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Anyone fancy starting Couch to 5K on Monday 5th Aug?

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workatemylife Tue 30-Jul-13 10:39:24

I have not run for YEARS. In the last 18 months I have lost a lot of weight through diet and exercise (walking), and, it would appear, breastfeeding. But I'm back at work, LO isn't drinking me dry any more, my diet is not all that it could be, and the weight is sneaking back on. I don't have the opportunity for long buggy walks with a gurgling baby to toddler groups and playparks, but I do try to cycle to work to get a bit of exercise, although probably not enough. A couple of friends do Park Run eack weekend and I'd love to join them, but at the moment I suspect it would be Park Huff and Puff before Collapsing rather than actually a RUN blush.

I'm planning to start a C25K plan on Monday next week, and would love some (virtual) run buddies until I feel brave / fit enough to run with real people as well. I've seen some positive comments about the plan on here, although I think I'm still a little hmm about whether it is possible to progress like that through the weeks and actually get as far as a 5K. Still nothing ventured nothing gained.

I have running shoes somewhere at the back of the wardrobe, but might need to invest in some suitable clothing, and have a weekend of overindulgence lined up. So Monday is the day I think. First Monday of the month, and counting. I'll put a big ring around a late Sept Park Run on the calendar and start counting.....

Anyone care to join me?

lurkingfromhome Tue 30-Jul-13 10:53:58

Hello! I don't suppose that despite your weekend of indulgence and the psychological thing of first Monday of the month, you fancy starting a little early and going out for W1R1 tomorrow, by any chance? I would love a virtual partner. Otherwise, I will only be a couple of runs ahead of you so I could be your pacemaker grin. If a sweaty unfit 40something limping round the block can actually be called a pacemaker, that is...

I posted on the other thread yesterday just after I had my first run in years (used to run 10K quite happily and have ahem, let myself go somewhat in recent years so am starting again). However, I don't like the app I used yesterday and have found a much better one so am going to repeat my first run tomorrow and start again.

It is sooooo possible to get to 5K in nine weeks. I am a lazy unfit good-for-nothing now, but when I used to go running, I was amazed at how quickly I went from barely being able to limp to the end of the street to actually running properly for 30 minutes. I have a short attention span and don't think I could have done it if I didn't see fairly quick results.

Am feeling quite enthusiastic about the whole thing now, and would like to get up to running 5K before the weather starts to get a bit rubbish.

workatemylife Tue 30-Jul-13 11:50:22

Hello Lurking. I love the idea of running / limping with another self confessed sweaty unfit 40-something smile
I'm away Friday, Saturday, Sunday, but I wonder if I can more or less catch you up. I could tweak a little to have a 6-day week rather than a 7-day week in week one if that doesn't wreck the plan? I might stick to it more if I'm running 'with' someone, give or take a day or so. And if you've done this kind of thing before and can vouch for it working, it all sounds a bit more positive too. I'll check in on the other main thread as well, but let's be virtual running partners. Hurray!
Which days do you plan to run? Same each week, or just three days as you can manage?

oscarwilde Tue 30-Jul-13 12:08:32

Count me in. Happy to start tomorrow Lurking. I am so horribly unfit that a few days headstart will make little difference. I gave up running a few years ago as my knees gave me a lot of trouble but I figure I should be able to get to 5k before they start screaming.

TallyGrenshall Tue 30-Jul-13 12:12:02

I'm going to restart it tomorrow. I started a few weeks ago but only did wk1 before rl shite got in the way but I did enjoy it

lurkingfromhome Tue 30-Jul-13 12:25:33

Oh fantastic! We have a little team!

I will start tomorrow and will do second run on Friday. I might do another on Sunday or might just wait until Monday so that I'm doing the same days every week. I can be quite flexible as I work from home - not sure if it's more disciplined to aim for the same days every week or whether it will become more of a chore that way. Let's see how we get on. Hurray!

Workatemylife, I think you're right that it would be easy to catch up in a couple of weeks if you went out every other day. I might work towards going out every other day and not having weekends off once I get a bit more used to it.

As long as we're all roughly at the same stage we should be able to virtually wipe the sweat from each other's brow and cheer each other along. Yay! I will report back tomorrow after having started at W1R1 again. Oscar and Tally, hope you do too!

dottypyjamas Tue 30-Jul-13 12:35:08

Hi guys, I'll join if that's ok! I had my dd 7 weeks ago and am desperate to get fit again, I'll be taking it very slowly I think as I did virtually no exercise in pg as was so shattered all tge time (anaemic as it turned out) so don't want to overdo it and injure myself so may end up repeating weeks, will see how it goes. I used to love exercising so actually can't wait to get back out there, am also going to do a Pilates dvd and buggy fit when I can, and when looking after dd lets me!

Will start tonight I think when dp comes in from work, at least its a bit cooler now than in the last few weeks

Good luck everyone!! what apps etc is everyone using btw?

redwellybluewelly Tue 30-Jul-13 12:45:21

Would really love to join in if I can get organised in time. I'm cleared for exercise by GP after a section seven weeks ago but a tad concerned about fitting in the runs with a baby and three yo.

Would value app advice too as I can run either with my Samsung S3 or my ipod which is now several years old. I've running shoes and clothes.

slowco4ch Tue 30-Jul-13 12:45:36

Ooh me please! I've been trying to get the motivation to do something! I used to run before my little man arrived but only walked since. It would be great to have some company on the journey back to fitness!

redwellybluewelly Tue 30-Jul-13 12:46:39

dotty our DC must be about the same age!

workatemylife Tue 30-Jul-13 12:48:09

....waves to everyone.....!

Dotty I don't have an app at the moment. I just printed out the timetable / schedule from this website

On reflection, I wonder if for the later stages the timing is easy or vague enough to do it with a watch but actually for the early weeks where running and walking alternate every 60-90 seconds, maybe an app would be a good idea. Or I might borrow DHs mp3 player and put the podcast from the NHS website on that.

Open to other ideas though. I assume that all the 'listen along' things work in much the same way?

dottypyjamas Tue 30-Jul-13 12:50:16

Ooh yes they must be redwelly! She was born on 13 june, when was yours? Hope all going well for you, esp with a 3yo too!

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 30-Jul-13 12:58:02

I'll join you if I may. On holiday in UK atm, have brought my kit as usual, but don't relish the idea of my tippee-toe creaking run/walk being exposed to the public gaze. I started an even more easy version of c25k a few weeks ago - more like sofa to upright - but I have a nice, isolated route at home which I don't have here.
I'm trying to do a decent-ish walk every day, though.

Which app do you use, Lurking?

lurkingfromhome Tue 30-Jul-13 13:03:05

Excellent, our team is growing! Looks like we'll all be starting at roughly the same time

Apps: I had downloaded the Get Running app, but realised when I went out yesterday that there is no audio, so I had to keep looking at my phone to know when to walk or run. That's why I decided to forget about yesterday and start again with something a bit more motivational.

I had a look online for "best running apps" and found one called Couch to 5K that was recommended in the Daily Telegraph, of all places. It cost £2 something, but it seems great: not only is there a voice barking RUN! and WALK! at you, but you can have your own playlist playing alongside and it calculates all kinds of information like speed, distance and who knows what else, and gives you lots of lovely graphs to map your progress.

I am aware that this is total overkill given that I'll be limping along sweatily for weeks, barely breaking out of a slow jog, but I do like gadgets and am figuring that this might inspire me to keep going grin

lurkingfromhome Tue 30-Jul-13 13:04:47

this is it here

oscarwilde Tue 30-Jul-13 13:58:39

Shirking from home tomorrow so should be able to squeeze in a 30 mins puff somewhere during the day. Must download some music and couch to 5k and put ambulance service on speed dial

Ladies - 7 weeks post CS. You are putting me to shame. DC2 is about to turn 9 months...

TallyGrenshall Tue 30-Jul-13 14:00:52

I use Run Double on my phone. I can listen to my music and it tells me when to run/walk etc. It also tells me my pace and distance as well and theres graphs and stuff as well.

It's free as well

MrsReacher85 Tue 30-Jul-13 14:37:00

I've been thinking about doing this for weeks now. My DS is now nearly 11 months and I'm running out of excuses! I'm hoping by posting here I'm going to commit myself to it and then feel like I have to.

I've just downloaded an app called c25k. It was free and says it lets you play your own music while you run. I'll let you know if it's any good once I've used it.

Fingers crossed you all keep me accountable!

iloveweetos Tue 30-Jul-13 14:47:58

I'll do it.
couldn't find the run double app (link) but have downloaded the c25k app and will mess around with the app later
Do the apps keep track of how much you have run etc? in a calendar etc

lurkingfromhome Tue 30-Jul-13 14:57:22

I think they do, yes, at least my posh £2 one does! All this appeals to my obsessive nature, although I fear it's a bit like my desperate need to buy new running vests and leggings (ie if I applied the same enthusism to actually keeping fit instead of buying all the right gear and the fancy apps, I probably wouldn't be in this desperately unfit situation to begin with...).

And hats off to all of you with DCs. I don't even have any children to use as an excuse for my sedentary lifestyle grin.

iloveweetos Tue 30-Jul-13 15:00:14

haha im the same. i bought trainers and tops and bottoms, gym membership and ran a few times a week for about a month :$

MrsReacher85 Tue 30-Jul-13 15:15:58

Me too! My gym membership has now been cancelled and I'm going to do this outside until I've convinced myself that I'm going to stick to it.

workatemylife Tue 30-Jul-13 15:35:19

Tee hee. Right in the first post I suggested that I couldn't start till Monday because I needed to go and buy some gear. Like a couple of you I'm also working at home today, and I've ventured into the deep dark recesses of my drawers and located 2 pairs of leggings / running trousers and a couple of T-shirts. Even worse, one of the pairs of trousers still had the tags on blush blush from last time. No retail therapy or delaying tactics for me then, at least until I get fit and loose the excess pound-age.
I should probably have read more about this than I did. Is it a fitness thing or a weight loss thing, or a bit of both? Mainly I want to feel fitter and get to the point where I can run without looking like a decomposing blancmange, but if I lose a bit of weight that would be all the more worthwhile grin

oscarwilde Tue 30-Jul-13 16:37:39

Sod - there are tons of apps.

lurkingfromhome Tue 30-Jul-13 17:17:49

workatemylife -- it's mainly a fitness thing but a bit of weight loss would not go amiss.

Because I work from home and am (a) in my 40s and (b) inherently lazy, I'm scared of ending up a decrepit old hag several stone overweight and with aching joints. I am just feeling too guilty about not exercising to keep not exercising as I know it will all catch up with me one day...

I can already see it in my parents: my DF is super fit because he walks for 5 miles a day, every day. He looks really young, can run up several flights of stairs and doesn't have any problems with his hips, knees or anything else that loads of people get in their 70s. My DM, on the other hand, refuses to do any exercise and doesn't walk anywhere. She is beginning to struggle to climb stairs, gets out of breath really easily and has a lot of back pain. Eek! I do not want that to be me.

Also, since I started lurking working from home I have put on at least a stone, probably two, and eat far too much cake all day. I am still a size 14 so just about getting away with it, but not exactly deliriously happy when I look in the mirror, that's for sure ...

Am laughing at how we are all obsessed with buying the correct gear to run in grin. If only the actual running bit were that easy ...

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