Couch to 5K- join us if you dare, running is highly addictive!!

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Another thread for us long termers and a new one for those just starting. Whatever stage you're at come and join us for lots of advice and moral support.

Old thread here

pennygallops Fri 31-May-13 21:58:44

Nice new thread and nice new name. Thank you cinnamon grin

Judyandherdreamofhorses Fri 31-May-13 22:04:54

Hi. Thanks for a new thread. I'm on day 4 tomorrow! It's quite exciting. I've had bouts of running and various other fitness things in the past, but this time am just keen to be able to run a regular (3-4 times a week) 5K. Injury prone, toddler and a baby, DH who works crazy hours, so hard to fit in. But I already feel so much better after my first 3 days of it. Better to spend 30 mins running (and walking!) than sitting at home.

nearlyreadytopop Fri 31-May-13 22:06:13

hi! I just started this this week. week 1, run 3 tomorrow. So far no major problems except my feet are aching after a few min, possible new trainers and/or orthotics problems.

UmBongo Fri 31-May-13 22:19:18

Ooh - shiney new thread, thank you cinnamon, I was worried when it said the old one had 995 messages, but you are brilliantly efficient as ever!

Well I have just done my first 30 minute run for week 9. I seem to have inadvertently done the Couch to 4K by accident as todays run was 4.01km when I mapped it grin Not sure where the fifth kilometre is supposed to fit!

Hey ho, something to work on.

Welcome to the new starters - don't panic and remember that everyone has a fit when they are expected to run for three whole minutes all at once in week 3

eminemmerdale Fri 31-May-13 22:22:58

I did my first one today after having to stop last month as I really hurt my knee. All fine now and I've got some super doopah new trainers too, which made a massive difference. Doing it with a friend too, so hopefully we will make it!!

muddyprints Fri 31-May-13 22:40:03

hi, started c25k 4 weeks ago. wk 1 and wk 2 ran twice each. wk 3 ran 3 times. wk4 couldn't complete first attempt, have run twice more ok and will run once more. wk 5 has 3 runs which look very hard. should I run 5a few times till I manage then 5b till I manage then 5c till I manage(IF EVER) or should I run 5a,5b,5c as much as I can then repeat till I manage?

BIWI Fri 31-May-13 22:45:51

muddy - just do what you feel comfortable with. We are all different and there's no point pushing yourself beyond anything that's working for you.

debtherat Sat 01-Jun-13 05:10:20

Here is my small triumph and encouragement to others. Started c25k in Jan and walked/waddled gasped for first 12 weeks gradually improving, getting encouragement from family, friends and random walkers/joggers. Last week did whole run without thinking, self chastisement.. Just arrived home!!!! Other night committed to just going for it and did it in 28.5 mins - longer strides, bit more speed - expected to have to stop to recover part way but just kept going.. Feel like a runner almost albeit still 2 stone heavier than I should be!!! But c25k works and I am not going back to being a late forties couch potato ever!!!

Hi - just started this week too. Got up at 5.30 am and in the pouring rain did the first run on Tuesday. Despite the weather, and the stupid-o'clock time I felt ridiculously pleased with myself. Did no. 3 this morning with the bright sun coming up smile

englishteacher78 Sat 01-Jun-13 07:33:51

Take care ladies. I started with Couch 2 5km 2 years ago and ended up doing London Marathon this year grin

jchocchip Sat 01-Jun-13 07:44:12

[Grin] at englishteacher I'm comfortable running a slow 5k. Its parkrunday so off for my 45th parkrun. Not thinking of a marathon (yet) but will run a 10k this year, I think...

jchocchip Sat 01-Jun-13 07:47:24

Sunrise runs sound super babysocks. I'm a fan of sunrise/sunset bike rides, usually spring and autumn so don't have to get up so early smile

englishteacher78 Sat 01-Jun-13 07:47:33

10k is fun. I love a good race with a shiny finisher's medal and goody bag! grin Parkrun next week for me. Going to a High Intensity Intervals class this morning.

ArgumentativeAardvark Sat 01-Jun-13 07:52:40

Hello, can I join this thread?

I'm just about to run week 2 day 2. Actually looking forward to it as its a beautiful sunny morning. I'm just concerned I'll never run for longer than 90 seconds as at the end of each run I'm absolutely knackered!

pennygallops Sat 01-Jun-13 08:00:16

Wow lots of new people! Welcome to you all. grin

I went to bed in right old grump last, mainly due my lack of running and painful knee. I spent a good hour on the Internet researching runner's knee, with an ice pack on my injury. Going to try some quad and hamstring strengthening exercises. And I've woken up this morning with no pain, not even walking down the stairs. Yeah! Still resting it for another week though.

I fancied training up to a half-marathon, but I've been put off by my knee this week. I'll work way up to 10k again. I like 10k.

Right, time to get the bikes out and get to the parkrun grin.

Happy (park)running everyone, I'll be cheering you all on.

nearlyreadytopop Sat 01-Jun-13 08:27:21

its great to hear all the success stories. I think I am the slowest runner ever. I could probably walk faster than when on my 60sec runs. I feel very awkward lumbering along so I've found a quiet path to avoid people seeinggrin grin

nextphase Sat 01-Jun-13 08:57:04

Can I ask ask couple of questions - I've looked at the NHS website, and the only info I can find is to download the podcasts, so:
* how do you find out the distances? Surely my run for 30 mins is going to be a very different length to someone elses?
* how many runs/week are involved?
*DH works away quite a bit. Would I be able to jog on the spot after the kids are in bed some days when I just can't get out?
*how do I guess where to start trying to go first time out? I can see me either running past the same 100 houses (we live on a crescent, so I can go round in circles), or in the middle of nowhere!

Any advice from experienced C25K?


BIWI Sat 01-Jun-13 09:28:19

The app I have (Get Running) tells you times are you are running. So when you start the app you will be told to start your warm-up/brisk walk, and 4 minutes in she tells you that there is a minute left. Then you're told when to start running and during the run you are given notice as to how long you have left to run. Half way through the whole run you're are told that it's the halfway point, so if you need to turn round/head back that's when you turn back.

Not sure about jogging on the spot!

ArgumentativeAardvark Sat 01-Jun-13 09:53:58

nearly I've also found a quiet path in the park to run on, it's hidden by some bushes which suits me perfectly at the moment. I don't want people to hear my sigh of relief when I get to the walking part. grin

nextphase Sat 01-Jun-13 10:49:50

Yes, but I don't have a fancy phone to get an app on! I need to do it the low tech way!!!!

If jogging on the spot isn't likely to be OK, how do I find time without kids - they are either with me, or I'm at work, hence the waistline issue!

englishteacher78 Sat 01-Jun-13 11:07:47

It's 3 times a week and with warm up and cool down the maximum time is 40 minutes. Jogging on the spot is not the same but if it's all you can do due to time constraints it's better than nothing!

NamelessMcNally Sat 01-Jun-13 12:17:45

EnglishT I am swooning over your marathon.atbe when my little one gets to school I'd be able to get in the training but until then the most I can hope for is a half. The children have had a tummy bug last few days. Managed to get out this am, 8k as had time constraints. Legs felt a bit heavy as I'm wrecked with the midnight boaks and bed changes.

englishteacher78 Sat 01-Jun-13 12:49:17

Part of the reason I did it this year is we're now TTC! And thought if I waited any longer I'd never do it! I'm in the ballot for next year but fingers crossed I'll get a place and have to defer it! smile

yetanotherworry Sat 01-Jun-13 13:00:32

nextphase, I just run round the streets - I find looking at the houses and gardens distracts me a bit and if I'm feeling out of breath I can aim to run to the next lampost which keeps me going longer.
I have friends who do the app with kids in tow - they walk to the park (5 min warm up), kids play with a ball/in playground while mum runs around, or kids play on their bikes. Then they walk home for a cool down.

nextphase Sat 01-Jun-13 13:05:25

Cool, thanks, so I could do friday and sunday every week, and then mid week either at home, or out depending on who is about? Brill.

OK, better get the podcasts, and tell DH what I'm doing tomorrow!

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Sat 01-Jun-13 13:12:05

nextphase I am going to be starting shortly too. Getting a new phone next week and top of my list of things to download is an app for this. Am extremely fat and unfit, but used to be very sporty, and have heard good things about this.

Welcome judyandherdreamofhorses, nearlyreadytopol and eminemmerdale and ArgumentativeAardvark!

If you can't do it on yor phone you am use map my run when you get back nextphase. Distance isn't really too much of a worry I just wanted to know because I'm a bit geeky. I got a second hand iPod for £50 and it has a Nike + app on it when I didn't want to take my phone but Im not sure you'd be able to use the podcast at the same time. I have no idea about running on the spot! I fitted around work, dh and kids by running weekends and late in the evening. When I did the c25k I ran every other day and now 3-4 times a week depending on time and I don't always have a rest day between although I do think its a good idea what ever stage you're at. I started with a small loop and did it three times, as I was running more and went further had to adjust my route.

My injury really knocked my confidence and has out me off entering a half pennygallops, but my friend wants to do it! Only 7 weeks to get from 7 miles to 13, hmmmm!!!! Eeek! Still not entered!

Well done on the marathon englishteacher78, and good luck with ttc smile

I did parkrun in 27 something so not my best but miles better than the last one since I've been injured. Will wait for official times.

LIZS Sat 01-Jun-13 15:03:06

Week 1 run 1 today - was much tougher than I remembered and had a tight calf after run 4 . dd came with me and easily outran me. May not have helped going on muddy tracks and hills for first one though!

LIZS Sat 01-Jun-13 15:19:17

Did about 2.4km so some way to go !

pennygallops Sat 01-Jun-13 16:08:36

Lots of Saturday running posts!

yetanotherworry - I also run the pavements and nosey at the house and gardens. So does my DS when he joins me. We play - which would you like to live in? I have taken the DC out on their bikes whilst I've done longer runs.

Glad to hear you had a good run cinnamon - gives me hope.

Well done on complete the first run lizs

I've managed to cycle about 15km today - to the parkrun and also DS's triathlon training. Knee was fine! Walking is fine. But it really hurts if start to jog (so I haven't). DD loved marshalling with me this morning.

BelaLug0si Sat 01-Jun-13 17:58:19

Nextphase there's a page with a description of each week for the NHS podcasts here

Thank you all for inspiring me (dedicated lurker!) to start the plan a couple of months ago. Reading your progress and run reports helped me see I could try it too.
Just finished week 8 run 3 this morning and covered my 5th running 5km I've cheated slightly and decided go keep going to 5km after 25 mins on the second run of week 7. This was because the target distance was getting close and wanted to see how much longer it would take. Very pleased that so far it's been around 31:30!
The plan really works, couldn't believe back in March that I'd be running for 30+mins but I am and enjoying it loads! grin

nextphase Sat 01-Jun-13 18:05:42

Ohh Heck. Down loaded podcast, and DH knows he's on his own after they boys are in their PJ's. The fact that DS1 won't go to sleep til late 'cause DH let him sleep for 90 mins on the sofa won't be my problem!

Wish me luck - and if any of you see a beetroot puffing round about 8pm, give me some encouragement!

BIWI Sat 01-Jun-13 18:10:49


It's one of the reasons I have to listen to music when I'm running, otherwise I can hear the sound of my heavy breathing!

I'm hoping to go out for a run tomorrow. My cold is almost gone, and I'm itching to get back to it. At the same time, though, I'm scared that I'm going to injure myself again. confused

englishteacher78 Sat 01-Jun-13 18:19:29

Long run for me tomorrow - hoping for somewhere between 10km and 10 miles - got a half marathon next weekend.

wizzler Sat 01-Jun-13 18:24:06

Cinammon... glad to hear your dog news
Debtherat... it helps a lot hearing your sound a lot like me... I am plodding on to w4R1 ( Planned for tonight after BGT!)
Just come back from a week in Norfolk., Took my trainers... it was blissfully flat!

englishteacher78 Sat 01-Jun-13 18:39:41

Ah, flat! a word of warning to people who really get into running. The people who put out race profiles have a different concept of flat to normal people. I ran a relatively local 10km last September which is called flat - before the first km was over there was a very steep down and uphill!

nextphase and all the other newcomers - welcome, and enjoy!! englishteacher very best of luck with the prep for the half marathon. I think 13 miles is beyond me... BUT today I did my first 5k - Race for Life!

I made it all the way round without walking, and finished in just over 34 minutes - slow but steady.

Going to have a rest for the rest of the weekend then back out running one morning next week. Might sign up for another 5k later in the summer...

watchingout Sat 01-Jun-13 19:55:38

Oo well done fromheretomaternity! thanks I've done RFL in the past (when much fitter) its a fantastic outing. Very emotional for me though. Great to have such a good cause to spur you on

englishteacher78 Sat 01-Jun-13 20:13:27

My first R4L time was 40 mins! It's amazing how quickly you can rack up the miles with out really realising when you get beyond 10km. I'm never going to be speedy but it's interesting to see how far/fast I can go.

ArgumentativeAardvark Sun 02-Jun-13 07:30:56

Off out for another run while its still sunny. How did everybody's Saturday go?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 02-Jun-13 07:45:01

<jogs in>

<keels over>

May I join you lovely people?

Waves to BIWI. Have not been running for so long and need to start to build up to 5K. Am thinking about putting myself back on to the Cto5K programme again. Used it before and it was v successful.

I do have asthma and may have to do some running inside on a machine if weather conditions conspire. But the running itself is good for it, certainly doesn't stop me.

So I'm startling tomorrow. Not sure where on the prog. Feels like it has been a long time!

Now I've said it. With witnesses. shock grin

Bakingnovice Sun 02-Jun-13 07:47:26

Can I ask a quick question? I've downloaded the app but haven't started. I've run in the past but found I never loose weight running. I've lost a stone recently and have another one to go and I don't know whether to start running now or wait until I'm at goal. Has running c25k helped any of you guys shed pounds?

I'm currently exercising 3-4 times a week using shred and walking.

By the way I love reading the threads. You are all very very inspiring!

englishteacher78 Sun 02-Jun-13 08:03:10

Running inside is sometimes necessary to us asthmatics. Don't worry. As for losing weight while running - you burn apprx 100 calories every 10 minutes. BUT, you may find you lose inches rather than lbs. not necessarily a bad thing. I lost a dress size while staying at roughly the same weight.

pennygallops Sun 02-Jun-13 08:04:05

Welcome Idratherbeonthepiste. If you look at the program it slowly builds up from 1 min of running. If you are already you might like to start at week 4, if I remember that's running in 8 min sections. I'd also like to recommend parkruns - I wish I'd started doing them before I'd graduated. Lots of people walk/run the course.

I am testing my knee today with a 2K fun run that we have entered - we finish the run in our local football stadium smile. DS will be sprinting ahead, I have to be with DD (as she is under 9), so luckily it will be a light jog (occasionally) or fast walk. I'll have ice ready for when I get home. sad

nextphase Sun 02-Jun-13 08:07:18

Well, I've done the first run (walk?)
Surprised myself at how far I went - had to add a loop at the end, when I thought I'd probably end up having to do more than a 5 min cool down.

I'm hoping to use it to help me loose weight - but then I'm currently not doing enough exercise!

Thank-you to everyone who has kept the previous C25K on the active conversations page til you kicked me into doing something about the baby toddler preschooler weight!

Well I am flagging a little at week 7. I had the best part of a week off and when I went out the other day I really struggled at 20 minutes and nearly gave up. In the end I just walked for about 2 minutes and managed to run the final 3. A bit disappointing. It was a warm morning and a different route so maybe that didn't help. I will give it another go shortly!

Well done for getting started nextphase, that's the hardest run!

Yay for your 5k fromheretomaternity!!!!! Well done, 34mins is great smile

Welcome RatherBeOnThePiste!

I lost weight whilst running bug was calorie counting at the same time. I think it helps keep the weight off as I have a lot more muscle now so my bmr is higher. Running for 30 mins is about a snickers so depends if running makes you hungry and want to eat more bakingnovice.

I think sometimes you just have a bad run fruitpastille, I remember just after I finished the plan I was struggling and aiming for 15 mins before a little walk as I just couldn't manage 30 at all!! Not sure what happened suspect it was mental for me as I no longer had a target, now I run for the love but wasn't then.

Hope all goes well today pennygallops!

I had a 40min run today, almost 7k but didn't want to go further as it was Billy's first run. He was so good, got a bit excited at couple of bikes but after that he didn't bother with any other bikes or dogs. He was at my side almost all the time, my right which is annoying as I generally run at the right of the path but very good running partner so far and he's knackered smile

pennygallops Sun 02-Jun-13 12:50:45

Had a great morning - really lovely atmosphere! Even my DD ran in the whole 2k (in 13mins), DS was 'miles' ahead of us. My knee didn't hurt through the run, just aches a bit now (currently wrapped in an ice-pack). Going to rest it until next Saturday.

Good to hear that Billy is good running partner cinnamon.

migrant Sun 02-Jun-13 12:55:26

Lovely news cinnamon! My dog is now an ultra keen running companion and a great motivator too.

I really struggled with sore legs after my ill fitting new shoes, but finally managed to run 30 mins straight. It was meant to be 25 but I was so pleased not to be sore that I just kept going.

Have booked a physio for Tues to see if he can teach me better cool down stretches. I'm so enjoying the running that I want to do it properly and I need all the help I can get!

BelaLug0si Sun 02-Jun-13 15:35:07

Bakingnovice I've lost inches and some weight, it will depend on your other exercise and net calorie intake. After 10 weeks more muscles are visible and more toned so big improvement.

Well done migrant on the 30 mins. Were the shoes too loose or too tight? I think lacing mine too tight yesterday and the pavement camber gave me a blister on the inside of my foot. Sore today so just did a 4km walk.

debtherat Sun 02-Jun-13 16:40:42

I found a route which is a circuit mainly through local village - very few people around normally - which suits me especially at the beginning when I did not want to be seen - still don't - but as confidence grows it becomes normal... And I found a site which allows you to map your run so I knew where I had got to. Also lots of grass is good to have at start I think especially as it is softer on the joints. And for motivation I read " Run fat bitch Run" - not as bad as it sounds believe me!

LIZS Sun 02-Jun-13 16:49:24

Doos anyone have accompanying music or chat on an app, or maybe radio ? Found the instruction a bit cold on its own !

nextphase Sun 02-Jun-13 16:57:59

I got music from here with instructions in the middle.

BIWI Sun 02-Jun-13 17:02:37

I set my music playing first, LIZS, and then start the Get Running app. Basically, when the app needs to tell you something, it cuts over the music. Works really well and I get to listen to my choice of music!

I didn't go for a run today as I'm still a bit snotty, but will be off tomorrow morning I think/hope.

pennygallops Sun 02-Jun-13 18:05:48

I run without music, partially because I can't get the earphones to stay in my ears.
Did 30mins swimming, front crawl - couldn't do that before running (always did a slow breast stroke). Decided to swim once a week to strengthen quads and hamstrings, which should strengthen my knee... cross-training and all that.
We loved our run so much this morning, we've been researching other races to enter. grin

NamelessMcNally Sun 02-Jun-13 19:09:20

8k yesterday morning. Stomach bug all day today and strained a muscle wretching. Feel so sorry for me. Weeps.

eminemmerdale Sun 02-Jun-13 19:17:57

Just done my 2nd week 1 - this is as far as i got last time and my knee 'went'. Happy to report all seems fine knee wise and i feel very proud grin

nearlyreadytopop Sun 02-Jun-13 19:23:37

week 1 run 3 just finished. and it was hard. my feet are achingsad I got half way through and was for walking home when I thought about some of the things you all have posted. it gave me the motivation to push on, so thank you thanks

For those whose headphones fall out, these are pretty good at staying in. Mine came with 2 sizes the smallest of which fit well. Not the cheapest but worth it if they keep me going. yurbuds

My run went much better today. 2.34 miles in 30 mins (5 walking). Slow but slight improvement!

Get well soon nameless, sounds miserable!

pennygallops Sun 02-Jun-13 19:47:01

Well done eminemmerdale - take a rest day tomorrow and you'll be ready for 2nd week run 2.

And well done nearlyreadytopop - I love to push myself, it gives you are feel sense of achievement, doesn't it. (And it doesn't matter how far the distance, it's about your own personal goals.) About your feet, are you decent, supportive running shoes?

namelessmcnally poor you, I'll feel sorry for you too <passes a drink of water> You'll need to rest for a day or two to get your strength back.

I've started looking at running clubs in my area again - there are a few to chose from, need to fit in around the DC's activities.

sallysparrow157 Sun 02-Jun-13 19:49:48

I started couch to 5k in feb last year, initially entirely in the gym on the treadmill, started off 'running' at something like 7k an hour and it nearly killed me!
Today I did the pennine Lancashire 10k in 67 minutes and bloody loved it, was my first time running with other people and the atmosphere was fantastic! Bloody hilly though!
If anyone is thinking of doing a 10k but put off by hills, the Leeds one in mid July looks to be properly flat, although a very boring route.

travellingwilbury Sun 02-Jun-13 21:04:17

Hello all , I have been awol sorry .

I managed the 20 min run last week which I never never thought I would manage .

But we have been away for half term and I think I have broken a toe sad I am properly gutted . It happened on Tuesday and is still sore . I have taped it to my next toe and am hoping for it to magically god itself .

Does anyone have any bright ideas ? I was really enjoying running and now I am having trouble even walking for too long .

pennygallops Sun 02-Jun-13 21:49:37

Congrats on your 10k sallysparrow, if you liked running with people, I'd recommend parkrun (just google it) - to the regulars, I know I sound like broken record when it comes to park run. And thanks for the 10k plug in Leeds, I'm going to check it out, Leeds isn't too far from me.

Have you had your toe check my someone medical travellingwilbury? I'd say elevate your foot (even in bed), lots of ice, plenty of painkillers and rest (sorry). Hope it's just badly bruised, rather than broken.

invicta Sun 02-Jun-13 21:55:17

I've been doing the program as well. I seem to be stuck on getting past 10-12 minutes. If I have a quick walk, I can usually get going again. Any tips on how to pass this barrier?

UmBongo Sun 02-Jun-13 22:38:30

namelessMcnally sorry for you poorliness today, I hope you feel better very soon and work out a different method of exercising your abs!

travellingwilbury ouch! I hope it isn't broken, you need to get it checked, good luck

Hello everyone else - cor it's busy in here!

Invicta just pick the next tree/lamp post/dandelion! I sometimes have very slow sections of running (in amongst the slow bits!) I had to argue with the little lazy beggar who seemed to be whispering in my ear tonight that I couldn't do it and it was too hard today! (I hope no-one saw me slap my own shoulder grin )

I have just done w9r2. Managed 4.11 km this evening and identified that the 10-20 minute bit was a bit slower than the rest, so will have to work on that bit, I think that was when the little voices were telling me to quit and that I couldn't possibly do it today.

travellingwilbury Mon 03-Jun-13 06:32:51

Thank you , I am hoping to get it checked today but I don't think anything can be done if it is broken . Just really grumpy that I had come so far to bugger it up now .

englishteacher78 Mon 03-Jun-13 06:37:51

You're right. They don't do anything for broken toes. Broke mine in the Marathon and it's still not fully healed. Strapped it up for a month and took some time off running.
Did you injure it running? If so, it might be worth looking at your trainers.

travellingwilbury Mon 03-Jun-13 06:48:03

No , I was wearing flip flops and my 9 yr old crashed into it . I strapped it to the next toe for a couple of days but the swelling has come down now and I have been ignoring it , or at least trying , but I can feel it
clicking when I walk . Thank goodness the weather is good enough for flip flops and I don't have to try and squash into proper shoes .

I have to see the nurse today anyway for a b12 injection so I was going to ask her advice while there .

englishteacher78 Mon 03-Jun-13 07:01:11

Good plan. Advice is usually to rest. A nurse friend told me that if it's a break it can take a couple of months to heal - if it's just a soft tissue injury - it can take a lot longer!confused

Chopstheduck Mon 03-Jun-13 07:14:40

travellingwilbury - that sounds sore! Hopefully the clicking is just fluid, it prob would be an idea to get it checked then at least you know how to treat it, even if they don't do much for it.

Cinnamon, glad it going well with Billy! I think you could def do the half too, the amount you do run.

I went out on Friday, and it hurt, and I carried on and ended up limped on saturday again! Rested yesterday and it felt fine, still a slight niggle today. I know if I run again it is going to play up though sad I'm going to rest it for at least today, maybe tomorrow and get it closer to 100% before attempting to run I think, as I am going round in circles with it atm. Will get out on my bike instead. It's the impact of running that seems to be irritating it, cycling yesterday was fine. Very frustrating though, I am getting very twitchy!

watchingout Mon 03-Jun-13 07:33:05

Morning! Just done w1r2 with the help of the NHS podcast. Haven't tested it scientifically yet but I'm sure I was only out for 17 mins door to door. And I def didn't cheat!

My maths in the shower made that it should have been 24.5 mins. I thought she was talking fast. But the music sounded right?!

Anyone else found this? Still made me really puff though sad resisting sitting down now cos ill be back on that couch...

Pollydon Mon 03-Jun-13 07:37:08

Is it ok for me to join ? Just done my 2nd session on week 1 & I think I'm addicted already smile

jchocchip Mon 03-Jun-13 07:38:23

Well done sallysparrow! Penny I am thinking of doing the leeds abbey dash in november - another flat 10k smile. November gives me time to up my pace and train for the distance grin

jchocchip Mon 03-Jun-13 07:39:32

Hi pollydon! Well done on starting smile

amigababy Mon 03-Jun-13 07:54:48

I'm going to start today. I've got my app, the sun is shining, and somewhere in the house is the phone armband I bought 2 weeks ago - just where did I put it?

What's the thoughts on hilly areas? it's really hard for me to find a full flat length here, do you just stick to the run/walk plan regardless of what the gradient is doing?

jchocchip Mon 03-Jun-13 08:09:05

Well done starting amiga. Just see how it goes.. if it is too hard to run you could always turn and go in the other direction for a minute then turn back. But hill training is good for you and you will soon manage them. Think jog not sprint!

watchingout Mon 03-Jun-13 08:09:53

Hey pollydon we are at the same stage grin not sure I share the addiction though I'm hoping that bit will develop.

Pollydon Mon 03-Jun-13 08:20:00

Waves at Watching , I think the lovely weather & the fact that every other runner I saw smiled at me has made it a great start, not sure I'll be as cheerful in the bad weather smile

pennygallops Mon 03-Jun-13 09:37:10

I like the look of those earphones fruitpastile but I'll also need a holder for my iPod, as not all my running gear has a handy little pocket.

How's the toe this morning travellingwilbury and your aches and pains chopstheduck? I like a but of cycling and swimming - it's actually good to vary your form of exercise - uses different muscles.

Just believe in the program watchingout - it works. Just go with what Laura tells you, she'll get you running. And enjoy!

Welcome to the addition of running pollydon! Long may it last. smile

amigababy - hills are great for improving your fitness level and pace. But when I started with the program, back in the Autumn, I just ran laps round a small park area not far from my house. I walked there as my warm-up and walked back as my cool-down.

jchocchip the Leeds Abbey Dash looks like a good one for me. July seems a little early after my injury. I am doing the Tees Pride (10k) in Sept so the Leeds one would be doable. They also do a children's mini dash - my two like to get involved. They are doing the 3k at the Tees Pride.

cinnamon you could aim to train up to half marathon and enter on the day of the event (if they allow). I'm still thinking about it - fancy the Great North Run next year (2014). I need to persuade my colleague to do it with me.

watchingout Mon 03-Jun-13 15:00:35

O what a muppet... I have just investigated my podcast (that I thought was a bit fast) and noticed a teensy 2x button illuminated....blush

BIWI Mon 03-Jun-13 16:44:50

I went out this morning, and started all over again - so W1/R1. So far, so good - the shins seem fine, and I'm doing lots of stretching.

It was a beautiful morning for it, and I enjoyed it - it is so much easier than when I first started grin but I also found it a bit frustrating, having to stop after only a minute. You never actually 'get in' to the run, IYSWIM? It made me smile though, because it really reminded me just how long that minute seemed initially - and when you get the announcement 'just 10 more seconds' those ten seconds seemed to go on forever!

Oopla Mon 03-Jun-13 18:39:38

Hiya, just found the new thread and marking my place grin

pennygallops Mon 03-Jun-13 18:46:49

Well done BIWI - at least you can see your progress!

Hi oopla come join us.

amigababy Mon 03-Jun-13 20:09:33

I don't have a Laura, it must be a different app. I just have beeps. I spent my run singing in my head
"come on and run to the beep "

(tune of Jump to the Beat)

I quite like the uncertainty of when the next beep will come as I can't see my phone in its holder. Which is a y-fumble from Amazon, its not bad for about £5

Lynca Mon 03-Jun-13 20:20:17

Hi everyone, mind if I join?
I've just finished week 1 of C25K. First day I went round my local loch - it was a good route, not too many people and nice and flat! However, the midges were awful! I spent a large portion of my run flapping my hands in front of my face, squinting my eyes shut and trying not to open my mouth/breathe through my nose so as not to eat them - not the best running technique! hmm I felt it spoilt what was otherwise a successful run. On runs 2 and 3 I went round the woods at the back of my house instead. It's still a nice run but pretty up and down and I'd rather start off on the flat and progress to hills.
Does anyone know if there is a best time of day to avoid the midges? Or are they going to be a permanent pest around the loch all through the summer? It was about 10:30/11:00 when I went for my first run.

mrsbob Mon 03-Jun-13 20:21:18

Can I join too please? Have just signed up to do a 10k in September, includes mud and obstacles tooshock shock Seemed like a good idea at the time!!
Just completed my first run which went surprisingly well. Am worried I won't get up to 10k in time for the race. Has anyone moved up the levels faster than it says?

nextphase Mon 03-Jun-13 21:13:51

Second run done shock
2 questions for the more experienced:
Do you have the same route, or do you vary it about?
I've been adding in stretches during the warm-up walk, and then again once I've got home. Do I need to? Seems strange not to stretch, but is the cool down long enough to not need to stretch?

Must own up to not quite running the full 60 sec when it landed all up hill - should have taken the advice above and turned round to jog the rest of the 60s. Will remember for next time.

dementedma Mon 03-Jun-13 21:31:16

Rubbish run tonight. Only managed 20 minutes when I should be doing 30. Really struggled.
I actually don't like running in this warmer weather - much prefer cooler conditions.
lynca think midges and lochs are an unholy combination, particularly in still weather. Sunglasses will protect your eyes but swallowing some is inevitable. Think of them as protein

BIWI Mon 03-Jun-13 21:31:38

You should stretch after your cool down.

eminemmerdale Mon 03-Jun-13 21:50:41

Hasn't there been some new research about not stretching? Someone I know who does running loads says she has read three different pieces saying it can do more harm.

Lynca Mon 03-Jun-13 21:59:29

lynca think midges and lochs are an unholy combination, particularly in still weather. Sunglasses will protect your eyes but swallowing some is inevitable. Think of them as protein

Lol thanks for the tip dementedma, but I think I'll maybe just stick to the woods for now grin

I've always stretched after my cool down, I don't know if it helps or not but I don't ever feel particularly stiff the next day, so I like to think it's doing something.

UmBongo Mon 03-Jun-13 22:09:12

Well done watchingout You will have to run for longer next time you go out gringringrin

englishteacher78 Tue 04-Jun-13 06:59:59

You shouldn't do static stretches in a warm up but you should do some static stretches after your run. (just did a running for fitness leadership course through Run Britain)

englishteacher78 Tue 04-Jun-13 07:01:09

Mrsbob - there is also a couchto10km programme which it might be worth looking into.

eminemmerdale Tue 04-Jun-13 09:09:33

Ah! Well I have run three tonight..

totatola Tue 04-Jun-13 10:17:40

Hi everyone, do you mind if I join in? I'm doing the getting started schedule on runner's world rather than the official c25k schedule and am doing run 5 mins walk 2 mins this week.

I was running before I got pregnant at the start of last year and have only just managed to get myself out the door again recently (dd has just turned 8 months! shock )

mrsbob Tue 04-Jun-13 11:32:33

Thanks for that 'englishteacher78'. I'll hunt it out!

NamelessMcNally Tue 04-Jun-13 16:40:02

I'm looking at my window at the beautiful weather and really would love to be out there. But I'm still lurgy infested and have had two slices of toast since Saturday. Guess my training is out the window this week.

The 10k programme I've seen is pretty slow and maps the c25k with a couple of mad weeks at the end which I would have found tough. Think if you could maybe compress some earlier weeks? There may be a few of them though.

englishteacher78 Tue 04-Jun-13 16:49:00

The website for women's running also has some programmes for 10km but not as an app

wizzler Tue 04-Jun-13 19:00:24

Done W4R1... cannot believe that after being so out of breath after 60 seconds in Week 1, I have run for 5 minutes without requiring a paramedic

nearlyreadytopop Tue 04-Jun-13 20:38:14

English teacher, just wondering if you can recommend a good website with stretching info? my left calf in particular can feel tight.
I've just done w2r1 in the sunshine and it was fab (still hard)
I think ive got my foot problem sorted, I have got lovely trainer's for pronation from a running shop. being a bit of a numpty I was using my orthotics as well and it was too much. Feet are much improved tonight after removing the insole and just having orthotics

nearlyreadytopop Tue 04-Jun-13 20:39:08

wizzler, well done on 5mins without stopping. Thats like a far off dream to megrin

Glad your Sunday run was good pennygallops!

If you use the podcast LIZS it has music on it, otherwise with apps you need to start music first.

Hope you're feeling better now NamelessMcNally!

Yay for your knee eminemmerdale!

Well done nearlyreadytopop, fruitpastille, wizzler and sallysparrow157!

Well done on the 20mins travellingwilbury and sorry to hear about your toe sad

So much is mental invicta, sounds like the 12 mins is a barrier in your mind as I'm sure you can do more grin. Can you perhaps make a list of songs you need to get to the end of?

Hope you're feelin better soon chopstheduck!

Welcome Pollydon, Lynca, totatola and mrsbob smile there is a c210k mrsbob check out how long that is maybe? I see that was already suggested, but behind the last few days!

Had to laugh watchingout, you still managed half of it with shorter recoveries so I'm are you'll be fine!

I'd say just take it easy on the hilly bits amigababy. Laura is on the nhs podcast not an app.

I had the same route nextphase when doing the c25k but now I like to vary it. I personally don't stretch but I'm sure there are plenty of people to tell me off for that!!

Sorry to hear that dementedma, I prefer spring time running. Last year in the week of summer we had I went running at 9pm for cooler time. We still have quite a breeze at the moment.

Finally got through all posts, its been a busy few days on here! Been busy with managing Billy, cats and working! Nightmare with my minded kids eating, playing with balls in the garden and answering the door not to mention that he follows us everywhere and is not happy at night sad. He's such a softy and considering he's never been in a house before is doing sooooo well but its just logistics of it all. My cats all came home last night after dh went up to bed with Billy so that's a relief!

I haven't been able to run yesterday or today but my friend and I are going to our committee meeting in running clothes and hoping its a short one and we can go afterwards. Dh is off Thursday so we can spend some time together (with ds2), would it be wrong for me to go for a run just for 40-60mins out of that day while I have him to look after ds2?

I have entered a half marathon in November shock slightly terrified now! Was 1198 out of 1200 entrants, so almost missed it. Now do I go for the July one as well!!'

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Tue 04-Jun-13 22:15:59

Wow, what a lot of new people! Hello everyone smile * waves*

Am feeling a little put out and deprived tonight - got home from work to find lovely DH had made supper... he'd forgotten I had planned to run and it was all ready - and it was a stir fry so the odds of keeping it hot successfully were nil. So I didn't run... I would never have thought, a few months ago, I would feel disappointed if I couldn't run shock Can't manage tomorrow either as I'm going out so I won't run till Thursday now sad

watchingout Tue 04-Jun-13 23:19:59

That's quite inspiring wizzler - I'm still very much and the redfaced and wheezing sage in w1. Off to do the longer version of r3 tomorrow first thing - with podcast speed checked at 1x!

Pollydon Wed 05-Jun-13 06:57:32

Mornin all ! Ive just completed W1R3, but I'm off away for the weekend & will not manage a run whilst away ( on a boat), would I be ok to do one more w1 when I return, then go on to w2, or should I just crack on to w2 ?

watchingout Wed 05-Jun-13 07:08:56

<waves at Pollydon> me too! Shins are hurting this morning - any advice?
I'm away this weekend too in a shepherds hut. Might be able to run but not sure if theres a shower yet - I have visions of a bucket strung up in a tree!

englishteacher78 Wed 05-Jun-13 07:09:23

It's entirely up to you whether or not you do week 1 again, it's a training plan - not a training schedule. Plans can change grin
As for stretching websites; google Run England or try the websites for the major running magazines. Women's Running, Runner's World etc.
Btw my husband is in this Mother's Runner's World beams with pride

pennygallops Wed 05-Jun-13 07:39:24

Ooooh, lots of posts. Can't read in detail now. But it will something to look forward to tonight (whilst report writing). Please don't laugh at my sad little running-obsessed life.

Happy running today, for those of you going out.

Pollydon Wed 05-Jun-13 07:43:20

<waves back at watching> No pain in my shins, but Ive been doing first half on road, then 2nd half on local recreation ground & its much nicer running on grass smile
Thanks Englishteacher, I think I will just wait & see how I feel on Monday

eminemmerdale Wed 05-Jun-13 10:23:39

Ok, did third run last night and my 'buddy' and I are going to give wk two a go on Thurs (gulp..)

yetanotherworry Wed 05-Jun-13 10:56:34

Just completed W6R1 and now enjoying coffee and a cream cake smile It was very warm out there this morning and couldn't wait to get back home for a drink.

Travellingwilbury, I hope your toe gets better soon.

Cinammon, have you done a half marathon before. Is the training any different?

JH1967 Wed 05-Jun-13 11:17:07

Can now say I have finished C25K WooHoo.

Went out for 5k run this morning and did it in 35 minutes! no posh phones and analog watch so give or take. grin

mamageekchic Wed 05-Jun-13 12:32:20

Can I join you all? Just completed wk1 run 1, I downloaded the app weeks ago so I'm chuffed with myself just for getting my trainers on and getting started. I covered just over 3.5k so 5k now doesn't seem such a stretch. I so want to be able to run, the few people I know who really seem to be at peace with themselves are runners, I think that time with my own thoughts and confidence in the strength of my own body might be the key to happiness for me. Unfortunately I find breathing while jogging a real challenge so it may a while getting there. Looking forward to day 2, am I supposed to alternate days?

Furthest I've run is 10k in a race. I think the training is the same just building up longer distance runs.

wizzler Wed 05-Jun-13 19:08:38

Well done JH1967.... How long did it take you from getting off the couch.. did you do it in 9 weeks ?

UmBongo Wed 05-Jun-13 21:13:48

I've FINISHED! Well I did another 4.11 run in the allotted 30 minutes of w9r3, but I could have gone a teeny bit further in the time as I had to get through/over 4 gates and walk a little bit as there were cows strolling back to the field and I didn't want to encourage them to run too! [not brave with cows]

Well done JH1967 I too will have to keep on running to see how long it takes me to run the full 5k, but I was very pleased to stop when she said stop!

I don't have a posh phone either, I use map my so I will have to map a route out as 5k then time myself to run it. I may treat myself to a cheap digital watch with a stopwatch on it.

wizzler yes I did the lot in 9 weeks, didn't repeat any weeks, but that may be why I am soooo sloooooow. BUT it still counts as running grin

mamageekchic, yes, give yourself a rest day, and well done for starting - you've done the hardest bit, and you have to keep going now cos you've told us!

pennygallops - how's the report writing going?!

wizzler Wed 05-Jun-13 21:32:43

Umbongo.. congratulations. Well done for doing it in 9 weeks too. I too am very very slow.... at what point will I speed up like those gazelle like creatures who float past me as I plod along? Is the transformation a gradual one ?!

jchocchip Wed 05-Jun-13 21:37:36

Well done JH1967flowers flowers and Umbongo flowers flowers for finishing and mamageekchick for starting smile and Cinnamon you are way out in front entering a half grin

Congratulations JH1967 and UmBongo!!

Welcome mamageekchick, 3.5k for week 1 is great smile

Just back from 9k in 53mins. To enter July half or not?!? That's 5 weeks to go from 6 miles max to 13 miles max, perhaps asking too much!

Chopstheduck Thu 06-Jun-13 09:09:38

hmm, that does sound a bit of a quick increase! Maybe see how next couple of weeks go?

My leg is still hurting sad God knows what I have done to it. Not run in nearly a week now. Been cycling miles instead, and that is fine, though it hurts when I walk fast. All down the outside side of my knee, top of calf and some pain in outside of hip and ankle too. I want to RUNNNN!

Well done UmBongo!

Chopstheduck Thu 06-Jun-13 09:10:14

And to JH1967!! Congrats x

nextphase Thu 06-Jun-13 10:23:37

Mamageek - was that 3.5 km covered in warmup, jog/walk section and cool down, or excluding the warm up/cool down period?

Can I just say thank-you to you all - you've got me off my (large) backside, and moving, and it is already cutting my sugar cravings - presumably extra excerise is helping me regulate my blood sugar flowers

nearlyreadytopop Thu 06-Jun-13 15:33:36

nextphase im about to start low carbing as the amount of sugar I eat and the cravings I get are crazy. Hoping running and low carbs will reduce my arse sizegrin

BIWI Thu 06-Jun-13 18:17:45

Oooh - you need to come and join my Bootcamp, nearlyready!

I went out and did Week 1/Run 2 this morning, and it was absolutely glorious outside. Shins seem OK so far, and I'm stretching every time I think about it. I'm a bit impatient to get going though. Going back to only running for a minute at a time is frustrating!

pennygallops Thu 06-Jun-13 21:16:15

Evening all!
I ran today - just a tiny bit in my PE lesson (looking at simple hurdling technique). And ... my knee didn't hurt whilst I was running nor tonight. grin
Looking forward to testing it a little more on Saturday morning at the parkrun, all bit nice and steady as the tail runner.

watchingout Thu 06-Jun-13 21:16:21

Do you know what causes the shin pain BIWI? I'm very new to this after a break of several years and tbh wasn't much of a 'runner' before. But my shins do hurt and stretching doesn't seem to do much sad

pennygallops Thu 06-Jun-13 21:23:44

Report writing is ok, thanks umbongo. They'll will be finished by Sunday, first print on Monday for their first read through. I'll be happier by then because I'll be running again and that running gives me all sorts of ideas. I think that's because I'm relaxed.

Welcome to all the newbies.

Congratulations to all the new graduates.

cinnamon have you decided on the on the half-marathon in July? (It dawned on me one day this week the link between your name and your liking for greyhound dogs smile - I'm often the last person to cotton onto things.)

Betty5313 Thu 06-Jun-13 21:49:14

hello, can I join you all? I started c25k last year and got to week 6 before working evenings/poorly toddler/poorly me/awful weather caused me to stop. I've decided to start again now work is sorted out, did week one last week and the first session of week 2 today. It was hard,work in the heat and I was so slow compared to last week, do other people have bad days? just ordered myself new running shoes as a motivator!

Well done everyone who's running!

Yes pennygallops, my favourite spice and favourite dog a bit odd!!! Glad your knee is feeling better. I haven't decided yet, tried to find entry date but couldn't. Will look from my laptop tomorrow. It's 21st not 14th as I thought so gives me an extra week. Will try to do 7 miles one day of the weekend and see how it feels! 8 on 16/6, 9 on 23/6, 10 on 30/6, 11 on 7/7, 12 on 14/7 and ill be set!!! Hmmmm it will have to be good runs all the way though hmm, although lots of people say your training only needs to go up to 10 miles for a half marathon as long as total weekly run is 26 ish.

pennygallops Thu 06-Jun-13 22:05:10

Welcome betty5313. And yes we have all have good runs and bad runs. Try again in a couple of days and no doubt you'll have a better one!

It's definitely do able cinnamon but 26 miles in a week seems a lot. I was doing approaching about 30k before my injury. How many are you doing in a week?

dementedma Thu 06-Jun-13 22:15:06

Managed a very slow 25 mins tonight which only covered 3k. Have done 8 R4Ls and the training this year has been the hardest. Feel I am going backwards, not improving any more. This is week 8 - can't see 5k in 30 mins being remotely possible. Should I go back to intervals to try and increase stamina?

BIWI Thu 06-Jun-13 22:25:23

watchingout - I'm afraid I don't sad

I have done everything I should - had my gait analysed, bought tailored in-soles/expensive trainers, followed C25K to the letter, rested if there was a problem, etc etc

I think it's just one of those things!

But stretching after the run is definitely something that makes a difference. And keeping on doing the stretches too.

jchocchip Fri 07-Jun-13 04:44:10

Demented there is a c25k+speed app on the nhs website which you could do after week 9 I find it really speeds me up when I do that mid week. <needs headphones that work with phone emoticon>

Interval training is great for speed dementedma, you could do 2 mins at your normal speed then one faster and repeat. You could try a known distance run fast out to it and jog back, trying to beat your time if you're able or a pyramid where you do 4 mins at slow pace, 2 faster, 1 very fast and back down with a minute very slow jog/walking in between. Just ideas from my club training.

I do 15-18 in a week usually depending how long I have for my mid week runs/what we do in training. If weekend run was longer would be fine. 2x 10k/6miles in the week, a park run and 7,8,9,10 etc Sunday would be good.

migrant Fri 07-Jun-13 11:30:00

Hi to all!
I've just finished week 7 but I've managed to run a little over 5km happily without stopping (also without setting any speed records!!)

I'm planning to do my first ever park run tomorrow.

Do you think a 10km race at the end of July is even vaguely plausible?

Mauve I'm a little over enthusiastic after managing to do 5k!!??

JH1967 Fri 07-Jun-13 18:19:55

Hi wizzler i did it in 9 weeks no repeat too, I'm sure we'll speed up Umbongo, i'm doing race for life next week so hoping I don't embarrass myself too muchblush

dementedma Fri 07-Jun-13 20:12:29

Did intervals of 3 x 10 minutes with a 2 min walk in between. God it was hard work. I love the sunny weather but HATE running in it!
Really struggling to keep going.
Might try the two minute fast/slow intervals as suggested above as am losing motivation. Race for Life in two weeks.

smellsofsick Fri 07-Jun-13 20:19:04

Hello everyone! Just finished W4R2 and looking forward to completing this in December escalade

I'm considering a costume, but that might be a step too far

SarahWithAFringeOnTop Sat 08-Jun-13 11:18:20

Sounds great smellsofsick Do we have anything like that here? I've never heard of it...

Keep going dementedma - are you in the UK? If so it's not going to be so sunny over the weekend anyway (that would be too much to hope for!) You can do it - Race for Life is a really good cause grin

I don't know how all you early morning runners do it - went out this morning for a change before breakfast and really struggled! I've been using the NHS C25K+ podcasts, and managed the first 30 minutes but the final five at the fastest speed were just too much blush (I think we need a red-faced exhausted smiley!)
Is it just a matter of getting used to it? I'm doing 5:2 and can manage a zumba class at 6pm on a fasting day fine (and no, I wasn't fasting yesterday). Does my (old and creaky) body just not function properly until it's been awake and walking around for hours?

I think 7-8 weeks to get to 10k is fine migrant. Especially as you've got to 5k in less than the 9 weeks sounds like you are already pretty fit. Have a look at a plan or work out yourself what you have time to do and stick to it. General consensus is that you need to be able to do 80% of your desired distance in one long run and twice the desired distance over a week. So your longest run would need to be 8k and totally 20k over a week. I personally don't worry about the total and like to know I am do the full distance so I had done a couple of 10k runs on my own before I did my first 10k race.

Took Billy to parkrun today, he went loony at the other runners at the start but settled down. He did two wees and died towards the end so we did it in 28m 30ish. Was going to go out for another bit afterwards but he was knackered so I'm going to go for a 7 miler tomorrow.

How was your parkrun pennygallops? Did you manage it ok?

X-posts sarahwithafringeontop, I tend to get up early enough to have a slice of toast with jam and a cuppa 1hr-45mins before I go out if its in the morning. I'm not good without breakfast for anything let alone running!!

pennygallops Sat 08-Jun-13 11:49:36

Morning guys - did our park run in brilliant sunshine. I was the tail runner and helping along a little group at the back. But they, DD and I did in around 50mins. Cycled there too. DS got a PB (in his new trainers) 24.45 mins. So a good morning. Going to test the knee on Monday with 4k run.

Well done to Billy on his first parkrun cinnamon!

Did you do a parkrun migrant?

amigababy Sat 08-Jun-13 12:14:40

just dropping in to say I finished Week 1. What a lovely week to start with all the sunshine.
Feeling insanely pleased with the little green tick next to each completed run. (think Monica from Friends style pleased)

nearlyreadytopop Sat 08-Jun-13 12:38:58

amiga thats great, I've just started using map my run and am v pleased to see what I've done.
just wondering about park runs? at what stage in the c25k programme can you do a park run?

pennygallops Sat 08-Jun-13 12:53:08

nearlyreadytopop parkrun is very welcoming to all abilities, if you can walk 5K I think you could start doing them. I wish I'd started earlier - you certainly don't need to have graduated the program. The people I was with this morning walked most of the way, with little bits of jogging. And they got the biggest cheer when they crossed the finish.

migrant Sat 08-Jun-13 13:35:34

Penny and Cinnamon, thank you so much, you have both made my day!
I toddled off to Parkrun today and was so impressed! The people were so friendly and I didn't stand out at all. Fantastic route, almost flat with a nice mix of grass and pavement and a great ocean finish.

I managed to run it all without dying in 32 mins. Better than I expected.... Husband and daughter had a bet on my finish time....he won and now has exclusive use of the remote for a week!!! She has adapted her prediction for next week but is urging me on with dire predictions that it will be back to back Top Gear all week!

Think I may enter the 10km and use it as motivation. Hey, I can always walk a bit. Really looking forward to the next Parkrun. 8 weeks ago I really struggled with the 60 second run, now I casually head off to do a 5k! Mind blowing.
Thanks again ladies, lovely comments.

pennygallops Sat 08-Jun-13 16:03:26

You're very welcome migrant and that's a very respectable time too (similar to my first parkrun). Just glad you like it as much as I do. Once you feel comfortable, I'd recommend volunteering - you get to know people, see the complete range of running ability and I find it fun.
I think you could manage 10k. When I worked up to 10k, I had one day as a longer run and added an extra k to it each week (if that makes sense).

wizzler Sat 08-Jun-13 16:15:55

Well done Migrant... it really works the C25K, doesn't it!

mamageekchic Sun 09-Jun-13 11:34:09

The 3.5km was in 30mins so still a way to go, did wk1 r2 and got a teeny bit further. Hoping to work towards joiningmy local park run by the end of the programme.

dementedma Sun 09-Jun-13 15:38:31

A great run this morning in the local rspb reserve.yes,I am very lucky grin
Did 5k in just over 40 mins including managing to struggle up the hill of death.

ItsNotUnusualToBe Sun 09-Jun-13 19:29:07

Hello all. I'm in awe of how well you are all progressing.

I am so daunted. I've been doing the zen labs C25k ( rather than nhs) and I only have week 8 run 3 (28 mins) left to do. But I feel so disappointed with myself. Last week (3runs of 25 mins) and this week (28 mins) have been such a struggle and the realisation that 28 mins only takes me 3.25k, it's a very flat course, and I am so far off 5k.

I know that logically I should be thrilled that I have stuck to the programme. I have never missed a run, I am overweight & generally knackered and the heat is awful to run in.

I know that this glorious weather won't last ( I loved running in temps barely above zero when I started!)and if I keep on keeping on then i will get to 5k eventually.

So why do I feel so 'meh' about it?

My goals at the start were:
Complete C25k
Parkrun on June 22nd
Parkrun in Brisbane in August

I'm totally on track but am wishing I was flying instead of plodding.

pennygallops Sun 09-Jun-13 20:09:17

mamageekchic you don't need to wait to join a parkrun. If you can do 3.5k in 30 mins, you'll be able to do 5k in around 40 mins. And if you start now, you'll get lots of BPs as you progress. grin

Well done dementedma sounds like a good run. Running up hill can hurt, but I think it's good for stamina.

itsnotusualtobe it might be the heat that doesn't work for you. Running in the heat increases dehydration and I find it tougher going than the cold. Don't be too harsh on yourself - plodding is better than sitting on the couch. I like your goals. smile

Well done amigababy!

Glad you enjoyed park run migrant, are you going to be a regular now?

Glad you had a good run dementedma, you deserve a good one smile

ItsNotUnusualToBe, you will get quicker. I had a wobble soon after I finished the c25k and I think it was the lack of goal! I wasn't anywhere near 5k in 30 mins when I finished but my quickest time now is 26mins 48 for a 5k. Try to enjoy the run and not worry too much about the distance/speed.

I didn't run today mainly because of dh sad oh well tomorrow's another day!

UmBongo Sun 09-Jun-13 22:17:59

We've been away for the weekend and dh had the dcs yesterday afternoon so I went for a run!! I had had a quick look on map my run before we went and planned a route, but I forgot where the start line and finish was to get my 5k, so I have just re-mapped it and I ran 4.75km in 37 minutes (I think. Must get stopwatch!). Gutted to have missed the 5k! There was quite a big hill in it too, which I did something that wasn't a walk all the way up. I don't think it was a run either as it was very slow, but it was still bouncy so not a walk!! Never mind, I am sure now that I will be able to do the race for life.

It was my first run without Laura chatting to me too!

ItsNotUnusualToBe Sun 09-Jun-13 23:02:38

Whoo hoo. Thank you for sending me some virtual wings folks cos I was flying!!!

Week 8 run 3 was actually 30, not 28 mins and I had to add in 3 mini detours because my planned route was too short. I then tagged on an EXTRA 3.5 minutes at the end to take me to my five-minute-walk-to -cool-down point. To be honest, I could have kept going :jaw drop:

Much cooler this evening. I really think that is all it is!

3.8k in 33.5mins. The goal is to now add 5 mins a week to get up to a 40 mins run.

Apologies for the self indulgent posts but I am so proud of myself.

ItsNotUnusualToBe Sun 09-Jun-13 23:05:46

Thank you pennygallops and cinnamon greyhound - it's reassuring to know that I'm not the only one to get to the end of the app / programme and not actually be at 5k. Especially with such a great PB now!

jchocchip Mon 10-Jun-13 06:45:01

Well done itsnotunusual flowers. You could do our parkrun now, no need to be fast just set a comfortable pb and try and knock 10 seconds off every time so you can get loads of pbs... I'm lucky I live near a lovely parkrun that encourages the shall I say slower runner. And if people haven't run before, walker. Regularly last position about an hour so anyone who has done c25k needn't worry. Depends on the course, it wouldn't work at some but we have wide tarmac paths and 3 laps so never on your own until the end if you are slow like me... so missed parkrun this week - first I missed since the last snow cancellation! Not long now 5 to go until my 50 shirt <did I say I was quite excited emoticon> grin

BIWI Mon 10-Jun-13 08:54:52

I didn't get to 5K either, with my first 30 minute run, but each one, in the last week, got faster, and my last run was 5.01K!

But actually, it doesn't really matter if you haven't run 5K. You have managed 30 minutes of non-stop running - which is the really impressive thing grin

demented love the 'hill of death'!

Pollydon Mon 10-Jun-13 09:52:59

Morning all! Back from my weekend away & completed wk 1 this morning smile
Starting wk 2 on Weds.

Betty5313 Mon 10-Jun-13 10:38:04

thank you all for the encouragement, I did my second run of week 2 on Saturday and it was great- not even out of breath at the end smile I think having proper running shoes really helped. week 2 run 3 this evening and I can't wait smile

Hi! Can I join in please? I tried to start last week, failed miserably at week 1 day 1, and gave up halfway through! But tried again today, downloaded music this time, and made it through alive. Need to do something to up my general fitness levels, been avoiding running as I really am rubbish at it, but I'm going to try my hardest now!

Has anyone got any experience of kids doing it too? My DD is interested in doing this with me, shes 9.5, and to be honest she needs to be more active.

Pollydon Mon 10-Jun-13 17:34:15

<waves to Breakout> , hi, I'm quite new on here too, welcome smile

pennygallops Mon 10-Jun-13 20:53:20

Good evening ladies and what a lovely sunny evening it is too.
Did you manage a run today cinnamon?

I missed Laura so much when I first graduated umbongo I kept repeating/listening to week 9 for a few weeks. And you are definitely reading for Race for Life (and parkruns).

itsnotunusual - too right you should be proud of yourself. You set yourself a target and you made it!

jchocchip I'd be excited if I was that close to my 50 t-shirt. My DS and I have marked up his calendar mapping out our runs to 50! (We want to achieve it on the same day.)

pollydon and betty5313 Well done you've made a good start.

breakout welcome to this thread. I run with my DC, mainly my DS (he's 10). He's very active, but I've had to train his running - stamina, pace, breathing etc. He has got sooooo much better in a few short months. We went out together tonight and had a lovely chat.

Well, I'm a very happy person tonight. After 2 weeks of resting, I've been out for a little run (with DS). We did 4k in about 26mins and I have absolutely no pain!! grin. Yeah!! Going out again on Wednesday.

dementedma Mon 10-Jun-13 21:16:36

switched to some intervals as people have suggested and enjoyed it.
we did W2 R1 but when Laura said walk, we jogged very slowly, and when she said jog, we ran more quickly. it was nice to actually run. albeit only for 90 seconds, instead of plodding. I think it suited my longer stride to run more quickly, although my heart and lungs didnt like it grin. Need to figure out how to breathe, not gasp and pant.
Race for Life in two weeks and beginning to think we might just do it. would love to come in under 40 minutes........

pennygallops Mon 10-Jun-13 21:31:55

dementedma I try to take long slow breaths, from my diaphragm. I also keep my shoulders down and relaxed. Using your arms, definitely makes you go faster. Don't know if any of this is scientific but it works for me. Running in a crowd/group tends to make you run a bit faster.

nearlyreadytopop Mon 10-Jun-13 21:53:08

week 2 finished and it feels great! no foot or back pain.
Looking forward to week 3 starting on Wednesday. grin

pennygallops Mon 10-Jun-13 22:05:44

Well done nearlyreadytopop. It does feel good, doesn't it? Just wait a few more weeks and you'll feel even better!

Will be back tomorrow to respond to everyone, after a weekend of stress and more today I made time for a run! Was supposed to be going with some ladies from my club on their doggy run but trip to vet buggered that up! Went for one of my usual route with dog, 40 mins of bliss, sooooo needed it! Training weds but may attempt a little run tomorrow smile

Well done UmBongo, it's annoying to miss a target by a tiny amount I've runs like that!

Well done ItsNotUnusualToBe!! That's why it's such a lovely thread, people from all stages able to support each other. I felt rubbish I couldn't do it in 30mins so glad I could help. It's good you have a target to aim for, you'll be doing 40 mins in no time smile

Well done pollydon and Betty5313 and nearlyreadytopop!

Welcome BreakOutTheKaraoke!

Glad you enjoyed the intervals dementedma, they really do work for speed!

So pleased to hear you're pain free pennygallops! I know how horrible it is to be in pain and not able to run! Are your reports done? What year are they? My ds1 is in year 1 and we have to wait until July sad

pennygallops Tue 11-Jun-13 07:42:03

Morning cinnamon my reports are printed for their first read through (by me), then I alter print again and the assistant reads mine (whilst I read the reports of the other classes in my team) we correct our mistakes, print on posh paper, then hand to the head for reading and signing. It's a long slow process. They go out to parents 2 weeks before the end of term (most schools are similar). I'm in Y3 this year with a gorgeous class, it will be sad when they leave me.

UmBongo Tue 11-Jun-13 09:49:55

Morning all!

Yay I did it properly yesterday! 5km in the rather impressive time (to me anyway) of 36.30 Dead chuffed! gringringrin Also pleased with myself for figuring out that my ipod has a stopwatch on it!

Now all I have to do is work out how to get saturday mornings clear!

Glad you and Billy are enjoying the running again cinnamon. Penny I am keeping an eye on my watch or seeing how far I can get with each track on my ipod, it's got better music on it than Laura's music smile I do miss her telling me how well I have done at the end though grin Well done with the reports.

yetanotherworry Tue 11-Jun-13 13:37:26

Finished week 6 although nearly had a bladder emergency but managed to make it home in time, phew!Still can't believe I managed 25 mins of running.

Well done, UmBongo, I'm impressed by that time...

DramaAlpaca Tue 11-Jun-13 14:04:20

Hello everyone, do you mind if I join you?

I've just done the Week 1 Run 1 this morning. It's my second attempt at C25K. Last summer I got as far as completing Week 5 Run 3, the dreaded continuous 20 minutes, & all was going really well. Then I went on holiday, twisted my knee while I was away, & unfortunately lost motivation while I was waiting for the injury to clear up.

So now I'm back, & I hope I can keep motivated this time. I was using the NHS Choices podcasts, but I found the music really uninspiring, so now I'm going to do the same timings but with music that I enjoy. I'm also going to do the programme indoors on the treadmill, at least for the first few weeks until I get my confidence back & start feeling a bit fitter.

Some very inspiring stories on here!

pennygallops Tue 11-Jun-13 20:06:48

Welcome dramaalapca - of course you may join us.

Had a little chuckly to myself about the bladder emergency yetanotherworry. This has happened to me too.

Well done on your time umbongo - you can now run for 36mins. grin

mrsbob Tue 11-Jun-13 20:46:58

Week 2 run 2 completedsmile was surprised how well it went!! Although I don't get chance to post much I find reading this thread really inspirational! ! Reading how well everyone is doing further on makes me think I might actually get there! Just wanted to say thanks for spurring me ongrin !!

nextphase Tue 11-Jun-13 21:08:22

Mrs Bob, looks like we are at a similar stage - I've done w2r2 tonight (and then the warm up of week 3 to get home again!)

I didn't quite manage all the runs, and had to slow to a walk for a few seconds on one run, but otherwise OK. I've surprised myself, even tho I'm not actually managing them all at a run - makes me wonder how I'm going to run for 30 mins, when I can even manage 90s sometimes!

Pollydon Wed 12-Jun-13 06:56:54

Well that's week 2 started, not too bad, but a bit soggy now , wish the sun would come back ! Where would be the best place to get a breathable top, Ive just been running in a tshirt, but it is too hot\heavy after the first 10 mins or so.

MsGee Wed 12-Jun-13 07:06:29

Hi, can I join? Just done week 2, run 2. Am really enjoying it but the end goal seems impossible to be honest!

MsGee Wed 12-Jun-13 07:07:26

pollydon I got some tops from m and m sports - I just bought whatever was on special and it was really cheap.

Welcome DramaAlpaca and well done for starting again, injuries are horrible! Hopefully you won't get anymore or at least have the bug by the time you do and then be desperate to get back out!

Well done MrsBob, nextphase and Pollydon! I get mind in sports direct, cheap but good karrimor is what most people I know wear. So you need to slow your run a bit nextphase? As you move through the plan you'll realise that you will get to 30 mins grin

MsGee Wed 12-Jun-13 07:10:27

Sorry just noticed dementedma on the thread. <waves manically>

Pollydon Wed 12-Jun-13 07:12:09

Thanks Msgee, will have a look.

Pollydon Wed 12-Jun-13 07:13:03

And thanks Cinnemon

BIWI Wed 12-Jun-13 08:40:46

Yep, loads of running stuff in Sports Direct. It's a place I hate, but since I started this running lark I find myself strangely attracted to the place blush

scarecrow22 Wed 12-Jun-13 09:58:27

<marking place as plan to start tomorrow or v soon>

gingerpinz Wed 12-Jun-13 10:02:12

Morning all! Haven't managed to get on here for a while but am still running (and enjoying it too!!). Even found the Wk 5 Day 3-20 min run reasonably 'easy'!! And got up on Sunday morning after a few drinks on Saturday night, when I could actually just have gone back to sleep, and did Wk 6 Day 1!!

Should be running today but have been feeling quite tired and sore the last couple of days and am considering a tiny mid-programme break and going swimming instead for the rest of the week on my run days and then picking it back up again next week. Not sure if this is a good idea or not but think my body could do with it and really don't think I will struggle to start up again as I am really enjoying it and motivated this time. Actually think I might miss it and hopefully will come back feeling fresh.

Sounds like everyone is doing really well. Still really inspired by those who have finished C25K and are moving on. And to those just starting just keep plodding on, you will get there and it is not about speed at the moment!

scarecrow22 Wed 12-Jun-13 11:01:43

hi, I'm thinking of starting this as way back into running after DS who is now 9wks.
before pregnant with DD (nearly 2y 6m) I ran 5k regularly and once a week ran 7-12k. after DD didn't run for too long (loss of habit and confidence plus time ) got back up to happy 5-8k though usually only once a.week, sometimes twice. I ran unti17 weeks with this pregnancy but thwn did almost no exercise. since CS been upping walking and doing core and pelvic class for a couple of weeks and will continue.

has anyone else done C25k after having run more before? I jogged a little with buggy to buggy fit class yesterday and wonder if I will get frustrated with want ing to run more sooner and if so if you can cheat little, or would that be silly and counter productive? my weak point is knees but they usually if not always better when run regularly.

Look forward to joining you all and drawing inspiration. I'm.slowly reading back during interminable night windings...

DramaAlpaca Wed 12-Jun-13 12:33:27

Hello again all.

Thought I might be a bit stiff & sore after starting C25K again yesterday, but pleased to report that I'm fine so I didn't overdo it. I made sure to do lots of stretches afterwards.

Will let you know how I get on after 2nd run tomorrow.

pennygallops Wed 12-Jun-13 19:30:24

dramaalpaca - that's the beauty of C25K - it slowly increases your fitness and I found I was never stiff or achy.

Welcome scarecrow - if you've been that fit before, I'm sure you'll pick it up again quite quickly. You could start further into the program.

Well done on your 20 mins continuous running gingerpinz.

How is everybody else's running going?

I am frustrated tonight! I went out gain with my DS to do 4k, as I'm trying to build up fitness again after my slight injury. Again, I'm pain free but I found it very difficult to run at any sort of speed. I'm average about 7mins for 1k! I was easily doing under 6 mins only a few weeks ago. Going to try 5k on Friday and a tiny bit of interval training on Sunday.

dementedma Wed 12-Jun-13 20:10:39

<waves back at msgee>
Having a break tonight but plan to be out tomorrow. Running at around 9mins per km, so need to get faster to do sub 40 minute 5k

Welcome scarecrow22!

Well done gingerpinz and DramaAlpaca!

I was the same pennygallops, drove me mad!! I'm getting there now and you had less time off than me. Training tonight especially for you- 1min at 400m pace, 4 min recovery x2, 2 min at 800m pace, 3 min recovery x2, 3 min 5k pace, 2 min recovery x2, 4 min at 10k pace, 1 min recovery x2.

pennygallops Wed 12-Jun-13 21:45:49

Thank you cinnamon. I think I might try something like that on Sunday. I know I'll get there, I've just got to be patient. It was quite humid tonight and I was already feeling quite before I went out. But at least I'm able to run.

UmBongo Wed 12-Jun-13 22:07:08

My speed isn't picking up much if any. I did another 30 minuter tonight as I don't want to hurt myself, I thought I would do another 5k on friday and see if I can get anywhere near the last time! (my only other 5k time!)

Not sure if I can do the sprinty thingy though, but I may look into the 5k+ podcast that someone mentioned. Or I may do what you are doing dementedma and go back to the beginning, but run/jog instead of jog/walk. I will have to do something as my weight loss is stalling as is my enthusiasm!

DramaAlpaca Thu 13-Jun-13 11:33:14

Well, W1R2 just done. Managed fine, but I'm more tired afterwards than I was on Tuesday. Probably because I had quite a late night, then had to get up early to drop DS3 off for an exam. Normal routine will be resumed next week when I go back to work. I'll have to start running in the evenings then as I'm not really a morning person.

Might go for a little nap now while watching the tennis on TV... then catch up on housework later smile

Well done DramaAlpaca, sounds like a plan I often think about having a nap and then feel too guilty and don't!

Sorry you feel like that UmBongo! I had a big wobble when I finished the c25k and at one point I was happy if I could manage 15 mins. Try just speeding up a bit if you're feeling ok and push yourself a little and hopefully your over all your speed with improve. Try to just enjoy running for rubbings sake, that's what helped me. No target just running because you enjoy the run. I can't really advise on weightless because mine was a very steady loss which didn't really stall. Drink lots and make sure you have some treats as well as being good. Whatever you're doing has to be sustainable.

Theas18 Thu 13-Jun-13 12:55:37

Anyone else doing a baby C25K?

I have managed week one with 4 ( nearly, stopped a bit early) 1min runs instead of 8. I just can't do more without fearing damage. I have my new trainers ( lovely they are).

Today my left leg and the rest f me feels fine after going out and a hot bath, but my right leg feels very dodgy (out side of the hip). I am thinking about how i run and it can't be hat assymetric surely?

Theas18 Thu 13-Jun-13 12:57:48

Can't see me ever gettig to 5K! doing 8x1 min runs as per week 1 seems a lot at the moment

yetanotherworry Thu 13-Jun-13 13:50:29

Theas, I am now on week 7 having completed a 25 min run last week. When I started the program (a bit longer than 7 weeks ago) I was panicing about the fact that I had signed up for Race for Life and I could just about finish the 60 sec runs. Keep with the program, it works.

I would try some core exercises/gluteal muscle exercises for your hip. I'm not quite sure which bit is bothering you but I have problems with my sacro-illiac joint and I find that if I do some pilates, it really helps the pain. Also try and start off on your other foot for a while. My physio pointed out to me that because I find the one side painful, I try not to use it, which actually makes the muscles weaker and the pain gets worse.

scarecrow22 Thu 13-Jun-13 14:03:00

Theas do you mean with a baby? if so, I am. plan do w1r1 tomorrow with 9wk old in buggy and 2yo er running around me in park. Worth a try ;)

how old is/are yours?

Bakingnovice Thu 13-Jun-13 14:13:19

Can I join too? After years of procrastinating I did w1d1 and loved it. It felt easy and I'm still on a high. I'm also doing the shred and want to run to improve my mental health (I used running to get rid of my pnd years ago) and to lose weight.

I'm trying to work out how to fit three runs in with three shred sessions a week, plus rest days. Any advice?

Also, I don't have any music on my iPhone. How do I get some so I can listen while running?

Have read this thread for a long time and am glad to finally post as a (novice) runner.

goodbyeyellowbrickroad Thu 13-Jun-13 14:53:25

Well I've bitten the bullet and started with my first run last night. Felt so good after finishing. Doing it to improve my fitness and shift some weight.

I'm having to run on a treadmill at the moment as where I am it's too hot for me to run outside. Does anyone else use a treadmill?

Hello. Can I join too please? (Waves to BIWI!)

I did pop in and post in April but only did two runs and then stopped. I started again last week - in April I only managed to do 6 of the 8 runs so started again at that last week. Did that once but then next run managed the 8. I have now done the 8 runs three times so could move onto W2 tomorrow but am planning on sticking to wk 1 and moving on to wk 2 on Monday.

I am feeling a bit stiff in the legs but am hoping that as I get used to it I will be ok. I have dodgy knees too and they are a bit sore but again hoping they improve.

I am really enjoying it. Especially the feeling afterwards! Am even planning on going out at 6am tomorrow as have lots on and it's the only time I will manage it.

Theas - I only managed 6 of the 8 runs when I started. I think if you do a week on doing four and then a week doing 5 etc you can move up gradually. It's all good for you and the important thing is to not try to do too much at the beginning.

BIWI Thu 13-Jun-13 14:57:53

<waves back>

Great going, Buda! The programme really works, and as long as you don't push yourself unnecessarily you will progress surprisingly fast.

DramaAlpaca Thu 13-Jun-13 15:02:35

I'm on a treadmill until I get going & feel a bit fitter & more confident.

It's also more gentle on my slightly dodgy knee joints.

I'm also doing it to lose some weight & improve my fitness.

Bakingnovice Thu 13-Jun-13 16:45:47

Me too. On a treadmill and trying to shift a bit of weight.

Theas18 Thu 13-Jun-13 20:38:18

No not "with a baby" but in "baby steps" LOL

Mine are 20/17/14 !

nextphase Thu 13-Jun-13 21:25:17

But if I slow my run, I'll be walking??!!

I do walk quite fast (as in generally, not just the brisk warm up bit) - I did a 5km route last time, which took me 40mins - and thats week 2, so 9mins running, 31 walking?

Am I doing it all too fast?

Chopstheduck Fri 14-Jun-13 12:23:40

I'm BACK! I can run again!! grin Ended up taking a week off, then two very very slow runs, this week and today back up to speed again. Still getting the odd niggle, but taking ibuprofen and it's not like it was before where I could barely walk after a run. I missed it so much last week, it's strange how important it has become to me.

nextphase, it is possible to run very very slowly and not be walking, it's a different movement. I think someone said on here once that they were going so slowly they could have probably walked faster but it still counted as they did have two feet off the ground at points! On Monday I was only running at 4.5mph at one point because I've been recovering from a knee injury. 5k in 40 mins with only 9 mins running does sound pretty fast to me. If you were walking briskly at 4mph, that means u were running at over 7 mph to cover that distance. I'd try to slow down to a really gently jog rather than to the walk, even if it is slower than your walking pace.

For those with dodgy knee joints I find it helps to do offroad as well as road running. I have hypermobile knees and so prone to issues, but running offroad is def easier on it. Running on uneven paths or adverse camber also plays mine up.

Theas18 Fri 14-Jun-13 12:57:54

Leg better today. Guess I'd better not run today thuogh.

queenjellybelly Fri 14-Jun-13 13:34:56

Just started Cto5K this week and finished run 2 this morning. Always hated exercise but needs must! Found it really hard & sweating like a trooper by the time I get home but that makes me feel prouder of myself for doing it. 8x1 min runs nearly killed me today but I did it!grin Can't imagine having to run for 5 mins at a time tho!

BIWI Fri 14-Jun-13 14:21:26

But you will, queenjellybelly, you will grin

Well I got up at 6 this morning to fit my run in as have a busy day today with summer fair at school. Very proud of myself for doing it. It was my fourth week 1 run. So Monday I move onto week 2.

My legs really hurt this morning - I think because I was on my feet all morning. But my right leg def hurt more. All the way up to my hip. There is an adverse camber on much of my run so I wonder if that is part of the problem. I must try and find an off road run. Most of mine is concrete. It's a great loop though. Perfect timing at the moment.

Queenjellybelly - me too! A bit nervous about week 2. Feel I have only just got th hang of week one!

jellybrain Fri 14-Jun-13 15:08:43

Back again having not posted for a while (was on the old thread). Everyone is doing incredibly well. I'd like to add my voice to everyone who is telling the newbies that this really works - I really did not think I'd be able to run for 30 mins without a break 9wks ago and now I'm finishing runs with a feeling I could probably manage some more.
I have signed up for Park Run and plan to do my first 1 next week. Do those of you who have done park runs find running with others improved your time?

BIWI Fri 14-Jun-13 17:49:18

Buda - if you can, definitely try and run on softer ground. Running on roads/pavements is one of the reasons my shins became so sore.

dementedma Fri 14-Jun-13 20:12:51

Have done all 9 weeks yet tonight really struggled with 3x10 minute runs. R4L a week on Sunday and not convinced I will be able to do it.couldn't run for more than a minute when I first started so its still an improvement, but is it ever going to be easy/enjoyable.

You will get there Theas18, if you already have an injury it's best to start of slow. I don't think it means your run is asymmetric but could be that you have an issue already there before you've started. There was someone who had a massage and the masseur could tell which had she held her iPod in. I know I can't carry a bag on my left shoulder as it falls off so could be how you walk/sit every day. There are some Pilates exercises you can do to strengthen your hip muscles, trying googling it or have a look on YouTube.

Welcome bakingnovice, I have a separate folder in iTunes for my phone and have set my iPhone to sync from that folder only. I then just transfer what I want into that folder as I upload and play on shuffle.

Well done goodbyeyellowbrickroad!

Welcome back CiderwithBuda and well done for getting out so early!

That sounds a quite quick nextphase, my first 5k was 34mins and that was all running. You can run slowly and still be running not walking.

Glad to hear you're back Chopstheduck!

Well done queenjellybelly!

It doesn't make any difference to me jellybrain, I always feel a bit guilty overtaking and try to do it with plenty of space so that can slow me down a bit and I'm always worried about not being able to finish so tend to pace myself a bit too much but also have gone off a bit too quick once.

What 3x10mins were you doing dementedma? Are you doing some speed work?

I'm hoping to go for 30mins tomorrow am before parkrun as dh told me weds that he's working all day and got to leave at 8.30 so I'm taking the boys and not running after! Also want to attempt 7-8miles Sunday to see if I can manage the half marathon in July! Will be a busy weekend for running for me smile

pennygallops Fri 14-Jun-13 22:25:54

Well done for all your running ladies - where ever you are on the program.

I managed to squeeze in a run tonight before our school's summer camp. I did 5k in 32mins, then a slower 500m, then I walked quite quickly home the last km. My knee twinged but not enough to stop me. I've started to run on the road, rather than the paths like chopstheduck suggested - it definitely helps. Due to having to return to the camp (I'm not camping on the school field) I won't be doing parkrunning in the morning sad but the rest of the family are.

Happy running everyone!

dementedma Fri 14-Jun-13 22:35:25

Not speed work cinammon. Just need a break to catch my breath after 10 minutes. Getting fed up with it all to be honest. Its boring and I haven't caught the elusive "bug'

jchocchip Sat 15-Jun-13 07:51:26

Morning everyone. Going to be a slow parkrun for me today, feeling a bit congested. Keep losing this thread and finding it is hard! Have a good run everyone smile

Betty5313 Sat 15-Jun-13 09:04:48

You all sound like you are doing so well smile Really encouraging for me to hear about how people are doing who are further on in the programme. I did week 3, run 1 this morning and loved it! I've discovered I need more than one day between runs, my second run of the week is always awful otherwise. managed to do 1k in ,6.5 minutes which is my quickest yet. I'd be perfectly happy if I can keep the same pace and run further.

pennygallops Sat 15-Jun-13 11:29:05

That's a good pace betty.

DramaAlpaca Sat 15-Jun-13 13:55:07

Hello everyone. Just finished Week 1 & am feeling very pleased with myself for getting back on the programme.

Also feeling a bit silly. I'm doing it on the treadmill so I don't have a lovely C25K voiceover to tell me when to run & when to walk, I use the timer on the machine. So I've worked out today that I've been doing 9 one minute running segments instead of 8 - a total workout of 31 minutes including 5 minutes walking each end. It's been fine, though.

Roll on Monday for Week 2!

eminemmerdale Sat 15-Jun-13 19:47:44

Just done my second run of week 2 - I actually did three weeks of week one but I didn't want to go mad and hurt my knees again. Seems to be going well, getting into the 'stride' now and feeling good.

Well, I completed Week 3 Run 3 this morning! I feel so pleased with myself...getting up at 5.15 is pretty daft but I need to fit exercise in somewhere! It's not so bad at that time as there is no one else about apart from quite a lot of slugs and snails <yuck> I get home and have a lovely shower then the rest of the house wakes up and carry on with the rest of my day. Looking forward to week 4...

Pollydon Sat 15-Jun-13 20:27:23

Hi all . W2R2 this morning, in the rain, and I could swear a man about 300 meters in front of me was doing the same week!

eminemmerdale Sat 15-Jun-13 20:34:39

Haha! I passed three 'ladies of a cerain age' like me tonight an it was very obvious they were doing the course too. We sort of half smiled half griamced at each other grin

Episode Sun 16-Jun-13 00:35:33

Can I join please?

Have just completed my first run, 11.30 at night. It was a spur of the moment thing and never again. I ran around my local common, nearly jumped out of my skin 5 times and ran longer and faster than I should because of fear.

I'm sure most of it was in my head and my logic was not wanting to be seen but I don't think I looked too bad so next time daylight is a must. Not one of my smarter moments I have to admit but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I started on week 2 run 1 and I was actually surprised how fast the running section passed compared to the walking parts. Much easier than trying to pound a treadmill, going nowhere.

I've lost a stone and a half in the last 2 months. I haven't dieted but I have been going to the gym 4-7 times a week. I feel like I've hit a wall so have started this to kick start a new body shock and help me get to the next level of cardio fitness, hopefully allowing me to do some harder workouts.

Crap at diets and all I seem to do is eat and think about food more. Interestingly I started out to loose weight but now I feel like that's secondary to wanting to improve my fitness? How common is this?

How have everyone results been so far? I'd be interested to find out peoples 1. Starting weights/dress sizes
2. Current weights/dress sizes
3. Your running time in weeks
4. Any other exercising and dieting you are doing alongside the app

pennygallops Sun 16-Jun-13 07:44:01

Well done on your completion of wk 1 dramaalpaca onwards to week 2.

And well done to you too eminemmerdale. I love seeing other runners out when I'm out. if I'm with my DS, he always ask 'what would their parkrun time be?' I always find other runners (and cyclists) smile/say hello at me/us.

I quite like an early rise for a run babysocks, I find it a special time - I like the quietness at that time of the day. But it was pretty chilly in the winter months.

Well done pollydon. How are you finding the program? Week 3 soon.

episode I started running for two main reasons:
1. Help with stress - and it definitely does, especially once I could run for longer periods and not have to concentrate on Laura's instructions.
2. To try to maintain muscle tone and fitness (I hadn't long turned 40)

My dress size and weight have hardly changed - When I started my top half was 8/10, its now 8, my bottom half was 10, its now 8/10. I've actually gained weight 9st 2 to 9st 6lbs (but I'm trying to lose that weight before I go on holiday!)

Now the weather is better I try to cycle a bit more and I swim once or twice a week, but my main exercise is running. I also like to go out onto to the moors for a good long walk, but that's a family time thing and not really great for exercise.

Its about 10 months since I started the program.

It is lovely and quiet at silly o'clock pennygallops, not sure I will continue with the early mornings in the winter. By that time my youngest will be at pre-school for a couple of days so I should hopefully have time to fit my running in after the school run instead.

Episode, I started running mainly to fit some exercise into my life. I have an underactive thyroid and I have really tired days so hopefully running will help this. I'd love to lose a few pounds too... I have this need to look after my body now I'm a couple of years away from 40 eeek! It is also an opportunity to do something for me, after 7 years of having 3 DCs quite close together, I feel it's about time I did something for myself!

FoundAChopinLizt Sun 16-Jun-13 08:27:18

Hi can I join? I like reading about everyone's progress, it's very inspiring. I can't believe that I actually love running-I only started because my dd was competing and I was at the races seems to be infectious.

I 'graduated' C25K last week and have my first race next week. I ran a 27 min 5k for practice yesterday on the course which is hilly on the second half. So I'm aiming for 26mins on the day. Dd is going for 22mins, but I am 28 years older than her...

I'm aiming long term for a sub 1hr 10k next March.

FoundAChopinLizt Sun 16-Jun-13 08:40:32


I started running for fitness, I've got a few health issues so i thought the best defence is to be fit apart from the bits of me that are misbehaving!

I've put on weight like about 3lbs, but it is leg muscle, my waist is smaller, but my bust has not shrunk. I was a 10/12 bottom now 10, and a 10 top no change.

I have taken an interest in nutrition because I want to run well and feel well. Especially I've noticed alcohol trashes my running the next day, which puts me off it most of the time.

In general my energy level is much better, I'm less moody and I sleep well (with apologies to those with smaller children).

amigababy Sun 16-Jun-13 08:51:20

I finished week 2 yesterday, managed to avoid the rain. and got wolf whistled at [Confused]

I'm doing it to lose weight while calorie counting. And to bring regular exercise back into my life, and to achieve a goal as I had no goals and was stagnating. Losing 7 pounds would be good, 14 better.

BIWI - I get what you are saying but I have looked and can't find a run on grass near me that doesn't involve just constant loops of a field which I think would bore me to tears. I may try it though just to see. Also the grassy areas near me are used by dog walkers and I would be dodging dog poo!

I did go and get some new trainers today. My other ones are two years old. Went to a proper shop and had my feet analysed and bought a super expensive and much more cushioned and supportive running shoe. Hopefully that will help.

I am due to start week 2 tomorrow. Wondering about doing week 1 again to ease me in more. Also wondered about leaving two days between runs rather than one as someone else mentioned.

Episode - I have just started really. Running is something I always wanted to do but never did. I am 49 and would like to do a 5k before I'm 50. I'm also going to New York for my 50th next year and want to run in Central Park with my sister. Diet wise I have lost 3 stone over the last 18 months - 2 with weight watchers and now almost a stone since the end of April on biwi's low carb boot camp. I am doing it for weight and health reasons. Desperate not to have to shop plus size ranges anymore. Am now an 18-20 rather than the 22-24 I was.

Sorry you feel like that dementedma, I finished in March and took me probably until June/July to enjoy it. I always enjoyed how I felt afterwards but not the actual run. I know others here loved it much quicker! I would say that you CAN run 30 mins and I would suggest that you aim for 15mins before you walk and if you can get to that try to push through the next song or something like that as I genuinely believe that a lot is mental. But on the other hand if you are not enjoying it then perhaps running just isn't your sport? I think had I not started enjoying it when I did I may have quit but I know I'm a better person when I run and it's so convenient for me and I have also become a bit more social with my running which helps too.

Well done Betty5313, that's a good pace. DramaAlpaca, eminemmerdale, amigababy, babysocksneverstayon and Pollydon you are all doing great smile

Welcome episode, I started c25k in Jan 12 so have been running almost 18 months but have never run before in my life! I started losing weight in Nov 11 so was doing both at the same time I went from 15st/size 18 to 9st 8/size 8-10 depending on shop! But I did that by calorie counting I have been at my target weight since July last year but have got bigger pretty much everywhere since then due to running futher. I wanted to get fitter and so that was my reason for starting running rather than weight loss. I think it is helping me to maintain but I now stick to around 17-1800 calories a day.

Welcome FoundAChopinLizt, that's a great time took me a while to get a sub 27min 5k!

Managed my aim for the weekend, 28min run yesterday at 7 with the dog and 1hr 10min this morning on my own (took dog for a walk first as felt it was a bit far for him). Still having problems with endomondo so I roughly plotted on mapmyrun as it's a bit tricky due to lots of tree cover and I did 7 miles/11.3Km so I'm a bit disappointed in that. Next week 8miles grin

Oh and I watched all the results processing of the parkrun on Saturday after timekeeping and I am now going to be run director on 6th July, eeeeeeeeekkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! shock confused blush hmm shock

pennygallops Sun 16-Jun-13 13:39:11

Happy running everyone.

run director - that's going to be a bit stressful but very rewarding cinnamon. Don't be too harsh on yourself, it's better to build up the distance slowly.

Well, I went out this morning hoping to do a steady 5k but only managed 3.8k, because my knee started to hurt again. sad Came straight home and applied ice. I'll rest it for a few day before going out again.

Pollydon Sun 16-Jun-13 15:45:50

Hi Pennygallops, I'm really enjoying it, I love the sense of achievement when you've completed a session & have just downloaded W3 smile

dementedma Sun 16-Jun-13 16:34:43

Well I got out again today and managed the whole 5k in 42 minutes. I am going for sub 40 in the R4L next week and I will be very happy if I can do that. I am 50 next year and I think a 30 minute 5k is not going to happen!
I was a size 18 when I started with walking back in January. Am now a 14. Haven't lost much according to the scales bit have definitely lost inches. Down a cup size in the Norks department and all clothes fitting more easily. Feel more toned and more confident

gingerpinz Sun 16-Jun-13 17:38:35

Well done dementedma, sure you will manage sub 40 next week!

I had planned to have a week off running this week as was tired and had a bit of a sore knee...but I actually missed it and after watching my DH, Dsis and DBIL put in great performances (26, 27 & 28 mins respectively) at parkrun on Sat I just wanted to get running again! I was meant to be on Wk6 Day 2 but we were at my Dad's house and my step mum suggested running together so since she is quite fit I decided just to skip the 10-3-10 of Day 2 and go for the 22 mins of Day 3!! We were on the beach and when we turned back at half way there was a pretty strong cross wind and I struggled a bit with my breathing but just kept plodding on. Felt like I was going pretty slow but pace was actually 11.5 mins when I am normally 12 so was really pleased...and felt I had earned the copious amounts of gin, wine and bbq food I consumed after!

nextphase Sun 16-Jun-13 21:09:18

I think I run at about the same pace as I walk.
I've been working out distances of possible loops on, and so put in a couple of C25k jog/walks, and a walk I did one lunchtime from work. Pace all coming out very similar!

Week3 seems a very short session?? Can't beleive I'm enjoying this running!

Cinder is there any chance of joining up several patches of softer running with pavement running? I do the warm up along a cycle path, and then get to drop down to the stream, through the woods, and back out of the valley on cinder track, which is softer than the tarmac, before more cycle path then grass along the river, and then back home. And yes, I live in suburbia - never more than 200y from the housing estates on either side of the valley, just happen to have a green belt patch through the middle.

pennygallops Sun 16-Jun-13 21:16:42

Well done you dementedma. I think setting your own targets is best and sub 40 sounds good to me. I find when you run with a crowd you actually run faster, so that sub 40 is within your grasp.

Well done to you and your mum gingerpins, and a good pace. How is the knee tonight?

I'm glad you are enjoying the running so much pollydon. Have you got a parkrun near you? I think you might like a little 5k run on Saturday morning.

ciderwithbuda running in Central Park is on mine (and my DS's) list this summer. Our hotel is just a block away grin, so I need my knee better for then. I've bought a pair of (very short) running shorts for my holidays this year. I tried them this morning for the first time - think I need a bit of sun (or fake tan) on my legs!

Welcome foundachopinlizt - very impressive 5k time. I'm still waiting to go under 27mins (BP is 27.02mins), can't see it happening for a while. sad

Mum2Fergus Sun 16-Jun-13 21:23:51

Peeks in from behind a cushion (",)

UmBongo Sun 16-Jun-13 22:30:15

I saw you Mum2Fergus! Come on in, we're not scary, and nearly all of us would only run a bath before we started the C2 5K programme.

Did my second 5k run on friday and forgot to report in (sorry!) I will really have to think how I can persuade everyone else in my family that mummy NEEDS saturday mornings off! What time do you finish after a parkrun people? Just for runners not run directors though cinnamon!

FoundAChopinLizt Sun 16-Jun-13 22:33:11

I go out at 7.30 on a Saturday, back by 8.15, it's not a park run, but at least I get out.

Bakingnovice Sun 16-Jun-13 23:12:13

I managed w2d2 today. Early morning which was tough as I'd had a v late night. Stayed high and buzzing for the rest of the day. I'm still finding the actual workout easy, and can't wait to get to week 2. Just hope I don't struggle too much by then.

I'm doing d3 of week 1 tmrw after I do the shred. I'm doing both on the same day as I need to factor in rest days somewhere. Hoping to do a park run soon. Thanks to all on this thread, keeps me inspired.

jellybrain Sun 16-Jun-13 23:17:20

Penultimate run before graduation tomorrow then, a 5k for my final run of the programme on Wed.
I have no real idea of my time as the GPS tracker in my app keeps loosing signal. Very annoyed Saturday as I tried pushing myself a bit harder than I have been and it only recorded 0.91kangry
Episode - running in the dark sounds very scary. Early mornings are also good if you're a bit self concious to start with. I went out of my way to pretend I wasn't actually running or would go in the opposite direction if I saw anyone in the early weeks. I actually smile and say hello nowgrin

Pollydon Mon 17-Jun-13 06:50:12

Morning all , just completed W2R3, but my legs were incredibly achy, could this be due to my period ?
Ive downloaded week 3 ready for Wednesday smile

Glad to hear you're feeling more positive dementedma

Sounds great gingerpinz!

I seem to remember there was a short one that caught me out nextphase, maybe it was wk3.

When I run I finish before 9.30 UmBongo have a little chat and then I'm off! When I volunteer I'm usually gone by 10, marshals usually collect signs around them as the last runner goes by and so everything's back to the finish quickly. This week we went to the cafe to process results and even with me watching we were away by 11 so I'm thinking 10.30 once I'm good. I think it's just the social aspect amongst volunteers as well as runners that makes it last longer grin

Well done bakingnovice, I think if you're finding it easy it won't get much harder. I found it challenging all the way through but at a very stable level.

Mines the same jellybrain, really annoying. I am now going to mapmyrun when I get home to plot it!

Well done pollydon! Could be, I don't find my period makes much difference to my run but have a friend who finds it much more of a struggle.

queenjellybelly Mon 17-Jun-13 10:09:20

Just finished run 3 of week 1! Not particularly enjoying it yet but optimistic that will come. Definitely feel a sense of achievement & determined to stick with it.

nextphase - I think I would have to drive to somewhere to find more off road running which I really don't want to do. I love the ease of just walking out the front gate and heading off. I think my legs hurt so much on Friday because I was basically on my feet all day after the run.

pennygallops - sounds good! We are off to California in July and I am planning on running there. Golden gate park in San Francisco for sure. And I am going to check out some runs to do in the other places we will be.

W2r1 done! Definitely harder than week 1. One run was particularly hard to get to the end and I told myself I would skip the next one. And then the lovely Laure told me that the next one was the last one! So I did it. Yay!

Next run due to be on Wednesday but will see how I feel and might leave it till Thursday to leave two days between runs.

BIWI - I remembered when I was out that years ago I used to do aerobics and got bad shin pain. Aerobics instructor called it shin splints and gave me exercises to do to build up the muscles. I remember one was sitting with legs straight out in front and flexing feet and holding and then bringing toes back holding. I'm going to start that in an effort to avoid issues. I think my knees will be more of a problem though.

Bakingnovice Mon 17-Jun-13 12:05:41

How do I get Laura's tips? I have her saying 'run' 'walk' but she never says its the last run etc.

Chopstheduck Mon 17-Jun-13 12:20:21

That's odd bakingnovice, did you download the NHS podcasts?

CiderwithBuda, we're off to cali tin July too - might be running past you in golden gate park!

Good luck with being run director, cinnamon!

hi episode, can't believe you went out at 11! grin I think it was around that time, after several glasses of wine that I decided I was going to do it, but I did wait until the next day to start! I started 6 months ago and have lost nearly 50lbs in total since I started it. Dropped from 22-24 to a size 14. I track what I am eating on MFP, but I do have quite a lot of treats, so not a strict diet. I run about 10-15 miles a week, I also cycle a lot - 50+ miles a week, walk, and go to the gym once in a while. Running has def increased my cardio fitness far more than any other exercise ever has.

babysocks, I love early morning runs like that. I usually see rabbits and game birds!

muddyprints Mon 17-Jun-13 14:58:58

well I was dreading week 5, did first run twice, second run twice and thought id try the 20 min run even though it seemed impossible after running 8 max but I managed it and ran 2 miles so I was pleased.

Chopstheduck - look out for me. I'll be the one with the big fat red face! grin

Actually there seems to be loads of MNers heading to Cali this summer. Maybe we should have a meet up? grin

Muddy prints - I haven't looked ahead at runs but a 20min run in week 5? Sounds flipping scary! Well done for managing it.

watchingout Mon 17-Jun-13 15:44:44

W3r1 completed this morning - yay!
Was very shocked as Laura said 3 mins running just as I opened the gate.. But I did it grin maybe only 2.5 mins on the second run
Still seems a long way to go to get to 30mins plus of running, but there are loads here who have done it.
My mantra this morning was "if you give up, it's harder to start again" confused

BIWI Mon 17-Jun-13 15:54:42

Thankfully my sore shins aren't from shin splints, Buda - it's more to do with very tight, lumpy muscles! That's caused, apparently, by vibrations from the impact of running (so says my osteopath), which is why running on softer surfaces and plenty of stretching after finishing a run is so important.

So far, it seems to be going well. I did Week 2/Run 2 this morning.

FoundAChopinLizt Mon 17-Jun-13 16:17:35


You're doing great, and it's amazing how quickly you'll be running longer distances. I just followed the podcast and it really did what it said on the tinsmile

I'm trying to get quicker in time for my first 5k next week, am hovering on 26/27 minutes, but I'm scared I'll go too fast and peg out on the hills at the end!

watchingout Mon 17-Jun-13 17:12:48

Just read back over some people's weight loss achievements which I

watchingout Mon 17-Jun-13 17:19:19

Oops got interrupted!

Weight loss achievements which are very inspiring. I'm trying to use MFP for monitoring what I consume. Not dieting as such, just keeping aware.

Still hunting the elusive endorphins, but have pinned some motivational quotes/posters. I like "sweat is just your fat crying" grin

eminemmerdale Mon 17-Jun-13 20:22:04

Good lord! just done wk 3 day1 - didn't realise that you go from 1.90 to 3 mins straight away - I thought it was two lots of 1.90 then 2 lots of 3 mins grin Still, I did it!!!!

Betty5313 Mon 17-Jun-13 20:28:21

well done eminemmerdale! I'm pretty much at the same point as you, did run 2 of wk 3 tonight. The thought of 3 minutes wasn't great but such a good feeling when you manage it!

nextphase Mon 17-Jun-13 20:43:11

Just started on week three. I'm more worried about next week from what I've heard about week 4 - 5 mins of running??!!!

eminemmerdale Mon 17-Jun-13 21:01:28

I felt so chuffed that I could do two, TWO, 3 minute burstsgrin. <fingers in ear re wk 4, lalalalalalalala>

watchingout Mon 17-Jun-13 21:11:41

Hmmm I could also be stuck on W3 for some time. Took a beautiful sunny morning to stop me turning around at the gate at 0630. Wish I hadn't just read that about W4. Ignorance was bliss..

nextphase Mon 17-Jun-13 21:12:11

lalalalalalalalalala sounds good!
I'd decided the pod casts might get stuck on week 3 for a bit!
I can't actually beleive I can jog for 3 whole minutes without collapsing!

UmBongo Mon 17-Jun-13 22:22:23

Another run, 5.11km tonight in the sluggish time of 38.48. Hmph.

But it was all running. I find the first 5 minutes hard and then I seem to settle a bit. I was tempted to walk a bit this evening but thought that if I walked then I would have to do another first 5 minutes!

That and I am about 4lb off losing 2st and I have to get to the next goal. ( and shift that last stone too!) I have decided to go for a pedicure when I get to 2st lost as a none food related treat!

Well done to all the week 3ers, you CAN do it. Bloody hell if I can then you lot can!

SneezySnatcher Mon 17-Jun-13 22:34:38

Can I join you? Just done my very first run. I had DS 9 weeks ago (also have a DD who is 3) and, although BFing has helped me lose the baby weight, I definitely need toning. I also want to feel fitter and stronger.

I really enjoyed the run but I did consider skipping one of the runs as I'd developed a stitch. Luckily, Laura said there were only two left so I plodded on and it went away.

I have two questions:

How important is it to have 'rest days'? With having a new baby it might be easier to just go running when the opportunity arises, but this may mean two days in a row. Is that bad?

How can I work out how far I have run? I have an iPhone so is there a special app?

watchingout Mon 17-Jun-13 22:47:54

Welcome sneezy! Don't know about the resting (someone else will no doubt advise) but I managed to measure my distance by dropping a pin in Maps at my furthest point and then 'routing' it from home. Can you tell that I just went there and back?!wink

Other posters have talked about the mapmyrun app but I haven't convinced myself I'm a runner yet

<off to search the App Store>

amigababy Mon 17-Jun-13 23:05:51

lots of us on week 3, I just did w3r1 today. It wasn't too bad. And I think the mysterious endorphins are appearing. 5 hours later while driving I found myself looking forward to my next run. Most unusual.

ItsNotUnusualToBe Mon 17-Jun-13 23:28:30

Endorphin central here! I ran 5k tonight!!!! Took me 43 minutes but I am so bloody chuffed with myself. I finished c25k last week and was despondent that I was nowhere near 5k and the running was plodding it was awful.

I had a legs like lead run last week but have run on winged daps ever since!

I am so happy. I am still several stones overweight. Haven't lost any weight yet but that's due to dreadful eating. Definitely toning up already - it's noticeable to other people.

So, I am hunting down my goals one by one. Parkrun for the first time on Saturday. Hope the marshals aren't hoping to be away too early!

Thank you for the words of encouragement last week. And chin up de'ma. You've always been one step ahead of me and an inspiration to me.

ItsNotUnusualToBe Mon 17-Jun-13 23:29:42

I use run keeper app for tracking and recording distance and time.

Well done everyone on your running, those worrying about week 4 don't, you can do it! Trust the plan and yourself smile

Well done on weight loss as well as another 5k * UmBongo*!

Welcome SneezySnatcher, I think rest days are down to you and how you feel. I didn't run consecutive days when I did the plan but I do now if I need to. The second day is always slower and I'm usually a bit stuff but once I'm up and about I'm fine. Distance wise I used to use runkeeper, which is a great app, my friend who I run with uses endomondo so I switched to that both struggle at this time of year for me because I run in the forest and you need to be able to see the sky. I've also used the Nike + app when I ran with my iPod but guess you could get that on an iPhone. Or there's mapmyrun which is a website you can go to once you know your route and plot it. Happy running smile

that's great ItsNotUnusualToBe, enjoy your parkrun!

Chopstheduck Tue 18-Jun-13 08:17:24

well done ItsNotUnusualToBe!! I love that high from achieving a goal, and I think my first was a similar time, you will get faster.

well done sneezy. I'd personally try to stick to the rest days to start with, it is quite important to let your body recover. I used to use runtastic because it syncs with my fitness pal, but then switched to runkeeper as there are good plans on there, and more of the features without paying for it.

I am NOT looking forward to going out today. It's bloody Royal Ascot week. The roads will be gridlocked. I can't drive anywhere, I can't run on the racecourse without dodging limos and picnics, and my usual route will be full of queueing traffic full of drunken louts and the Scarecrows Go Racing display!! I'm going to aim to go out very early and hope that it isn't too busy yet, though it was already building when I dropped dh this morning at 7.

eminemmerdale Tue 18-Jun-13 08:31:19

I religiously do every other day - it suits me and having a rest day is important I think - I reckon I'd get really fed up doing it daily, but actually look forward to the run after a day of not doing it shock

BIWI Tue 18-Jun-13 08:46:19

I would also counsel that you take the rest day. As someone who completed the whole programme (having done it absolutely properly!) I struggled with shin pain from weeks 5 onwards, and took extra rest time - but still ended up having to have treatment from my osteopath to sort me out.

I'm allowed to run now, but I have to take two rest days rather than one to make sure that I don't suffer again.

And stretching afterwards is hugely important - it's this which helps to keep your muscles supple and to prevent soreness.

Re apps, I use Get Running, which tells you when to start/stop, and when you've reached the halfway point if you need to turn round. Map My Run also has an app which you can use too - I use both. Get Running just tells you how many minutes to run form whereas Map My Run records how far you have run, and also gives you info about your pace and how many calories you will have burnt.

It's complicated though grin. I start my music playing, then launch Get Running, and then when I get to the running part (after the 5 minute brisk walk to warm up) start Map My Run.

gingerpinz Tue 18-Jun-13 09:38:19

FANTASTIC ItsNotUnusualToBe! Well done!

I ran my first 25 mins (Wk7 Day1) and just over 2 miles at 7.30 this morning and am feeling similarly pleased with myself! Felt a bit tired when I got up and thought I might struggle but it actually felt pretty good...thinking Day2, which I plan to do on Thursday or Friday might be a bit harder so think I will go for a nice flat route to make it easier!

Am actually feeling like a 'runner' now and there is a 2 mile novice run round a local strawberry farm next Wednesday evening which I might just enter!! LOVING the feeling of having successfully done my exercise for the day already too!

migrant Tue 18-Jun-13 10:05:53

Congrats everyone! Sounds like we've all been putting in some kms this week.

I finished c25k a fortnight ago and moved onto c210k but found my legs getting more and more sore. On a friend's recommendation I switched to the Hal Higdon programme to run a 10k and I'm feeling so much better. Anyone else tried this one? I loved c25k but the next step was just not working for me.

I'm also using the Nike app which is free and seems to work really well. I can set the distance I want to do and it gives me updates as I go.

3nationsfamily Tue 18-Jun-13 10:17:45

Hi all, just checking in as a new runner now up to wk6 run 2 and loving it! The good weather and long evenings have made this a good time of year to get started and hopefully I will get into good habits that will sustain me through the long dark cold Scottish winter ahead. I was finishing the second of the 10 minute runs last night when I frightened the life out of the older man on the pavement ahead of me by letting out the most enormous grunt of relief smile But he was lovely and congratulated me on making such an effort to get fit- it really made me feel good.
There is a Park Run local to me on a Saturday morning which I am aiming for in a few weeks- but kids activities at the eweekend will make this difficult on a regular basis.
When I started this programme (the lovely Laura on the NHS C25K) I worked out that in week 9 we would be on our holidays in Spain and my aim is to be able to run 5k along the beach path in the early morning sunshine throughout our holidays as my reward for perservering.

DramaAlpaca Tue 18-Jun-13 11:04:34

Hi again, just a quick update (sneakily MNing from my desk at work...).

I was supposed to do Week 2 Run 1 yesterday, but was too tired after my first day back at work after a week's chilling at home. So I got up early & did it this morning. All went well, except that I arrived at work with a face still resembling a beetroot from the effort!

Great to hear how everyone else is getting on.

I love the idea of beach running 3nationsfamily!

chinley Tue 18-Jun-13 11:24:00

Sorry if I'm being thick but how do you download the C25K podcasts to your phone? When I click on them it just keeps telling me I need Adobe?

I just went to iTunes and searched nhs couch and found it there.

gingerpinz Tue 18-Jun-13 13:09:17

3nationsfamily Love the idea of your goal to run while you are on holiday. I am in Scotland too and funnily enough was just thinking today, after my early morning run, that it will be a very different story come the winter! Which is your local park run? My DH regulalry does Dundee and St Andrews, which are lovely...and the Edinburgh one is great too...nice and flat!!

3nationsfamily Tue 18-Jun-13 13:21:31

Yes, I am in Edinburgh so it will be the nice flat Cramond route! I did have a spell of running a couple of years ago which was all during the winter- still did most of it outside and best advice was to buy a pair of gloves, and a Merino base layer like this one from Mountain Warehouse who often have 2 for 1 offers.

gingerpinz Tue 18-Jun-13 13:51:26

Thanks for that link, those look great, will definitely invest!

I am considering making Edinburgh my first park run since we are going to be down there in a few weeks anyway, which will coincide with me finishing C25K...might as well ease myself in!! wink

Bakingnovice Tue 18-Jun-13 14:57:46

Do I shed wk 1 run 3 today. Felt amazing. Doing week 2 tmrw and not at all daunted by the thought of doing 90 secs. Feeling much fitter after just one week of the programme.

Bakingnovice Tue 18-Jun-13 14:58:23

Do I shed?? No no. That should read just finished.

watchingout Tue 18-Jun-13 19:37:26

I've just discovered mapmyrun grin oh this is going to turn me into a runner!

I've plotted my routes, and planned where the poor dog is going for the next week. Quite looking forward to the morning now w3r2...

Thanks BWIW, I used the mapmyrun app tonight and it was fab!!!

Did 7.5km tonight in 44 minutes. Was so tired but went anyway and I feel so much better and really enjoyed my run. Went in my shorts for the first time ever, a bit self conscious but I'm moving so fast no one sees me for long wink. Was warm and the dog didn't fare very well but only saw two pairs of cyclists and one dog walker the whole time!

Bakingtins Tue 18-Jun-13 20:34:20

Hi everyone, can I join in? I'm trying to get fit after a crappy year - 3 miscarriages in 10 months and a lot of comfort eating chocolate and moping on the sofa. I'm not really overweight, like most women alive I'd like to lose half a stone, but I am unfit and am not and never have been a runner. I've managed to stagger round Race for Life a few times in the past and 5k a few times a week sounds achievable.
I bought some running shoes from a very bossy man today who told me exactly which ones I was allowed to buy, so I'm all set. I'm planning to download the podcasts.
Can I ask how you go about choosing a route? Where I live is quite hilly, and the local park is about a mile away - do I aim for there from home, do most of the run there and then head back? I'm not clear whether you cover 5k all the time but to start with you are walking most of it, or whether the distances build up over the weeks.

dementedma Tue 18-Jun-13 21:39:52

Another one in Scotland and remember starting in the New Year by walking in the pitch dark evenings on snow and ice..oh, but the stars were beautiful!
Well done "unusual" you have made brilliant progress. Was supposed to try a morning run this morning but the plan was sabotaged by spending last night customizing our race for life t-shirts with a glass bottle of wine and thus over sleeping this morning!!

watchingout Tue 18-Jun-13 22:51:39

Hi Baking (s) - both of you! Is there anther club I don't know about?!

Tins - I didn't really choose a route, just headed out of the gate and kept going til Laura (on the podcast) said I was halfway, then turned around. She talks you through it all. You build up to 5k. In w3 I'm doing around 3,7 km but seem to go a bit faster and so further on each outing. I can't call them runs yet sad

Thistledew Tue 18-Jun-13 23:33:15

Hello all

I am just graduating from C25K.

I started running in January this year, and had a bit of a slow start due to the snow and ice. I then came off my bike in a nasty crash and so couldn't run for about 6 weeks. I got back into the program but then from mid April came down with a nasty cough/sore throat. I then got married and DH and I were on honeymoon until the end of May, so I have only just completed the program. In fact, my next run will be the first for the full 30 minutes.

I am hoping that I am on track to do the full 5 K in 30 mins, but should not be too much over if I am not.

I had never been a runner before I started the program, as I have exercise induced asthma and until a medication change 2 years ago had never been able to build up any sort of cardio fitness. I can't believe how much I was struggling to run for all the 60 second sessions, when I look at how I can run now.

Phew! Did w4 r2 this morning and it's quite tough...I did it though and feel great now. I love the sense of achievement it's giving me and the endorphins cursing through my body.

MsGee Wed 19-Jun-13 08:05:59

I did W3R1 this morning and found the 3 minutes v hard on the first run (managed 2.40). The second was easier as I was on flat ground but I really struggled. Reassuring to know its not just me who is worried about week 4!

I also have a question about outdoor / treadmill running.
Last week I did three runs but one at the gym (friends go once a week so want to join in!). I didn't track it so am running a day behind on this week (if that makes sense). I think I will continue with the gym once a week (also doing toning stuff!) so it seems options are
1) 3 runs per week but do one on treadmill using app, 2 outdoors
2) 4 runs per week with treadmill one as extra (although I will struggle time wise possibly to fit in fourth)
3) 3 runs per week but don't track gym run, so c25k will just take longer

I am wondering if a mix of 2 and 3 is better depending on how many runs I can do - or whether it is ok to mix up outdoor and treadmill - it's just that where I run outdoors is not flat so the treadmill might need to just be an easier extra - or use it to work on pace?

Sorry for long post. Lovely to read everyone else's updates.

nextphase Wed 19-Jun-13 08:29:36

MsGee I've just done w3r2. MUCH easier than the first time of trying 3 mins - and in fact, I ignored laura, and did 90s jog, 90s walk, 3 run, 3 walk, and then carried out with the 3mins - so 3 run, 3walk, 3 run (her cool down), and then walked back home!!! Nothing to do with the fact it go me out of running back up the hill!! - I've got 2 ups and 2 downs, and usually end up running 3 of them......

Is there anyone here who is a bra expert? How much should me (large) norks juggle about? Thinking about a lady running yesterday i saw, where there was quite a lot of movement. I thought mine were strapped down quite well, is it possible they are still moving too much? In which case what to do??? Or how to find out if there is enough support???

spaceal Wed 19-Jun-13 10:13:38

Hi everyone. I've been lurking here but have just done week 5 run 3 - 20 minutes!!! - and wanted to share grin

My pace was 8 minutes/km blush but I ran the full 20 minutes and it was OK.

Never thought I'd get here in 5 weeks.

Dingle Wed 19-Jun-13 10:22:55

Hi, to all. I don't know if you remember me! I only got mid-way through W2 and came down with some dreaded lurgy that took weeks to shift. That was 5 weeks ago but this morning I felt good enough to get back on the treadmill! (does a happy dance)

Not sure if I did the right thing but I just started week 2 again, I didn't struggle that much with it before and I slowed my pace right down. (Walked at 3.5, jogged at 4.5)

I now have less than 8 weeks to my hols! EEK!

Marking my spot and will have to back track a bit on here later to see what everyone else is up to!

I am so glad to be back! xx

FoundAChopinLizt Wed 19-Jun-13 11:07:04

Lots of activity on here, well done to everyone who's sticking with the programme. Because it takes at least 9 weeks everyone will have some set backs, as life never goes smoothly for weeks on end! The key is not to be thrown by the set backs.

I'm looking for the next challenge after my 5k race next week, so I'm interested in the 10k programme, aiming for a sub 1hr 10k next March. Is it free?

I did hilly 5k in 27 mins again today, I'm not getting faster, but it's getting easier! Although my calf was niggling a fair bit going uphill, so I've done extra stretches, ice and brufen, fingers crossed it's nothing serious.

FoundAChopinLizt Wed 19-Jun-13 11:10:41

And welcome back, Dingle!

Hi all.

W2R2 done this morning. Gorgeous morning for it!

It was ok. Second to last run I found hard again but managed it and then was determined to do last one.

migrant Wed 19-Jun-13 15:00:16

Hi Chopin,

The c210k I was using is by Zen labs and is free. The Hal Higdon programme that I'm now on is also free and he has half marathon and full marathon programmes too. It really does seem much kinder on the body. My Kms are still going up but I feel much better. Could be coincidence of course, heaven forbid, I could even be getting fitter??!!

FoundAChopinLizt Wed 19-Jun-13 16:08:36


Thanks, I will try Hal Higdon to get me over my post race anticlimax!

I'm sure you're getting fitter-how long have you been running? I'm on about 12 weeks since starting C25K, never ran before.

I wonder how long until you hit a plateau of fitness? I'm quite geeky so I like to know the 'science bit'.

Bakingnovice Wed 19-Jun-13 18:05:48

W2d1 done today. Feeling really tired today and seemed to have gained 2lbs!! Am hoping its just water retention. Really looking forward to run 2 but know I need some rest days.

eminemmerdale Wed 19-Jun-13 19:14:21

just done W3 r2. Hard!!! the first 3 min run defeated me sad had to stop at 2.20 but managed the rest so pretty pleased!!

amigababy Wed 19-Jun-13 19:49:08

w3r2 done here too, I had a change of location while filling time during dd 's ballet exam. It was much flatter than usual. Which was nice. But lots of traffic which made it very noisy, so actually I missed my tiny rural hilly lane that I normally run.

it could prove handy in week 4 though, the hills look a bit daunting for a 5 minute run.

pennygallops Wed 19-Jun-13 20:49:37

Good evening guys. How's the running going? This thread is just getting bigger and bigger. grin
I'm a little miserable tonight. I was going to go out for a gentle run but my knee is causing problems again. So I've decided to rest it until Saturday (park run). Thinking about seeing a sports pysio.

queenjellybelly Wed 19-Jun-13 21:11:01

Completed w2 r1 this morning. Struggled but did it! Bakingnovice I seem to be gaining a little weight too! It's so unfair!!!!! Was hoping the fat would melt off like butter. I swear I must sweat more than 2lbs in weight each run!

SneezySnatcher Wed 19-Jun-13 21:38:18

Week 1 R2 done (complete newbie)! Went with DSis and DSIL and really enjoyed it. Lovely SIL is a great runner and can easily do 18 miles but stuck with us, bless her (she has just had a baby like me).

It was very warm tonight, which was tough going. I did find that I was recovering quicker than the 90 seconds but I stuck with Laura as I really don't want to push myself. My section scar feel fine but I'd hate to cause any damage (I'm 9 weeks post-partum).

So envious of those of you who are further on. I hope I manage to stick with it.

eminemmerdale Wed 19-Jun-13 21:51:56

It's taken me five weeks to get to week three! I think we all have to go at our own pace to keep with it!

UmBongo Wed 19-Jun-13 21:58:05

Bakingnovice and queenjellybelly Muscle weighs more than fat, thats why gringrin

Sorry for the knee pain penny I hope it recovers quickly.

Well done for starting Sneezysnatcher Amazing at only 9 weeks after a section, I didn't start until dd was nearly a year!

I've just run a pb! 5k in 34min 36. I am pleased with that, I was consciously trying to push myself so I would have been severely hacked off if it wasn't quicker!

Off for a shower now before anyone comments about the smell grin

Well done everyone who's running and those not quite making the runs don't worry you'll manage it next time! I've had a shit evening and busy few days so not really time to read back through sorry.

Sorry to hear about your knee pennygallops and well done UmBongo!

I did the 5k time trial with my club tonight, 27.24 so getting back to my pb finally! Only 36secinds to go! Ran there and back plus warm down so 10 k total. Came home got boys to bed and settled down with dh as cat came down and Billy attacked her sad she ran off and spent rest if the evening looking for her. No sign and now can't sleep sad

Pollydon Thu 20-Jun-13 07:01:34

Morning all, just completed w3r1 and I'm amazed I managed to run for 3mins without the use of oxygen smile
I was wondering what everyone's reason for starting the plan was? Mine was I promised myself Id be able to run at least a mile aged 40.

BIWI Thu 20-Jun-13 08:17:49

Sorry to hear about your cat, cinnamon - but don't worry, cats are pretty hardy and I'm sure she will be back soon.

Well done on your time!

Bakingnovice Thu 20-Jun-13 08:42:48

Aw cinnamon I hope your cat gets home ok. Well done on your run.

Pollydon - I wanted to run mainly to lose weight but also to increase my fitness.

BIWI Thu 20-Jun-13 08:44:48

Pollydon - it was in response to a call-out from the Woolly Hug crew, to raise money for World Child cancer (a charity suggested by MrsDeVere, who lost her daughter to cancer). It's an extension of a training programme that I began 18 months ago in a bid to get fit, stave off the effects of getting older (I'm 53), as well as help with my weight loss/maintenance of my weight loss - I lost just over 2 stones last year. I have another half stone or so to go and am hoping that regular running will help me shift it.

queenjellybelly Thu 20-Jun-13 09:40:12

Pollydon, I had more reasons to start than not so knew I should just bite the bullet and get on with it. Basically, wanted to lose weight, tone up, get fitter and improve my health. Lost my best friend to a heart attack recently when she was just 39 and definitely made me understand the importance of looking after myself. Running early morning before kids & dh are awake is my only option. Hubby's and my work commitments make it impossible at any other time. Would have loved to get to the gym or pool though to mix it up a bit but they don't open until later.

eminemmerdale Thu 20-Jun-13 10:35:48

Oh no - hope the cat comes back - they do tend to know their way thuogh sad I started because a couple of ladies in local mumsnet sent out a plea for running buddies! I thought why not basically - have never been able to run ever! I have been a big swimmer for a few years now but suspended my gym membership as it wasn't worth it - could hardly ever get there - although I am returning at the end of this month so will swim again. Anyway, we all started off beautifully and then I seriously injured my knee which meantIi had to take a month off. By the time i restarted, they were well ahead so i decided to start again with a mum freind from school. She comes along sporadically but I am religioulsy doing it every other day. I am already noticing my legs a bit more shapely (actually dh commented, I nearly fainted!) and i feel loads better. It's a personal challenge and a two fingers up to the sporty lot at school (who were all my best friends) who could do 100 metres in 12 seconds whereas my pb was 22!!! I was never terribly sporty...

QueenJelly- sorry about your friend, that's so scary at that age sad

Just done W1R3, but for some reason it hasn't ticked it off on my app. Might actually do it again, rather than move on, as I'm going to struggle for the next one- think I left it too long between runs, but had a busy week at work so I've just not been able to fit it in. Need to get ready for work now, would rather sit with a cuppa!

So nice hearing everyone's reasons for starting.

I was babysitting and found a c25k thread on mn while looking at active threads, never heard of it before. As I was loosing weight I thought I might as well start trying to be fitter too. No money so running was perfect as it cost nothing (although slightly more expensive now I've bought a better pair of trainers), I joined the thread and did my first run 3rd Jan 2012 and here I am!!!

I started because its something I have always wanted to do but thought I wasn't fit enough to run. And I thought I was too heavy for my poor old knees. I lost weight so some of that excuse went I and started in April. Gave up after two runs as the weather was so bad. Started again 3 weeks ago and have graduated to week 2! My sister runs and we are going to New York next year for my 50th and we want to run in Central Park. I also want to lose more weight and tone up and then have something that wil help me keep the weight off.

Naebother Thu 20-Jun-13 14:09:21

I'm thinking about starting this. Do you really need trainers to start with?

Would converse do to begin with?

BIWI Thu 20-Jun-13 14:23:58

No - you definitely need good trainers.

I agree with BIWI. If your trainers are not supportive and cushioned enough you run the risk of injury. Converse don't have any support so wouldn't be suitable.

My cat is home grin

amigababy Thu 20-Jun-13 16:09:19

Yey that's great news cinnamon, hope she is ok.

BIWI Thu 20-Jun-13 16:27:46


Naebother Thu 20-Jun-13 17:19:11

Ok thanks. First step: buy trainers.

BIWI Thu 20-Jun-13 17:21:07

If you can, it's also worth going to a running shop and get your gait analysed, and take their advice about which shoes to buy.

Naebother Thu 20-Jun-13 17:37:46

Right. I'm checking them online tonight. Will get some at the weekend. First run Monday night.
Can I get the c25k app on android?

I wouldn't run in converse but I didn't get my gait analysed until I knew I was sticking to running and just bought a cheap pair of trainers from sports direct. I think once you start covering longer distances its worth it!

yetanotherworry Thu 20-Jun-13 19:48:17

Cinammon, what a worry with your cat... hope he's ok now.

I've just completed week 7 with a struggle. The first 2 runs felt horrid but not sure how much of that was down to running on hot days. Tonights run was definitely easier but I was running into a cool wind. However I'm quite impressed that I'm managing to run about 3.5k in 25 minutes considering 3 months ago I couldn't even run to the end of the street.

TwasBrillig Thu 20-Jun-13 20:04:48

This tread seems to have fallen off my 'I'm on" list somehow.

I managed wk 2 run 1 and quite enjoyed it. Felt ok, but ready to walk each time she said to. Can't quite see myself doing 3 minutes next week!

At uni I'd do 15 mins at the gym without thinking. I hate how far I've sunk. On good news though I've lost my first 6 pounds. . . Just another 5 and a half stone to go!!

Pollydon Thu 20-Jun-13 20:45:48

Thank you ladies for sharing your reasons for starting . Onwards and upwards !

TwasBrillig Thu 20-Jun-13 21:03:04

I started as I'd kept putting it off until "i'd got out of the obese" category. I use to enjoy jogging at uni and would like to be fit and healthy and its free and easier to fit into life. However it wasnt until I realised that it was ok for very overweight people to try couch to 5k that I started and I'm enjoying it so far. Aware it may well take me longer but ok with that. Already running 90seconds easily when initial a minute was hard so should get there!

BIWI Thu 20-Jun-13 21:27:15

I went for my run today, expecting to do Week 2/Run 3 - but my app told me it was Week 3/Run 1! So I did that, and it was fine. I'm enjoying running much more, second time around, which is interesting. I think it must be to do with the psychology of it all. I know that I can run 5K, so there's less worry about what's coming next, IYKWIM!

ItsNotUnusualToBe Thu 20-Jun-13 21:27:37

TwasBrillig I cannot believe that I ran (a very slow plodding ) 5k last Monday. Seriously I was puce and ready to puke after 60 seconds at the start. It's some sort of witchcraft that if you JFDI (Just Fucking Do It ) you miraculously get better at it. Injuries, ill health and extreme weather conditions aside, it is that simple.

And that's why I started. Despite being old, tired, overweight and unfit I know I am lucky to be in good health and no physical reason to not JFDI. I am 41 and already seeing people my age starting to age badly. I don't want to stay young or anything but I want to be on the best shape possible health wise. I've got older kids and younger ones and I want to be the same mother to all of them iyswim.

First Parkrun on Saturday. Gulp!

nextphase Thu 20-Jun-13 21:27:40

Reasons for starting? I hate the thought of going to a gym not sure why but needed to get fit. Exercise classes and the swimming timetable really didn't fit in with my (and the kids) lives. So needed something that could be done at times to suit me.
I also need to shift the baby weight (he's 2 now), and although it seems C25k isn't brill at weight loss, getting fitter, and increasing muscle mass has got to help but not the cadburys bubbly thing I scoffed all of earlier
Basically, I needed to get off my lardy arse, as serious calorie cutting really isn't for me, so need to cut some calories, and burn some more.

Well done to us all for still being here!

luckyclucky Thu 20-Jun-13 21:52:34

Have skim read this thread but I started cos I need to get fit again & hopefully lose some weight to boot, running is free & can be done quite flexibly AND when I used to run I did really enjoy, and I am enjoying (& hating!) it this time round too.

Only trouble is I am on week 6 now & finding it really difficult to run a full 20mins without a walking interval in between.
Other prob is I am fine on the flat & downhill grin but going up hills are still proving a huge problem <basically I have to walk> hmm

watchingout Thu 20-Jun-13 22:18:14

After watching my mum's mobility degenerate very quickly to being wheelchair bound, I took the view of "use it or lose it". Also overweight, hate gyms, but scared stiff of ending up like mum sad (who not overweight, but never did any weight bearing exercise)

And running is free grin

On the trainers issue - any recommendations? Thinking of updating my dog walking pair now that I've got as far as the end of week 3 (well tomorrow)

I loved my saucony pro grid but I slightly over pronate so they may not suit you.

TwasBrillig Thu 20-Jun-13 22:35:04

Congratulations itsnot! I'd love to graduate to a park run, its my goal!

I'm very overweight and tire very easily. I want this not to be the case. Also scared of diabetes etc.

queenjellybelly Thu 20-Jun-13 22:42:54

Well, w2 r2 tomorrow. Running kit is out & alarm set for 5:45am. Am now lying in bed listening to the horrendous downpour that's forecast until mid next week. To run or not to run? If I give in to an excuse now they'll start cropping up all over the place. Any tips for running in the rain?

dementedma Fri 21-Jun-13 07:33:12

Out any 6 am this morning to try and squeeze in a run before R4L on Sunday but it was disastrous. Puffed and blown after 10 mins so walked home feel in miserable. That's two crap "runs" in a row and feel I'm getting worse and really worried about not doing it on the day, especially as forecasting high humidity and heavy rain. I've done the whole programme and managed a 5k last week so what has gone wrong. I'm really pissed off with myself and with running sad

Dingle Fri 21-Jun-13 10:30:16

Felt really fed up, had a bad morning and almost never bothered but hubby is home from work and we decided to both get our runs done early rather than this evening.

W2R2 -I upped the pace a bit from my last run but still only managed 2.1 miles and burnt 261 calories. I am struggling with my breathing and still feel really congested. This bug just wont shift. (It doesn't help me either that IBS is playing up and I've not been to poo since Monday! blushblush LOL)

I do hope that with regular exercise, more water as I run shuffle..will all help! wink
It's very inspiring to read everyone's up and downs and their reasons for taking this up! xx

ItsNotUnusualToBe Fri 21-Jun-13 12:23:38

Oh dementedma it's hard enough at this stage so cut yourself some slack when you're battling against the elements. Forecast for my inaugural Parkrun tomorrow is bucketing down Wales style. Nevertheless I telling myself I won't dissolve in the rain, I'm not competing against anyone apart from Myself From Nine Weeks Ago, and frankly compared to her, I am awesome.

Trazzletoes Fri 21-Jun-13 12:24:30

Hello please can I join in? I've just finished week 1.

sarahandduck Fri 21-Jun-13 12:27:40

Hi delurking to say I completed W6r3 today! 25 mins of continuous running, done at 6.45 before breakfast. It was fab...I got into my pace early and really enjoyed it. I did exactly 3 miles in the 25 mins so am pleased with myself. Am starting W7 on Sunday. These threads are fab and give so much support. Well done going back to lurking now.

eminemmerdale Fri 21-Jun-13 13:52:24

Just done w3 r3 - superb timing as it poured the minute i got back in the house! managed to not stop at all so am v proud. Not sure whether to attempt w4 on snday or do one more week of 3...Had a horrible time last night - our next door but one neighbours cat, who has sort of been our part time cat for ages, died in our front garden sad he had been terribly ill and thin for a while and had deteriorated so much in the past week
. he used to just sit on our doorstep and wander in slowly and sit for a while. our FatCat was clearly aware he was ill and would sort of watch him and then let him creep out again. It was so distressing. i got the owners who rushed round and picked him up in a blanket, i think that was the point he died as his eyes just went blank and he howled for a horrible second. he looked straight at me. It was devasting. I had to run today to get through it - mad really, he wasn't even our cat. but we had come to really love him sad

gingerpinz Fri 21-Jun-13 15:28:21

3 miles in 25 mind sarahandduck?? Bloody hell! I was pleased with just over 2 at that stage!!

Eminemmerdale - that sounds very sad.

Dementedma - sorry you had such a crap run. Maybe Sunday will be better. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself.

I did W2R3 this morning. It was as hard as it was on Monday so I have decided to repeat week 2 next week. And I had Mapmyrun going as I was listening to Laura and Mapmyrun started talking which through me and I stopped one run early. Only a few seconds really though.

TwasBrillig Fri 21-Jun-13 17:26:28

Quite a few of us on wk 2 then. I'm planning on running later but just want to sleep!

I'm finding going slower than slow helpful. Somewhere I read its not about speed at this stage but building endurance so slow is good! I'm probably going little more than walking!

Bakingnovice Fri 21-Jun-13 17:45:54

W2d2 done today. Much easier than run 1 and I still can't believe I am running for 90 secs at a time. I do it on the treadmill and am dreading the tm breaking down. I don't have the confidence to run in my area.

sarahandduck Fri 21-Jun-13 18:16:08

Thanks gingerpinz....I am really pleased with my progress, particularly as I was nervous about a 25 min run. Looking forward to starting W7 on Sunday though...

gingerpinz Fri 21-Jun-13 19:48:06

Were you quite fit anyway Sarahandduck?

You must already have started Week 7 though if you have already done 25 mins...

SneezySnatcher Fri 21-Jun-13 21:12:53

Week one done! Wasn't at all breathless this time. Can't believe the difference between today and Monday!

Well done sarahandduck

TwasBrillig Fri 21-Jun-13 21:16:51

Well done sneezy! I remember thinking that!

pennygallops Fri 21-Jun-13 21:47:22

Wow! This is becoming a very busy little thread. It's great to see so many getting out there running.

Well, I've done a little cycling in the last few days and I'm going to test my knee a bit tomorrow - parkrun day! grin I'm running with DD so I'll be doing the 5k in around 40mins. Really don't know what is going on with my knee.

Happy (park)running everyone!

sarahandduck Fri 21-Jun-13 21:50:40

Thanks...I'm fit-ish. I do Kettlecise twice a week, boot camp and Pilates once a week., plus the running. No, my 25 mins was the last run of week 6.

TwasBrillig Fri 21-Jun-13 21:53:28

Wow Sarah! That's tons! I'm impressed you can fit all that in :-)

gingerpinz Fri 21-Jun-13 23:32:42

Ah ok, we must be doing slightly different programmes then. Great stuff anyway, well done!

Completed W4 R3 yesterday morning...very tough, but took a slightly hillier route (I say Hillier, a minor incline for most of the way) and made such a difference. I think I'll stick to a flatter route for week 5.

I think I may have inspired my DH to have a go at this C25K. When I first started he was quite dismissive, but now he's been inspired by my determination to improve my fitness. He has such a sedentary job that apart from a few walks around the block does very little exercise.

I'm really starting to feel the effects from this extra fitness now too...I'm finding I'm having a lot more energy and my mood has definitely been far more positive. I find I'm looking forward to the next run, but also with a small amount of apprehension too! I'm also thinking about other exercise I can do on other days as the buzz it really quite addictive.

FoundAChopinLizt Sat 22-Jun-13 07:56:09


that is nearly 5k in 25 mins! shockshock

You must be a natural..

Naebother Sat 22-Jun-13 08:59:44

Ok I've got the running shoes. It's raining. All set to do my first run tonight. < nervous>

Naebother Sat 22-Jun-13 09:01:03

Anyone else starting week one ?

Trazzletoes Sat 22-Jun-13 09:15:35

Nae exciting! Sorry, I started last Saturday but honestly push through - you'll be amazed by what you can achieve.

Pollydon Sat 22-Jun-13 09:35:41

Morning all! Bit soggy out there this morning, but w3r2 done. Also managed to startle a workman as I gallumped past him, gawd knows what I looked like, soaked through, beetroot faced grin

hello all, delurking for a bit to say i've finally got tofinish w6r3... took about 8weeks because illness interupted. i'm running really sloowwly but have decided it's the 'taking part'
that counts grin

i find it's easier to run in rain than in warm weather...

well done us for making it here!

Pollydon Sat 22-Jun-13 09:51:24

Hi Showme , I agree, we all deserve a pat on the back.

scarecrow22 Sat 22-Jun-13 10:10:42

at last w1r1smile Two weeks later than hoped but DS still 10 weeks so not beating myself up. Feel great. Also know I must go mornings - just too knackered by tu.e got a toddler and baby into bed.
Nae you and I are starting together it seems. Have you started or finished W1? Have you run before? Why you doing it?
Me: ran before preg with DD so c 3 years ago, not much between them. want to have energy to enjoy being active with DS, tone up and it helps me mentally - almost like meditation.

scarecrow22 Sat 22-Jun-13 10:12:00

Active with both DC .(esp as in 40s when had kids)

scarecrow, rather in awe of someone who runs 10 weeks after giving birth and has another already <hats off>

amigababy Sat 22-Jun-13 10:27:59

babysocks that's exactly it, looking forward to it but that bit of apprehension too, will it be ok, will I do it etc.

nearly end of week 3 here, the first not nice weather I've had in Yorkshire since I started

amigababy Sat 22-Jun-13 10:28:05

babysocks that's exactly it, looking forward to it but that bit of apprehension too, will it be ok, will I do it etc.

nearly end of week 3 here, the first not nice weather I've had in Yorkshire since I started

pennygallops Sat 22-Jun-13 11:02:34

So I managed to do the parkrun, quite a bit of pain. Ran at DD's pace - 37.14mins for her and I was a bit slower. It is so frustrating being over 10mins slower than by PB but that's injuries for you. I was pleased with my DD today, she enjoyed herself, which is what it's all about. DS struggled a bit today too, but still finished in under 27mins.

Weren't you run director today cinnamon? How did it go?

SneezySnatcher Sat 22-Jun-13 11:05:12

scarecrow I also have a ten-week old (today!) DS and a DD (3 yo). I've just completed week 1. I've found it easier to go at 7.30pm when both DC are in bed and it's the longest possible time before DS needs BF!

Quite disappointed that today is not a run day, but I am taking all of your advice and sticking to the 'rest' days. Eager to start week 2 tomorrow, though!

Dingle Sat 22-Jun-13 12:11:19

To those of you who do park runs, a few questions please.

Do you do these in addition to your C25K runs or as one of your 3 weekly runs?

How old are your DC that "run" with you?

Both hubby and me are on week 2 and we both use a treadmill. I would love to see if a park run would be suitable for us to do as a family. Might be a challenge wit a rather lazy DS of 13 and an 11yr old DD with Down Syndrome!

gingerpinz Sat 22-Jun-13 13:18:51

I think the folks who do park run have already finished c25k but if you wanted to try and go while doing c25k I think you would use it as one of your scheduled workouts, although remember it is likely to be a longer route than you would need for most of the programme.

Dingle Sat 22-Jun-13 13:32:11

Thank you gingerpinz. I cannot see that DD would be able to follow the structure of C25K so we would have to perhaps take it in turns to "run" with her...and follow something more freestyle. lol

ItsNotUnusualToBe Sat 22-Jun-13 13:57:55

I ran parkrun. Whooooo hooooo. Last by a million miles (apart from the poor tail runner who has to watch my plodding arse all the way round grin. I did warn her at the start!

Despite being slooooow, I am delighted. The course was way hillier than I'd expected. Alarm bells should have been ringing when I found a runners world thread that described the course as 'unlikely for your PB, but not suicidal'.

Well done to everyone taking their first steps into running,rediscovering their love for running, clocking up the sessions on c25k or fully fledged runners like meeeeeeeee.

gingerpinz Sat 22-Jun-13 14:54:16

Park run might work for you then Dingle. It is pretty informal and there are people of all sorts of ages/abilities/fitness etc. I've seen people walk the whole way and lots of folk doing a mixture of walking and jogging so you could maybe just try something like for as long as you can then walk for a bit then run again, depending on what suits your daughter. My 5 year old DS ran 1 lap of the 3 lap course at one of our local ones with my sister recently and there were other children around his age doing it too. It really is very inclusive and supportive...definitely worth giving it a go if it appeals to you.

gingerpinz Sat 22-Jun-13 14:55:07

Fantastic ItsNotUnusual, well done!

amigababy Sat 22-Jun-13 16:02:00

hahahaha! I just finished w3r3, got back in the car and turned on the radio, on Radio 5. They are at the athletics meet at Gateshead, and the first thing I heard was
"well, you like as though you've been running at this level a lot longer than you have"

Thank you very much radio presenter, didn't know I looked so good! <preens>

DramaAlpaca Sat 22-Jun-13 16:08:18

Finally got Wk2 Run2 done after a four day break.

I was scheduled to run on Thursday but I had to give it a miss. I had a routine mammogram & breast ultrasound on Wednesday, which turned out not to be quite so routine when they told me they needed to do a biopsy. I was a bit swollen & sore afterwards for a couple of days & didn't fancy running, even with the most supportive sports bra on! The doctor is fairly certain everything is fine & I will get confirmation in a couple of weeks.

Anyway, I did the run this morning & I think the longer break did me good because it went very well - surprisingly easy in fact.

I also seem to have inspired my teenage boys to start running, which I am very happy about. They are all tall & skinny, but don't play any sport & are not particularly fit. DS1 (19) runs quite regularly, DS2 (18) started C25K last week, & DS3 (15) started this morning. Like me, they are doing it on the treadmill to start with. Of course they are much faster than I am! I hope they keep it up.

I wish there were park runs where I am, they sound brilliant.

SneezySnatcher Sat 22-Jun-13 16:11:45

Looked up Parkruns near me and there are a few within about twenty minutes of me, so that's something to aim for!

BIWI Sat 22-Jun-13 16:12:21

Oh goodness, Drama - fingers crossed that everything is fine.

Just back from W3/R2 - found it a bit harder today for some reason; I had eaten which is unusual - usually I run in a fasted state, so perhaps that's why. But it's only 4 runs altogether, so it was fine.

Thistledew Sat 22-Jun-13 16:22:31