Couch to 5k- Cage your inner chimp and get started!

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A thread for those thinking of starting, just starting, making good progress or finish the c25k. For all abilities and stages, come and join us for support and advice, we're a lovely bunch!

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ChocolateHelps Thu 19-Sep-13 19:31:29

Brilliant. I started C25k beg of summer and had 1st ever injury (due to 1st ever exercise really).

Turns out my old, pre DC, trainers (so at least 8yrs old) weren't any good for running.

Breaking in new ££££ trainers tonight so I can go on proper run Saturday am. I expect I'll be back at very beginning so its lovely to have a new thread. I'd got to week 4 and had managed 12 whole minutes of running when ankle blew up. I was amazed, I was running AND breathing!! Hope I can get back to that again but expect I'll be 60 secs running 90 secs walking!!!

nextphase Thu 19-Sep-13 20:05:28

Thanks cinnamon
Just marking my place. Can't decide swim or run tomorrow. Currently eating icecream. Now, why aren't I loosing weight?

BIWI Thu 19-Sep-13 20:19:07

re running stuff for the winter (carried over from the old thread!)

All my stuff comes from Sports Direct, and it has washed really well. It's mostly Karrimor.

I have running tights and a t-shirt, with a thin/wind-proof/shower-proof jacket.

In the winter, I also added track suit bottoms, and a long-sleeved thermal t-shirt from Uniqlo, (which I wore underneath my short-sleeved t-shirt) along with a fleece-lined hat from Blacks, and running gloves.

The gloves were too thin, though, and I ended up buying hand warmers. This winter I shall buy myself some thicker gloves I think.

watchingout Thu 19-Sep-13 21:21:10

Thanks cinnamon Hope the new dog settles in ok

Chocolatehelps (love the NN) New trainers might benefit from double skinned (anti-blister) socks too ouchy voice of experience Not expensive (Tesco £3 smile)

I have bought a wicking top from Aldi this week - £5. Haven't been to Sports Direct for ages cos I cant abide the muscle-bound oiks but I might be brave for something his-vis. Ooo get me, not so long ago I was HIDING in the early hours of the morning shock

Out in the morning nextphase just as long as its not raining. I was supposed to have been at Aquafit tonight, but seem to be wedged in this sofa. No icecream here though. Yet...

watchingout Thu 19-Sep-13 21:50:55

This inspired me to have a look at whats coming up at Aldi. They have cycling stuff next week here. I'm not a cyclist but surely this would be suitable for runners too? Any thoughts?

DramaAlpaca Thu 19-Sep-13 22:02:11

Thanks for the new thread cinnamon - I'm loving the title! grin

LittleRobots Thu 19-Sep-13 22:07:16

Hi chocolate - just read thread as I'm thinking of trying again.

I too hot to week four and hurt my ankle. Probably achilles . . . In did you decide you were safe to log again? I've left it two months and its not so sore but I'm scared to start again!

EeTraceyluv Fri 20-Sep-13 09:14:58

checked out Sports Diretc online. Looks very reasonable. I don;t think I'm going to ParkRun this weekend. I'm not quire confident enough and have a lot on. However, am going to try to beat my previous time tonight so will feel able to do it maybe next week smile

BIWI Fri 20-Sep-13 09:42:49

Oh, and yy to running socks (along with proper running shoes/insoles)

Reiltin Fri 20-Sep-13 16:23:53

Did week1 day1 today. Had baby in buggy for extra resistance! Didn't manage to run the entire minute any of the times but will work up to it grin

watchingout Fri 20-Sep-13 17:54:37

Yay Reiltin! Welcome grin prepare yourself for lots of support

RippingYarns Fri 20-Sep-13 18:04:05

can i piggy back this new thread please?

did week 1 of c25k but (like many others) found my shoes to be wanting and started to develop shin splints

it's been a week and they are almost back to normal, i can at least shred until next week when i've sold DD to fund bought new runners and my shins are better

i really enjoyed running, despite not having broke into more than a mild trot since leaving school shock

Welcome chocolateHelps, LittleRobots, Reiltin and RippingYarns!

Still feeling rubbish sad

nextphase Fri 20-Sep-13 20:03:39

Of course you can, Ripping
The more the merrier.

Watching, did you get out today?
Map my run informs me I've covered over 200km since starting!!!

nextphase Fri 20-Sep-13 20:04:42

Sorry your feeling rough, Cinnamon. There is something nasty going round up here. Loads of people phoning in sick this week.
Hope you've got chance to rest over the weekend.

Iwearblack Fri 20-Sep-13 22:25:22

Hello to new runners! Makes me feel established (I wish!)
I did W4R1 today and it's getting serious gulp. Wasn't too awful though ....
It's so hard not to read ahead to weeks 5-9 and think 'there is no way i will be able to do next week'. I am trying to remember to 'trust the programme'!
Worried about shin problems as seem pretty common- for those of you that suffered - did the pain just happen one run out of the blue or did you feel discomfort a few times and it just got worse?

EeTraceyluv Sat 21-Sep-13 08:19:07

I ran 3.4km in 24 mins last night. This is a pretty rubbish time I know but I felt very proud afterwards - am going to try to up it so i can do 4km in the same-ish time. I cannot believe that in June I was nearly passing after after running for a minute. It's remarkable.

watchingout Sat 21-Sep-13 09:00:44

Thanks for the gentle push Nextphase! --it was too dark for me--blush but I did get a very brisk dog walk later in the day and found a beautiful new route. Have to drive to it, but the dog can come and run free all the way grin

I had shin aches at some point in the programme but one lovely poster taught me a stretch that really helped. You bend your leg and put the toe end of your trainer (one at a time!) flat to the ground and stretch the front of your shin. HTH

Dawndonnaagain Sat 21-Sep-13 10:23:18

Just reached the end of week 3. I will see how I go next week, but may repeat this week if I struggle. Had honestly thought I'd lose a bit of weight doing this, but haven't, bugger! However, dropped ds2 at uni yesterday and realised, when I got to his room, that I'd walked up four floors without stopping, so something's changing!

ChocolateHelps Sat 21-Sep-13 12:56:22

1st proper run this am, back to W1R1, went pretty well but I now realise how clueless I am about stretching after. Can anyone point me to a website with post run stretches especially to help with tight hips and IT band? TIA

watchingout Sat 21-Sep-13 13:36:51

Good pics here on the nhs website. Must admit I have never done the lying down ones ...

originalpiratematerial Sat 21-Sep-13 15:41:31

Hello, can I join? I've been running for about a year now, I worked up to 10k in June but then it all went a bit pear-shaped over the summer as I found it seriously difficult to run when the weather was warmer. I'm doing C25K again now, just to motivate myself, and am on Week 3 - finding it fairly easy so far and did the programme twice yesterday, so a total run of just over 5 km.

I am in touch with a few other runners virtually (eg via Facebook) but it would be really nice to meet more runners and have more folks to compare notes with!

I love running. This time last year the thought of being able to run 5 km was totally pie in the sky. Now I'm completely hooked. The effect it has had on my mood is remarkable, not to mention being a lot fitter and leaner (not necessarily that much lighter, but definitely leaner iyswim).

I'm 48 and I really hope that I can carry on running for years to come.

nextphase Sat 21-Sep-13 17:02:02

Dawn I have lost NOTHING, but my trousers are falling down, so I'm shifting fat into muscle. I think this might be a program that involves measurement loss rather than weight loss, unless you combine it with some sort of calorie restriction.

Chocolate I do the basics from that NHS link. Like watching I don't do the lying down ones, or the ITB one. I really need to do the thigh stretch. Thats the one I really notice if I forget to stretch (and I have to do that after my exercise class also - its not in their stretches)

Dawndonnaagain Sat 21-Sep-13 17:49:35

Nextphase thank you! I am doing slimming world, but due to medication I was aiming not to gain, even though I'm significantly overweight, due to both the meds and giving up smoking last year! I hadn't thought of getting the tape measure out, I shall do so tomorrow.

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