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cinnamongreyhound Thu 18-Jul-13 16:24:29

A thread for anyone thinking of starting, doing or completed the c25k plan!

The last thread had so many new people starting and working through the plan it was lovely. As well as those who had finished and working towards faster times or greater distances. Everyone welcome no matter age, fitness or ability.

Join us for lots of support, advice and gentle butt kicking of required wink

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amigababy Thu 18-Jul-13 18:05:06

thanks for the new thread cinammon

Hello to regulars and anyone new who's starting the rather miraculous C25K program.

FoundAChopinLizt Thu 18-Jul-13 18:10:59

Hi all -especially the lurkers who are on the fence about starting C25K

As a previously totally unsporty person, I really recommend it. If you follow the programme you will be hoodwinked into becoming a runner, and enjoying it!

I've got running class tonight-i know it's going to be hot, UHT still looking forward to it. Have just had a Cornetto to cool down in advance ?.

FoundAChopinLizt Thu 18-Jul-13 18:13:32

UHT!? grin obv was meant to say 'but'.

Thanks for new thread, cinnamon.

purplewithred Thu 18-Jul-13 18:14:03

Just done W5R2 and trying not to worry about W5R3 on Saturday morning. Investing in gait analysis and new trainers tomorrow morning to help gear me up. Looking forward to getting right out of my comfort zone!

Even though I'm only half way through I really noticed the difference in my strength last night at my Pilates class after a 3 week gap.

Bakingtins Thu 18-Jul-13 18:18:57

Marking place and waiting for it to be cool enough to attempt w4r2.

hairtwiddler Thu 18-Jul-13 18:26:51

Marking place. Was hoping to go out tonight but DD wants to go for a bike ride. Pondering running alongside her (she's pretty slow) but not sure it'll work out. May bike instead....

Slubberdelatrinae Thu 18-Jul-13 18:45:04

Ooh hello everyone. I am due to do the 1st run of week 2 tomorrow. So far so good, although I think my teva walking sandals are probably not regulation footwear so am going to buy some proper running shoes tomorrow. Any tips? Do I really need to spend £££ and have gait analysis etc?

Slubberdelatrinae Thu 18-Jul-13 18:45:48

<gets lingo>
W2r1 tomorrow

Bakingtins Thu 18-Jul-13 18:55:12

I think it's worth getting the gait analysis done. The right shoes seem to have made all the difference to me, even though I'm just starting out. When I need new ones I'll save by getting the same ones online.

Bakingtins Thu 18-Jul-13 18:56:25

Plus it's meant I have to stick with it after spending £££!

Kaffiene Thu 18-Jul-13 19:00:56

Just the thread I needed to find. Trying to find the energy for W4R2. It's boiling here, the dog is waiting for me by the door, I know I will feel awesome when I have done it but urgh it's so hot!

TallyGrenshall Thu 18-Jul-13 19:01:34

Place marking grin

I'm going to start all over again. My Dbro's baby arrived on Tuesday but was taken straight to NICU and is still quite poorly so I'm back and forth to the hospital atm.

That and the fact is soooo fecking hot

Slubberdelatrinae Thu 18-Jul-13 19:09:58

Thanks bakingtins. As you say spending the dosh will be motivation to continue. Not that I'm not enjoying it. Have been getting up at 6am to run and it's just fabulous at that time of day, lovely temperature, that and no one can see me puffing along.

jussey17 Thu 18-Jul-13 19:19:15

Proper shoes feel like you are running on a sprung/gym floor it's definitely worth the investment (as is a really good sports bra)IMho.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Thu 18-Jul-13 19:47:26

I'll be doing w7r3 tomorrow at about 6am. Had a couple of two day breaks this week and finding the 25 minute run hard. Mentally more than physically. The last five minutes of it are fine.

CeliaLytton Thu 18-Jul-13 19:55:44

Where do you go to get proper advice on running shoes? Have only done one run so far but quite enjoyed it and really desperately need to get fitter so want to take this seriously! Also, which makes are best for sports bra? Bought a cheapie from Matalan, did NOT do the job on my enormous BF boobs blush

IBlameThePenguins Thu 18-Jul-13 20:02:19

can i join in please? Am trying to pluck up the courage to start c25k-ing!

Trazzletoes Thu 18-Jul-13 20:18:02

Marking my place!

I found gait analysis helped but there's also not a whole lot wrong with just buying a reasonable pair of ordinary trainers just to make sure you don't have a reason not to run.

BabySocksNeverStayOn Thu 18-Jul-13 20:27:20

Hi Judyandherdreamofhorses I'm up to week 8 and really finding 25/28 runs hard too. I'm running at 5.30am, but I'm wondering if it's still too warm even at that time in the morning. I'm not giving up though...w8r3 on Saturday morning coming up!

nextphase Thu 18-Jul-13 20:27:25

Judy - I'm hoping to do w7r3 tomorrow evening. There are also several other around the same stage.

Penguins give it a go! I was a very reluctant runner 8 weeks ago, and plucked the courage, and have been converted - it fits round kids / work / DH / travel, and is fab!

Great title grin

Judyandherdreamofhorses Thu 18-Jul-13 20:37:27

My first attempt at week 7 was at 6pm, in the woods and very hilly. I only managed 20. Have been pleased with the last two completed attempts!

Where do you all run? I mostly round our sports field so the dog can run free. But it's boring, and will be really dull when I'm running for 30 minutes! I prefer road runs, but then have to have the dog on the lead. And I'm surrounded by hills...

amigababy Thu 18-Jul-13 20:45:51

w7r3 will be next Monday for me - I've got this weekend off going to watch the golf at Muirfield. I did w7r2 this morning, faffed around so long that it was 10 a.m instead of the intended 8.30, and phew it was warm. I've conquered the final hill though, up to my turnaround point.

Honestly penguins I was a resolute non-runner, then suddenly I decided to do this, and just 6 weeks ago was running 1 minute at a time. Now 25 minutes. Mentally it is so uplifting and pleasing to be meeting this head on and overcoming it.

Judy I run along a 1.5 mile long country lane - it's basically a gentle V shape, so a hill at each end. It's nice and tree-lined though, the shade is very welcome at the moment.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Thu 18-Jul-13 20:55:42

It is amazing, that only 7 weeks ago one minute of running at a time was a challenge. I love this programme. And am delighted to have had no injuries. Every time I've taken up running before, I've had injuries or recurrence of old ones, and have given up well before I felt I was 'a runner'.

milewalker Thu 18-Jul-13 21:07:56

just popping in to say to any beginners c25k has been one of the best things I've done for myself. started last October and have entered and finished 1 10 miler and 3 half marathons (and wear the t-shirts you get on finishing as much as I can)
I could hardly breathe after wk 1 run 1 but it gets easier and I learnt to go slower than I thought I needed to.
the other thing I'm doing now to get my legs stronger is weights and lots of stretching.

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