Couch to 5k - just started! Help with podcasts, iphone apps and timing please.

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TinaSurrey Fri 07-Jun-13 14:33:38

Hi all, Hoping this is the correct place to post.

I have just done my 2nd Couch to 5k "run" from week one. The 1st time I went i timed myself using the clock on my phone so I knew when to run, when to walk etc but it was far from ideal. I used the Nike app to track my run and loved the fact it told me how far I had covered, average speed and calories burnt.

This time I had worked out how to get the NHS podcast on my iphone and played that and followed Laura's instructions which was much easier.

Questions are...
Can I make the podcast play AND monitor my run on the Nike app at the same time and if so how? I couldn't find a way to do it. Secondly, is there an alternative podcast without the music. Laura was great but I'd prefer silence in between her instructions rather than their music. Finally if you are running using the podcast how do you know when to turn round (at the half way point) as I expected Laura to tell me when it was half way but she didn't so I ended up too far away from my car before I realised I should have turned round!

I am determind to do this having not done any exercise to speak of ever!

worley Thu 15-Aug-13 00:00:53

Well done mitten smile glad I was some use. I did w6r3 this evening with ds2.. Was very slow though as he was doing a fast walk next to me.. He is 7! I wish I could trust him in his bike next to me then would be better but unfortunately I can't..

Mog.. Not good.. Would you go back at a different time ? dogs aren't allowed on our community field thankfully. But those big dogs really need more control over them when in public!

Welcome back BIWI, well done on the run and you can have some extra carbs now and then?

Tina, walking is still good.. I'm taking my dc to Wales next week and were going to be walking down Mount Snowdon..
I should have finished the program by next week but due to Illness I've had to repeat. Week and had a few extra non running days.. But at least I'm still going..

I can definitely notice a change in shape of my legs and waist now.. And in sure my tummys a bit flatter although still not lost weight.. But the change in leg shape is very rewarding.. Proof it's doing something smile

llynnnn Sat 17-Aug-13 08:56:49

Hi all. Sorry I haven't been around. I have had 3 weeks with no running due to one thing and another hmm but I'm back and motivated to complete this now so I hope I can rejoin you all. I have been reading and keeping up with your progress (which is fantastic btw! smile) I did w6r1 last night and it actually felt ok, I wasn't sure if I'd have to go back further than that (I'd completed w6 before my break) so was pleasantly surprised that it felt good and manageable. I'm aching this morning tho!

Tina- so sorry to read about your knees. How awful for you when you were doing so so well and were so close. Everything crossed for you that the rest will allow them to be ok for you to get back into it very soon.

Mog - that's awful about the dog! I would've been petrified (not an animal person!) pleased it hasn't completely put you off and you have another route away from the dogs.

BIWI - well done for running while you were away. It's good to run in different surroundings, keeps you going smile

Mitten - enjoy your holiday smile well done on completing week 6

Forgetfulmog Sat 17-Aug-13 09:19:37

Wow fantastic progress everyone! It's brilliant that, despite illness, we're all still running!

I did the second run of w9 yesterday morning, in the rain - which would've been fine except my glasses were all steamed up & I could barely see anything! Think I'm just going to set a timer on the Nike app for 30 mins & run to that instead of the podcasts now. Only thing is I'm not sure how to work it with the 5 min warm up walks, I mean how would I know when the 5 mins are up?! Need to do some research methinks...

worley Sun 18-Aug-13 17:29:41

Umm.. I should have run yesterday but thought I was getting a cold and didn't.. Still feel snivelly today.mand I'm going on holiday tomorrow so didn't want to make myself ill for it as its just me and my dc. But I have two weeks off from work so the week after holiday I will be back on it with no excuses then..

TinaSurrey Mon 19-Aug-13 21:45:05

Hi everyone <waves>

Have a lovely holiday Worley.

Welcome back Lyynnn.

Knees seem to be (finally) better having not run for weeks. I am meeting the personal trainer (just for initial discussion) tomorrow morning. Hoping to re-start running within the next week. Think best that I pick a week from middle of c25k and go back to that as going straight back to wk9 seems a bad idea with regards to knees. Will see what the PT thinks tomorrow. Can't wait to get those new trainers on & get out again soon!

llynnnn Mon 19-Aug-13 23:22:47

Good luck with the personal trainer Tina. Hope he is positive and has good advice about how to get you back running again smile

TinaSurrey Fri 23-Aug-13 22:25:27

Met with very good looking graduate personal trainer this week and have 4 sessions booked. One eve per week for 4 weeks in Sept.

Still haven't run. Am still v worried about knees halting my new found wish to run hence all the insurance of PT sessions (to learn warm up/cool down exercises & injury prevention exercises), gait analysis and new trainers. Having had a good discussion with him I think I will wait until after my first session with him before running again. My knees are much much better but they are not 100%. When I re-start I am going to go back to wk5 and see how that goes. I hope to do that 1st week of Sept. I know that by then most of you will be finished c25k but I will join up with any of you left along with some c25k newbies!

I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who has had knee problems after starting running as to if and how they adjusted to overcome them.

Have a great weekend all.

TinaSurrey Fri 23-Aug-13 22:27:16

P.s - some good news... Have now lost a stone and achieved my weight target.

BIWI Fri 23-Aug-13 22:50:07

Brilliant, Tina!

PT sounds good too.

Forgetfulmog Sat 24-Aug-13 06:14:31

Ooh fabulous Tina! Well done on the weight loss, that's brilliant!

Forgetfulmog Fri 30-Aug-13 13:38:01

So thought I'd revive this thread!

How's everyone getting on? Are your knees any better Tina?

I'm still running - I aim for 30 mins 3 times a week, but sometimes I can only make 20 min runs & sometimes it's only twice a week, but hey at least I'm still doing it!

I've noticed a slight definition to my stomach too (excellent news nearly 1 year after a c section!), although no way am I giving up the cake!

How's everyone else getting on?

TinaSurrey Fri 30-Aug-13 21:44:30

Hi Mog,
Well done with the regular running. That's so good to hear. I was starting to notice being a bit more toned just at the time I was forced to stop (wk 9) and very much hoping to get to where you are now.

Still not run again but have done some walks and the last few times I wore the new trainers. I have 3 sessions with PT booked and 1st one is next week. That is my re-starting plan. That way I can use the exercises he teaches me to hopefully prevent me doing damage by starting again. My knees still don't feel the same as they did pre c25k running injury. I think it could go either way to be honest. I really hope that having taken the rest, invested in more trainers and got myself some tuition for supportive exercises I will be back to running 2-3 times a week when the children go back to school. My first PT session is on their first day back - that's how keen I am to do this!

How is everyone else?

Forgetfulmog Mon 02-Sep-13 08:51:07

Fingers crossed for you Tina! Is it today your first PT session? Good luck!

TinaSurrey Fri 04-Oct-13 13:49:34

Just poking my head back round the door as I did my first 5k run today - finally!

Have had to take it v slowly in building back up after my knees got so bad. Have exercises from personal trainer and good running shoes but still feel the impact on my knees starting up to 12 hours after running and lasting 24-48 hours but as I've built up the running time I have had more days off in between runs so knees recover before I run again. I also do some of my runs on the treadmill now.

I intend to keep at it and have kept off the stone I lost since starting in June :-)

Hope everyone else is doing well x

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