C25k - just did my first run!!!

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flossyfloo Sun 03-Mar-13 19:16:35

I can't believe I managed to do it! I am very unfit and about 3 stone overweight. But I did it grin

Just wanted to share with someone as I'm very proud of myself at the moment blush

HunterWellies Mon 25-Mar-13 19:43:07

W2R1 for me this morning. The step up to 90 second runs was tough for me and I wanted to stop twice, mostly because I couldn't get my breathing in a comfortable pattern.

But I kept going smile And I don't ache as much either.

Will try and adjust pace on Weds, think I set off a bit too quickly.

TerrysNo2 Mon 25-Mar-13 19:45:29

hi c25k-ers! I just wanted to say hi and well done, is awesome to start running, I did my first c25k day on 1st October and yesterday I completed a half marathon in 2 hours and 8 minutes! I'm not showing off (much wink ) but if anyone had told me 6 months ago that I would've done that I'd have laughed at them!

Oh and I've lost about half a stone too. Good luck everybody. grin

meebles Tue 26-Mar-13 09:49:56

Sounds like everyone's doing well, and well done Terrys!

I have managed a fluke injury which I'm being a bit of a wuss about - I tripped over standing up, stubbed my toenail into the carpet and now it's black and blue and very sore. Also have a humungous cold which I have used as a great excuse to not go running recently.....yes, do shout at me!

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Tue 26-Mar-13 21:54:45

Terrys - that's very inspiring. Well done you. Couch to half-marathon in six months!

Meebles, no shouting from me. If you've got a cold and feel rubbish, stay in. I didn't, and ended up having a week off running. You'll get back to it. We will shout at you if you don't, though grin.

Hunter, my philosophy is, you can't go too slow. As long as I'm actually making running type motions and not walking, that's fine. I daren't up the pace in case I run out of steam. It's working so far.

HearMyRoar Thu 28-Mar-13 09:21:58

Hi guys, glad to hear people are doing well. My ankle has recovered from my rubbish running injury. Did my w1r2 at 6am Sunday morning, it was hard but good. Unfortunately didn't get a chance to run again until this morning and it was a bit of a disaster. Just didn't get into it and ended up giving in half way through so feeling a bit dispirited.

I am going to blame a cold and dd's complete failure sleep last night which mean I am rather exhausted. Think I might do week 1 again as I just don't feel even close to being ready for week 2 yet.

HunterWellies Thu 28-Mar-13 10:26:25

Morning runners! Thanks for the tip NoBusiness. W2R2 was much better yesterday at a slightly slower pace. I'm trying to make my last 90sec run as good as my first by going very very slowly.

Roar - I think it's really easy to lose momentum in the early days and setbacks are just that - but all part of the journey. Just start where you feel comfortable and go from there. It's is very hard on a lack of sleep <eyes 5 month old ds2> so you have my sympathy...

Did I mention I am running with my dog? Not sure he is thanking me for it but he gets a pitiful lack of walks since ds2 arrived. He is 6 so I figure that's about my age in dog years. If I can do it so can he!

W2R3 tomorrow.

EauRouge Thu 28-Mar-13 10:32:30

Morning all. I went out yesterday just to see how long I could run for (24 mins btw), no pressure to finish week whatever, and I had so much more fun.

Hunter, that's ace that you take your dog, we're hoping to look for a dog at the end of this year as a family pet and a running buddy for me. Have you seen Cani-cross? Looks like loads of fun. Apparently you can take dogs on Parkruns as well.

HearMyRoar, I've given up on a couple of runs, it's an awful feeling isn't it? Don't be too downhearted though, I've often heard that sometimes the hardest part of a run is getting out the front door and you did that part- next time will be better, I'm sure smile

eightytwenty Fri 29-Mar-13 12:34:23

NO BUSINESS - honestly if I can run 5k, anyone can!

Proud I managed to do 4k at 7.20/km time (@30 seconds improvement on previous month). Have even packed my running gear with vague hope I won't be a lazy cow while on Easter holiday with dh and dc.

Wondered if anyone (THISTLE?) had any advice about whether I need to start running further than 5k (my maximum) in prep for my notice triathlon in May. Run is 4k, but will have cycled 9k prior. Know I can do the components, but not so sure about the sum of parts.

Thistledew Fri 29-Mar-13 15:07:32

Hi eightytwenty - I'm no expert and happy to be corrected by someone more knowledgable if I am wrong, but I would say that it doesn't particularly matter whether you build up your training by increasing your distance or by increasing your speed. All that matters is that you try to increase your fitness rather than let it plateau at just enough to complete the distance you are aiming for- you want to be able to complete each element comfortably so you have something left to combine the three.

It is probably a good idea to mix up your training- so sometimes you extend the distance and sometime you do a shorter distance but work on your speed.

I have not had much time to run this week so have only done run 1 of wk 5 so far but I felt pretty ok with it- I made an effort to push up my speed for the last couple of mins of each 5 min segment, and even added another run on at the end as I wanted to go to the shop after my run and was quite a way away when I finished.

For the first time I'm actually starting to feel it in my legs and core muscles when I run, so I must be doing something right!

HunterWellies Fri 29-Mar-13 18:47:30

Eau do it! Running with my dog makes it so much more fun. Pooch to 5k is worth a look, especially if you haven't chosen your dog yet, good advice on running breeds... There's a special programme for dogs to download too. You can't run with pups until they are at least one I think, so bear that in mind too - it's bad for their bone development.

Did final run of week 2 this morning. Found it reasonably challenging. Not sure how I'll get on with week three. Doing some googling I see at lot of people quit at around week 3/4.

Don't let me give up guys! I think I need to focus more on my nutrition actually. I really go for sugar far too much and if I felt I was losing weight because of the running that would really motivate me.

Unfortunately, it is Easter weekend and I love chocolate... Oh dear...

EauRouge Fri 29-Mar-13 19:12:45

grin Pooch to 5k. Thanks for that, looks brilliant. I think we'll be looking to get an adult rescue dog anyway, I wouldn't know the first thing about training a puppy!

Thistledew Tue 02-Apr-13 17:38:33

So I did my first 20 min run yesterday I managed not to make things easy for myself by picking a route that turned out to be into a headwind for most of the way, and as a result I was super slow- but I did it and managed to run the whole way! That is quite possibly the furthest I have run for in my entire life. smile

I actually found that legs and energy wise I was fine- as usual it was just the lungs that were protesting. My breathing did become a little easier after about 8 mins but by the end my lungs were actually hurting. However, I managed to stop my breathing becoming ragged and if I had had to continue reckon I could have done.

I wanted to use MapMyRun to see how far I had gone but there didn't seem to be enough data signal so it wouldn't even open when I was outside. Looking at a map I did about 3.4km in the 20 mins, so although I was running really slowly I reckon I could do the 5k in 30 mins. I have a faster pace that I can now comfortably hold for about 5 mins, which I am aiming to be able to sustain for longer.

I'm just a little stiff in my legs today and have been thinking back to January when I was feeling miserable at the end of the 90 second runs. I definitely would say that the program is working well, so have courage week 1&2 runners!

EauRouge Tue 02-Apr-13 17:41:16

That's brilliant, well done smile Once you've cracked that 20 mins then the rest is pretty smooth. It's a huge thing to overcome and you did it!

HunterWellies Tue 02-Apr-13 20:07:27

Very inspiring Thistle! I did W3R1 yesterday and was pleased to have managed the three minute segments!! Next one tomorrow. In trying to get far enough that I can complete a circular route I have mapped out which is 2.4 miles in total. So far I have made it to one mile at the halfway point of the run so I need to either up my pace or be patient and wait until there is more walking than running in the 20 minute section.

Anyway, still here and still running so quite happy with that for now smile

HunterWellies Tue 02-Apr-13 20:08:00

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HunterWellies Wed 03-Apr-13 10:27:47

W3R2 this morning. Worked up a bit of a sweat even though its freezing here... That's got to be good hasn't it?

Quite enjoyed it!

meebles Wed 03-Apr-13 16:40:25

ok, does anyone have any suggestions? I have developed painful knees and when I run I get very sharp pains around the kneecaps, especially on the insides. I can't believe I have damaged myself in week 1!!

EauRouge Wed 03-Apr-13 17:07:42

Nice one, Hunter, that's brilliant that you're enjoying it so much.

meebles, you could try knee strengthening exercises but it's also worth having a look at your running shoes and your technique. There's some good tips here. When you run, are you landing on your heel or mid-foot?

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Thu 04-Apr-13 14:30:08

I did week 5 run 3! 20 minutes too, Thistledew. Well done to us. I had a horrendous night before with dd waking twice then ds who peas sleeping with waking between 4-5am and noybhoing bck to sleep. He finally went about 6.15-30 after having some weetabix. Then dd woke at 7.15... So I was shattered but I thought I've go to give it a try so later that morning I set off with the north easterly wind and nailed it. O wasn't out of breath at the end either it's a mini miracle.

Hunter glad you are enjoying it too. It does become addictive. It a bot like starting a love affair. Excitement, highs, lows, building up to doing the deed (the 20 minutes of course!). Am I reading too much into it do you think????? grin

meebles hope your knee improves.

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Thu 04-Apr-13 14:32:37

Peas? Should be I was - iPhone random intervention there!

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Thu 04-Apr-13 14:40:02

<Note to self: PREVIEW POSTS>

That is all.

EauRouge Thu 04-Apr-13 17:50:42

I did get the general gist of your posts grin Well done on the 20 minute run! Bet you finally feel like you might actually be able to run 5k after all.

meebles Sun 07-Apr-13 08:59:33

Thanks Eau, I am printing out the exercises now. I'm not sure where I land on my foot. I've had a rest for a week while on holiday, and it feels better now. Might attempt something later on after some good stretching and warm up and see what happens!

EauRouge Sun 07-Apr-13 10:31:28

I've skipped ahead to week 9, I did the first yesterday and got even faster! I managed almost 5k in 30 mins which I was so pleased with. I've entered a 5 mile race in July and I'd love to be able to do it all without having to walk.

HunterWellies Sun 07-Apr-13 11:36:07

Brilliant Eau. I would say 5 miles running by July is a very realistic goal, if you can do the 5k now in nearly 30 minutes, well done!

Week 4 starts for me tomorrow. 5 minute blocks of running, not sure if I am excited or scared... confused

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