Couch to 5K- join us if you dare, running is highly addictive!!

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Another thread for us long termers and a new one for those just starting. Whatever stage you're at come and join us for lots of advice and moral support.

Old thread here

Well done jellybrain, come over to our new thread smile

jellybrain Sat 20-Jul-13 21:59:54

Thanks Nextphase I really struggled and was so nervous about going. I am glad I did it though and looking forward to the next one.

nextphase Sat 20-Jul-13 21:02:21

Go jelly!

And gohair tomorrow!

I can cover 5km, but it needs warm up, running, cool down, and an extra couple of mins to get back home! So about 38 mins atm. Can't imaging being able to cover all that distance running, and under 30 mins!

jellybrain Sat 20-Jul-13 20:54:28

I did it!!! Completed my first park run today in 29:43. There were hills and everything grin Thought I'd done around 37 mins so I'm really chuffed.

muddyprints Fri 19-Jul-13 13:48:57

was worried I was so slow, but managed wk8r1 28 mins last night and ran 4.1km so not too bad.
ran with a small water bottle with hand grip but found it strange the feeling of the water swishing as I ran??

DramaAlpaca Thu 18-Jul-13 22:35:01

jussey I'll be doing 2x8 minutes tomorrow, glad to hear it went well for you and that slowing down has helped.

I'm so glad it's not just me battling the old inner chimp. It helps to know others have one too! I think I will have to be very firm with him over the next couple of runs...

jussey17 Thu 18-Jul-13 16:48:22

I'm such a night owl 10pm will be find my lo is a great sleeper but I still have trouble getting up at 8:30 and am dreading the start of school when we will need to be on time. Thanks for the reassurance hope Laura can keep me running and alive.

If you've got the nhs podcast Laura really helps, trust that you can do it and take it steady you'll be fine. You'll be knackered if you wait until dark at this time of year, will be almost 10pm!

jussey17 Thu 18-Jul-13 16:26:52

Thanks I thought I was being very technophobic. Think I might have to wait till its dark to be able to do the 20 minutes, how hard did others find it? Surprisingly 2x8min was ok but I did fix my route so that I was running down hill a lot of the time which will be difficult to do for 20 minutes.

New Thread for those who would like to move over or we can finish this one off first grin

Yes it's normal I you don't post for a few days.

There isn't a new thread yet, ill post a link to it when I start it smile

jussey17 Thu 18-Jul-13 16:13:58

Thank heavens I've found you again my "I'm on" wasn't working is this normal if u don't post for a few days ( I'm new to posting), also how do I get to the new thread?
The advice to slow down I don't even remember who it was from (baking novice i think) has transformed everything so if u know who u are thank u again. I am due to do the 20 minute run at the end of wee 5 tonight and fear there may be blood!

Chopstheduck Thu 18-Jul-13 16:07:14

well done Trazzletoes !

Chopstheduck Thu 18-Jul-13 16:06:57

bakingnovice, not jsut me then! grin
I have been known to wipe my face on my tshirt - it's quite loose now after 6 months. I like the wristband idea. It tickles when it starts running down, I can't leave it to drip!

Trazzletoes Bosnia-Herzegovina Thu 18-Jul-13 15:55:06

If you're sweaty you can always wear a wristband like the tennis players do and wipe it on that.

Trazzletoes Bosnia-Herzegovina Thu 18-Jul-13 15:54:25

Have done a very hot w4r1 this afternoon. I have to keep taking weeks off here and there (I should be on w6) but am proud that I managed it even in the heat and didn't walk at all during the runs. So next time there's no excuse either!

I just leave it to drip bakingnovice!!! I find its worse when I stop though. I've got faster since I finished c25k but I'm still pretty slow. My club has copper, bronze, silver and gold standards. I'm at copper for 5k but nowhere near on any other distances. Until I get to 35 I'm still in the same category as 20 year olds!!! I am pretty much the slowest at my club which motivates me to improve but I've never been a runner so I hope there's still more to improve.

Glad you're still managing to get out and hope you're pain free pennygallops, not long til end of term now!

Bakingnovice Thu 18-Jul-13 09:20:52

Cinnamon what a great time. You must run fast.

Chops - oh I'm the same at the moment. After a run I have a cold shower then lie on the bed in just knickers and fan on full. Have to constantly shout at the kids 'don't come in I'm getting changed!'

Did w6r3 today. Full 22 mins, in fact I did 23 mins as I got a huge burst of energy and sprinted an extra minute. Feel elated. Before I went I gave my chimp a really good kick. It was hard in this heat but I'm over the moon. Having three days off now as my heels are hurting. Anyone had this??

Also, am sweating so much in this heat, do people wipe as they run? With what?

pennygallops Wed 17-Jul-13 22:05:20

I'm here cinnamon. Been busy with end of term stuff and the final preparations for our family holiday. 7.5km in 42 mins is good going. I did 6k in 38mins (obviously very hot temperatures). I was pleased with that as I am now able to build up to 10k. I started slowly and managed a 5.40 min finally km. I've decided that I preferred running in those crispy cold days in winter.

Well done everyone, what ever stage you are at you are doing really well. It's blooming hard work in this heat!!

Glad everyone is still managing to run despite the weather, not heard from pennygallops recently though?

I finally managed to run, yay!! Didn't get to training as dh had to work late sad but I went at 8.30 and although it was still warm was bareable! Did 7.5km in 42 mins so not bad smile

Chopstheduck Wed 17-Jul-13 14:40:54

I like the idea of an inner chimp, especially one that looks like the evil monkeys! I can pretty much ignore mine, but sometimes I seem to just get to a point where I just stop without even thinking about it? had to stop at about 35 mins today, for a couple of minutes when I turned uphill facing the sun, then carried on again for another 15.

Bakingtins Wed 17-Jul-13 14:40:39

Thank you dramaalpaca. I think you're right that a lot of it is in your head.

Chopstheduck Wed 17-Jul-13 14:38:29

I was back at 10, and just stripped down to my underwear, laid on the bed and put the fan up full!! Apparently it was about 24 by them. Absolutely roasting. I'm hoping though, if I can run in this, I mgiht be able to get a few runs in on holiday in a couple of weeks. I want to run along the coast!

DramaAlpaca Wed 17-Jul-13 12:49:31

Bakingtins take a look at my post above from yesterday at 23:57 which tells you all about your inner chimp.

It's basically a term that a sports psychologist has thought up to describe that nagging voice inside your head that insists you are tired & have had enough and that you need to give up on your run, even though you are actually physically fine and your body is able to cope perfectly well with the run.

He suggests that if you focus on mentally getting rid of the inner chimp by putting him into a box & closing the lid, you can concentrate on performing better physically because you have got rid of the mental obstacles. Or something like that!

Hope your ankle is feeling better btw.

Bakingtins Wed 17-Jul-13 11:19:12

Back on track - had a crap week last week, ipod died on first run and had to guess how long I'd been going (think I massively overestimate too!) then twisted my ankle.
Back to w4r1 which I completed last night.

What is an inner chimp?

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