C25k - just did my first run!!!

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flossyfloo Sun 03-Mar-13 19:16:35

I can't believe I managed to do it! I am very unfit and about 3 stone overweight. But I did it grin

Just wanted to share with someone as I'm very proud of myself at the moment blush

backinaminute Sun 03-Mar-13 19:22:56

Can I join you? Also 3 stone over weight. I did my first one on Friday and my second one today.

How did it go? I am so unfit but managed it (just). I was a bit concerned that someone might stroll past while I was 'running'. Have you run before?

Well done, I think starting is the hardest bit (and the actually running too).

Pancakeflipper Sun 03-Mar-13 19:29:20

Did you find yourself a comfy pace?

I am just out of the shower from a 30min run and it was lovely.... Comfy from the first step. Keep going, it's so worth it. You will feel so much fitter.

A very big well done! grin

Be warned, running is very addictive!

The first run is definitely the hardest, but my God it feels good once you've done it doesn't it!

flossyfloo Sun 03-Mar-13 19:52:45

Backinaminute - well done for starting as well. We can do this together!

It went better than I was expecting it to. How was your 2nd run? I also don't want people seeing me so went out at dusk and live fairly close to an industrial estate so ran round there! I used to run a lot as a teenager/young adult but I don't think I've done any exercise for about 8 years! Starting is definitely the hardest but I suddenly decided I was going to do it today and just went for it. So glad I did grin

Pancake - I surprised myself by finding a nice comfortable pace straight away. I really was expecting it to be so much harder than it actually was smile. I'm aching already though!

flossyfloo Sun 03-Mar-13 19:53:36

Overmydeadbody - it does feel soo good!

Crikeyblimey Sun 03-Mar-13 20:00:57

I keep having urges to go running but am scared that I'll be completely rubbish at it. I haven't done exercised f

Crikeyblimey Sun 03-Mar-13 20:02:33

I keep having urges to go running but am scared that I'll be completely rubbish at it. I haven't done exercised for years.

Please tell me it won't make me cry when I realise I can't breathe after 2 minutes.

Well done to all who have managed it.

flossyfloo Sun 03-Mar-13 20:28:50

Urges are good! I have been having urges for a little while and eventually just went and did it! You can do it too, it really isn't that hard.

I was ready to be able to run no more than 30 seconds and really be struggling for breath, had my inhaler ready (asthma) but didn't need it once grin

If you start it crikey, we can all support each other through it smile

backinaminute Sun 03-Mar-13 20:39:10

I've never run so this is all new to me. I'm also doing weight watchers so it's part of a new overhaul. C25k appeals because it doesn't take long. I went in the dark on Friday. Today was quite hard, I was still a bit stiff from Friday. It does feel good though. I stayed at my parents last night and they live in the middle of nowhere so that was fab - didn't see anyone. Back to lurking in the dark from home.

I've got blisters on my heels which is a pain (literally) - think my socks were too short and my trainers rubbed above them. Not a great start. Might leave the next run till Wednesday. I can't believe I'm doing this (not can anyone that knows me)

flossyfloo Sun 03-Mar-13 20:49:39

I can't believe I actually got off my arse and did it today! I'm already dreading Tuesday though, reckon it'll hurt more doing the 2nd run than it did today.

EauRouge Sun 03-Mar-13 20:54:04

Well done! I'm on week 8 at the moment. I never thought I would be able to run for 28 mins, let alone enjoy it! C25K is brilliant because it eases you in gradually. I think a lot of people give up running because they go out and try to run right away, end up getting injured and give up.

Two things that I learnt very quickly- proper running shoes are very, very important; do NOT wait until you are running longer distances. The wrong shoes can cause injuries.

Secondly, run much slower than you think you need to, and then run a bit slower than that. It's tempting to go for it when you are only running for 60 seconds but you need to run at a steady pace when you're going for longer. The target on the programme is 5k in 30 mins but from what I've read most people take a bit longer to break the magic 30 mins.

Crikey- I'm on a fitness forum and there are people in their 60s and 70s doing C25K. It's designed so that almost anyone can do it. Have a look at the NHS pages and see what you think smile NHS C25K

Crikeyblimey Sun 03-Mar-13 21:19:42

Thanks, I will. I might even have a look at some trainers in my lunch hour tomorrow (I don't own any!)

toomuch2young Sun 03-Mar-13 21:28:16

crikey I started c25k last week and got myself some reebok trim tones from sports direct for £20! They are super comfy.
Good luck with the programme!!

Crikeyblimey Sun 03-Mar-13 22:11:40

Hi. I just tried to download the podcasts to my phone and it takes me to a page that says "if you don't have adobe flash player, download from here". I go "there" and adobe tells me flash player isn't supported by my device. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? Thanks.

flossyfloo Sun 03-Mar-13 22:24:35

What phone do you have? I've got an iphone and had to get the 'podcast' app before I could actually get the c25k podcast (hope that makes sense?!) It never mentioned adobe for me so not sure what's going on there???

jchocchip Sun 03-Mar-13 22:31:57

crikey I had that problem with android. Had to download to pc and copy across.
Well done for starting I did c25k last year and it is a year since my first parkrun Did my 33rd parkrun yesterday and it is great smile

EauRouge Sun 03-Mar-13 22:50:54

I never used the NHS podcast, I got RunDouble on my Android and used that. You can listen to your own music that way. Think it was only about 99p for the app.

jchoc, there's a parkrun starting near me soon, can't wait!

Belugagrad Mon 04-Mar-13 07:08:24

Just wanted to say well done! It's hard starting but once you do you never regret it and it does get addictive!

flossyfloo Mon 04-Mar-13 08:15:07

Thanks choc and beluga. I'm not aching too much this morning, just got sore shins. When I told my DH last night that my shins were hurting, he said 'well, you are a big unit slamming down hard on the pavement' hmm. Apparently, a physio had said it to him once so he thought it was a good thing to say to me hmm

Quite prepared to get addicted to running, as long as it takes over my chocolate addiction grin

EauRouge Mon 04-Mar-13 08:24:38

One other thing about the C25k podcasts. Apparently on one of them Laura says to land on your heel- this is WRONG! You can damage yourself this way. You should be landing mid-foot.

flossyfloo Mon 04-Mar-13 09:29:30

I don't think I've ever taken any notice of which part of my foot lands first. Thanks rouge, I'll remember that when I'm out tomorrow.

Crikeyblimey Mon 04-Mar-13 21:02:46

Well, I've done it! Not actually been running or anything so grand but I did buy some running shoes today. smile

Tomorrow may well be my first go at this running thing. Ds has a piano lesson so we eat early. I should get chance to go out when we get back. Failing that, I'll go on Wednesday whilst ds is at cubs.

backinaminute Mon 04-Mar-13 21:10:19

Well done, just go for it. I am incredibly unfit but even I managed it. It's hard but doable, they are only short bursts. I just keep thinking 'I'm actually running, who'd've thought?!'

EauRouge Mon 04-Mar-13 21:24:21

Yes, it does build up nice and slowly. Just take it at a steady pace and you'll be fine!

I finished week 8 today- only one week left now shock

flossyfloo Tue 05-Mar-13 08:00:52

Well done crikey, you're nearly there! I have to go and get myself a proper pair of running trainers, the pair I have aren't the best.

I'm a bit achy today so not looking forward to my run this afternoon. But I'll definitely do, not giving in! I've got a thing about people seeing me running so I've been trying to think of a route that will be fairly quiet and won't have too much of a chance of seeing someone I know. I'm looking forward to getting much fitter so I won't have to worry about that so much!

flossyfloo Tue 05-Mar-13 14:24:11

Just got back from my 2nd run - ouchy!!!

That hurt way more than the 1st run! Does anyone know if there's anything I can do to help ease the muscle pain or is just a case of 'no pain, no gain'?

EauRouge Tue 05-Mar-13 14:26:55

It's normal to be a bit achey, I had a couple of days in between runs a few times at the beginning.

But if it's so bad that it puts you off going again ever then you might need some different running shoes. Some specialist places have a treadmill that they have you run on and then they analyse your gait and help you pick shoes that will support your running style and foot shape.

flossyfloo Tue 05-Mar-13 14:51:53

It's not putting me off going again yet, but we'll see how I go over the next few days. Plan to go out again on Thursday and Saturday but if the pain is bad I could leave it a day and do Friday but would then have to wait til Monday til I can go out again.

I do need to go to a specialist running shop and get a decent pair of trainers. There are a few specialist places where I live so there's no excuse!

Well done!!!
I started on C25k last Feb - 3 stone overweight and ran a half marathon last Sept only 1 stone overweight. Currently PG and missing my runs hmm
My advice - good trainers and lots of stretching (if you fancy Yoga there's a great runners one by (?) Christina Felsted or similar.
Oh, and enjoy

Crikeyblimey Tue 05-Mar-13 19:39:57

Oh my word! I just did it smile. I ran and everything!!! Went in the dark wearing a light coloured fleece and a head torch (I did have trousers on too smile )

I really enjoyed it, bloody knackered though. Couldn't wait for that woman to say "start walking" every time.

I'm off for a bath now smile

Thanks so much for motivating me to do this.

EauRouge Tue 05-Mar-13 20:04:49

Yay! Well done smile Glad you enjoyed it. I think the thought of running is much worse than it actually is. I never thought I'd be one of those bonkers people who gets up early and goes running! But I love it.

flossyfloo Tue 05-Mar-13 21:17:20

Well done crikey. Doesn't it feel amazing?!

You're right rouge, the thought is much worse than it really is. I found I was really nervous before I went out for the first time on Sunday, but was quite looking forward to it today!

And remembering, well done on the half marathon, that's fantastic in such a short space of time. I would love to be able to do that but can't see myself running for 2 hours smile

SizzleSazz Tue 05-Mar-13 21:22:15

Good trainers, sobothane (shock absorbing insoles good for shins & knees) insoles and stretching calves afterwards.

flossy when I started out 90 seconds if running seemed an eternity but I got to an hour, then 2 and did the half in 2:32 with 2*1 min walks while I had a carb gel thing (if I had it while running I ended up with face pack instead of getting it on my gob)
You never know how far you'll go - just keep enjoying it thanks

flossyfloo Fri 08-Mar-13 14:44:33

OK, just got back from my 3rd run and I am in agony with my shins.

They were still hurting yesterday so I thought it best to leave it another day but my shins are so painful.

I managed to get through it all as I was determined but can hardly walk now.

Oddly enough, I found it easier going up hills than on the flat or downhill, my shins hurt a lot less. Wonder why that is? Actually, on a few occasions, I found it less painful running than I did walking.

Please tell me it's meant too hurt this much and it will get better!

YeahThatsTheBadger Fri 08-Mar-13 15:01:53

flossy you need to get to a shop which checks your gait. You might need trainers with a lot of cushioning. I had shin splints and a sore knee and getting my gait checked and better shoes those pains disappeared.

Don't let this put you off though. Gait checked, a few days off running and try again.

But well done on getting out and running! I'm struggling to get my motivation back. DS is 8 months and I can't seem to push myself to get back out.

flossyfloo Fri 08-Mar-13 15:12:57

Thanks badger. You are right, I really do need to get some proper trainers.

There is a shop about 10 mins drive away that gets you on a running machine to check your gait, I need to get myself down there.

I'm hoping I can go find a bit of time on the weekend but what with working both days and fitting in the DC's ballet, swimming lessons, parties etc I'm not sure I am going to be able to go. If I don't, the next time I am free is Tuesday afternoon which would mean another 4 days til I run again and I really don't want to lose the momentum.

EauRouge Fri 08-Mar-13 15:14:36

Yes, defo go to a specialist running shop and get your gait analysed. I got slightly sore shins at the start but not so bad that I could hardly walk.

I did the first run of week 9 the other day, I managed 4.6km. I'm determined to get to 5km in 30 mins! It might take another couple of weeks though, and also timing my run so it doesn't coincide with school run/rush hour because i had to stop for traffic several times.

flossyfloo Fri 08-Mar-13 16:30:18

Well done rouge grin. It really is amazing that you can go from nothing at all to running for 30 minutes. I'm looking forward to achieving that!

I am aiming to do the Race for Life in June. They have a 5k and a 10k run. Definitely want to do the 5k as a few of my friends are doing it with their kids and I would love to be able to do that too. And at the back of my mind, I'm wondering if I am gonna be ready for a 10k by then (as it is another 15 weeks away!) but not banking on it so it won't be a huge disappointment if I'm not, and I don't want to put too much pressure on myself as that's when I usually fail.

EauRouge Fri 08-Mar-13 17:00:55

Yes, I am by no means sporty or outdoorsy. I've spent the last 5 years on the sofa eating biscuits and only breastfeeding has kept the pounds off. If someone had told me last October than I'd be a) running 3 miles and b) willingly going out in public wearing lycra then I would have died laughing.

C25K is meant to last 9 weeks so you'll have some time left over. You might be able to do 10k, you could always walk bits of it.

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Sat 09-Mar-13 23:11:24

Hello, hello! So glad someone else has started a new C25K. Eau was very kindly answering me on the old one but I think being with other beginners is the way forward. I started it two and a bit weeks ago and just completed W2R3 tonight. I had to miss a few days here and there as dp was working away and then I was ill, so tonight's run (on top of DS's first sleepover last night with two very excited and non-sleeping friends + wine when they finally went to sleep) was not the best. But I did it - finding it hard to imagine doing 3 minutes next week though!

I second getting good trainers. I have a dodgy knee which came on the last time I tried doing any running 13 years ago and have never run since. I bought a good pair after two runs and it's made a huge difference to me. Also the fact that this programme is nice and gentle (so far.....see above comment). I'm doing the Race for Life in May, and I've also just signed up for the 5x50 challenge too. Is anyone else doing that?

Eau, well done on the Wk9 run. That seems a loooonnnggg way off for me after tonight's run.

flossyfloo Mon 11-Mar-13 14:55:47

Hello business and welcome. It's nice to be able to chat to people who are at the same stage or just a few weeks ahead, we can all go through this together! That 5x50 challenge looks good, never heard of it before. Do you plan on running every day or are you going to do some other exercise when not running?

I've just been to get myself some new trainers from a specialist running shop who analysed my gait. I need lots of cushioning and even then they can't get my right leg to straighten out at the ankle bone completely confused. I haven't run since Friday and my plan was to get the trainers today and then run tonight, but my shins are still very painful, can't actually touch them even lightly sad and even running on the treadmill for a total of about 80 seconds has made my shins hurt even more sad.

I am at a stage now where I really don't know what to do - I'm worried that I may do myself some proper damage if I run on my shins any more but I really don't want to lose momentum so do I keep on running now I have the new trainers and hope the pain will ease off eventually??? My DH reckons it would be a good idea to see a physio and in the meantime just go out for a brisk 30 minute walk until I get some proper advice on what I should be doing. Any advice/opinions welcome...

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Tue 12-Mar-13 16:26:20

Hi flossy. Re the 5x50, I'm just running as per the C25K program, then will do alternate things on other days; either a walk, cycle, possibly swim or something like my Wii Zumba class for half an hour or so.

I have no useful advice about your shins but, ouch, that sounds painful. I would be tempted to wait a few days until they calm down and possibly do as your DH suggested and try walking in your new trainers and see how they go before trying a run again. You could try posting on the NHS forum Eau mentioned. I'm on there too and there are lots of experienced runners as well as newbies who could maybe give more authoritative advice. Hope they get better soon anyway. I'm still out of action with illness so I'm also pondering whether to launch into wk 3 when I restart or redo a run from wk2 to see how I go.

EauRouge Tue 12-Mar-13 18:01:10

Ooh, are you on the NHS form too?

flossy, sorry your shins are still knackered. If you want to leave running for a bit you could try doing the pod cast on a cross-trainer or exercise bike, that would be lower impact but you'd still get the cardio benefits.

EauRouge Tue 12-Mar-13 18:01:34

NHS forum, not form.

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Thu 14-Mar-13 14:01:55

Eau I am. I've only posted a couple of times as I haven't bn running as I'm still not well angry but I'm reading it religiously to get a vicarious fix grin. I've noticed a few people using mn abbreviations like dh, dd, so unless they are in use elsewhere I'm guessing there are a few other mnetters on it too. Are you at graduation yet?

Flossy how are your shins now?

Are there any other people out there still keeping up with the program?

EauRouge Thu 14-Mar-13 16:36:12

I snuck a sly 'DH' into my blog today thinking you might see it grin

I did W9R2 today and it was awful. Ever have those days when you just don't enjoy it? That was me today. But only one more to go now and then I've done it! So Saturday morning I will go for my last C25K run. I'm looking forward to it, in fact I'm more worried about the NCT sale that I'm going to afterwards!

I might buy myself some new running gear to celebrate.

flossyfloo Thu 14-Mar-13 16:51:10

Shins are still painful here sad. On the way back from the school run yesterday I was let across a road by a stopped car so did a little jog to get over quickly. I literally jogged 3 paces and my shins hurt immediately sad. I'm trying to walk as much as I can at the mo but I haven't run for 6 days now and they are still painful. Also, I had SPD in my pregnancies (ended up needing crutches with DC3) and the running seems to have induced similar pains. I'm sure it can't be SPD as my youngest is nearly 4 so not sure what's going on there?!

DH says I should see a physio but we don't have the money at the moment and it's a very long wait to see an NHS physio so really not sure what to do confused

flossyfloo Thu 14-Mar-13 16:52:35

Sorry to hear you're not well by the way business. Hope you get better soon.

Rouge well done on the W9R2 (even if it was rubbish!)

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Thu 14-Mar-13 20:08:49

Ah ha! I wondered if it was you. We're like the Masons with their funny handshakes.... wink

Flossy, that doesn't sound good. You poor thing. I really hope it sorts itself out soon.

I don't quite know what's wrong with me. Started off as cold/cough symptoms but then moved onto exhaustion, weaknes, shaky type legs, loose bowels.... My chest is a bit odd from time to time and I've had the occasional head spin too. Nice. Really annoying jus as I'm starting out trying to get fit! I keep reading all those NHS C25k blogs and feeling frustrated and envious, then daunted cos I feel so far off being a le to do it again. Grrr.

EauRouge Thu 14-Mar-13 20:53:09

I felt like that for ages, until about week 5- then I felt like a proper runner! It does move on all of a sudden but it's psychological rather than physical.

Thistledew Sat 16-Mar-13 20:01:43

Hello, can I join?

I started C25K in January, but due to the snow and ice it took me two weeks to complete week one. I then managed to complete the three runs in week three within a week and felt I was starting to make progress.

I then fell off my bike, straining the tendons in my knee, twisting my pelvis into a spasm and removing various bits of skin from myself. I wasn't able to walk properly through February, let alone thinking about running.

I started running again last weekend, and thought I would give it a go to pick up at week 3. I did the first run really slowly but I was really pleased that it felt ok. I have just done day one of week 4 today.

I did find that to start with I was probably going a bit too fast, and have now settled on a pace that I feel I can keep going in.

I had fun today on my run- a woman entered the park about 40 yards in front of me; I didn't pick up my pace but still managed to catch and pass her within about 200 yards. smile

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Sat 16-Mar-13 23:24:59

Hello Thistledew. You sound like you've been in the wars a bit. Well done for carrying on. I'm hoping to restart after a week off with illness - maybe tomorrow, although I might leave it until Monday just for one extra day to make sure I'm totally well again. I had done wk 2 so I'm now debating whether to try wk 3 despite the break or redo a wk 2 run and see how it goes.

Are you looking for fitness mainly or do you have any specific goals in mind? I'm doing Race for Life in May as well as wanting to get fit.

hello all, i have just started this today, i did it about four years ago and ran race for life with a injury then packed in, started again in January and my trainers were wrecked so saved for some decent ones which i got yesterday so just took dd out with me and we did run one week 2, i am now laying on my bed feeling smug but my god am i unfit!!! it does work though! my aim is to do the park run without keeling over or stopping grin

Thistledew Sun 17-Mar-13 14:44:50


I was also debating where to start in the program after my break. I opted for picking up where I left off but dropping the pace right down. I decided that I could always stop and go back to an easier run if I struggled but it was fine. I had kept up some exercise in those weeks though as I had been swimming twice a week.

My aim this year is to compete in a Triathlon, so I need to be able to run at least 5K by June.

I cycle a lot so have a reasonable amount of fitness, but I have never been able to run. I started cycling two years ago and had very little cardio vascular fitness, then 18 months ago I had a change in my asthma medicine that for the first time in my life means my exercise induced asthma is more or less under control (I am not quite 100% symptomless, but would say I am about 90-95%).

Before that I could not run more than 200 m without feeling like I was suffocating, so I really am a running novice.

Also, I have slightly hyper mobile joints, so I need to build up strength and resistance quite carefully to avoid injury.

HearMyRoar Sun 17-Mar-13 21:54:35

Hello. In a moment of madness I just bought myself some running trainers so now I guess I'm going to have to start running or something. hmm

Anyway,was hoping I can hang out with you guys and try and look a bit like I know what I'm doing. I have never run before and feel a little bit sick just thinking about it. Oh dear confused

EauRouge Sun 17-Mar-13 22:23:46

Hello, HearMyRoar. 6 months ago I thought runners were utterly bonkers. When we passed them in the car I would say to DH 'shall we ask them if they need a lift?'. And now I get up early, put on lycra and go out and run grin I was amazed how much I enjoy it. I'm sure you will too.

I was going to attempt W9R3 again tomorrow. So far I've been scuppered by high winds (yesterday) and a DH too worn out to look after the DDs (today) and I suspect tomorrow will be a non-starter because poor DD2 has been sick twice tonight. I am never, ever going to graduate sad

meebles Mon 18-Mar-13 10:56:50

Hello all, I've had a fit of madness too and I joined the gym a few weeks ago. I've been enjoying running on the treadmill and yesterday tried the first c25k run...this is most unlike me. I've done no exercise since school and am about 5 stone overweight sad . can I ask a few questions of you all?

Firstly, are special trainers necessary? is it worth going to the scary sports shop?

what do you wear to run outside as its fairly chilly at the moment?

any music recommendations to keep a good pace?


a so-apprehensive-I-ate-the-emergency-choc-stash meebles

Thistledew Mon 18-Mar-13 11:31:54

Hi meebles

Congratulations on deciding to become a runner!

Good trainers are really important. If your trainers don't fit properly or are not up to the job then you are likely to end up injured, and to lose the motivation to carry on, especially if you are not used to exercising. Don't be scared about sports shops. Just go in and say that you are starting the C25K program. Shops such as Decathlon and I think Runners Need can analyse the way you run and suggest specific shoes to minimise risk of injury based on your gait.

Clothing - I managed to get a pair of thermal running leggings for £15 from Sports Direct, but any sort of jogging bottoms or thick leggings will do.

I am running in two layers of long sleeve thermal tops at the moment. I already had these for cycling, but it is another thing worth investing in as a modern sports specific fibre will wick away sweat far more efficiently than cotton, which holds onto it and becomes heavy. One decent base layer will make you feel comfortable and they wash and dry really quickly so you don't need loads to start with.

A good sports bra designed for high impact sports is essential- nearly as important as trainers!

I also wear a thermal head band, gloves, and I have an arm band which holds my phone.

I'm not really a music person so hopefully other people can make suggestions about this.

EauRouge Mon 18-Mar-13 12:14:03

I second all Thistledew's suggestions.

For music, I use jog.fm to choose songs that suit my pace. There's all kinds of songs on there.

can i ask does anyone feel really cold after a run , i only did a week two run yesterday and since i have been really shivery to point i have had lemsip as thought was lurgy, am at work today and all cold again and our building is hot confused

meebles Mon 18-Mar-13 13:29:56

Thank you Thistle and Eau, very helpful suggestions. :-)
Love the look of jog.fm - have no idea of my kilometre time though!

EauRouge Mon 18-Mar-13 14:21:40

If you get a running app for your phone then that will tell you your pace. There are loads of free ones, you can also get C25K ones that you can play your own music on. I use rundouble which was only about 99p or something.

If you don't want an app you could always just time yourself on a stopwatch and then when you get back, plot your route on walkjogrun and you'll be able to calculate your pace then (if you're doing walk/run intervals you'll get an average so this only really works if you run the whole way). There's a good pace calculator here.

flossyfloo Mon 18-Mar-13 18:31:31

Definitely get good trainers. I did my first 3 runs in old crap trainers and managed to injure myself. Nearly 2 weeks on and I'm still in pain. I went to a specialist running shop who analysed my gait and recommended the best trainers. I was really self conscious going in but I told them I was doing the C25k and they were great. Also, I was lucky that there was no one else in the shop at the time, I hate running in front of people!

I downloaded the NHS C25k podcast which is good. Not really into music so really couldn't be bothered looking for something that I would want to listen to.

HunterWellies Mon 18-Mar-13 18:59:17

<Knocks gently> Hello? Can I join?

I did W1R1 this morning. I bought the trainers about three weeks ago and this morning I just got the urge to go, so I did! It was a bright sunny morning, that helped I think...

Anyway I ache a bit now. Planning to go again on Weds. I found music really helped keep me moving. I'll have a look at jog fm.

My dh thinks its hilarious. I am just such the opposite of a runner blush But I'm not far off 40, stressed, bordering on depression, struggling to find the energy for looking after a 3 year old and a 5 month old and totally addicted to chocolate... Oh and I have about 2 stone to shift. So I need to do this.

Any cheerleading would be greatly appreciated!

<shakes pom poms> grin grin

determinedma Mon 18-Mar-13 19:10:25

I have done C25K before and gone from complete, overweight unable to jog for a minute, to doing 5K in 32 minutes. Last year I did it in 38 mins but I'm 49 and getting past it.
Will try again this year once the bloody snow stops!

HearMyRoar Mon 18-Mar-13 19:15:29

Aargh! Sports bra! I knew there was something I'd forgotten. Must get one on Wednesday smile

LauraPashley Mon 18-Mar-13 19:22:39

I am a big confused by all the apps/programmes/music options etc- I have an iPhone 4S- what is the best thing for me to install to get started?!

HunterWellies Mon 18-Mar-13 20:04:16

Thanks noyou grin

Laura I downloaded the C25K free app. This morning I set iTunes off playing a running playlist I put together myself then opened the running app and set off.

The instructions to walk / run / tell me I was only halfway came through as a VoiceOver automatically. The only problem I had was when I pressed the lock button or looked at iTunes, the VoiceOver stopped working then. You basically have to leave the C25K app active and then it works perfectly smile

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Mon 18-Mar-13 21:39:36

Lots of people. Brilliant!

Meebles, I second or third getting good trainers. It made a big difference to me. I have been going out in full-length light wick-away-sweat bottoms from Asda, a vest, long-sleeved top, fleece and a puffy gilet over, plus thermal hat and gloves - can you tell I don't like being cold?? I did lose a layer a few times when it wasn't quite so achingly cold. I run in the night though so I might wear less if I was out in the middle of the day or not. At some stage I will invest in some lightweight tops to wear.

LauraPashley I also use the NHS C25K and with your name you should too as the personal trainer in your ear is called Laura grin. She is good for motivation and tips if you don't mind accepting the music they provide.

Noyou yes, I get cold too afterwards sometimes. I always make sure I have a hot shower or bath straight away to try to avert it. I don't know what that's all about really.

Hello Hunter and HearMyRoar and determinedma. Hunter, I've never been a runner either! I take my hat off to you doing it with a five-month-old.

Eau, I've been waiting to read your graduation blog. Sorry to hear it keeps getting delayed. Hope your dd is better and good luck for tomorrow if you do manage to get out.

After a very long day yesterday (hard stare at ds for waking up at 5.30 both days of the weekend) I managed to get out again after eight days off and I decided to go for it with week 3 run 1 rather than repeat week 2. I'm glad I did, as I managed it quite well. That said, I ran extremely slowly because I was so afraid of making myself ill again and also of not being able to do the three minute segments otherwise. At one point, Laura says try not to bob up and down when running and advised keeping the movement limited to that which if there was somebody on the other side of an imaginary hedge next to you, they would think you were walking from your movement rather than running. Well, they wouldn't have had to be on the other side of a hedge to think that! I finished the whole thing streets earlier than I have done in previous weeks which just shows how little ground I was covering. I was dead chuffed I did it relatively easily though, so slow and steady is definitely the way for me. I can't imagine ever being able to run 5k in 30 minutes. confused

I feel a bit better today but DD is now not so good full of cold etc so looks like we will have to not do our run2 tonight, but gutted though my legs still ache.

Flisspaps Tue 19-Mar-13 09:36:22

Has anyone run with metatarsalgia? I get it when walking more than a mile or so, probably caused by an op that I had a few years back. I quite fancy getting into running but there's no point shelling out for trainers if I can't ever get going due to the pain in the ball of my foot.

HunterWellies Wed 20-Mar-13 11:09:05

Well, I did W1R2 this morning. Wish I'd worn gloves it was soooo coooold! I thought the running would keep me warm but not your fingers apparently hmm

I did a bit of post-natal yoga when I got home but I think I need to do more in the way of calf stretches etc as my legs are still sore from R1. Squats are agony!

Anyway, on a positive note my throat didn't burn and I found a fairly comfortable stride a snail overtook me grin

EauRouge Wed 20-Mar-13 11:48:00

I found myself wearing loads of layers in the early weeks, it's not until you start doing longer runs with no walking breaks that you start getting really hot. I don't think I'll be going out in shorts yet though like a bloke in my village does!

Well, I still haven't managed my graduation run, DD2 is the only one doing any running around here and it's entirely the wrong sort of running. She's getting better though so maybe Saturday will be the day! I hope so because my local parkrun is starting in 3 weeks and I'd really like to be able to do 5k in 30 mins by then.

Week 2 second run here tonight - ran in long sleeves with a tracky top on as well and my gloves - warm soup when i came in and a hot shower - feel ok so far.

HunterWellies Wed 20-Mar-13 19:18:14

Oh dear Eau that type of running does not sound fun...

Well done noyou. I have been surprised as the day has gone on that my legs actually feel better than before I ran... Strange.

Run 3 scheduled for Saturday morning now as dh going away Friday. This has me worried that I will have two rest days and lose the momentum... I sort of need to get on a roll with exercise or I give up.

So, I will promise to report here after Saturday's run. That will hopefully make sure I do it. I can see myself enjoying this if I give it a proper go. Never thought I'd say that about running!

i am going to do mine Friday or Saturday evenin because that way it won't ruin the whole day if it kills me! grin

Thistledew Wed 20-Mar-13 20:30:30

That's one of the things to weigh up, isn't it?

Do I run in the morning when my legs are fresh so that I will have a good run, and feel that I am making progress and not struggling? Or do I run later in the day when I will be less full of energy but it won't matter if I feel properly knackered after?

Last time I ran it was after I had cycled 18 miles. It felt much harder than the previous run at the same level. Tomorrow I am planning on doing it the other way round- running then cycling.

I am on the last run of week 4 tomorrow. I can't believe that at the end of next week I will be running for 20 mins non stop! Eek!

HearMyRoar Wed 20-Mar-13 20:38:06

So I did my first run this evening and managed to bugger up my ankle in the first 5 mins. I have managed to amazing feat of sustaining a running injuring before I even got to the actual running bit! Do I get some sort of award for that?

To be fair it didn't seem bad at all when I did it, just turned my ankle a little bit on some uneven paving, stopped to check it and then redid the 5 minute walk but it didn't hurt at all and it had only felt like a little trip so i did do the session, but 10 mins after getting home and it is suddenly all bruised and swollen. Then dd woke up screaming with teething pain, and it turns out the only pain killers we have in the house are lemsip and calpol. Wtf!

Anyway, any advice on what I do now with my swollen ankle would be good. How long do I stop my hardly begun running career for?

I think I might be the crappiest runner ever angry

oh dear!!!shock

meebles Wed 20-Mar-13 21:52:42

rest, ice, compress, elevate? not syre really tbh. prob depends on what you've done to it...

I've just done w1r2 almost couldn't bear to take my new trainers out of the box! After all your good advice, I opened the post to find a cheque from my mum - random gift from gps! so I went shopping....a bra next I think though!!

eightytwenty Wed 20-Mar-13 23:31:04

Hi. Can I join too please?

Started running in November - not c25k, but with a running partner for the first few weeks till her 63 yr old back put a stop to it - but have since got the Nike run ap and just do my own thing.

Am training for a novice triathlon in may (hello thistle), and running is my weakest area. Can now do 5k - but takes me 38 mins. Ave pace p/km is @730-740 with occasional faster/ slower times.

Am v short and also 1.5 stone heavier than I should be which I expect isn't helping on the speed front, However I am also proof that if I can do it, anyone can.

Wonder if anyone has any tips for working up speed?

And has anyone got any tips for not needing to poo 1/2 way round? No emergencies but a few runs cut short/ made uncomfortable.

Thistledew Thu 21-Mar-13 01:49:14

Hi again eighty!

It is not any sort of official training program but I am thinking that when I get to the end of the C25K program I am going to start it again, but instead of following it with walk/run segments, I will try to do it with jog/run segments - ie when it tells you to walk you jog at an easy pace, and then run at a faster pace for the run segments.

There are also some techniques you can think about to quicken pace - rather than trying to move your legs quicker, think about lengthening your stride. Also to 'cycle through' each stride - push off each stride a little stronger and you will feel your knee bend up further behind you, which again makes it easier to lengthen your stride and also propels you forward faster.

I hope I have explained this properly as I have got it secondhand from my friend who is a runner.

eightytwenty Thu 21-Mar-13 09:31:43

Morning thistle and everyone. Am inspired by that idea. Thank you. Is there just one c25k download -or several? If the latter any preferences?

Sun shining for the first time in weeks. Will be heading out for certain this morning.

HearMyRoar Thu 21-Mar-13 12:00:38

Thanks meebles and noyou. Feeling a bit better this morning as my ankle in't as bad as I feared. Hoping it will be ok for running on by saturday or sunday smile

oh its so tempting to miss a rest day, must be focussed though grin surprised i am not aching today, well done all smile

anyone following the nhs choices know how many running episodes there are in week three as with week two it didn't say so only found out when it finally finished grin helps me focus to know.

Thistledew Thu 21-Mar-13 16:30:14

I finished week 4 today. Felt quite good although I was strangely feeling stiff in my glutes (stiff arse confused )for much of the run. It eased a bit when I went off the tarmac onto a dirt track, and then came back again when I went back onto tarmac.

Dreaded week 5 run 3 coming up!

HunterWellies Thu 21-Mar-13 17:34:57

On no Thistle, I just looked ahead to W5R3 to see what you were dreading...

Why oh why did I do that? Just can't envisage that being me in 4 weeks' time shock

EauRouge Thu 21-Mar-13 19:39:17

W5R3 is a big step! But it is more of a psychological step than a physical one. Physically your body will be ready because the programme is designed to build up your muscles and endurance. You just have to believe you can do it smile

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Fri 22-Mar-13 17:28:31

Noyou there's three runs per week in NHS Choices.

EauRouge Fri 22-Mar-13 17:39:59

You can run every other day if you like but don't miss a rest day. Even if you feel fine, your muscles need time to repair to prevent injury. It is very tempting though!

HunterWellies Fri 22-Mar-13 18:18:42

Well, I did my third run this morning after all. I got up early and went before dh left. It was a bit snowy but I was ok with my hat and gloves smile

I worked out on google maps that I am covering 1.8 miles at my current pace, in 30 minutes.

Getting that up to 3 miles in the same timeframe seems a bit daunting...

Still, I am enjoying myself. So far!

sorry i didn't make myself clear i ment in the run how many ninety second runs if you see what i mean.

EauRouge Fri 22-Mar-13 20:13:34

I think there are six. There's a description of each week here, it doesn't say how many but you could work it out by the timings. I'm sure there'll be a description on another site if you google. Am slightly too tired and drunk to do it myself grin

In other news, DD2 is still ill and I'm planning my graduation run for this time next year.

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Fri 22-Mar-13 21:15:19

Sorry, Noyou, I should have read that a bit more closely. I've just done wk 3 and there's actually only four - yes, four! 90s run, 90s walk, 3min run, 3 min walk and repeat that cycle. So once you've done the first three min walk, you know you've only got to run twice again. If you want to know in future by the way, on the NHS choices site there is a page here with a description of each week and what it entails. Having said that, I've just looked up week four and now I'm slightly scared!

The second run of this week was really hard for me because I was dog tired before I went out. For the first time my legs felt heavy and I did feel it in my muscles the following day. I did r3 today but also for the first time I went out in the morning, just after 8pm, and I had gone to bed early (for me) last night. In comparison to the first run of the week when I finished ages earlier than I had in previous weeks, I ended at the same point as in week two, so even though I thought I was going quite slowly I had obviously picked up the pace again quite a bit. I got to wear my new waterproof jacket too even though it didn't rain, shock, and it was very good; clearly the breathable label wasn't lying. I think I might have to try and get out in the mornings more often. It was easy today as ds had an inset day so there was no pressure of school run and /or work. And I'm a third of the way through, yay!

Eau, sorry to hear your dd is still unwell. You will get to do the graduation run!

Flisspaps I haven't any experience of metatarsalitis but I'd think if you have pain after walking for a mile you might want to get some advice before starting running. Hope it works out for you.

Hello eightytwenty. I dream of being able to do 5k in 38 minutes. I reckon if I can ever make it to running 5k [dreams] it will take me about an hour or more!

Hunter well done on completing week one.

Hearmyroar, hope your ankle is better.

Aw good stuff just been out and done my final week two run with dd , very cold but done grin

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Mon 25-Mar-13 15:03:24

Just done the first wk4 run. Up to five minute runs now, and I'm
running more than walking. I went a new route for the first time, down a trail to a river and alongside it for a while, so that was nice. I also got "crotched" by a passing (friendly!) dog, so I feel I've had an authentic running experience now. I'm still going at snail's pace but I'm managing the runs so that's all I care about. I think I can walk faster though grin.

Eau, I read your post on the other site and just wanted to say chin up - you've had a lot thrown at you so you need to cut yourself some slack. You will graduate, even if it takes a bit longer. I think you've done amazingly well to keep going so far and you know you can keep going. (((((()))))))

EauRouge Mon 25-Mar-13 15:41:41

Thanks, NoBusiness, I was really down about it yesterday. I think I'm just going to go back to week 6 and build up again. I've got another 3 weeks-ish until the local parkrun starts and there's an 8k race near me in July that looks good for a first timer. Every finisher gets a bag of potatoes- can you tell I live in a rural area? grin

HunterWellies Mon 25-Mar-13 19:43:07

W2R1 for me this morning. The step up to 90 second runs was tough for me and I wanted to stop twice, mostly because I couldn't get my breathing in a comfortable pattern.

But I kept going smile And I don't ache as much either.

Will try and adjust pace on Weds, think I set off a bit too quickly.

TerrysNo2 Mon 25-Mar-13 19:45:29

hi c25k-ers! I just wanted to say hi and well done, is awesome to start running, I did my first c25k day on 1st October and yesterday I completed a half marathon in 2 hours and 8 minutes! I'm not showing off (much wink ) but if anyone had told me 6 months ago that I would've done that I'd have laughed at them!

Oh and I've lost about half a stone too. Good luck everybody. grin

meebles Tue 26-Mar-13 09:49:56

Sounds like everyone's doing well, and well done Terrys!

I have managed a fluke injury which I'm being a bit of a wuss about - I tripped over standing up, stubbed my toenail into the carpet and now it's black and blue and very sore. Also have a humungous cold which I have used as a great excuse to not go running recently.....yes, do shout at me!

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Tue 26-Mar-13 21:54:45

Terrys - that's very inspiring. Well done you. Couch to half-marathon in six months!

Meebles, no shouting from me. If you've got a cold and feel rubbish, stay in. I didn't, and ended up having a week off running. You'll get back to it. We will shout at you if you don't, though grin.

Hunter, my philosophy is, you can't go too slow. As long as I'm actually making running type motions and not walking, that's fine. I daren't up the pace in case I run out of steam. It's working so far.

HearMyRoar Thu 28-Mar-13 09:21:58

Hi guys, glad to hear people are doing well. My ankle has recovered from my rubbish running injury. Did my w1r2 at 6am Sunday morning, it was hard but good. Unfortunately didn't get a chance to run again until this morning and it was a bit of a disaster. Just didn't get into it and ended up giving in half way through so feeling a bit dispirited.

I am going to blame a cold and dd's complete failure sleep last night which mean I am rather exhausted. Think I might do week 1 again as I just don't feel even close to being ready for week 2 yet.

HunterWellies Thu 28-Mar-13 10:26:25

Morning runners! Thanks for the tip NoBusiness. W2R2 was much better yesterday at a slightly slower pace. I'm trying to make my last 90sec run as good as my first by going very very slowly.

Roar - I think it's really easy to lose momentum in the early days and setbacks are just that - but all part of the journey. Just start where you feel comfortable and go from there. It's is very hard on a lack of sleep <eyes 5 month old ds2> so you have my sympathy...

Did I mention I am running with my dog? Not sure he is thanking me for it but he gets a pitiful lack of walks since ds2 arrived. He is 6 so I figure that's about my age in dog years. If I can do it so can he!

W2R3 tomorrow.

EauRouge Thu 28-Mar-13 10:32:30

Morning all. I went out yesterday just to see how long I could run for (24 mins btw), no pressure to finish week whatever, and I had so much more fun.

Hunter, that's ace that you take your dog, we're hoping to look for a dog at the end of this year as a family pet and a running buddy for me. Have you seen Cani-cross? Looks like loads of fun. Apparently you can take dogs on Parkruns as well.

HearMyRoar, I've given up on a couple of runs, it's an awful feeling isn't it? Don't be too downhearted though, I've often heard that sometimes the hardest part of a run is getting out the front door and you did that part- next time will be better, I'm sure smile

eightytwenty Fri 29-Mar-13 12:34:23

NO BUSINESS - honestly if I can run 5k, anyone can!

Proud I managed to do 4k at 7.20/km time (@30 seconds improvement on previous month). Have even packed my running gear with vague hope I won't be a lazy cow while on Easter holiday with dh and dc.

Wondered if anyone (THISTLE?) had any advice about whether I need to start running further than 5k (my maximum) in prep for my notice triathlon in May. Run is 4k, but will have cycled 9k prior. Know I can do the components, but not so sure about the sum of parts.

Thistledew Fri 29-Mar-13 15:07:32

Hi eightytwenty - I'm no expert and happy to be corrected by someone more knowledgable if I am wrong, but I would say that it doesn't particularly matter whether you build up your training by increasing your distance or by increasing your speed. All that matters is that you try to increase your fitness rather than let it plateau at just enough to complete the distance you are aiming for- you want to be able to complete each element comfortably so you have something left to combine the three.

It is probably a good idea to mix up your training- so sometimes you extend the distance and sometime you do a shorter distance but work on your speed.

I have not had much time to run this week so have only done run 1 of wk 5 so far but I felt pretty ok with it- I made an effort to push up my speed for the last couple of mins of each 5 min segment, and even added another run on at the end as I wanted to go to the shop after my run and was quite a way away when I finished.

For the first time I'm actually starting to feel it in my legs and core muscles when I run, so I must be doing something right!

HunterWellies Fri 29-Mar-13 18:47:30

Eau do it! Running with my dog makes it so much more fun. Pooch to 5k is worth a look, especially if you haven't chosen your dog yet, good advice on running breeds... There's a special programme for dogs to download too. You can't run with pups until they are at least one I think, so bear that in mind too - it's bad for their bone development.

Did final run of week 2 this morning. Found it reasonably challenging. Not sure how I'll get on with week three. Doing some googling I see at lot of people quit at around week 3/4.

Don't let me give up guys! I think I need to focus more on my nutrition actually. I really go for sugar far too much and if I felt I was losing weight because of the running that would really motivate me.

Unfortunately, it is Easter weekend and I love chocolate... Oh dear...

EauRouge Fri 29-Mar-13 19:12:45

grin Pooch to 5k. Thanks for that, looks brilliant. I think we'll be looking to get an adult rescue dog anyway, I wouldn't know the first thing about training a puppy!

Thistledew Tue 02-Apr-13 17:38:33

So I did my first 20 min run yesterday I managed not to make things easy for myself by picking a route that turned out to be into a headwind for most of the way, and as a result I was super slow- but I did it and managed to run the whole way! That is quite possibly the furthest I have run for in my entire life. smile

I actually found that legs and energy wise I was fine- as usual it was just the lungs that were protesting. My breathing did become a little easier after about 8 mins but by the end my lungs were actually hurting. However, I managed to stop my breathing becoming ragged and if I had had to continue reckon I could have done.

I wanted to use MapMyRun to see how far I had gone but there didn't seem to be enough data signal so it wouldn't even open when I was outside. Looking at a map I did about 3.4km in the 20 mins, so although I was running really slowly I reckon I could do the 5k in 30 mins. I have a faster pace that I can now comfortably hold for about 5 mins, which I am aiming to be able to sustain for longer.

I'm just a little stiff in my legs today and have been thinking back to January when I was feeling miserable at the end of the 90 second runs. I definitely would say that the program is working well, so have courage week 1&2 runners!

EauRouge Tue 02-Apr-13 17:41:16

That's brilliant, well done smile Once you've cracked that 20 mins then the rest is pretty smooth. It's a huge thing to overcome and you did it!

HunterWellies Tue 02-Apr-13 20:07:27

Very inspiring Thistle! I did W3R1 yesterday and was pleased to have managed the three minute segments!! Next one tomorrow. In trying to get far enough that I can complete a circular route I have mapped out which is 2.4 miles in total. So far I have made it to one mile at the halfway point of the run so I need to either up my pace or be patient and wait until there is more walking than running in the 20 minute section.

Anyway, still here and still running so quite happy with that for now smile

HunterWellies Tue 02-Apr-13 20:08:00

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HunterWellies Wed 03-Apr-13 10:27:47

W3R2 this morning. Worked up a bit of a sweat even though its freezing here... That's got to be good hasn't it?

Quite enjoyed it!

meebles Wed 03-Apr-13 16:40:25

ok, does anyone have any suggestions? I have developed painful knees and when I run I get very sharp pains around the kneecaps, especially on the insides. I can't believe I have damaged myself in week 1!!

EauRouge Wed 03-Apr-13 17:07:42

Nice one, Hunter, that's brilliant that you're enjoying it so much.

meebles, you could try knee strengthening exercises but it's also worth having a look at your running shoes and your technique. There's some good tips here. When you run, are you landing on your heel or mid-foot?

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Thu 04-Apr-13 14:30:08

I did week 5 run 3! 20 minutes too, Thistledew. Well done to us. I had a horrendous night before with dd waking twice then ds who peas sleeping with waking between 4-5am and noybhoing bck to sleep. He finally went about 6.15-30 after having some weetabix. Then dd woke at 7.15... So I was shattered but I thought I've go to give it a try so later that morning I set off with the north easterly wind and nailed it. O wasn't out of breath at the end either it's a mini miracle.

Hunter glad you are enjoying it too. It does become addictive. It a bot like starting a love affair. Excitement, highs, lows, building up to doing the deed (the 20 minutes of course!). Am I reading too much into it do you think????? grin

meebles hope your knee improves.

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Thu 04-Apr-13 14:32:37

Peas? Should be I was - iPhone random intervention there!

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Thu 04-Apr-13 14:40:02

<Note to self: PREVIEW POSTS>

That is all.

EauRouge Thu 04-Apr-13 17:50:42

I did get the general gist of your posts grin Well done on the 20 minute run! Bet you finally feel like you might actually be able to run 5k after all.

meebles Sun 07-Apr-13 08:59:33

Thanks Eau, I am printing out the exercises now. I'm not sure where I land on my foot. I've had a rest for a week while on holiday, and it feels better now. Might attempt something later on after some good stretching and warm up and see what happens!

EauRouge Sun 07-Apr-13 10:31:28

I've skipped ahead to week 9, I did the first yesterday and got even faster! I managed almost 5k in 30 mins which I was so pleased with. I've entered a 5 mile race in July and I'd love to be able to do it all without having to walk.

HunterWellies Sun 07-Apr-13 11:36:07

Brilliant Eau. I would say 5 miles running by July is a very realistic goal, if you can do the 5k now in nearly 30 minutes, well done!

Week 4 starts for me tomorrow. 5 minute blocks of running, not sure if I am excited or scared... confused

Thistledew Sun 07-Apr-13 15:27:40

Well done Eau - very inspiring. It is good when you get a measurable bit of improvement- it's a reminder that you are on the right track.

Hunter- very soon, 5 mins will feel like an easy amount, I promise you.

I did run 2 of wk 6 yesterday, so that is the last of the segmented runs. It is just a question of increasing my distance and speed now!

It should make it easier to use MapMyRun as well, as my average speed has been knocked down until now by the walking segments.

I tried running to music yesterday for the first time and am not sure if it helped or not. I had to put the radio on as I don't have music on my phone. I did find the music distracting, but I'm not sure whether that was in a good way as I normally have to focus quite hard on my breathing especially.

EauRouge Sun 07-Apr-13 16:56:38

Well done Hunter and Thistle! It's amazing how quickly you progress, isn't it? Weeks 3, 4 and 5 you seem to go from non-runner to a real runner.

Thistle, have you tried Jog.fm for your music? I find that matching music to my desired pace, at least for the first few songs, really helps me to find my rhythm. I know some people don't like it, I'm a musician so maybe that's why. I don't think I could run without music!

I'm doing my first Parkrun next Saturday, there's a brand new one starting near me. I'm not sure what the course is like, I think it's quite flat but mostly off-road so I don't know how easy it will be.

Standingonlego Sun 07-Apr-13 21:30:38

Just wanted to add another voice to recommend Parkrun! It is fabulous, I have done 19 in total and meet some lovely people, it really does give you the ongoing motivation once you can do the 5K. Enjoy!

applejelly Mon 08-Apr-13 10:42:27

That jog.fm website looks great EauRouge, thanks for the tip!

EauRouge Mon 08-Apr-13 11:41:44

No problem smile

I just did W9R2, bit slower than the last one but I was deliberately taking it easy after a <cough> rather busy weekend. I managed to run for the whole 30 mins and did 4.76k in the end so not bad! I can taste graduation now grin

HunterWellies Mon 08-Apr-13 19:13:54

Hello all smile

W4R1 this morning. My legs ache now!! Although I worked out the time spent actually running has basically doubled since last week so I think that's fair enough...

I really really wanted to stop during the last five minutes and I was running so slowly. Eventually I did stop as it seemed to have been a very long five minutes and when I looked at my phone the C25K app was well into the cool down walk. So somehow I missed the voice telling me to stop. I think I must have run 7+ minutes!

I am particularly pleased that all this extra running means I can now complete a circular route from my house. Much better than going back on myself, it feels like a bigger achievement.

Anyone know any good leg and back stretches? Going downstairs is a killer grin

lucamom Tue 09-Apr-13 10:49:44

Me too!

Very unfit, exercise-phobic. Lost 3 stone after 2nd child, put it back in with 3rd (now 18 months-can't keep referring to her as 'baby weight'!).

Have just got back from my first run using a couch to 5k app.

Can't say it wasn't tough at times but no where near as hard as I thought, certainly manageable even with my poor physical fitness.

Feeling very chuffed.

Just do it x

EauRouge Tue 09-Apr-13 10:57:08

Woohoo! Well done lucamom

Hunter, that's pretty good going! Do you feel better now about the longer runs? I often feel like the first 5 minutes are the toughest, once you get into the rhythm it's just as easy to keep going as it is to stop.

There are some stretches on the NHS website here. Also if you're on Pinterest there are some really good running boards with stretches, yoga exercises etc.

lucamom Tue 09-Apr-13 13:48:00

Just wanted to add that I got a great pair of running leggings from sainsbury's for £12- feel like they're supporting my middle/core area, legs comfy and even has an MP3 pouch.

HunterWellies Tue 09-Apr-13 19:11:59

Thanks Eau. I am on Pinterest, will have a look it will make a change from all the kitchen and bathroom porn I usually repin.

I do feel better about longer runs, although very achey after yesterday's efforts so a bit nervous about w4r2 tomorrow. I will just go steady I think!

Hello Lucamom and welcome. I've got some running leggings but they are Capri length and its been too ruddy cold to wear them so far! Still running in hat and gloves here... Still, £12, bargain grin

lucamom Thu 11-Apr-13 20:25:05

W1R2 this morning, so far so good. Still feeling enthusiastic (I know it's very early days!), and physically feeling good. I have suffered with a bad back/sciatica & SPD off and on for the last 6 years, so I'm very glad that so far the running hasn't caused a problem.

Onwards and upwards!

Quick question: If I do my 'run' every other day, can I go for a long walk on the in between days, or should I not do any exercise other than general moving around as I usually would?


meebles Thu 11-Apr-13 22:11:34

Finally managed to finish week 1!! Knees feel ok now.

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Fri 12-Apr-13 07:26:54

Hi lucamom. It's fine to do other types of exercise on your non-running days. In fact, cross-training is recommended as it will help with the running. It's just the actual running that you need gaps from to let the muscles repair and grow. Good luck with run three.

Well done meebles on completing week one. Glad your knee is better.

I've finished wk six now. I did my 25 minute run last night. It was a real effort as I was tires and had had an active day. Apparently I'm a runner now confused. Definitely a plodder last night. However the previous run was brilliant and I felt full of energy and ran five minutes more than I was supposed to, so I'm clinging to that memory grin.

It's all non- stop runs from here on in. Yikes! Only nine to go to graduate.

EauRouge Fri 12-Apr-13 07:43:48

Yes, doing other exercise is a good idea. I was doing yoga and weights but life has got in the way and I haven't kept it up.

Well done on finishing week 6 Snow, you are almost there! If you can do 25 minutes then you can do 30. Don't worry about speed, I don't think many people manage to get to 5k in 30 minutes until a while after they graduate.

Speaking of which, I've done it! Graduated I mean, not run 5k. I did W9R3 yesterday. Doing my first Parkrun tomorrow and I've signed up for a 5 mile race in July. Am I a real runner yet? Still doesn't feel like it grin

Glad your knees are better meebles, did the exercises help?

meebles Fri 12-Apr-13 10:18:46

well done Eau!

Yes I think the exercises did help, and it just emphasised the importance of stretches overall as well.

HunterWellies Fri 12-Apr-13 14:43:55

Definitely a runner Eau smile

Me...not so much. I missed my run this morning. We are all full of cold and my day started at 2am with a coughing baby. Spent the morning at the doctors with him instead of doing my run.

However, I usually have Sat/Sun free from running (I run Mon, Weds, Fri mornings) so I can catch up tomorrow. The silver lining I suppose is an extra day for my legs to recover!

So, I must run tomorrow. Make me! I am worried I will fall of the rails a bit now.

And send sleepy thoughts to this baby please because I can't keep going on 4 hours sleep a night for much longer...

EauRouge Fri 12-Apr-13 15:43:20

Don't worry if you fall off the rails, it happens to everyone! It took me 6 months to get through C25K in the end. I know it says it takes 9 weeks to complete but it should say 9 weeks if you don't have children grin If you have to take a week off, repeat a week or even go back you are still going to get closer and graduate even if it takes a little longer than you expected.

HunterWellies Sat 13-Apr-13 14:13:00

Well, I went for my run, followed by half an hour buggy pushing to get ds2 off to sleep. I should go in for a mummy triathlon... Third event: nappy change relay!

Week 4 done smile

EauRouge Sat 13-Apr-13 18:33:57

Brilliant, you're doing so well! I did my first parkrun this morning and saw someone doing it pushing a buggy. Not sure how they did, the course was mostly off-road and was so muddy towards the end that I've been out shopping for a pair of trail shoes (no luck today).

Anyway, it was all fine and flat until the last km where there was a really awful hill followed by a bog. But I still managed to reach my goal of under 35 mins, just! 34.17, pretty pleased with that. And I met some lovely people too. I highly recommend signing up to Parkrun if there's one near you.

Thistledew Sat 13-Apr-13 21:58:13

Well done Eau - that sounds like a good time for a tough course.

I haven't managed to get out running much this week so only did the end of week 6 yesterday - 22 mins run.

I felt quite a lot better than the end of week five- I was almost comfortable! Although I did pick a route that has quite a steep hill to get up about 1 k in, but it is mostly down hill from then on. I felt that I was going at a fairly easy pace but according to MapMyRun was doing just over 6 mins per km.

I managed to give myself a rather artificial confidence boost to start with though- I started the MapMyRun app when I was in my house, but then put it on pause for the 5min warm up and pressed resume when I started running. I didn't realise that this would pause the recording of the time but not the recording of distance. I thought I was doing exceptionally well when the app told me after the first 7 mins that I was running at a pace of 4 mins 31 seconds per km! It took me about another km to work out that that was somewhat inaccurate and the reason for it- but by that time I had got to the top of the steep hill whilst thinking that I was a pretty decent runner! grin

I'm still happy with just over 6 mins per km. Hopefully I will be on track for a 30 min 5k with a couple more weeks improvement.

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Sat 13-Apr-13 22:16:52

Can I join this thread? Did my first C25k run today, 5 months post DS2 and want so badly to feel fit!

Ellietryingtofly Sun 14-Apr-13 10:10:02

I was starting by trying to build up my fitness because I don't know if I'm fit enough to even do w1r1 but I've decided to just take the plunge and go for it. Even if I have to repeat it, I will get there!! I will be doing w1r1 this evening after I put my dinner in the oven (best time I found). I'm excited/scared... May need oxygen on standby grin xXx

EauRouge Sun 14-Apr-13 15:37:45

Good luck to both of you, Ellie and Yoni. You don't need a high fitness level to start out, if you feel like you need to repeat a week then it's OK to do that.

newbeliever Sun 14-Apr-13 15:44:23

I'd love to join this thread too .... need some encouragement as really struggled this morning w4r2 ... Not sure why, as I found w4r1 ok ... Could it be the warmer weather??! I was rather over-dressed as have been used to the cold weather and feel self conscious if my bottom area isn't covered!

I started as I am approaching the big 40 this year and have noticed my fitness decline a lot since having children, more so since I returned to work 2 years ago when my youngest started school. I am focussing on my fitness but would like to lose a stone along the way too. I have registered for 5k in June which feels achievable at the moment ... As long as I stick with it! Have never run before (not since school days) I used to go to the gym, classes etc before dc but as my dh works shifts I can never commit to a regular 'slot' and the running fits in perfectly round our lives.

Will run again on Tuesday - keep going everyone you're doing brilliantly!

Asinine Sun 14-Apr-13 17:12:59


<<waves hello sweatily>>

I've just done my first run on C25K! Have not run for at least 20 years, so feeling quite proud.

I'd love to join the thread for company, advice and motivation as I see myself as a very 'unsporty' person. I honestly felt so weird in Lycra it was like fancy dress.. blush

I'm mid 40s, borderline underweight but my energy levels are poor and I want to feel fit. I also have endo which may be partly causing tiredness but I want to do everything I can to feel good. I have gradually improved my diet over years so have run out of ideas there.

I've signed up for a beginners running class starting soon, which is 12 lessons ending with a 5k, so I thought I'd start the C25k to find out how fit I am. I usually walk the dog for 1hr a day on hills, so was surprised that I found the first run quite challenging-was actually out of breath and sweaty.

My dd runs 10k easily, so I now have a newfound respect for her!

Well done to everyone who is sticking with the programme.

Asinine Sun 14-Apr-13 17:17:40

ellie and yoni

we are at the same stage. At least we have all these experienced week 4/5/6 ers to follow. Good luck Ellie with your run later.

HunterWellies Sun 14-Apr-13 19:05:08

Hello to all the lovely newcomers smile

I start week 5 tomorrow. I think it's basically crunch time at this point. I have no idea how I am going to do a 20 minute run by Friday... I may well end up repeating this week until Christmas a few times...

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Sun 14-Apr-13 19:22:59

Hi everyone! Really enjoyed my first walk/run yesterday, nearly killed me but I felt so ridiculously proud of myself. I put on a huge amount of weight after DS1 and lost about half through diet inbetween pregnancy but I have a mammoth breastfeeding appetite and can't contemplate dieting right now so hoped running could be a solution. Having done one though, I suspect that my motivation could be the 'me time' element, half an hour of guilt free time away from the toddler/baby/housework/never ending stream of demands. I have a good feeling about this!

EauRouge Sun 14-Apr-13 19:52:07

You can do it, Hunter, remember it's all in the mind!

I've sort of devised my own post-C25K training plan so I can gradually build up to 8k for the race I'm doing in July. I'll do 5k all this week and then add on 10% each week until I get there. Going to give the Endomondo app a whirl and see if it's any good.

Yoni, I've got the monster BF appetite too (times two...) and I've found that I've put on weight since doing C25K. However, I went down a dress size pretty quickly and had to get new jeans today because my old ones were falling off. Don't rely on the scales to track your progress, muscle is denser than fat. Maybe take a before and after photo? I meant to do that and I forgot, wish I had now.

Ellietryingtofly Sun 14-Apr-13 20:44:38

hey everyone! i completed w1r1 this evening! SOOOOOO proud of myself i could literally burst!! i went out a bit later than i had wanted to so in future im really going to try and get out at least half hour earlier. i know its technically only 6 minutes running spread out but ive amazed myself that im even able to do that! woohooo!! grin xXx

Asinine Sun 14-Apr-13 20:49:19

Well done Ellie! It's amazing how it feels to take action and do something different grin

meebles Sun 14-Apr-13 21:59:07

Well done Ellie! I was surprised at myself too. I never thought of myself as a runner.

I was out tonight too - W2R1 - but I quite like the dark for running in. First time outside, have been on a treadmill before. I did feel a bit ridiculous in my reflective vest though!

Asinine Sun 14-Apr-13 22:02:29

Well done meebles. It's crazy isn't it to feel so self conscious? I couldn't quite believe that people didn't give me a second glance and weren't falling about pointing and laughing or leering. quite an anticlimax

sadlovedgirl Sun 14-Apr-13 22:02:58

Hello all <waves> I'm new here so please be gentle with me!
I'm looking at starting the c25k using the nhs podcasts. The question I have is this, are you best planning your route before hand and if so, for a complete overweight unfit novice like me how far should I plan it for??
I know I need to do a circular route from home but am I best doing a smaller route and repeating it or a longer one and risk being stranded not able to get home due to exhaustion?!
I hope someone can advise me, I'm feeling that now I've decided that I want to do this I just want to get up and go!!
Thanks in advance smile

Ellietryingtofly Sun 14-Apr-13 22:06:34

When I've gone for a walk I've put dinner on then gone out whilst its cooking so going to try that. I get nervous when I'm out on my own in the dark! I also bought those headphones that hook over your ears so I could just listen to my music and ignore everything else which was great, just had to listen to the beeps telling me when to run/walk! Amazing! I'm definitely just going to take it one run at a time and get there at my own pace! My main goal is to go to my local parkrun once I'm fit enough. Thinking it will be longer than the 9 weeks, I'm aiming for 12. Excited!!! xXx

Ellietryingtofly Sun 14-Apr-13 22:08:48

Hey sadlovedgirl I went round 2 blocks from my house twice then did one block again (if that makes sense?!) it took me 46 seconds over the time so I was pleased. I've read you should change routes etc but I think for the first few I'm going to stick to that. Good luck! xXx

Asinine Sun 14-Apr-13 22:14:16

Hi sadllovedgirl and welcome!

You can't say how long your route will be, as it will depend on how fast you run. And you're supposed to start at a comfortable jog. I only started today so not exactly an experienced runner...!but fwiw I walked and ran the first half away from home, then started coming home after the halfway point time wise. I must have sped up because I was back 'too early' so doubled back for the last run. If that makes sense. Good luck!

noelstudios Sun 14-Apr-13 22:15:10

Good work everyone - I did c25k about a year ago, and then did the intermediate half marathon schedule on runningbug.com (same as bupa guide I think). I now run to work four times a week clocking up about 20miles a week. I'm trying to get down to an 8 minute mile. A year about I was over 14 stone, now I'm just over 11 - I did Weightwatchers too, but have been in maintenance since November. This time last year I would never have believed it - getting going was so hard, but I think twins was what it took to turn me into a runner. The health benefits are massive, feel so much better. I'm actually looking looking forward to getting up and hitting the pavement tomorrow! Good luck with your running!

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Sun 14-Apr-13 22:15:57

Hi Ellie! I tried the nhs podcasts but then downloaded a free c25k app which you can play over your own music. I like it better as I find my own music motivating and it was such a pleasure to have that time to myself to listen to stuff I love instead of Thomas the rank engine theme tunes (on a loop in our house this week!). It tells you when you're halfway through so I just ran wherever I felt like around the streets near my house and turned back at the halfway point. That way I could assure DP I'd be 30 mins, it was his first time with both kids!

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Sun 14-Apr-13 22:16:33

That should have been TANK enginegrin

Asinine Sun 14-Apr-13 22:28:03


Could have been a lot, lot worse wink
The rank engine is on after in the shitegarden, I think? grin

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Mon 15-Apr-13 08:53:08

Haaaaaa! In the Shitegarden is popular too..

sadlovedgirl Mon 15-Apr-13 12:40:35

Well that's the trainers and the sports bra purchased!!
Wish me luck for tonight!

champagnesupernova Mon 15-Apr-13 15:02:40


Asinine Mon 15-Apr-13 17:12:58

Good luck sadlovedgirl!

HunterWellies Mon 15-Apr-13 18:47:59

Hello hello, great to see this thread so busy smile

W5R1 for me this morning - three blocks of 5 minute runs with 3 minute walks in between. Actually it was ok. I started too fast, which seems to happen every week, so I got a bit out of puff, but I thought of you lot cheering me on and I kept going, thanks! wink

Next run has an 8 minute section I think, then Friday is the 20 minute one. It seems to me this is the week that transitions you into a proper runner. I guess I'll find out what I'm made of eh? That said, I'm happy to repeat if necessary, better than getting miserable and giving up I reckon...

I think I'll have to leave the dog at home now too, as my circuit includes a busy lane now, and the cars whizz past, which freaks him out. I'm going to look at alternative routes though as I like running with my little pal.

also encouraging him along the way stops me looking like a crazy person who is just randomly telling herself to keep going

Good luck to everyone running tonight/ tomorrow.

Ellietryingtofly Mon 15-Apr-13 19:01:08

Hey everyone! I need some advice please! I did w1r1 last night. Originally I was planning on going mon/weds/fri and I walk with my friend (usually 7.5miles) on a Sunday. I didn't walk yesterday and was really keen to start c25k hence why I did my first run last night. If I have today as a rest and then run tues/thurs/sat it means I would end up running Saturday night then walking Sunday morning which I think sounds too much so should I run today/wed/fri even though I went yesterday? I don't want to overdo it and would like other people's opinions please!! xXx

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Mon 15-Apr-13 20:50:39

Just did my second run, delighted with myself, but got a text from DP halfway through saying 'kids both screaming since you left, this isn't a good time of day for your run' which kind of took the shine off my endorphin rush!

sadlovedgirl Mon 15-Apr-13 20:58:26

Well I've done my first run and don't feel as bad as I thought I would I think the test will be getting out of bed tomorrow grin
I've not told anyone (other than DH) that I'm doing this, probably cos I know they'd laugh and tell me they can tell when I'm running cos they can feel the earth moving, so you lot are going to be my outlet, hope you don't mind?!

EauRouge Mon 15-Apr-13 21:26:30

Walking is fine on the day after running, it doesn't put so much pressure on your joints. Can you see how you feel on the day? You should always leave rest days between runs so that your muscles and joints can recover but it's OK to do other exercise like swimming, yoga, walking etc.

Well done to all the new starters, the first week is the hardest one!

And don't worry if you ever have a crap run, I just graduated and only managed 1k this morning before giving up. I turned back and ran home so it was 2k in the end, but that's still 2k more than I would have managed if I stayed in bed!

Yoni, my DDs used to hate it when I went running, I used to leave them little notes with stick drawings of me running- will your DCs like something like that or are they too young?

emark Mon 15-Apr-13 22:29:11

does anyone do this at gym on a treadmill??

Asinine Tue 16-Apr-13 10:48:43

Just back from second ever run! It was great, I wasn't nervous or excited
like the first time, just enjoyed it and spaced out. I'm looking forward to starting my beginner's class next week.

Question for the more experienced runners.How long until I feel the benefits of running? I'm hoping for more energy, stamina, stress relief etc, (not trying to lose weight). Do you feel better now compared to when you started?

EauRouge Tue 16-Apr-13 11:36:17

I don't notice any difference in stamina, I'm sure there must be because I never would have been able to run 5k before but it was gradual so I haven't really noticed it IYSWIM.

I have noticed other changes, I've had to buy new jeans because mine were all too big and I have buns of steel grin I've definitely got more energy too.

HunterWellies Tue 16-Apr-13 14:48:37

Asinine I'm just five weeks in, from a pretty unfit start, and so far I would say I have noticed more energy, a more positive outlook on life, slightly less stress and a tiny bit lighter (I'm breastfeeding so not dieting as such, but trying to make healthier choices. Apart from chocolate).

The energy is the main thing as sleep is a little hard to come by round these parts at the moment.

I am only a pound or two lighter, but I do feel a good bit slimmer. Not sure how that works out, something to do with body fat and muscle perhaps?

Asinine Tue 16-Apr-13 16:05:57

I'm hoping for more energy, that is my holy grail!

noelstudios Wed 17-Apr-13 04:45:00

Asinine - I feel like I have loads more energy, I have to be in work really early and sleep so much better, no cellulite left really on my bum and thighs, and am now a comfortable 12 rather than almost an 18 when I started over a year ago. My legs are really toned and because I've lost weight all over arms don't wobble (stomach bit of a jelly mess though!). I love the escape running gives me - my job is stressful and toddler twins are too, but when I run, I know that the next 45-60 mins holds, and I find that quite comforting. I have got loads more energy to keep up with the kids. I run four days a week (M, Tu, Th & F) early morning. I bloody love it - a year ago I was blowing out of my arse just getting up the road, but aerobic fitness can build up really quick. Good luck to everyone.

Asinine Wed 17-Apr-13 08:28:21

I'm so glad I came on this thread. It's so encouraging to hear all this positive stuff about running. I'm on a rest day today, but will still be doing a long dog walk as usual.

HunterWellies Wed 17-Apr-13 12:40:32

Did w5r2 this morning. This is an unusual week because all three runs are different, whereas the previous weeks have been three repetitions of the same run/walk pattern.

Today was two blocks of 8 minutes. I was very apprehensive knowing how I've felt at the end of a 5 minute block but actually, it was ok. I don't know if it was because there are only two blocks, which seems easier somehow than three or four, or what. But I did it! I really paced myself and also put some new songs on my playlist to spur me on, that helped a lot. Also I wasn't worrying about the dog as I ran alone today.

I'll walk him later. Might help with the stiff legs grin

Twenty minute run on Friday...

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Wed 17-Apr-13 13:35:10

Lovely to hear some inspiration! Also can anyone tell me if it matters which days you rest? I started on Saturday, then ran Monday and I'd like to go out again today but really don't want to risk injury and conscious of building up slowly. My body still feels quite fragile 5 months after c section.

EauRouge Wed 17-Apr-13 14:23:57

Hunter, you'll be fine, honestly. The first 5-10 minutes of a run is always the hardest, once you find your rhythm it's just as easy to carry on as it is to stop.

Yoni, you need to have at least one rest day between runs. Whether or not you go three times a week or do alternate days (so 3 days one week, 4 days the next) is up to you. It's also important to listen to your body so if you don't feel up to it, don't go. Having 2 or even 3 days off won't ruin your fitness level.

meebles Wed 17-Apr-13 17:28:35

oh W2R1 was hard for some reason! I was outside for the first time which was nice, have done the others on a treadmill so far. And I had had a bit of a break for holidays/illness so maybe it was that. I'm frustrated because I forgot to turn on the GPS function on my phone so I could track my pace times...d'oh!

HunterWellies Wed 17-Apr-13 18:33:15

Meebles I found w2r1 hard too. In fact I'd say w2 has probably been the hardest week for me so far. No idea why...

Yoni I run mon, weds, fri. But I don't think it matters as long as you leave a day's rest in between, minimum. I just like my weekends off grin

wibblyjelly Wed 17-Apr-13 22:30:02

I've downloaded this evening, and am doing my first run tomorrow. Thanks asinine for pointing me in the direction of this thread.

Asinine Thu 18-Apr-13 11:17:30

Good luck wibbly! I'm doing W1r3 today. It's blowing a gale so shoud be interesting!

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Thu 18-Apr-13 11:26:22

Doing W1r2 tonight, looking forward to it. Promised myself if I get through week 2 and am still committed then I'm treating myself to proper running shoes.

Asinine Thu 18-Apr-13 13:29:43

Just completed third run, felt a bit wobbly at the end but running up a steep hill. Also drank two strong cups of coffee before run-bad idea.
I've promised myself half leg running bottoms if I survive complete 5k at end of June, currently wearing cast off full leg bottoms which are on the tight side.

I keep telling everyone that I've taken up running, and burbling about C25K and the internet. Never mention mumsnet, though!

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Thu 18-Apr-13 15:56:44

Oh no hang on, I'm on w1r3. That's better!

wibblyjelly Thu 18-Apr-13 15:58:44

Well, we have hail, rain and thunderstorms here, should make my first run interesting grin

Asinine Thu 18-Apr-13 16:03:35

On the plus side, wibbly, there will be fewer people around smile

wibblyjelly Thu 18-Apr-13 18:02:36

W1R1 complete. Can't say I enjoyed it at the time, as it just reminded me how unfit I actually am. Sense of achievement now though! Hopefully I'll be less wibbly soon.

newbeliever Thu 18-Apr-13 18:24:19

Did w4r3 on Tuesday, felt more achievable than w4r1 ... So was pleased I'd made progress. W5r1 tomorrow morning, feel ok about it but already worrying about w5r3 ... I just can't see how I am going to be able to run for 20mins when I have only just managed 5! Hunter - I'm watching your posts with interest as you are only a couple of runs ahead of me. Asinine - I'm doing the same re telling everyone about c25k, I can't believe I had never heard of it until 6 weeks ago!!

HunterWellies Thu 18-Apr-13 19:02:52

Well done new and everyone else. Yes, w5r3 tomorrow... Will report back!

sadlovedgirl Thu 18-Apr-13 20:35:04

Hi all
Did w1r2 last night and it was much better than I expected so much so that I'm actually looking forward to running tomorrow night!
Wow, I never thought I'd be typing that!!!

EauRouge Thu 18-Apr-13 20:49:41

sadlovedgirl, I was the same, I never thought I'd actually enjoy it- I thought it'd be a chore. I think that's the good thing about C25K, it paces you so that you don't get carried away thinking you are Liz Yelling and then end up injuring yourself and hating running.

Hunter, looking forward to reading your triumphant update!

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Thu 18-Apr-13 21:39:07

Just did w1r3 and it felt great! My shin ached a little on w1r2 but tonight my legs felt stronger and I was a bit less puffy I think. So motivated now!
Good music really helps I think. Really inspired by those of you a few weeks in.

sadlovedgirl Thu 18-Apr-13 21:42:42

That just it Eau, I think I went out too hard on my first run, whilst on my second run I'm sure there were faster passing butterfly's but my thinking Is that the hare didn't win the race!!

Asinine Thu 18-Apr-13 22:25:27

I also look forward to the 'day off' running-because I know that's what I'm meant to do, I'm not confused about resting, like I would have been if I'd done it on my own. Laura on the NHS podcast is very convincing, I'd do anything she said, I'm sure.

I need a slattern2domesticgodess podcast next, wk1 one minute tidying, 90 minutes on mumsnet grin

wibblyjelly Fri 19-Apr-13 07:17:08

My name is wibbly jelly, and I am really unfit. <hangs head in shame>. It has not even been one day since my first run.
I didn't realise how painful it would be the next day sad . Last night, I had a general ache, but felt good. This morning, the achiness is up a couple of notches, and my left foot is in pain, mostly around the heel.
Please tell me this is just starting pains, and it will get better smile

EauRouge Fri 19-Apr-13 08:20:50

I like the sound of slattern2dosmesticgoddess grin

sadlovedgirl, I went out way too quickly the first few times. I have an app that tracks my pace and in weeks 1 and 2 my running pace was something like 5 mins per km. Now when I run the whole lot my fastest pace is just over 6 mins per km. Pacing yourself is the key! The best way I found to do it was to choose a time that I thought I could do and then use jog.fm to pick songs that were the right speed. Then I just set my pace to match the music. I could probably do without music now but I found it really helpful in finding a pace that suits me.

Asinine Fri 19-Apr-13 08:24:54

My aches are settling now I have done three runs. The first two were the worst. I do have slightly sore shins, so I'm running as far as possible on grass, which helps.

Another interesting 'side effect'- sleeping like a log.smile

wibblyjelly Fri 19-Apr-13 08:38:02

I'd love to sleep like a log, but ds has other ideas smile

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Fri 19-Apr-13 08:47:50

Wibbly I hurt like hell after the first one, less after two and not much at all this morning. I keep telling myself that the goal is just stick with it. I am pretty horribly unfit too and 3 stone overweight. Not even embarrassed running down the road in leggings anymore, at least I'm doing something about it.

newbeliever Fri 19-Apr-13 09:18:57

Morning everyone, did w5r1 this morning, not too bad but was a bit puffed during the final 5min run, not sure if I set off a bit quick this morning in my keenness! Feel like maybe I should repeat the run as every run is different this week and I'm not convinced I'll manage the 8min run during the next podcast. Did anyone else feel the same?

Well done Wibbly for starting! My legs really ached after the first run and probably did for the first week of runs but slowly I have reached a point where they don't ache at all which is amazing! That is what is so brilliant about c25k you notice improvements to your health and fitness really quickly.

How did you get on this morning Hunter, can't wait to read your report, can't believe it will be me in a few days!!

Asinine Fri 19-Apr-13 10:05:49

Oops, wibbly, was so carried away with running talk I forgot the Golden Rule. Never mention a full night's sleep to anyone with little ones. Formal apologies. Social suicide....

wibblyjelly Fri 19-Apr-13 10:16:01

Don't worry asinine, its the weekend now, dh can get up with him grin

HunterWellies Fri 19-Apr-13 11:07:15

Morning all.

Well................... I did it! w5r3, 20 minute non-stop running! Incredible. I honestly never thought I'd say that.

I won't pretend my pace was anything special. I think I covered 1.4 miles in that time, rather than the 2 miles the app suggested I'd do in 20 minutes. But my goal was to keep going, that's all. So I'm very pleased smile

New I was just the same after the first run of the week, but actually two 8 minute blocks was no harder, easier if anything than three 5s. As Eau keeps saying, it's a psychological thing as much as anything now and I think starting to run for a third time after walking is quite difficult in itself.

To those new runners mentioning sore shins and feet, do make sure you are wearing proper running shoes. I am absolutely positive they can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to running because if you get injured you will have to stop and then it's so much harder to get started again.

newbeliever Fri 19-Apr-13 12:20:36

Well done Hunter!! Must be such a feeling of achievement! I wouldn't worry about the distance you covered, the fact than you ran for 20mins is fantastic, the speed can come later. That's what I'm telling myself anyway.

I'll continue with run 2 on Sunday and see how I get on, will make sure I take it nice and steady at the beginning. I do find it hard to pace myself!

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Fri 19-Apr-13 13:41:36

Go Hunter! Who cares about the pace yet, what an achievement!

meebles Fri 19-Apr-13 14:09:26

Hurrah for Hunter!

Did w2r2 last night, and got my gps going on run double. Very interesting to hear my interval times as I went, even managed to pick up the pace a little on the last run.

EauRouge Fri 19-Apr-13 16:38:43

I knew you could do it grin Well done!

HunterWellies Fri 19-Apr-13 18:38:00

Aw, you guys blush

Thank you so much for the support, it makes such a difference.

ThiefofTime Fri 19-Apr-13 20:44:13

Can I join? Just done w2 run2 today and it was ok. Almost enjoyed it. These threads have really encouraged me and it is great to hear about running for 20 mins. I can't imagine it now but am just hoping that Laura will get me there.

Asinine Fri 19-Apr-13 21:33:55

Hi Thief welcome! I'm still at the stage where running for 1 min seems like an achievement. smile you're in the right place.

Asinine Sat 20-Apr-13 10:53:14

Back from wk2r1, went well once I got into it. Slight hangover from last nightwinewine, but no excuses allowed. Dd is doing her 10k next week, so she's already been out running.

Dh thinks I've gone mad, but he is making noises about getting on his bike again. Would like him to get fit too.

wibblyjelly Sat 20-Apr-13 11:31:21

W1R2 complete. I was nervous to start with, and really had to force myself to go, but I actually enjoyed it once I got going.

Asinine Sat 20-Apr-13 13:26:33

Well done wibbly! Glad you enjoyed it smile

sadlovedgirl Sat 20-Apr-13 18:58:16

Hello wibbly you're definately in the right place grin
Well I've finished my first week and I've got to say I've really enjoyed it (I never thought if say that!) I'm a bit aprihensive about stepping up to week 2 on Monday but in for a penny in for a pound and all that!

wibblyjelly Sat 20-Apr-13 19:24:05

Thanks asinine and sad, the support really helps smile

wibblyjelly Sun 21-Apr-13 13:09:11

Just watching the London Marathon, and it makes my 8 minutes of running over 20 minutes pale in comparison. Truly inspiring....

sparkle12mar08 Sun 21-Apr-13 18:07:14

Hi all, just checking in! Am due to do w3 d1 tomorrow and am a wee bit nervous. I'm only about a stone and a half over weight but am very flabby round the stomach and have huge boobs and my pelvic floor is shot. I've been running in manky old jogging bottoms and ten year old aerobics trainers but am way past caring about what people think I look like. I have two pairs of Asics Gels on order after getting a gait analysis at the weekend, and have picked up some sports bras today but I'm not sure they'll do the job - any recs for a great control bra for a 30GG/H size? I am going to finish this programme if it kills me!

newbeliever Sun 21-Apr-13 20:50:58

Evening everyone - just got back from w5r2 and survived! Like Hunter I found it easier than w5r1, not sure why??! I found the first 8 mins very comfortable and I started to sweat a bit 4 mins in during the second run ... even found I had a bit left in the tank for the final 60secs so really went for it. Feel very proud of myself, especially when I think back to w1r1 when I was struggling to do the 60secs with a break! Still apprehensive about the next one, but will trust Laura that I'm ready and not set out too quickly.

Well done Wibbly for starting, you will be hooked before you know it!

Sparkle - good luck for tomorrow, I'm afraid I can't help with bra advice as I'm only 34A, but I'm sure someone will be along who can.

HunterWellies Sun 21-Apr-13 21:07:41

Well done new smile I've just looked at w6r1 ahead of tomorrow and its back to three intervals... So I can test my theory about the third run being harder irrespective of length in minutes.

As for running bras, I'm a 32E (although still bfing so not sure that's accurate!) and mine is a shock absorber. It seems to do the job. I must go and get measured though, just to see what size they are these days blush

eminemmerdale Mon 22-Apr-13 14:19:18

Did my first run yesterday...ouch! Am having a problem though - I have a blackberry and cannot find anything which seems compatible to download - even the blackberry site, which i scanned the barcode from (isn't that BRILLIANT!!) says my device isn't compatible - anyone got any ideas?

newbeliever Mon 22-Apr-13 16:08:57

Hi Eminemmerdale - I don't have a Blackberry but I had trouble with my phone. I ended up going direct to the NHS website and downloading the podcasts that way. I couldn't find the app at all on my phone - samsung. Well done on starting, that's the biggest step by far! How did you find it? My legs really ached the first week, five weeks in and I've been amazed at how quickly I've progressed.

wibblyjelly Mon 22-Apr-13 16:19:07

Hi Emine I was where you were 1 run ago. I found the 2nd run a lot easier, and I can't believe I'm actually looking forward to run 3 tonight grin

eminemmerdale Mon 22-Apr-13 16:30:42

I thought it was be easy !!!!!!!!!!! after the first 60 secs I actually thought I may die, which is very sad to admit to, but I persevered and did the full 20 mins and actuallfelt ok at the end - doing number 2 tomorrow...A bit achy today but I do cycle 4 miles a day so hopefully that will help grin. May have to not use a podcast then sad was clutching my phone stopwach last night and looking at it waiting for the 60 secs to be over every two secs grin

eminemmerdale Mon 22-Apr-13 16:31:07

*was going to be easy

wibblyjelly Mon 22-Apr-13 16:37:06

They are the longest 60 seconds known to man, aren't they? grin

EauRouge Mon 22-Apr-13 16:44:02

How fast are you running? Most people run too fast, I made that mistake in the first couple of weeks. Run a bit slower than you think you need to and then run even slower than that. It doesn't matter if you're only going a tiny bit faster than a walk, you can build your speed up later. If you're using a running app then it should tell you your pace.

eminemmerdale Mon 22-Apr-13 18:01:23

I'm going pretty slowly grin

wibblyjelly Mon 22-Apr-13 18:37:35

Week 1 complete! My run took me along a main road. A couple of cars beeped me, whether in encouragement or mockery, I don't know!

HunterWellies Mon 22-Apr-13 18:42:17

Hello everyone and welcome to Em smile

W6R1 this morning. Where has the time gone?? W1 seems like last week, I can see the end now. This is the last week of interval runs I think, which seems like a small graduation in itself.

I'm sticking to my theory of three short runs being harder than two long ones anyway. The third run this morning was very hard and I found I was making deals with myself (Crunchie related blush) to complete the last five minutes. It's weird considering I did a 20 minute solid run on Friday and today was just (!) five-eight-five.

Two tens in Wednesday I think and then that's it, no more walking for me...

EauRouge Mon 22-Apr-13 19:16:13

I hated going back to intervals after doing that 20 min run in week 5. It's definitely easier once you get to week 7 and 8 but don't be tempted to skip ahead! It's still important to build up slowly to give your muscles a chance to repair.

I really need to get some running shorts and vest, I was sweltering last time I went out. I wanted to go tomorrow morning but DH is really stressed and wants a lie in and I think if I go for a run he'll probably change the locks while I'm out grin

FoundAChopinLizt Mon 22-Apr-13 19:21:10

I've name changed, (was Asinine, but don't tell).

Planning on run2 wk2 tomorrow, actually looking forward to it. I'm going to avoid the hilly park for an experiment and try the old railway line which should be easier.

sadlovedgirl Mon 22-Apr-13 20:19:24

Hi all, well I'm feeling very pleased with myself I've just done w2 r1 and really enjoyed it. I tried going to an athletics track near where I live and although I had to pay (£3.40) it was great seeing how far I was actually running and not having to watch out for stepping in dog poo and after the 1st 5 minute walk I had the track to myself which I didn't expect as it was packed when I got there!!!
I don't know if I'm actually loosing any weight but I really feel better in myself after running and surely that's half the battle? right??

Sparkle : in answer to your enquiry about running bras, I got mine from a shop called Sutton Runner (they have a web site, suttonrunner.com) and its the supper jock sports bra at £29.99. I'm a 38f and it does a great job at supporting my ample boobage!! Hth

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Mon 22-Apr-13 21:00:18

Knackered but need to force myself out the door now for W2R1..couldn't leave house until toddler asleep and baby fed.

HunterWellies Mon 22-Apr-13 21:11:42

Go yoni smile I admire the evening runners on this thread. I am just off to bed!

Like the name Chopin grin

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Mon 22-Apr-13 22:00:46

Thanks Hunter. Did it and I feel great now. Quite like being outdoors at night, I'm running on a well lit road so I feel safe. I'm looking forward to running in the park or somewhere pretty. Does grass feel very different to run on?

meebles Mon 22-Apr-13 22:20:18

Yoni I love it outside at night too. just finished week 2. I'm sure a hedgehog lapped me!

sparkle12mar08 Tue 23-Apr-13 07:42:37

Did w3 d1 yesterday and it was okay. My app conked out part way through so I had to restart it and skip to where I thought I was, net result being I think I did one more repetition of the run/walk, but hey ho, I survived. My legs feel substantially heavier today than in previous weeks though, I think the step up to 3 mins is noticeable for me, plus the extra rep (oops!). Am still struggling for sports bras in my size - I looked at the SuperJock sadlovedgirl, but I need three cup sizes bigger than they go to! Atm I'm using a decent fitting underwired normal bra with a slightly too large in the band/too small in the cup shockabsorber over the top to contain the bounce. It's not ideal but it's the best I have. I've got a bunch of Freyas comming at some point this week so am hoping one of those will fit!

newbeliever Tue 23-Apr-13 08:21:09

Morning everyone, just completed w5r3, yay!! Felt a bit apprehensive before I set off as I quite enjoy the little walks in between the runs so was unsure how I'd keep going but I did it! First 10 mins was comfortable, the next 5 mins I started to get a bit hot, at 15 mins the dreaded stitch struck, so spent the next couple of mins concentrating on breathing, slowed down a bit and pushed stomach out, like Laura had suggested on earlier podcast and it worked, last 3mins where mind over matter for me as it just felt wrong when I realised how far I'd run. Just mapped my run on map myrun and I covered 1.85 miles so feel v chuffed!

Will be interesting to see if I find the return to 3 repetitions for w6 tricky, in a wierd way now I'd just prefer to run until I can't manage any further as it is almost harder to get going again after a rest. I will stick with the programme though!

Was a beautiful morning but made me realise I need to invest in some proper running tops as I have just been wearing old t-shirts which get rather sweaty in this warmer weather! Anyone have any recommendations for reasonably priced gear?

Good luck to everyone else running today, keep going!

eminemmerdale Tue 23-Apr-13 08:29:32

busy day at work today, then doing my second one tonight grin

wibblyjelly Tue 23-Apr-13 10:51:13

Well done, eminemgrin . I finished week 1 yesterday, and woke this morning really achey. I think because I knew it was the last run of the week, I pushed myself a bit more, so its a good ache! I'm actually looking forward to going out tomorrow, although it will have to be an evening run, as dh is working late.

FoundAChopinLizt Tue 23-Apr-13 11:05:47

Glad to see everyone is still on course!

Back from w2r2, was on the flat mainly, except one long flight of steps which coincided with a 'walk' section, so was like three runs in a row. Still, survived it. Running on tarmac was harder on my knees-am going to get proper new trainers. Thinking of asics kayano as I pronate a lot.

Thursday is my first beginners running class. Hoping this practice will help me keep up with all the beautiful young peoplegrin

FoundAChopinLizt Tue 23-Apr-13 11:07:04

Are you stretching after a run? Dd taught me how, and it's stopped me getting achey.

wibblyjelly Tue 23-Apr-13 11:38:14

Hi Found, no I normally just collapse on the sofa when I get home, I thought the walk home would do the trick. I'll do a bit of stretching when I get home tomorrow, hopefully that should do the trick smile

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Tue 23-Apr-13 17:00:01

Wibbly, honestly the stretching feels great too. It's a relief!

eminemmerdale Tue 23-Apr-13 17:10:36

Motivate me everyone!! I feel so tired. I can't go yet, but remind me I must..

wibblyjelly Tue 23-Apr-13 17:39:14

Come on Eminem, you can do it. You'll feel so great afterwards grin

FoundAChopinLizt Tue 23-Apr-13 17:43:33

Go for it Em. Think of a reward for after?

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Tue 23-Apr-13 17:43:49

I felt like that yesterday, 5 minutes in you're fine. And smug.

FoundAChopinLizt Tue 23-Apr-13 17:44:53

I've got a migraine aura with blurry vision. No headache yet, though. I thought this running lark was going to cure all ills.

eminemmerdale Tue 23-Apr-13 18:04:11

I shall be going when dh gets back from the gym - and afterwards i will have a lovely bath and some hot chocolate - thank you!

HunterWellies Tue 23-Apr-13 18:42:48

Oh Chopin that sounds narsty... And unfair, as you say. We runners should be the picture of health!

Hot chocolate and bath sounds bliss, Em. Enjoy your run smile

And new - hurrah! 20 minutes done! Well done you. I'm doing w6r2 on Thursday now as dh is away tomorrow. Sadly that means I will have to do r3 on Saturday morning and we are having A Big Night Out on Friday... Oh dear...

eminemmerdale Tue 23-Apr-13 20:23:12

Done it! there was a group of 'bootcamp' types in the par being all fast and furious but i toddled along nicely grin My knees are a bit creaky- will have to watch out for that - BATH TIME!

wibblyjelly Tue 23-Apr-13 21:15:46

Well done Eiemen!

wibblyjelly Tue 23-Apr-13 21:16:03

Eminem even blush

Can I join? I've started again (for about the 4th time...) - did week 2 run 1 tonight. Only did 1x week 1, I've done this often enough on and off that I felt I could step up a level sooner.

Next run on Thursday - please keep prodding me!

FoundAChopinLizt Tue 23-Apr-13 21:45:29

I'm fine now, just back from DDs 10k, she got two prizes in the women's race at grand old age of 14! Was even head hunted by another running club. I was quite tearful..peri menopausal I reckon.

<<proud mum emoticon>>

sparkle12mar08 Wed 24-Apr-13 07:53:55

I'm off out after the school run for w3 d2 - hoping the app holds out better this time so I can see what it feels like without faffing and an extra rep. I've been pleasantly surprised at how well I seem to take it and how decent my pace is at this stage, and believe you me I'm not giving it everything - I'm a lazy exerciser, me! I imagine that as the length picks up the pace will slow naturally - any week 6 & 7's care to comment?! Still no joy on sports bras btw.

EauRouge Wed 24-Apr-13 09:05:07

Sparkle, I would just go at a pace that's comfortable to you once you start doing the longer runs. There's no need to go slower if you can do the whole lot at a faster pace. If you can do the runs in W7 at a certain pace then you should be able to do 5k at that pace. I did find that I was going too fast in the intervals in the early weeks but I got the hang of pacing myself quite quickly.

And don't worry if you don't manage 5k in 30 mins at the end of the programme, I still can't do it.

sparkle12mar08 Wed 24-Apr-13 10:01:56

Well I did it, feels pretty good now, but that second three minutes does feel longer. Average pace during run sections seems to be 10m 30s per mile, so nearly spot on for 5k in 30 mins, but it's only 3 min max sections at present so I'm interested to see if it's that buoyant on the longer sections in later weeks. I doubt it. Really want my new trainers to arrive soon, am getting v impatient now!

eminemmerdale Wed 24-Apr-13 10:30:03

My knees are a bit sore - and I feel a bit blergh! Howvere, still determined smile

sparkle12mar08 Wed 24-Apr-13 10:34:23

Typical! New trainers arrived in todays post about an hour after I got back from my run lol. Am almost tempted to go out again in them... I won't but I can't wait till Friday now!

wibblyjelly Wed 24-Apr-13 11:23:48

DH is working late tonight, hope that I can go out for a run tonight, but it depends what time he gets back. I really don't want to leave 2 days between runs, but if I have to, will it affect me badly at all?

FoundAChopinLizt Wed 24-Apr-13 11:26:24

Wibbly I'm having a two day gap once a week, because my running class in on Thursday, I would end up with three runs in a row otherwise. I ran yesterday after two day gap, and legs felt good. Think you'll be fine.

Btw my autocorrect wants to call you 'wobbly' every time!

wibblyjelly Wed 24-Apr-13 11:33:12

Your autocorrect must know me! grin

eminemmerdale Wed 24-Apr-13 12:14:47

I'm doing Sun, Tues and Fri at the moment, but may do a quick one tomorrow. Difficult to work it out isn't it? What do you experienced lot think??

FoundAChopinLizt Wed 24-Apr-13 12:16:17

We need an even number of days in the week. It's never going to work with seven.smile

HunterWellies Wed 24-Apr-13 12:51:52

I have a two day gap every week - usually sat/sun but tues/weds this week while dh is away tonight. I'm on week 6 and it hasn't caused any bother so far...

You sort of have to at some point don't you? Or you would end up covering the program in a shorter time span as its only three runs a week.

<Disclaimer: I am a die hard conformist.>

wibblyjelly Wed 24-Apr-13 13:17:54

So, I actually deserve 2 nights off in a row then....

sparkle12mar08 Wed 24-Apr-13 13:20:56

I think the two day rest is really important in letting the muscle fibres heal and grow stronger properly. I have mine on sat&sun too, so that I start a week's runs on a Mon and am nice and fresh for each step up.

wibblyjelly Wed 24-Apr-13 13:32:58

OK, I'll start week 2 tomorrow then. I was getting a bit stressed about trying to fit it in, so that's a bit of a relief

eminemmerdale Wed 24-Apr-13 15:26:04

Yes, I will be ahving two days now - I actually have very sore legs - got progressively worse over the day grin sad

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Thu 25-Apr-13 11:16:47

Skipped a run last night, just could not get it together a by the time toddler was asleep at nine(!) baby had been sleeping for two hours and could have woken up wanting to be fed. Will run tonight!

Has anybody run with a jogging stroller? My youngest is 5 months 1 week, is that too young? He is not sitting up by himself yet.

HunterWellies Thu 25-Apr-13 13:47:17

Did my last interval run this morning. Not sure whether I'm pleased about that or not confused The last two runs have felt quite hard so I'll just see how it goes from here, hopefully block runs will seems easier.

Yoni I'm no help except to say I've thought about taking ds2 (6 months) out with me but since my baby jogger pushchair is not recommended for jogging with (?!?) I haven't done anything about it yet grin

wibblyjelly Thu 25-Apr-13 16:57:23

Bah :-( I'm at the start of a pounding headache. Do I still go for a run tonight, or will it make it worse? If so, can I get away with just going for a 30 min walk? I've just had a 2 day rest, and don't want to ruin what I've done so far

EauRouge Thu 25-Apr-13 17:04:40

You won't ruin it if you take more than two rest days. I'd wait and see how you feel later. Have you drunk plenty of water?

HunterWellies Thu 25-Apr-13 17:06:12

Can you drink some water, take a couple of paracetamol and wait half an hour or so, see how you feel? If its a cold starting I wouldn't run, I think the advice is not to.

wibblyjelly Thu 25-Apr-13 17:26:56

I'm just going to down a pint of water, and see how I go. I really need to do it when dh gets home in about half an hour, so hopefully I will feel better by then

FoundAChopinLizt Thu 25-Apr-13 17:55:34

Hope your headache goes away soon, wibbly.

MadameCoco Thu 25-Apr-13 18:00:36

Delighted to see this thread. I have recently started C25K - am on W2 and should be doing R3 today. Am waiting for DH to come home but am not feeling particularly motivated right now because the weather is rubbish (cold & damp) and I have already cycled to work and back today so am a little tired. Can someone give me a kick up the arse?

eminemmerdale Thu 25-Apr-13 18:11:34

BOOT there you go grin

newbeliever Thu 25-Apr-13 18:36:08

Another BOOT ... I need one too, but waiting for dh to get home so I can go and do w6r1. Hope you are ok Wibbly.

wibblyjelly Thu 25-Apr-13 19:44:16

I didn't go, I'm currently in bed sad . Hoping I'll get out tomorrow instead

FoundAChopinLizt Thu 25-Apr-13 21:51:01

Wibbly, hopefully you'll feel better tomorrow.

I went to running class tonight, was very gentle but fun. I've been running a lot faster than we did at class. We learnt about stretching which was excellent and it was sociable. The schedule we're supposed to follow is much easier than C25K, but starts to catch up around week 4, so I'm going to carry on with C25K until they overlap. Either way I'm doing 5k race at the end of June.

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Thu 25-Apr-13 22:08:49

Just did W2R2. Had to force myself out the door but again worth it. Ate too late before running though and got a stitch. Wibbly you did the right thing if you're unwell I think, best thing you can do is rest.

newbeliever Thu 25-Apr-13 22:34:55

Did w6r1, not too bad.

Hunter - my theory with finding the 3 runs harder is that we set off quicker in the knowledge that we have a rest coming up soon with the walk section. I did that this evening during the first run, I was so keen to get going I suddenly realised how fast I was going and thought there was no way I could keep it up. Low and behold I had to slow it right down and the last 5 mins were much harder. It was strange running in the dark, I didnt enjoy it as much although the moon looked HUGE and v impressive.

Wibbly - you definitely did the right thing ... I had a migraine a few weeks back which lasted a couple of days and I ended up having a 4 day break - it was ok getting back into it.

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Thu 25-Apr-13 23:10:49

Ooh, lots and lots of new people. Hello everyone. I haven't posted for a little while, but my runs have been ticking over and I'm now waiting to do wk8r2. Unfortunately dp went away yesterday until next Tuesday so unless I can park the kids with a friend for 40 minutes I won't be doing anything until he gets back. I had to have a five-day gap last week because my knee was sore so I needed to rest it as I already have an underlying issue with it. Now here's a mark of how much this programme has changed me - I took my gear away with me on a weekend trip, and was out running around the central streets of Manchester at 7.30am on Sunday morning...... I actually think I was starting to get twitchy without doing it!

Good luck to all those at the starting end of it. I can't believe I've only got five runs left to go (knee permitting). It is nothing short of a miracle in my mind.

sparkle12mar08 Fri 26-Apr-13 07:32:08

Well I knew I should have gone yesterday! Looking out the window this morning and it's overcast and raining! I don't have any decent gear to run in bar trainers, I have a lightweight Berghaus waterproof which I could wear a vest top under - I ran in it the very first time I went and it was okay but hot and very noisy/rustley. But I have to go so I'll make do. Has anybody on c25k invested in running clothing yet? SportsDirect seem tohave some amazing deals on Karrimor in particular, but I don't know the first thing about what to look for.

eminemmerdale Fri 26-Apr-13 08:20:41

Have wk1 d3 scheduled today with three mumsnet pals wink but my knees are really sore still. I will go, but do you think this would be safe? They hurt at the side really. Feel fine apart from that!

HalleLouja Fri 26-Apr-13 14:36:13

Can I join please?

I finished the programme last year but then it got cold and I got lazy.

Well today I survived week 5 day 1 and enjoyed it too! I am slightly mental.

eminemmerdale Fri 26-Apr-13 15:44:23

I would like to cry sad did the session today but my knees are soooo painful. What can i do? Is it The End??

FoundAChopinLizt Fri 26-Apr-13 15:54:18

Poor you, how frustrating. What are your shoes like? Have you had previous knee trouble?

eminemmerdale Fri 26-Apr-13 15:59:51

I have puma trainers - admittedly they are a bit old, but have never been used for running in befpre. I did have osgood schlatter disease wh i as aout 12, but neve any problem since. Just picked dd up from school and I looked about 70 hoblbing around the playground!

FoundAChopinLizt Fri 26-Apr-13 16:12:24

Don't you think you better get seen by the GP?are you using ibuleve or similar already?

HalleLouja Fri 26-Apr-13 16:12:50

I have proper running trainers and am sure it helps. I got my gait analysed too.

eminemmerdale Fri 26-Apr-13 16:48:01

Oh I'm sure it's not that bad grin they're just a bit swollen at the sides (sinovial fluid dh says) ad sore. Am resting with an ice pack

wibblyjelly Fri 26-Apr-13 18:20:24

W2 W1 done, I thought I was doing quite well, until about halfway through, when it suddenly got very hard! Finished though!

sadlovedgirl Fri 26-Apr-13 21:07:49

Wow I'm so pleased with myself I've just finished week 2!
I'm doing my running on a track, I know it's a cop out cos there's no hills but its great cos I could work out how far I'm running on each 90 second rep and I found that by the end I'd definitely run faster than I did on Monday.
I'm finding that I'm really enjoying running when I never in a million years thought I would and I'm almost sorry that I'm not running again now until Monday!!

FoundAChopinLizt Sat 27-Apr-13 09:17:56

Well done wibbly.

Finished w2! Went well, I am surprising myself. Now enjoying porridge and coffee. My running class homework was to run one minute walk one minute ten times,so I think w2 is easily equivalent.

Emin hope knees are improving?

FoundAChopinLizt Sat 27-Apr-13 09:23:42

And well done sad, we're at the same stage exactlysmile

FoundAChopinLizt Sat 27-Apr-13 09:25:11

And hello Halle! Week 5 envyenvy

HalleLouja Sat 27-Apr-13 09:32:11

I have got to week 9 and a little beyond not that long ago. Am achey today but also did a class on Thursday....

HunterWellies Sat 27-Apr-13 12:02:48

Morning runners smile (Just)

Finished week 6 this morning and I am now utterly convinced that it is easier at this stage to drop the interval runs.

22 minute block today was noticeably easier than the two 10 minutes I did on Thursday and I was out on the beer last night.

So, week 7 starts Monday. 5k I'm coming to get you.......

newbeliever Sat 27-Apr-13 12:03:44

Hi everyone, due to do w6r2 today but I think I'm going to give it a miss today. Yesterday was my 'rest day' but I ended up going to the gym (first time in 10 years!!) with a friend who had a guest pass and I don't want to overdo it. Found it all rather boring compared to running outside - was more curious than anything to see how my progress translated to fitness at the gym and my assessment came out as moderately fit - which I was pleased with considering I hadn't done any form of exercise for a long time before starting C25k. I'm a bit achey today and i can't run tomorrow as I'm on a day trip to Paris - grin Will report back Monday.

newbeliever Sat 27-Apr-13 12:05:43

Well done Hunter!!

HunterWellies Sat 27-Apr-13 12:08:03

Thanks New. We will sync up at some point I'm sure wink Sounds like you've earned yourself a croissant in the meantime, have a fabulous day trip!

newbeliever Sat 27-Apr-13 12:10:41

Or a wine or two!! Thanks Hunter.

eminemmerdale Sat 27-Apr-13 13:21:38

I thought I may die with pain last night - and slept badly but today they seem a lot better thanks grin may give it a miss for a couple of days though sad

elliemummaroos Sat 27-Apr-13 18:26:21

I'm restarting c25k. I've signed up for a 5k with DD for charity so slightly worried!! Eek wish me luck guys! Ellie xXx

dementedma Sat 27-Apr-13 18:46:19

W3 finished with a flamboyant extra SEVEN minutes tacked on the end just because I could lol. Am feeling it now though

binger Sat 27-Apr-13 19:02:05

Hi all, great another running thread! I posted on another one but the more the better. Can I join you please? I'm due to do w2r3 tomorrow morning but I'm on the wine tonight so we'll see.

I did a 10k 3 years ago and started as a total beginner then and starting from scratch again with c25k. Really enjoying it so far but it's still very early stages. We'll see how I do with the first 10 min run - eek.

elliemummaroos Sat 27-Apr-13 20:53:15

I did w1r3 and felt good. Looking forward to week 2!! Ellie xXx

sadlovedgirl Sat 27-Apr-13 21:25:52

Hello all
Been to go outdoors today and got a great pair of leggings to run in as the pair I was using have stretched either that or I've shrunk highly unlightly and I kept having to hitch them up whilst running, not a pretty sight I can assure you! Anyway I'm really looking forward to Monday now and being able to use them.

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Sun 28-Apr-13 09:32:29

My mumis coming up later so I can go for a run while dp's away after all. Hurrah!

Emin I had a dodgy knee prior to starting c25k. I did my first two runs in walking shoe/trainers and then went and got gait analysed and invested in a good pair of running trainers after lots of fabulous help from the shop staff. They were £75 but worth every penny as I wouldn't still be going without them. I'd really recommend getting a proper pair, which doesn't have to cost as much as that by the way. Your knees and other joints will thank you.

HalleLouja hello. It was your reading your thread that was one of the reasons I started running, so thanks for that grin. Good luck with second time round. I bet it's easier.

EauRouge Sun 28-Apr-13 09:35:35

sadloved, you might be surprised, I dropped a dress size in 5 weeks!

How are you getting on Snow? So close to the end!

eminemmerdale Sun 28-Apr-13 09:51:00

So pissed off sad My knees are still really painful. Does this mean I have to stop? It's ridiculous - I'm not unfit - why has it happened - really want to carry on <self pitying>

eminemmerdale Sun 28-Apr-13 09:51:45

Snow - where did you go?

meebles Sun 28-Apr-13 11:12:05

Emin I had painful knees week 1/2, and I rested them for a week and did some knee exercises that Eau recommended further upthread. That really helped me.

if you have a condition that might affect your kness p'raps some professional advice might be beneficial?

eminemmerdale Sun 28-Apr-13 11:51:33

Thanks for that - I have found the page that eau suggested, but they still hurt when I tried to do some of the exercises, so will just have to wait a week. The sports shop at the gym will probably be able to help me with my gait, but their trainers are about £100! Hopefully they will just advise me and not want me to buy some !!

sadlovedgirl Sun 28-Apr-13 13:03:38

Hi emin I had my trainers from decathlon and they had me on the treadmill to check my gait (sp?) and I had my trainers from there and they were only £40. Maybe worth a try??

wibblyjelly Sun 28-Apr-13 14:30:13

W2 R2 completed, was hard going from the start, but I enjoyed it. I went for a run in my dsis local park (yes, if you were in Maldon prom earlier, the woman getting lapped by walking pigeons was mesmile ) but the weather was just right, and I managed to get through it from start to finish....

eminemmerdale Sun 28-Apr-13 16:10:04

We don't havea decatholon near us, but I'm sure i can get it done at the gym. Really fed up though as i wanted to do another run tonight sad

wibblyjelly Sun 28-Apr-13 21:18:51

I seem to have picked up my first injurysad . The top side of my left foot is painful to walk on, and wiggling my 2 littlest toes makes it hurt as well. Glad tomorrow is a rest day. I'm going to rest it, and my dsis who is a nurse has suggested ibroprofen. Hopefully when I run on Tuesday, it will be OK.

sparkle12mar08 Mon 29-Apr-13 11:34:52

Signing in having just done w4 r1. Surprised myself at just how well I coped with the jump up to the five minute sections, though I did slow myself right down the first time. Well I thought I did but having looked at my pace stats on Endomondo, I was only a smidgen off my previous runs. Maybe my cardio fitness is springing back then? Did a lovely circuit of a nature reserve that's on my doorstep - sun shining, Highland cattle looking at me with that blank expression that only a bovine can do

It's also only the second time I've run in these new trainers. I pronate on both feet but one noticeably more so than the other, and whilst they're much better for my worst pronating foot, they're very firm on my least pronating one. I think it's leading to some tightness in that calf that I'm gong to have to be very careful to stretch out properly on rest days.

Sports bras - I think I might have found the one. Panache underwired Sports bra. Have tried Shock Absorber and they're just not supportive enough and nor are the Freya Actives. And the Freya's have the weirdest pointy-triangular east-west thing going on, very off putting. The Panache is a different beast entirely, and it is indeed a tank of a bra! Nicely shaped moulded cups encased in a no-bounce mesh outer layer, with an optional racer back to increase side support. I really like it so far. There's one more Shock absorber I'd like to try but otherwise I think I'll stick with the Panache. Think I'm going to shell out on some running tights too, I look like a plonker in these tracksuit bottoms and it's getting to the point where it's just too warm!

eminemmerdale Mon 29-Apr-13 14:14:29

I have admitted defeat and am going to the doctor sad I cannot believe the pain I'm still in - my knees are stinging and throbbing. Fine when I got up this morning but as the day has worn I am having serious difficulty even walking. I just want to (an have!) cry.

jofeb04 Mon 29-Apr-13 15:39:53

Hi all,

Can I join in with you? I am planning on starting the C25k next week (though have been saying next week for ages!). I want to do it (need to really), but so nervous about being "seen" running (am big!).

wibblyjelly Mon 29-Apr-13 16:08:54

Eminem, that's such a shamesad . When's your appt? Let us know how you get on

wibblyjelly Mon 29-Apr-13 16:10:15

Hi Jofeb, welcome! I started 2 and a half weeks ago, and its going well. I'm actually enjoying running, and looking forward to my next run, which I never thought would happen.

eminemmerdale Mon 29-Apr-13 16:45:56

I will - it's tomorrow.

Hulababy Mon 29-Apr-13 16:56:11

Just done week 1 day 1 - first time I have run for years!

Was fine though. Made 11y dd do it with me for moral support!

My only sticking point might be my knee as I have arthritis in one of them. Currently ok with the meds but will need to watch. Figured bough that even if cant go beyond the first few weeks of some short running bursts with walk between it is better than nothing.

I just need to get fit and just not enough time to fit in a gym.

dementedma Mon 29-Apr-13 17:06:01

Well done Hula.
Should be W4 R1 tonight but have terrible squits and don't dare risk it. Would have to stop at every bush.

elliemummaroos Mon 29-Apr-13 18:24:46

Just tried to go for w2r1 and had to stop after the first run, my knee was just so painful! Have had a couple of small twinges but nothing major but it was actually painful tonight. Very unhappy and miserable so now feeling very sorry for myself sad Ellie xXx

sparkle12mar08 Mon 29-Apr-13 18:25:19

Oh dear demented, hope it passes soon!

HunterWellies Mon 29-Apr-13 19:07:06

Hello runners old and new smile

Injuries are springing up everywhere aren't they? Oh dear... It seems very unfair when we are all making such an effort!

Speaking of which, I began week 7 today. 25 minute runs all week. I found it tough to be completely honest. I am soo slow, just about covered two miles in that time - seriously, you could walk that in 30 minutes!!

So, target for the next two (identical) runs: Go faster!!

wibblyjelly Mon 29-Apr-13 20:13:34

I know what you mean Hunter. DH came out with me yesterday, when I started to run I looked to my left, and he was walking beside mesad . I've decided my aim of doing c25k is going to be running for 30 mins non stop, and concentrate on the distance later.

dementedma Mon 29-Apr-13 20:18:34

Ouch Ellie. It is so frustrating isn't it? Just have to listen to your body and have a few days rest.
I am a very very slow "runner" too. Was passed by speed walkers last year in the Race for Life 5k but I don't care. I call it running and its the best I can do.

HalleLouja Mon 29-Apr-13 20:53:57

I just did week 5 day 2 just now and after the first run I could have kept going but walked just to be safe. Remember people not that long ago I could run for 35 minutes.

I am a slower runner but definitely look like I am running.

Ellie put your feet up. It doesn't mean this has to be the end.

FoundAChopinLizt Tue 30-Apr-13 14:02:44

thanksthanks to all those with battle wounds. I hope everyone is fighting fit soon.

I got myself new trainers this am, after much research I worked out which are best for over pronators in the New Balance range, as I had a £10 voucher my speedy dd won in her last race.

Went to New Balance factory outlet shop, they had the right ones RRP £85 reduced to £45. They then had a further25% off plus my voucher meant they were £31! Unfortunately I celebrated with a charity shop trawl ( got lovely skinny FatFace crops £5 and a white stuff scarf £4).

So have test driven trainers with wk3 run1, they are lovely and springy and shins did feel better.

eminemmerdale Tue 30-Apr-13 16:37:21

Ok, so after an inital (sort of ) diagnosis by the nurse of iliatibial bone sydrome, my doctor is concerned at the heat and swelling in the right knee. I am being sent off for x-rays as the bone could be chipped and the tendon is definitely injured sad Left knee not so bad, but worse because I am using it more. Well, that exercise at fitness was a good plan then!

BambinoBoo Tue 30-Apr-13 18:18:08

Hi everyone. A newbie here. Just did week 1 run 1 today and thought I was going to vomit half way through but I did it and am rather proud of myself. Not particularly overweight, just at the upper end my my weight range but approaching 40 and unfit. Glad I took the plunge. Roll on Thursday.

wibblyjelly Tue 30-Apr-13 18:24:35

Week 2 completed! Legs feel like they are on fire at the moment, but am sit going on the sofa feeling rather proud of myself grin
One of my friends sent me the following link about tying your shoes properly. Its helped with my foot pain for this run.

Theyoniwayisnorthwards Tue 30-Apr-13 20:22:33

Did W2 r3 today after a four day break due to a virus. It was HARD, felt like I'd gone back a step. Is it the gap between runs I wonder? Or could it be that I ran at 2pm today in the park because my sister was here to babysit. I usually run at night.

Hello all, remembering I'd promised to post on this thread motivated me to do week 2 run 2 today! (finally) Theyoniway I felt I'd gone backwards too, but that was maybe because I ate a curry earlier in the evening! I think if we keep up the runs it will get easier even if it feels like we're taking a step back.

FoundAChopinLizt Wed 01-May-13 07:44:51


Probably virus plus break! Anyway, full marks for perseverance smile

eminemmerdale Wed 01-May-13 07:58:34

<sympathy please> grin

sadlovedgirl Wed 01-May-13 09:00:11

<sends sympathy to emin>

sparkle12mar08 Wed 01-May-13 10:07:43

Clocking in from w4 r2. Pushed a lot harder today and my split times show the results! My goal now is to better myself every single run. First time out without sunshine though - have been very fortunate so far! Keep trucking everyone.

Hulababy Wed 01-May-13 18:44:28

Just completed week 1 day 2. Went well and found the running bits easier today. Found my trainers too!

Knee so far is holding up. Couple of twinges but no swelling or pain.

newbeliever Wed 01-May-13 20:17:16

Finally did w6r2 this afternoon .. Was ok apart from the last minute when i felt like i wanted stop! I was desperate to run today as I was so worried about not having properly run since last Thursday due to circumstances and not having opportunity to run due to DH and work. Could feel myself starting to lose motivation and feel much better for having run today and got back into it. Will do w6r3 on Friday when I have the day off and will steer clear of the gym this time!

HunterWellies Thu 02-May-13 12:46:18

W7 R2 this morning. Gorgeous day here. Should have enjoyed it really but can't say I did, it felt like a slog from about 1/3 of the way in. Used MapMyRun for the first time too, which tells me my pace is 13.5 minutes per mile blush

I am really starting to question if I am cut out for this!

sparkle12mar08 Thu 02-May-13 13:36:18

Oops, have just scared myself witless - have just looked at w5 on my app - it seems like a massive jump up. Run 1 is three reps of 5mins on & 3 mins off, run 2 is 8 mins on, 5 off, 8 on; but the final run is a full 20mins of jogging. That seems a huge leap from only doing five minutes a time just two runs previously? Did you all manage it, the full time without stopping? I've been able to do everything it's said so far but this worries me, a lot.

EauRouge Thu 02-May-13 14:46:58

Everyone gets scared witless by W5R3 grin but I've never heard of anyone not managing it. It's psychological, you just have to believe you can do it. If you take it at a steady pace then it's totally doable, the first 4 weeks are building up to this so you'll definitely be physically ready.

And if you don't manage it the first time then you can just have another go. If you've managed everything so far then that's a good sign.

wibblyjelly Thu 02-May-13 18:09:39

I'm on the 2 and day, of a 2 day rest after finishing week 2. I was going out tonight, but I went to a spa day today, and they had a gym. So instead I walled and ran on a treadmill, and went on the cross trainer for 30 minutes, and did just over 2k grin

dementedma Thu 02-May-13 20:20:50

W4 R1 done. Found it quite hard but got there.
hunter don't give up. it was just a bad run. you are doing brilliantly to be on Week 7.
I am very slow - mapmy run said 10mins per km, but its not about the speed for me, its about getting round.

FoundAChopinLizt Thu 02-May-13 22:05:29

Well done everyone. I've never tried a treadmill, would imagine I'd fall off it Miranda style.

I've just done my second running class, which was 4 sets of three minutes with three minute walks, which I'm counting as equivalent to w3r2, if that's not cheating.

sadlovedgirl Thu 02-May-13 22:13:10

Hi all
I did w3 r2 last night and I found it really hard. I don't know if its because I'd had a really busy day at work, but I didn't enjoy it and I felt terrible by the end although I have to keep telling myself at least I didn't stop! I'm just hoping that my run tomorrow night will be better and I don't chicken out all together

sparkle12mar08 Fri 03-May-13 11:22:49

Ooof. Just back from w4 r3 and I went out far too hard on the first two intervals. Paid for it on the final five minute section - felt like a bit of a slog. I mean, I want to push to get fitter by working harder, but I also have to learn how to work smart too, and today wasn't it!

FoundAChopinLizt Sat 04-May-13 10:44:36

Just did wk4r1, skipped ahead as my running class 'homework' was 4X4 mins, with 3min walks, so need to keep up with that.
The last 5min run ended at the long park steps, so my warm down walk started with a climb!

I'm keeping motivated by the idea that all effort now will pay off at the 5k, it will be less painful.

FoundAChopinLizt Sat 04-May-13 10:45:34

How are all the people with injuries? Emin was seeing about her knees?

Hulababy Sat 04-May-13 11:06:06

Completed week 1! Dd and DH came out with me today. DH enjoyed it too, lol! Found the first couple of runs harder not helped by having drunk over half a bottle of wine last night! But last couple of runs easier at least smile

HunterWellies Sat 04-May-13 11:14:04

Hello runners smile

Finished week 7 this morning. It's been a tough week and I set off with dread this morning... But it wasn't so bad actually. I decided to slow my pace (you wouldn't think it possible...) and the whole thing was more enjoyable and time seemed to go faster. So, I'm pleased with that.

I had a long think after Thursday's run and I've decided to complete the programme as it is - ie run for 28 minutes next week and finish with a 30 minute run. I am not, for now, going to worry about my speed or distance. Those will be my goals for after week 9.

I reckon it will be a will be a good while before I can actually run 5k, and a lot longer still until I can do it in 30 minutes, but I don't mind. If you'd told me 7 weeks ago I'd be speed walking running for 25 minutes non-stop I would not have believed it possible, so that's an achievement in itself.

Ultimately, if I'm not enjoying it, I'm more likely to quit, and that's the last thing I want. Slow and steady it is for me then. Sorted wink

Hope everyone else is ok, particularly those of us with sore knees and the like, this running business is a challenge isn't it?!