellie. I was still barely getting out to the shops 4 months after ds arrived let alone doing exercise smile

melliebobs Sun 22-Jul-12 11:35:53

Aww thanks guys. Well n truly getting back into it. Just takes a lot of forward planning smile off to the gym thus afternoon Infact for wk2 s1

Wow cinnamon that's a really good time smile at the end of this I'd like my 5k time to b around the 35-40min mark

rusmum Sun 22-Jul-12 13:04:40

Great to see all doing soo well. Completed week 5 on hol on fri, but had to do w5 r 3 again today as struggling to download w6. What a scorcher too!!! grin ☀☀☀☀☀

melliebobs Mon 23-Jul-12 13:03:40

Lost 1kg last weep grin happy

Em3978 Mon 23-Jul-12 13:42:33

done w5r3 though I was almost dead at the end! Sadly I live at the top of a hill, so the first half of my run is downhill, the second half is always uphill. 8 minutes of running uphill was HARD!

Em3978 Mon 23-Jul-12 13:43:20

scrap that, i mean w5r2, not got as far as run 3 yet.... <scared>

bibbetybobbityboo Mon 23-Jul-12 19:52:29

Hello all, i'm rejoining! I got to w3r3 a few weeks ago and haven't managed to get out since for various reasons. Am planning to restart later this evening when its cooled down a bit more. Was thinking of starting on week 2 again. Does that sound sensible?

Well done on running uphill so long Em3978!! And rusmum for going while on holiday smile

I went to running club today and we did some circuit training which was really hard!! I burned 565 calories according to my hrm!!! Will be super speedy on Wednesday when I run grin

Brightonite Mon 23-Jul-12 23:47:13

Did w3r3 this morning and feel I took a step back. Managed two previous runs fine but very puffy on the third, am now dreading week 4 sad

It was very warm brightonite, that makes it much harder. Week 4 will be fine smile

melliebobs Tue 24-Jul-12 12:47:37

Question:- on week 3 it says to run 200 yards OR 90 seconds. Which do you do? The one thats the longest? 200 yard is 188m and I recon I can do that in less than 90 seconds. So for that session would I go for the time objectives rather than distance??? Confusing :s

Em3978 Tue 24-Jul-12 18:16:55

I've always run by time, its easier to measure.

cece Tue 24-Jul-12 21:57:02

Marking my place as thought I had lost you all.

melliebobs Wed 25-Jul-12 08:58:12

Think that's what I'm gonna do. I mean I'm good at Maths but faffing when I've done 188m. Well it's a faff. Time it is!

Only had the option I measure time with my podcast so that's what I did.

Went out today with my friend, she probably walked half but kept a food walking pace. Ran back to her and then on again a few times. Did almost 1K less in 3 mins more than normal so not bad. Haven't put her off she's coming again Saturday!

Em3978 Thu 26-Jul-12 10:46:17

Well, I did it! Week5run3 done!!! woo!!

I ran this morning before the heat of the day, it was lovely. I KNEW when I was near the end of the 20 minutes and was very glad to stop, but after a few minutes walking (and because I was a mile away from home!) I ended up doing 1min run, 1min walk for a little while on the way home too. Actually felt like I could keep going!

Worked out at about 5k/3miles in total, so pleased smile

That's fantastic Em3978!!! Well done for doig a bit extra too and 5K total is really good too.

I've been without my friend today and was 10seconds slower than my last 5k. Going with her tomorrow and think I might attempt some proper timed intervals with her this time.

CommunistLegoBloc Sat 28-Jul-12 23:23:49

Can I join? Been lurking for a while! W4R1 done today and I didn't find it too bad at all. I'm slim but woefully unfit - W1R1 nearly killed me!

I love how you can feel yourself getting fitter bit by bit. Every session is just a little bit easier than the last. Even if the runs are longer I feel more capable of doing them grin

jchocchip Sun 29-Jul-12 09:12:20

Hello clb Well done getting to week 4 smile It does get easier and and it is a great feeling to finish the podcasts, isn't it!

Did my 5k parkrun yesterday, think that makes 6 weeks in a row. Thinking that I'm not going to stress about fitting in two runs during the week this week, cycling and swimming and running can get a bit much and I need to find time to do more strength training - may be restarting body pump with a friend if we can fix a date. Going to keep going to parkrun though, want to keep hold of the feeling that I CAN run. Still several stone to lose sad

Em3978 Sun 29-Jul-12 10:09:57

Out again this morning on w6r1 and it nearly killed me! much less running than w5r3, but seemed so much harder. Ah well, bad days and good days....

dotty2 Sun 29-Jul-12 22:50:03

Hi everyone - I've not been around, but it's great to see some new starters and the thread still going. Well done everyone.

I've not been out for a couple of weeks, and not going to make it for the next couple of weeks either as am going somewhere very hot for work and prob can't fit my shoes in my my luggage as need to do hand luggage only (that's a feeble excuse, isn't it?). But I did a short one this pm with DD1 (7) on her bike next to me. She is v.inconsistent with speed so I alternated between gentle jog/more challenging run/walking and desperately trying to keep up. It was fun though, and she wants to go again. DD2 (5) not quite up to it yet. It was her birthday this weekend, and I have eaten too much cake. Onwards and upwards.

karatekimmi Mon 30-Jul-12 07:24:54

Can I join too?

I has Minikimmi 8 weeks ago and am trying to get back into running. I use to run regularly, but was told to stop by a midwife when pregnant. (three weeks later the other midwife said it was fine too but I'd not done or for 3 weeks so didn't start again)

I downloaded rhetoric Nhs podcast although found it too easy and ran the whole thing! I use the Adidas Mi Coach to record my runs so have downloaded a 9 week training plan on there and am sticking to it as much as I can. I need to go for a run today but it takes so long to organise!

CommunistLegoBloc Mon 30-Jul-12 15:32:40

I did W4R2 yesterday and found it tougher than W4R1! It might be because I had eaten too recently...does anyone else get this? Or find that a run they previously found okay was then harder the next time?

Bit disheartening really sad

jchocchip Mon 30-Jul-12 20:07:07

Some runs are just better than others, but I'm of the school of thought that the only really bad run is the one that doesn't get done. I did a really slow run this evening and then went for a swim. My reasoning is that slow jogs are less impact to less risk to my knees (still several stone to lose sad...) Will try and cycle tomorrow if not raining and get plenty of sleep before parkrun on Saturday.

Loads of us found W6R1 hard Em3978! Well done for getting out again smile

Sounds like fun dotty2!

Welcome karatekimmi sounds like you're doing well already smile

I often found the second run of a week the hardest CommunistLegoBloc! I can't run too soon after eating so could be that too. Try not to let it affect r3, it might surprise you. Took me a long while after finishing c25k to stop finding it really hard and having to talk myself into finishing every run.

Been to my running group today and we did different varieties of interval training. Was run by the lady from the Wednesday group trying to recruit for that. She says that a lot of us are not beginners and Mondays should be beginners. Weds actually suit me better but it's a bit scary to move up a group.

NoMoFarahCake Tue 31-Jul-12 01:12:04

hi all!

its difficult to fit in runnning and watching every single possible olympic event possible. grin

<any excuse!>

karatekimmi Wed 01-Aug-12 20:52:54

Managed to keep to the plan so far, although had a phone call 10 mins into my 30 min run to come back and feed LO! Haven't managed to finish it off either, I might need to go out tomorrow now instead.
I'm sure watching the Olympic games burns more cala than watching corrie or 'stenders . Although shouting for jamieson earlier was almost as energetic as his swim!!

welliwouldnt Wed 01-Aug-12 21:12:46

was going to start a thread, but see you are all here already!

I have just started this but am so unfit its frightening! By the time I was on the 3rd 60 secs I was struggling (recovered ok with the walking). When I read it I thought with the walking inbetween I would hardly feel it. Wrong.

I am not overweight (though would like to lose a few pounds) and have no particular health probs, so is this a bad sign, is there any hope for me? Should I continue or is running the wrong way to go, haven't done any for years?


I hadn't ever run before I started in January welliwouldnt and I'm now happily running 30 mins three times a week. Trust the plan it really works!! There were a few ladies when we started this thread who repeated a run or two from each week but I found I progressed through the plan without any repeats and although it never got easy I was able to do it. I was 85Kg when I started and am now 60Kg which has made running easier but my fitness has increased massively so stick at it! Have started running with my friend who doesn't run and she runs as far as she can and then walks and I run back to her so I don't get too far ahead. She finds it hard but feels better for it and who knows we could be doing 10k's together before we know it!!

welliwouldnt Wed 01-Aug-12 21:32:22

that's cinnamon. I would never be out of breath running up the stairs etc or feel unwell washing car, cutting grass etc so was wondering if I was maybe just not designed for running! the main thing today was trying to make sure no-one saw me. I will try to stick at it, would love to be able to say I can run 5k.

Did you (or anyone else out there) find the first few runs more difficult than expected?

welliwouldnt Wed 01-Aug-12 21:34:25

or should I say, 'thanks' cinnamon (circulation to brain must still not have recovered).

welliwouldnt Thu 02-Aug-12 11:41:59

bit sore today, but not too bad. Prob just a walk with the kids today then try to get out again tomorrow.

rusmum Thu 02-Aug-12 21:01:44

Just checking in, not given up w6r2 tonight xx

Em3978 Fri 03-Aug-12 09:09:23

I need to do W6r2 soon too, but my son has finished at nursery so is at home with me 24/7.
I'm not a morning or an evening person (soooo tired!) so I've not managed to get any runs in since last week sad

Make the effort to go in the evening Em3978, I have to push myself to go some evenings but I feel so much better for it! I can't run to early as it makes me feel very ill.

Have just got my iPod Nano from eBay and am putting music on. It has a Nike+ app so can measure distance and speed with that. Dh is stressing as it means I won't have my phone with me but it will be nice not to have it on my arm while I'm running smile

Brightonite Fri 03-Aug-12 18:47:10

I'm back...after a week of no running due to a particularly virulent chest infection, I plan to run again tomorrow but to do the previous week again. I really struggled on the last run of week 3 after going great guns from the start but guess it was the infection looming. Am looking forward to getting back out there ... smile

welliwouldnt Fri 03-Aug-12 19:41:49

ok, 2nd ever outing this morning. Can't be sure I am cut out for this, running for 90 secs seems like a far away land at the minute. But, I've bought the trousers so will persist (trying to summon sporting spirit).

rusmum Sat 04-Aug-12 09:23:14

Bugger!! Just gritting ba k into it and feeling the love and done my bloody back in yesterday! Cannot currently walk! Ow!!!!! sadsadsadsadsadsadsad

Em3978 Sat 04-Aug-12 16:34:38

When I say 'tired' I really really mean tired, I can't function/stand up straight/walk in a straight line etc. I've had a bad week this week. Its normal for me, I just suffer with extreme fatigue sometimes.
Anyway I did manage to get out this morning, didn't do so well, but I got out; I managed the first 10 minute run ok, but I think the 3 min walk was actually BAD for me, I'd have done better to carry on running I think. I got half way through the second 10 minutes and had to stop and walk about 3 times before the end. Still, I managed that much and the occasional jog back home as I was further than 5 minutes walk away, so I felt less bad about it.

I am going to do w6r2 again at some point, hopefully when I've had some better days and the air is less sticky.

NoMoFarahCake Sat 04-Aug-12 18:46:36

anyone see Olympic womens 10k? Dibaba is phenomenal!
can't wait for Mo tonight!

That's still good Em3978, I found as I went on it was relief to start the continuous runs.

Oh no rusmum!!! Hope you feel better soon.

I did watch the 10k NoMoFarahCake, they did it in 3 mins more than I do 5k!! Really amazing.

Had a busy day today with only a 40 min window to run when it was thunder, lightening and torrential rain so I didn't run. But got back by 9 so went out at 9.15. Had to go on the road as it was dark and really need to work out a new route as my old one isn't long enough. Still did 26 min run and it was a good one smile

NoMoFarahCake Sun 05-Aug-12 14:46:58

Think they may be running a 5k too.
Probably take them about 13minutes! shock

karatekimmi Sun 05-Aug-12 18:45:48

Had a really good run today, watched the start of the marathon and went for a run and then watched the end. I think they covered a few more miles than me - just!! grin

I've done all my runs so far, and am feeling very pleased with myself.

wem Mon 06-Aug-12 17:39:20

Hello, mind if I join in? I'm thinking of starting up with this. I've downloaded the podcasts, but have a question? Do I need to plan a route for my first walk run? How far would you say you get first time out?

Well done karatekimmi!!!

Welcome wem, I used my dog walking route when I started. It took me 20 mins walking with the dog and I went round it 2.5 times when I started the c25k, I think it was about 2K. Some people just went straight until half way and turned around and came back. There are websites you can use to plan a route perhaps google it smile

wem Tue 07-Aug-12 08:38:40

Thanks cinnamongreyhound. I've seen a couple of those route planning sites, I just wasn't sure how far I needed to plan. I think I'll head up to the (small) park and do laps smile

farrowandballs Tue 07-Aug-12 22:50:27

I did my first ever run ever today. Was harder than I thought - actually the run itself wasn't so hard but it took me AGES to recover. I felt quite wobbly for about half an hour but I'm a smoker and haven't exercised for years so I guess to be expected.

Am hoping the C25K is going to help me to pack in smoking. I really enjoyed the run and I'm really looking forward to going again...

Can anyone tell me how long I have to wait before I can do run 2? I really want to go again tomorrow morning before the 4 days of sunshine starts - not sure I could do it in hot weather...

NoMoFarahCake Wed 08-Aug-12 11:05:07

i believe you should leave at least one day rest between runs.
i think its a chance to get your body to recover and also to prevent injuries.
dont forget to do the 5min cool down walk.
Some stretches (legs, arms and back) and a hot shower helped me to recover.

a BIG well done by the way on your first run.
pat yourself on the back!
i think just getting started was the hardest part for me.

farrowandballs Wed 08-Aug-12 18:03:41

Thanks NoMo I didn't realise there was a 5 minute cool down walk - have some slight stiffness in my thighs this morning so will remember to do proper stretching and cool down next time. Think it's going to have to be tomorrow lunchtime for next run. Am excited already!

karatekimmi Wed 08-Aug-12 18:28:57

Well done to everyone, it does get easier and you do start to like it at some point!!

I'm pleased that I've still stuck to the plan and the soreness and achiness is getting less. Im not sure whether the olympic runners are inspiring or whether the times they post are depressingly amazing! As if 5k in 13 mins! I can't even do it in 30 mins!!

Em3978 Wed 08-Aug-12 20:58:02

Hello again, you're all so inspiring!

Well done on your first run Farrowandballs, I was shattered after my first one, but you really do improve so quickly it amazing.

Well I decided to scrap w6r2 and go straight to w6r3, I knew the walking-break in the middle didn't help, so I just carried on. I also ran with a couple of friends (who carried on when I turned for home!) and that maybe helped. Anyway I did 25 minutes, including a large hill in the middle, had a 5 minute walk to the end of the podcast, then carried on another 5 minutes running and another 5 walking (as I was so far from home and got bored of walking!). I did a total of 4miles in 45 minutes!

rusmum Wed 08-Aug-12 21:51:43

Feeling better w 6 r2 done xx

Well done Farrowandballs, you are supposed to leave rest days and I always did but there are other who didn't to fit runs into their schedule. I literally ran every other day when I did the c25k so finished in less than 9 weeks. If the heat bothers you go early or late, I tend to run about 8pm smile

Well done Em3978, I wasn't brave enough to run with other people for a long time!! Feels good though when you know you are capable of soon that extra bit smile

Went to running group last night and no one was there grrrrr!! Came home and ran with my friend who I go to the group with but really annoyed as I had to drive there and back for nothing! Double checked the diary and it was definitely on and I was at the right place!!!

karatekimmi Sat 11-Aug-12 04:46:14

God that's annoying cinnamon at least you still went for a run!!

Park run are trying to get as many people as possible to do a park run (free 5k timed run in parks around the country) on August the 18th. I'm not sure where the nearest one is to me but I'm might try and join in!!

It's very difficult to get back into running, knowing how much quicker I use to be (albeit 5 years ago, 3 stone lighter an baby less) I get so demoralised with how slow I run. I know it takes time and if I stick at it in a few months I'll be a lot faster (and a lot lighter hopefully). Oh well keep plodding along!!

sagesponsoredbymacdonalds Sun 12-Aug-12 01:01:40

Hi, newbie here! Can I tentatively join? I did my first run in 3 years on Friday, using the Run Double C25K app on my phone and am very proud of myself for completing it smile

I have questions though...

It is very hot where I live so I am planning on running earlyish on the cycle path by the sea, then having a dip to cool off after warming down-does that sound reasonable?

Do any of you run with young DC? I was thinking of putting DS2 (19mo) in my neighbour's special running pushchair he is a double hard triathlete with 3 now big DC, and DS1 (4.7) on his bike. That way I can fit in 3 runs per week and not two.

Am I nuts? Or is it actually easier to run with a sports pushchair? Big wheels and proper disc brakes and something to lean on? Hoping to run tomorrow after my night shift, but tbh that may be too ambitious smile

Welcome sagesponsoredbymacdonalds!! Your timing sounds fine, we all do different things. I have run once with dss who was 10 when he came with me on his bike but wouldn't come again!! My ds1 is 5 and he wouldn't keep up with me for 30 mins but kids are all different. We had one lady who ran with a pushchair but I personally wouldn't have been able to when I started, if you can why not! Twice a week without dc is still better than not at all smile

Where is everybody? It's very quiet at the moment and I seem to be the only graduate left sad

karatekimmi Mon 13-Aug-12 08:53:01

Yeah, i keep checking in but not much action!! Eddie Izard was on bbc this morning talking about the events going on this Saturday! I missed a day last week so I've caught up but if I go for my run today it'll be 3 days in a row, but my little limbs are tired!!

I am considering getting a runny buggy as trying to fit runs in around when my DH works, so I normally go before but it means if DS has a grizzerly night then I'm knackered and want a lie in! I imagine if you start running with it then it will be easier than if your weren't used to it.

Maybe now the Olympics is over a when the summer hold are over there will be a bit more action here!!

Em3978 Mon 13-Aug-12 09:26:00

Hello! I did w7r1 yesterday, well most of it! I chose a route that was a bit hilly so i ended up walking little bits every now and then (mostly at the tops of hills!) I think I might choose a slightly flatter route for the next one. Still did nearly 3 miles after 2 days of allotment-weeding, I ACHE today.

ifink Mon 13-Aug-12 09:35:53

Hi Cinnamon and everyone - lots of great running! just wanted to check in as I graduated back in early April (so not all the graduates have disappeared I promise!) and come back for a lurk every so often. On the running front I finished cto5K and carried on doing 30 mins 3 times a week, moved away from Laura to my own music but found by June I needed a new focus so I completed the Bridge to 10K programme and am now running between 8 to 10K about 3 times a week (I live in a country where everyone gets up very early so fitting it in seems to work for me) - I'm totally hooked on running not least for the great feeling I get afterwards and it all started here. Thanks for all the encouragement from others, if I can do this then anyone can - I spent every year since aged 17 thinking 'I will get fit' and took 20 years to glad I did smile

cece Mon 13-Aug-12 09:47:11

Hello all. I am currently on holiday. Been out for only one run this past week but hope to go out again later.

Wow! That's great ifink! The most I've done is 6k but I find it hard fitting it in, I have fortnight off after this week so I might go out a couple of times on a longer route and see how far I get without stopping. Dh will be home so if I'm far away I can always ring him to pick me wink

Hi cece, noticed your absence from mfp too. Glad it's because of a holiday and not something horrible.

My friend is getting better, we went out yesterday and she managed 8 1/2 minutes before stopping! She's lost 2Kg since we started going together as well. We are going again tonight and then going to attempt the running group on Wednesday.

Oh thank God! I thought I had killed the thread!
Did w1r2 today with no kids in tow and feel a real sense of achievement. I was all glowy and excited smile

I hope I can keep it up.

Lucky13 Mon 13-Aug-12 14:32:46

Hi everyone - is ok if I join in too? I need a bit of encouragement as I am officially the slowest person ever to undertake C25K - I started in March and am still only on W4R2 (lots of repeat runs, with a few illnesses thrown in for excuses)!
I was/am so unfit! I felt like I was going to die when I ran for 60 seconds, so reaching the 5 minute mark is a massive achievement. I have looked at W6 and it seems completely out of reach right now.
How do you all get past the burn in your chest and breathlessness? How much should you push yourself? I just so want to be able to run that 5k!

Welcome Lucky13! I think you perhaps need to take it a bit slower? The idea is to complete the runs and not to push yourself as hard as you can. I found that breathing as Laura suggested (NHS Podcast) came after I'd been running for a while. I finished mid March and have been running 3 times a week since and it took me until the end of June before I ran a sub 30 min 5K, I don't know if this is normal but I know quite a few people whove been disheartened but not doing 5k in 30 mins when they finish. Especially watching the olympic athletes doing it in 13+ mins!

Lucky13 Mon 13-Aug-12 22:28:50

Slower! I hope you mean my pace rather than the five months it has taken me to get to W4!!
I use the RunDouble app for android and it does tell me my average pace for each segment of the run/walk - so what should a slower pace be for running at this stage?
I have tried a few different breathing techniques, but my lungs end up burning so much no matter what. I'm not sure what I can do to help it - or is just an incredibly slow process for a really unfit person?

Yes I mean pace, if it's really that hard then you may be trying to go too quickly. Better to run slower and be running than to stop or walk, I don't know in actual speed but you should feel a bit better when running. With breathing I would say that not thinking about it is the best way to deal with it!

melliebobs Tue 14-Aug-12 20:08:34

Ok so I'm up to week 5 and just done session 2 today. So far so good. Immactually able to run quicker than before dd's arrival. However did my first 8 min interval and I now fear for session 3. I'm never going to be able to run 20 mins continuous!!!!! sad

Last week (week 4 session 3) I got to the end and thought sod it I'll carry on to 5k just out of curiosity. 37mins it took n the first 5 if that was a walking warm up. Ok not THAT impressive. But to put it into perspective I did race for life 4 year ago n that took 37 mins!

Lucky13 Tue 14-Aug-12 22:05:42

Melliebobs - if it makes you feel any better - I carried on to 5k the other day and it took me 42 mins - more walk than run!
I'm v impressed with your running for 8 mins continuous - 5 mins is still just too much for me at the moment.

Em3978 Wed 15-Aug-12 10:27:17

Melliebobs, I remember writing exactly the same thing about the 20min solid run on w5r3, honestly I never thought I could do it, but I did, and it really wasn't as hard as I expected.

My record for 5k is still 36 minutes (I'm on week 7) and that levels my race for life best too!

melliebobs Wed 15-Aug-12 13:42:21

Oooo well maybe if I slow the speed just a bit 20 mins continuous may be possible. Well just been to a buggy fit class today. So day off 2mrw n see how we go on Friday. Eeeeek

Definitely melliebobs, most of us who've done it were worried about the 20 min run and I think pretty much everyone did it! Take it steady and you'll be fine smile

I went to the more advanced group of my running club and it was tough but good, think I'm going to ache! THinking of going with them on their 6 mile run on Saturday morning, I don't think I'll do the whole run but they apparently stop at points and I kept up reasonably well tonight.

ICouldBeYou Thu 16-Aug-12 10:45:34

I'm (re) joining here, albeit under a different nickname!

Lucky13, you are by no means the slowest...I started back in May and I am still on wk2 grin I had 'time off' for illness and injury, then a very hectic summer meant I could only run once a week, which didn't make me feel able to progress to wk3.

Now schools are back I am re-starting (at wk2).

I will be walking on rest days and also Zumba twice a week.

Signing in after wk1r2! Have been challenged by the (much fitter) ladies in the office to join them on a 5k run. I did run 1 on the treadmill and run 2 outside going round and round a field. The second run seemed to go more quickly but I felt like a right plonker huffing and puffing past the kids on the swings and football pitch.

Did you invest in proper kit?. I feel like I am practically in my school PE kit and a pair of 10 year old Nike Airs that were in a box under the bed. Some of the people I know who have done c25k swear by a 'gait analysis' and a shiny new pair of trainers from advance performance.

melliebobs Fri 17-Aug-12 08:52:06

The only thing I've invested in is decent trainers. Only cos I run on the outside of my foot n get bad pain up the inside of my calf as a result. So had gait analysis n got the appropriate trainers. They only cost £50 so well worth it IMO

Hi auntieBulgaria! A good bra and good trainers are probably the most important things. although I did just buy myself one of those armbands you can put your phone in and it is great

I finished week 1 today! Really I did 4 runs not 3, but had to abort one 20 minutes in as i had the 2 dss and ds1 couldn't keep up on his bike- he is only 4. Ds2 loved running in the pushchair!

I am so glad I decided to do this smile

FunnysInLaJardin Fri 17-Aug-12 15:33:24

Hello, been an age since I posted. But I am still running, although only once a week at the mo. Am trying to get my time down on the 5k. I want to be able to do it in 35 mins but at the mo am at about 38. Did 4k yesterday in 31 mins, so need to speed up some more!

Good luck and welcome to all the new runners. I sarted in Feb and really have the running bug now.

feelingfull Fri 17-Aug-12 15:41:45

I started on Monday and have been out on Weds and today (too hot).
Really proud of myself and hoping I will keep it up.

Welcome ICouldBeYou, AuntieBulgaria and feelingfull! I only had a cheap pair of trainers until I was sure that I was going to carry on, then I looked on runners world and shopped for a suitable pair of trainers. My bras I already had were fine. Now I have lost weight I'm happier in a pair of 3/4 length leggings but I was just wearing joggers before that (was in January when I started though).

Well done sagelynodding! Especially for running with a pushchair smile

Good to hear from you FunnysInlLaJardin!

No aching after Wednesday so I'm going out tonight but on my own, haven't been on my own much recently so will be nice!

Lucky13 Sat 18-Aug-12 14:43:17

I decided to buy myself some new kit for each week I completed as an incentive. So now i have new trainers, an armband for my phone (run double C25k app), t-shirt and joggers. Hmm what shall I get for finishing week 5?!

Ran my fastest 5k last night, 27 min 30!! Very pleased with myself but it was hard! Went with my friend today but it was very hot and we managed 30 mins but not quite as far as usual as she found it hard. Rest day tomorrow and then running club Monday smile

feelingfull Sat 18-Aug-12 20:29:33

I won't be able to run again until Monday evening, which will be the start of week 2.

What can I expect, is it still 30mins?

Em3978 Sun 19-Aug-12 17:01:26

I've not run since last sunday afternoon... just felt so under the weather all week, nothing specifically wrong, just didn't feel well.

Anyway, I managed w7r2 today, badly again, ah well....

Yes feelingfull it's still 30 mins I think it's 90sec runs if I remember right!

It's always harder after a break Em3978, well done and I hope you feel better.

feelingfull it is 90 second runs with 3min walks I think. I was due to start W2 tomorrow, but I have the worst cold ever <overdramatic> and I don't think I will be able to cope sad

Hopefully I will get back out there by Wednesday, and do wed, fri, sun to get through wk2. But if my nose is still streaming like this it is unlikely. I'm annoyed as I have been so motivated, and have really enjoyed W1, and going swimming in the sea afterwards. I hadn't done anything really for myself in ages.

feelingfull Tue 21-Aug-12 21:21:16

sagelynodding hope you feel better for tomorrow!

I did w2r1 yesterday evening. A lot cooler than last week. And I am not waking in the morning in pain!

I use Run Keeper as well, so I can remember where I go!

I am still not very fast, but am impressed and surprised at myself that I can complete the thing. But I run really slowly. Really really slowly!

rusmum Tue 21-Aug-12 22:27:58

Hey girls, still here and running!!! On w 8 , loving it!! And feeling good! 37 lb down too yay xxx gringringringringrin

rusmum Tue 21-Aug-12 22:30:11

Anyone want to pal up on mfp?

Well done all!!

My friend couldn't make it today so managed another pb 27m 12s!! Did circuits training at running club yesterday so felt a bit stiff after my run but ok now smile

I'm on mfp rusmum, same name as here so feel free to add me. I've lost 5st 5 and I'm maintaining at the moment but still logging daily smile

rusmum Tue 21-Aug-12 23:33:12

Bloody wow cinnamon!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have added you x

feelingfull Wed 22-Aug-12 00:08:29

cinnamongreyhound - 5st 5 bloody amazing!!

How long have you been doing this?

I started cutting down on calories in November and started the c25k in January, then joined mfp in feb which is a fab way to calorie count. I am now 9st 8 and happy, plus running 3 times a week which I now love!!! I think running has helped weightloss but it only burns 300+ calories a run so without cutting down on food I wouldn't have lost anywhere near what I have. Now need to get rid of the spare skin sad

cinnamon that is an amazing amount of weight to lose! I bet you feel brilliant!
I have just got under the 12stone barrier, with ideally another stone to lose. Unfortunately I am still full of cold so I wont be running for a couple more days sad

feelingfull Wed 22-Aug-12 09:03:40

sagely you sound as if you are doing amazing well as well.

I really want to keep at this. Planning to head out at lunchtime today.

feeling I wish this bloody cold would go away so I can get back out there! But honestly I would just have a massive coughing fit and collapse if I ran anywhere today!
Monday morning, 6am I will be up and at em smile

Hello, can I join too? I did the Race for Life walking this year (actually, walking and carrying a 4 year old for most of the way hmm) which made me think that if I start training now I might just be able to run it next summer.

Had my very first treadmill session this morning at the gym - the very swish machine kept flashing "Warning, heart rate is high" on the screen, so I think I am some way off being fit atm!! (that and about 3 stone overweight ... is it still baby weight if the baby is about to start primary school?)

Welcome systemsaddict of course you can join! I think that running 5k in a years time is easily doable! It took me a few months after completing the c25k to be able to run 5k in less than 30 mins but was running 3 times a week straight after and just built up speed. If it makes you feel any better I am no longer overweight but my heart rate is regularly over what should be the maxiumum heart rate for my age and I always come out the other side fine. My heart rate drops pretty quickly when I've finished and I think that's a better indicator of fitness smile

Hope you are better soon sagelynodding!

feelingfull Sun 26-Aug-12 21:47:24

Not been able to get out due to the bank holiday. Really hope that my routine slots back in next week sad

I had a very similar Race for Life this year systemaddict: carrying a 4 year old! And during wk3r1 (NHS c25k) today I was also wondering about joining the joggers/runners next year.

I ran for 3 minutes without dying today. Hooray. And I love how energetic it makes me feel if I run first thing.

Just checking in! Was supposed to run w2r2 this morning, but I messed up on my phone and ended up doing w1r1 smile I am a fool! Back out tomorrow to do it properly.

Sounds like you'll both be running a race for life soon smile

I went out from my caravan last night, we roughly scouted out the area so I knew there was a path to run on so just went to 15 mins and turned around, keeping to the main road as I don't know the area at all. Was nice smile

Em3978 Mon 27-Aug-12 18:04:12

finally did w7r3 today and finally did 25 minutes without stopping!! Same route and w7r2, and done in about the same time, just didn't stop to walk. smile happy bunny smile

geranium72 Wed 29-Aug-12 14:32:56

Hi-may I join you??

I started Monday and staggered through it but found it really tough going

Did wk 1 run2 today in the drizzle at the park and found it a lot better (apart from my crazy dog trying to chase birds and pulling me around!) - the 60 seconds seemed more manageable

I can't believe I am already starting to feel a little bit of a buzz from this and planning my next one

Please tell me you all started off finding it tough and "running" at the speed of a very old very asthmatic pit pony???

Thanks for welcomes! Slightly scuppered by 2 days of intense bottom / hip pain (sacro-iliac??) after my first treadmill experiences last week, but I was back in the gym yesterday morning; just went on a different machine until it settles down again. I really want to do this but will have to take it very slowly! Not a new thing for my hip to play up and I think I will be able to train round it, but will have to be v. v. careful.

Well done Em3978! The end is in sight!!!!

Welcome Geranium72, I was very slow to begin with! It's not about speed but getting through each session and completing the plan, speed comes later smile

Ive done two runs whilst on holiday, both were good and were home tomorrow morning so I guess that'll be it!

NoMoreCake Sat 01-Sep-12 17:39:54

Hi everyone!
<waves furiously>

so good to see you all still at it!
and new c25k-ers too!

i have been lurking..and hiding! it has been impossible to keep up the running schedule over the holidays, with family visits, visitors, holiday, weddings, kids, bad weather...non stop olympic viewing... etc etc!
also have not been logging my food in mfp, but trying to be careful and actually managed to lose 1lb, - didnt put any weight on! yay & phew!

i am going to start logging on mfp again and hopefully start runnning again...soon. Strange i cant believe i used to jog, but when i jog i cant believe that i didnt jog in the past. iykwim!

so i'll probably be lurking on here looking for inspiration! probably have to build up my running from 5-10 mins up again though.

Pretty sure today was my longest run time wise, 37 mins- not sure of distance sad

Babieseverywhere Tue 04-Sep-12 10:26:59

I am returning to C25K and wanted to join a thread with like minded people.

I started C25k in September 2011 and completed it in November 2011 whilst being in early pregnancy.

Bump is now DD3 and five weeks old and I am restarting C25K. I started on Week 5 Run 1, which I found very tough but doable, so I'm going to repeat W5R1 for the next couple of runs and see how I feel.

Hello again - updating, saw personal trainer at the gym yesterday and talked about programme to get running without setting off back / hip pain, she is going to start me off on what she called a 'light' run / walk (probably about week -4 grin) plus stretches and bodyweight stuff to open up and strengthen around my dodgy hip. First session with her Monday, will let you know how it goes ...

Hi Babieseverywhere! Amazing you're starting with a 5 week old!

That sounds good systemsaddict.

Was supposed to go on my first proper timed 5k tonight but I have been really poorly with a sickness bug and definitely not up to it sad. Just about managed to walk to school and back for ds1's first day in year 1!

feelingfull Fri 07-Sep-12 21:02:01

Hope you're feeling better cinnamon!

Its getting dark earlier. Does anyone run at night? Am I stressing too much about the darkness?

Thanks feelingfull, I am better than I was but still not up to running!

I run at night, often after 8. When I started in January it was dark early and I just ran around the streets in well lit areas. I will ahve to stop running in the forest now apart from weekends and go back to pounding the pavements. Never had a problem running in the dark smile

jchocchip Fri 07-Sep-12 21:57:05

Hello everyone, found this thread again! Wasn't too well last weekend and went to York to celebrate dh's 50th birthday so no parkrun. Haven't done much this week, just walking and a little swimming today but I'm going to parkrun tomorrow morning and try for a pb! I must be mad. Game plan start very slow and build up speed then run fast on the downhill and slower on the uphill. My pb on this course is only 49 mins so I really should be able to go faster! I haven't run at night recently, but may do soon as the nights are drawing in...

feelingfull Fri 07-Sep-12 22:57:23

Cinnamon, will just go main roads as well at night. Certainly lots around here.

Do you guys just do circuits?
I almost have to run as far away from home as possible (so not far!) otherwise the temptation i to just go home!!

jchocchip Sat 08-Sep-12 07:34:29

I have a few circular routes that I do or I run along the river path until half way and then turn back. Don't like running in the dark, remember now I was off sick when I started so day runs for the first month or so but I do remember some dark runs along the way, just kept away from the canal...

jchocchip Sat 08-Sep-12 07:35:28

slept awkwardly, hope pain in knee / hip goes before 9am...

welliwouldnt Sat 08-Sep-12 11:03:07

well after a couple of false starts I have completed week 3. Hoping to start 4 tomorrow or monday.
It looks difficult, how did everyone find the step up?

I am not naturally athletic and actually wondering if I am a bit old starting all this now. I am mid 30's which I know is not old as such, but feels it when starting from zero fitness! If anyone is prepared to reveal their age....

jchocchip Sat 08-Sep-12 14:26:18

Age is no excuse, I'm 46 and still weigh over 18 stone blush I don't run fast and haven't had any injuries. I do have supportive running shoes. At parkrun this morning there was a bunch of slimming world ladies walking the course, so I was extolling the virtues of c25k and although I put in a slow run, I was about 10 minutes off being last!

Babieseverywhere Sat 08-Sep-12 19:53:56

I have been running on and off (pregnancy) for the last year but always on a inside treadmill in our house.

I have frankly been terrified of the thought of letting other people see me attempt to run.

But today I finally faced my fears and went outside to run. I loved it. With my earphones in I couldn't hear my breathing just enjoyed the sunshine and breeze whilst listening to music and outrunning Zombies (Zombies, Run ! App on my phone)

I managed 2.5 miles in 36 minutes and my legs are killing me, due to the hills I guess.

Certainly won't be my last outside run smile

PS. I'm old and fat runner...38 years old

jchocchip Sun 09-Sep-12 07:58:09

Well done babies there's so much to see when you run outside!

My routes are vaguely circular, whether it's road or forest just because it's a bit more interesting than running to a point and running back the same way.

Did you get your pb jchocchip?

I did my first run since being ill yesterday and although it was slow it was good and I did 31 minutes. Will go again Tuesday as I have a horribly hectic week and won't manage again until Friday and maybe not at all at the weekend sad

You'll be fine welliwouldnt!! I was 31 when I started and several stone over weight. It's a really great plan, trust it smile

MegBusset Mon 10-Sep-12 13:44:40

Hello smile I did W1R1 today. Didn't find it too bad (have reasonable level of fitness but haven't been running in years) and looking forward to the next one!

Can anyone recommend an app to map runs? Today I just ran to the local park and round the field a few times but would be nice to work out a few 5k circular routes.

Babieseverywhere Mon 10-Sep-12 22:05:13

I am so happy, I went for a run with a friend this evening and we managed to run pretty much all of 3.12 miles (5k).

It was raining the whole way and we were like drowned rats by the end but my breathing was much improved and I feel so alive, running in the rain is magical.

Why didn't anyone tell me how much fun running could be, I would of started running years ago !

Ps. I use Sports Track Live App to track my runs and Walk Jog Run website to plan my routes before I run them. HTH

jchocchip Tue 11-Sep-12 08:22:55

Didn't make my pb, cinnamon, maybe next week!
I like running in the rain too, as long as I have a hat on, I think that stops the water running down my neck. I put in better times on cool days and a bit of drizzle helps too.
I went out yesterday morning from my Mum's house and bumped into one of her friends, so had to stop for a quick chat!

dotty2 Tue 11-Sep-12 12:30:07

Hello everyone. Have been MIA for a while, so great to see you are still here. (I did C25k in jan - march and still running regularly though a bit less regularly over the summer). I've been mithering about doing a 10k for ages and am finally going to go for it this autumn - or at least get up to the distance, even if I don't manage a race. I am going to try and go out with DH this weekend and run just as far as I can, and see how far that is. Wish me luck.

I sometimes use MapMyRun website to work out routes but it doesn't really work if any of your run is off road (e.g round the park). I have yet to find an app I really like for my phone but to be honest these days I mostly try not to worry too much about time and distance and just enjoy getting out of the house. That might need to change if I am serious about a 10k.

Em3978 Tue 11-Sep-12 16:14:13

Hello everyone, I've just been out after not running for over 2 weeks, I did W7 again, and didn't manage to run all of it, but thats not a surprise really, I'll do it another once or twice before heading on to W8 I think, get back into the habit.

I use MapMyRun too, but yes it is difficult if you go off road.

Run keeper is fab MegBusset!

Welcome back Dotty2, glad you're still running! Good luck with your run I keep meaning to do the same.

Was meant to run Tuesday but felt so totally drained and tired that I didn't. Will try to get out tomorrow but it's ds2's birthday so may have to wait until Friday sad

TellMeLater Thu 13-Sep-12 07:13:41

Hi all

I did the C25k in Jan - March last year. I am still running and the fitter I get the more I enjoy it....I'm doing a 10k in a few weeks and I'm feeling strong, the fittest I've ever been. Keep at it, no matter how long it's all good!

dotty2 Thu 13-Sep-12 10:02:36

Only one run so far this week, but I have shredded and swum and I ache all over. Keeping fingers crossed for a long one this weekend. Thanks for the encouragement, tellmelater!

cinnamon - I'll let you know if I book a date. There's one nearish me on 11th November, but it's 2 laps of a 5k circuit which sounds a bit discouraging - can just imagine getting to the end the first time and thinking: oh no, I've got to do it all again.

<knock knock>

Can I come in?

Did W1R3 last night and am constantly surprised that I'm not keeling over!

MegBusset Thu 13-Sep-12 13:49:41

Just done W1 R2. Enjoyed it so much I stuck an extra minute's running on the end!!

dotty2 Thu 13-Sep-12 15:31:39

Well done, Meg and ICTMBIMP - that's the beauty of the gradual build up, you keep being surprised by what you can do all the way up to 5k!

jchocchip Thu 13-Sep-12 17:24:17

Hello ICTMBIMP and Meg and well done for starting! hello again to dotty and tellmelater
I've had a busy week and long drive today so won't fit another run in before Saturday. When. I. Will. Do. Parkrun. smile

Maybe go for a swim after tea and wind down...

LilyPickle Thu 13-Sep-12 19:45:22

Haven't posted on this thread in ages but started just over 12 weeks ago - literally couldn't run for a minute.

Tonight, I have just run 3.5 miles. grin

The endorphins have kicked in big style and I am buzzing (if slightly jelly-legged) but am so amazed and bloody proud of myself.

Last year I had low-grade Ovarian Cancer and have made some massive changes in my lifestyle since my diagnosis. I have never been able to run and my aim was to do a 5k before I was 40 in September 2013. Looks like I am well on target.

So from the biggest, unfittest sceptic - yes, you can do it, it does work. And it feels damn good.

jchocchip Thu 13-Sep-12 20:56:23

Well done lilypickle awesome run smile I had breast cancer last year and I suppose the c25k thing came out of a lifestyle change for me too.

feelingfull Thu 13-Sep-12 20:59:41

Well done! I love that this is really achievable and gives me so much hope.

I am on w3r1 (r2 tomorrow) and am surprised already how much longer I can run for. I am still really slow, but I am def exercising. And recovery after is hardly anything.

MegBusset Sat 15-Sep-12 08:55:06

Went out at 7.30 this morning shock for W1 R3. Got chilly ears - anyone recommend a running hat?!

jchocchip Sat 15-Sep-12 11:55:58

I've got a fleece hat for cold and a cap for sunny days.
parkrun this morning forgot my barcode sad Was talking to a lady who has lost 8 stone with Slimming World and off to the woman of the year competition next week.

jchocchip Sat 15-Sep-12 11:58:08

Oh and I've lost weight again, finally, lost 3lb below the lowest recorded weight on mfp, but actually 8lb over the week!

Well done all those getting out and jchocchip on weight loss!

I've hurt my foot so can't run sad really frustrated about it!!!!

jchocchip Sun 16-Sep-12 10:07:33

Has anyone used the nhs couch to 5k+ speed podcast? Just downloaded it and I'm going to give it a go later. Only just noticed it when I was linking to c25k in another thread...

Haven't seen it or used jchocchip just tried to push myself a bit more each run.

Hoping I don't have to start again from the beginning as I have broken three bones in my foot so won't be running for a while sad

jchocchip Mon 17-Sep-12 22:20:03

Can you swim with a broken foot, that's not weight bearing...
Tried the C25K+speed tonight and really liked hearing laura again, and the 1,2,3,4 def helped my pace! downloaded the +stamina and +stepping stone too smile

Sounds good, hope it helps your speed. Have a cast so not going near water at the moment!

dotty2 Tue 18-Sep-12 11:09:16

Very sorry to hear about the broken foot and very excited to hear about the new NHS podcasts. More Laura - be still my beating heart! Off to download...

MammaTo2boys Tue 18-Sep-12 11:47:29

Hello ladies, sorry to highjack your thread, but would love some advice from yourselves regarding sports bras and running.

I gave birth 3 months ago and I am still BF, so boobs are massive. I am running on average 15 - 20 mile per week as I'm doing the Great South run next month, but all my running bras are old and worn out and before going out and splashing out lots of money, I wondered if you could point me in the right direction.

I did buy a shock absorber running bra, which had like a bikini style plastic fastener at the back, but after 2 runs that has already broken away. Apart from that the bra was really good at keeping my boobs in check, are there any others that you would recommend. Hope you don't mind me asking. Thanks so much for your time x

dotty2 Tue 18-Sep-12 13:35:26

Hi Mt2B - you're very welcome to pop in. My husband buys Trail Running magazine and this bra recently won its 'best in test'. I've just bought one but haven't road tested it yet, so can't testify to its efficacy. The other tip I've heard is to double up - proper sports bra with stretchy control top on top. Good luck with the bra, and your run.

MegBusset Tue 18-Sep-12 13:44:49

I haven't got a sports bra - does everyone else wear one?

Done week 2 run 1 today. First 90 seconds of running was tough! but the rest was fine, though despite it being absolutely a clear blue sky when I left home, there was a huge cloudburst halfway round so I got soaked!

Em3978 Tue 18-Sep-12 15:12:48

I have a sports bra, a Shock Absorber. its size 36DD though I'm now a 32E so I really ought to get a new one... This one is still working well though, I have minimal bounce and no pain afterwards (which I would get in a bra that doesn't support enough).

Just did w8r2, (wow nearly at the end!!) and did the first half up a steady incline to the next village, the only way uphill from my house, so that I could have a downhill for the second half. And I did it; 28 mins solid running!!!

jchocchip Wed 19-Sep-12 18:52:35

went out early this morning and did the c25k+speed again with dh - it definitely reminds you that you should up your pace which is what I need at the moment and running up and down an incline was good too.

Sorry I suggested swimming cinnamon didn't think you would have a cast sad

Don't worry jchocchip, a swim sounds lovely! Dh thinks I might get a removable one tomorrow but I really have no idea. Glad you enjoyed the new podcast again.

Didn't answer about the bra as I never bought anything special, was a 36G when I started but since losing weight I am now a 32D sad sad never had such small boobs in my life and I miss them!

cinnamon poor you! I hope your foot heals soon. I did something similar years back and walked on broken bones for quite a while before getting it sorted and had to have a lot of rest and physio-not fun.

I'm checking back in, just did w4r1 this morning and found it hard going, but didn't stop to walk, so I'm quite pleased smile

What music do you put on to keep motivated/ keep your pace up? I use the RunDouble app so can put any playlist in-currently I warm up to Ayo, run with Pink or Black Eyed Peas, and warm down to Shakira, but I need a change!

TellMeLater Wed 19-Sep-12 20:47:12

Ouch sounds painful cinnamon and very frustrating!

Best sports bra is the Enell - not sure it's suitable for breast feeding as its almost like a compression wrap around your boobs and that may stop milk flow, its ugly but we all still wear it's the business those boobs are not bouncing anywhere!

MegBusset Wed 19-Sep-12 20:55:40

My boobs have shrunk too since I have being doing Shred and C25k, why is it that when I put on weight it's on my hips but when I lose it it's from my boobs hmm

My boobs have shrunk too and my face and arms but not my arse!! I double up-mid-impact sports bra and v tight cropped top-I refuse to buy any more expensive bras until my shape and size get themselves sorted!

dotty2 Thu 20-Sep-12 14:04:19

I did the new C25k+ speed podcast this morning. I found it quite hard. It alternates running at 150 and 165 strides per minute, and it turns out that my normal running speed is quite a bit less than 150. I do sprint intervals myself but alternate faster, but much shorter bursts with a slow jog. So this will be interesting - hope it will have some impact on my speed.

Went in the rain because I didn't realise it was raining until I was already outside and then thought I might as well. Couldn't see out of my glasses by the time I was back - and my first run this autumn in the dark, or near dark (about 6.15am). So back to boring runs along roads.

New running bra OK but think should have gone down a band size - worn it now, so too late to change.

MegBusset Thu 20-Sep-12 17:52:36

Supposed to run today but I have a cold and feel yucky sad

dotty2 Thu 20-Sep-12 19:47:25

Sorry to hear that, Meg. Maybe you have caught a chill from your soggy run on Tuesday, like a Jane Austen heroine wink - don't worry about having a few days off if you're poorly - you'll soon get back into it. I am usually pleasantly surprised when I've had a break how good it feels (and even if it feels horrible, it will get better!)

MammaTo2boys Fri 21-Sep-12 08:35:17

Many thanks for your sports bra ideas. I have ordered the triumph one as suggested by Dotty2, however have looked at the enell too. I will look into that one if the triumph doesn't hold me in place. Once again, thanks for your time, take care and happy running (I've got an 8 mile run for this afternoon grin).

Dogwalks Fri 21-Sep-12 08:39:47

Help!! Stuck on week 5 run 3, did run 2last night, in rain and wind will aim to do run 3 on saturday, really worried i cant do it. Please send me reassurance this run can be done. Love reading all your messages.

I would say have faith in yourself and the plan Dogwalks, take it steady and you WILL complete it! Everyone has doubts at this stage but if you have the nhs podcast Laura will talk you through.

Went to hospital yesterday and I'm still in backing cast. Should get a fibreglass one with a heel plate on weds which I will be in for two weeks then one with a whole foot plate for a further 4 weeks. Dr says 3 months before I can run and even then it may well be very painful sad. I'm so gutted, really was a runner and I miss it so much already. Feel like I'll have to start at the beginning again and may not even be able to run.

I will stick around here if you guys don't mind but I have to say I'm very envy of all of you getting out for a run!

cinnamon that sucks! sad for you. You HAVE to stick around-and it is your thread after all!

Three months does sound daunting though, maybe by breaking it up into smaller stages it won't feel so long? <clutches at straws>

Have some thanks and a brew on me, I have really appreciated this thread-did w4r2 today, and I always think of you all as I pant along the footpath!

jchocchip Fri 21-Sep-12 22:19:01

oh dear cinnamon, gutted for you.

parkrun tomorrow, and I'm going to listen to laura pacing me and see if it makes a difference...

Dogwalks Fri 21-Sep-12 22:33:23

Thanks for taking the time to post, you are one of the names that had inspired me to keep going. Hope you mend quickly and are back at it by spring if not sooner.

MegBusset Fri 21-Sep-12 22:49:42

Cinnamon what a bummer sad makes my cold seem very trivial! Do stick around though!

Still too sickly to exercise, hopefully back on track next week...

dotty2 Sat 22-Sep-12 14:18:50

So sorry to hear that cinnamon. How disheartening for you. But you will be a runner again one day!

jchocchip Sat 22-Sep-12 15:23:30

I think I had a good run today, but as I missed the start oops, I missed out on aiming for a pb and it wasn't quite the same!! Did catch up with the two ladies at the tail of the race so didn't come last despite starting late...

feelingfull Sat 22-Sep-12 17:39:51

Sorry to hear that cinnamon

Well done chocchip

I am on w4 and plan to do r3 Monday. My heels ached a it yesterday, but am amazed that I can do it and how manageable it all is!

jchocchip Sat 22-Sep-12 20:37:31

I realise I just need to set my alarm clock for am rather than pm....

Sorry jchocchip I had to lol!!

My friend completed her first half marathon today which has made me realise if I can run again once my foot heals I want to run further. She was running the same as me until July when she started doing 6 miles twice a week (about an hour) and 10 miles at the weekend. I think I would like to give it a go anyway and see how I get on. Really surprised how much I miss running already.

Hope those of you still able have had some nice runs this weekend smile

MegBusset Sun 23-Sep-12 19:07:27

Did week 2 run 2 this morning as cold seems to be gone. I really like running first thing but could never get up early enough on a school day! Rain forecast all week so dunno when I'll fit the next one in, don't fancy getting drenched...

feelingfull Sun 23-Sep-12 19:40:40

I haven't run in the rain before and need to get out tomorrow. Will it be really hideous?

dotty2 Sun 23-Sep-12 19:49:53

Interesting (and inspiring) about your friend, cinnamon

I was supposed to run with a friend this morning but she had to stand me up so I did the NHS stamina podcast instead. So I swapped a 30 minute gentle jog and chat for 35 minutes of running much faster than I normally do, alternated with running much, much faster. Finding the C25k+ podcasts challenging, not for distance but for speed. But as the lovely Laura says, it gives me something to aim for next time...

jchocchip Sun 23-Sep-12 20:01:21

dotty, I really like the c25k+ listened to half of speed and half of stamina during the parkrun and it really helped my pace. I am finding it much faster than my usual leisurely pace, too.

Running in the rain is great as it keeps you cool! As long as its not totally pouring as it makes you a lot heavier then!

jchocchip Sun 23-Sep-12 20:15:45

don't forget a hat if its raining smile

Babieseverywhere Sun 23-Sep-12 22:42:01

I love running in the rain, it is very refreshing smile

I went running today in my new trainers, which I bought as I was told that my old trainers are likely to be the cause of my right knee pain. Certainly I had no pain whilst running today, so I really hope these new trainers are the solution.

I had a really good run, covering 3.3 miles in 46 minutes which is fast for me. smile

dotty2 Mon 24-Sep-12 11:09:40

jchocchip - good to know am not the only one who finds them challenging. Will give stepping stone a go next - done speed and stamina and managed to complete speed, though finding it challenging. Had to walk little bits of stamina to get to the end.

re. the rain - I don't mind a bit of drizzle but anything more is a pain for me because of glasses. My DH also dislikes running in the rain because he doesn't like the feel of rain bouncing on his bald head! (though a hat helps with both those hazards) And I would advise caution if it's really chucking it down unless your trainers are waterproof - most aren't. Quite likely to slip in a puddle or go over on your ankle if your feet start slipping around in your trainers. (Sound v. boring health and safety there!)

jchocchip Mon 24-Sep-12 18:49:21

my trainers are soaked from this morning - a good run and I was glad I went as I think it helped me cope with the funeral I had to go to this afternoon. Did stamina today and managed about 5 k including a walk to the shops before I started and an extra bit at the end...

feelingfull Mon 24-Sep-12 20:58:59

hope it wasnt too bad chochip

I didn't go out in the end, it was the wind that scared me.

MegBusset Tue 25-Sep-12 13:35:48

Week 2 run 3 DONE. Quite hard getting going today - maybe because my legs were tired after a long tramp round the woods with DS2 this morning.

Took a sneak peek at Week 3. Three minutes of running <faints>

dotty2 Tue 25-Sep-12 13:57:12

Hi everyone - fear not Meg - you'll be running for 20 minutes solid before you know it. Is it windy with you? it is here, and I always find that makes it harder too.

Just done C25k+ Stepping stone. Bit more manageable than the other two I thought so I'd recommend doing that one first perhaps if you're thinking of giving them a go. Still very hard though - have found it a shocker to realise how slowly I (used to) run.

One thing I can't quite get my head round is how the pacing thing works for runners with different length legs. I'm tallish - 5'9 with longish legs (DH is the same height but much shorter legs) so my natural stride is quite long. To run at the pace in the podcasts, am having to shorten my stride and move my legs more quickly. But is the principle a good one? Or is it slightly misleading to think that everyone - however long their legs - could think about running at the same number of strides a minute?

That quibble aside, I'm enjoying the challenge of getting faster and thinking of alternating the podcasts, doing maybe two a week plus one longer, slower run.

MegBusset Tue 25-Sep-12 22:17:04

Yes, it was windy AND sunny which is my least favourite weather, because with my hat on I get a hot sweaty head, but hat off and I get cold, aching ears.

jchocchip Tue 25-Sep-12 22:25:20

I'm 5' 10 with a long back and shortish legs.... Don't think it really matters, if I can up my strides per minute I'll go faster. Haven't done the stepping stone yet, maybe tomorrow! Very very soggy here today, don't know where any dry paths will be.

dotty2 Wed 26-Sep-12 13:59:12

But might more, shorter strides actually get you over the distance less quickly than more longer strides? I guess I need to time myself using different techniques over the same distance and see!

Hope everyone finds somewhere dry to run...

I agree with you Dotty2 it sounds like more hard work to run lots of short strides than less longer ones. I'm far from an expert in running but would have thought messing around with your natural stride you are more likely to injure yourself too. I haven't looked at the podcast so not sure what you're trying to do exactly. Can you not keep the stride the same size but do it more quickly to get more strides per minute? Sorry if I'm not understanding!

dotty2 Wed 26-Sep-12 16:11:58

The podcasts are all about running at a certain number of strides per minute -somewhere between 150 and 165, and alternating intervals of different speeds for different lengths of time for the various programmes. Laura chants away '1,2,3,4' to get you in time, then the idea is that you run in time to the beat of the music. I definitely can't do my normal stride length at 150/minute, let alone 165. But maybe I will be able to in time. I don't know about risk of injury - it doesn't feel as if I'm doing something I shouldn't be doing, but it is Hard. But then maybe that's good!

jchocchip Wed 26-Sep-12 19:06:28

I don't think I have altered my stride length, it shortens when I go up hills, but otherwise is fairly consistent I think...

MegBusset Thu 27-Sep-12 13:21:48

Well I survived week 3 run 1 smile

Am impressed by those of you who are focusing on stride, pace etc. I can just about manage to concentrate on getting one foot in front of the other!

dotty2 Thu 27-Sep-12 15:21:50

meg - that was me, in February - I used to chant in my head 'one more step, one more step...'. Well done on your run - how was the 3 minutes?

jchocchip - perhaps I am just overthinking all this! Intended to run today but had a slightly dodgy stomach this morning due to eating at silly o'clock last night after a meeting, so I went shopping at lunchtime instead! I hardly ever shop for clothes, so it was a nice treat.

We were all there once too MegBusset!!! You're doing great smile

I have some good news smile I have had my cast removed and now have a boot that forces me to walk on my heel so I can walk albeit VERY VERY slowly!! The dr I saw gave me the choice of a cast upto my knee that I couldn't walk on for 4 weeks or this book which I can walk on but I'd have to have an x-ray in two weeks to check everything. As you can imagine it was tough decision!!!!!!! So I'm hobbling around, back to working and I can have a shower! May even have a go at swimming, just to try and maintain some of my fitness. Will just have to hope no-one nicks my boot from the side of the pool!

Good luck with sorting your stride/speed dotty2 smile

dotty2 Fri 28-Sep-12 12:32:14

Excellent news about your foot - cinnamon. Hope you enjoy your new found freedom(ish)!

I recently decided that as I'm 16 stone I needed to get fit and hope the fat goes too. I have begun the couch to 5k programme but hit a real snag.

It's obvious that over the years my arches have collapsed and I have been repeating week 1 while I try to sort out getting the right shoes and supports.

I have now got stuff that supports my feet and knees and it has made a massive difference. Previously I couldn't run more than a couple of the minutes in the podcast because I ended up limping with sooting pains up my legs. I tried my new supports yesterday and was able to run for most of the time allotted.

Have to say I hate running but feel great once I get home and it's done. I really need to get fit, because there's diabetes and heart disease in Dad's family and I want to do what I can to avoid or minimise the problems if they arise.

jchocchip Sat 29-Sep-12 21:25:21

That's great news about the supports fofm sounds like you have what you need to carry on with the programme. I'm still 18 stone blush but now really enjoy my running.

Ran parkrun near my mums today and really pleased to run a pb, it is an easier course, but had the summer finish today so had to run across grass at the end. finished in 47.55 much better than last weeks 53.38, but I did start at the beginning today smile

Babieseverywhere Sun 30-Sep-12 11:43:28

jchocchip, Yeah, on better 5K time and for starting at the start time smile

FryOneFatManic, Good on you, running is hard when you are heavier. I know as I was well over 17 stone when I started running. I am still fat at 13.5 stone but a lot lighter than I was and I reckon a lot of that is down to running three times a week (when not pregnant) I graduated from C25K in November 2011 and have learnt to love running, though I still spent a lot of my running time thinking WHY am I doing this but it is worth it. I think I might be getting addicted to running.

It might be worth you looking at 'Fore foot running' on google and youtube. It was recommended to me as a heavier lady starting to run as it reduces the pressure on your knees and hips. It worked for me, I have been running for a year and (touch wood) I haven't yet had shin splints or hip pain. I only had a bit of recent knee pain but that was because I had knackered my trainers and improved my gait by losing weight (yeah me) so a new pair of shiny trainers and the pain went.

Update on me, Yesterday I finally got to our local 5k Park Run. I was hoping to get a time around 46/48 minutes, when I finished my sports app said it was around 42 minutes and my official time is...drum roll...39 minutes and 6 seconds ! grin

I am so pleased with myself, I nearly gave up running within sight of the finish line but my DH (who had already finished the run and had come back onto the course to escort me to the end) really encouraged me to keep running !

It was especiually surprising as when everyone ran off at the start really fast leaving me trotting along at my slow pace. I was at the back on my own for the first 15 minutes or so but half way through the course some people start walking whilst I trotted past them at my consistent yet slow pace. I am a tortoise not a hare ! So rather than last place as I expect I was in front of 10 people ! Not that it really matters, as I am there to run against myself not the other runners.

Thanks for the comments and advice. I'm going to re-start week 1 tomorrow morning and see how it goes this week.

jchocchip Sun 30-Sep-12 22:28:13

wow babies, I'm really impressed by your 39 mins 6! well done smile I'm a bit the same, like to keep a steady pace rather than puffing myself out at the beginning.

fofm take it steady and post how you get on tomorrow smile

dotty2 Mon 01-Oct-12 09:21:25

Hi everyone - great run time, babies. I haven't run since middle of last week and had a very indulgent weekend away with too much booze and cake (though I did climb a biggish hill in the midst of it). Back to it today. That's the plan.

MegBusset Mon 01-Oct-12 12:53:37

Did week 3 run 2 yesterday. Almost enjoyed the 3 mins of running, my stamina is definitely improving. ignoring the fact that next week I have to run even longer!

Glad you've got some support FryOneFatManic, I was 14 1/2 st when I started and couldn't really say I enjoyed running. I was really enjoying my running and since breaking my foot 2 and a bit weeks ago am missing it like mad!!

Well done on that time Babieseverywhere! Have registered with parkrun but haven't got around to it yet.

Don't think about what's coming up just focus on doing the run you're on and you will get through the next one MegBusset. Like the almost enjoyed wink

dotty2 Tue 02-Oct-12 12:28:18

Swam yesterday, ran today. Oh dear. Have just started the low carb boot camp and have no energy. Every step was a struggle but plodded round and will trust things will improve. Have low carbed before and found the same then but have fallen off the wagon lately so guess my body has got used to burning carbs again.

Okay, two runs along now, but unfortunately the knee supports won't fit round my legs!! shock Despite being adjustable, the straps are way too short. So I've been using tight bandages instead, which has helped a lot.

Can't say I enjoy the running, the best bit is definitely the brisk walk after completing the running grin and the feeling of I did it once I get home.

I have renewed admiration for those of you ahead of me.

Actually I can't really keep a good track of my weight while doing this, I don't have scales. I'll check when at my Mum's house.

Well done FryOneFatManic! I think a lot of us felt that way to begin with, I did not enjoy running for a long time! I recommended takin measurements to see changes there too. There are several people on my mfp thread who go to boots once a week and pay 50p to weigh themselves.

Hope you've got a bit more energy now dotty2, I'm quite anti low carb diets but if its worked for you in the past hope you get back in the swing soon smile

DeeMidwife Thu 04-Oct-12 06:40:17

I started the couch to 5k last year and I am still running now. I am beginning to think I may need to invest in a treadmill though because running on concrete is bothering my hips once in a while.

MegBusset Thu 04-Oct-12 13:33:03

Week 3 run 3 done. Got some nice new running shoes (Nike Lunarfly) as my cheap old ones were falling apart. I tried on some of those 'barefoot' running shoes in the shop (Sketchers) and they felt very strange, does anyone use them?

Babieseverywhere Thu 04-Oct-12 16:33:47

I really fancy the barefoot trainers, maybe if I get down to my target weight in the next year or so, I might try and save up for a pair. But I reckon they would be hard to run in if I was still carrying too much weight.

What did you think of them, were they easy to run in ?

MegBusset Thu 04-Oct-12 16:44:52

I didn't actually run in them (just walked briskly from one end of the sports shop to the other) but they felt very odd. I have to run with an orthotic insert in one shoe so the balance felt a bit off, which is why I went for a more conventional running shoe. I'm sure once you get used to them they're great - they were incredibly light.

Em3978 Fri 05-Oct-12 14:38:07

Well here I was about to start week 9 (at last!!!) and my hip is playing up sad Not sure what I've done really, it occasionally aches while I run, but is better afterwards, but recently its just 'gone' and even on walking. I did a 4 mile walk last friday and its just HURT since sad

So no running for me til it behaves... sad

Keep going everyone!

nothinginthefridge Sat 06-Oct-12 14:49:40

Just wanted to say a big thank you to all you fabuuulous people for inspiring me to do this.

Just done the first run with DH and 2 of the DC. Feels really good to get going on this. Thanks guys!!

feelingfull Sat 06-Oct-12 17:54:56

my next run is w5 r3 and I am amazed that I am still enjoying it so much, probably because it's so realistic and I am seeing real results.

recovery is a lot quicker and I feel no pain on the rest day. so was thinking.... is it really bad if I dont leave a rest day?

MegBusset Sun 07-Oct-12 09:02:47

Week 4 run 1 done smile I was worried about this one but actually it was fine! I'm probably running really slowly though!

Well done those of you still running!

3 weeks since I broke my foot and feeling less like I will run again then ever sad. I am walking quite a bit now and swelling is going down but it's still pretty painful. Got hospital on Wednesday so we'll see what they say then!

FryOneGhoulishGhostlyManic Mon 08-Oct-12 18:07:11

I re-started with week one after sorting out knee supports (again.....) and this time I managed to do all 8 minutes of running. Okay, I was chanting I can do this in time to my running on the last minute (silently) but still, it's the first time I managed the lot.

Will see how Wednesday pans out.

nothinginthefridge Mon 08-Oct-12 18:48:27

Can I ask, does everyone seem to move on to the next week after doing the 3 runs, or do some of you repeat the week?

Just done week 1, run 2, and I'm not sure I'm ready to move on to week 2 after I've done the next run.

FryOneGhoulishGhostlyManic Mon 08-Oct-12 19:01:04

I have been on week one for about 4 weeks, as I've had an issue with my knees in particular and have not wanted to try progressing until I'd got the knee supports, etc, sorted out. I managed a complete session today so will see how it stands after I've completed 3 runs. If I manage to do the complete session on all 3 runs I will go for week 2.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 08-Oct-12 19:24:14

Not been on here before, so hello folks.
Fry, I just wanted to say that I tried couch 2k5 last year, and found it very tough on my knees. this time i started off only running on grass, to reduce the impact, and it's made a big difference. By week 3 I was ready to run on the road, and have just completed week 5 (albeit v-e-r-y slowly).

FryOneGhoulishGhostlyManic Mon 08-Oct-12 19:38:40

I have seen a local grassy area that isn't used as a park so fewer people around. May try that. Being 16 stone (maybe less now, need to weigh myself) does have an effect.

I have discovered one drawback. I need to ensure I go to the loo before starting out as gravity has some unwanted effects.....grin

I didn't repeat any nothinginthefridge but I know others did. I would strongly advise that you try the first run of the next week as you'll be surprised what you can do. If you find it too tough then personally I'd repeat that run until you complete it but others have repeated until they feel ready to move on.

MegBusset Tue 09-Oct-12 13:31:49

Week 4 run 2 done smile

I would also advise trying the next level up, even if you do it really slowly, you may be amazed how your stamina grows without you realising. I really thought I would struggle with the leap to w4 but have found it fine!

dotty2 Tue 09-Oct-12 14:43:03

Hello everyone - have been focusing my energy on the low carb bootcamp and neglecting you lot. Well done to everyone making progress - week 4 meg, that's fantastic. And second the advice to nothinginthefridge to move up and see how it goes. I often surprised myself by thinking I wouldn't be able to manage the next level, and then doing it - which feels fantastically motivating.

Had a hard run today and didn't feel I had much zip in my legs, but think that's down to swimming more than I usually do yesterday (did 40 lengths which is a lot for me, am not a v.strong or quick swimmer). Good runs and bad runs - the important thing is just to keep going.

Haven't had time to read all the way back up the thread, but hope your foot is doing well, cinnamon. We need you back on the road!

juneybean Tue 09-Oct-12 15:56:13

Hello, can I join? I started on Thursday night but haven't had chance to do it since, going to do week 1 run 2 tonight grin

UmBongo Wed 10-Oct-12 14:08:32

Hello! Another new runner here, I got as far as week 5 run 3 last year (20 minutes - who knew I could do that!) then I hurt my ankle, then dd happened! She is now 5.5 months so I need to start again.

Good luck for run 2 juneybean and I hope the hospital appt went well cinnamon

nothinginthefridge Wed 10-Oct-12 14:22:31

Thanks cinnamon and dotty, I'll give week 2 a go and see how I get on. DH said I ran faster the last run I did, so maybe that's why I haven't felt ready to move on.

FryOneGhoulishGhostlyManic Wed 10-Oct-12 19:00:30

I did week 1 run 2 today and managed the entire thing, so if run 3 goes okay (no dodgy knees etc) I'll move up to week 2 next week.

juneybean Wed 10-Oct-12 19:41:23

My week 1 run 2 went well, will do week 1 run 3 on Friday night. I know we're meant to take a days break but do you think I could do week 1 run 1 on Saturday, I find it easier and am more likely to do it when I'm working evenings

yehudiwho Wed 10-Oct-12 19:47:13

Well hello. I was part of the Jan starters and lost touch with the thread.
I am still going out but only once a week these days. Well done everyone starting and continuing

jchocchip Wed 10-Oct-12 21:06:36

Yehudiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! Glad to hear that you are still up and running smile

Welcome Juneybean and Umbongo, well done on getting started (again)!

Hi yehudiwho glad to hear you're still running. I've had an enforced break due to a broken foot. Dr said today I shouldn't try to run until 8 weeks after I broke it so 4 1/2 weeks to go! Still I can now wear a flat shoe and walk normally smile

dotty2 Thu 11-Oct-12 09:28:09

Hi yehudi - great to hear that you're still running. Me too - usually 2 or 3 times a week. I am so pleased with myself for getting up to 5k and keeping it up this long. I think it is the only NY resolution I have actually ever kept!

juneybean - I think it is good to have day's rest if you possibly can. But if you do go for it, don't be surprised/discouraged if you find it harder than normal.

juneybean Thu 11-Oct-12 11:15:55

I'll give it a try, if I find it hard I might repeat week 1 day 3

dotty2 Thu 11-Oct-12 12:18:41

Just been out and done the C25k+ speed programme. Still finding it tough but nearly managed it this time, so am improving. (It's an interval programme, alternating bursts of fast and steadier running - can't quite keep up the fast pace for a full minute yet.)

MegBusset Thu 11-Oct-12 13:08:25

Week 4 complete smile Third run in five days which has been tough on the thighs. I won't be running now til Monday (off spa weekend with girlfriends) so hopefully the legs'll have a chance to recover!

nothinginthefridge Fri 12-Oct-12 09:01:56

Finished all 3 runs on week one at the gym last night. Onto week 2 on Saturday smile

juneybean Fri 12-Oct-12 20:45:15

Oof found week 1 run 3 harder than w1r1, will try w2r1 tomorrow but not sure if I'll manage

shithappensx1000 Sat 13-Oct-12 08:43:42

Hi can I join?
I did week 4 day 1 yesterday... now I know I'm running. My poor little legs are a bit sore today. But, I am enjoying it soooo much.
Need advice on new trainers and other bits of gear please.

Well done dotty2 and megbusset sounds like good progress.

I used to find run 2 of each week the hardest juneybean, no reason to it when it's just repeating the same thing each week but most weeks it was! You'll be fine with moving up stay positive and keep a nice steady pace smile

Welcome shithappensx1000, I did some Internet research and then bought mine on amazon. The ladies I run with in my club all recommend going to a shop and getting fitted, you then know the shoe that feels right and can walk out saying you'll think about it and shop online for a cheaper pair.

UmBongo Sat 13-Oct-12 15:20:14

Just finished week 2 run 2. With ds (age 5.5) on his bike! Very cute, except for me having to run slow when he felt like pedalling slow!

Treated myself to new running trainers yesterday, to replace the 20 year old pair I bought for going to the gym at college. Very comfy, I went to a shop and had a go in them on the treadmill the bloke checked that I was running with my ankles straight. I wanted ones with plenty of heel support as I am at least 2 stones overweight.

cece Sat 13-Oct-12 15:24:18

Hello everyone,

I was on this thread ages ago. Started C25K last January. After much hard work I managed 5k in 33 mins about 3 weeks ago. Sadly though I haven't run since due to toenail surgery. However, hope to be back in my trainers next week sometime though. Really missing it.

jchocchip Sat 13-Oct-12 19:21:43

Hi Cece! Good to see you. Hope your toe is better soon.I did Whitstable Parkrun this morning. Lovely to run by the sea!

cece Sat 13-Oct-12 19:27:36

Well done. I might feel brave enough to do a Park Run someday soon. smile

Been trying to find a 5K race to enter that is local to me....

juneybean Sat 13-Oct-12 19:58:51

I've just completed week 2 run 1, wasn't too bad, really felt it though!

Can any one recommend an android app?

jchocchip Sat 13-Oct-12 20:55:30

I use mytracks to log my speed - it tells me how fast I'm going and maps my runs. Not very accurate under trees but good enough. I just use that and a nhs podcast or my own music sometimes.

I still have 4 more weeks cece so looks like you'll beat me to it!!

I used to use runkeeper but now use Nike+ on my iPod, its not as good but I don't have to take my phone with me just clip my nano on and go smile. My friend uses edomondo and loves it!

shithappensx1000 Sat 13-Oct-12 22:32:30

I have found a local sports shop that fits running shoes properly, with a treadmill - as mentioned above. i will be going after my next pay day. i've already purchased some running leggings and a quality sports bra. Just need a top now. I have set a target of a park run - in 6 weeks time. Getting very excited about my increasing fitness.

cece Sat 13-Oct-12 22:34:04

I use endomondo on my android phone. I think it is good. I have recently upgraded to the pro version for 25p. Although I haven't tried it yet due to not running at moment. I like it because I can play my own music but it updates me every mile with my overall time and my lap time. I find it useful.

MegBusset Sun 14-Oct-12 23:31:14

Did W5 R1 at the hotel gym this morning - my first on the running machine. SO much easier than outdoor running - so much so that I felt like I'd cheated and need to repeat the run outside!

dotty2 Mon 15-Oct-12 09:39:13

Hello cece and welcome back - we were on the original thread together way back in January.

I went out with DH yesterday morning (don't often get to run together) and he helped me push myself. He also has a fancy GPS watch and I was absolutely delighted to discover that I have cracked the 30 minute barrier - 29m 52s for 5k, and that included a stop of at least 20s I reckon to swap round keys that were jangling in DH's pocket. Very pleased.

I know what you mean about the treadmill, Meg. Haven't been on one for ages, but I used to run on a treadmill at the gym years ago and was horrified to discover when I tried to that that didn't actually mean I could run down the street. It's to do with wind resistance, isn't it?

cece Mon 15-Oct-12 15:47:30

Well done on cracking the 30 mins. I'm aiming for that too. smile Will get there eventually.

dotty2 Mon 15-Oct-12 17:30:28

I'm sure you will cece!

MegBusset Tue 16-Oct-12 13:03:25

Redid W5 R1 today, outdoors. As suspected, significantly harder than on the running machine! <goes off to research gym membership>

dotty2 Tue 16-Oct-12 13:18:31

Don't join a gym, Meg - running outside is harder but better!

So glad to hear everyone is doing so well! I've got at least 3 more weeks without running I dread to think how far back I will have gone! My foot is getting better by the day and I'm finding that I can get my shoe done up tighter each day and I'm walking on it more normal each day too. Still limping a bit as it's still painful to walk properly, not rolling all the way through my foot. Won't attempt a run until I'm walking totally normally without pain smile

juneybean Tue 16-Oct-12 18:09:23

Doing w2r2 tonight, tried to do it with DC but they were bored after the 5min warm up. So I'll do it when they're in bed!

Mumofjz Tue 16-Oct-12 18:22:03

It is easier on a treadmill as its design is to drag you feet through the motion of a run. Outside you have to push yourself / legs through to move forward.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Tue 16-Oct-12 18:44:24

i did week 6 run 3 last night - 25mins running. well, more shuffling in my case, but i am still amazed at my progress so far. I think I will definitely need the speed podcasts when I finish.

dotty2 Tue 16-Oct-12 21:35:00

Well done on progress, everyone.

Cinnamon -that sounds tough. But even if you have to start right back at the beginning, you will get back to speed eventually.

Had a frustrating non-run today - I was waiting in for something to be collected, promised between 10 and 2, and arrived at 3, 10 minutes before I had to leave for school. So I sat, unshowered, in my running kit all day to no avail.

Am doing a 24h sponsored fast from this evening until tomorrow evening, so definitely no exercise apart from walking tomorrow.

MegBusset Tue 16-Oct-12 22:02:54

I was just kidding about the gym - even if I could afford it I wouldn't, as it would take me twice as long to get to the gym, run and get back. If I win the lottery I'll get a private gym installed at home grin

dotty2 Wed 17-Oct-12 17:35:15

Funny you should say that. I was fantasy house shopping last week and saw somewhere with a gym! Still be nice to get outside I think though. Have just finished 24 h charity fast. Not running anywhere any time soon!

MegBusset Thu 18-Oct-12 13:11:44

Week 5, run 2 done!

20 minutes on the next run though <trembles>

dotty2 Thu 18-Oct-12 15:29:06

Well done Meg. And you'll be fine on the 20 mins: you'll surprise yourself. Don't be disheartened if you find w6r1 hard though. Lots of us did and came to the conclusion that's because you expect it to be easy after the 20 mins!

Hi All, I agree with dotty2 MegBusset! Take it slow and you will manage the 20 mins but I struggled with w6r1 too.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Thu 18-Oct-12 18:36:54

god yes, week 6r1 was the worst run by far

juneybean Thu 18-Oct-12 21:44:53

Argh did w2r3 tonight having done some swimming last nighy and I'm really feeling it.

dotty2 Fri 19-Oct-12 08:30:39

Umm, yes - I still find exercising two days in a row makes it harder.

MegBusset Sat 20-Oct-12 14:08:08

Well I survived the 20-minute run in W5 R3 smile

Well done MegBusset!!

shithappensx1000 Sat 20-Oct-12 21:38:33

i completed week 5 day 2 yesterday, found it ok. treated/rewarded myself to a new pair of trainers today - properly fitted. Quite excited about testing them tomorrow, not so excited about the 20mins run of week 3 day 3. But i have to say, i am loving the challenge and the achievement of the 'running'.
next stop some nice running clothes...
first park run... 5 weeks today!!!

FryOneGhoulishGhostlyManic Sun 21-Oct-12 11:00:34

Okay, I finally managed to complete Week 1. I have sorted the Dodgy knees, survived the stinking cold (thanks, DS) and have now found a nice patch of grassy area where I can do some of the running to save said dodgy knees.

I'll be starting week 2 tomorrow. Will have to go out in the evening though, as it's half term and DS can't be left on his own. DD can though. I did offer DS the chance to come along, but no, he wants to stay at home. He is only 8 though (but runs faster than me grin)

juneybean Sun 21-Oct-12 12:13:18

I tried to do week 3 outside and it killed me, so going to try week 2 again but outside this time so I can get used to the wind resistance and such like.

UmBongo Mon 22-Oct-12 13:24:31

Good luck Juneybean! I have just done week 3 run 2 outside, in drizzle. My first rainy run! My treat for being good? A banana and a warm shower! (I need to lose a bit more weight before my old cycling lightweight waterproof jacket will zip up comfortably. grin And I will definitely need it over the next months!

MegBusset Mon 22-Oct-12 13:49:19

I managed W6 R1, see what you mean about it not being as easy as you might think, but I survived smile

I haven't got a waterproof jacket but suppose I'd better get one; so far my tactic has simply been not to go out in the rain!

willow777 Mon 22-Oct-12 17:54:31

Hi can I join you? Have just done, er, week 1 day 1 of the 'cool running' couch to 5K. Had to build up to that even, I'm massively unfit, but already the breathing is easier and I can manage to keep going for longer wihtout feeling i'm about to collapse. Are you all doing the same couch to 5K? Off to read the whole thread...

You'll be surprised how much difference good trainers make shithappensx1000!

Good luck juneybean, I love running outside smile

Welcome willow777!!

I saw someone running today and nearly cried, still in pain when walking so I think it will be a good few weeks before I can attempt a run sad

FryOneGhoulishGhostlyManic Mon 22-Oct-12 22:04:53

cinnamon hope your recovery goes well.

I'm job hunting at the moment, so will have to make do with current trainers and use inserts. When I can afford it (or maybe a good Xmas pressie) I'll get sorted.

While I haven't got beyond week 1 yet, the fact that I've done a few weeks is showing in my fitness levels already. I can feel it is all easier, I KNOW I'm fitter, and I caught myself jogging to the car the other day in a jokey race with DS. And, not finding it a problem at all.

Here's to better fitness wine (although thanks/brew may be better) grin

jchocchip Thu 25-Oct-12 17:11:58

hello! Must get out for a run before it gets dark, this time of year is hard when you are working full time...

MegBusset Thu 25-Oct-12 18:33:17

Week 6 run 2 done. That's the last run with a walking interval! From now on it's all-out running til I hit the 5k <wibble>

willow777 Thu 25-Oct-12 19:02:30

Did w1 r2 today, managed the lot without letting the gaps between runs get longer..I'm noticing little increases in fitness too. Well done everyone

shithappensx1000 Thu 25-Oct-12 21:22:39

Loving my new trainers. Managed the 20mins, actually enjoyed it and got into a rhythm. Found week 6 day 1 harder - it had been a long hard day at work though. Getting up early tomorrow, to squeeze a run in before work. You get such a sense of achievement after step on the program.

jchocchip Fri 26-Oct-12 05:14:42

well done to all you runners, lovely to hear of progress. smile

cinnamon hang in there.

sad that I didn't get my run in last night, went to get changed and dh had done tea early, then db phoned and it was really dark, so I was a wuss and stayed in. annoyed with myself now, as usually have a restday friday before parkrun.

Well done FryOneGhoulishGhostlyManic, MegBusset, willow777 and shithappensx1000! You're all spin really well smile

Thanks jchocchip!! Next time leave tea and heat it up when you're back smile

CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 26-Oct-12 17:40:39

couchers, what are we wearing for running in this weather? i have to go after dark, and am contemplating a fleece hoody, but am worrying that I will be sweating my tits off by the end????

jchocchip Fri 26-Oct-12 19:55:22

I'd recommend some hi viz, if you are anywhere near cars...
layers are good, if you get hot you can tie the hoody around your waist... I wear a hat to keep the rain off

shithappensx1000 Fri 26-Oct-12 20:59:11

I set my alarm for 6am this morning so I could run before work - loved being out in the dark and quieter times. (Also, freed me for family movie night). Pretty chilly to begin with. I wear running tights, long sleeved running top and a hat. That was my last couch to 5k run with walk breaks - found it harder this morning that the continual running the other day. Looking forward to half-term hols, so I can run every other day!

MegBusset Sat 27-Oct-12 15:58:46

Week 6 run 3 completed!

Will be trickier for me to run this week. Normally I run in the afternoons while DC are at school/preschool. I'll have to either get up stupidly early to run before DH goes to work <eek> or run in the evening after dark <double eek>

jchocchip Sat 27-Oct-12 19:36:50

could you could take the children with you and run in a park while they pootled along on bikes or scooters? Not quite the same but I've seen it done. Even if you just do a long walk it will help you fitness and wear out the kids!

UmBongo Sat 27-Oct-12 22:23:15

Week 4 run 1 yesterday and I am another one unsure about how much I am going to get done this week. I have taken ds with me before on his bike, but I think he will take some persuading if it is wet and cold. I really don't want to run in the dark. [scaredycat]

I think I will just have to keep walking and hope I get one or two runs in. Good luck everyone!

What sort of hat jchocchip?

MegBusset Sat 27-Oct-12 22:29:21

Noooo running is totally a solitary activity for me, no way would I attempt it with 3yo and 5yo in tow, I wouldn't get anywhere except stressed! I'd rather get out of bed at 6am!

jchocchip Sat 27-Oct-12 23:01:47

smile at 6am at least the clocks go back tonight so it will be lighter.
Today I did a frosty parkrun with 2hats. A fleecy one until I warmed up then I swapped for a cap as the sun is so low. discarded hat and jacket for 3rd lap. I like fleece hats if it is wet, but some people wear knitted beanies. Saw earmuffs this morning too...

jchocchip Sat 27-Oct-12 23:11:33

meant to say missed pb by 41 seconds sad need to do more speed training this week...

MegBusset Sat 27-Oct-12 23:12:30

I have a knitted Thinsulate beanie. Went out this afternoon in a break between sleet and hailstorms, wearing a long-sleeved base layer under my normal running top, plus hoodie, hat and gloves. Typically within five minutes of being out of the house, there was blazing sunshine and I ended up boiling!

I started running in January and then I was wearing a t-shirt under a hoodie, had the hood up to start with and then put it down and a pair of joggers. When I had to stop running was wearing a running top and 3/4 length running trousers, have a full length pair to wear in winter and having lost 5st since I started last year will need a new hoodie or windbreaker type jacket. I tie my hair up when I run which would make a hat tricky!

I have been for a very brisk walk tonight and broke into a run (in my running shoes as they support my foot more than other shoes but normal clothes). Mananged about 30 seconds before my foot was really hurting sad. Think I will have to be a bit more patient!

MegBusset Mon 29-Oct-12 09:24:24

That must be very frustrating Cinnamon. Take it easy!

Run 7 week 1 done this morning. For the first time I ran for distance not time and did 2.5 miles in 27 mins, very happy with that smile

MegBusset Tue 30-Oct-12 17:12:53

OW my legs this morning though shock

jchocchip Wed 31-Oct-12 07:02:56

hooe your legs are feeling better today grin

MegBusset Wed 31-Oct-12 12:25:21

Well I did Week 7 Run 2 this morning and they're fine but I will probably pay for it tomorrow morning grin

You're doing great MegBusset!

I'm going to give it another go on Saturday, get all my gear on and see how it goes!

dotty2 Thu 01-Nov-12 12:04:03

Hi everyone - fantastic to see your progress, MegBusset - nearly there. Sorry to hear that your foot is not strong enough to run, cinnamon, but you'll get there. Take care and take it slow.

I went out this morning at 6.30 taking advantage of it being lighter this week (though probably only another couple of weeks before it's dark again at that time). I've been slack lately, and on holiday without my trainers for some of last week. Only been out twice in two weeks, and eaten far too much rubbish over the last few days. So it was a bit of a slog, but feel so much better for having gone out.

jchocchip Thu 01-Nov-12 20:23:02

Take it slowly Cinnamon and good luck smile I need to go out for a run but I don't like the dark... maybe first thing?

UmBongo Thu 01-Nov-12 20:50:52

Take it easy Cinnamon, don't do too much too soon.

I have finished week 4 and now have a sore heel. It feels right inside my left heel and up the inside of the heel. Poo. I am due another run tomorrow and I think I will give it another days rest. (or 2 or 3 days rest).

shithappensx1000 Sat 03-Nov-12 12:47:36

Completed week 7 this morning - had a great run. Actually beginning to feel like a real runner, even speeded up for last minute. smile

MegBusset Sat 03-Nov-12 14:04:26

Just completed week 7 too. Without the speeding up at the end, but then the last 1/4 mile is all uphill!

shithappensx1000 Sat 03-Nov-12 14:41:23

Well done MegBusset!

Great stuff MegBusset and shithappensx1000!

toxtethogrady Sat 03-Nov-12 15:58:18

hi cinnamon
can i ask what it is that you did to your leg?
have started running again after a stress fracture and am worried about doing it again.
hope your recovery goes well

Hi I broke three metatarsals so my foot not my leg. It was a fall rather than a stress fracture. I am planning to run either in an hour if I can be bothered or tomorrow. Still painful when I walk but according to the dr all healed so why not give it a go wink

toxtethogrady Sat 03-Nov-12 16:16:14

i started back about 5 weeks ago. on a 5k plan. I'm up to 10 mins running with a few mins in between and then another 10 mins running. i love it and could run for longer, but i am so paranoid about my leg. it feels achy the next day, but i fractured it 3 years ago! did fib/tib bones, but it should've healed by now. I'm either heading for another stress fracture or the bones are just getting used to doing more.

good luck with the run

jchocchip Sat 03-Nov-12 21:40:31

well done 'grady not surprised you worry, maybe get some advice from your Dr?

dh came and did his second parkrun today and knocked 4 minutes off his last time :~) lovely morning.

My dh has broken several parts of himself in a variety of motorbike accidents and he says it took him years to be pain free toxtethogrady! Loads of people have said to me that their breaks still ache in the cold so I guess its never really back to normal. How did you break your leg before? I would guess its just your bone getting used to taking more impact, I'm not sure 10 mins running is enough to cause a stress fracture. Also my understanding is that once broken the bone is actually stronger rather than weaker but I'm no expert. Plus weight bearing exercise helps to strengthen bones in the long term smile

toxtethogrady Sun 04-Nov-12 11:44:01

i broke it running! a sorry tale of too much too soon! within a month of starting i was doing 4 miles and running for an hr, which i thought was great but actually i should have paced myself and done something like the 5k programme, because it was agonising and misdiagnosed for 6 months til they stuck it in an mri scanner.

Good to know that it may just be a case of aching rather than fracturing again. am necking vitamin d and calcium tablets and running in water to strengthen the muscles too. Gonna go out tonight and see how i get on.

have a good sunday

Well I've been, took a short route which ended up as 11 mins running and my foot took it ok but my lungs weren't so happy! Nearly threw up when I got back, how sad that fitness is lost sooooo quickly. Still it's a start and providing my foot isn't screaming at me I will give it another go Weds and see if I can do my old route and stop for a walk and then run some more. Wish me luck!

willow777 Sun 04-Nov-12 16:06:53

Good luck to you for sure, if that's a slow start then still pretty impressive!

I had a great session last week, having got to grips with breathing a bit differently was able to do about 1.5K (in three stretches) over a 3k route, which for me is fab. Now got a stinking cold; tried to run a bit on Friday but felt faint and packed it in till I'm back to normal.

dotty2 Mon 05-Nov-12 12:43:36

Hi cinnamon - great to hear you are back in the saddle! And 11 mins is a lot more than most of us could have managed at the start of the year, so it's not as if all your fitness has been lost.

Ran slowly with a friend who was a bit under the weather early on Saturday (lovely hoar frost) and planning to go out for a short quick one in a bit. Still working on speed.

Exciting to see we nearly have some new graduates - have a good couple of weeks, Meg and shithappens!

spottymoo Mon 05-Nov-12 13:23:29

Can i join you all please.
Jumped on the scales this morning to find sinch holiday in august i've put over a stone on
So i downloaded the c25k on my phone this morning and have just done my first run i started loosly running at the beginning of the year and really enjoyed it but lost motavation im hoping with this setting it all out for me will help.

When do most people run is their a best time of day to do it.

I ran at 12 today but was wondering if i'd be better in a morning (evening out due to kids clubs lasting up till 8pm)

Also is it best to eat before or after?

dotty2 Mon 05-Nov-12 14:02:32

Hi Spottymoo -you're very welcome. We are a mix of newish starters and people who have been running for a while. I started in Jan - completely unfit and 3 stone overweight. Am still probably 2 stone overweight, but much fitter. I am feeling jolly pleased with myself, actually, as just back from doing 5k in 28'48 which is my best ever. Yay. You can do it - though I think quite a lot of us find that exercise isn't actually all that great at shifting the pounds, but good for overall wellbeing and looking more toned. Need to address your food to see significant weight loss as well. (I am bad at this and my weight yo-yos, so trying to focus on exercise as a positive change.)

To answer your questions - I run at all times of the day, whenever I can fit it in really. Sometimes early morning, sometimes evening, sometimes during the day if I am working from home. I usually eat afterwards, and never for an hour or two before I run, but some people run fine on a light meal. It's good at this time of year to have routes you can do in the dark (and some reflective gear) so that you can run early or late -makes it easier to fit in. When I was starting out, I often went really quite late - 8.30 or so. So don't rule out evenings necessarily. Good luck!

MegBusset Mon 05-Nov-12 14:05:07

Hi Spottymoo and everyone else smile

I like running first thing in the morning but not enough to get out of bed early! So I only do it at the weekend usually (though last week I did two early-morning runs because of half term). During the week I go out after dropping DS2 at preschool at noon. I don't like running on a full stomach so always wait to eat afterwards.

Yay! Well done dotty2 that's a great time smile

Welcome spottymoo! I go to a running club once a week either mon or weds which is 6.30-7.30 I then run once or twice in that week in the evening about 8pm and then at the weekend usually late afternoon early evening. I need to have eaten before I go but not too close to having eaten iyswim, which is why early mornings don't work for me. Plus I need to be well hydrated. I think it's something you have to have a bit of a play with!

PedallingSquares Mon 05-Nov-12 15:35:25

Hello all - is it ok if I join you?

I have just completed week 3 of the NHS C25K which I am ridiculously proud of grin

I am beginning to feel a bit nervous already as to how I'll cope with Wk 4 though

I sometimes feel that the mental challenge of making myself believe I really can do this is harder to overcome than physically doing the running. Did anyone else find that? (Not that my legs don't ache too)

Some brilliant achievements on here to inspire me though.

dotty2 Mon 05-Nov-12 16:41:06

Hi PedallingSquares - good to have you with us. I'm sure you're right that the challenges are as much mental as physical. I remember feeling just a bit silly like I was pretending to be running and wasn't really a proper runner, if you see what I mean. But Laura is good at reassuring you that you should believe in yourself. Well done on getting to this point - and you'll manage W4, don't you worry.

jchocchip Mon 05-Nov-12 19:27:11

Hi Spottymoo - well done making a start and Pedalling - finishing a week is something to be proud of smile

I just took it slowly and I'm still taking it slowly but really enjoying coming nearly last at parkrun every Saturday smile Not going to really speed up while I still weigh over 18 stone blush but I am finding it easier and more often 49 minutes than 51 now...

MegBusset Tue 06-Nov-12 13:06:28

Hi Pedalling. I agree that the mental challenge is just as great as the physical one. Keep at it though - I have just done week 8 run 1 in the rain and enjoyed it shock - unthinkable a few weeks ago!

spottymoo Wed 07-Nov-12 14:24:24

2nd run done and felt so much better this time also stretched before hand which I think has helped grin
I can and will do this..

Welcome PedallingSquares! Loads of it is mental but you have to be positive and you'll get through it all smile

Yay, well done spottymoo!!

NaiceSpam Wed 07-Nov-12 14:36:51

I have done R1W1 twice in the last two years blush

Am planning on starting again in earnest tonight! I'm starting to get quite conscious of my flabbiness and realised I probably can't get away with never exercising any more.

NaiceSpam Wed 07-Nov-12 14:38:46

Sorry, W1R1. You can tell I'm not up on the jargon sad

PedallingSquares Wed 07-Nov-12 16:03:46

Hello everyone. Thanks for the welcome.

MegBusset well done on getting to week 8 and in the rain too.

Well I managed W4R1. The first 3 min run was the worst and after that I got into it a bit.

I am trying to ignore what my head is telling me and listening more to my body and that definitely helped me today. I was thinking I can't do this but I focused on how my legs and breathing felt and just got on with it and it was much better.

PedallingSquares Wed 07-Nov-12 16:08:44

Good luck tonight NaiceSpam

NaiceSpam Wed 07-Nov-12 19:34:35

Oh dear. I realised my headphones evaporated on a train to High Wycombe so I couldn't do a nice soothing supervised run.

Thought I'd give it a bash anyway and went out all game and hardy, did a fairly modest route but thought I'd done OK, came back out of breath...

Then looked at the clock and realised I'd only done a measly thirteen minutes sad


I did do the 30 Day Shred first though?

Can I have a glass of wine?

CharlotteBronteSaurus Wed 07-Nov-12 20:31:32

i think Shred and running definitely puts you in wine territory

I finished week 9 on Monday, so tonight went for my first 5.1k run, which took 35.28 smile

DowntonAbbess Thu 08-Nov-12 12:15:26

Can I join too? Been dieting for the last 3 weeks and already lost 6lbs but need to lose more. I try to go walking most days, but in reality I only go 3-4 days a week. So I thought I could do C25k on the evenings of the days I don't walk. ATM it's dark, so no-one will be able to see it's me. Yay! I have ordered some decent trainers so will start when they arrive. Probably next week. I have 1 week to psych myself up!

The one thing that puts me off is hills. Whichever way I go from my home it'll be uphill. Can I just take it really slowly? Else I'll be dead after 30 secs!

Welcome DowtonAbbess! And I don't remember seeing NaiceSpam or CharlotteBrontoSaurus before either?

Well, I went out again and my foot stopped me this time sad. Did 18 mins before it started hurting, pushed it to 20mins and then walked home. It's still throbbing a bit now better take some tablets I think. Was enjoying it until then and my lungs felt much better than on Sunday smile

UmBongo Thu 08-Nov-12 22:18:52

Hello everyone, and well done cinnamon. I am out again, apparently I have Plantar fasciitis. Or a bloody sore heel to you and me. Bit pissed off really as I can barely walk at the moment never mind run. It seems to be one of those things that may be around for a long time. Poo.

Good luck everyone, Cheerio.

Is that the same as painful heel syndrome UmBongo? If it is I had that when I was 22, was worst in the morning and my go's answer was to give me very strong ibuprofen! Not very helpful! I was 18 1/2st at the time which didn't help but it did get better with time and disappear and I learned to live with it. Not sure about running as the most exercise I did then was walking from the house to the car blush

shithappensx1000 Fri 09-Nov-12 07:16:12

Good morning ladies.

Hope you foot is feeling better today.
I have just completed Week 8 Day 3, did 5.4km for the whole podcast. Need to speed up a bit before my first Park Run. Anyway, 3 runs to graduation!

For all those of you that are running today, good luck and have a good one!
For those of you who are having a rest day - I hope you have a good day. smile
Better go and wake up the rest of the family and get them ready for school/work!

CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 09-Nov-12 09:52:05

a quick question for cinnamon and the other graduates - what did you do when you finished the programme? I was thinking of sticking to 3x30min weekly runs, and then making one run each fortnight a timed one over my 5k course. what do you reckon?

NaiceSpam Fri 09-Nov-12 11:30:29

No, I'm a noob cinammon - or rather, I joined under my old name and did W1R1 and then vanished blush

Now clambering back on the horse! Did a brief run on

Does that make me a MIA? What does MIA mean?

NaiceSpam Fri 09-Nov-12 11:31:23

Oooh, weird. That originally said I did a run on Monday but didn't have earphones so couldn't do C25K and only managed to run for 13 mins...

NaiceSpam Fri 09-Nov-12 11:35:49

I've just mapped my route online and seen on my Monday run I did 1.04 miles which is 1.7km. Was out of breath by the end. When did I get so unfit? I used to do long-distance as a teen! sad

MegBusset Fri 09-Nov-12 13:41:06

Hello and welcome newbies smile

Cinnamon well done on getting out there, hope it continues to improve.

I did week 8 run 2 today which on my app is the last run before doing the full 5k, so as of the next run I'll officially be a graduate! I'm going to carry on doing 3x week, I have mapped out a 5k circular route which I'm hoping I can do in under 35 mins.

CharlotteBronteSaurus I just kept to running three times a week and tried to speed up where I felt I was confortable and in time got my speed down. I also joined a running group in May and so one of my runs was with them which was interval training, timed miles, circuit training, relays etc and I think that helped my speed.

Missing In Action NaiceSpam smile. That's not bad, would be almost 4K in 30 mins which I think is very good for being at the start of c25k. I haven't had a single run I wasn't out of breath at the end of so don't worry!

UmBongo Fri 09-Nov-12 22:53:43

Not sure cinnamon it is certainly painful, not worse in the morning, but worse after I have been sitting down. I hope it gets easier soon cos it hurts sad[pathetic]! I was running to loose a bit of weight! So I will have to try and loose weight while sitting with my feet up, hmm, not an easy option. The nurofen is not an option either at the moment as I am still breastfeeding.

EauRouge Sun 11-Nov-12 08:29:23

Hello, can I join too? I did W1R1 yesterday morning. I'm not really trying to lose weight, although if a couple of pounds drop off then I won't mind, but I do want to tone up and get fit.

Am a bit achey this morning, like UmBongo I was OK before I sat down for 3 hours- picked the wrong day to go to the cinema!

BTW UmBongo, isn't nurofen just ibuprofen? You can take that while you're breastfeeding. Try for more info about it. I get the feeling I will be on ibuprofen for much of today!

MegBusset Sun 11-Nov-12 08:37:04

Morning all, well I am officially a C25k graduate this morning smile Did my route in 31m30s, not bad considering I could barely stagger for a minute 8 weeks ago!

Yay, congratulations MegBusset!!!! It's a great feeling, well done smile

Welcome EauRouge!

shithappensx1000 Sun 11-Nov-12 21:42:01

Well MegBusset, can't wait to join you.
I've registered with Park Run tonight - just to give myself that little extra motivation.