Couch to 5k...it's not about speed (thread no 2)

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spookyskeleton Tue 24-Jun-14 18:47:07

Thought I would start a new thread for us to continue our chat smile

threedeer Tue 24-Jun-14 18:57:05

Hi, please can I join? Started in October and am doing first 5 mile (8k race soon.)

Helly, I was taught a mental trick if you run out of steam. As well as slowing down and taking smaller steps, just look ahead of you to a bush or lamppost about 5m away and say to yourself: just to that lampost, then sight the next one. keep them really nearby - only a few steps away each time, and keep moving on to another thing just another few steps away. It takes your mind off the length of time you have left. Worked for me.

SmallBee Tue 24-Jun-14 19:37:16

Threedeer that's a really good tip!

YellowStripe Tue 24-Jun-14 19:43:16

I'm STILL procrastinating about starting. Talk to me about affordable trainers ..... Looking at sportsshoes.com but is it pot luck what fits?

DottyDot Tue 24-Jun-14 19:47:02

checking in!

I was doing the gym version of your tip threedeer today - I was telling myself to just keep running until the adverts/end of adverts/end of the next This Morning interview... blush grin

YellowStripe - they're just online, you need to go somewhere to try on. Nothing to stop you trying on somewhere and buying what you decide on from the web, though!

I have a really fit friend who suggested blowing out through pursed lips. Apparently it forces more CO2 back into your lungs, which fools. Your body into grabbing more oxygen from your next breath. Mountaineers use the technique for high altitudes.

threedeer Tue 24-Jun-14 20:04:34

sounds good Dotty.

Yellow - I was told the main thing is to know if you have high or low arches. Sports Direct has different sections for high and low arches and shoes fit better if you get the ones that match your foot type. After that it's just try and see what feels right.

hellyd Tue 24-Jun-14 20:16:59

Thanks guys, your encouragement really help am quite looking forward to going out on Thursday and trying your tips.

YellowStripe Tue 24-Jun-14 20:26:54

I stood on the arch thingy in Sports Direct (and was surprised with the result!) but I've not heard many good reviews of their cheaper brands. I fancy a pair of Saucony (no idea why). The cheaper ones online tend to be older models though, so not around in the shops to try on :/ (more procrastination!!)

spookyskeleton Tue 24-Jun-14 20:29:47

Good tips there - I might try the 'just to the next bush' trick.

A friend of mine who is a runner told me to imagine I am blowing a big bubble when I am breathing out which is probably the same as the pursing your lips suggestion.

Inkspellme Tue 24-Jun-14 20:41:33

dotty ..lol at your darth vader impression.

Watto1 Tue 24-Jun-14 21:03:33

Evening! Loving the shiny new thread!

Had a really rubbish run this evening. I'm putting it down to the heat. Had to stop and walk after 15 mins. Just felt totally drained. I'm going to shake it off and do an extra run tomorrow night to make up for it. I certainly don't need a rest day after today's poor excuse for a run.

spookyskeleton Tue 24-Jun-14 21:06:51

watto we have all had those runs - it sucks but will soon be a distant memory smile

Am doing Race for Life tomorrow - not really in the mood so need to find some motivation from sonewhere!!

Kasterborous Tue 24-Jun-14 22:36:57

Love the new thread title grin 10 K wow spooky you go for it. Hello to everyone on this thread old and new, I love reading about everyone's progress it makes me smile

spooky good luck with race for life tomo. I have decided to attempt w4r1 tomorrow even though w3 was a disaster

SmallBee Wed 25-Jun-14 07:21:52

Spooky good luck today! Let us know how it goes.
Doing W1R2 today but my enormous thigh muscles are killing me from the first run. Should be an interesting one.

Inkspellme Wed 25-Jun-14 07:31:42

week 4 run 2 done. The hardest part was getting out of bed....

DottyDot Wed 25-Jun-14 07:56:54

Good luck Spooky!

Well done inkspell - how did you find the 5 minute runs today? Rest day for me today then I'll be doing W4R2 tomorrow....

smallbee - go for it - you'll be fine and it'll be over before you know it! grin

stilllearnin Wed 25-Jun-14 08:02:39

Spooky - thank you for the new thread! Just a tiny word about sports direct - they own karrimor so get commission for selling that brand- not always the best. Jeepers look at the time!

Didn't know that, stilllearnin. I hate SD anyway. It's so crammed full of stuff, you can't move!

Inkspellme Wed 25-Jun-14 08:12:35

dotty - 5 min runs today were easier than the first time. 3 min runs absolutley no bother. my dd is in spain til saturday but is doing the runs at the same time as me. she had trouble and couldn't make the 5 mins. we reckon its just tiredness catching up.

my dp in the meantime is building our 11 ds up for a 50km cycle race so it's all go in our house. funny as it only ever would have been my dp who did anything and that was the cycling.

MooseyMouse Wed 25-Jun-14 08:59:33

I did my fourth week four run today and again it was a bit easier. Might move on to week five now (eeeeek!)

On the weight loss front I've got one pound to go until I've lost a stone (cutting snacks, 10,000 steps each day and C25K) and, what's more, that one pound will take me out of the "obese" category and into "overweight".

Inkspellme Wed 25-Jun-14 09:23:29

well done mousey! a great achievement and all your hard work is paying off.
Me too feeling the dreaded week 5 run coming up but feeling like I could do it even if it's just a very slow run.

Ladyflip Wed 25-Jun-14 10:17:08

Good luck spooky!

Well done everyone else, particularly Moosey for losing a stone.

Watto are you still low carbing? Do you think this is having an effect, as well as the heat? I'm still chuntering through w8 but I have noticed that I do MUCH better running at 6am (after a banana and a drink of water) than I do if I set off at a later time. Even the evenings are warm and sunny (shouldn't complain, I love it really).

threedeer Wed 25-Jun-14 12:58:34

I hate SD too and didn't know they owned Karrimoor, but to be fair to them, their karrimoor trainers, on sale for less than £25 are absolutely brilliant to run in if you have very high arches and are heavy footed. So comfortable. Straight on from the box for a 5k run, no blisters.

Moosey that's a brilliant achievement on your weight loss and getting out of the 'obese' category. That is such a great thing for your health. Well done.

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