Anyone fancy starting couch to 5k on 26/8?

(232 Posts)
SevenReasonsToSmile Sun 25-Aug-13 13:27:33

I've done virtually no exercise since I left school, I'm now 27 blush. I weigh over 14 stone and I'm horribly unfit. I have family history of heart disease and high blood pressure, and I've finally realised I drastically need to do something to improve my health and fitness. DH is running his second London marathon next year, and tbh I find it embarrassing that A) I weigh more than him and B) he can run 26 miles, I'd struggle to run 26metres without being breathless.

I'm running in the evenings after DCs have gone to bed, I'll do Monday, Weds/Thurs then again on Saturday. Anyone fancy joining me?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 25-Aug-13 17:16:56


Well I'm thinking of starting couch 2 5k but hadn't quite decided when (just got back of holiday and was far from happy with my poolside appearance!), I guess tomorrow is as good as any day! I won't be able to do Wednesdays either, but Monday, Thursday and a weekend could work.

Have you decided which version you're going to go with? The has choices one seems reasonable, and is free but I'm not techy at all so I need to figure out how to put it on DH's iPod (I don't own one!).

CuriouslyNosy Sun 25-Aug-13 18:12:07

Ooooh can I join you? I literally just did day 1 today!

SevenReasonsToSmile Sun 25-Aug-13 18:20:00


curiously how unfit are you and how did you get on? DH thinks I'd be better to start off by just walking, I think I'll at least give it a try though.

I don't have a sports bra so tomorrow might be interesting. Will order one tonight and hopefully have it before 2nd run.

CuriouslyNosy Sun 25-Aug-13 18:26:18

I thought I was fit...but the 1st minute proved otherwise, I've not exercised in over 5 years blush It's very do-able though, you start with 60 seconds jogging, then 90 seconds gets easier during the 20 minutes in my opinion. Lots if good free apps to push you too smile

Rugbylovingmum Sun 25-Aug-13 19:06:55

I'll join you. I've started going to a Rosemary Conley class and have lost 1st 6lb so far but I have about 3st left to go and really need to do some more exercise. I did a couple of pretty slow half marathons several years ago and once I got to the stage where I could do 30 min I really enjoyed a run after work - it was a good time to clear my head and destress. Now I can barely manage 30 secs shock. I'm struggling to get started with the C25K (I've had the podcast just sitting unlistened on my ipad for ages blush) so this thread will be great.

SevenReasonsToSmile Sun 25-Aug-13 21:15:43

That's a great start rugby, well done!

It doesn't matter how slow the jogging part is to begin with does it? I'm assuming trying to do the whole 60 seconds is more important than the distance? Yes I am that unfit that I think I'll struggle with jogging for one minute!

didireallysaythat Sun 25-Aug-13 21:24:02

Count me in. Assuming I'm not too knackered.

DearPrudence Sun 25-Aug-13 21:33:30

I'm in, but maybe just walking. The big thing for me will be to achieve the discipline of getting out there and moving for half an hour or so, 3 or 4 days a week. That in itself would be a massive improvement from where I am now.

CuriouslyNosy Sun 25-Aug-13 21:33:43

Yes, it's the length of time, not pave that counts.

CuriouslyNosy Sun 25-Aug-13 21:34:11


IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 25-Aug-13 21:45:59

Which couch 2 5 k programme will you all be using?

I was thinking of trying the NHS choices one - it's free!

SevenReasonsToSmile Sun 25-Aug-13 22:19:02

I'm trying the NHS one, it has really good reviews too

DramaAlpaca Sun 25-Aug-13 22:38:01

Do it, do it, do it!!

I hope you don't mind me popping over from another C25K thread, but I just wanted to say that C25K really works and I can't recommend it highly enough. I speak as someone who has just finished C25K - in fact I graduated this evening!

I started it on 11th June and I always left two days between runs so it took me longer than nine weeks. I used the NHS podcasts & while the music isn't great, the encouragement from Laura kept me going and pushed me along.

When I started I was overweight, I was very unfit, I had high blood pressure, sore knees and was losing a battle with depression. Two and a half months later I have lost quite a bit of weight, my blood pressure is almost normal, my knees are fine and I am no longer depressed.

I've gone from struggling to run for a minute to running 30 minutes comfortably. I'm not fast and I am nowhere near running 5K, but it's the time you run that counts, not the speed at this stage.

Cheering you all on and wishing you all the best of luck in your C25K journeys!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 25-Aug-13 22:47:10

Drama, do you mind me asking how much weight you have lost and which areas you've noticed the biggest change?

I'm 5 foot 6 and weigh 11 stone.

I would love to lose some weight from my tummy and thighs.

DramaAlpaca Sun 25-Aug-13 23:05:24

Hi Iwish - I actually don't know exactly how much I've lost because I honestly can't bear to get on the scales blush. I'm 49, I'm 5'10" and I would like to be about 10 and a half stone (my weight pre-children). I would guess I'm about 13 stone, but it could be more... I am charting my weight loss by what I can see in the mirror and how my clothes fit, and will brave the scales when they get much looser!

But I've lost enough on my bum, tum & thighs to have to get a smaller pair of running tights, and I can now feel firm muscle under the flab on my thighs and my tummy. My bum feels like it's had a butt-lift! My face and chin have slimmed down a lot. The only downside is that my boobs have shrunk sad. I started noticing real changes in my shape at around Week 6, when the runs got longer.

The NHS choices podcast is really easy to put on an iPod, by the way. I managed it, so it must be easy!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 25-Aug-13 23:08:43

Thanks Drama. That sounds great - you should be feeling very proud of yourself for achieving so much. What's your plan from here, will you keep running?

My boobs aren't anything to write home about now, so hopefully they won't shrink too much!!

DramaAlpaca Sun 25-Aug-13 23:51:54

Yes, I'm going to keep running & try to improve my speed. I have got the running bug now!

EauRouge Mon 26-Aug-13 09:06:24

I'm another graduate, it really does work- but don't use weight to measure your progress. I weigh exactly the same as I did when I started (I actually gained a couple of pounds at one point) but I'm a dress size smaller. Muscle weighs more than fat and you build up muscle running so you might not lose much weight.

A better way to track your progress would be to measure your waist, hips etc or use a pair of jeans and see how loose they get.

Good luck everyone, see you on the Parkrunner thread in a few weeks grin

DearPrudence Mon 26-Aug-13 09:31:40

Thank you for the encouragement, graduates. I've done C25k before, several years ago now and it did feel great. But I feel like I'm back to square one now.

I'm going to go out and do day 1 right now. My main problem is that I'm recovering from a sprained ankle which seems to be taking forever to heal. Well that, and pushing 15 stone sad. But I'm not going to achieve anything sitting on my arse MNing and eating toast.

SevenReasonsToSmile Mon 26-Aug-13 09:40:19

Thanks for the encouragement, great to know that it does work.

pru let us know how you got on when you get back!

Can't believe I'm actually looking forward to going for a run and to having half an hour to myself while DH does bedtime with the DCs

jammiedonut Mon 26-Aug-13 11:33:12

First run completed today. Anyone else doing this post pregnancy? For various reasons had to spend the last few months of pregnancy resting, so really found this tough, but the comments from all the graduates has boosted my confidence a little. Not trying to lose weight as such, but eager to get up and about with my son as soon as he starts toddling. Shifting the extra three stone I'm carrying will help with that I'm sure!
Good luck everyone!

foxinsocks Mon 26-Aug-13 11:47:33

I'd like to join if that's ok. I am horribly unfit and can barely run 50m - also have chesty breathing problems. I very much doubt I will make 5km but I'd like to start off doing the walking. I work full time and if I don't get the bus from the station to the office, it is a 2km walk so I'd like to try and do that 4 out of 5 days with one longer walk on the weekend. I love walking just never get the time or motivation to do it especially as the children are now too old to want to walk with me!

SevenReasonsToSmile Mon 26-Aug-13 11:57:20

Great, so that's 8 of us so far then.

Well done jammie. I'm post-pregnancy but was never fit before, DD2 is 4 months. How old is your DS?

dadditlass Mon 26-Aug-13 12:21:39

Can I join please. I was 36 yesterday and my youngest started school last week so I have plenty of time on my hands. I have well controlled M.E so it will be more of a brisk walk / slow walk for me. I think I will do Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

DramaAlpaca Mon 26-Aug-13 13:40:28

Good luck everyone! I'm going to pop back every now & again to cheer you all on smile.

trafficwarden Mon 26-Aug-13 13:49:55

Great timing! I did my first run today on the NHS C25K programme. I surprised myself by actually enjoying it and then going on to do a 5k cycle in 15 minutes. I don't need to lose weight but at 44 my thighs and bum are sliding towards my ankles and I just want to feel a bit fitter and more toned. So I'll make the effort to check in for support and cheer everyone else on too.

trafficwarden Mon 26-Aug-13 13:52:13

Should probably have said I was using a treadmill as it's 43 degrees outside and I didn't want sunstroke. Obviously I'm not in the UK!

gintastic Mon 26-Aug-13 14:00:12

I'll join you. I used to run a lot, not since the DC's were born. Been meaning to for a while and not got round to it, I bought some new primark running stuff yesterday so lets get on it!

SevenReasonsToSmile Mon 26-Aug-13 14:43:05

Thanks drama.

Hi to the most recent newcomers, we're getting quite a group of us now. It's so humid here today, I absolutely hate sweating, I was bullied at school for being the unfit fat kid, I've never exercised because I don't want anyone to see me blush. I know I'm being daft and I need to just get over it.

trafficwarden Mon 26-Aug-13 16:45:34

I know someone who lost over 7 stones doing the Dukan diet and C25K. She now maintains her weight with something called Paleo diet, basically low carb healthy eating. She has a blog so I'll ask her if I can link if anyone needs inspiration. She says if she can do it anyone can!

DearPrudence Mon 26-Aug-13 16:50:22

Sorry not to update earlier - day one done!
I managed 3 of the runs, and some of the walk was uphill, so pretty hard work anyway.

Does 11 years count as post-pregnancy, jammie? grin

gintastic Mon 26-Aug-13 17:00:42

Good for you! I will have to wait until kids are in bed before I go. Well, I suppose DH could look after them, but I would prefer to wait. Also should be cooler later... I'm lucky to live in an almost completely flat area, so don't really have hills to worry about... On the other hand we have no views!

gintastic Mon 26-Aug-13 17:04:08

Oh, and I'm post pregnancy - DD is 9 months old.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 26-Aug-13 18:00:30

Well dne Jammie.

Not sure it's going to happen here today!

We've been out far longer than we intended today and I've not managed to get it downloaded onto my iPod yet. DH is off out at 7pm so it seems unlikely.

Anyone mind if I start a day late?

DramaAlpaca Mon 26-Aug-13 18:05:06

I was 16 years post pregnancy when I started grin!

Well done to all of you who've got off the couch & got going.

gintastic Mon 26-Aug-13 19:07:04

Done it smile wk1 run1.

Am a soggy sweaty mess. But I ran all the running bits :-)

Never give up, never surrender...

DearPrudence Mon 26-Aug-13 19:24:35

Well done gin! <shakes pom-poms>

SevenReasonsToSmile Mon 26-Aug-13 21:10:09

<falls onto thread wheezing>

I made it! I missed out one and a half of the running parts, I don't think that's too bad though for my first ever run and I'll try harder next time. I'm bright red and very hot and I've discovered I must have thigh muscles buried somewhere because they hurt. I didn't love it but it wasn't awful.

HearMyRoar Mon 26-Aug-13 21:30:32

Well, what a blooming coincidence! Just did my first run and then popped on MN to find this thread grin

Dp has been doing it a few weeks now and I have definitely noticed his belly looking trimmer already. This was the incentive I needed to get on with it so decided to start today. My dd is 17 months and I still have a massive belly so would love to lose some of it. I figured I can only blame post babyness for so long really.

It was actually not as bad as I thought. I've taken up yoga recently and I think that really helped with the breathing and staying focused. Also we have a lovely little nature reserve near by so I ran round that looking at all the birds and things, which was rather nice smile

HaveTeaWillSurvive Mon 26-Aug-13 21:35:45

Hi all can I join in please - I followed iwish from the other thread in chat smile

I'm literally just back from week one day one, feel great and managed faaarrr better than I was expecting. I missed the first jog (technical difficulties) but jogged for almost the entire time of the rest - hoorah

Not bad for a 34 year old who's barely exercised since school and now tips scales at 16 1/2 st blush a year of mat leave cakes have really not helped

I'm planning mon, wed and Fri but better see how the legs are tomorrow!

Well done everyone!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 26-Aug-13 22:14:23

I'm a step closer - podcasts are now on my iPod!

What did you all do with your iPods? Just hold onto them or do you have fancy holders?

CuriouslyNosy Mon 26-Aug-13 22:21:30

Oooh well done everyone who made a start smile I had a head start by doing w1r1 yesterday, I have certainly felt it today, which I am actually pleased about, because I can see its working.

W1r2 tomorrow, strangely looking forward to

On a serious note, I need a much better sports bra...blush

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 26-Aug-13 22:23:53

Saying that I now very confused!

I have one podcast for week one, one for week 2, one for week 3. Am I just supposed to do these 3 times each or have I gone wrong somewhere? I am a complete technophobe!

DramaAlpaca Mon 26-Aug-13 22:42:35

Yes, three times each.

The only weeks that have different podcasts for each run are Weeks 5 & 6.

SevenReasonsToSmile Mon 26-Aug-13 23:05:09

I have a sports bra arriving tomorrow. And a blister, I've ordered better running shoes as mine are only cheap pair of trainers. They should be here before my next run on Weds.

Whoever said they'd start tomorrow that's fine. It doesn't really matter if any of us are a couple of runs ahead or behind, if you could do tomorrow, Thurs and Sat you'd have caught up anyway.

Rugbylovingmum Mon 26-Aug-13 23:14:01


well done to everyone who has managed the first run. I forgot that my partner is on call this week and he got called out just after 7 so I had to stay in with DC and missed my run. I'll try to do it tomorrow instead.

SevenReasonsToSmile Tue 27-Aug-13 09:52:34

How is everyone feeling today? My legs aren't aching as badly as I was expecting. I'm actually really looking forward to going again tomorrow to see if I can do all of the running parts.

Good luck to those starting today.

dadditlass Tue 27-Aug-13 12:02:51

Had to do my first run today ( I also forgot dh was on call last night) . I did a half trot half run kind of thing but I did ok.

13 degrees windy and raining here. Not envy at all traffic

FunnyRunner Tue 27-Aug-13 12:34:03

Hello! I just found this thread - and did my first run an hour ago by happy coincidence grin I will usually do a Monday run but am a bit late to the party this week.

gintastic Tue 27-Aug-13 14:18:29

Feeling good today and looking forward to tomorrow's run! Big group of us, lets hope we all graduate :-)

I would like to do my local 10K race, usually mid-March, should hopefully give me time to get up to that distance...

HearMyRoar Tue 27-Aug-13 17:36:55

My dp's tip was to do loads of stretches after the run. I did a bit of yoga as soon as I got in and feel pretty good. Not too achy at all.

DearPrudence Tue 27-Aug-13 18:06:01

Good progress today people - and welcome to the new runners!

I took DS to the seaside today and we did some good marching along the prom and pier, and one little jog, but I'm not counting that as a proper C25k day. I'm also swimming this evening though, so a pretty good day. I just need to stop eating so much crap now.

I can feel the ache in my muscles from yesterday's "run".

Lorelai Tue 27-Aug-13 18:19:27

I think I might like to join in too please. I tried it once before and got quite bad shin splints, but I think I was pushing it too hard, going out every day rather than 3 times a week. Can I get the podcast onto an android phone do you know?

trafficwarden Tue 27-Aug-13 19:05:16

Hello everyone smile. A wee bit stiff in the hips today but otherwise fine - did all my stretches and again before I went to bed, belt and braces approach! Good luck for tomorrow everyone.

FunnyRunner Tue 27-Aug-13 20:26:12

Lorelai I have the Android App so yes you can smile

FunnyRunner Tue 27-Aug-13 20:28:21

Was anyone else a bit amazed at how unfit they were? Not so much CV fitness but my muscles in my calves were burning within the first 60 secs running. I never got out of breath because my muscles were limiting the speed I could run at blush I was warm though so must have been having some kind of impact, I just expected to be puffing for breath and never managed to get to that stage!

I'm going to be running on the beach - hoping it will help prevent impact injuries but I can imagine it makes it a bit harder at the start.

dadditlass Tue 27-Aug-13 21:01:17

Funny, a bit of a strange question but are you going to be wearing trainers or running bare foot when your on the beach?

I think I might try the beach on Thursday.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 27-Aug-13 21:07:54


I did my first run tonight grin. I did feel a bit of a fraud with 'real' runners around me, and quite embarrassed when I ran past a group of youths and loads of dog walkers!

I got very hot a red very quickly - and then my fingers started itching dreadfully. Does anyone have any idea why that would be?

I thought to start with that the music might infuriate me, but actually it was ok.

Even though it was sunny tonight and I went out before 8pm, I did feel a nip in the air to start with. What are you all planning on wearing to run in as autumn arrives?

DearPrudence Tue 27-Aug-13 21:29:42

Hello Lorelai. I don't have an Android phone but there are so many C25k apps around, I'd be amazed if you can't get one. Oh, and welcome smile

Well done Iwish - you did it!

CuriouslyNosy Tue 27-Aug-13 23:03:14

I couldn't manage day 2 today, am still achy blush and ended up busy with work. I have set a specific time to go tomorrow though, then again on Saturday, so will still catch up! Well done everyone smile

FunnyRunner Tue 27-Aug-13 23:27:19

dadditlass I quite often walk barefoot but I am wearing trainers for running. By about October it really is too cold to be barefoot here although I think there are those 'barefoot' trainers (if that isn't a contradiction!)

LauraPashley Tue 27-Aug-13 23:41:23

Hi all! I did week 5 run 2 tonight and just wanted to say...
- I'd really recommend "get running", it's a free or very cheap app and it lets you play your own music, just interrupts with the instructions! I have it running alongside my music player and also map my run on my iPhone, it's great!
- the only piece of kit I've bought is a cheap arm band/phone holder thingy, it actually revolutionized my running! Was all awkward before and I don't think holding the phone was helping my running "style", such as it is!
- you can do it! Week 1 almost killed me. Week 2 was fine, then I went back to dying again in week 3! But I'm almost at week 7 and still alive...! Taking me much longer than 9 weeks tho cos I'm working round dh shifts/my work etc.

Good luck!!

SevenReasonsToSmile Wed 28-Aug-13 04:10:53

Thanks laura, you should feel very proud of yourself getting to where you are.

funny beach running is meant to be much more difficult, I know on DHs marathon group last year they were doing less miles if they were beach-running, it's good for building stamina though. And yes about being unfit, my legs are worse than I thought, but doubt I could have gone much longer without being too out of puff. I wonder how long it will be before we see an improvement.

Sorry no idea about the itching iwish. I'll buy a running jacket when it starts getting chilly, probably a fluorescent one as it'll be dark when I run in a few weeks, often have good discounts.

Welcome to today's newcomers.

gintastic Wed 28-Aug-13 07:54:49

Grrrr just remembered I'm going to a baby shower tonight so won't be able to run. Unless kids go to be early and OH is home by about 6.30... Shower starts 7.30 about 4 doors down from me so might be able to squeeze it in.

If you'd told me a week ago I would be trying to squeeze a run in before a night out I would have said hahahahahahahahahahahaha....

Really don't want to miss a day, might put all the clocks forward half an hour to get the kids in bed early!

FunnyRunner Wed 28-Aug-13 09:09:09

SevenReasons that's encouraging to know about the beach running building endurance. I will remember it when I collapse in a heap wink

Surprisingly ache free today, just the odd twinge in my thighs when I first got up (which is weird because it was my calves that were burning yesterday). Another run tomorrow - I feel tired even thinking about it!

DearPrudence Wed 28-Aug-13 10:02:54

gin I've also just remembered a night out tonight, and am a bit gutted that I can't do my 2nd run as planned. I'm going to try and get out of work early and fit it in, but it's unlikely.

I do feel so motivated by this thread though - if I was doing it on my own I might not have bothered to continue, but I'm determined to do it by tomorrow morning at the latest.

A bit jealous of FunnyRunner getting to run on the beach envy

SevenReasonsToSmile Wed 28-Aug-13 11:31:42

pru glad to hear this thread has motivated you. I knew I'd feel the same, I don't want to let the side down by giving up!

I'm not far from the beach bug the groynes would make it a bit of a pain, I'd only want to run on the shoreline not the softer sand out of the groynes way. I have a lovely quiet country road route while its still daylight that amounts to around two thirds of my run time.

I've inspired my mum to start running, she's coming out with me tonight smile

mikkii Wed 28-Aug-13 12:53:21

Well done everyone. I started about 10 days before I went away (planning to tart again on my return) and managed ok for first time (I'm 44 and very overweight) but managed to get a tummy bug that lasted about 6 days so that put paid to more exercise pre holiday.

When I get back from holiday I plan to buy a cheap iPod to help me as I struggled to keep setting stopwatch on my phone.

Keep it up, join you after my holiday.

HearMyRoar Wed 28-Aug-13 20:55:38

Phew, just did week 1, run 2. Went OK except I had to dive into a bush for an emergency loo stop about a third of the way through blush

SevenReasonsToSmile Wed 28-Aug-13 21:50:45

Oh dear hear!

I done run 2 tonight too, went really well, I pushed harder and already found it easier than last time. My knees didn't hurt this time and my thighs were starting to ache when I got home rather than half way round.

DH has had his hours changed, he's now doing a split shift on Sat, as well as his usual Fri and Sun so I can't run. I know I shouldn't really but I'm going again tomorrow if my legs feel ok, I'll have until Monday to recover so should be ok. I'd rather that than miss a run or be behind everyone else.

FunnyRunner Wed 28-Aug-13 22:22:17

My hips have gone a bit tight during the day, hope they loosen up before run 2 tomorrow!

DearPrudence Thu 29-Aug-13 14:32:28

I do hope it was only a number one HearMyRoar grin Well done anyway. And to you, Smile.

I've just done week one, run two! Last time I only did a couple of the jogging sessions, but this time I did them all, and I got much further as a result. My old ankle sprain definitely makes me limp a bit, but I'm trying not to. Also had quite a bit of pain in my lower back, but I pushed through and got back in one piece. I am definitely unfit.

Did you mange to get out gintastic?

HearMyRoar Thu 29-Aug-13 16:17:27

Thankfully i run round a nature reserve so not many people and lots of foliage. Running with a full bladder adds a whole other element of danger to the exercise grin

Well done everyone. Do you wear a support or anything on your ankle Pru?

My thighs are rather achy today.

DearPrudence Thu 29-Aug-13 19:33:15

No support for my ankle. The doctor at the hospital told me I could use it normally, so that's what I've done. Dr Google seems more inclined to advise rest and strapping up, but it's too late for that now.

Nature reserve sounds rather naice.

spudmasher Thu 29-Aug-13 19:41:56

Well done everyone!
Iwish...I can relate to your feelings whilst passing groups of teens etc...
Yesterday DD1 and I were doing week 3 run 1. Chose 4.30pm to do it which was a bad time...park was packed with people and lots of teens as school is not back yet. DD is a lot fitter than me so she runs ahead and runs back to meet me kind of thing......
Anyway, she ran past a large group of teens, one of them ran alongside her and started to chat her up...she is gorgeous and had on short shorts....he was jogging along and chatting away. She turned to him, smiled and sprinted off at the speed of light leaving the guy standing. As I jogged past his group of pals he was getting a right ribbing!
Really made me giggle...and the run passed in a flash!

gintastic Thu 29-Aug-13 22:04:20

I didn't get out last night as DH didn't get home in time. I did get very drunk at a head wetting party - the baby shower recipient very I considerately actually had her baby yesterday afternoon smile

But I did do it this evening, feeling good! Brilliant to hear everyone else getting on it as well...

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 29-Aug-13 22:06:33

Week one run two done today.

The outsides of my hips were stiff before I started and with a stiff headwind for half of the time, I found tonight much harder than run 1. I did it though and quite enjoyed the music tonight - I find myself running or walking in time to the music, am I supposed to?

Same problem with itchy fingers - how odd!

On the plus side, I've bought a holder for my iPod to go on my arm so it's not getting sweaty inside, and slipping out of my sports bra!

FunnyRunner Thu 29-Aug-13 22:54:46

W1 R2 went well this morning and I was a bit faster today so managed to get out of breath. Earphones are still driving me crazy, I need to get some that don't fall out of my ears!

DearPrudence Fri 30-Aug-13 11:52:19

Well done run two-ers!

HaveTeaWillSurvive Fri 30-Aug-13 20:05:40

Well I missed run two on wed as I wasn't well wed/thur but have been gagging to get out (what has happened to me!!) so went out this morning. I'm at my parents and its seriously hilly - hmmm definitely much harder looked like oversized sweaty tomato but I'm so proud of myself. This thread has definitely given me a much needed hard push - thanks grin

I started on Tuesday - got about 18 minutes into R1 and had to give up because of asthma so didn't count it as a run. Tried again on Wednesday and remembered to take my inhaler before I went out and it was easy peasy and I felt absolutely fab afterwards.

So i over-confidently went out again tonight to do R2 with much fitter DP expecting to be able to master it the same way as Wednesday and again had to give up at about 18 mins sad think I pushed myself too hard to keep up with DP so he isn't allowed to come with me again until i'm much better. I live in the lakes so lots of hills which doesn't help.

Think i'm going to need a lot of moral support over the next few weeks!

Lorelai Sat 31-Aug-13 06:49:27

I finally managed to start tonight, having bought some decent trainers. I found it pretty tough, but do-able. My ankle is hurting though, but that had started before the run. It is the front of my ankle, and it gives me problems from time to time, but I really hope the running isn't going to make it worse.

Lorelai Sat 31-Aug-13 06:50:12

Sorry that should have read last night, I wrote the post last night then my internet connection went

gintastic Sat 31-Aug-13 08:22:15

W1 R3 done this morning smile beautiful morning, was so lovely to get out for half an hour and leave DH to do breakfast with the kids.

That would be after he'd recovered from the heart attack induced by the news I was going running at 7.30am...

Am going to my Aunts 60th birthday party this evening so no chance to go tonight, seized the moment!

HaveTeaWillSurvive Sat 31-Aug-13 08:36:13

Well done Gin

I really enjoyed running early yesterday and found it had the added benefit of, seeing as I spent the rest of the day running around after a 1 yo, meaning i am not stiff at all today smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 31-Aug-13 08:43:45

I just wanted to pop in, wave some pompoms and offer some encouragement.

I started C25K almost three years ago thanks to a MN thread. I got the running bug, and have run 5 half marathons, lots of 5 and 10Ks and am training for a marathon later this year. I was very proud to run the BUPA 10K in London as part of a MN Woolly Hugs team earlier this year.

I've lost weight, toned up, never felt fitter, am far happier and deal with stress far more easily (and don't turn as readily to the wine and chocolate as I used to grin ). I couldn't have imagined doing any of this before C25K.

Keep going, and I hope you find it as worthwhile as I did!

just completed my W1 R2 - wow it was hard. Still can't understand how I managed to do R1 so easily the other day and yet the exact same run is so hard a few days later.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree how much weight did you loose in terms of clothes sizes? I'm not overly bothered about weight as i dont think its going to be that much difference as fat hopefully will turn into heavier muscle, but I really want to drop a clothes size.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 31-Aug-13 14:54:32

Westmoreland - I've lost a stone since the start of this year, and dropped at least one dress size. I've done a lot of running over the last couple of months and it's really made a difference to my body shape.

DramaAlpaca Sat 31-Aug-13 16:59:06

Hi Westmorland good for you on getting started.

You'll probably find your next run is much easier. Lots of people find a bad or difficult run is followed by a good one. I'm another Lakelander (although I live abroad now) so I know about those hills. Just tell yourself that running up them will make you fitter more quickly grin.

I've also toned up and dropped a dress size since starting C25K about three months ago. I can see the changes in my body shape week to week, and it encourages me to keep going.

FunnyRunner Sat 31-Aug-13 18:33:02

Gin that was an impressively early start smile

OhOne / DramaAlpaca thanks for the encouragement. Did you change your diets significantly too?

Run 3 tomorrow for me!

DramaAlpaca Sat 31-Aug-13 18:41:26

FunnyRunner - I found I automatically wanted to eat more healthily as I got more into the running & started noticing changes in my shape. I've reduced portion sizes & cut out evening snacking (my biggest weakness). I've still got a way to go with my weight, but I'm getting there.

Good luck with Run3!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 31-Aug-13 19:19:40

W1 R3 completed this morning. My ds's (5 and 7) wanted to come with me, so I got the podcasts set up on their iPods (shuffles) and off we all went!

My fast walk is a run for them, and they weren't happy that they couldn't keep up so I detoured and dropped them home after run 3! Ds1 is amazed by how fit I am - just wait and see how much fitter I get mate!

On R2, a lad on his bike (about 9) joined me for run 1 and was egging me on (in a nice way) and I told him I was just starting out so not to expect too much! He was out again today and seemed surprised to see me - he kept popping back to see how I was doing!

Today felt much better than R2, and my hips feel far less achey so that's encouraging.

I've not been brave enough to look ahead at what week 2 has in store for us all yet!

SevenReasonsToSmile Sat 31-Aug-13 20:50:54

Sounds like everyone is doing well.

OhOne good to hear how much you've got out of doing C25K, that's very impressive. My DH is running his second London marathon next year, I'd love to be able to join him maybe the year after. Are you running for charity or just for fun?

I found run 2 on weds much easier than run 1. I tried run 3 on Thursday knowing I might be pushing it but it was the only chance I could go again before Monday. I managed half of it then had to give up, my knees were hurting and I had a stitch I just couldn't get rid of. I'm not sure what to do on Monday, whether to start week 2 having only done two runs of week 1, or finish week 1 first. Any advice from those further ahead would be much appreciated.

How is everyone feeling? I've noticed that my energy levels already seem to have improved a little, plus combined with trying to eat much more healthily I've lost 3lbs this week.

SevenReasonsToSmile Sat 31-Aug-13 20:59:05

Just found this, it gives the details for each week -- though I wish I hadn't looked!--

DramaAlpaca Sat 31-Aug-13 21:00:02

Well done on your weight loss Seven.

As for W1R3, I think as it was such a struggle I'd do it again on Monday. It may seem like a waste of time, but completing the week will help to build up your stamina & make W2 easier. I would also advise that you always leave at least a day between runs as your muscles need that time to recover. Not leaving a day could be why you struggled with W1R3. It doesn't matter if you take longer than nine weeks to complete the program - lots of people do. Also, it's fine to leave a few days between runs if you need to, it won't affect your progress. Just see it as extra recovery time.

Good luck with your next run.

FunnyRunner Sat 31-Aug-13 21:36:30

Seven I looked ahead on app to week 5 and was a bitshock at how quickly you have to progress but I liked the comments on your link page - lots of people saying hang in there if I can do it anyone can! Next run tomorrow.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 31-Aug-13 21:40:57

Good weight loss Seven. I've not weighed myself and I can't say that I've been inspired to eat any more healthily (yet - it might happen sometime!). I think I'd do week 1 run 3, set yourself up well for week 2.

I found run 2 tough, it run 3 ok and have had a peep at what next week has got in store and am not too freaked by it!

gintastic Sat 31-Aug-13 21:57:13

The 20min run at the end of wk5!!! I guess they know what works, but that sounds like a long time to run for after only 5 weeks...

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 31-Aug-13 22:01:43

<fingers in ears>

La La La La La La La!

DearPrudence Sun 01-Sep-13 10:11:08

I'm planning to do run 3 later this morning. Really didn't feel like it today, so came on here for inspiration - and it's worked. DS (11) is coming with me.

FunnyRunner Sun 01-Sep-13 10:54:41

Morning smile Just back from W1 R3 along the beach with a full gale blowing against me. I actually missed the first run and walk segment because I couldn't hear the bloody app over the wind! Had to add a 60 sec run into my cooldown, just as I thought it was all over, aaaaagggghhh! grin

Neck is a little bit sore, probably partly because I had to hold my phone and look at the screen thanks to noise.

Good luck to other Sunday runners and everyone else - enjoy your rest day grin

DearPrudence Sun 01-Sep-13 12:24:43

Well done FunnyRunner and everyone else. I'm just back too - rewarding myself with a cup of coffee and a bit of Mumsnet. Impressed at you running into the wind and on the beach!

So today was W1R3 - found it much easier than last time, back wasn't as sore, the jogging almost looked like jogging (as opposed to the limp/shuffle I was doing before) and I got a bit further along the lane than last time. Week one done!

IWish - my 11 year old runs at a similar pace to me (he needs to get fitter too!) but I can imagine that two little ones would slow you down quite a lot.

SevenReasonsToSmile Sun 01-Sep-13 13:38:50

Thanks all, I'll do run 3 tomorrow then start week 2 on Wednesday, I guess I won't be far behind.

FunnyRunner Sun 01-Sep-13 21:26:32

<High Fives> Prudence grin

gintastic Mon 02-Sep-13 07:19:28

Going to start wk2 today :-) fingers crossed for everyone...

SevenReasonsToSmile Mon 02-Sep-13 10:33:04

Let us know how you find it gin.

Good luck to everyone starting wk2, and keep going those still on wk1.

I was feeling great, but having not run properly since weds my energy levels have slumped again. I've also joined the Christmas grooming thread in Style & Beauty, its the perfect time as its coinciding with starting exercise.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 02-Sep-13 20:53:41

Week 2 run 1 done this evening smile

No ds's and no local small boy accompanying me today!

I have noticed how the nights are drawing in and am glad that I got going last week - dark nights could easily have been my excuse for not starting!
I am going to have to invest in some more appropriate running clothes - it's getting chilly as well as dark.

I'm not sure that I understood Laura's tip to help with the breathing - breathe in for 4 steps with your left foot and out for 4 was beyond me! Trying to think about my breathing got me all muddled which is a shame as it's something that I'm sure I could improve on.

gintastic Mon 02-Sep-13 21:15:16

Wk2 R1 done - not as bad as I thought for the first few, but the last run had me properly puffing and huffing...

Hopefully Wednesday for me to run again, but I'm giving blood tomorrow so might postpone until Thursday.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 02-Sep-13 21:44:19

I forgot to say that I overtook a learner driver grin

Think they must have been on their first lesson and just learning the concept of clutch control (they were barely going at walking pace!) but nevertheless!!!!!

gintastic Mon 02-Sep-13 22:40:53

Oh the shame... Decided to have a nice bath and my legs went all wobbly. Had to get DH to help me out hmm

Iwish, did the learner realise he was being overtaken?!?

SevenReasonsToSmile Mon 02-Sep-13 23:19:56

Well done gin and iwish.

I've started wk1 again. After much umming and ahhing my mum has finally decided to start too, so I'm back at the beginning offering moral support. My knees are absolutely killing me, but tonight was the first time I've managed all of the running sections.

I hope you'll still have me even though I'm behind.

SevenReasonsToSmile Tue 03-Sep-13 16:53:58

How's everyone getting on, any injuries or problems yet?

I've really messed my knees up, they're grinding when I bend down and so painful. DS told me off this morning for walking like a robot grin

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 03-Sep-13 19:26:10

I've got long term SI joint problems and it is achey today which isn't great.

I'm thinking that I might have to fork out on a new and decent pair of running shoes sooner rather than later. I was going to wait and see how I got on, but I don't want this to be my downfall so new shoes might be the key to being able to continue.

Other than that and slightly stiff hips (much less stiff this week) I'm getting on ok.

I won't be able to do week 2 run 2 until Thursday though as DH is out tonight and tomorrow.

HalleLouja Tue 03-Sep-13 22:14:14

Can I join? I really need to run again. Finished it last year but then lapsed.

Did week 5 day 1 today and it hurt but felt good. I know I am a bit aheaf but you are all shiny and new and the other group has been around a while.

DearPrudence Wed 04-Sep-13 12:55:09

Welcome HalleLouja smile Week five already? shock You can give us tips.

Well done gin and Iwish on starting week 2, and Seven for keeping going. I think it's fine to re-do week one - the main thing must be to get out regularly.

After a two-day rest, I've completed week 2 run 1 today. The first half was really difficult, but I got into my stride in the second half. DS started high school today and he was really nervous (and therefore so am I). Running helped take my mind off it for half an hour.

HearMyRoar Wed 04-Sep-13 14:18:20

Hello all! Did wk2 run 1 yesterday and am rather achy today. It went pretty well though which is a relief as I was sort of dreading it. smile

HalleLouja Wed 04-Sep-13 14:19:19

I haven't really run all year but seem to be ok on the first run on week five. The 20 minute run isn't too bad.

Tips. The run keeper ap on both android and iPhone is great though seems to add extra mileage to my runs grin

Get proper running shoes. I got my gait analysed. Sports direct is your friend. The running gear is great and cheap.

I do Pilates too and think that helps with strength.

If I can run anyone can. I never thought I would enjoy running but trust in the programme.

gintastic Wed 04-Sep-13 16:06:04

Well, I'm going out tonight for wk2r2 - and will be flying along on the news I may have a new job (subject to references - which should be good, I hope!). Interview was at 10, lasted 2 hours and they rang me about 2pm to ask if they could take up my references. In the industry I work in this is basically an offer if the references are good :-)

I will be buying some nice running shoes with my payrise (possibly not more per hour but 5 hours extra a week and £100 / month less petrol :-)

DearPrudence Wed 04-Sep-13 16:22:15

That's fantastic gin! Congratulations smile

Thanks for the tips HalleLouja. I bought proper running shoes the last time I did C25K about five years ago. They probably need replacing now, but I can still tell the difference if I go out in different trainers.

I felt a right berk on the treadmill in the shop, but it was well worth it.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 04-Sep-13 19:47:54

I'm thinking of getting new running shoes ASAP. I have 3 choices (I think)

1) a shop where you walk on force plates for gait analysis

2) a shop where they watch you run down the pavement and back a bit

3) (I think) a shop with a treadmill where they watch you run.

All 3 have glowing testimonies on their websites but does anyone know which might be best?

I'm hoping to get out tonight for week 2 run 2 if DH isn't too late home - it could be my first dark run!

gintastic Wed 04-Sep-13 20:37:48

Wk2 run2 done. V v v hard work, feels really hot and fuggy tonight..

I think I'm going to be sore tomorrow.

gintastic Wed 04-Sep-13 20:54:38

Iwish, sorry I have no idea which might be best. Let me know if you find out as I need some new shoes also. And a new sports bra. Made from girders, preferably... I am large of nork and my current one is very old, so is not a very good fit.

DearPrudence Wed 04-Sep-13 21:14:59

Good work gin. I've been out this evening and it did feel really sticky.

IWish - I don't know which is best, but I did the treadmill in the shop thing. The man took a video of my feet, and showed me how I was flexing my ankle sideways a bit. The trainers have been fab, and I'd definitely go back.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 04-Sep-13 22:19:36

Week 2 run 2 done - my first run in the dark and my first run all on Tarmac.

I actually enjoyed it shock

Prudence was it a chain running shop that you went to? If not, I don't suppose you happen to love in Cardiff do you?

Next run is planned for Friday - the weather forecast is for heavy rain so that'll be another first!

FunnyRunner Thu 05-Sep-13 11:29:51

Yay Gin well done on the job! smile

Did W2 R1 yesterday and it was manageable. I'd had 2 days off and felt it IYSWIM. Still, managed it all. Legs felt quite tired and heavy yesterday but no aches today.

Shoes - very interesting. Have been thinking about getting gait analysis done as my friend said when she was running she developed an injury. Her physio said that any pre-existing weakness of posture etc will be brought out by running over a period of time. So I'm thinking it's better to get decent shoes to try and correct the problem.

One thing I'm disappointed with - I am eating SHITE at the minute. I thought I would have some magical transformation to healthy eating but if anything it's like my brain has said, 'Food free for all here!' sad

I just had a curry and i'm working my way through my second glass of wine. belches I may even have some ice cream later

soooo..... it seems W2 R1 starts tomorrow rather than tonight as planned grin

However I was very good and swum a mile last night though on my 'non run day'.

well done everyone else though!

HearMyRoar Thu 05-Sep-13 20:56:41

Sympathies west. I have just gobbled a huge slice of cake after dd refused to go to sleep until 8:45 so have also failed to do my planned run today. Try again tomorrow smile

gintastic Thu 05-Sep-13 21:04:10

I have been a pig today. Proper fat horrible pig. Tomorrow I will run... W2R3 and it better go easier than R2 cos I'm still aching from that one.

But we are forecast rain so it hopefully won't be as muggy.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 05-Sep-13 21:20:57

I'm planning on doing week 2 run3 tomorrow tomorrow in the rain aswell gin

I think I'm boring my colleagues with my running tales - I'm very proud of myself! It doesn't help that several of them are very keen and experienced runners.

Tonight I'm enjoying my 2nd glass of wine!

HalleLouja Fri 06-Sep-13 12:35:10

I am going running today. Oh yes I am. Even though I had the night from hell sleep wise.

HalleLouja Fri 06-Sep-13 12:36:09

I went to Sweatshop to do my gait analysis.

DearPrudence Fri 06-Sep-13 18:38:31

Week 2 Run 2 completed. It was cold and drizzly but I almost enjoyed it. DS came with me on his bike, so I had someone to pant chat to and a bit of a distraction. We're debating going for a swim now.

Oh, and I bought my shoes in an independent shop IWish - not in Cardiff, sorry.

I'm eating shite too, Funny - but I've told myself it's one step at a time. First week - running. This week - drinking more water and less alcohol. Next week - maybe the diet will finally kick in.

gintastic Fri 06-Sep-13 19:04:30

Well, it's only turned out to be a beautifully sunny day. Was rather hoping for rain as it was so muggy and hot last time I ran. 8.30 run time as I'm going with a friend :-) will report back on progress... Lovely to hear everyone else's stories grin

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 06-Sep-13 21:38:48

It's not going to happen he today.

Just got back from a&e with ds1 who's face is looking pretty grim ATM after a skate park accident.

DH has missed one thing he was planning to go to this evening and has disappeared to the pub now that I'm home.

I should be able to go tomorrow though.

gintastic Fri 06-Sep-13 21:49:35

Sorry to hear about DS, iwish - sounds nasty... Lets hope it looks worse than it actually is...

W2R3 done and it was much easier in the cooler weather :-) I think I actually could count myself as running in some bits instead of lurching...

Really want naice running shoes now!

HalleLouja Sat 07-Sep-13 06:58:30

Week five day two done. Ironically I found it easier than day one. In fact I even ran some bits. Well the last minute was definitely ran. Went out in the evening and it was quite nice.

I hope your son isn't in too bad a state IWish.hmm

HalleLouja Sat 07-Sep-13 06:59:18

Definitely found some muscles I forgot I had.

w2 r1 complete! I think I actually found it easier than w1.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 07-Sep-13 21:23:03

Week 2 run 3 done.

Think my 'd' s's have got in in for me though - ds2 took 1 1/2 hours to go to bed tonight so I didn't get out until 8.15pm. Another dark run but no rain luckily. Ds1's face is a real mess sad

Bring on week 3 ................... hmm

HalleLouja Sun 08-Sep-13 10:18:45

Your poor DS IWish.

Am aiming to do week 5 day 3 today. Have worked this morning and need to get ready for my mini birthday party.

DearPrudence Sun 08-Sep-13 11:14:16

IWish - hope your DS feels better soon. Well done on getting out anyway.

Well done everyone else too. I'm so grateful for this thread - I don't think I'd still be going if it wasn't for this.

Just completed Week 2, Run 3 - another week finished!

gintastic Mon 09-Sep-13 07:39:27

W3R1 this evening. I'm doing it. Yes I am... Despite a whole day Gromit hunting in Bristol yesterday so my legs are quite tired now!

HearMyRoar Mon 09-Sep-13 18:26:28

Finally did wk2 run2 last night. Think i might need a new route soon as its getting dark earlier now. Also some gloves!

HaveTeaWillSurvive Mon 09-Sep-13 21:29:58

W2R3 done this evening - cannot believe I'm still plodding on with this. Have persuaded DP to start too and he's doing alternate nights so working quite well - we encourage one another to do it rather than finding something nice to do at home together.

Tentatively looking forward to wed and week 3... Can I really run for 3 minutes?!?

Hope your son is feeling better i wish

gintastic Mon 09-Sep-13 21:54:08

w3r1 done! I can run for 3 minutes grin

Much easier now the hot weather has broken a bit, and luckily the rain had stopped so I didn't get wet. Roll on Wednesday for r2 and see if I can repeat the performance.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 09-Sep-13 22:18:32

Well done gin. I'll be giving it a go tomorrow night. I'm on a Tuesday, Thursday, weekend schedule this week.

Ds is looking much less swollen today and the dentist couldn't find any damage so it looks like he's been lucky.

HalleLouja Tue 10-Sep-13 10:48:00

Finished week 5 yesterday. Have a bit of a cold coming so struggled at the end. Apart from that I didn't die grin. I seem to remember week 6 day 1 was hard that week 5 day 3 for some reason....

You can all run for three minutes. So there.

HalleLouja Tue 10-Sep-13 10:48:21

You just have to believe in the programme.

DearPrudence Tue 10-Sep-13 13:43:19

I'll find out tonight if I can run for 3 minutes. Now I've posted it here I'll have to do it.

Well done gin and Halle.

FunnyRunner Tue 10-Sep-13 14:20:16

Totally fell off the wagon after weekend away sad Help me get back on please!!!

HalleLouja Tue 10-Sep-13 18:13:22

Kicks Funny back onto the wagon. Keep going it is worth it.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 10-Sep-13 18:30:00

Get back on fun

I've just eaten, so will get our ds's to bed (ds1 is looking much more like his usual self now thank goodness) and give it another hour or so then see if I can run for 3 minutes too!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 10-Sep-13 21:04:51

I can run for 3 minutes too grin.

I was disappointed with the music at the start of the week 3 podcast but it did improve!

I'll be out next on Thursday.

DearPrudence Tue 10-Sep-13 21:39:01

Now come on, FunnyRunner - according to my spreadsheet <admits existence of spreadsheet> you've already started week 2, which is fantastic. Don't let one weekend spoil it for you. And frankly, for the rest of us - numbers have dwindled enough. We need you!

Unfortunately I worked quite late and then DS was desperate to go swimming, so I've not done my run tonight. But I did swim about 30 lengths. Will have to wait until tomorrow to find out if I can join the 3 minute club.

gintastic Wed 11-Sep-13 14:59:25

I'm off for W3R2 tonight - how's everyone else doing?

The cooler weather is definitely making it easier :-)

HaveTeaWillSurvive Wed 11-Sep-13 18:25:53

Bracing myself for wk3r1 tonight - going about 7 so if I don't make it back its been nice knowing you grin

still stuck on W2 here i'm doing R2 tomorrow and R3 on Saturday - I'm a little behind schedule due to circumstances outside of my control but definitely still on the wagon. My running days are going to be Monday's Thursdays and Saturdays from now on so I may just slip a little behind if you are all sticking to one day on one day off.

HaveTeaWillSurvive Wed 11-Sep-13 20:36:18

Dancing bear I CAN run shuffle for 3 minutes... Twice! Knees a bit sore but so glad I did it- hoorah. Hang in their everyone - if I can do it anyone can!!!

DearPrudence Wed 11-Sep-13 21:16:25

W3 R2 completed! I really quite like running in the drizzle. The first 3 minute run felt like it went on for ever, but I did it all.

Sausage I'm trying to go every other day but life does have a tendency to get in the way. Lots of people say it doesn't matter if it takes a bit longer - they key thing is to keep going.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 11-Sep-13 21:21:00

Well done gin tea prudence and sausage

We'll all get there - this thread is certainly giving me the extra push that I need.

I'm aiming to get out 3 times a week, not quite every other day but that's what I can hopefully keep up.

I'll be out again tomorrow evening for w3, r2.

gintastic Wed 11-Sep-13 21:41:20

Done it! And I have discovered I like running in the rain :-) 3min definitely easier second time.

Could do with either contact lenses or windscreen wipers though...

HalleLouja Thu 12-Sep-13 19:38:22

I did week 6 day 1 yesterday and it went well. I run again tomorrow and doing a class tonight.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 12-Sep-13 21:17:41

I managed w3 r2 this evening in the drizzle and wearing my shiny new running shoes grin

It felt harder than w3 r1 to me. Last weeks r2 was the hardest for me too - who knows why.

Anyway. I did it, and will need to get out sometime over the weekend next.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 14-Sep-13 12:52:08

Week 3 run 3 just done.

Blimey it felt hard - I though it was meant to get easier confused

How's everyone else getting on?

DearPrudence Sat 14-Sep-13 23:16:47

Week 3 run 2 completed this morning. Was supposed to go last night but it was raining, and it was Friday, and we had the fire lit.

I found it hard, to be honest. Do-able, but hard. And next week seems to be a lot more running. But I'm sticking with it! Will need to do run 3 tomorrow, so no rest day.

Keep going everyone.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 16-Sep-13 10:43:39

Grrr. I've come down with a horrible cold. Was thinking of heading out for w4 r1 today - my only day off work but that's had to go on hold.

I really need to be up to it tomorrow, otherwise I won't get out until Friday confused

DearPrudence Mon 16-Sep-13 17:47:38

Oh no, Wish! You've been going so well. Hope you feel better soon.

I'm running a bit behind on the programme - aiming for 1 day between runs but it's becoming at least 2. Must get out tonight.

gintastic Mon 16-Sep-13 20:15:51

W3R3 done. Hard work again... Get better soon, iwish!

I've sticking on W2 for a little longer as the three minute run at the end of the W3 run still feels like its going to be impossible, I did W2 R4 this evening and pushed myself a little longer on the 90 second runs (probably to about 2 mins so I think by the middle of next week I'm going to be up for taking on week 3.

I've got a lot more time this week as my gym classes have been cancelled so I'm really hoping to push on a bit. I am actually really enjoying running I just want to be better at it so people wonder i'm all dressed up in running gear just to go for a 'brisk walk'

grr so many typing errors.

I'm not drinking wine on a Monday night after a run... no .... certainly not.


In order....

I'm not I've

THIS week not NEXT week

so people DON'T wonder

DearPrudence Mon 16-Sep-13 21:31:58

W3R3 done! Pushed myself during the last 3 minute run to see how long I could go and managed 6 minutes. Weirdly, my feet hurt the most.

Well done gin and Sausage!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 17-Sep-13 21:47:25

Well, my cold is a bit better today and the thought of not getting out until Friday inspired me to go out this evening.

It was blowing an absolute gale so I modified my route to make sure it wasn't blowing in my face. Then to top it off it started raining!

But I did it! W4, R1 done grin. 16 minutes of running in one session shock

It'll be Friday before I can go out again.

W3 R1 done.... woooooooooooooop!

I'm definitely getting fitter but not really any thinner

DearPrudence Thu 19-Sep-13 21:04:45

Well done wish and sausage smile

I did week 4 run 1 tonight. It felt like a hell of a leap from week 3 so I kept my pace really slow so I could keep going.

oh no! is W4 a really really big leap? I was okay with W3 but was glad it was over....

DearPrudence Thu 19-Sep-13 22:02:47

Well it is for me, but I am pretty fat!

On my app the runs are 3 mins and 5 mins, so they're quite a bit longer than W3, and the walking time is now only half of the running time.

But I did it anyway, and couldn't have done it 2 weeks ago, so it's working!

i know I look back now and scoff at me struggling to run for 60 seconds in W1

I'm doing classes on the days in between runs so i'm not always 'fresh' for a run which may be part of the problem.

DearPrudence Thu 19-Sep-13 22:44:54

Classes? Ah, you'll be fine!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 20-Sep-13 21:19:28

Week 4 run 2 done grin

Not too bad. I'm not doing any other exercise alongside this - hats off to those of you who are!

I need to figure out a way to get out on Sunday now. Who knows when I'll squeeze it in but I must!

DearPrudence Sat 21-Sep-13 20:35:17

Good work wish! I'm only doing this too.

Week 2 run 2 completed yesterday. Will get out to do run 3 tomorrow.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 22-Sep-13 11:26:10

Well DH took ds's to rugby so I've been out!

Week 4 run 3 done! Why does the first one of each week fell most comfortable for me? Do I get lulled into a false sense of security?!

Week 5 looks scary but that's what's next!

How many of us are still on the programme?

DearPrudence Sun 22-Sep-13 16:53:13

Not too many of us left - but as long as this thread is here, I'm going to carry on posting on it!

I did Week 4 run 3 today, and I also found it really hard. I seemed to have plenty of puff but my legs felt really heavy. Week 5 doesn't look too bad for the first 2 runs - but my programme has a 20 minute run at the end! confused

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 22-Sep-13 20:32:53

Yes, this time next week we'll have run for 20 minutes non stop shock That's going to have to be next Saturday or Sunday for me.

It was humid here today and I found that tough. Hope next weekend is cooler, maybe even a bit drizzly (can't believe I'm typing that)!

I'm stil here!
week 3 r2 done today

still can't imagine running for 20 minutes, still finding 3 minutes tough going.

DearPrudence Mon 23-Sep-13 21:10:17

Well done Sausage!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 24-Sep-13 21:45:11

W5r1 done!

Achey hips and sore boobs (started my period today), but I survived!

I'm having to plan my running days 2 weeks in advance because DH will be away with work for a couple of days next week. I've managed to negotiate him coming home from work a bit early the first day that he's back in the office so I don't let my running slip!!!

W3 Run 3 today - going to do it again though as not ready to move on to week 4 yet

DearPrudence Thu 26-Sep-13 13:20:47

Week 5 run 1 done today. I'd had a 3 day break and I found it much easier than the last run of week 4.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 26-Sep-13 21:56:46

W5 r2 done!

I think some of the music is being recycled now!

I've been back home for about 1 1/2 hours and my legs and hips are very achey!

The big one (20 minutes) is scheduled for Saturday morning and I'm rather nervous about it!

DearPrudence Fri 27-Sep-13 22:35:12

Good luck for tomorrow morning Wish.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 28-Sep-13 12:23:37

I did it grin shock

Every ache and niggle I've had during the last 5 weeks decided to bother me at some point today, and as I started running I realised that I had put my t-shirt on back to front so that irritated me all the way! My breathing was fine, but blimey did my legs ache!!

Off out next on Monday. I've not looked what's in store next week!

DearPrudence Sat 28-Sep-13 20:14:58

Well done Wish! I went out this morning too. I was due to do Week 5 Run 2, but decided to do run 3 (20 minutes) first. It was really hard, but I was determined to keep going. The weakness in my right ankle was a problem, and just about every other part of my legs hurt at some point, but I did it! I will do run 2 next - it just worked out better to do the longer run today. I'd had a rest day, it was morning, etc, etc.

grin about the back-to-front t-shirt. I've had to readjust my knickers several times, but stripping off your top would be a bit much.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 29-Sep-13 12:31:24

It's a lovely day here and I'm almost wishing I could go out for a run!!

Today is a rest day though and it would mess up my carefully timetabled plan for the next week if I go today (DH is away with work for a few days so my runs need to be squeezed in between everything else)

Never thought I'd be this keen!!

DearPrudence Sun 29-Sep-13 20:39:33

I know what you mean about the weather, although I definitely needed my rest day after yesterday's 20 minutes.
I might be able to get out tomorrow evening, if I can get out of work in time. Otherwise it will be Tuesday.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 30-Sep-13 11:59:23

Week 6 run 1 done grin

T-shirt on the right way round, and I even managed to put my fancy new running socks on the right feet (I have absolutely no idea what the difference between the right and left ones are, but felt I should try to get them in the right feet for their first outing at least!).

My legs ache very quickly into the runs, even though my breathing is ok. My muscles really need to strengthen up if I'm going to succeed at this.

DearPrudence Mon 30-Sep-13 17:49:02

I find legs are the problem too Wish. I'm very overweight though, so it's to be expected I guess. Good work on being properly dressed though wink

I'm dashing home now in the hope of getting out before I have to collect DS from his drama club, but I've also had a really stiff neck all day and I've a horrible feeling I'm Coming Down With Something. Best get out there before it takes hold.

Do you think it's just us left now? sad

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 30-Sep-13 22:27:18

Hope it's nothing and you stay germ free.

Looks like it could just be the 2 of us now sad

Stick at it though, we're doing great!

DearPrudence Mon 30-Sep-13 22:43:31

Week 6 run 1 done. Germs have held off - DS is full of cold though. My legs and feet ached like buggery. Maybe I need new trainers.

Mummyoftheyear Tue 01-Oct-13 00:01:53

Maybe next week.

DearPrudence Wed 02-Oct-13 14:00:33

Week 6 run 2 done - two lots of 10 minutes. Next run is 22 minutes without a break, and then they seem to just get longer. I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet, but I'll press on anyway.

I tried doing my trainers up a bit tighter to give my feet more support, and they definitely ached a bit less. Big problem is the weight they're carrying though, so am making a big effort on diet this week.

HaveTeaWillSurvive Wed 02-Oct-13 18:44:05

Hi everyone

I've totally fallen off the wagon, had a stinking cold followed by a tummy bug so haven't done anything for two weeks, just checking back in so you can motivate me to start again, will prob drop back to week 2/3 and take it from there.

Damn it is getting hard though now its nearly dark by time little tea in bed...

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 02-Oct-13 21:14:25

Week 6 run 2 done!

The let the sun shee-ine song towards the beginning couldn't have been more appropriate - as I ran along in a downpour grin

I love running in the rain now, but my old waterproof top which proudly states that it is breathable is anything but! It's like running in a bin bag!

I decided to push myself tonight - ran faster so that my lack of breath distracted me from my achey legs, it seemed to work but I'm paying for it now!

Well done Prudence, Tea glad you're feeling better, go back a few weeks and jump back on!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 03-Oct-13 22:57:22

I'm planning week 6 run3 tomorrow night.

Just hope that the rains's not as torrential as tonight!

DearPrudence Fri 04-Oct-13 07:16:02

Hello Tea, nice to see you back smile
Perseverance is more important than perfection! Great idea to go back to a level you can manage. I bet you surprise yourself with how much you can do though. Could you get out at the weekend and report back to us?

Good luck tonight Wish. I think I'll be out early tomorrow for my run 3.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 04-Oct-13 21:19:39

Week 6 run 3 done grin

I took it steadily and was pretty comfortable for all of it - I even managed a short hill and then to up my pace for the last 60 seconds (as suggested by Laura!).

Laura reckons we can now call ourselves runners! <proud>

I have to say that I'm surprised by how much I'm enjoying this - I have a colleague who is a very good runner and he's keen for me to try Parkrun soon - I'm going to try before Christmas I think!

On the downside, I still have no idea how far I'm running. My podcasts are on an iPod nano. Does anyone have any suggestions how I can work out how far I've been (without driving the route!)

DearPrudence Sat 05-Oct-13 10:11:39

Well done smile
I'm going out soon, oh yes I am!

If you go on google maps you can find out your distance if you're on roads. Or there's map my run, but I've never used that.

DearPrudence Sat 05-Oct-13 11:10:07

Week 6 run 3 done! smile

Much better than last week's long run, especially in the second half. I was learning pieces from my choir rehearsal so that was distracting me nicely.

HaveTeaWillSurvive Sun 06-Oct-13 16:40:02

Well done everyone smile

Pleased to say I did go out yesterday, went back and did a week two run which was fine so going to repeat week three this week and take it from there.

Just had a peek at week 6 runs you're doing - gulp - you really are runners now!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 06-Oct-13 17:20:08

That's what Laura told us Tea

Not sure that I believe her yet though!

Glad you're back on track.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 07-Oct-13 21:26:54

Week 7 run 1 done.

I've found an app where I can trace on a map where I've been to find the distance.

Friday was 3.3km, and tonight 3.6. I'm disappointed to be honest - I pushed much harder tonight and was puffing hard throughout. I can't go any faster yet.

I have to go out in Wednesday. I mustn't let this put me off.

DearPrudence Tue 08-Oct-13 23:11:32

Don't be put off. That's much further than I manage in the same time. What app are you using?

I'm having a bit of a nightmare - last went out on Saturday, but was busy Monday, tonight and tomorrow night. So it's likely to be Thursday before I can start week 7.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 09-Oct-13 21:55:00

OMG! According to DistancePinner me (and my annoying underpants) ran 3.7kms tonight for week 7 run 2.

I gave it my all and could barely walk straight during the last 5 minute walk!

DearPrudence Thu 10-Oct-13 13:09:34

Wow, that's great! You're almost there.

My plan today was to go out to the nearby forest and do the 5k route that they use for Parkrun. Thought I'd do my 25 minute run plus warm-up and cooldown, and just walk the rest to see how long it took me.

About 5 minutes into the run something's happened to my calf muscle. There was a very definite pulling sensation, and a sharp pain. So I had to turn round and limp back to the car. I'm gutted sad. I really didn't feel like going today but I thought about you and this thread, and how close we are, and I made myself go. Not sure what to do about it now - rest it, I guess, but hopefully only for a day or two.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 10-Oct-13 22:25:52

Oh no Prudence.

Rest it, ice it and take regular anti inflammatories (ibuprofen etc).

Putting a small pad inside the heel of your shoes might help too.

Give it a day or two and start out slowly to see how it is.

I've been posting on the couch to 5k uncage your inner chimp (or something) thread as well but there's no-one else that started with us there.

Even if it takes a week or so for this to heal, just drop back a bit and pick it up again. You've got this far so you can definitely do it. Let me know how the next couple of days are.


IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 11-Oct-13 20:06:50

3.7kms again for week 7 run 3. I tried a different route, but that seems to be my absolute limit at the moment.

There's no way I'll be up to 5 kms in 2 weeks. That's going to have to be a longer term goal I think.

Prudence how's your calf?

DearPrudence Sat 12-Oct-13 11:26:06

All I can do is cheer from the sidelines wish. Calf is less limp-making today, but I don't want to run on it. I might do a good long walk tomorrow though. On some hills.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 14-Oct-13 21:36:06

Week 8 run 1 done. I just made it to 4kms, those extra 3 minutes were tough though!

My left knee is a bit sore too. Hopefully it's nothing too serious and it will settle down.

How's your calf Prudence? Are you able to start gently stretching it?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 16-Oct-13 21:52:53

4.2kms for week 8 run 2 smile

The wind seemed to blow in my face the whole way around my circular route - has does that happen? confused

Prudence - how are you?

Are any others still at it?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 18-Oct-13 22:09:17

I'll keep talking to myself!

Week 8 is now finished. I managed 4.2kms (just) in the worst rain that I've run in yet. It was also pretty windy again in places.

Bring on week 9 grin]

HaveTeaWillSurvive Sun 20-Oct-13 19:14:18

Keep going iwish you're doing amazingly grin

I've picked up another cold and feel rotten - joys of DS starting nursery I guess - so feel completely back to square one. Realistically I can't face going out at night after work now its pitch black so I'm going to try and do two sessions a week, Sat and Mon morning when DP around to mind DS. Then do at least one shred session a week.

Hopefully this will boost my fitness and is do-able now the weather is decidedly wintery...

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 20-Oct-13 22:15:46

Thanks Tea

I've just done week 9, run 1. Managed 4.3 kms. I'm not gong to manage 5kms in 30 minutes yet, but that can be a longer term goal.

I actually prefer running in the dark - less chance of being recognised!! I do get very hot, red in the face and sweaty so cool evenings with a bit of rain suit me!!!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 22-Oct-13 21:25:34

4.6k for week 9 run 2. I even added a couple of hills - well slopes really!

Nearly there grin

DearPrudence Wed 23-Oct-13 22:46:28

Well done I wish. I'm going to have a go at re-starting over the next couple of days. Really impressed with you keeping going - well done!! smile

HaveTeaWillSurvive Thu 24-Oct-13 22:01:28

Just checking in to see if you've done the last run iwish - so impressed with you sticking in there!

IwishIwasfuckermoreorganised Thu 24-Oct-13 22:26:08

Yes, I did the last one tonight grin I managed 4.6k again, thought I'd managed to go a bit further but that was just wishful thinking!

I'm still pretty chuffed and amazed at myself that I've got this far though.

Prudence - ease back into it slowly, and be sure to stretch after each run (not before). Have you got decent running shoes?

Tea - where are you at?

I've pencilled in my first Parkrun for 9th November and am hoping to have got to 5k in 30 minutes by then.

I think I need another programme to follow - I need to be told what to do by someone otherwise I'd just think that I'm feeling a bit tired and have a rest!!

DearPrudence Wed 30-Oct-13 00:07:00

Proud of you Wish. Really well done. And keep going towards that Parkrun! You're the only graduate from this thread smile

I had a go before last weekend, but I'm not fixed. I feel like I need another thread to get me back on track now. Shoes are fine I think - although a bit old. And now I'm working silly hours, so can only get out at weekends just now.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 30-Oct-13 14:30:58

Thanks Prudence

I'm going to get DH to put the 5+ podcasts from NHS choices on my iPod for me. There's a 30 minute run, a 16 minute speed one (alternating fas/slow) and a 35 minute stamina run on there so that should give me enough variety and hopefully help me reach the goal of 5k in 30 minutes.

I really hope you can get back to it. I'm amazed at how well the programme worked for me. I just need to keep at it now!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 03-Nov-13 16:45:04

I'm still going!

It's been tough to get out this week with it being half term and some absolutely atrocious weather but I started the 5+ podcasts today.

I kicked off with the interval training one which was good. Only 16 minutes of running so useful,when time is tight.

I feel better knowing that I've got some structured runs to do again.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 14-Nov-13 22:17:49

I did the 5+ stamina run tonight and managed 5.3k.

I'm so proud of myself and even more pleased that I'm enjoying it!

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