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Anyone fancy starting couch to 5K on 9th Sept?

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phantomhairpuller Fri 30-Aug-13 11:03:47

Am thinking I'll need that long to mentally prepare! wink

Have downloaded the podcast and ordered proper 'runners' earphones for my iphone (cos the normal ones don't stay in when I run!)

As soon as they arrive I'll be ready to go!

Am thinking i'll have to run in the evenings when DH is home with the DCs

I absolutely am not a runner- I was once but then had 2 children and put on 4 stone shock

Things have got to change!

caffeinated Wed 18-Sep-13 13:46:07

No cash to spare sadly. Sounds like you are ready for week 3.

originalpiratematerial Wed 18-Sep-13 16:00:36

thanks caffeinated, and I hope your knee settles down soon. It's really frustrating when you can't run sad. Arnica gel is very good for minor aches and pains, I put it on my dodgy shin a lot and it really helps.

originalpiratematerial Fri 20-Sep-13 08:38:05

Going to try Day 1 of Week 3 after I've dropped DS3 off at school. My Achilles tendon is even creakier than usual this morning. Sadly, a dodgy Achilles is about all I have in common with Jessica Ennis grin

AlottaReading Fri 20-Sep-13 11:41:41

Day 3 of Week 2 done. Not sure I'm ready for week 3, if it wasn't for my shins think I'd manage 3 min runs at a time but they ached quite a bit at the end of todays run. I'll try day 1 on Monday and if its too much, go back to week 2 and see my GP.
How did you find your run today original?

caffeinated Fri 20-Sep-13 17:20:38

Dodgy knee not really improving. Hopefully it will over the weekend. Can't believe how much I miss getting out. Well done to you soldiering on.

originalpiratematerial Fri 20-Sep-13 17:46:10

I did it - it's definitely a step up from Week 2! But I forgot to turn round and suddenly realised the podcast was about to finish and I was 2.5 km from home, so I rewound it and did most of it again on the way back. So ended up doing a total of 5 km, albeit slowly. Right shin and right achilles are quite achey now so will be digging out the arnica gel for those.

originalpiratematerial Fri 20-Sep-13 17:48:44

caffeinated sad about your knee. Knee injuries are a real bugger aren't they - they seem to take ages to clear up. Alotta, is your GP helpful about this sort of thing? I never think of going to mine, not sure why as I'm sure a referral to an NHS sports physio would save me a lot of money compared to paying for sports massage therapy.

originalpiratematerial Sun 22-Sep-13 12:44:58

Week 3, Run 2 this morning smile

AlottaReading Sun 22-Sep-13 18:36:34

I'm not great at going to my GP either original. She has been good at dealing with things for my kids so I should probably give her more of a chance.
My shins have felt fine over weekend so going to give week 3 a go tomorrow. I'm obviously keen as my boss asked me to work some overtime tomorrow and I said no as didn't want to miss my chance of a run (plus she's asking me to work all my days off lately, hell no).

originalpiratematerial Sun 22-Sep-13 21:04:16

Good luck for tomorrow, hope your run goes well (and nooooo to overtime that eats into running time)!

RippingYarns Mon 23-Sep-13 11:10:08

hi everyone

Alotta, if you are worried about your shins, have you had a gait analysis done?

i've joined a fb group, and as soon as i mentioned shin pain i was leapt on and advised to go to a specialist shop to have this done, and to look at different shoes

i did this over the weekend, the analysis is free at most places.

they photograph and video your feet and ankles, standing and running, showing you how movement in your foot affects your whole leg when it's under pressure - of course the shop want you to buy shoes from them, but you are under no obligation to do so - but i have found the perfect running shoes for me! (once you know which shoes fit you best, you can go online and buy cheaper there wink )

the chap also showed me some stretches specific for my running style, and helped me to run with the whole of my foot, not just the heel.
even showed me how hold my body while running!

just back from todays run and i ran through some of the walks too, when i tried this a few weeks ago i was missing the last few seconds of the runs due to pain and exhaustion - maybe i'm generally fitter now, but i think the attention to fine detail has helped immensely

AlottaReading Mon 23-Sep-13 12:44:15

W3R1 done! And more amazingly I felt I could have done more. Wasn't going to push my luck though.

I've not had a proper gait analysis done, ripping. I've been told that a shop near me might do it so I'm going to see if I have time to pop in there tomorrow.

My shins were okay today, I had no pain from them at all until the beginning of my last 3 min run and it disappeared when I picked up my speed. But they are aching again now.

jezzasjockstrap Mon 23-Sep-13 14:51:33

Room for a late joiner here?
I`m also on W3 run 1. Managed the three minute bit by just telling myself I'll get to that car...then to the bush...and so on. No shinsplints yet , worst injury has been a sore knee and ankle (Note to self: when running on grass banks check for rabbit holes. Falling flat on face is not dignified):-)

originalpiratematerial Mon 23-Sep-13 15:21:45

ooh ouch jezza, that sounds painful!

AlottaReading Mon 23-Sep-13 17:01:30

Oops Jezza.
I'm known to be accident prone so I'm just waiting to fall flat on my face.
So far all I've done is run into a couple of overgrown bushes blush

timetosmile Mon 23-Sep-13 22:13:52

Hello all, can I sneak on to your lovely thread as a very late joiner?
I am in my 40's, 1 1/2stone overweight and have got to the 'enough is enough' stage it sounds like many of you have arrived at too! (so nice to find a thread not dominated by skinny, confident ultra-fit pleople...)
So I have my shoes and my app and ready to go tomorrow morning which is my day off.
Just wondering what sorts of distances you covered in wk1 so as to try to plan a vaguely circular route.
Thanks x

originalpiratematerial Tue 24-Sep-13 11:00:17

Hi, I think I did about 3 km all told (ie if you include all the walking at the beginning and the end) - hope that helps. Welcome to the thread!

I did Week 3 Day 3 this morning, so on to Week 4 next!

RippingYarns Tue 24-Sep-13 14:45:20

hi time

i have absolutely no idea how far i run/walk as have the luxury of woodlands with semi-firm paths through it, and a small lake that is very close by

i just run round in circles until it's time to go home.

AlottaReading Wed 25-Sep-13 11:49:13

Time, I think it's normally around 3 k I do but this week seems to be shorter as finished way earlier on my route than normal and my running app says around 2.5K though it's missed a chunk of my warm up walk from beginning.

Week 3 Run 2 done, in the rain and I enjoyed it. But I really struggled with the running, managed it but have felt shattered past couple of days. Worried I wont be able to cope with Friday never mind week 4!

originalpiratematerial Thu 26-Sep-13 15:59:51

did Week 4, Day 1 this morning - it was fine, but challenging!

phantomhairpuller Thu 26-Sep-13 18:19:40

Ooh I lost my own thread there for a while blush

Not done any c25k for a week or so- thanks to falling down the stairs and injuring my toe hmm
Just about ok again now so hoping to get back to it over the weekend.

timetosmile Thu 26-Sep-13 22:18:54

I have done the first run and a long bike ride yesterday. Doing another run tomorrow.
Its actually on the enjoyable side of bearable, which surprised me so far

AlottaRunning Fri 27-Sep-13 09:57:56

Week 3 completed, can't believe I managed this week! Next week looks scary confused
My shins are fine, I was landing too heavily on my feet so I have been careful in my stride today, so shins fine but I really felt it in my calf muscles today, have given them a good stretch.
I'm going swimming tomorrow for first time in about 15 years, taking kids though so don't know how much actual swimming will get done but putting a costume on will be achievement enoughgrin
I don't think I have lost weight running as my diet has been terrible since I started and DH won a work competition this week and came home with several cakes which I haven't resisted.
I'm so impressed with myself getting out there running that I'm not even bothered at the minute!

originalpiratematerial Fri 27-Sep-13 10:55:24

Well done Alotta and timetosmile! Yes, bugger trying to lose weight - that's my attitude too - as long as I'm running, that's the main thing.

Fingers crossed, phantom!

I did Day 2 of Week 4 this morning - felt better than when I did Day 1 so that was good.

RippingYarns Fri 27-Sep-13 14:40:30

yay!! week 1 done and dusted

raring to go for week 2 now

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