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First day of C25K...things I have learnt

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Teahouse Sat 09-Mar-13 11:06:48

So, 1st 'run' of C25k and I have learnt the following:-

1) I am very unfit

2) my local field requires a trek through a sea of mud to get to

3) my local field has more of an incline than I thought

4) the only place to keep my front door key is down my bra

5) if I 'run' in a beanie and gloves although it look so silly the local horses laugh at me, I do at least stop my ears and fingers hurting from the cold (have Raynaulds disease)

6) wearing a long sleeve t-shirt and a thick fleece might be a bit too much

7) I need to make sure I only have 1 week of the MP3 on my Walkman at a time because I am more technologically incompetent than I realised

8) I can jog easily for 15 mins at home in bare feet, bra and knickers (curtains closed of course) but outside it is so much harder

9) it would be very easy to give up

Only read on if you feel like something a tad more serious

10) I did actually manage to jog....and the reason this is so huge for me is that I have just recovered from a TVT operation and the last time I ran I wet myself very publicly. It was awful and the most embararasing thing in my life as it was the mothers race at my youngest childs last ever primary school sports day, at which my ex husband, his new wife [his ex other woman and my ex friend] were at with their new baby in tow. But 2 large babies had left my insides in a mess with a torn and shifted bladder. My bladder has now been patched so no more blood in my urine, and it has been put back into its proper place. No matter how crap I am at doing this, and no matter how daft I look, that I can actually manage to be out walking and jogging for nearly 30 mins is a miracle....and not a wet patch in sight.

My youngest is off to Uni this year so I have not been able to exercise in public for a very long time, and I have not been able to have the op until now because there was no one else to do the school run; long time lone parent!

I am not looking for a pat on the back but I do think I want to try and keep a sort of diary on here to keep me motivated. Hope that is OK and apologies for the long post.

Teahouse Tue 19-Mar-13 19:30:27

Had a really shit day at work and spent several hours in A&E with someone...intended to run but collapsed pretty much when I got home; fingers crossed for tomorrow. Some days are just too pants to do anything but have a strong drink and an early night

Chopstheduck Mon 18-Mar-13 07:52:57

Oh and stop worrying about the hat and gloves - lots of runners wear them when it is this cold! I started when it was still snow outside, and wore them. Tend to get too hot now, but considering you lose most of your heat out of your head, it makes sense to wear a hat if you are cold!

Chopstheduck Mon 18-Mar-13 07:52:00

well done Teahouse! Little by little it gets easier, don't worry too much about further down the plan, concentrate on one run at a time, and you will get there!

snoworneahva Sun 17-Mar-13 17:20:26

I think you deserve a pat on the back OP - your post really moved me - might even had a little tear in my eye.

I was the slowest most unfit child on the playground. I started running a few years ago, using something similar to C25k and I love it, when you get to the point that you run fast just cause you can, it feels amazing. I'm still not the fastest but I can run for an hour non stop without feeling half dead. I want to be around for my kids - that is a great motivation for being fit and healthy.

On the keys, phone thing - I find a pair of running tights with a back pocket works best. I have used arm bands too, but they feel like they are too tight or they slide down my arm. I also got a small pocket to attach to my laces for a key.

Teahouse Sun 17-Mar-13 17:04:29

Just done w2r2 of the C25K. I did w1r1 on Thursday but the weather has been so awful I haven't wanted to go out in it. Guess if I keep this up I will need to get some sort of running jacket.

Too wet to run on the field so had to resort to the roads - i look so daft in my hat, gloves and slightly baggy running clothes with a Buddha belly, and walking more than I run, tissue in hand...but hey, I did it. If I buy more leggings I will get a size smaller...didn't realise they were meant to be tight fitting;mine are Ok though.

My tights ache a bit, and the backs of my lower legs ache but I actually feel good; guess that is the endorphins.

Wouldn't have thought i could 2 several 90 second runs a week ago so definitely making progress but the thought of running for any length seems impossible still. still, I guess I have another 7 weeks to build up to that.

Teahouse Thu 14-Mar-13 22:52:40 give m hope Chops, thanks

Chopstheduck Thu 14-Mar-13 16:39:35

I couldn't run at all as a child, and I had double pneumonia while pregnant with dd and a collapsed lung with the dts grin I think it may actually have more to do with heart rate than your lungs. As you get fitter, your heart becomes more efficient, and you don't pant so much to keep going.

For the stitch, try making sure you drink plenty of water before a run, and don't run too soon after eating. I couldn't breath that slowly to begin with neither. I found concentrating on breathing evenly, in through nose and mouth and out through mouth easier, and it became easier.

I was convinced I wouldn't be able to do it, so was running a bit extra at the end of the last run from around the end of week 2, just to kind of reassure myself that I could do the next stage! Then one of my week 5 runs, my phone somehow switched from the podcast to music, and I just kept going!

Teahouse Thu 14-Mar-13 16:19:05

5k in 5 weeks, my did you do that?
Today is my first aches day... Odd really.
Well done on 7k, amazing. I am struggling to see me making the 5k...I keep getting a runny nose and am unsure my lungs are up to much. I can't do the breathing the NHS podcast suggest...counting to 4 to breathe in then out...had double pneumonia as a child and I am not sure if that has caused problems as when I had to run at school, I always got a stitch.
Still, I will keep going...bought the trainers...need to use them

Chopstheduck Thu 14-Mar-13 15:19:43

well done!

It does get easier. I found to begin with I got various different aches and pains each week, but they passed. I got to 5k in 5 weeks though! I actually googled a few weeks ago, when does running ever stop hurting?! But it has now. I did 7k tues, felt brilliant, went to the gym yest and today I am in agony!

I was 4 stone overweight when I started too, weight is not an excuse. Don't worry about speed neither, just concentrate on keeping going, however slow and you will build fitness.

I once got my arse slapped whilst cycling! Bloody little astra pulled up as if to go round and the passenger leaned out and slapped me, I could have killed him!

Teahouse Thu 14-Mar-13 15:11:21

Day 1 of week 2 and I managed to finish it ok....jogged very slowly though and I am sure that must be cheating!
My thighs ache which could be these new trainers I guess. Still, I managed to do the series of 90 second jogs which I guess means I am making progress....even if it is caterpillar slow.

Teahouse Wed 13-Mar-13 18:06:38

Had my gait filmed today and have proper trainers now...flat feet so exercise is not good for my knees.
I also bought a pair of running leggings and a proper long sleeve top...fingers crossed I won't get so cold.
Wearing new trainers at home tonight so I can do week 2 of C25K tomorrow.

StopEatingThatMud Wed 13-Mar-13 11:27:06

Well done!

I should of started wk2 on Monday...I've not done anything yet! Really struggling for motivation this week and I'm not sure why.

I struggle with early morning exercise, I just find everything 10 times harder and requiring more effort. I'm very much a night owl though so that reflects through I suppose.

Teahouse Tue 12-Mar-13 15:21:24

Well just managed my last week 1 walk/jog...guess Thursday I start week 2.

I go back to work tomorrow so am unsure how people fit in their runs. Do I get up before 6am and do it then so I can see my DC off to the college bus, or do I try it when I get home before cooking tea? I have read that exercise before breakfast is best but getting up before 6 sounds like hell; maybe I should sleep in my trackies ;0)

Any hints and tips on how to get up early or how to fit in a post work run (so either n 6 am or 6 pm) do le me know.

Teahouse Tue 12-Mar-13 09:12:55

Pip, poor you. Tha is terrible. I didn't intend to take my phone but will now....just in case (although I can't see anyone ever groping me...never even been wolf whistled ;0)

Second day of shred but stopping as it gives me a strange noise in my neck like bones grinding. Had this before after 1 week and had to stop. I have some Pilates stuff so will do that on non-C25K days and try and run at least 3 times a week as recommended. I have dodgy knees too so I am not sure all the Shred jumping helps there either ;0(

piprabbit Tue 12-Mar-13 00:08:32

He wasn't a runner - seems to be someone who lurks and grabs at female, lone runners in our area - twunt.
Love the texting tip grin.

HeySoulSister Mon 11-Mar-13 22:21:12

I ran yesterday ( 30 mins) then did shred tonight

I'm shock that you were groped!! Was he running too? That's bloody awful

I take my phone too and nearly trip up if I try and read a text whilst running, so don't do it lol!

piprabbit Mon 11-Mar-13 22:06:13

I was groped while out running (week 9 grin) and reported it as there had been similar attacks in the area. The police advised me to carry a mobile at all times so that I could phone immediately if I saw the guy again rather than trying to get home first. Also probably for my peace of mind, although it tends to be a reminder IYSWIM.

I think Shredding sounds v. sensible given the weather - although The Shred does sound tougher than running. Good luck.

Teahouse Mon 11-Mar-13 20:19:39

Pip...why do you need to carry your mobile?
I have ordered some writs thing that should be able to take my phone and house key; says in the lure it fits a passport so thought it would double as a travel thing.
It's so cold and windy tonight with snow forecast too. May do The Shred in the morning and see if I can get out to do C25K in the early evening....really don't fancy a run at 6am in the snow.

piprabbit Mon 11-Mar-13 17:09:57

I hide my house key in the back garden in a cunning place.

But I need to work out how to take my mobile phone with me as well as my MP3 player as the police advised me to carry it with me. I imagine I'll end up accidentally dialling all sorts of random numbers as the friction builds up.

NurseEzzzaChapel Mon 11-Mar-13 16:30:37

Also, your first 9 "things I learned" really made me laugh! I wear my house and car key on a chain around my neck tucked in my t-shirt (to stop them bouncing off the girls and smacking me in the face).

NurseEzzzaChapel Mon 11-Mar-13 16:25:54

Teahouse, it sounds like you're doing great! I didn't believe I'd be able to run longer than 60 seconds without dying a month and a bit ago either. I distinctly remember pleading with Laura to tell me it was time to slow down for most of the first week, but it's amazing how fast you'll get fitter. I did week 6 run 2 today and am thinking of doing a park run on Saturday. Keep going!

Teahouse Mon 11-Mar-13 15:46:38

Snowing and bitter cold so did 30 day shred (or most of it). Couldn't manage 2 mins of cardio...boy am I unfit ;0(
Will do 3rd go of C25K tomorrow, but can't see me moving onto the week 2 easily...I know you all keep telling me running for more than 60 secs without dying is possible but right now, I am afraid I just don't believe you.

pennygallops Sun 10-Mar-13 21:22:58

Well done teahouse, stopeatingthatmud and pinkcustard you've started something great with the c25k. I used the NHS podcasts - I still can't believe the progress I made in a few short months. There were runs that didn't 'feel' as good as others, but everyone gets those and they continue even when you have 'graduated'.
I'm now doing a weekly parkrun - check to see if you have one in your area. They are good - friendly, welcoming and accept all abilities, including children.

frenchfancy Sun 10-Mar-13 16:41:38

Well done teahouse it does get easier. I am on week 6 I never thought I would make it this far.

I wiuld encourage anyone to get out there and try it. Don't use being overweight as an excuse. No more excuses!

StopEatingThatMud Sun 10-Mar-13 16:36:40

Wow, well done Tea!

I finished run number 3 of week 1 of C25k on Friday and think I should be ok to move onto week 2 tomorrow.

BUT I've done all my running so far inside, on a treadmill, at the gym (they have a creche and I don't have anything resembling a running buggy for 21mo DD!). I'm too scared to try "proper" outdoor running yet on the rare occasions night shift working DP is home and not asleep, I'm not working and have a spare 30 mins!

Thanks for the arm strap tip HSS, I was wondering where to get something for my non apple phone so I could still listen to the podcast when I work up the courage to run outside the gym.

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