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DontOpenDeadInside Fri 03-Mar-17 20:35:05

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Today 19:14 DontOpenDeadInside

Well jogging really. I walk the dog most days but have been putting off jogging because I'm embarrassed, but I got a Fitbit and new (Bluetooth) headphones for my birthday and I feel a bit more confident with them on. I'm 35, 5 foot and 155lbs

I started on Monday, walking to start with, then just small bursts of jogging (it also complicates things because I have a problem with my legs where they hurt after so long so cannot do long continuous stretches which is a shame, I'm hoping the problem will go away when I lose weight)

I'm wondering if you could tell me how you started, what your goals were and if you have met them and how long they took? What distances were you doing at the very beginning? How long until you started noticing a change in your weight/body?
I have to say I feel great, though have not lost any weight this week. I love running it gives me such a sense of freedom and accomplishment and I'm sleeping better because I'm exhausted at night.

DontOpenDeadInside Fri 03-Mar-17 20:35:39

Oops sorry, c+p'd it from chat blush

Saireyesis Fri 03-Mar-17 20:42:47

I started in July/August last year following the couch 2 5k phone app. To begin with I really struggled to even complete the very short running sections! I kept with the program and finished it in 8 weeks happily running 5k in about 30mins.
I enjoyed it so much I even ran on holiday in Crete 😁
I now run 5-7k three times a week and I'm just starting to try and increase up to 10k.
I'm 34, 5ft7 I've been doing slimming world alongside the running and I've lost 3.5st in total going from a 16-18 down to a 10-12.
I'm not sure if running helped me drop weight but it definitely helped with toning everything up.

welliesandsequins Fri 03-Mar-17 20:48:55

I used the NHS couch to five k as well. Although it took me about 6 months. I did get there! And it's very good. I also run 5 k three times a week and when the mornings get lighter I would like to start a 5 to 10K app.
I didn't want to lose weight but I had been very ill and had no fitness at all. Six months before I started I couldn't get out of bed without support and even sitting in a chair was hard work! When I started I could just about walk for half an hour so to be able to run (very slowly!) for half an hour feels amazing!

DontOpenDeadInside Fri 03-Mar-17 21:05:42

I had a go on the treadmill tonight and I can run just under a km in one go, but have to rest my legs* before I can go further. 5k in 30 minutes sounds very impressive! Wellies I know what you mean about running feeling amazing, you've done great so far. 10k is a very distant dream for me.

*(I have several fatty lumps down my legs which ache after a while running/fast walking. They make me limp and have to walk with my leg turned out for a while if I overdo it. I can't remember them hurting when I was younger and slimmer so hoping they go away or stop hurting in time)

DontOpenDeadInside Tue 14-Mar-17 18:23:02

I've twisted my ankle quite a few times in the past (last time was 1.5 years ago) and yesterday I did quite a big run (for me) and today my ankles feel bruised. Do you think i should just rest for a day or 2? Will it be strengthening them?

nobodysbabynow Tue 14-Mar-17 18:26:12

If you use couch to 5 k it will really help to prevent injury as you build up strength and stamina gradually.

EmpressOfTheSpartacusOceans Tue 14-Mar-17 18:31:32

I did 5 to 10K too, started last August as a total novice and I'm now training for a 10K at the end of May (and have dropped 2 dress sizes).

It does sound as if it would be perfect for you, DoNot, and there are C25K threads on the exercise board which really helped me - you all do it together & encourage each other!

I would give your ankles a rest.

DontOpenDeadInside Tue 14-Mar-17 18:46:59

I have been taking it slowly, over the last 2/3 weeks. Kind of my own version of c25k. I love the fact i can run a reasonable distance now without getting out of breath, but hate that my legs/ankles are letting me down sad. Will see how they are tomorrow.

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