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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?

slev Tue 22-Oct-13 09:20:37

Thanks everyone - and yes, I've wandered over to lurking's new thread - workate come and join us!

And tinwe - hope you got lots of compliments on The Dress!

workatemylife Mon 21-Oct-13 14:18:09

Hurray slev. What a great way to finish - an official graduation even if, as the others have said, you were 'there' already grin grin

I've not been for a run since Thursday last week so I really need to get myself out of the house today. I might wander over and join you informally on lurking's new thread. This one is getting longer and longer but with just the four of us. Lovely, but let's get some more folks involved again.

Hope the weekend was fun tinwe and that your family were impressed by your athletic figure as you sprinted for the cake grin

lurkingfromhome Mon 21-Oct-13 08:59:01

Well done, slev. Fantastic news that you've graduated (even though you did the 5k what seems like months ago). Good to make it official, though.

I went out on Saturday and did 5K in 31.5 so my second-best ever time, although not especially brilliant. However, the last two runs have been every third day and not every second, and I did feel the difference. I have to try and push myself to get out every other day, no matter how busy things are.

With that in mind, I'm starting 5to10 today. tinwe, I have another thread going here that I started last week to announce that I'd be starting and try to drum up some interest. Come and join us there if you can.

Sorry, though, that your knee is still playing up. You need to ice it three or four times a day for about 15 minutes each time, if at all possible. Never before exercise (as that will just cool down all the muscles, which you don't want to do) but as soon as you stop exercising get the ice pack on. Do you have the velcro sleeve thing with the gel pack? I used that and it is much easier as you can go about your business and not have to sit down with a bag of frozen peas dripping down your leg grin

Have you thought about trying a deep tissue massage? Not cheap, but I found it really helped.

Tinwe Mon 21-Oct-13 07:43:57

Well done Slev! I never doubted you'd sail through graduation grin ����

Who's starting 5-10k today? I've just got over the wedding this weekend and have eaten junk for days and not even thought about exercise for a week again. Today I restart! On a worrying note though my knee remains a big annoying problem. I took the girls to soft play and really struggled to help them as I couldn't crawl as it was too painful �� I've discovered it's only my left knee that's sore to touch and super crunchy but it's still sore after a weeks rest. It's the one I broke years ago. I haven't tried icing it as I don't know when to do it. Before exercise, after exercise or every day?

slev Sat 19-Oct-13 18:58:33

I've finished! Just got back from my last run and I managed 5.54k in the 30 minutes so definitely feel I've graduated. Although it's a bit of an anticlimax really - the last couple of weeks have been a real struggle what with work and bad weather giving me excuses not to run so I think I lost my enthusiasm for this programme -especially as I'd already done the 5k!

Anyway, onwards and upwards - weather permitting I'll start 5 to 10k on Monday!

workate and lurking congratulations to both of you on some fab times - I think we can definitely say we're Proper Runners now. And tinwe I wouldn't get too worried - I've had breaks and I think as long as you get yourself out in the end, sometimes the rest probably does you good.

lurkingfromhome Fri 18-Oct-13 09:59:51

I should be going out today but am just too busy (I know, I know...). I will go out tomorrow, though, but I can feel my motivation beginning to slip away now that i don't have a programme to stick to.

I think I'm going to have to start 5to10k next week if only to keep myself going out. Will probably start another thread and see if there are any other recent graduates lurking aorund the boards who fancy giving it a shot.

Sorry you're having trouble going out, tinwe. Enjoy your wedding! And well done, workate, another brilliant time!

Tinwe Fri 18-Oct-13 06:53:50

Well done Slev! Have you graduated yet?

Well done Workate, brilliant shaving there grin

I've not been able to go out for family issues reasons and I'm off to a B and B tonight for a wedding tomorrow so no run til at least Sunday confused

workatemylife Thu 17-Oct-13 18:45:21

Wow lurking!! Don't assume the worst - it could just be that you hit a good rhythm. Fantastic !

i failed to run yesterday but found time for cake confused

today I gave myself a kick up the backside and did a 28.14 5k. Wishing I had put in a long effort now - the perils of no set plan and all the other factors we discussed this week. Grrr. Just waiting for snow now to thwart my efforts further!

lurkingfromhome Wed 16-Oct-13 13:58:17

I just did today's 5k in 30 minutes and 1 second, thereby shaving 2.5 minutes off my PB in one fell swoop. I have literally no idea how that happened and am assuming a GPS failure on my phone grin.

Hoping that increases my motivation for Friday. I did feel great afterwards but am not finding it so easy to go out in the first place. Must just keep making myself do it.

lurkingfromhome Wed 16-Oct-13 09:03:20

It's hard, though, isn't it? I missed yesterday's run because (a) I had a huge and unexpected deadline at work (b) I had to wait in for a delivery all morning and (c) in the afternoon it was pelting with rain and I couldn't face it. Going out today, though, although it's hard to motivate myself.

I agree that I have to push myself and just go out every other day but I do need to find a bit of inner motivation that gets me to the point where it's just second nature. I don't want to be in the frame of mind where I miss one run and then feel like I am on the verge of packing it all in.

Aaargh. This is much harder now than it was when we couldn't actually run! I am going to start 5to10k on Monday just to give myself some goals again.

slev Tue 15-Oct-13 21:06:06

Hmm, bit of a mojo problem here too - I think letting myself have a night off meant I lost my routine a bit and found it hard to motivate myself again. I'm another one who needs to go out every other day so it just becomes habit. Plus it was raining all weekend which didn't help.

Anyway, went out tonight and ran 5.24k in 30 minutes - think my average was 5.45 min/k if those maths work out - haven't got my phone in front of me but it was something like that. Which is W9R2 completed - yes, I still haven't actually graduated!

lurking all respect to you for signing up to the 10k - I'm still wussing out of the parkrun! But I WILL do the 5k to 10k programme by Christmas (ish) - assuming I actually finish C25K...

Tinwe Tue 15-Oct-13 07:55:04


Tinwe Tue 15-Oct-13 07:43:35

treadmill vs road running

Tinwe Tue 15-Oct-13 07:37:13

It's the running in the dark problem Lurking (as well as family issues but I can't solve those). Hopefully I'll get into treadmill running at the gym now I'm inducted (good for keeping my pace steady too) but I'm slightly concerned about how much easier it is than road running as shown by the calories! grin We have a big event this weekend so will be hard to work out then but normal routine should be resumed after that.

lurkingfromhome Mon 14-Oct-13 22:49:53

I signed up for a 10k next May so cannot lose my mojo even if I want to grin. I am finding that I have to keep going out every other day - I feel that if I miss a run it will prove fatal as I will take up residence on the sofa and stay there for good. And I am enjoying the feeling of being fitter than I have been for years.

What can we do to get your mojos back? Anything?

Tinwe Mon 14-Oct-13 22:05:24

Oh no! My post has been eaten! hmm Glad to see I haven't killed the thread grin

I was saying I'd be pleased with your times Lurking. You're consistent and are focused, I'm impressed. My times are all over. I achieved the 5k/30mins thing but only by really knocking myself out and doing a Paula �� I'm not anywhere near that level in general.

Well done Working! A great come back run. You're doing well with your home made improvement programme.

I've lost my mojo Working. I ran on Saturday but the first time in a week and very slow. I have only done a part run today as I went to a gym induction and the treadmills were full so I did 30 mins cross trainer and 15 mins on the treadmill. I suppose it's at least keeping me fit smile

workatemylife Mon 14-Oct-13 21:40:57

Good going lurking. It all seems a bit flat here now. Are we losing the collective mojo? grin
I am back! From my sickbed rather than somewhere fun. I wasn't that ill - just tired and achey. Better today though and managed a 5k run in 28:44. Not an improvement on last week but at least no evidence of major decline. Onward and upward (but not up in the uphill sense!). Any more news?

lurkingfromhome Mon 14-Oct-13 08:44:34

I've been out twice since I last posted. On Friday I did 5k in 32:49, so a bit faster than before, but man, it was such a slog. Another runner overtook me and I was watching her pace thinking she looked like she was going really slowly - she had an interesting gait that looked like a very slow trot but must have been a really efficient way of running as she overtook me in no time at all and within a minute I could barely see her in the distance grin. So I came back from that one feeling a bit disheartened and wondering when exactly it starts to get easier.

Yesterday I ignored all my own advice - I was going out at 10:30 so if I was going to run at all it had to be first thing, which is what I did. Rolled out of bed, ate nothing, drank half a glass of water, got into running kit and went out, thinking I was bound to be so creaky I'd never make the 5K. And of course this was the run where I shaved 18 seconds off the previous time and did it in 32:31 and found it all really perfectly manageable. Baffling.

I'm realising, though, how hard it is to shave precious seconds off my time. I'm going to go out three more times before I start the 5k to 10k programme and will aim to get my time down to anything below 32 minutes. I don't think I can realistically do any more. Then hopefully once I start doing short runs and a bit of intervals I might speed up enough to be able to do a Parkrun in a month or so.

tinwe - well done on a hill run (which I will never dare do!). Your sore knee could perhaps be a bit of inflammation of the tissue around your knee. When I had knee trouble it sometimes hurt when I pressed it even though I was fine when I was walking and running. Have you tried icing it?

slev - sorry you had such a rubbish day on Friday. Feet up and glass of wine sound much more appealing than punishing yourself. Hope today is a better one for you.

workate - how is your lurgy? Hope you're feeling much better.

Tinwe Sat 12-Oct-13 13:24:37

Well I've been out again. Last run was a week ago before that ��

I took it really easy as I didn't want to hate it and decided to do the run that involved the steep hilly bit. Stats reflect that though...

4.4km at 7mins/km for 30 mins. Not too bothered as long as I keep at it, I'm not looking to compete! Bit worried though as I've had sore knees for the last few weeks - only when I touch them or kneel down or similar, like a very bad bruise. Strange but no pain unless they're pressed, nothing walking, doing stairs or resting. Knelt today by accident for the kids and it was agony. I suppose it fits with the Physio saying that I have arthritis between the knee cap and joint not IN the joint. Hope I'm not doing any damage. confused

slev Fri 11-Oct-13 19:00:08

Hmm, well total fail here. It's raining, I've had a horribly stressful day at work so bugger it, I'm going to get DS to bed and chill out with a glass of wine. I'll try again tomorrow - maybe. Am too fed up with work to think about it really - long and very boring story.

And workate I think you'll be fine to haun a break. I had a week off partway through when DH was away and I didn't find it noticeably harder when I started again - it was just getting mentally geared up for it.

lurkingfromhome Fri 11-Oct-13 11:25:42

Oh poor workate! Add lurgy as another reason why it's hard to do this in winter. You have been doing so incredibly well with your speedy 5ks and longer-distance runs that I don't think you'd lose any fitness in a week. Rest now and pick it up again when you feel better.

Yesterday was a rest day for me; I felt incredibly energetic all day and quite twitchy that I wasn't out and running. I can't wait for tomorrow's run, I said to myself ...

Come today and of course I feel a bit knackered, quite lethargic, fairly creaky and totally lazy grin. However, I MUST go out. I MUST. I am aiming to do my inaugural Parkrun in mid-November so if I have any hope of not limping in last I need to get all the practice I can.

I was reading the Parkrun newsletter yesterday: apparently last weekend a 70-year-old woman ran a 5k in the morning, a 10k in the afternoon and then rounded off the evening with another 5k. And here I am bleating and moaning ...

workatemylife Fri 11-Oct-13 09:36:29

In a way it is nice to hear that we're all struggling to find the time to keep up with this and / or do any more. Cold weather, darker evenings and all the rest of it don't help, although I probably need to be running in order to avoid the 'couch potato with munchies' syndrome that usually strikes in winter. Knowing that we're all in it together helps. I doubt that 10K by Christmas is feasible for me either, but I WILL run Park Run before then. Yes, yes, yes. Make me do it!!!

This week has gone all wrong. After a good start with a decent speed 5K and a longer 4 mile effort, I've been sitting down ever since. I was sweating like a pig after the 4 mile run - even more than usual - and felt really achey the next morning. I figured I had just overdone it a bit, but then the sore throat and headache started, and then the full-blown lurgy. So although I've been well enough to get to work and back, I've found even walking from the car-park to the building a bit of an effort! I can't see me doing another run this week. How long does it take to lose fitness? I really hope that, as long as I feel well, by the start of next week I'll be able to pick up where I left off.

Anyone running today or over the weekend? Put in a few strides for me grin

slev Thu 10-Oct-13 13:20:13

I like the idea of fat burning - does that mean it would counteract the large burrito I've just had for lunch if i ran for 45 minutes? It's almost worth it grin

workate and tinwe I know what you mean about time commitments. I can't go in the mornings because I have to leave the house by 7am for work and that's a push as it is. And then by the time DH gets home so that I can go out in the evening it's already 8pm (we've both shifted our hours to manage pick-up/drop off - he doesn't work that hard!). Which basically means on the evenings I run, it's run, shower, eat, bed. But I'm hoping 3 times a week should still be do-able, even if they're slightly longer runs. And if it ends up only being twice a week, that's still better than nothing.

And tinwe completely agree about running in the dark - the streetlights where I live are awful and I've gone over on my ankle at least twice every run recently because the pavements are so uneven, just fortunately not enough to do any damage. Plus although the area I live in is perfectly safe and residential etc., I'm sure it can't be that safe, particularly as I'm not wearing any kind of reflective clothing. But it's that or nothing - and part of the attraction of this for me is that fact I don't have to drive to a gym etc. I'll see how it goes.

lurking I'm not running when it's gets icy. Full stop. Ditto rain. I'm kind of figuring it doesn't happen that often so hopefully it won't halt my progress too much - but I'm definitely a fair weather runner!

lurkingfromhome Thu 10-Oct-13 09:03:50

Tinwe, it's this one here. I've linked to the iTunes version but I'm sure it's also available for Android, if that's any good.

I too feel that I might not be able to go out every other day. I'm really lucky that because I work from home I can go out any time and don't have to worry about running in the dark, but I'm thinking that as the weather gets worse, there will be icy pavements (which I am TERRIFIED of), really bad weather plus the inevitable Christmas madness so I can predict that it might take me longer than Christmas to get to 10K. But that's fine. I'm in no particular rush as long as I just keep running and don't pack it all in to take up residence on the sofa again smile.

Welcome, eggy! Sounds like you're doing really well even without a programme to motivate you. If you picked up C25K at week 7, as tinwe suggests, you'd be done in 3 weeks. It's often useful just to have a bit of structure to it all. I do know how you feel about thinking you must be Usain Bolt - on many occasions I like to pretend I look like Jessica Ennis striding along, wind in my hair, etc., then realise that I am running so slowly I am being overtaken by just about everybody on the street ...

workate, what you're doing sounds very like most 5to10k plans anyway, I think. They seem to involve two short runs a week (to work on speed) and one longer one that increases a bit every week, to build stamina. How amazing that you're doing 4 miles already.

I was talking to my marathon-running SIL last night and she was saying that if you can get to the point where you're running for 40-45 minutes then that absolutely counts as Proper Running and there is actually no need to do any more than that ever. I think it's at that point that fat burning starts and all the various health benefits are at their optimum rate. Interesting.

Tinwe Thu 10-Oct-13 07:48:51

Well done Slev - almost at the finish line now. You should find the next stage easy as you've breezed through so far wink

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