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HalleLouja Sat 18-Aug-12 22:17:45

Does anyone want to join me. Its my third attempt started today.

The first time I got pregnant mid way through. Second time was the start of the year and it was too snowy and cold and I was ill.

So psyched myself up again.

I need some company.

MirandaWest Mon 25-Feb-13 23:36:45

Hello smile

I am no expert but do some amount of running every week (aim for three times although doesnt always work out that way blush). I am rubbish at being cold but my main problem is my fingers so as long as I have gloves I am ok. I wear a long sleeved top with a short sleeved one over the top, running tights and the gloves and am fine. If it rains I get wet and enjoy the shower afterwards all the more smile My bf (who I have somehow got into this running lark) wears a running jacket in a fetching fluorescent yellow and sometimes has a buff (technical term I think - its a thing that can be a hat or a scarf) round his neck. Some people wear hats.

Am very glad you've now god a podcast working - it does help smile I am now trying to get back to where I was in November when I could do good 5k running but have lapsed since then hmm. Keeping at it does work though.

EauRouge Tue 26-Feb-13 08:05:12

Sorry, NoBusiness, this dropped off my 'threads I'm on' for some reason. Glad that you've got started and things are going well. I thought the first run was the hardest one, things got much easier once I stopped worrying about looking like an idiot grin

When it rains, the only thing I do differently is wear a baseball cap to keep the rain out of my eyes- I don't mind getting wet but I need to see where I'm going. I run in all weathers now (remember all that snow? That was great fun to run in) but the worst for me is wind; I HATE running in the wind. I'll put it off until another day if it's very windy. I run out in the open fields and it's bloody hard to catch your breath if the wind's against you.

I did W8R2 yesterday, it went really well. I can almost taste that 5k! And there's a parkrun starting up near me in April so I'm going to sign up for that.

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Wed 27-Feb-13 23:09:15

Thanks for the replies Eau and Miranda. I finished Wk1R3 tonight. I had Laura with me up to the second run then the MP3 player died - clearly the battery doesn't last very long and I was an idiot not to check it before I went out. So I just counted and to be honest as it was my third go on the same route I pretty much knew where I needed to be running. I was definitely going a bit faster, not that I'm trying to but it seemed to come that way, and my recovery was better. Onwards to Wk2 by which time I may have some proper trainers.

Eau, the parkrun sounds like a great idea. If I make it through the programme then I might have a scout around for one once the Race for Life is over. At the moment, I'm not doing anywhere near 5k but I suppose the idea is you go further when you're running more. I even noticed today that I was slightly further on on my second run.

NoBusinessLikeSnowBusiness Fri 01-Mar-13 22:52:47

I did Wk2 R1 tonight. I was feeling really tired and had a very slight nap on ds's bed when I put the kids to bed. But I still got out there afterwards - I had a good incentive as yesterday I went to the main specialist running shop and, while dd slept peacefully in her pram, spent about 1-1.5 hours choosing a pair of trainers. I think I ran as far up and down that shop as on the actual Wk1 runs. My goodness, what a difference it makes having the right shoes on. I can't say I flew around but I managed it despite the tiredness and by run six I was actually feeling like I could have carried on (just about).

Just wondered when people preferred to go out running. I've only done the evenings so far as I'd have to get up about 6-6.30 in order to go out in the morning, and I'm not much of morning person. Well I wasn't before I had the kids. However, I wasn't much of a runner before a week and a half ago, and apparently I'm hooked on it now.... so we'll see.

EauRouge Sat 02-Mar-13 09:43:54

I go out about 7-8am usually but have no school run to do and DH works from home so I'm much more flexible. Getting up earlier was the best way for me to fit it into my day, I also love having the rest of the day knowing that it's done.

Are you working full time? Could you go on your lunch break maybe?

Running is very addictive, sounds like you've caught the bug grin

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