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25/10/2013 at 01:51

I would like to say hi to everyone, over the last few days I have been reading posts on the forums and have taken the plunge to sign up. I am new to excerise in general, only about 6-8 weeks ago I started going out for so called jogs with a friend as we decided to sign up to do a 5k. Well our jogs were more of walks and talks with about 5 minutes if that of jogging over a 3 mile walk. We did do our race and came in at 40mins I know not good but, we were not last and we did finish it, even though we did walk a part of it. On the whole we did more jogging than all of our so called training lol.

The thing is, now I have done the race I feel that I want to carry on and follow a proper c25k plan, I actually enjoy getting out there, yes I have many aches and pains but with the slight changes I already have noticed, body shape etc its all worth it. This week I have done two small attempts 1 mile distance run/walk with my young son, today managed to jog full half mile (very slowly) a few seconds rest then back, did have to walk for a short while but already doing more than I have before.

Can anyone tell me anything about the Gymboss minimax as I was thinking of getting one to help with timing could by a watch but at the moment its early days so thought a Gymboss might be the best for now, any advice would be great. Look forward to starting to chat to you all.

25/10/2013 at 02:06
Hi there welcome, can't offer any advice on the gymboss, but well done on completing your first race. It doesn't matter if you had to walk part of it because you did it which is more than lots of people. As you keep up with your training you will get faster and manage longer stints, and soon you'll be running all the way.
M...eldy    pirate
25/10/2013 at 03:39

Never heard of a gymboss before but I have googled it and it would appear to be an interval timer .. pretty much a cooking timer on an armband 

I would say for the £16 odd that they are asking for this piece of plastic you could buy a cheap sports watch with a lap counter/timer and still be able to wear it day to day

All you really need to do is time your minutes, one minute on/one minute off or whatever, plenty of time for buying gadgets that you dont really need 

Invest your money in good shoes and a good sports bra

25/10/2013 at 06:15

Well done. 

It's a dangerous thing you've started to do, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra

I came late to the party, in my early 40's. In three years I went from not doing any running at all to a 40mile run. I've been doing 3/4 mara's a year and various other races ever since.

When I started I had no plan, just ran until knackered, walked until recovered, ran until knackered. It worked to a certain extent. As soon as I started on a structured plan for a specific race I increased everything that needed to be increased and decreased everything that needed to be decreased, no-brainer.

Welcome and enjoy. And keep away from any Ultra discussions

25/10/2013 at 08:54

Chimney it is a dangerous thing, I have been looking at half marathons, why I dont know cant even run a mile yet lol, hubby just rolls his eyes at me and says I will end up killing myself. Might have to prove him wrong we will see. if nothing else I should be healthier. M...eldy never thought of it as a cooking timer but yes suppose it is, will have a look at the cheaper end of watches will invest in better trainers once I can do the c25k as just bought some for now maybe a treat for when I complete it, as for sports bra did buy one from Matalan, yes I know no way near the best but better than without for now. Need to get christmas out the way first before I spend proper money just incase I give up, which I hope I dont.

And Hi Peter Young I was pleased with finishing after years of doing nothing it was a small achievement and hope to go on and do more. I go out in the evenings when its dark so people cant see me struggle lol so hopefully by the time spring comes round I should be able to look like a  'proper runner' lol  like the ones I see when walking the dog, the ones who make it look so cool and easy and effortless.

Any other help and addvice would be really welcome. If I can follow a plan until christmas then I thought maybe join our local running group, I do know someone in it and have thought many times of joining, but want to be able to do a couple of miles without dying in front of strangers first.

25/10/2013 at 09:56

Good for you Soniamarie - C25k seems a really good way to star being a bit more 'serious'.  A couple of tips: take it slowly (if I understand it you are carrying a bit of extra weight?) - allow yourself plenty of recovery time while your body adapts.  When you train, be more concerned to spend time on your feet than worrying about how many metres you have run.  Improvements will come in fits and starts - don't get discouraged if progress seems patchy and some days you feel slower than you were a week ago.  It happens.  Just keep at it; it will come in time if you persist.

Don't worry about what other people think - 'proper runners' had to start somewhere too, and you'll generally find them very supportive.

Best of luck with your plan.

25/10/2013 at 10:38

Well done - just to say my wife did a 5k and took 46 minutes and wasn't last, her friend did 56 minutes - its not about the time its actually about getting out and making the improvements to your life that you have made - so well done to you and keep it up.  And yes get a proper schedule it will pay dividends.

25/10/2013 at 11:06

Well done on doing a 5k. If it helps your time was faster than mine and I have been doing this now for 8 weeks (but I started from a hugely unfit state where I couldnt even manage 100 yards without feeling sick) - it's not the time that matters, as everyone says, it's the getting out the door and doing it that counts!

I found My Asics website helpful in giving me a focus and plan, and I bought the cheapest garmin watch I could find at around £90 and that really helps me to see my improvement - quite often I would beat myself up over a 'bad' run only to find I had increased distnace or speed.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

25/10/2013 at 11:19

never too late to start! i started running a couple of years ago in my mid forties and have progressed to half and full marathons

I friend of mine is in her early 60's and only started running 3 years ago!

well done for finishing your 5k, and thats the key, you finished it, doesnt matter about if you walked or how long it took.

C25K is a very good start. I would recommend you take a look to see if there is a parkrun near you also as there will be lots of people there in the same boat, and everyone will be happy to help you.

25/10/2013 at 12:23

Is this just cleverly disguised spam? A new poster talks about jogging and in an opening post mentions some product that we have all never heard of. Already some people googling this new product. 

25/10/2013 at 12:34

Sussex, it's not new just not really a running product imho. As M...eldy says it's basicaly an interval timer (I use/d my for my core/back excercises).

25/10/2013 at 17:52

thanks everyone for words of encouragement its nice to talk to people who are or have been there, bit of knee problems at the moment, not sure if its just normal after not doing any excerise for many years or not so have an appointment with gp next week just to make sure I'm not doing all this with any major knee complaints. No jogging tonight but 3 hours of jiving in my book is still excerise.

As for the gymboss timer thing if anyone has used one if they could let me know what they are like as thinking of ordering one, I have looked at watches but at the moment think I best leave it a little while. There are two plans that I may follow one is a timer method thats why I was looking at the gymboss, the other is the Asics which goes by distance which to be honest I would not have a clue how to work out how far I have run, would need to plan it all out before going out. Just hope the weather over the weekend holds out so that I can get out there but home next week so hope to plan some routes so I dont get bored. As for parkruns there are none in my area

25/10/2013 at 18:07
Hi soni, have a look at the bupa website I really found there plans good to work with. I started the begjners marathon when I was quite new to running had basic gear and tbh wasnt really ready for it! They are easy to follow and startes uskng times rather that distance. By the time I got to sectilns with distences and more indept stuff id been seduced by running had better trainers and splashed out on a garmin fore runner! Keep up the good work!!!!!!
26/10/2013 at 13:36

I'm half way though a C25K at the mo, being brand new to running, and I'm using the Go Couch to 5K iphone app, which was only £2.49, and records your pace and distance as well as coaching you through. It's quite basic, but it serves my purposes really well at the moment; I'll upgrade to something more compeehensive once I've been running a bit longer. The NHS does a free C25K plan via podcast if iphones aren't your thing, and my friends who follow that say it's really good too. IMHO, it's best to go for a really cheap/ free option when you're just starting out, and give yourself time to understand what motivates you and how much coaching you need before investing in anything more 'serious'.

26/10/2013 at 16:06

thanks for that MrsMcnab I have had a look at the nhs podcast will have to wait for my  son to come home and sort it all out for me lol I'm not computer minded at all and still usless with my smart phone, anyway it sounds like it might be just the thing I need at the moment. I can understand when people say dont rush out buying things and best wait for a couple of months to see if I carry on, which I hope to but guess depands on what sort of winter we have as I wont go out in the ice/snow clumsey as hell I am will end up breaking something. Not joined a gym either so will have to try and excerise some other way.

 

26/10/2013 at 19:21

Or just do what I did, buy a really expensive watch, and then think I have to go out and run to somehow justify the cost of the watch 

26/10/2013 at 19:27

thats another way to look at it booktrunk just wait to see what doctors have to say about me knees when I go on Tuesday.

 

26/10/2013 at 20:07

That's what I have done aswell...spent a fortune on a watch, shoes and some entry fees for races to keep me commited!! Good luck with the dr's and training....I am very new to running and absolutely loving it!! 

27/10/2013 at 01:17

thanks everyone, I am so tempted to go for a garmin fr60 with heart monitor and the foot pod thingy intstead of the gymboss the way I'm looking at it is I would still want the watch in a couple of months anyway, so why waste money on a temporary device, but going to hold of until I have been to drs as long as he says its ok for me to start the c25k then I will order the watch, an early xmas pressie .

Have had a rest today from running as yesturday out at dancing lessons, 3 hours of jiving was just as good as any work out.That said did miss not going out, even though its just a short jog/walk.  Just hope the weather gives us a bit of break tomorrow so I can do my normal little route. Not heard from my running friend so not sure if she will carry on or not, dont like to pester people just because I have found something that I like doing. My daughter keeps saying that I look a bit happier now that I have found something that I like doing, or should say try to do lol  even if its not for everyone.

27/10/2013 at 07:57
soniamarie wrote (see)

thanks everyone, I am so tempted to go for a garmin fr60 with heart monitor and the foot pod thingy intstead of the gymboss the way I'm looking at it is I would still want the watch in a couple of months anyway, so why waste money on a temporary device, but going to hold of until I have been to drs as long as he says its ok for me to start the c25k then I will order the watch, an early xmas pressie .

Have had a rest today from running as yesturday out at dancing lessons, 3 hours of jiving was just as good as any work out.That said did miss not going out, even though its just a short jog/walk.  Just hope the weather gives us a bit of break tomorrow so I can do my normal little route. Not heard from my running friend so not sure if she will carry on or not, dont like to pester people just because I have found something that I like doing. My daughter keeps saying that I look a bit happier now that I have found something that I like doing, or should say try to do lol  even if its not for everyone.

....welcome to the dark side ...

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