Couch to 5K- the first day of the rest of your life :)

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Come and join us if you're thinking about starting, have started or have finished and are loving running! Lots of support, advice and general cheering on for everyone. Find the old thread here.

Chopstheduck Thu 07-Mar-13 09:12:00

marking spot smile

pennygallops Thu 07-Mar-13 10:32:31

Marking my spot too. smile

frenchfancy Thu 07-Mar-13 16:46:11

Just gone out for my first run since my holiday and I had to abort due to a thunder storm. I'm on W6R1 and I'd just run the first 5 minutes and started walking when the rain started. So I just started running again and turned for home. I ended up running for about 14 minutes which I suppose is an acheivement in itself.

Belugagrad Thu 07-Mar-13 20:14:40

Well done French fancy!

SamuelWestsMistress Thu 07-Mar-13 20:22:31

Well I've had an interesting week I was following the 10k runner app and had always felt ahead a little ahead of the programme, so as I approached the 3km stage a few weeks back I thought to myself ill see how far I can run. Amazingly I managed 5km! I felt great and really enjoyed it, so I carried on running 5km until last week where I thought again "I'm just going to go for it" and I managed 10km last Saturday!! I really felt fine afterwards. I know I was slow, I felt the need to take my pace right back and it took just over 1hr 20 mins. I went again for a 5km on Monday, then on Wednesday I tried a new route and completed an 8km circuit! Tomorrow I think I'm going to ease off a bit and just do a 3km as on the weekend I'd like to do another 10km.

I just can't believe how much I've enjoyed this, and how my body has managed to get into it. That's 9 weeks since I started and now I'm running 10km! It's such a great feeling and I'd recommend it to anyone who has ever thought about running to just go for it.

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Thu 07-Mar-13 20:38:54

Woohoo, well done SWM and FF! grin Have had a few days off due to being away for work (and barely enough time to sleep, let alone run around a strange city) so am really looking forward to getting out again tomorrow. At least I think I am, the weather forecast doesn't sound very encouraging and I do find it hard to get motivated on a Friday evening (would rather be having wine ) blush
My fitness doesn't seem to be increasing much though, in that I'm not getting any faster now or finding it much easier every time - it's like I have made it to 5K relatively easily but then plateaued. Anyone else found this?

frenchfancy Fri 08-Mar-13 06:17:19

Respect SWM that is great.

Well done frenchfancy, its always hard when you've had a break (mostly mentally!). Hope the weather is better next time you go! I had a wet run today but light drizzle, was nicely soaked through when I got home smile

That's great SamuelWestsMistress, I make it about a 13 1/2 min mile so not disastrously slow! Speed doesn't matter anyway you're out running and enjoying it and that's what matters grin

Yes I do know SarahWithAFringeOnTop as I was the same. I just went out and did 3 x30 min runs a week for probably 3 months after I finished c25k and still found it hard! I think joining the local club really helped me as interval training most definitely helped my speed and you push yourself more because others are there. My first 5k was 35 mins and from then I just tried to push that little bit harder when I felt ok and slowly it improved. I still love running on my own but doing something with others is good for me I think. I was also told by NBS that I was anaemic and started taking iron supplements at that time so I do genuinely wonder if I couldn't get better as my blood just couldn't hold anymore oxygen!

Well done frenchfancy and SamuelWestsMistress!

Well I did it! W5R3 done! I actually managed to run for 20 minutes without slowing down to walk! grin So on to week 6 next week.

My running shoes were delivered in the one hour gap that I was actually at home this morning so I'm extra pleased now. grin I had already been out for my run when they came so now I'm tempted to go out for my next run on Sunday instead of Monday to try them out, although I don't know how tempting that prospect will be on Sunday morning!

HeySoulSister Fri 08-Mar-13 12:58:15

I'm at danger point ... Been here before too!

Finished the c25k programme... Doing 30 min runs now( don't know how far I'm going as my phone with the gps app broke)

But I'm less motivated now there's no longer a goal.

Chopstheduck Fri 08-Mar-13 14:29:38

<<Does a happy dance>>

I SLASHED my 5k time today - 38 minutes! grin I think that's 5 minutes down on my first one now, so I must be making progress. I'm finding I am aching a bit less now too. Still too self conscious to think about running with others yet, but once I get closer to a 30 minute 5k I want to do parkrun. I galloped ran round ascot racecourse twice today.

Ezza, I tend to run four times a week, so I'll be out on sunday too.

HeySoulSister, if you track your runs on here you can see how far you are going and perhaps have 5k as a goal to keep you motivated? I think I would get a bit demotivated if I didn't have feedback too.

Zoom in on your start point, set it to metric, manually and then click start recording, and double click your way around the route you run.

frenchfancy Fri 08-Mar-13 16:38:16

Well done Ezzza I knew you could do it! We are at the same level now despite the fact i started a month before you envy

True frenchfancy but you've just been on holiday and managed to lose weight while you were away so I'm sure many are envy of you!

Well done Chops! I know what you mean about being self-conscious running with others. I ran along the park route today and I'm think I'll wait until I can at least run most of it before I join in the park run. I'm a bit too blush to do it if I have to keep stopping to walk.

So I'm sitting here in my new running shoes now because I didn't get to run in them today but I want to play with my new toy. grin

Welcome HeySoulSister! I would suggest motivation for longer term running is how it makes you feel, being fitter, knowing you can run and possibly pushing it out to a longer distance. I just love running and that's all the motivation I need. If you find after a while you really aren't enjoying it then perhaps another exercise it better for you?

Well done NurseEzzaChapel, and good luck on your first run with your new shoes mine was a revalation! I bought £9.99 trainers from sports direct until I knew I was going to keep it up, the first run in my running shoes was so bouncy grin. I got new ones last Saturday and wore them out Sunday as we went out early, ds2 spent the whole trip asking if I was running! I went out when we got home and did my best 5k time, coincidence?

Well done Chopstheduck, 5 mins off is fantastic!! You shouldn't be embarrassed about how you look while running, everyone looks different while running even the most experienced runners have interesting runs smile

HeySoulSister Fri 08-Mar-13 20:48:24

Yeah... I feel GREAT afterwards! Love the challenges c25k set me....is it better to increase on speed or distance? Cos I can happily obsess over one of those!

New running gear is required as I've lost 35lbs!!! Anywhere got anything nice in for spring/summer?

It depends how much time you have? I started by pushing myself when it felt easyish and then I joined a running club so do interval training regularly which helps speed. I've since increased distance and now do most of my runs longer than 5k/30 mins smile

cheerup Fri 08-Mar-13 22:52:53

I've just started week 2 of C25K and combining it with my existing class schedule is proving tricky. This week I ran on Saturday, Body Attacked Sunday, rested Monday, ran on Tuesday, Zumba'd Wednesday, ran on Thursday and Body Combatted tonight. Tomorrow will be a run day and Sunday back to Body Attack and so it goes on. As I'm already very active, I'm not finding the runs very challenging but as I have always struggled with running for any length of time or over any distance don't want to skip sessions. Saying that, I did only do 2x week 1 as it was very very easy and I ended up running for another 10 mins after it had finished just because I wasn't feeling it. I love my classes and don't want to give them up in favour of running but do want to build my technique to be able to run as exercise when I'm on holiday etc as well as just being able to do it.

On the plus side I've lost a stone and a half since the beginning of January (big big smiley face, small small size 10 jeans - hurrah)

You sound very fit cheerup! I can see why you don't want to skip ahead but if you can run 10mins I think it's probably a mental reason why you can't do further. Give week 5 a go and see how you get on. No reason why you can't drop running down to twice a week if you're finding there are not enough hours in the day smile

jchocchip Sat 09-Mar-13 08:12:27

Hello new thread! Off to parkrun, think I'll wear my new trainers again. They were supposed to be the same as my old ones but are more neutral (running shop shut so online purchase). Wore them for a run on Wednesday and they did take pressure off my foot. Report back later smile

whattodoo Sat 09-Mar-13 08:16:51

Is it really doable?

I am huge (17st) blush and have ginormous boobs. Haven't run in 30 years.

But I often see these threads in active convos and think that maybe I should give it a go.

MirandaWest Sat 09-Mar-13 08:21:11

Can I join in here? Have been running on and off for the past few years - redid couch to 5k in September and was doing good running in November (about 28 min for 5k). Have slipped a bit since - think lack of motivation hasn't helped. Have been using runkeeper recently with a 10k in 60 minute plan and it has different runs to do each time - have gone up as far as 5 miles although I see longer ones are in the horizon. Did 3 miles followed by intervals yesterday which was good smile

Have done one park run blush. Will do more at some point. Am planning to do the York 10k in August (did it three years ago and was just over an hour so would love to break that barrier!)

lynsam Sat 09-Mar-13 08:28:36

I've tried to do this before but it was mid winter. Thinking about trying it again. I'm so fed up of being fat and unfit.

Masterchuff Sat 09-Mar-13 08:30:24

I started yesterday with c25k. I ran 3.2km in the 30 mins on w1d1. I do a fitness camp 3x a week and eat clean and have lost 7st6lb in just over a year. Other than more weightloss my goal for this year is 5km race for life on June 2nd. Yesterday's run was wet but great. I ran in some of the rests too which I was chuffed with. Thanks for the thread will be great to keep up on others progress

frenchfancy Sat 09-Mar-13 10:22:37

whattodo yes it is doable. Just take your time and redo weeks if necessary. I wear 2 bras (I put a sports bra over a normal one) as 1 just isn't enough support.

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sat 09-Mar-13 10:38:18

It is definitely doable whattodo, I had never run before and have a tendency to asthma when I exercise, but the C25K builds your time gradually so you really can do it. But yes, get yourself a decent sports bra (or two) first. Good luck and let us know how you get on!

whattodoo Sat 09-Mar-13 11:18:17

Any particular apps you'd recommend?

whattodo I just used the NHS free downloads to get started. After the first few weeks I wanted to listen to my own music so, as I don't have a smart phone or an iPod Touch, I made up my own playlists based on the same timings as in the NHS podcasts. There are some apps that tell you when to run and when to walk while letting you listen to your own music, but I don't know which ones are good.

So after waking up really early feeling stressy (long story, won't bore you with it) I decided to go for another run this morning to clear my head (and try out my new running shoes! grin) so that's W6R1 done.

frenchfancy Sat 09-Mar-13 13:46:34

Hope the run worked to cure the stress Ezzza. How were the shoes?

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sat 09-Mar-13 14:54:06

whattodo, I used Robert Ullrey's podcasts which will also get you started - there's one fro each week. I think you can download them from iTunes or from C25K.com

5madthings Sat 09-Mar-13 14:59:39

I am doing couch210k. Am on wk 5. I have done 6.5k on my last two runs and can do 5k in about 35mins. I run a km in 7min according to map my run.

I am training for the bupa 10k in may with the lovely woollyhugs mnetters smile

Its very doable and i have never run before and have been suprised at how ok it is.

5madthings Sat 09-Mar-13 15:00:08

The zenlabs apps are very good.

pennygallops Sat 09-Mar-13 16:41:23

Hi to all the newbies on this thread. Have you all had a lovely running day.
I did my usual local parkrun, 28 mins this week (not BP). DS struggled a bit in the wind and rain this week, but finished with a smile. He's also managed 2 hours of triathlon training this afternoon.

I used the C25K to get to 5k, then just trying to train myself - reading bits here and there.

Yes whattodo it really is! I was close to 14st when I started and managed, I have lost weight while doing it, through eating too which I won't lie has made it easier but was far from impossible when I was bigger. I used NHS podacsts, 5k runner and runkeeper apps. Using Endomondo at the moment but it tells me distance rather than time, not sure if you can change as I haven't looked!

Welcome MirandaWest, sounds like you're doing pretty well on your own grin. I am doing my first 10k race next Sunday and am considering a half marathon in July but haven't done more than 8.5 miles all together.

Come on lynsam you can do it. I started last January and ran through the snow, the weather is improving now so you have no excuse smile

Wow, well done on weightloss Masterchuff and welcome, you won't regret starting the c25k!

How was your run NurseEzzzaChapel? Hope the shoes were good and it helped with stress.

That's impressive 5madthings! 6.5k after only 5 weeks wow!

Well done on parkrun pennygallops, decided to do our local first one and did it in 26.55 grin so pleased and 7th female. 32nd out of 59 so not bad at all. I did 5k before I started, as I was supposed to meet some ladies from my club who didn't bother to show up or I would have gone after. I really thought I would die but I did it and in my best 5k time ever smile and I've just been told I'm on the fb page, off to look now!

pennygallops Sat 09-Mar-13 20:07:34

Well done cinnamon and a lovely photo too. Is it a good parkrun? My DS wants to try a few others in our local area (once he's got his 10 t-shirt), just to try different courses. My target is to get under 27 mins, need to do a bit more training.

It is a good run but I find it hard to be objective/subjective terrible lack of English grammar because it literally goes past my house so I walk the dog, run and take the kids to the park/walks along a large amount of the route and it's very familiar to me. Very positive comments on the fb page though smile
Some people had travelled quite a way, furthest was from London shock, I get the impression people like to give lots of parkruns a go.

jchocchip Sat 09-Mar-13 20:36:57

heysoulsister wow well done on your weight loss smile

Whattodo Think I started at just under 20 stone blush just over a year ago. I hadn't run (except a quick burst for a bus) for 13 years. Good trainers and bra and go for it! Do exactly what it says with the 5 minute warm up and cool down and don't try to do too much too soon. Aim for a slow jog you can maintain and work on speed later.

Did my 34th parkrun this morning and really enjoyed it. 3 seconds slower than my pb but heyho, its a run not a race grin I'm still fat - over 18 stone - but much fitter than when I started smile

Chopstheduck Sun 10-Mar-13 11:17:15

heysoulsister, I'm kinda doing a bit of both, I can now run 6 k, but working on getting my 5k times down too. Next week I plan to do one long cross country and see if I can do a bit longer, and then my 5ks on tarmac and work on getting those faster.

cheerup, I'd maybe go a bit further into the plan, but having said that, running is so different to other forms of exercise. I was fairly fit in terms of being able to cycle for miles, but I had never run before when I started. So i started at the beginning, added bits on here and there, and ditched the plan at 5 weeks.

whattodoo, def doable. I was jsut over 17stone when I started (5'11 so a size 20) now down to 15st12 and shrinking! Just take it slowly, and concentrate on keeping going with the plan and don't worry too much about speed to begin with.

It's great to see all the newbies on the thread!

Cinnamon, that pic of you is fab!!

well done jchocchip.

I ran the racecourse again today, and knocked off another minute - 37:14, very chuffed with that - I'm edging closer to my 30 minute goal!

jchocchip Sun 10-Mar-13 14:54:01

Your parkrun looks fab cinnamon and how convenient smile Great picture.
Chops, sounds like you are doing really well. I must do some speed training this week and then I should be able to beat my time next week. Dh ran again and finished ahead of me - so glad he has started running again, he is heavier than I am and had to have a break over the winter as he wasn't very well.

pennygallops Sun 10-Mar-13 21:05:10

Have any you been out for a run today? Or was it a day for relaxing?
I went out whilst DH took the DC to see his mum, did 8.5k in about 50mins, then got to empty house and had a long soak in the bath - bliss.

Sounds good pennygallops, I felt as it was Mother's Day I should be with the family. Made a Lego model with ds1 in the morning then went to my mums. Our car is broken so dh can't pick up dss so I may run tomorrow and hope its fixed so we can see him Tuesday and I won't run then.

pennygallops Sun 10-Mar-13 22:04:00

Sounds like a good day cinnamon. Hope the car is fixed soon - and not too expensive!!
I no longer have my mum and still find Mother's Day a bit weird (it's been nearly 4 years). My run cleared my head, I only intended to do 5k, but took a new route on a country road, it was lovely except for the snow showers. Took my DC to see my dad this afternoon.
Planning a rest day tomorrow.

MirandaWest Mon 11-Mar-13 08:14:54

Am undecided whether to run after taking DC to school - has been snowing (although not that much) and there was a whirling snowstorm a bit ago. Has stopped now. Think I should run - only planning 2 miles plus some fast intervals so should be OK.

MirandaWest Mon 11-Mar-13 10:05:57

I ran smile was a bit slow but seemed to be going into a headwind most of the time. Plus pressed wrong button and so did 3 miles plus the dreaded intervals (body not impressed by the third one of the ) but anyway have been out and done it smile

The run on Saturday did help to clear my head. I felt like I could carry on with the day after that which was good. I had to remind myself of that on my run today. I really wasn't in the mood for my run today and I really wanted to give up when I started. The wind was biting and seemed to be blowing right in my face no matter which direction I was running in! But I did it anyway so that's W6R2 done.

So no more stopping to walk part way through my runs from here on in. I've got mixed feelings about that. On the one hand it's a bit daunting to have 25+ minutes of non-stop running from now on, but on the other hand I've been finding the first 3 minutes of each run a bit of a struggle, including the runs I do after the middle walking bits, so maybe no more walking in the middle is a good thing. And I did manage the 20 minutes okay last week!

The shoes did make it much easier to run, much more bouncy. Only trouble is they rub the back of my ankle a bit when I walk. They don't rub at all when I run, only when I walk. I've always had this trouble with trainers though, every single pair I've ever put on my feet (including all the ones I tried on in the running shop) have rubbed in the same place. I think my ankles must be unusually low to the ground or something. I tried googling solutions but the only answers I found were "your shoes don't fit, buy some new ones", which was rather frustrating as ALL trainers rub my ankles. Any suggestions? I guess one thing I could do is keep running and not slow down to a walk!

NordVeg Mon 11-Mar-13 16:44:17

hi, I did my first 'run' today, although accding to podcast Laura, only 8 mins were running. Felt longer to me!
sort of enjoyed it a but though...smile

Well done NordVeg!

jchocchip Mon 11-Mar-13 17:39:46

Yay for starting nordveg
nurse I have had that problem with new trainers before. plasters on your heels until they are better and rest your trainers and wear them just a small time every day until they wear in maybe...

Well done MirandaWest!

I found it a positive thing NurseEzzzaChapel but hard! You do feel more like a runner though. I don't know about trainers, I was told a way to lace them to stop slipping will see if I can find a website to show you and link it.

Well done NordVeg! That's the hardest one out of the way wink

I found this picture on Google, hope you can see how to do it. This is how the man in the shop told me to do mine as my left one was slipping around the ankle, worked for me.

jchocchip Mon 11-Mar-13 23:39:51

Oooo what an interesting way to lace...

Chopstheduck Tue 12-Mar-13 06:51:58

ezza, you will soon be running all the time anyway I wouldn't worry too much. I wear nice thick trainer socks to help me.

I like the look of that lacing! My trainers are fine, but they do tend to come lose or undone halfway through a 5k which is very annoying. I wonder if that kind of lacing would help!

Hoping to go cross country today and do a nice run through the woods. Meeting with HT first though, which I am not looking forward to, but at least I'll have the run after to destress!

jchocchip Tue 12-Mar-13 20:52:49

Went to sportsdirect this afternoon and bought size 18 karrimor running capris the biggest in the shop. And they fit! Considering its not that long since I was buying size 28 I'm rather chuffed smile. I don't seem to be losing any weight at the moment but my legs/hips are definitely slimmer.

pennygallops Tue 12-Mar-13 21:58:06

chopstheduck someone recommended this elastic laces with a toggle, so they should stay 'tied'. I am going to get some for my DS and I, I'll let you know how they go. Hope the meeting went ok.

Well done jchocchip, that is some good toning, if you haven't lost wait, you must be more toned. I bet you'll be moving down those sizes pretty quickly. I haven't lost weight running, in fact I am a couple of pounds heavier than this time last year, but I am certainly less wobbly.

I didn't fancy a run tonight - very windy, we had snow this morning (all melted) but still cold. But I went out did 5.6k in 34mins. I just wanted to go out tonight and burn off some calories and tension. It worked.

5madthings Tue 12-Mar-13 22:02:38

The guy in the running shop where I bought my trainers showed me that way of kacing them, its great and def prevents them slipping etc.

I did wk 5 run 3 today, meant yo be a twenty min run, only my all stopped and I didn't notice and I ended up running for 30mins. Did 6.5km in total smile mapmyrun says I burnt 400 calories, so I have easrnt this evenings maltesers grin

pennygallops Tue 12-Mar-13 22:05:50

Well done 5madthings, you definitely earned those maltesers.

Well done 5madthings, that's fab!!!!

jchocchip Tue 12-Mar-13 22:23:31

Yay that's impressive 5madthings

5madthings Tue 12-Mar-13 22:26:05

Thank you, for someone who didn't run at all just over a month ago I am actually quite enjoying it! Its a very good destresser smile

Makeminealarge Tue 12-Mar-13 22:41:00

I'm about to start c25k, nervous as not a 'natural' runner- think quick feet Fred Astaire flapping arms to get away from a bumble bee. What tips to you all recommend to get started?

Chopstheduck Wed 13-Mar-13 06:54:13

pennygallops, that is an interesting idea, I have those on my snow boots. Do let me know how your ds gets on.

makemealarge, download the NHS pod to 5k, out your trainers on and go for it. It is very gradual and very doable. Good luck! I was never a natural runner neither, but I am getting there!

jchocchips, wahey for the running trousers! I keep looking at them longingly, but I am VERY pear shaped, so want to lose some more weight first. I have running tops, but can't quite get my fat arse in bottoms yet!

well done 5madthings - that is exactly what happened to me on week 5, though I didn't quite go that far! Hope you enjoyed those maltesers.

The meeting with the HT didn't go particularly well, as I kind of anticipated ds1 can't go on the residential trip (his is disabled, long story) but I went out after and ran 7kms grin I really didn't feel like it, but pushed myself out the door, and really enjoyed it once I was out there. I def want to work up to 10k. It was through the woods, so not particularly fast, but a lovely cross country run. And I burned 850 cals!

Julezboo Wed 13-Mar-13 10:56:55

I just started today! Did my first mile jogging (mostly) I live in a hilly area so walk up the really steep hills lol.

I am waiting for my legs to stop shaking before having a bubble bath! I did enjoy though! First lot of exercise in many years smile

Thanks for the lacing pic cinnamongreyhound, I had a go at that today so that the shoes didn't slip but I had lots of room at the toes and around the ankles. Result: no rubbing at all on my warm up walk and only a little rubbing on my right foot on the cool down. The left foot's now perfect but I'll have another go at the right foot lacing to see if I can get it more comfy.

So that's W6R3 done! I've taken to running along the route of the local park run in the hope I won't be so scared of going along to join in. Still a bit scared though! Up to now I've just been starting with my warm up walk from where I park the car (about 2 mins away from the start of the course) and just trying to get as far as I could until the halfway point of my playlist and then turning around and coming back again.

I found the actual start/finish line today. How I missed it before I don't know because it's painted on the floor, so I'm of thinking of doing W7R1 along the route of the park run on Friday and starting the running bit at the start line to see how far around the course I can get with the 25 minute run and how long it takes me to get back to the start line again. If the result isn't too humiliating I might have a go at the park run on Saturday.

Oooh! Well done Julezboo! When I first started 200 metres was my limit before I had to stop and walk for a bit so I'm impressed you managed a mile!

Julezboo Wed 13-Mar-13 11:35:56

I am hoping it kick starts my DH into doing exercise. I am only slight (10 stone) but very unfit. but DH is overweight and has BP issues, hopefully if he sees me enjoying it he may give it a go!

my legs are still shaking!

Tabbykat Wed 13-Mar-13 11:57:39

Can I join? I decided to start Cto5K on Monday on a real spur of the moment thing - have been on a bit of a fitness blitz since Jan with the Chiefs on MN but am still so shockingly overweight and just thought I would try it. Was a bit grim in the snow but wanted to just try it before I changed my mind. Wasn't quite as bad as I expected, although have v large boobs (38HH) so have to wear two bras blush. Will try the second run this afternoon - although DD1 off school today so she'll have to come too!

Welcome makeminealarge! I would say just take it slowly, trust in the plan and yourself! I had never run before in my life until Jan 2012 and I know regularly run 15-18 miles a WEEK!

Well Done for starting Julezboo that's the hardest part smile

Glad the lacing helped, the bloke in the running shop definitely knew his stuff and I love my new shoes.

Welcome Tabbykat, it's a great plan for everyone you'll be glad you started. Glad you are here I can ask what the Chiefs are? I have lurked a bit on that thread but wasn't sure what it was all about as everyone seems to be doing different things!

Julezboo Wed 13-Mar-13 13:20:38

Ok when do the legs shakes stop? grin

I have parents evening soon, I had a muscle soak bath, prepared dinner did some dishes but had to sit down again blush

Chopstheduck Wed 13-Mar-13 14:01:29

It sounds like maybe you have overdone it a bit, julz, maybe you need to build up a bit more gradually? I'd have plenty of water, and something like a banana. It might be worth doing some gentle stretches too.

Tabbykat Wed 13-Mar-13 14:14:22

Thanks guys - just got back from 2nd run and it was fine - feel great for having done it. DD1 was with me, so not as quick as I would have liked but at least I did it - and she did v well too, totally put me to shame!

Cinnamon the Chiefs are a bunch of MNers on a weight loss drive - all different shapes and sizes. Some quite slim already but most of us with quite a chunk to lose. Some fasting, some exercising, a real mixture. Quite a few of us log on MFP if you want a nosy round that - I'm DarklyDreamingOfDamon if anyone wants a look. We've been at it since January and some of us have had some of us have had some really good losses.....

Julezboo Wed 13-Mar-13 14:19:34

Thanks Chopstheduck. I am feeling a lot better now smile I had a cup of tea (with green milk and no sugar!) and a sit down.

NordVeg Wed 13-Mar-13 17:00:48

I've just managed to squeeze wk 1 run 2 in. Legs hadn't quite recovered from run 1 yet, but hey-ho...
Got myself a pair of New Balance shoes last night, felt much better than running in normal trainers.

good luck fellow starters! smile

Just did my first track session and it nearly killed me! Aching already plus it was partly in a blizzard snowing quite a bit!

jchocchip Thu 14-Mar-13 07:44:21

Tabbycat some of us are on a mfp thread too - I found c25k because it was mentioned on there and joinned this original thread at Christmas 2011. Will add you on mfp smile

frenchfancy Thu 14-Mar-13 08:53:47

I need to get out today. Bad weather and extreme fatigue have stopped me the past few days, but as Ezzza has now officially overtaken me I have no choice.

Chopstheduck Thu 14-Mar-13 09:16:41

cinnamon, what did that involve?

I am aching today. I went to try out a gym yesterday. I started c25k as an alternative to the gym, but I'm still missing the resistance stuff and so found a very cheap off peak gym that I could run or walk to then use for resistance and maybe stuff like crosstrainer and rowing machine on my non-run days. I am determined to shift the rest of this weight by the summer!

It's a run day today though, I think I am still going to go, but it might be a slow one!

Tabbycat, well done for starting, have sent you a friend request on MFP smile

Tabbykat Thu 14-Mar-13 09:44:50

Cheers chops!

Today is a rest day but will be doing some sit-ups etc as the real problem area is my dreadful stomach. Have a wedding to go to in just over two months and currently can't do up the zip on the dress I'm planning to wear as have put on quite a bit of weight since it's last outing!

I found mfp from this thread, so other way round!!

It was 5x 4 mins runs with 1 min recovery, then 3 min recovery and 5x4 mins with 1 min recovery in other direction. I was managing 800m in each 4min bit so faster than my usual pace and it got so cold towards the end my face was going numb!

frenchfancy Thu 14-Mar-13 16:50:45

I've done it. W6R3. It feels really good. The first 5 mins were really hard but after that I got into my stride. I did 27 minutes in the end, and I was honestly less out of breath than I was after 1 minute in Wk 1. grin

jchocchip Thu 14-Mar-13 17:04:23

Well done french It feels good, doesn't it!
I went out along the river today, bit muddy which slowed me down ;)

MirandaWest Thu 14-Mar-13 22:54:59

I did a 3.5 mile run a bit earlier on this evening - GPS on my phone kept losing itself so I was slower than I think I was (or possibly I was just slow grin). Felt better for having done it. Will be doing some cycling tomorrow but in a transport rather than fitness way. Still is better than going by car smile

Chopstheduck Fri 15-Mar-13 06:53:49

sounds great cinnamon.

I only did 2.5 kms yesterday, then I was bursting for the loo so had to head home! blush I have been known to dive in the bushes in the woods, but couldn't exactly do that on Ascot racecourse!

Legs are still really sore from the bloody gym, so will stick to cycling for today and then hopefully be up to a good run tomorrow.

well done Miranda and Frenchfancy.

jchochip, I love running through mud, and I'm sure it must burn more calories! grin It's nice to vary it too.

I hate when I forget to wee before I go but it hasn't stopped me so far! A lady at my club is constantly darting off into the bushes but she has done several marathons and some 24hr races so I guess it becomes second nature?!?

Tabbykat Fri 15-Mar-13 07:25:36

Morning! Due to do the third run of week 1 today - pouring with rain here but will try to go anyway as can't see when else this week I'll get time. You lot are all doing so well, it's amazing!

Julezboo Fri 15-Mar-13 08:09:08

Second run today! Will actually be a brisk walk with ds3 in pushchair smile my legs are sore! Dd3 is only 2 so can't expect him to jog with me lol

Hmmm.... think I've been told off! One of the coaches from my running club posted in our fb group that they are doing 2 loops of the breckland 10k race with head torches. I put I don't have a head torch, she has replied I have two but as you are racing sunday you should be resting! There's no way I would have done two but I thought once round would be good for my race Sunday, gives me Saturday off to relax. Never raced before so really not sure what I should or shouldn't be doing. She was at track on Weds and seemed fine that I was there, it's not like I'm doing a marathon it's 10k so an hour (hopefully) running.

Good luck with your runs Tabbykat and Julezboo, I was just about at the end of the c25k at this time last year, it's really changed me life!

Oooh! cinnamongreyhound, a race? All the best for it!

Welcome Tabbykat! I’ve been wondering what the Chiefs were so I’m glad you told us. smile

So this morning I did W7R1 and as planned I started running at the start line of my local parkrun and went all the way around. After my 25 minute run I deliberately walked all the way back to work out my maximum possible humiliationtime should I feel up for doing a park run tomorrow. It took me a couple of second short of 19 minutes to walk back to the finish line so a total time of just under 44 minutes. That’s only a couple of minutes slower than the slowest time shown on the website and I felt like I could have run for a couple of songs on the walk back, so if I get up in time (by no means a given!) I think I’ll have a go tomorrow. We’ll see.

Yay! Go for it NurseEzzzaChapel! The slowest at my one was 48mins and if you can run for longer you'll be fine. Plus they are supposed to have a tail runner so you won't be last anyway. In fact my friend whos on our set up committee said if anyone is worried about being last they can volunteer to do their first one as the tail runner then there's no pressure at all!

The race is called Mud and Mayhem, I think it's going to be very muddy judging by the weather forecast sad

pennygallops Fri 15-Mar-13 22:10:04

Lots of posts since I was last here - been busy celebrating my DS's 10th party (and baking cakes). So not much running this week.

Hello to all you newbies. Good luck on Sunday cinnamon, have fun tomorrow NurseEzzzaChapel the beauty of parkrun is that it's you against the clock and extremely friendly, well done frenchfancy you are making great progress and everyone else - well done.

Happy running. smile

jchocchip Sat 16-Mar-13 00:07:46

Yay go for it nurse I'm lucky my run has a number of slower than me people so no pressure- I'm trying to break 48 - we are a three lap course with a steepish hill - I am faster at the one near my mum which is flat.

Went and did the parkrun today, made it with few mins to spare! My friend was race director today so she had my boys and they were at the finish line to see me. Went off way to fast and was knackered but think I may have beaten last week by perhaps 20 secs. Ds1 was very disappointed as he was 'inspecting me to be first'! But they seemed to enjoy it and ran around like loons while I chatted at the end!

jchocchip Sat 16-Mar-13 11:14:00

Woot, I lapped someone at parkrun today!!!! They were being particularly slow though..... Nice cool day for it and no sun in my eyes smile Nice that your boys were there to see you cinnamon smile

pennygallops Sat 16-Mar-13 14:18:20

That's lovely cinnamon. They'll be running it with you soon. And congratulations to you jchocchip - did you enjoy the run?
I did the parkrun, as usual with my DS. Neither of us got a PB but enjoyed ourselves and the chat in the cafe afterwards.

I got PB by 7seconds!! I don't think they'll join me anytime soon, dss is 11 and has done cross country at school and enjoyed it BUT he said what I did today was too long. Ds1 is almost 6 and VERY lazy and ds2 would love it but he's only 2.

Trying to decide whether to wear my new trainers tomorrow, which are much more comfortable than my old ones, or the old ones as I suspect its going to be very muddy and I don't want to wreck my new ones. What do you think?

scarletsalt Sat 16-Mar-13 21:45:14

Week 6 run 3 today. Got a bit of a shock because I was expecting to do 22 mins (as that is what is on my app), but Laura on the podcast told me I had to do 25! It was fine though, I even upped the pace for the last minute. So thats it now, no more walking for me, although as someone else said (I think it was Ezza?), the first few minutes are the hardest so in a way it is easier to just do one longer run.

A little bit of pain is starting to creep in now - today, I got blisters on both of my feet, sort of on the inside arches? I dont know if there is much I can do about this, apart from plasters before the run? Also, my left hip is slightly sore tonight, although we were doing some hip flexor stuff in pilates today so I am not sure if it is that? Has anyone else had hip pain from running? Knees are ok at the moment.

scarletsalt Sat 16-Mar-13 21:47:59

cinammon, I would just wear the more comfortable ones, they can always go in the washing machine if they get very muddy?

pennygallops Sat 16-Mar-13 23:01:54

Well done scarletsalt and good luck tomorrow cinnamon.

Oogerbooger Sun 17-Mar-13 08:38:51

Shamelessly marking place!

I am doing Race for Life in June as a means of kick starting me into exercise. Can't afford gym and figured running cheap and flexible to fit around husband doing long hours and two young children.

I want to be someone who runs, even though I rn like Phoebe in Friends smile

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sun 17-Mar-13 09:24:49

Hello Oogerbooger - well done, I am doing race for life too smile Felt I needed something to aim for too, but it's always been something I thought I should try and do. Haven't run for over a week though, first I wussed out because of the howling Arctic gale and snow, then I got flu sad Hoping to get out again later in the week when (hopefully) I might feel a bit better.

Oogerbooger Sun 17-Mar-13 09:36:01

Good luck sarah

I am using the nhs couch to 5k podcast - might try and get out later maybe under the cover of darkness so I don't frighten small children with pendulous thighs

Well done scarletsalt! I'm quite glad there's no more stopping to walk half way through now because it's hard to get going again afterwards I reckon.

Well done on the park run PB cinnamongreyhound and all the best for the race today.

So I went along to the park run yesterday. I decided to combine it with W7R2 so as not to push myself too hard. So I parked a good 10 minute walk from the start line so that I was nicely warmed up before the start. I think running with all those other people made me push just a little bit harder as by the end of my 25 minutes of non-stop running I think I was a little further along than previously which was good, but I noticed as I was walking to recover that my ankle was hurting a little, but not so much that I couldn't run again, just enough to make it harder. So I ran a bit and walked a bit back to the finish line (over which, of course, I ran as it's just too embarrassing to be seen walking over the line!)

I managed a park run time of 39:27, which was better than I had expected, especially as I was walking a lot slower than normal after my 25 minute run and wasn't as up for running again as I would have been. I checked the results online and I wasn't last! Ok, so I beat two 14 year olds, two runners who judging by their PBs were deliberately running slowly to keep the 14 year olds company and the tail runner, but still, I didn't come in last! And going by age grading I did beat a few more people who were genuinely doing their best not deliberately running slowly. So I'm happy with that.

On the way back to the car though the ankle really started to hurt and it got progressively worse throughout the day until last night I could barely walk. I've no idea what I've done to it as I don't even really know when it started hurting. It's feeling a bit better today (I can walk again! smile) but needless to say I won't be running again until the physio says it's ok. So you might overtake me again frenchfancy! grin I just hope I don't have to wait too long to get back out there. confused

pennygallops Sun 17-Mar-13 14:01:02

Welcome oogerbooger, I think lots of us here started with the NHS c25k - it's great.

Well done on your parkrun nurseezza and hope your ankle is ok today.

I've been out for my Sunday 10k, my DS cycled whilst I ran - he wanted to rest his new cycling gear (birthday presents). It was a little stop start due to traffic. Did it in 1 hour 3 mins. We had a good chat and saw a little bit of sun. smile

I have notice one of my toe nail's going a little bit yellow and hardening - is this running related? And have any of you got any advice on how to deal with it?

Hello. Can I join in please? Did day 1 of NHS C25K today. Well most of it! I did 6 of the 8 runs.

I am very unfit and very over weight - just over 15 stone down from 17 last year. Have been wanting to try this for ages but didn't think i was fit enough to even try. Last year I did a lot of walking and started running for one minute each time. Then stopped even doing that. Been planning to walk again but am on the Weight Watchers thread here and a few people on there are runners and it inspired me. It's a gorgeous day here so I decided to just give it a go. Planned on doing one of the runs to see how it felt. Ended up doing 6 of the 8! The fifth was up a hill so I decided not to do that one, did the next one but after the recovery I still felt out of breath so missed out that one too. Did the final one. I am thinking of sticking to the 6 runs this week and then doing the full week 1 next week.

I have lurked on other c25k threads in the past but now feel I can join in legitimally!

I get stiff/slightly achey hips the day after a run scarletsalt but not what I'd call painful. We had a physio at my running club and she said as the foot rolls in it's the job of the hip to pull it back out and take pressure off your knees. COuld be you slightly over pronate and your hips are having to do more than usual. I would suggest a second pair of socks or walking socks that are two layers as the socks rub on each other and not the feet, if you can fit them in your trainers.

Welcome Oogerbooger, exactly the reasons I started running and I love it!

Well done NurseEzzaChapel! I wonder whether it could be that you have got used to running in your old shoes and know you are properly supported it is putting your foot in a different position? When I got my new shoes the guy in the shop said I overpronated in my right foot but as I haven't had an injury he didn't want to straighten me too much as he may cause an injury. I had some pain in my right knee for a few runs after that.

Well done pennygallops, I got a black toe nail when I started running further and apparently it's because my shoes were half a size too small. It's starting to get back to normal since I got my new trainers grin

Welcome CiderwithBuda, well done for getting out for your first run.

So....my race....
It was good, I enjoyed it and finished in 1hr 1min BUT I know I could have gone quicker if I had started further up the field. The first 1.5K was pretty much single file and I got stuck walking for some of it. First km took 11min and the rest between 5m30 and 6m so a bit sad about that. It was a great experience and I didn't let myself down. I also could have started my sprint finish a bit earlier I think. Really nice route and I will definitely do it again next year smile

pennygallops Sun 17-Mar-13 17:46:30

Welcome ciderwithbuda!

Well done on your race cinnamon, it's an impressive time.

Think I'll have a look at new trainers and summer running clothes during the Easter holidays. I'll go back to get my gait checked again. Summer clothes? Bit optimistic perhaps. It's now snowing here again today!

BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 18:01:01

Hello! I completed week 6 today, with my first 25 minute run. I ended up running more than that because by the time I finished, it was chucking it down, and I decided to run home rather than walk, so I could get out of the rain quicker.

I then entered the route I'd run on mapmyrun, and it calculated that I had run for 3.95K, (without the extra bit of running) so I was dead chuffed about that.

I honestly didn't think it would be as easy as it has been, and I can't believe that I'm running so far in a comparatively short period of time.

frenchfancy Sun 17-Mar-13 20:48:36

Well don cinnamon you are an inspiration.

Sorry to hear about you ankle Ezzza but well done on the parkrun. I didn't get out today as it is DD2s birthday. (so time fir cake wink ) Hope the weather is good tomorrow so I can run. I hate running in the cold.

Yay just done day 1 (about 2 months after downloading the app!). It was a very gentle start, I was deliberately taking it easy as I have had knee problems in the past and don't want to aggravate it. It was just lovely being outside in the fresh air, even in the drizzle.

If anyone can point me to some advice on how to look after knees I'd be most grateful. Already have good quality trainers.

Bit worried about fitting in 3 sessions a week as I have young kids and I work, think I'll have to force myself to go out in the evening after DH home though it will be dark so not quite so nice.

BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 21:50:43

What kind of knee problems have you had, fromheretomaternity?

My knees definitely feel it after each run - and to start with, I was having to take painkillers after my runs.

I've been taking a supplement for the last couple of weeks and this does seem to be helping. Although I can 'feel' my knees after each run, it's nothing painful and I certainly don't need to take painkillers any more. Obviously, as well, the knees will be strengthened after each run too.

But obviously it depends on what your problem is.

Welcome fromheretomaternity! It could be that you are an overpronator, do you know what type of trainers you have? I ran evenings in the dark last year, it is nicer in the forest in daylight but I enjoy the run so still enjoy being out on the streets smile

BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 22:11:41

What is an 'overpronator'?

Hi biwi - they both get sore (sharp-ish pain) if I do anything high-impact (eg Zumba, jogging for too long), and tend to make creaking / clicking noises. It's not agonising, but I don't want to take too many chances with it. Saw my GP who just said it was anterior knee pain, with nothing structurally wrong.

Those capsules look interesting but £££ - how did you come across them?

Oh and I got my trainers from a specialist running shop who did a gait analysis, apparently I run fairly straight but my old trainers were for serious overpronators, so perhaps were correcting me the wrong way... hoping that might have been part of the cause of the problem in the past.

I'm really quite excited about the running - hoping my knees will make it if I take it gradually!

jowebs Sun 17-Mar-13 22:21:57

I've been trying to pluck up the courage to go running for a while now - I used to love it at school. I'm very unfit though, could be painful!

BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 22:27:36

With my knees, I can feel it behind the knee caps, if that makes sense. They also do a lot of clicking if I'm sitting with them bent, after running.

The capsules are really expensive, but they seem to be helping - although that could obviously be a placebo! And, alternatively, the increase in exercise could be strengthening my knees as well.

I found them in Boots. I was looking at all the supplements aimed at joint issues.

I have always had knee problems. As a little girl I used to get pains in my knees, which were always described/dismissed as 'growing pains'. I have had various tests for rheumatism/arthritis, which have been negative. And then, when I was pregnant, I realised I wasn't suffering any more - which led me to conclude that it was something to do with my ligaments, and specifically an inflammation of the ligaments. When you are pregnant, your body releases a hormone called relaxin, which softens/relaxes all your ligaments. This was a clue to me that the ligaments in my knees were somehow involved in the pain I had been suffering (on and off - I didn't have it all the time!).

And I realised it was an inflammation, because if I took paracetamol (as opposed to aspirin/ibuprofen) it didn't deal with the pain - paracetamol is not an anti-inflammatory drug.

So I concluded that my problems were down to inflamed ligaments. (Quite what would cause this, though, I have no idea!)

Anyway, at one point I started to take Glucosamine, as this is widely recommended for joint pain. But it only increased the frequency of my knee pain - and when I realised that I was having to take aspirin almost every day, it seemed to me that Glucosamine wasn't helping. So when I was looking at the joint care vitamins/supplements, I was trying to avoid this - and that was how I spotted the Regenovex. This supplement supposedly deals specifically with the synovial fluid - which makes sense to me, as - if anything - the knee pain does feel as if there's something missing, something 'dry' at the back of my knees.

Thanks biwi i will pop into boots and take a look.

Happy running!

BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 22:49:13

And to you!

jchocchip Mon 18-Mar-13 06:56:41

Hello everyone, what a lot of new peiple! oojer cider from here to maternity jowebs well done for starting.
I was going to go out for a run today but we have snow and it is still snowing so I don't know whether it will be any good for running later. Where did I put my spiky things?

pennygallops Mon 18-Mar-13 07:46:31

Welcome all you new people - cider, fromheretomaternity BIWI and jowebs. Running should come with an addiction warning. I started last September - 2 or 3 runs a week, following the NHS c25k, thought I'd just be doing 3 30 mins runs a week (about 5k each time). Now I'm doing 4 or 5 runs a week - a parkrun, a 10k, 6k and a couple of others. I've started buying a running magazine, a book and I look on the Internet for extra information on training. If I could fit it in, I'd join a club (waiting for my DS to transfer from cubs to scouts) so we can both go on the same night. It's just a very flexible way to get exercise.
Good luck everyone and happy running.

Chopstheduck Mon 18-Mar-13 07:47:38

It's great to see this thread so busy! Well done on your run cinnamon.

I actually quite like my trainers muddy, it shoes they have WORKED rather than walked around the town grin I have to brush it off every so often though!

Today is a run day today, but I have booked an appointment at the gym to sort my contract out. Depending on how long that takes, I might just run on the treadmill. Though I really want to get out in the woods for a cross country run. I've never really run on a treadmill, bit worried I'm going to fall off or something!

Zatopek Mon 18-Mar-13 11:34:32

Hi,

I'd like to join in too please.

I started running in September. Didn't follow Cto 5k but tried to get in shape for a local 10k. I got addicted early on and did too much too soon- I had a basic level of fitness but was running 10k (slowly) after 3 weeks. I got calf injuries on both sides which forced me to rest up for 3 weeks.

I then got new shoes though I admit I like the ones I initially bought off the internet better.

I started off running 5k in 30mins plus and can now run 5k in about 26.30 now but would love to get under the 25 minute barrier. I've yet to enter a race.

I do keep getting niggles and minor injuries which is probably down to my age and trying to do too much too soon. I find slicing seconds off my PB really addictive whereas I should be building up my strength and endurance first.

I don't have a lot of time to train though so can only get out approx 3 times a week for half an hour. Will go out more when it gets lighter ( i run in the dark along a route well traversed by fellow runners).

I do love running in the cold though.

Currently nursing what I think is a groin strain. Any tips on recovery. I took a week off, it cleared up but then came back when I started running again. I hate not being able to run (just end up reading loads of books on running)

Chopstheduck Mon 18-Mar-13 13:23:03

I went to the gym, signed up, walked out of the gym and went to the forest for a run! grin Will actually USE the gym tomorrow, I wanted to run today, and not really fancying the treadmill!

And, I did my first 10k gringrin Absolutely loving this! I'm seriously thinking of doing parkrun this weekend now.

Zatopek, welcome! I'm afraid I'm not really experienced enough to help, but are you warming up and down, drinking plenty, and have you had your gait assessed?

Tabbykat Mon 18-Mar-13 13:35:32

All these parkruns sound great! I should be out doing W2R1 at the moment but it's absolutely chucking it down so will have to go Wednesday.....hope weather improves soon as v sick of this!

pennygallops Mon 18-Mar-13 19:00:23

At my local parkrun, some people finish in 17mins, some finish in 50mins. Those that finish in 50mins get the louder cheer. Some people walk and run it. When you feel brave enough, just sign up and go along. My DS and I love it.

Zatopek Mon 18-Mar-13 20:28:59

pennygallops "Those that finish in 50mins get the louder cheer"

Too right, they've been on their feet longer!

Chopstheduck- I do warm up- at least I walk/run slow for the first 8-10 mins or so. I drink an hour and a half before I go out so I don't have to wee on route (obviously I'd drink more if I was running over an hour).
I have had gait analysed and I do over pronate. I do have shoes to correct that but I find them rather tight so I do alternate between these and a pair of more neutral shoes I use for shorter runs.

BIWI overpronator is basically someone flat footed, as you run your foot rolls to the middle and your hip should pull it back and therefore reduce the pressure on your knees. If for whatever reason it does it puts extra strain on your knees and can cause pain.

Could well be from your old shoes fromheretomaternity, as I said earlier the bloke in the shop said that I should have had an injury from my right foot rolling in but as I didn't he didn't want to 'straighten' me too much as it could cause a knee injury as I've got used to running the way I did naturally.

Welcome Zatopek, that's some progression!!

Well done Chopstheduck, my trainers were actually nowhere near as muddy as everyone said they'd be smile

Chopstheduck Tue 19-Mar-13 06:15:12

I think I must overpronate as when I run in the mud and rain, it's the inside of my foot that gets wet first! Next time I get new trainers I am going to get properly assessed.

MirandaWest Tue 19-Mar-13 07:53:26

Am posting here to make sure I go for a run this morning - seem to be lacking in motivation a bit recently. Am intending to do a park run on Saturday which is a bit of a logistical challenge but will be even worse if I don't go running grin

BecauseImWoeufIt Tue 19-Mar-13 08:28:59

I was a bit alarmed yesterday because my shins were sore. I really don't want to have to give up running because I develop shin splints. (Actually I'm amazed to feel that I don't want to give it up! grin).

Not helped by me managing to bang my left shin hard, twice, at the gym yesterday!

I have got proper insoles in my shoes, and had my gait analysed. But my last few runs have been mainly on roads/pavements, so I think next time I have to make sure I'm running on a more forgiving surface.

They are fine today, however. But rather than go running today as I would have done, I'm going to postpone my next run (which will be 1 x 25 minutes) until Thursday, just in case.

MirandaWest Tue 19-Mar-13 10:02:15

I ran. Was only 2 miles plus intervals at the end but time was ok. At least it's sunny for once smile

Just marking my place. Ive enjoyed running for the past few years on and off, I get up to 5k and then when the winter starts to pull in I back off.. etc etc I really struggle with motivation too and lack of confidence. Ive looked for a running partner or a group but no luck as yet.

Im quite under the weather today too and this weather isnt helping my mood. I'll read through the thread and hope to get inspired by you all smile

Hooray! Lots of new names joining in on this thread!

Good news on the ankle: I went to the physio this morning and, as I hoped, I haven’t done anything serious to it. It’s mostly muscular with a little bit of irritation to the tendon. Apparently it’s because I have hypermobile ankles and weak hip muscles. When I walk/run my knees drop inward instead of going over my feet then I compensate by pulling my foot outwards, effectively walking/running on the side of my foot, and because of the hypermobility in the ankles they turn easily. So I’ve now got some exercises to do to retrain my brain to put my knees over my feet so that I don’t keep getting the same injury. The really good news is that I’m allowed to go out running again as soon as the pain goes away enough for me to be able to! So if I can’t manage tomorrow I probably could go out on Friday. grin

Hi - I did day 2 of C25k today - well day 2 of my amended version of week 1 - did 6 of the runs again. Went straight after taking DS to school and was back home at 9.10. All finished! I was overtaken by a lady with a push chair at one point. Felt bad as I didn't hear her as I had earphones in and she had to overtake me in the grassy verge as path so skinny.

I think I need to do some research into breathing while running. I am slightly asthmatic and got exercise-induced asthma as a child (no Dad I wasn't just unfit!).

Feeling the after effects of the running in my thighs! Getting up off the sofa reminds me!

I like the sound of running with DCs. Any suggestions for encouraging lazy DSs?

Welcome to all the new people, anyone thinking of doing a park run- go for it! It's so relaxed and they should have a tail runner so you'll never be last wink

Whoops clicked post a bit early! I have been for my evening run I usually do once a week with a friend, we've shaved 2 mins off and still chatted. I've had a rubbish few days and although I don't feel any happier for going I was chilled out while out and I know I will sleep better tonight and not lay awake thinking because of it so it helps smile

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Tue 19-Mar-13 20:41:18

Well done cinnamongreyhound, Ezzza, Cider and everyone else... I am desperate to get back out there. I have crawled off the sofa and back to work so I am hoping to be able to run again by the weekend. I still have a graveyard cough at the moment and am blowing my nose profusely every five minutes (sorry, TMI...) so I think it will be a few days yet. I would never have believed I would miss running so much! shock

CiderwithBuda I did W1 Day 2 too! Wasn't sure how it would be going out in the dark, but stuck to the roads and actually really enjoyed it, it's lovely to be out and about. Knees holding up so far too which is good news. Planning my next outing for Friday...

My dh is asthmatic CiderwithBuda, induced by lots of things, he always takes a couple if puffs of ventolin before training. Can't advise on lazy ds's, have dss (11) who came out with me once on his bike and won't again, ds1 (5) who moans most days on the 15 min walk to school and back and ds2 (2) would be up for it but far too small at the moment. Might be good in the future to wear him out wink

Chopstheduck Wed 20-Mar-13 06:59:57

I have one who is lazy out of my four - dt2. He WILL be dragged out on his bike over easter so I can still run! I will probably bribe him to come. The others like running, but tend to sprint off then end up tired and wanting to stop. I like running with dt1, he actually is a runner, and is great for speed training! He has his first proper race next week, running for the school.

I'm planning 5k later, hoping to maybe shave a bit more of my pb.

Hope you are better soon, Sarah!

Zatopek Wed 20-Mar-13 20:17:41

I've decided to stop running for at least 2-3 weeks this time to allow my injury to heal properly. (it's still quite painful to walk after a week- I think it's an adductor strain but can't be sure)

I am reading Chrissie Wellington's Life without Limits (interesting book about one of the greatest British sportswomen you've never heard of) and it's just making me itch to start training again though.

pennygallops Wed 20-Mar-13 21:29:06

Welcome all you new people.
I did 5k last night, I went out at about 6.30 and it was lovely to see that it wasn't completely dark.
I haven't been out tonight - my DS is poorly, even had to have a day off school (a very rare occasions) and it's been snowing AGAIN. I'll go tomorrow hopefully.

Training tonight was great! Nearly didn't go due to another shitty day but dh forced me out smile

For those interested in interval training we did 4 min 1/2 marathon pace/50% effort/conversation, 2 min recovery (your choice of stop/walk/jog I do a mum run wink), 2 min 10k pace/70% effort/panty conversation, 1 min recovery, 1 min 5k pace/85%/odd word, 30 sec recovery and 30 sec full on sprint. 4 min recovery and repeat all, 4 min recovery and repeat all for third time.

pennygallops Wed 20-Mar-13 22:29:04

Wow! sounds interesting cinnamon, I think I might try that tomorrow. I guess the pace is slightly different from one person to another. Might need to take a stop watch (I think I have one in my classroomgrin). Sorry to here that you are having some rough days at the moment, hope the running is helping.

No run here today but twinges in my knees for sure. Hope they hold up.

BIWI - I bought some Regenovex - will see if it works. I had keyhole surgery on one knee about 13 years ago for arthritis. Other knee has it too.

Cinnamon - I must get some ventolin. Dont currently have any as far as I know. Which is not good really! I don't often get asthma but do sometimes. Generally cat related.

Planning on running tomorrow.

Fromheretomaternity - well done for running in the dark. Not sure I am up for that. I need to run early or I just don't do it.

BecauseImWoeufIt Thu 21-Mar-13 00:03:14

Cider - my knees seem fine, I have to say. A definite improvement since I started a) taking the Regenovex b) training - hopefully both of those are working!

But I wasn't expecting the shin pain. My left shin is fine, but I've been having some shooting pains this afternoon.

I may try running tomorrow afternoon - depending on the weather. If I can't run tomorrow, I'll go on Friday morning.

I've realised, though, that it really matters to me that I can continue

Chopstheduck Thu 21-Mar-13 07:16:37

that sounds brilliant cinnamon. I think it would probably kill me though! I did a bit of interval training yesterday, 3 x 1km sprints. I really want to get my speed up now. Once i can run faster than a 'mum run' wink I'd feel more confident about doing parkrun and stuff. My sprint speed was only 9km/h, though quite a bit up on my usual 7.5km/h grin There is even a running club in the town nearby which I am looking at enviously! I do need to push myself a bit more, I think I am getting a bit complacent at the slow jog where I don't get out of breath at all!

I did have shin pains very early on, read about shin splints and worried a bit, but it did pass without becoming too serious. I think losing weight has helped too.

Zatopek - that book sounds good, I might have a read of that.

scarletsalt Thu 21-Mar-13 15:56:11

I did Week 7 run 1 last night at the gym and it was, quite frankly, hateful - I have no idea how I got to the end of it! It is wierd because I did 25 mins of running at the end of week 6 last week and it was fine, but last night at no point did I feel 'yes, this is ok', I struggled through the whole thing. I had done a particularly tough body pump class just before (our normal instructor was off and so the class was something different to what I was used to), but I just felt so crap and just couldnt find my stride. I wasnt even all that out of breath, but the only thing that got me through it was thinking that I had not given up on one run so far in couch 2 5k, and I was not going to give up now! I honestly think it is just a mental thing from here on in.

It also didnt help that my trainers are still giving me blisters which actually bled last night. I had put on some padding stuff, but when my feet got sweaty they just started to move, it was so painful! I have got some compeed plasters now so am hoping they will be better.

Sorry for the self indulgent rant there, I just dont want to give up on this, but last night was hard.....

Welcome to all the new people - you will be so surprised how quickly you build your stamina! And well done to everyone wherever you are on your running journey!

Chopstheduck Thu 21-Mar-13 16:49:53

wow that does sound rough, scarletsalt! I'm impressed though, I'm pretty sure couldn't run for 25 minutes right after a body pump.

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Thu 21-Mar-13 17:11:11

scarlet I had a run like that earlier this week, it was just crap, no reason that I could think of.

I did wk 7 run 1 last night and kept going at the cool down and ended up running for 38mins and did 6.5km smile its def a mental thing, I find it hard at 8-12mins and once I push past that I am fine smile

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Thu 21-Mar-13 19:31:45

Was totally confused by the "panty conversation" cinnamon, but now I realise I read it totally wrong blush blush blush blush

Well done scarlet, that is a real feat of stamina! I was surprised to discover how much of C25K is a mental thing (not that I am physically fit or anything - but for me it was training my mind that I could do it that was the main thing)

I have asthma too (exercised induced from childhood) and the only advice I can offer is (a) ventolin, or whatever it is now, before you go if you're at all unsure, (b) a scarf/buff/something over your nose and mouth if it's cold and (c) don't let your mind tell you that means you can't do it! So go for it, all you fellow wheezers. Though I am still off running with my flu - perhaps I should add (d) do be sensible though. Reduced peak flow before you start is probably an indication it might be wiser to hold off. But once I stop coughing and wheezing I will be back out there again!

Sorry to hear that scarlettsalt but I'm impressed you didn't stop having done a hard class beforehand. I think you're being hard on yourself, you did well!!

Sorry to confuse you SarahWithAFringeOnTop wink
DH inhalers still have ventolin stamped on them but I think the drug name is salbutamol.

Two days off for me now, ds1 does gymnastics Thursday which makes it a nightmare to run and I am working tomorrow night. I'm volunteering at the park run Saturday but hope to fit a run either before (will mean an early start as I have to be there at 8.25) or after ds1's friends party 11-1.

Feeling all gringringrin now!

I’m following the physio’s advice to the letter. She said I’d be alright to run on it so I went out this morning to attempt week 7 run 3. I decided that the rules for today’s run would be that if I wanted to stop because my ankle was bothering me I would but not if I was just feeling tired or a little out of puff (not having gone for a run in almost a week). I’d have a go at doing a 5k loop (walking after the 25 minutes were up) but if my ankle was bothering me I’d just turn around 30 seconds into Xanadu (my week 7 playlist halfway point).

As soon as I started out I knew I wasn’t going to be breaking any personal best records today. My ankle didn’t hurt but it was very stiff and had no bounce so I couldn’t go very fast at all. It took me an extra 5 or 6 minutes to get to the point I’d reached at the 25 minute mark during the park run (a ginormous splashy puddle – hard to miss!) But I wasn’t worried about speed today. I was just hoping I’d be able to run without doing myself a further mischief.

So all the way around I just shuffled along trying to concentrate on making my knees go over my toes instead of rubbing together (like they normally do which is part of the problem that caused my injury). All of a sudden ‘The Final Countdown’ (which is my last running song before the walking bit) came on and I was really surprised it had come around already. When it finished I didn’t want to stop running so I decided to keep going until I wanted to stop. I ran all the way back to the start line! I almost wish I’d started running at the start line (was still doing my warm up walk for about 2 minutes past the line) as that would have been my first ever 5k run then. Never mind. I keep reading on these threads people saying they didn’t want to stop running at the end of their time and so kept going and I’m thinking confused. I usually use up the last of my willpower and keep running fuelled by sheer stubbornness until I’m ‘allowed’ to slow down to a walk.

So I’ve got a big grin on my face because after worrying that today might be hard and that I might not be able to manage 25 minutes of running, I actually managed to run (read jog shuffle) non-stop for 38 minutes 50 seconds! And on an owee boo boo too! grin

wonderstuff Fri 22-Mar-13 13:51:11

I did my first run ever, indeed first exercise this year yesterday, really enjoyed it. Went out again today because I'm stuck on an assignment my thighs aren't thanking me! My hips are achy today too. Have promised myself an iPod if I get through the 9 weeks!

Well done wonderstuff!

frenchfancy Fri 22-Mar-13 16:22:41

Well done Ezzza

I'm going to attempt 5k today as my other route is now too short (takes me about 26 mins and I'm now on wk 8 so need 28 mins)

I've given up on Laura and I am now running to a playlist on random instead.

debtherat Fri 22-Mar-13 17:36:28

So I'm a bit stuck on my route I think. It's getting easier but always same time - 30 mins unless I get stopped for directions (happens often for some reason!!). Want to try to do short sprints - intervals? - but scared I'll exhaust myself/explode... especially at the beginning I run so cautiously. Running faster seems like taking it a bit too seriously. Local race for life in mid June so i've got a target. Currently run twice a week and swim a mile twice but probably need an extra run. Would really like to do 27 mins for 5k and be first fat, old lady to cross the line!! make my boys proud of me... they were last year.

Don't know if this will work but here's the official finish photo from my race last Sunday smile

Freezing my bum off marshalling local parkrun. Very proud of myself for doing 10k BEFORE I arrived grin

MirandaWest Sat 23-Mar-13 10:53:52

Well done cinnamon grin. I did local park run for first time in months and got snowed on but must have been worse for the marshals.

Wow, cinnamon, 10k before 9am. Eek!

Tsk, hit send too soon. Meant to add I didn't park run today as I had an exam at 10am this morning, but hoping to do it next Saturday.

frenchfancy Sat 23-Mar-13 13:06:01

I didn't do the 5k route in the end, mainly due to lack of time. I did manage 4k in 30mins though and could probably have kept going. I think I need to work on my speed now.

pennygallops Sat 23-Mar-13 15:29:03

Completed my local parkrun in 28.29 mins. Not fantastic but respectable. It was very cold, windy and snowing. I decided I was going to take my time and enjoy my run... and I did really enjoy it. And to top off the morning my DS completed his 10th run! He finished with a huge smile on his face. Hoping next week is warmer so we can attempt a BP.
Well done on your running everyone.

debtherat Sat 23-Mar-13 15:45:06

Sounds pretty fantastic to me - no way I would venture out today! Well done.

scarletsalt Sat 23-Mar-13 15:59:53

Those of you who have been out running today are nutters! grin Well done, you guys are fab!

Ezza if there was a 'like' button on here I would have used it on your post @ 12:06:16! You sound like you are loving it right now!

I am going to be bowing out of running for the next few weeks I think, am going on holiday in a week anyway, and am just not feeling it at the moment. I tried to run at the gym again this morning, but even though I had blister plasters on the blisters were still a bit painful, and the last thing I want is to make them worse just before my holiday. And once I had it in my head that they were hurting, I was just rubbish at running, so only managed 7 minutes (although 2 months ago that would have been a lot for me!).

I do feel like I have lost my mojo a bit, but am thinking that I will let my blisters heal (and sort out the root of the problem), try and get in a bit of other excercise (did a bit of shredding this afternoon!) and then maybe come back in at week 5 when I get back from holiday.

I will keep reading this thread for inspiration from you guys though, and hope to be back on here soon!

MirandaWest Sat 23-Mar-13 18:23:26

Penny gallops you were a lot faster than I was grin. I took 31.50 minutes which was slow but I know I'm not anywhere near my PB of just over 28 minutes anyway and the driving snow was not any fun at all. Hopefully I will be better next time. And doing that time in that weather makes me think maybe I will do 10k in under an hour in August....

pennygallops Sat 23-Mar-13 18:27:40

Running in snow is not easy. Well done mirandawest on your run. You'll easily be under an hour in August.
I really want a little sunshine now and warmth.

BecauseImWoeufIt Sat 23-Mar-13 18:51:56

Another nutter here grin

I went out wearing my usual cold weather kit, but also added a snood to keep my face warm, and had some handwarmers in my gloves. Did the trick nicely!

I managed Week 7/Run 1 today - a 25 minute run - with ease. Could have done more actually. I didn't though, as I don't want to risk making my shins worse.

So far the shins seem OK, although I can 'feel' them, IYKWIM.

I posted here for this lady to join us but I think she's misunderstood. She feels she'd be a nuisance, particularly newbies perhaps could persuade her she would fit right in?

Teahouse Sat 23-Mar-13 19:59:01

Just saying hi.
I started the C25k last week and then on W2r3 bad, twisted my ankle and doubt I will be able to restart W2 until next week - and then I think I may wait until it is less cold and wet. Have bought ankle supports which I am hoping will help. Have very flat feet but bought special trainers after having my run video'd at a proper running shop.

It seems almost impossible that I could do more than a couple of minutes running at the moment, but a week ago I found the 60secs hard. I don't want to do more than 5k really as finding 40 mins more than a few times a week to do anything is almost an impossibility, but it would be nice to think I cold do a 5k run by the end of the summer.

Hooray! Welcome to the thread Teahouse!

Sorry to hear about your ankle. I hope it heals quickly.

emmief77 Sat 23-Mar-13 22:07:07

hello

I have entered the Race For Life 5k, and have downloaded the NHS C25K podcast for my training.

My problem is that I am LAZY blush even with the motivation of having entered a 5k that I need to get in shape for and having the podcast for my training.. I struggle to get out of the door... If I do venture out, I slow down or stop too easily... I went running with my friend tonight and had a great run, but she is away next week and I don't want to lose the momentum.

pennygallops Sat 23-Mar-13 22:08:29

Welcome teahouse. I think you'll be able to run 5K by the summer. I know lots of people, in RL and on here, who have had success with C25K. Good luck.

Teahouse Sat 23-Mar-13 22:45:32

Thanks nurse and penny. I am keen to get started again but will wait until I know I can jog safely. I have enjoyed being outside a few times a week, but am a bit of a fair weather person as I have Reynaulds and get very cold, very quickly...also glasses and rain don't go well and I do them. With luck the better weather will be here soon.

I am sure I will need a lot of encouragement to keep going as I did find W2r3 hard, although had barely eaten all day and the day prior was so stressful I fell apart as soon as I got home; could all be excuses but they may have no helped.

dementedmom Sat 23-Mar-13 23:24:23

Hi there all. I was wondering if someone could put my mind at ease. I did W1r3 yesterday, just about, and the pain in my thighs and calves whilst I was attempting to run was burning like crazy! I just about finished it, with the skin of my teeth. The very first run I found really easy, but my thighs and calves hurt the next day. Then after each run, the pains have got worse even though I am stretching before and after.

Is this normal? Please tell me it will pass and not get worse as the runs get longer...

Hi emmief77,

I found having fixed days I planned to go out and run helped me. I run Mon Wed Fri, always in the morning. My morning routine on those days includes reading through the previous c25k threads for motivation. It really works. I'm usually quite up for going for a run after half an hour to an hour of reading through these threads. Here's a link to the first thread in this conversation if you wanted to do the same.

Ezzza

wonderstuff Sun 24-Mar-13 10:14:21

I'm going to try to go out today. Dh having a lie-in at the moment, so depends when he gets up. I have work to do which I'm putting off, I'm telling myself I'll work better after exercise. I've really enjoyed the runs I've done so far, in the past I've liked the idea of running but never knew how to start and just got knackered really quickly. This will be week 1 r3 if I get my act together, I started on thurs, I'm pretty busy mon - Wed, not sure I can fit a run in, hoping bunching up the runs in one part of the week will work, I was quite sore yesterday.

BecauseImWoeufIt Sun 24-Mar-13 10:18:49

Teahouse - I started the C25K a couple of years ago and was horrified to find that I couldn't even manage the first day! I could only manage 4 of the 1 minute runs blush

But, the next time I went out (two days later, as per plan) I did manage it. Unfortunately I also pulled a muscle, so that was that for a while.

But I started it again this year - after having spent a year training in the gym to get fit - and it has been amazing.

I really never thought:

a) I would be out running in the rain, cold and/or snow!
b) I would be running 4K within 6 weeks of starting

The programme really does help you make great progress (injuries to one side!). I remember very well thinking I'd never make it beyond 5 minutes, and the jump beyond that seemed ridiculous! But you can do it.

Someone on one of the running threads talked about it being in your mind, and I would definitely agree with that.

Re the cold - I hate the cold and also have Raynauds, so I sympathise. When it's really cold, I wear:

- long running tights and over the top, track-suit bottoms
- thermal, long-sleeved t-shirt, short-sleeved running t-shirt over the top, lightweight running jacket over the top of that
- hat
- running gloves

Yesterday I also added a snood round my neck, to pull over the bottom half of my face and found some hand warmers which I put into my gloves.

The problem that you have when you're starting out is that you're just not running for long enough to really get warm. Once you reach the longer runs this will help you more.

wonderstuff Sun 24-Mar-13 10:22:30

dementedmom how much rest time are you giving yourself, I did my first two runs on consecutive days, and the second was harder because my muscles were tired, I'm hoping that today will be a bit easier because I've had a rest day, but my legs are a still tender. I think that once your muscles improve your recovery will be faster, I used to ride and my legs would be fine between rides if i hadn't pushed myself, I don't go regularly now and I'm in agony for a few days after a gentle hack.

BecauseImWoeufIt Sun 24-Mar-13 10:24:49

I don't think running on consecutive days is a good idea, as you're supposed to rest to allow your muscles to recover.

dementedmom - do you do any other exercise?

jchocchip Sun 24-Mar-13 11:33:45

Fed up parkrun cancelled yesterday as we have too much snow. And I'm a bit ill sad
Marking place! smile

emmief77 Sun 24-Mar-13 11:52:15

Thanks Ezza, like the sound of fixed days.. do you get up super early to run in the mornings?!?

Reading through the threads, I certainly feel more motivated grin

Which C25K programme are most people using on here?

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sun 24-Mar-13 12:27:17

How is everybody else managing to run in the snow? I can't quite see how this works... surely your shoes get wet through after the first few steps, and isn't actually running in uneven depths of snow quite difficult? Also, how to do you manage not to slip on the ice and fall over?

Yes, I know I'm a bit of a wimp... but just as I've got over my flu there's several inches of snow outside angry

wonderstuff Sun 24-Mar-13 12:46:27

Snow hasn't settled here, but I'm having to stick to running along pavements as the footpaths are too wet and muddy, too slippy. I wouldn't run in actual settled snow.
Just done W1r2, half way round I wondered how on earth am I going to do the week 2 runs as I felt knackered, but actually I got through that moment and was fine, recovered quickly from the runs and feel really good.

One question, about how many calories am I burning in a 30 min workout? I'm underweight and don't want to lose any more. In fact hoping that my appetite will improve and I'll put on a few pounds. Want to make sure I'm increasing my calorie intake enough.

I'm struggling to get distances right - how do people work out how far they need to run and where they are going to run to?

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sun 24-Mar-13 14:42:22

Wonderstuff, RunKeeper tells me I burned 270 calories on my last run, but that was 30 min running all the time (but not very fast!) Presumably it would be less in the early weeks of C25K?

In terms of where... I have limited options living in a small village, so I either did small circuits around bits of the village, or alternatively if it was daylight, I just ran along the main road until I was halfway through (I used Robert Ullrey's podcasts, and he does tell you when you're halfway), then turned round and came back. But that didn't work very well during the winter (she says, as though we're through with winter hmm), because the main road isn't lit. On the other hand, as it was dark, the neighbours couldn't see me running past again and again like a loon blush

dementedmom Sun 24-Mar-13 15:29:44

Hi and thanks for the replies. I am running Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with a night of 30 minutes on the exercise bike over the weekend. Doing nothing else apart from walking a lot, as I don't have a car so do quite a bit of walking. Prior to the past week though, walking is all I have done for years. My fitness levels aren't that great at all.

Do you all think it will definitely get easier then? My thighs still hurt today and haven't been on the bike yet sad

Chopstheduck Sun 24-Mar-13 16:02:06

Demented, it will get easier!

Wonder - I use runt astir to track my runs, and that also tells you how many calories burned.

Sarah, I have trail shoes since I do a fair bit of cross country, so they have grip. I often end up with soggy feet, but my trainers are light enough that it doesn't really bother me, they don't really hold the water. Deep snow is a bit tricky but I just think of the extra calories I must be burning!

I had a snowy run yesterday, wasn't much fun but I needed the calories for he dt's birthday tea!

emmie, no, I don't work until the afternoon so I have time to run and shower in the mornings without getting up uber early. I do quite like running in the morning though so if I do change to working in the mornings I might have a go at getting up in time to run first.

Glad you came over Teahouse, welcome!!

Welcome emmief77, I think you need to have a time in mind and not give yourself any excuses. Remember you will feel great after your run and I can honestly say I've never regretted going for a run but I have regretted not going!

Hmmm that posted too soon!

I only had achy legs after my first couple of runs dementedmom, perhaps you're going a bit too fast?

I would estimate about 300 calories wonderstuff.

I have run in snow SarahWithAFringeOnTop, it wasn't settled when I went yesterday and its melting fast here now on the paths. Yes you get wet feet and you need to be extra careful were you tread and I stick to snow that hasn't been too compacted and frozen. I also try to run in the road and just hop into pavement when a car comes of I need to.

Going a bit later as my friend can't go until 7.30 :-(

sad

That's better!

pennygallops Sun 24-Mar-13 18:34:40

Hi wonderstuff I have I a GPS watch, a Garmin Forerunner. It tells me my pace, time and distance. And when I've finished my average pace and calories. I upload the info on the computer but I don't over analyse it. Before I had the watch, I used mapmyrun on my mobile, but it's definitely not as accurate.
I find I usually burn 300 cals in half an hour of running - I average about 5.5k in 30mins.
I'm with cinnamon, I never regret a run, even a short 20mins with my DS, but do get frustrated if I miss a few days.
I don't mind running in fresh snow or rain, but I'm not keen on wind. I went today in the wind and only managed 5k.

pennygallops Sun 24-Mar-13 18:35:22

... I normally try to do 8-10k on a Sunday.

emmief77 Sun 24-Mar-13 19:38:53

Wow, very impressed with the dedication and distances you guys run!

I have found the Run England website and come across a group of ladies who live locally (Oxford) and meet up weekly for a run... Liking the sound of mutual support, as I know I push myself harder with a buddy grin and more likely to commit to running if I know that someone else is going

ooo thatsounds good emmie

emmief77 Sun 24-Mar-13 20:52:47

Ezzza

http://www.runengland.org/

wonderstuff - I just run for the time I should be running, as 'dictated' by the C25K app that I have on my phone.

I have then used mapmyrun to plot how far I've run. But at this stage - week 7 - I'm more interested in being able to run for the time, rather than focusing on a specific distance.

Missed your question about distance wonderstuff, I just had a little loop that I did three times when I started. Have had to figure out longer routes since. Or just run away from your house until the half way point then turn around and run back. I guess it depends how well you know your local area. If you type plan run route into google you'll come up with several websites that give you distances of routes. I used runkeeper to keep track of how far I'd gone, which is an app the used GPS and now use endomono, mainly because my friend I run with does too so we can see each others workouts.

Just back from W8R1 and icing my ankle per physio instructions.

I can't believe I'm on week 8 and still going! After Friday's great run, I decided that the rules for today were that I had to run for the whole 28 minutes but only at whatever speed was comfortable for my ankle, was allowed to slow to a walk at that point but if I felt up for running further I would. So today I parked about a 6 minute walk from the nearest entrance to my park, then I started running at a gate along the park run route, ran up to the start line and back down to run the loop bit. On the loop The Final Countdown came on signalling my 28 minutes were nearly up. I felt like carrying on so ran all the way back to the gate again. So today I ran 5k non-stop for the first time ever! grin

I ran slower today than on Friday (42m32s today for the whole 5k), not really sure why, but I'm not going to worry about speed until my ankle is better because that's what's slowing me down. At the same time the ankle is forcing me to pace so that I can keep running for longer so I guess it's no bad thing. Perhaps when the ankle is better and I'm able to run at a normal speed (for me!) I might try just slowing down to 'hurty ankle speed' to get my breath back instead slowing right down to a walk.

Looking forward to W8R2 on Wednesday! smile

Thanks for the link emmie. I'm in Wales though, but I did find the runwales site too.

Well done NurseEzzzaChapel, that's great!!

Thanks cinnamongreyhound! I'm even dreaming about running now. I had a dream that I was arguing with a volunteer at the parkrun who was refusing to give me a time because I wasn't wearing swimming goggles confused. Ha ha!

Chopstheduck Mon 25-Mar-13 14:55:25

gringrin Ezza!

pennygallops Mon 25-Mar-13 18:36:02

Well done nurse. Slow and steady is fine, especially with a sore ankle. I dreamt about on Friday night, before the parkrun.

emmief77 Mon 25-Mar-13 19:55:08

Ezzza
super run, you deserve wine

running with the run England ladies Thurs smile

dementedmom Mon 25-Mar-13 20:08:16

I run pretty slow, I think Cinnamon. I do 3.3km in 30 minutes jogging/running, do you think I am going too fast?

I was a bit of a wimp, and did Wk1r3 again, but found it much easier today than I did Friday. Almost as easy as run 1 so shall be going for wk2r1 Wednesday if my thighs allow it!

Well done all, I hope I will be doing as well as you all in a few weeks!

fireandlife Mon 25-Mar-13 20:23:31

Please tell me that running through snow uses more energy! I'm repeating w7 this week because I don't seem to find it easier each time - maybe that's because the snow came half way through the week and it's more tiring -I hope... I almost felt like stopping today and Saturday for the first time! I do hope I'll find it easier on Wednesday. Any thoughts?

WishYouWereMine Mon 25-Mar-13 20:25:53

Hi everyone,

Have been lurking but not posted yet!

Attempted W2R1 today but it didn't go well. I had to stop after the 3rd run and come home. I couldn't breathe properly. Think it must have been a combination of things, will try again tomorrow, and use my inhaler before I start.
Incidentally, I'm doing this on a treadmill (I hate the cold!). After a run I always feel fantastic but felt dreadful after this failed attempt today sad. Any advice? I'm just under 19st at the moment, and found W1 not too bad. Hoping I stick with it sad

Everyone seems to be doing so well, I hope I can get as addicted as you lot!

frenchfancy Tue 26-Mar-13 17:15:09

Well I guess I'd better get on and run 5K now that Ezzza has gone and done it!

Seriously though it is really good to have this thread and the people on it to keep me motivated. I don't really feel like going out, but I know I'll feel better afterwards.

Ran Sunday at 7.30pm in the end as that was when my friend could make it. Couldn't go last night and I'm not tonight as I'm going to the cinema later and dh wants to train so I'm being kind wink, really want to go now I can't!

It definitely does fireandlife, it's a bit like running on sand plus I think you're more worried so it messes up your natural stride a bit too. Could just be a bad run, they happen from time to time. I find being dehydrated really affects my run too so make sure you drink plenty and hour or so before you go.

Welcome WishYouWereMine! I think sometimes you just have bad runs, if you are asthmatic then that is something you will have to think about and see how it goes as to when you need your inhaler. I think with breathing the more you think about it the worse it is, so try and just breath and think about something else. I was almost 15st when I started and weight does make it harder (am 9 1/2 now) but still doable. Try slowing your pace, I found it was better to slow down and get through than to have to stop. Speed can come later, just keep your legs moving. Good luck with your next run smile

I did my second 25 minute run yesterday, and it was good. Even felt I wasn't too out of breath when I finished smile. And my shins are much less sore than they were before, so I'm hopeful that this will be OK as I move to longer runs.

frenchfancy Tue 26-Mar-13 19:26:03

I did itgrin my first ever 5k. My leg now hurt and so does my neck but still grin

Woo hoo! flowers

Brilliant. How long did it take you?

pennygallops Tue 26-Mar-13 21:03:44

Congratulations frenchfancy, you'll start to find yourself getting fitter and fitter now. And congratulations to you to BecauseImWorthIt, glad your shins are less painful.
Monday (term-time) is always my rest day - just too busy to squeeze a run in. But I've been out tonight - it was trying to snow, but not settling at the moment, just very cold and an added wind-chill factor. I had a great run today. I'd had a hard, long day at work and felt really tired, but I went out (as I always do on a Tuesday). And it just felt good. Picked up speed as I progressed through my 5.5k. I now feel less tired and more at peace with the world. grin

fireandlife Tue 26-Mar-13 23:32:01

Thanks Cinnamon! I really recognised all those things you said about being extra careful and worrying a bit too. I'm happy to stick with week seven this week as the snow is clearly making me work a bit harder. I could run on the path but I'm happier hiding on the very snowy sports fields! Everyone's doing so well. Traditionally I hate running but a decent sports bra and the nhs podcasts seem to be working for me. I reached last Summer feeling horribly stressed, unfit and with awful sciatic back pain and am determined not be in the same position come this Summer holiday. With literally no time for anything else, I was left with running as the activity starts the moment you leave the house and I'm suspicious of DVDs... Good luck to all those who have just started.

frenchfancy Wed 27-Mar-13 06:22:54

I'm not sure how long it took, I forgot to look at my watch when I left the house. Bit stiff this morning but not too bad.

Chopstheduck Wed 27-Mar-13 07:04:25

Hope the snow clears up for you all soon.

I def have good and bad runs, though it gets easier and the bad runs are fewer. I went out on Monday hoping to do a long run, but only managed 6k. Though on saturday it was my dts birthday and I went for a quick run thinking if I was still tired I'd just do 3k and did 6 that day too! Our snow mostly disappeared pretty quick, but Monday the forest was badly flooded and I think I got tired too quickly, running through deep mud and hurdling streams!

I'm off out today again, but very tired again. dd had a school concert last night, so it was a late night. Will take it easy and see how it goes. The sun is peeking out though, hoping it hangs around!

Well done frenchfancy!

Yay for running to bring some peace pennygallops!

Hope you have a lovely sunny run chopstheduck

So looking forward to the clocks going forward at the weekend, will be able to run in daylight for the next 6 months yay!!! Got training tonight and then running Thursday with my friend. Maybe park run Saturday as we are not going to in laws anymore!

Did W8R2 today and, as Monday, I managed to keep going all the way around my 5k loop again! grin I’ve noticed the ankle warms up and stops being so stiff at about the 30 minute mark, allowing me to run almost normally. hmm Well today I ran the loop 37 seconds faster than I did on Monday smile, so 5k in 41m55s, which is still a heck of a site slower than when not injured (sad park run was under 40 mins and I walked 10-15 of those!) but I guess I have to be patient. I feel a bit like a bike with a flat tyre – still moves but slow going.

Well done on completing week one dementedmom!

fireandlife, running in snow definitely takes more energy.

WishYouWereMine, welcome to the thread. We all have bad runs. Don’t worry. If you found week 1 ok then just keep going with week 2. Are you pushing yourself to run fast? I found when I was forced to slow down by my ankle that my lungs were thanking me for it and let me keep running for ages longer than before. Could you slow down a bit? At the moment I’m running so slowly I’m barely able to overtake people walking in the park but I can keep going much longer because of it.

Well done on the 5k frenchfancy! Glad to see you didn’t adopt the Ezzza method (i.e. nobble yourself so you can’t run very fast so your lungs let you run the whole way) for pacing yourself to last the distance! grin

Now I know what it’s like to want to go out but not be able to cinnamon. When I had to rest my ankle just after I’d done it I kept seeing joggers around the city and feeling very envy. Will you get a chance to go out today?

Well done on the 25 minutes BecauseImWorthIt, I found it got really good from that point. smile

I was like that when I broke my foot NurseEzzzaChapel, everywhere I went I saw runners! I'm going to training tonight, assuming dh is home in the next 15mins confused

fireandlife Wed 27-Mar-13 18:41:12

Still lots of snow here but a tractor had squashed some of it making tracks so I ran on these which were still icy and tricky but a bit better than the deeper snow. A better run! I'm glad I haven't used the snow as an excuse not to go out - almost did though! Keep running!

Well done fireandlife!

Went to training and my god it was hard!! Was doing 4m20-4m30 Kms! I usually run at about 5m40 per km. We ran in groups of three, each person doing 2 laps then one lap rest but each lap you run with a different person so you all rotate. Two lots of 20 min plus a jog there and back. My triceps are still wibbly!

dementedmom Thu 28-Mar-13 07:30:36

I did wk2r1 last night. I have now woken up in absolute agony with my knees sad (I have osteoarthritis). I just hope they ease by tomorrow, as I need to stick at this! Signed up to Race for Life with a friend which is in 3 months, and I really want to complete it!

Not surprised they are wibbly Cinnamon! I hope to be able to do the same one day.

I thought this was interesting from Runners World

What's the Burn? A Calorie Calculator
You can use the formulas below to determine your calorie-burn while running and walking. The "Net Calorie Burn" measures calories burned, minus basal metabolism. Scientists consider this the best way to evaluate the actual calorie-burn of any exercise. The walking formulas apply to speeds of 3 to 4 mph. At 5 mph and faster, walking burns more calories than running.

Your Total Calorie Burn/Mile
Running
0.75 x your weight (in lbs.)
Walking
0.53 x your weight (in lbs.)

Your Net Calorie Burn/Mile (i.e. accounting for the calories your body would have burned just sitting on the sofa anyway - this is the figure you want to use if you want to eat back your exercise calories)
Running
0.63 x your weight (in lbs.)
Walking
0.30 x your weight (in lbs.)

Adapted from "Energy Expenditure of Walking and Running," Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, Cameron et al, Dec. 2004.

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Thu 28-Mar-13 20:17:25

Ezzza and cinnamon, I know what you mean too! Struggled out tonight for the first time since I've had flu! Definitely not breaking any speed records but did manage the full half hour (still running with the C25K podcasts, really must do something about that!) I was really pleased about that since as an asthmatic, any flu or cold sort of thing has a tendency to make me cough and wheeze so I was really relieved to be able to run OK. Not sure my legs are thanking me for it though grin But now I am sitting down with wine
Would never have believed a few months ago that I would be desperate to be out running... shock

Been out tonight too, my friends dh was back late so didn't go until 8 on a fullish stomach so not too fast but a nice run. Hoping to go tomorrow and then park run Saturday.

Glad you're feeling up to running again SarahWithAFringeOnTop smile

BIWI Fri 29-Mar-13 08:24:54

I will be doing my last run of week 7 this morning. Thankfully the sun is shining and the sky is blue - although I suspect it's still freezing out there!

Glad you're able to get back out there SarahWithAFringeOnTop!

I'm just back from a W1R1. smile Mon Wed Fri are my normal days but I'm thinking of having another go at the park run tomorrow and will do W8R3 on the park run so I dragged my DM out for a bank holiday run (a bit grumbly about the cold). She'd started couch to 5k about the same time as me but found week one tough so switched to cycling instead so I wanted to see if I could help her pace a bit to get through all the runs.

For anyone who's just starting out on couch to 5k, I'd say trust the program. You'll be amazed how much your fitness levels improve if you follow the program. When I first did a week one run my face turned puce, I barely made it up the stairs to my apartment and I had to lie on the bed for a bit before I could get into the shower. Today after running with my DM I didn't break a sweat, face not even pink and my breathing only needed to increase slightly for the runs. Couldn't believe the difference!

pennygallops Fri 29-Mar-13 11:22:59

I agree with you nurseezza - trust the program.
I've just got in from a run with my DS. We only managed 4.25k in 31 mins, he slipped on the kerb and grazed his knee, so walked the last k. But it was nice to be out with him and the weather was ok - no wind, rain or snow!! smile
This afternoon we are going to make chocolate crispy cakes topped with mini eggs for our parkrun tomorrow. grin

Itslifejimbutnotasweknowit Fri 29-Mar-13 12:13:35

Hi folks just back from my first full run of couch to 5K (W1R1). 1st time I tried I just about managed one 60 sec jog and walked the rest never to try again, took up cycling instead. However today DD decided to take me in hand and check I was doing it properly, winged at the cold and made petulant teenager noises at her but proud to say I did the whole thing. Home for slap up cooked breakfast and all the trimmings as a reward (non fast day) legs a bit stiff, moving like old lady, hay ho will try again on Monday!

BIWI Fri 29-Mar-13 12:16:23

Right. That's week 7 finished for me! I'm another who is amazed at how well this works. Never thought I'd be running like this.

Itslifejimbutnotasweknowit Fri 29-Mar-13 12:21:12

OOOh, forgot to day managed to complete my first fast day at work on 4:3, and still managed to function. Yesterday was a very busy day in the department (I'm a registered nurse and work 10 hour shifts) spent most of the day the theaters and got called away during my lunch break to cannulate patients but finished the say lightly high and not grumpy, will try to continue 4:3 next week.

Itslifejimbutnotasweknowit Fri 29-Mar-13 12:22:41

opps wrong thread

Just back from doing the park run. Ankle seems a bit better today so I know I ran faster than I did on Wednesday but I'll have to wait for the results to come through to see whether I managed a PB on the park run or not.

pennygallops Sat 30-Mar-13 11:22:32

Well done BIWI you can now class yourself as a runner. Once you are running more than walking and sustaining it for 20 mins or more, you are definitely a runner. Doesn't matter about the pace, that will come.
And well done nurseezza. I like waiting for my official time to come through. I've just got back from my parkrun. My DS beat me for the first time today grin. I guess I'll just have to get used that from now on. According to my Garmin we both got PBs. Let us all know how you did.

Well done for starting Itslifejimbutnotasweknowit, its a great plan enjoy!

Fab BIWI! I was so surprised too, but you are now a runner.

Good news on parkrun NurseEzzzaChapel and pennygallops. I went out for half an hour before my parkrun and it was awful, thought I'd just plod along but actually felt much better for second half and according to my endomono I did it in 26m20 so we'll see. Did total of 11K in 1 hour smile

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sat 30-Mar-13 13:31:52

Aahhh... just been out (felt a bit like running through treacle, possibly due to over-large breakfast blush ), but the heavens suddenly dumped a blizzard on me at about 25 minutes in! Less than impressed by that - especially as I'd just been thinking it wasn't quite as cold as I'd thought, or maybe I'd just warmed up.

Stupid phone let me down again - have gone over to my mp3 player for the podcast but using RunKeeper on my phone, only the GPS gave up on me and when I'd finished I discovered I'd apparently run 0.0 km in 31 minutes... I could have sworn it was a lot further than that hmm

And Biwi I'd echo that - once you have got to the point where it's all running and no walking, you are definitely a runner - congratulations!

BIWI Sat 30-Mar-13 14:08:58

<pins on badge>
grin

TheEasterQODdy Sat 30-Mar-13 14:10:01

Hurrah!mjust did my first 10k run

In cold,and in snow

jchocchip Sat 30-Mar-13 14:31:51

[Busmile] Well done theeasterqoddy impressed.

I've not run for 2 weeks due to snow and a cold but parkwalked today with the end stop. Nice to get out but still some icy patches. Will try and run on Monday.

jchocchip Sat 30-Mar-13 14:32:22

smile !

fireandlife Sat 30-Mar-13 15:10:48

I've just finished w7r3 for the second time. Now the snow has gone, I can definitely feel progress. I'm glad I didn't move on to week 8 last week! I'm kind of feeling like a bit of a runner now. Well done everyone.

Shewhojuggles Sat 30-Mar-13 15:16:06

Wow, have just found this thread, just what I needed! I started running last September as part of trying to lose weight. I had lost two stone (was originally over 14stlast Christmas) but the weight loss had slowed so I started running, just 20 mins a couple of times a week and not fast at all. I had a couple of injuries and lost motivation in the cold weather and I'm really disappointed in myself because I've put over 9lbs back on since stopping running sad I really enjoyed the running and I want to get into it again. The c25k plan sounds like a good place to start, especially with how supportive this group seems! Any tips on avoiding the really painful shins which I had trouble with before?

BIWI Sat 30-Mar-13 16:11:15

I started to get shin pains, Shew, when I started to do the longer runs. The first thing that I did was rest - gave myself a week off. Then I made sure that as far as possible when I went out again that I was running on grass rather than the pavement/road, and that seems to have helped.

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sat 30-Mar-13 16:39:01

I would make sure you've got some decent shoes shewhojuggles, that should really help, especially if you can go somewhere that will analyse your gait first. It doesn't need to be too expensive but the right shoes can really help. And yes, don't overdo it or push yourself too hard - the C25K plan is really good for this, it eases you in gently. Even if you feel you can do more I would suggest sticking to the plan. Good luck!

I second SarahWithAFringeOnTop's advice to get some proper running shoes, esp. if you can get your gait analysed to see what type are best for you. I did some research online and based on that I thought I slightly overpronated and needed stability shoes. When I went to the running shop the guy showed me the vid of me running on the treadmill and it was clear that I'm a neutral runner and I actually need neutral shoes. If I had bought the stability shoes I was looking at it would have pushed my ankles out so that I was running on the sides of my feet, which I later found out (from physio after an injury) I have a tendency to do anyway (which partly caused the injury), so if I had bought those wrong shoes I would have been setting myself up for injury. Love my Asics. smile

BIWI Sat 30-Mar-13 17:44:56

YY to proper shoes/gait analysis.

You can always have your gait analysed and walk out without buying. I was quite lucky that one of the pairs the guys recommended for me were in the sale so £63 otherwise I was looking at £100 shock

Well I'm a bit disappointed my parkrun time was slower, can believe my phone app was so far out sad

Definitely out Monday but may go tomorrow if I have time as dh has to work in the morning and we're going to my mums at 1 and I'm usually too stuffed to run when we've been to my mums!

Yup, that's what I did. Got my gait analysed in the running shop but they didn't have anything I liked in my price range so I got my shoes online.

Sorry your parkrun time wasn't as expected cinnamon sad. My park run hasn't posted results yet so I don't know what my time was.

pennygallops Sat 30-Mar-13 19:17:07

So my new parkrun PB is 27.25 and DS was 27.11 grin

I had my gait analysed and bought trainers and running socks at the same time to the cost of nearly £100. BUT it made a huge difference to my comfort.

Having a rest day tomorrow. Well, we're intending on cycling to an Easter Egg hunt.

BIWI Sat 30-Mar-13 22:25:20

Can anyone recommend an app that will allow me to listen to my music, as well as the C25K app and also tell me how fast I'm running?

Well done pennygallops and your DS on park run PBs. I got one too! 39m03s which is 24s faster than my first (and only other) park run, and is also nearly 3 minutes faster than I ran the course on Wednesday. Looking like my ankle is getting better! smile (<-- happy bunny!)

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Sun 31-Mar-13 10:09:03

Biwi i use couchto10k by zenlabs abd listen to music and use mapmyrun. I think there is a voice option on mapmyrun but if not you can look at it and see your pace.

Maybe do a search for speedometer apps?

pennygallops Sun 31-Mar-13 10:16:10

Thanks nurseezzza. and congratulations on your new PB. Glad to hear your ankle is getting better.

I would recommend runkeeper or endomondo BIWI, you just need to make sure you open them in the right order so they all work. What are you using for the C25k? Is it the podcast? If it is you won't be able to listen to music at the same time as that.

Well done NurseEzzzaChapel, glad to hear you're ankle is improving.

BIWI Sun 31-Mar-13 12:28:12

Currently I use Get Running for my C25K - which I can use in tandem with my music. I also have Nike + iPod on my phone, but I've never used that, and I downloaded MapMyRun yesterday.

I suppose I could try it - get the music started, open the Get Running app and then try the MapMyRun and see what happens!

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Sun 31-Mar-13 15:29:54

I turn on mapmyrun and then minimiae ut and then put on couchto10k and it has a music option which i can play my music on.

Then if i want to look at distance etc. I just pull down the top if my screen and it shows mw which apps are in use with details ie it will tell me if i am on a jogging or walking section of couchto10k and the time into the app.

The maomyrun will show me distance done and time etc.

With mapmyrun you need your gps obviously but it works better with your wifi off.

What type of phone do you have biwi? Mine is a samsung galaxy s advance?

BIWI Sun 31-Mar-13 16:02:09

I have an iphone 4

If you open the Nike + app it will start your music from chosen playlist. You can open endomondo before anything else but I seem to remember you need to open runkeeper last it then plays over your music telling you every km/mile/5 mins.

BIWI Sun 31-Mar-13 17:36:00

Thanks cinnamon - I'll try doing that.

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sun 31-Mar-13 18:42:40

Has anyone found a podcast for C210K? I thought Robert Ullrey was doing one but I can't find it anywhere... sad

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Sun 31-Mar-13 18:50:38

I just use the zenlabs app but i thought on the nhs page where you get the couch25k podcasts there was a link that took you to a couchto10k one?

Shewhojuggles Sun 31-Mar-13 18:57:42

Thanks Biwi and Sarah, I do have good trainers but I hadn't ha my gait analysed so it could be they aren't right for me. Where did you go for that, a running specialist shop? Happy Easter too btw!

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sun 31-Mar-13 20:34:39

Thanks 5eggs, will go and have a look.

SWJ, I went to a specialist running shop - recommended by a friend of DH, but I would just google them. Good luck!

BIWI Sun 31-Mar-13 21:01:24

I went to a running shop in Teddington called The Sweat Shop.

Debs75 Sun 31-Mar-13 21:11:02

So have been doing couch to 5K for three weeks now and have managed 3 runs. I just can not run when it is so cold or windy. On a plus point I did manage to run every 1 minute run today without almost passing out. I think I will try and get out more this week before I attempt week 2 with it's longer runs.

Babybeesmama Sun 31-Mar-13 21:25:12

I started today! I'm a complete heifer after having dc2 (who is now 6 months old)! Hoping I can keep it up grin

EggInABap Sun 31-Mar-13 23:08:43

Hi everyone

I started the C25k last Monday using the Zenlabs app. So doing week 2 run 1 tomorrow.

Might sound like a silly question but what do you all do with your phone when running? I find it awkward holding it in my hand with my earphones in but when I put in in my jacket pocket it kept falling out. Wondering if people strap them to their arms (or did I imagine seeing that?)

If this works for me it will be a miracle as I hate running and haven't exercised for almost 18 months since a badly sprained ankle. Just decided last week, no more excuses! Desperate to lose some weight and feel good without having to starve myself to do it.

Are any of you following diets whilst doing this? I've just been reading Paul Mckenna's book so hopefully tomorrow it will all have sunk in.

Happy running everyone smile

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sun 31-Mar-13 23:17:34

I have a light generic activewear jacket with zip pockets that I put mine in - it also has a little port for the headphones cable. But I have been looking at armbands for when (if!) it is warm enough not to need a jacket. You can get them from Amazon. Or the running shop I bought shoes from was selling sort of bumbag things you could put a phone/iPod in (?)

Happymum22 Sun 31-Mar-13 23:26:39

I tried my week 2 run today, I really struggled and came home a bit worried about my shocking fitness!

I have stopped my gym membership as it got too expensive and the warmer weather (I hoped!!) was on its way!! I used to swim very regularly and do gym aerobics classes about once a week with the odd gym session in between. At the gym I can cycle for about 15-20 mins and run on a treadmill for 5 mins and then 2 mins fast walk etc. repeating for up to 25-30 mins. I usually do a 45 minute session combining the cycling and running.

I know my fitness isn't great but at the same time didn't think it was terrible and expected it to come back to me quickly. Week 1 wasn't easy but I coped with it and managed it each time. I really struggled with the runs of week 2 and to keep going. I live in quite a hilly area which doesn't help. I just get really short of breath very quickly. I don't know if it is that at gym classes I had no option to stop and was continually motivated by the instructor/others in the class.

Maybe it doesn't help I have a bit of a cold at the moment but I am almost recovered.

Any advice how to get through this?

BIWI Sun 31-Mar-13 23:31:17

Egginabap - I have a waist belt that I use to keep my keys/phone in. It fits tightly round the waist so doesn't flap around when I'm running.

Happymum - the fitness will come back as you train more. But if you're finding it tough, then just repeat a week. Don't move on to the next week if it's too hard.

BIWI Sun 31-Mar-13 23:33:31
JH1967 Mon 01-Apr-13 08:50:44

Completed first week 1 run this morning, feeling good. Hope I can keep it up.

Welcome and well done to those who've just started!

I find even being a bit bunged up effects my ability to run as does not having drunk enough. I would also say everyone I know who's done both road running and treadmill running says being on the road is much harder.

I used to have an armband but it got too big as I got smaller. I have a pocket in the back of my leggings that my phone zips into (just have to make sure I tie them up or they fall down). Armband are cheap and effective, where ever you put it it will get sweaty in my experience.

I used mfp to track my calories but did cut down so had a few weeks very hungry. My body quickly got used to the reduction in calories and I am now eating what I think is a normal diet just less than I used to and I don't get ravenously hungry at all.

pennygallops Mon 01-Apr-13 09:20:18

Welcome all you newbies.

I started running with the NHS C25K podcasts. I used my iphone, zipped it into the pocket on my running tights. However, I now don't run with music and rarely take my phone out with me. I use the pocket on a Saturday morning for my parkrun barcode. I track my running using a GPS watch.

egginabap I use mfp to roughly track my calorie intake but I eat pretty healthily.

BIWI Mon 01-Apr-13 10:27:16

How lovely to think about the idea of running in the sun. I wonder how long we have to wait for that?! grin

Just back from W9R1! smile As I’m already running 5k I decided to start doing a bit of speed training this week. I had a look at the NHS podcast for it, but didn’t fancy it. I really want to listen to my own music as I find listening to songs I really like (and tend to dance around the kitchen to in a way that’d make my kids cringe if I had any grin) motivational. So I decided to try running as fast as I could for 20 seconds at the beginning of each song and then go back to sustainable running speed for the rest of the song (which caused me to wish the songs would last forever grin). I discovered the flaw in the plan immediately: it’s not very easy to run as fast as you can while waving your left wrist in front of your face. (I’m really hi-tech me, my analogue wrist watch has a second hand on it and everything! grin) So I settled on running as fast as I could for 20 right foot strikes instead. Much better! The result: 5k in 38m18s, 45 seconds faster than Saturday’s park run (when I tend to push myself a bit harder out of slight self-consciousness at being such a slow poke blush) and 3m37s faster than my time on Wednesday. So very smile about that!

I also seem to be having fun seeing how low-tech and low-cost I can make this new hobby of mine. Aside from the running shoes (half price online) the running tights (really just ordinary cheapo leggings from Tesco) and a sports bra (also cheapo from Tesco) I’ve managed to forage everything else from things I’ve owned since the days I thought ‘fun-run’ to be oxymoronic. My iPod nano died last week sad but on Sunday I was unpacking some boxes and found two MP3 players and an iPod shuffle I’d forgotten all about owning grin. The shuffle’s actually better than the nano for running because it comes with a clip. grin Oooh, overdoing the smilies today! Probably because I’m feeling good about my run.

Off for a shower now and then will catch up on posts since I was last here.

BIWI Mon 01-Apr-13 12:31:27

grin Nurse!

Just finished Week 8/Run 1 - and managed to use the MapMyRun app as well as the itunes app and the GetRunning app all at the same time. Turns out that my 28 minute run was 4.11K, with an average pace of 6.49 mins, and burning 345 calories.

MapMyRun is interesting as it plots your pace throughout the whole thing. Whilst I can see that I slowed down as the run progressed (perhaps not surprising), it's actually a fairly consistent pace, which I'm guessing is a good thing.

Itslifejimbutnotasweknowit Mon 01-Apr-13 13:42:14

Well done Nursezza you certainly have been working hard. Quite an inspiration to the likes of me. Just managed W1R2 todaygrin. Legs sore but feeling chuffedgrin. Can't overdo the smileys on a good day.

Shewhojuggles, I googled running shops in my city and just went to the one I liked the look of. The staff were very friendly and positive about the couch to 5k.

Debs75, babybeesmama, EggInABap, JH1967 well done for starting! I look forward to reading your posts to see how you’re getting on with it. smile EggInABap, I’m trying to lose weight to and using intermittent fasting (i.e. the 5:2 diet, except I’m doing 4:3) to do it. It’s working nicely and I’m not noticing any difference in my running on fast and non-fast days. I actually now prefer to run in the morning of a non-fast day and not bother with breakfast at all except on Sundays now. I love it because I don’t feel like I’m on a diet. Now I’m using an iPod shuffle it has a clip to go on my t-shirt collar and I wear my house key on a chain around my neck but when I used my nano I just shoved it in my bra [shh!].

Happymum22, don’t worry about your fitness levels. Did you manage to run all of the week 2 runs? If so, you’re doing great! And if not, don’t worry, just keep going with week 2 until you can complete all the runs. It says it’s a 9 week program but you don’t have to do it in 9 weeks. Running in a hilly area and with a cold are bound to make it a little harder. Just keep going and the fitness levels will improve as you go.

BIWI, the sun was out in Wales for my park run. grin Well done on your run. You’re faster than me. grin

<waves at itslifejim>

Been out with my friend today, she felt a bit poorly so we stopped but she felt better after a small walk and we did 10.6k in 1hr 5, so slower than normal but still a nice run. When we were out on Thursday a man got out of his car without looking and opened te door right into our path, I pulled something in my leg as it was a bit stiff Friday but fine Saturday when I ran. Today it started hurting early on and I am now limping sad

Lots of happy running posts today grin. Looking forward to some running in the sun but it wasn't to be today, its out now though. Looking forward to being able to run in the forest instead of the boring roads!

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Mon 01-Apr-13 17:48:39

I am really looking forward to running in the sun too smile And in some slightly warmer weather too... DH says I will be complaining about running in the heat before long hmm But I am so fed up with the cold! angry

Ha ha! SarahWithAFringeOnTop, I think I will be complaining about running in the heat. I got hot running today and was down to just two t-shirts.

pennygallops Mon 01-Apr-13 19:38:52

Well done everyone - lots of Easter running. Hope you're feeling better soon cinnamon. I've just come in from an evening run - in the light and sunshine, still damn cold but it was nice to be out in the light. I tried your training from the other week cinnamon 4 mins marathon pace, recover, 2mins 10k pace. Not sure if I did it quite right but I enjoyed the variation. The 45 mins went very quickly and I covered 7k. Feeling smile tonight.

BIWI Mon 01-Apr-13 21:27:20

God, running in the sun/being too hot would be lovely grin

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Tue 02-Apr-13 19:06:12

Wouldn't it be? envy

Just been out today and it was b*&^$£ cold! Nasty evil wind too that tried to blow right through me at first... got bored with the Ullrey podcast - I seem to have been listening to W9 forever - so after a bit of googling found the NHS C25K+ ones for "graduates of the C25K" grin Me - a graduate of a running programme!!! Anyway, I quite liked it - might try a couple of the others too, although the one called stamina sounds a bit daunting! Anyone else tried these? I did look for some 10K ones, but couldn't find anything free and I'm too tight to pay for any blush I can't seem to run without someone in my ear telling me what to do. I may have to try and overcome that!

Anyone else been out today? It's remarkably quiet on here and apart from the arctic wind it's a beautiful day!

My friend cancelled on me but I started going on my own and groin pain stopped me after 3 mins. I probably could have pushed through but I want to go to training tomorrow and would rather give it another days rest when it was so painful today sad

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Tue 02-Apr-13 20:09:30

cinnamon sad Hope another day's rest sorts it out and it's better tomorrow smile

Shewhojuggles Tue 02-Apr-13 20:42:45

Thanks for the advice and motivation all. Just finished W1R1 and really enjoyed it. It was such a contrast with my running last year when I thought it was bad to stop and walk. I probably pushed myself too far before. The walking/running combo feels SO much more sensible. I covered just over 2 miles including the warm up and cool down bits, really pleased! smile)

BIWI Tue 02-Apr-13 20:50:09

Oh no, cinnamon, that doesn't sound good sad

JH1967 Wed 03-Apr-13 08:05:27

Completed run 2 week 1. Had to take dog as DH at work early then MP3 ran out just as i was about to start first run . Kept going though (trying to keep eye on second hand of watch , did what I could even when my dog tried to pull me off to chase a duck!!!

pennygallops Wed 03-Apr-13 09:35:51

Well done JH1967, your dog sounds fun. I've been out for a gentle 4k run with my DS. We had a good chat and made plans for the rest of the holidays. smile
How's the leg feeling cinnamon?
Glad you are enjoying the program shewhojuggles - it has worked for so many.

Better than yesterday but I've only walked on it not run. I did some stretching and also some band work devised by dh last night and he's got me taking ibuprofen so we'll see.

Well done JH1967, especially without your MP3 player that would have put me in a proper bad mood to run!

Sounds lovely pennygallops, my friend ended up running with her boys on bikes yesterday afternoon. I have one too small and one too lazy, I can dream I suppose!

pennygallops Wed 03-Apr-13 15:09:31

I am lucky with my DS, he is loving the running as much as I am. We had a conversation this morning about keeping our running going next week whilst we are on holiday in The Lake District and how he's planning on improving his parkrun PB. I would like a running buddy, but he'll have do to for now. wink

rusmum Wed 03-Apr-13 15:22:45

Ca I join in? Finished this last April and hardly run since blush lost 3 stone and regained 1blushblushblush did week 4/1 last night n it was tough!!!!!!!!

We are away next weekend and I'm planning on trying Gorleston parkrun smile

Hi rusmum, welcome back grin

rusmum Wed 03-Apr-13 16:00:11

Can u run daily or need rest days?

pennygallops Wed 03-Apr-13 16:41:23

Hi rusmum. I try to run 5 days a week, I always have a couple of rest days and one or two easier runs.
Ooooh, some parkrun tourism cinnamon, I like it. My DS and I have looked at where the nearest one would be to our cottage, but it's an hour away sad. Nevermind, I'm sure we'll still get in a couple of nice runs.

W9R2 done! I pushed myself a little harder again carrying on with my version of speed training. I tried running as fast as I could for 40 right foot strikes per song instead of 20 today and shaved a whole minute off my time today so very happy as I’m now running an average of 8kph (which according to MFP is the slowest running speed angry).

cinnamon, I hope the leg lets you run again soon. sad

Well done Shewhojuggles! I agree. The plan is much more sensible than anything I’ve tried to devise for myself. I always pushed myself too hard too soon but couldn’t do it and gave up. This plan worked for me really well. smile

JH1967, I’ve got a minor obsession with making sure my iPod is charged up before I go out for fear of it cutting out on me.

Hello rusmum!

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Wed 03-Apr-13 19:35:43

Ezzza, you're nearly there! grin What are you going to do next?

I totally agree about charging your iPod/whatever - I just can't run without something to listen to ad preferably someone encouraging me! How pathetic is that? blush

Well, I definitely shouldn't have run tonight I was in pain while running but ok until I stopped. Can now barely walk!! sad hoping some ibuprofen, heat, stretching and a good nights sleep will at least let me walk ok!

QueenBIWI Wed 03-Apr-13 22:30:43

Sounds like you definitely need to rest that, cinnamon

I can't run without listening to music. I had something on my iPhone the other day that had a very long gap between tracks, and I realised all I could hear was my heavy breathing grin

I did my second run of week 8, a 28 minute run. MapMyRun has given me some dodgy statistics about it though, giving me a much faster pace than I ran on Monday. I don't think ran much faster today, so I'm taking that with a large pinch of salt.

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Thu 04-Apr-13 09:07:44

Ouch cinnamon, I hope you're feeling better this morning. If it's a pulled muscle I'm not sure there's much more you can do beyond ibuprofen and rest sad and maybe some very gentle exercise (walking?) later.

QueenBIWI, I've found the same with RunKeeper telling me some days I'm much faster than others, but I wonder whether I'm just rubbish at knowing how fast I've been? There seems no logic behind what's a "good" and "bad" run, but as often I do the same route and I know the time is right, I can't see how the maths is wrong!

SarahWithAFringeOnTop, I plan to work on speed now as I'd like to be able to run 5k in under 30 minutes (initially). My park run PB is 39m03s at the moment.

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Thu 04-Apr-13 10:33:45

So would I Ezzza! Not sure what my time is atm as I haven't done a measured 5K, but it's probably about 36 min only I don't seem to be getting any faster!

Sarah, I wasn't really either (well, I was a bit, but that had more to do with my injured ankle healing than anything else), so I decided, as I run around my 5k loop, to try running as fast as I can for a while at the beginning of each song that comes on my iPod and then slow down to a sustainable speed. At the moment I'm trying to increase the length of time I run faster. I've only done this twice so far but both times I shaved quite a bit of time off. I'm also quite pleased that the second time I did it I recovered more quickly after the fast runs and the dead slow shuffle I had to do to recover turned into a more normal jogging speed a bit sooner. I'm still experimenting with this a little bit. Not quite sure how far I'm going to be able to take it as ideally I'd like to be able to run 5k in under 30 minutes at a consistent pace rather than in spurts, but maybe this will help with increasing my 'sustainable' pace.

JH1967 Thu 04-Apr-13 13:01:39

Don't you worry Ezzza mp3 will stay charged from now on. Legs recovered much better after second run, I'm hoping that it's not coz I misread the runs - will find out tomorrow smile

JH1967 grin

That's good JH1967, I'm sure you didn't miss time them my first run was the only one I ached after.

Don't know if I already said but my first full 5K was in 34 mins, I slowly tried to beat myself and just tried to run faster when I felt ok and keep that pace as long as I could. After I joined the club I guess I was training for speed more with interval training and now I just really want to work on distance. Well actually RIGHT now I just want to be able to walk without a limp sad

pennygallops Thu 04-Apr-13 17:00:16

My first 5k was also about 33 or 34 mins. I've slowly speeded up to about 28mins, on a good day 27 and a half mins. But I still have days where it takes me over 30. I am trying different things with my 'training'/runs now, then using the parkrun as a sort of time trial - me against the clock.

Ooh you're all so quick! Anyone a slow poke like me? My first 5k was 44mins (pre ankle injury but involved quite a lot of walking too). First 5k running all the way was 42m32s (post injury). Fastest time so far is 37m18s (running all the way).

BIWI Thu 04-Apr-13 18:20:39

How are you feeling now, cinnamon?

Babybeesmama Thu 04-Apr-13 18:34:45

Completed week 1 grin! Really want to stick with it! Which week did people start to find it easier? X

BIWI Thu 04-Apr-13 18:40:08

Interestingly, Babybeesmama, as the runs got longer I found it easier. Partly I think it's the programme. It really does help make you stronger. Plus, the realisation that it's as much about your head as it is about your ability to run!

pennygallops Thu 04-Apr-13 19:33:39

I agree with that BIWI. And I am finding it easier to run for longer and longer, not faster. I just run for 45mins again tonight, about 7km. Running comfortably at 6mins30secs per km. I think I need to really push myself out of this comfort zone to improve my pace.
Congrats Babybeesmama.

Hhhmmmmm Thu 04-Apr-13 20:12:11

Hiya smile I've got to week 6 of c25k before finding this thread but recently beginning to struggle instead of finding it easier sad. I'm running slower not faster (down to 6kmph instead of 7kmph). It's the final long run of the week that petrifies me, not sure how I managed last week's 20 mins! Yes I do; I went slower and slower! blush
Anybody got any tips or ideas what I might be doing wrong? Shall I just repeat this week?

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Thu 04-Apr-13 20:26:09

hmmm yes repeat a week if you are struggling.

I am on wk 8 but actually run for longer as i run through the cool down and do 6.5km in about 38mins. I am doing couchto10k but the first 8 wks are the same as couchto5km.

Running three/four times a week and enjoying it which i never thought i would say about running!

Hello lovely ladies! I am back on this thread after a snow-induced pause. W1D3 yesterday morning and just loved being out in the fresh air. W2D1 tomorrow!

I am also trying to break a sugar addition (can't find the thread about this) - day 3 of no choc / cake / biscuits and the cravings are starting to subside. Yay.

I would say that slowing down isn't a big deal if your running for longer Hhhmmmmm think that's what w5r3 teaches you. You can run for 20 mins and regardless of speed you are running, I think w6 is about building on speed slightly but the whole plan is to get you running and I don't think you should worry about speed personally. You have to do what you feel is best for you. I started c25k jan and finished march, didn't do my first full 5k until June and really wouldn't say I actually enjoyed the run itself until July. I enjoyed some bits and the way I felt afterwards and the feeling that I could run but not most of the actual run itself. Now I love it and can't imagine my life without running.

Leg is better than this morning thanks BIWI but considerably more painful than before I ran yesterday sad

Well done fromheretomaternity, especially on the sugar wink

Hhhmmmmm Thu 04-Apr-13 21:25:17

Thanks 5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs and cinnamongreyhound that's made me feel better. I will keep going and decide whether to repeat week six after I do the third run on sat and whether I collapse or not

fromheretomaternity I only just worked out the sugar thing recently (I think it was Easter that did it! wink So on my third day without all that stuff too and starting to feel better (also cutting out alcohol and caffeine and reducing carbs). Maybe we should start our own thread grin

There is a thread somewhere Hhmmmm! <scuttles off to locate it>

Got it!

sugar thread

Hhhmmmmm Thu 04-Apr-13 21:56:43

Ooh lovely will check it out! Thanks fromheretomaternity

rusmum Thu 04-Apr-13 22:05:25

Week 4 run 2 today almost killed me!!!!!! blush Should I have started further back? Cinnamon? What u think envy
I had done a shred session and 2 hour dog walk already though q

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Fri 05-Apr-13 10:13:01

You sound as though you're pushing yourself quite hard rusmum - especially if you're shredding as well. I think personally I'd start further back, maybe at week 2 - it still doesn't take long before you're running decent lengths of time but it paces you really well. I don't think it's meant to almost kill you! Let us know how you get on smile

If you managed week 4 run 1 ok then I think it may be what you'd done already that day or perhaps that you tried to go a bit quick? I'd give run 3 a go in a day or so and see how that goes before you decide.

Agree with cinnamon rusmum, I think the Shred is pretty intense so I've decided not to do it on a running day. Perhaps have another go at a week 4 run on a day you haven't been so active as the last time. smile

JH1967 Sat 06-Apr-13 09:50:24

Finished week one.All ok and DD now coming along too grin

Well done JH1967!

Very excited to be scanner at parkrun today grin we had 36 runners. Still not running myself but hoping to have a slow jog tomorrow morning, fingers crossed!

BIWI Sat 06-Apr-13 11:56:23

How is it feeling now, cinnamon? Don't go running if you're not properly better!

My shins were still a bit tender, so I didn't go for my run yesterday, and I'm considering delaying it until tomorrow as well. I went to the running shop and had a chat with them. Took my shoes/insoles with me, but they didn't even consider/ask me to put them on/run with them hmm. Advice was to rest, or to massage muscles, to stretch well - or to go to a physio.

(And to continue to run on softer surfaces, which I have done for the last couple of weeks)

At what point do I decide that this is a problem that means I have to stop running as opposed to just running when I feel OK? It's not so painful that I have to take any anti-inflammatories, just something that I'm aware of, IYSWIM.

I'm walking without a limp but it's still painful at times. Not taking painkillers now and it's definitely on the mend. Don't worry I won't go if I don't feel up to it, don't want another couple of days like Thurs and Fri!

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sat 06-Apr-13 19:03:40

You're all a bit quiet today! Have just been out - it's so nice to be able to run without a fleece hat and gloves and a scarf round my nose and mouth! The sun shone, the sky was blue... grin and I inadvisedly thought I'd try the "stamina" podcast from Laura which nearly finished me off! However I made it, though I'm still not very fast - 5K in 35 min - I need to be faster than that...

rusmum Sat 06-Apr-13 21:36:57

Did w4 r3 better than last one slowed down a little. But sill hard legs were killing! Going to do it again for good luck before moving on. Covered 2.78 miles, that about right? I forget lol sad

That's bloody good for week 4!! 5k is 3.1 miles grin

UmBongo Sat 06-Apr-13 23:32:52

Hello Cinnamon! I'm back! Plantar fasciatus has gone - and hopefully stays gone. I am starting week one for the third time. I got to w5r3 the first time, then sore ankle and dd happened. Then I got to w3 ish and the sore foot struck. I am running on grass this time so hopefully it will be better.

This time I have to get to the end cos I have entered the Race for Life in June.

UmBongo Sat 06-Apr-13 23:33:28

Sorry, forgot to say w1r2 done tonight.

Debs75 Sun 07-Apr-13 13:41:36

So after about 4 weeks I have finally done with week one. I will be starting with week two sometime this week. Will probably be Friday as I am sooo busy this week with training, college and work. Had a sneaky 1min30sec run today and it was hard but I need to crank things up a bit.
Took the pooch with me last week and nearly killed her so back to running on my own.
I am pleased that my asthma seems to be coping with this extra exercise. My thighs and calves don't like it so much though.

Welcome back UmBongo, glad to hear you've sorted your foot problems smile

Well done Debs75! My dog doesn't come with me anymore since I was pulling her most of the way!

jchocchip Mon 08-Apr-13 08:43:23

Found you all again! Had a good week went out Monday, swam Thursday, parkrun Saturday and cycled Sunday, though my foot is hurting again sad

I have the slow record nurse My parkrun pb is only 46 minutes, but I keep plodding along and will break 45 minutes soon! Hopefully before I get my 50 shirt I will lose some more weight and speed up grin

Hhhmmmmm Mon 08-Apr-13 19:06:40

Hello all, started week six again today and just ran slower all the way through, not giving myself a hard time that I wasn't going faster! Feel better for it; so thanks for advice smile

That's great Hhhmmmmm!

No running again for me sad

BIWI Mon 08-Apr-13 19:45:18

Nor me, cinnamon. Shins are much better, but still not perfect. And I have too much on tomorrow to go, so it will be Wednesday at the earliest before I can go again.

rusmum Mon 08-Apr-13 21:13:08

Managed week 4 ok, yay bit slower but calorie burn was rubbish!!! Only 270

UmBongo Mon 08-Apr-13 22:24:23

Sorry your leg is still playing up cinnamon. I have just finished week 1 and am looking forward to seeing how far through the plan I get this time! I am also looking forward to upping the running a bit cos it's bloody COLD.

How do you work out calorie burn rusmum?

rusmum Tue 09-Apr-13 07:08:11

Heart rate monitor un bongo.

That's good rusmum, you've lost quite a bit of weight though haven't you? There's still a reasonable amount of walking in week 4, burns will go up grin

I managed 2 mins today before I had to stop, hoping another attempt later in the week will be more successful sad

Chopstheduck Wed 10-Apr-13 08:41:36

how is your leg cinnamon?

I've not had much chance for longer runs, with the kids being off, and dh starts moaning if I disappear for too long. I've been doing 5-6k every other day though, and did a 9k at the weekend. Looking forward to next week though when the kids go back and I can run for longer. PB is down to 35 mins smile

I got a lovely blister on the bottom of my foot last week, sort of inside the arch of my foot - really nasty! Seems to be better now though, and I got some proper running socks. Apparently thick cotton wasn't a good idea.

Chopstheduck Wed 10-Apr-13 08:43:33

Umbongo, I runtastic on my phone. If you have a smart phone the basic version is free. I am still at least two stone overweight and so burn about 550 cals doing 5k.

I’m back!

… and IT’S GRADUATION DAY!

I did W9R3 this morning so that’s me finished the plan. I can’t believe I actually saw an exercise program through!

It was a tough one today. I was due to finish the program during the park run on Saturday. On Friday night I really didn’t feel up for the park run, on Saturday I still didn’t feel up to it, but I foolishly made myself go anyway. I ran for less than 5 minutes before giving up and walking home. sad Felt so glum I didn’t go out for my run on Monday either. Got out today though, but as I said, it was tough. I hung on for the 30 minutes and walked the rest of the way. Has anyone else had weeks like that?

Gonna try to just get out there and run my route three times this next week and never mind the time. I took note of the tree I got to at the 33 minute mark and will try to keep running until that point for the next week, then build my way back up to 5k again.

jchocchip, I’m a long way off the 50 shirt!

cinnamon, sorry to hear your leg is still impeding you. Those barcode things look fun to use though! grin

Chopstheduck Wed 10-Apr-13 13:38:43

well done Ezza! You have done fantastic.

I think the thing is that 5k in 9 weeks is incredible, and you are still building fitness, so there still can be off days. I got to 5k fairly quickly, but still had off days for a while after that where I couldn't quite manage it, and it's only been more recently where I know I can reliably run 5k every time without needing to stop to catch my breath or legs at all.

You've done really well NurseEzzaChapel, I still have bad runs and good runs. Sometimes I've just gone off a bit quick or I'm a bit dehydrated or it's just one of those things. I've had some of my best runs when I really haven't wanted to go and I've been mentally really unprepared it's just random sometimes! I wasn't running 5k but the end of c25k, finished and March and didn't run my first 5k until June. I just went out and ran for 30 mins and tried to get further each time, it was often hard at that time.
Congratulations on Graduating and enjoy the fact that you can run for 30 mins and longer!

BIWI Wed 10-Apr-13 15:48:04

Have just done Week 8/Run 3! It's weird knowing that I only need to run for another two minutes.

I couldn't get the MapMyRun app to work today, so I don't know how far I actually ran. Will try next time - which will be my first 30 minute run grin I never thought I would get here, honestly.

How's your leg, cinnamon?

jchocchip Wed 10-Apr-13 19:15:06

Well done nurseezza congratulations to you!! <virtual c25k medal> and flowers!

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Wed 10-Apr-13 20:48:08

Well done Ezzza! grin I know exactly what you mean about one bad run making you feel dispirited - it happens to me too. It really is so much about training your mind as well as your body, I don't think I appreciated that at the start. I think once you get your head round that idea though it helps a bit if you have a bad run, you can tell your subconscious you refuse to be defeated by it. And sometimes there just will be off days and bad runs - just don't beat yourself up about them. There will be a lot more good ones than bad ones and you have achieved such a lot already smile

Better thanks BIWI but I still can't run sad I tried today again but although I ran without limping it was still very painful and I was too worried about doing damage as I'm very happy to be pain free during the day when walking around!

UmBongo Wed 10-Apr-13 21:23:33

Well done Nurseezza I have just done W2R1, but with a bit extra running, 3 minutes last run not 1.5.

I like the idea of running (eventually) for 30 minutes and just seeing how far I get. Cos I don't have a smart gadgetty phone to tell me where I have been, and how many calories etc. Probably a good job as I would probably take the information that I had burnt 270 and go and eat 200 back again. In chocolate.

Debs75 Wed 10-Apr-13 22:08:10

Didn't get chance to do W2R1 today as had an all day training day. I have however walked 20 miles this week, according to my weightwatchers pedometer, so I have had some exercise. I should be able to get out on Friday so hoping for a nice day

pennygallops Thu 11-Apr-13 21:14:07

Hi guys, been away in The Lakes for the last week. Didn't do any running, but lots of walking. Back to it tonight, but I think my fitness has slipped a bit.
Well done NurseEzza on your graduation and running.
Nearly there BIWI!
And well done everyone else!

Did you have a nice break pennygallops? I think my fitness will have decreased too, gone from 15-18 miles last week to nothing this!

pennygallops Thu 11-Apr-13 21:54:17

We had a lovely break thanks - great weather and I taught the children how to skim stones. I did take my trainers, but those hills and after a day out walking...I just didn't fancy it. Far less runners over there than at home.
I hope our fitness comes back quickly cinnamon - I think it will, we were doing quite a bit.

Chopstheduck Fri 12-Apr-13 07:10:49

I'm sure you will be fine. I was worried after a week off at half term, and I was nowhere near your levels of fitness (still aren't!) but it was fine.

Glad you had a good time, pennygallops, sounds lovely. Please can you teach me to skim stones too?! grin

pennygallops Fri 12-Apr-13 09:05:52

chopstheduck it's all in the stone and the flick of the wrist. smile

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Fri 12-Apr-13 19:12:21

What's everyone doing today? Have to admit I opted not to run this evening blush due to a combination of DH just being back after a week away and the colour of the sky when I got home from work (dark grey). It's now raining stair-rods so I feel justified, but also strangely deprived confused

BIWI Fri 12-Apr-13 19:53:22

I didn't run today as planned - every time I had a 'window' with work, it was raining. And we're not talking ordinary rain. It was horizontal at times!

We're away tomorrow and Sunday, so the earliest I can run will be Sunday afternoon/evening.

We've had some amazing rain today! I tried to run this evening and managed 6 mins before it hurt too much. Pain was worse after but improving as the evenings going on. Looks like I won't be a parkrun tourist this weekend sad

Evening all!

Went out this morning for my W3 run (think I am rather behind most of the others on this thread, but am enjoying being inspired by your stories). Got back just as it started raining. I kind of don't mind running in the rain, it's quite invigorating, but it was only a few minutes of rain at the very end so I wasn't completely drenched!

My right knee still worries me, it's not painful exactly but definitely can feel it. Am taking joint supplements and just ordered a neopropene knee brace online. So will probably wait till that arrives on Monday, then go out Monday evening.

DH can't quite believe I've been getting up at 6.30-7am and heading out for my walk/run but I can honestly say I really enjoy it, I love being out and about, and it's a little me-time which is very much otherwise lacking due to 2 kids + work!

pennygallops Fri 12-Apr-13 22:15:11

Don't worry fromheretomaternity you'll soon be through the program and running like the rest of us. My left knee sometimes feels exactly how you describe - not painful, but something there. It doesn't hurt enough to stop me running. Might try some joint supplements. I too, like a morning run whilst the rest of the world is asleep.
I'm on rest day today - parkrun tomorrow. It's a shame you won't be running cinnamon. DS collects his 10 T-shirt tomorrow - he's very excited. We are cycling to our local parkrun!

UmBongo Fri 12-Apr-13 22:55:31

You are ahead of me fromheretomaternity, I did W2R2 tonight. It is still COLD here, although the weather is supposed to be warming up at the weekend, but probably accompanied by the wet stuff.

Chopstheduck Sat 13-Apr-13 06:48:29

aww that is a shame, cinnamon, I hope it is better soon. I'm in Norfolk end of May and really want to do that run, though not necessarily with park run. I used to tear up and down there on my bike as a kid, and go crabbing off the jetty at the harbour smile

I really wanted to run yesterday, but had run the day before. It was raining really heavily too, so didn't get out on my bike neither. Hoping to go later today when dh gets home (jsut left to visit his gran in hosp), maybe do a forest run.

pennygallops Sat 13-Apr-13 11:37:57

Well, we cycled to the parkrun today smile. No PBs but managed to do it in about 28mins. It was a lovely sunny morning, a little wind chill but good conditions. We had fun.

I was an evening running until I started going on my clubs Saturday run just before Christmas and now I love running in the morning. It's very peaceful and you have the rest of the day to feel virtuous and full of energy! Hope your knee doesn't develop into anything more fromheretomaternity.

Yarmouth is our closest seaside but I have never been to gorleston until yesterday Chopstheduck! We are back today after 2 hours in the caravan park pool and late lunch. Ds2 is sleeping so I'm in the car at the minute with him while dh, dss and ds1 are on the beach. Plan is to attempt another short run tonight, even if its 6 mins rather than 5 as groin feels back to what it was yesterday before I ran so I'm assuming I haven't done lasting harm.

Yay for your cycle and run pennygallops, it was a lovely morning here for a run. Glad you both enjoyed yourselves.

We have a handicapped 5k series with my club starting weds, really hoping I will be able to take part.

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sat 13-Apr-13 15:15:08

I know just what you mean about "felling" your knee pennygallops and FHTM - I can feel one of mine too, just inside and slightly above the knee. I keep hoping it will go away...

Went out this morning - it was a lovely morning and I think I got the best of the day because it's trying to rain now sad Hope it will be better tomorrow. It is just so nice to be able to go out without hat, gloves, buff wrapped round my nose and mouth... smile

dementedma Sat 13-Apr-13 15:50:36

Started R25K again and done W1R2 today. I use the NHS podcast on my iPod but now I have an iPhone 4. How can I use the programme with my own music?

jchocchip Sat 13-Apr-13 20:43:41

another slow parkrun for me today. Lovely sunny morning for it though...

jchocchip Sat 13-Apr-13 20:44:49

I think you need an app that lets you play your own music. I only used the nhs podcasts.

I have the zenlabs app and I can listen to my own music. Though I realise now what a poor selection of music I have - so am sometimes listening to the radio instead - Today Programme a few times now!

toriap2 Sun 14-Apr-13 07:58:35

I have just done my first run and am feeling good.

JH1967 Sun 14-Apr-13 11:23:59

Well done toriap2

I finished week 2 yesterday, so start week 3 tomorrow, it will be my first run in the morning before work as I have been off for Easter holidays. Should be ok though.

toriap2 Sun 14-Apr-13 14:43:01

Well done! I hope it goes well. I am looking forward to my next run

Well done toriap2 and welcome!!

Well Ive been out and done 7 1/2 min tonight. Wasn't as painful as Friday and I'm not in agony now which is much better! Will have a go at a bit longer assuming I'm not in too much pain tomorrow. Last day of holiday tomorrow, so will be swimming in the morning, crazy golf in Yarmouth and then home. Will try to run I were home at a decent time smile

pennygallops Sun 14-Apr-13 20:52:52

Welcome toriap2 and well done JH1967.
Good to hear your injury is on the mend cinnamon. I haven't been for a run today, I've had my MIL and dad over for lunch. I'm going out tomorrow.

UmBongo Sun 14-Apr-13 22:57:45

Well done cinnamon I am pleased you are starting to get out again. I have done w2r3 tonight. Very windy, but warmer than last week.

BIWI Sun 14-Apr-13 23:29:33

Off out tomorrow, hopefully, for Week 9/Run 1. My first 30 minute run!

olrojo Mon 15-Apr-13 13:29:57

I'm thinking of doing thec25k. It's been 7 years and four children since I ran that far but I need to get fit. My question is - how do you time it without constantly looking at a watch or is a good sports watch just part of it?!

BIWI Mon 15-Apr-13 14:11:17

Download Get Running, a free C25K app. It tells you when to start running and gives you times as you run/when to stop.

Thanks everyone for your congrats and encouragement. smile

olrojo, the NHS Podcast is free to download. I started using that. The coach is called Laura and she tells you when to run and when to walk, so all you need is a decent pair of runners and an mp3 player. At week 3 I started making my own playlists using songs that were the right length so I could listen to my own music but still knew when to run and when to walk (my phone is prehistoric so I can’t download any of the couch to 5k apps that tell you when to run and when to walk while letting you listen to your own music, but if you have a smartphone of some kind you can probably get an app for it). Do jump in and have a go. I honestly couldn’t run 200 metres when I started this and now (on my good days) I can run for 5k.

Well done for starting toriap2! JH1967, fromheretomaternity, dementedma, UmBongo and BIWI well done on your runs and of course to all you fellow graduates whose ranks I have just joined. smile These threads are keeping me going.

Just back from my first postgraduate run! I only managed to get out and run once last week and I think it’s because I’m pushing myself to do better and better each time and losing the fun of it. So today I left my watch at home and put my iPod on shuffle so that I couldn’t be tempted to time my run and just tried to make it to that tree I noted last Wednesday.

There were points when I thought I was going to give up early, but remembered posts on here about how fitness levels are often higher than the mind thinks they are so pushed through it. I started off by focussing on some of the reasons I was out there in the first place: good for physical and mental health and because I’m really enjoying the changing shape of my body that the running is helping with. Like others I haven’t found the running has done much to help with weight loss, but I’m doing something else for that anyway, but I have noticed that my legs and bum are a much better shape since I started the running. I think I’ve gone from a vaguely female blob to what I like to think of as a bronze statue wearing a very thickly padded catsuit. grin Okay, so I’m not quite that ripped underneath the flubber but it’s definitely shaping up. I keep poking myself in the gut because that used to be squishy all the way, but now the squishy layer is sitting on top of some muscle. grin So I kept distracting myself from thinking about the discomfort of the running and soon enough I was at that tree I was aiming for! grin

Next goals: 1) try and run all the way to that tree again and 2) try to enjoy the running again after this recent blip.

BIWI Mon 15-Apr-13 14:32:30

Yes, if you have Get Running, you can still listen to your own music. The voice-over comes over the music to tell you the times.

Just done my first run of week 9 today! Not quite 5K. I also downloaded Map My Run, which tells me that I ran 4.44K today, with a pace of 6.48. By my calculations, I need to run 32.5 minutes to reach the 5K. (Or to run the 30 minutes faster grin)

Shewhojuggles Mon 15-Apr-13 15:32:54

Well done BIWI - week 9 grin

Hi toriap2 well done on your first run. I found this group recently too. I'm going for W2R2 later and cant wait! The sun is shining here and i ran on saturday without gloves for the first time since last October smile

I also follow the weight loss threads and have looked into my local park run which i'm going to aim for in a few weeks. I'm using the NHS podcasts (on iPhone) because i find Laura motivational but i also run the Sports Tracker app in the background so i know how far i have run and the time. I downloaded Runkeeper app too which allows you to listen to your music and maps time/distance but it doesnt tell me when to run/walk which i like about the NHS one. Once I'm running continuously I'll probably play my music and run Sports Tracker in the background still (you can set it to interrupt the music at lap intervals - mile markers - and it tells you time/pace etc).

NurseEzza really hope it starts to get enjoyable again for you.

Hope you are feeling ok cinnamon and not doing too much?

dementedma Mon 15-Apr-13 21:19:38

W1R3 completed in the pissing rain with a lot of shin pain. Got good trainers so don't know what the problem is.

I second everyone else really olrojo, used nhs podcasts and an app called 5k runner, which you can use your own music. Ran it along side runkeeper for distance and speed, mine was set to 5 min intervals so every 5 mins she told me distance and pace. Once I was on 30 mins solid just used my music on shuffle and runkeeper. Now I run with my friend a lot I use endomondo as she does and that's good too.

Well done NurseEzzzaChapel, sounds like you've found a way through to the next step of enjoyin running because you enjoy running. I found it hard to stop running for a goal and just to run but its great now I can!

Well done BIWI that's faster than my first 5k, good pace smile

I'm doing ok thanks for asking Shewhojuggles. Been out for 13 mins tonight. Was fine to start with but was getting sorer, got lots of waking tomorrow so didn't want to push it. GPS crapped out so no idea of pace but not too painful now so all getting there. May have said already my club have a handicapped 5 k weds evening, not sure if I should/will attempt it. See how tomorrow goes I guess, was training last time that did in me in when I knew I shouldn't really have gone, hmmmmmm what to do!

Well done dementedma for going in the rain! No idea about shin pain I'm afraid so can't give any advice. Have you looked it up at all?

dementedmom Tue 16-Apr-13 09:35:55

Shin splints? I suffered with this but I did run in the wrong shoes when running late trying to get somewhere, so that caused mine (and it is absolute AGONY! Never again will I run in the wrong shoes!)

BIWI Tue 16-Apr-13 12:11:49

dementedma - what surface have you been running on? I had this when I reached the longer runs - 20 minutes - and I had been mostly running on the pavement. I switched to running in the park so I can run mostly on grass/muddy paths now, as there is less impact.

I still get a little pain but nothing like I used to.

Did you have your gait analysed when you bought your shoes?

Demented yes definitely sounds like shin splints, I had it once, it's agony. I can't really add to the advice except to say it's not just having good shoes, it's the right ones for you, so if you haven't done gait analysis it's worth it.

Cinnamon sounds very frustrating, hope your recovery continues!

I was out this morning before work for W3D2 wearing my brand new knee brace - I found it made a huge difference. It keeps the knee really warm (my knees hate the cold) and supported. It didn't hurt on the way round and has been mostly fine all day. I'm still going to try to see a physio to get some advice, but I'm much more hopeful now.

I am really enjoying going out in the mornings rather than evenings, it's a great way to start the day (and there is that feeling of smugness that I am up and out before the rest of the household is even awake!)

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Tue 16-Apr-13 20:58:55

Wow, you have all been busy! I second the advice about gait analysis dementedma - hope you get it sorted soon, that's no fun sad Can you find somewhere else to run? Where I live it's all pavements, there isn't anywhere else, but hopefully you can find a park or something.

NurseEzzza, do you mean you're developing abs? (Insert impressed smiley here) Mine doesn't feel any different though I think my legs and bum are firmer. Doesn't seem to have had any effect on my middle though sad But still, it was great being out tonight - I've got some new tracks to listen to so managed a full 40 minutes - and then I found I'd done about 5.5K so I thought I would carry on and see if I could do 6K. Which I could, though I may regret it tomorrow! Still slow though, it took me about 43 minutes so I've a way to go to get 5K in under 30 minutes. Something to aim for!

Shewhojuggles Tue 16-Apr-13 21:30:27

I was going to ask the same thing re running surface. I run on the prom at the beach or on the pavement which i know is not helping the shin pain i get occasionally. Resting between runs and building up my distance over time seems to be helping. Also trying to consciously strike with heel first and try to make lighter steps - if that makes sense? What surface are you running on cinnamon - would a softer one help you ease back into it? It must be really frustrating wanting to run?

dementedma Tue 16-Apr-13 21:55:07

Thanks all. No, haven't had gait analysis done. Where would I do that? Did W2 R1 tonight and similar problem with right shin. Not quite as bad as yesterday, but enough to spoil the run and make it difficult.

pennygallops Tue 16-Apr-13 22:12:23

I think I've missed a few posts but lots of you seem to be getting out and about enjoying your running.

Well done sarahwithafringeontop - 6k is good going. I've started doing sit ups to try and tone my tummy. Legs and bum are looking ok in leggings - not too wobbly. grin

I had a lovely run last night - not particularly fast or a great distance (about 5.5k). I went out about 8pm, it was still light and the sun was just beginning to set. The temperature was positively mild and only a slight breeze. Just right for running.

That's great fromheretomaternity!

Well done SarahWithAFringeOnTop, increasing distance is good and part of increasing speed too I believe.

I run in the forest when it's light in the evenings Shewhojuggles, I don't think surface will make a difference it's just the extra weight I put on it I think. When I stand on one leg (to put trousers on etc, not because I'm weird and stand on one leg often!) it hurts and I guess it's because running has one foot on the floor at a time whereas walking you have both on the floor at once.

Loving the weather too pennygallops, I went in short sleeves last night and will be getting my 3/4 leggings out tomorrow I think grin

BIWI Tue 16-Apr-13 23:22:22

Shewhojuggles - you shouldn't be trying to strike with your heel first. You should be aiming to land lightly, but on the ball of your foot.

BIWI Tue 16-Apr-13 23:25:43

Look:

"So, no matter WHAT kind of shoe you’re wearing (which I’ll cover next), it’s important to stop stomping your heel into the ground, and instead focus on having your foot strike the ground more towards the middle/ball of your foot. Shorter strides, bent legs that are underneath you rather than fully extended out in front of you on impact, standing straight up, arms pumping, and trying to lightly bounce off the ground without your heel coming into contact with the ground."

from this site

JH1967 Wed 17-Apr-13 13:00:55

Did week 3 run 2 this morning. Could have quite easily have stayed in bed, but persevered and felt better for doing so. Yay!
Glad you're getting out a bit cinnamon probably best to take it slow, you don't want to do more damage.

Shewhojuggles Wed 17-Apr-13 15:13:20

Thanks BIWI. I think i must have misunderstood, i have been listening to the NHS C25K podcast and i though Laura said strike with the heel first. Going for W2R3 tonight so will listen a bit more carefully!

BIWI Wed 17-Apr-13 15:40:33

I don't use the NHS podcast, so can't help on that one!

But my osteopath also told me the same thing about not striking with your heel, so I'm presuming that it's good advice.

racingheart Wed 17-Apr-13 20:39:01

Hi,
hope you don't mind a newcomer joining in, but I've just started C25K this week with DC. DS1 and I love it, but DS2, who is quite sedentary and unfit, really hates it. I don't really know what to do (posted a long post earlier but not sure if it'll put people off. I don't want him to hate sport and running, but also realise that he is unlikely to have much motivation until he feels fitter and stronger, so he might need me to nudge him along until that day.
Any tips from C25K runners would be very welcome.

(By the way, on the where to strike your foot, I've been running in those barefoot style trainers, the ones with the curved soles, and they are so comfortable, as they hit the ground in the middle of your foot and rock it forward.)

UmBongo Wed 17-Apr-13 20:50:38

W3R1 done. I have been trying to concentrate on where my leg and the ground were meeting, I think I land quite flat, I tried landing on the ball of my foot but it felt really odd.

I say, though, it is just a tad breezy out there. hmm I am glad I kicked myself to go out, but I didn't want to!

Well done for going out JH1967!

Laura does say strike with your heel Shewhojuggles, you're not imagining it wink

Welcome racingheart, sometimes children need a gentle nudge but it could be that running isn't his thing. My ds1 doesn't want to go to gymnastics every week but he comes out every week telling me how awesome it is and is getting better and better. He loves his bike but won't go far! Give it a few weeks and he may become a bit more positive about it smile

I went to my handicapped 5k but started and couldnt carry on. Ran for 10 mins there and most of way back so definitely an improvement but still painful. Monday 13 mins, today 23 with a little gap in the middle!

jchocchip Thu 18-Apr-13 06:56:25

Morning peeps glad to hear the injury is improving cinnamon. Very windy here...

We've got the wind now, got really windy overnight. Beautiful sunshine this morning though smile

Sore this morning so may have done too much, getting better as I'm moving around though, phew!

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Thu 18-Apr-13 20:39:01

Windy here too but not as much as last night when it was blowing a hooley! Went out for a quick run this evening - wasn't sure how much I could manage as I've been fasting today, but forgot to worry about being knackered as I was keeping one eye on a very large black cloud! Was sure I was going to get soaked but somehow it went away and missed me (phew).
Glad to hear things are getting better cinnamon