Anyone fancy starting couch to 5K on 9th Sept?

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phantomhairpuller Fri 30-Aug-13 11:03:47

Am thinking I'll need that long to mentally prepare! wink

Have downloaded the podcast and ordered proper 'runners' earphones for my iphone (cos the normal ones don't stay in when I run!)

As soon as they arrive I'll be ready to go!

Am thinking i'll have to run in the evenings when DH is home with the DCs

I absolutely am not a runner- I was once but then had 2 children and put on 4 stone shock

Things have got to change!

If you fancy starting a little earlier I'm going to start tomorrow. I've not really done any exercise since school, so I'm sure I'm going to to struggle.

Like you, I've needed time to prepare mentally. I bought a sports bra and trainers 2 weeks ago-they've been sitting in my bedroom making me feel guilty ever since.

What I really want to do is run a marathon by the time I'm 40. I don't know if I can, but I know I'll regret it if I don't at least try.

I'm going to run in the evening too. I thought that there's less chance of being laughed at if I go out after dark!

phantomhairpuller Fri 30-Aug-13 14:58:56

Do you know what? If the earphones would arrive in time I'd be up for starting tomorrow!

I'm really motivated at the moment which is very unlike me!! smile

phantomhairpuller Fri 30-Aug-13 19:26:18

They've arrived! I can start wink

There's no backing out now, I'll have to start now I have a virtual running partner.

It can't be any worse than labour, right? And if I've managed that 3 times then a quick jog around the block should be easy.

How far did you used to run before you had your DCs?

phantomhairpuller Sat 31-Aug-13 06:50:30

I was never really into road running but could do 30 mins on the treadmill without really breaking a sweat.

This will be a challenge!

I did it! It wasn't half as bad as I thought. Well, apart from the music on the podcast. I'm going to have to find an app that lets me listen to my own music but still tells me when to run.

gintastic Sun 01-Sep-13 16:48:06

If you have iPhone, Get Running is fab :-) and you can listen to your own music.

dinosaur Sun 01-Sep-13 18:02:21

I'll join you, if I may. I am downloading the Guardian beginner to 5 k podcasts. I did quite a bit of running last year culminating in a 10 k in June, but have stagnated quite a bit over the summer. Not only is my speed rubbish now, but my stamina has really dipped as well - I've gone from being able to run 5 k without stopping, to only being able to run for about 15 mins before having to drop back to walking.

It is a fab way to lose weight - I lost over a stone between October last year and June this year, without dieting at all (although I did try to "eat clean") - just running three times a week, doing a long (7-8 km) walk three times a week, and doing lots of Pilates.

I'm really excited about getting started again. I like to have a goal

dinosaur Sun 01-Sep-13 18:03:32

Oh whoops, I missed the fact you've started! Ok, I'll start later this week. I did run this morning, so I shouldn't be too badly behind!

phantomhairpuller Sun 01-Sep-13 18:35:55

I haven't started hmm

An old knee injury had stopped me in my tracks. I've ordered a knee support so am hoping I can get going once that's arrived.

gintastic I don't have an iPhone, but I'll have a look to see if there's something similar for Android.

dinosaur I'd love to be able to run for 15 minutes without stopping- I don't think I've ever done that in my life!

Phantom I hope you don't mind me staying on your thread even though I've started. I hope your knee recovers soon.

I did week 1 run 2 last night. It hurt a bit, but it still isn't too bad.

PommesFright Tue 03-Sep-13 14:18:35

Hi, can I join you? I've just done W1R1 and I'm feeling ok. Think the mental block about starting was as big as anything, now I've started I'm going to carry on!! Am planning W1R2 for Thurs and W1R3 for Sat.

LaundryLegoLunch Tue 03-Sep-13 14:22:15

I really want to. I downloaded the app in January hmm but haven't done it yet. I keep finding excuses.

Anyhow, I'm going to start on the first free evening I've got which at the moment looks like Friday.

I'm scared!

nicename Tue 03-Sep-13 14:29:21

I'm assuming you start on the 9th rather than run 5k on the 9th (and die on the 10th).

I'm planning on starting on the 9th. I've been wanting to start for ages but the best time for me to go is after dropping the kids at school so I was waiting for them to go back. Just bought new trainers so all ready to go! I haven't ran for about 20 years and have low confidence so dreading it and raring to go all at the same time.
Just need to download the podcasts.

PommesFright Tue 03-Sep-13 16:42:20

Honestly, it feels so much better once you've got out there and started. I'm really looking forward to doing it again on Thurs.

phantomhairpuller Wed 04-Sep-13 19:58:32

I've started grin

Slightly earlier than planned but my knee support arrived today and I HAD to go and give it a whirl!

I managed to run all the running bits and even an extra burst on the walk home smile

My knee is aching a bit but nothing serious- I hope!!

Fraxinus Wed 04-Sep-13 21:24:43

Hi there, nice to meet you all, and hope you don't mind another one joining.

I have been waiting, like alotta reading, til after school is back, and I did have a shot it it a few months back and was stopped in my tracks with an old knee injury ( patellar tendonopathy). I have now got myself sorted at a gym and am going to doit on the cross trainer to reduce impact. So phantom, I really sympathise with you, and would like to share experience of how it goes. What kind of injury did you have?

I definately need the podcasts though, so I am going to have to work out how to get the galaxy going! I need to see how I can schedule 3x runs per week, fit in round work and kids as a single parent I will need all my planning skills for this!

phantomhairpuller Wed 04-Sep-13 21:46:27

Hi frax grin

I fell up some steps a couple of years ago, landed all my weight on my left knee- I really thought I'd broken it at first as I couldn't move it for several minutes. It took a long time to recover, and now whenever I exercise, it goes through a period of protest! grin

But the knee support seems to really help so I'm determined not to let it beat me.

And actually, the extra 4 stone I'm carrying around wont be helping in the slightest- hence the reason for the exercise wink

Fraxinus Thu 05-Sep-13 00:16:18

Yeowch... Sounds painful. Well done for finding a fix though. I am very lucky that I have a sport development type person going to make sure I am using the equipment properly. She must have said the word alignment about 30 times in our 15 minute conversation!

RubySlippers77 Thu 05-Sep-13 20:34:43

Hi, please can I join too? I can run about 30 mins at the moment but according to my GPS thingy I only go 3.75K - Paula Radcliffe I am not sad I'd really like to improve my speed a little bit, be able to go further (preferably without so many breaks) and not feel like I'm about to die when I get home...

Hopefully a bit of motivation from seeing how dedicated everyone else is will prompt me to work out a proper training plan and actually stick to it!!

Fraxinus Thu 05-Sep-13 22:04:13

Hi ruby slippers! Nice to meet you. Have you looked at 5 k to 10 k? As a programme it might suit you better, as I don't think run for 60 seconds and walk for 90 is going to help you go further!

Morning everyone!

I completed week 1 last night, and I'm feeling quite pleased with myself. I am honestly the least sporty person you could ever hope to meet, so to even start is an achievement for me.

I've made the mistake of looking ahead to see what I've got to come, and I'm already dreading week 5...

phantom how is your knee doing?

yetanotherworry Fri 06-Sep-13 08:15:00

Me too please. I did it earlier this year, managed a 5k raceforlife and then haven't done anything since (too hot/school hols/too many excuses). I was going to start at about wk 4 but think that's being very unrealistic so I've decided to start right at the beginning and try and build my speed up.

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