Hello, i'm a newbie although i'm not using couchto5k, joined a running club at the start of the year, originally walking for 4 mins and running for 2, doing that 5 times, we are now up to running for 5 mins and walking for 2. Absolutely loving it but having a problem going out on my own. Seem to get very tired very quickly and just can't manage it myself, it's annoying as I don't have anyone else to go out with!
Anyways, just found this forum today and im enjoying ready through it. Everyones doing great! x
Thanks Sophski, second one done today and it's marginally easier already...I do mean marginally though hah!
Good to see some new people on here. Keep at it - it's brilliant how you can see yoursefl improving. Don't get disheartened if running outside is more difficult than you think ... I used to cover a lot more distance on the treadmill so I had to build up almost from scratch outside.
I hit 30 mins running today. Very happy as was only due a 28 min run but wanted to just carry on. Only covering 4k though so next milestone is the 5k and a parkrun!
Keep at it everyone ...
Well done Sharon! Just a thought - but pperhaps you need to have your gait analysed. Sometimes gait can cause pain in the shoulder!
Its amazing when you get through the next stage isnt it. Even if it hurts at the time, it feels so good afterwards. I felt like that yesterday,
Oh yes Sophski - the 53 minute plan is a 5 min warm up, then 4 x 10 minute runs, with a 1 min walk inbetween each. It is a bit of a jump, but the whole 10k plan for the first 8 weeks is the same as the C25K plan, so I am basically starting on week 9.
So effectively you go from run 3 of week 8 which is a 30 min run and the 2x5 mins walk either side (total 40 min) to being out for 53 mins in total. Its a big jump of 10 minutes running in total, but Im not going to worry too much if I dont manage to run it all. I just want to be able to run for an hour eventually.
Maisie - Im using ZenLabs C to 10k (C210k) app on the iPhone, so it will increase the time for me. Its the same program as most people are doing up to week 8 and then it carries on for another 6 weeks to get you running for 60 minutes total (plus 5mins walk either side)
Oh - and in a fit of madness, I have signed me and OH up to the Great South Run. All paid for and committed. So by October, I need to be able to do 10miles!
Thanks for all your good wishes about the 30 mins - and the good news is it wasn't a fluke - I just did it again! Though last night involved a few wines as have a friend down staying, so blimey it was a struggle! Frankly, I didn't think I was going to get to 10 mins when I started ...
I'm not sure what I'm going to do next. Think I might just try and up my time by 5 mins or so each week until I can do an hour too, but if that doesn't work I'll have a look at the app. I have dowloaded it, but the thought of having to stop for walks again feels a bit weird?
Bella - Great South Run sounds like a fantastic thing to aim for! And a training buddy too in your OH!
Sharon - I've had all sort of brilliant running fantasies so trail running not that outlandish! Not sure where you get to do it when you live in the middle of the city though. I can see my local park but it only takes 3 mins to get round
Well done Maisie! I imagine that after a few wines it is less easy to get out there!
I do find that the first 10 minutes are the hardest though. Once Im beyond that, and my rebellious 'I want to stop' side calms down, I just get on with it.
As for walking again, I know what you mean, but I think there are good reasons for it. I find that the walking breaks help make my intervals a bit faster. The long runs help me learn to pace myself and the shorter ones give me the ability to push a bit harder without fear of burning out. I actually manage to cover more distance on my interval runs than I do on my long runs.
Well, yesterday I did week 7 run 3. Wow. That was hard. The problem was because I didnt drink enough water during the day. I can run without food, but to try and do it on one americano 7 hours before, is a bad idea.
Lesson learned. I just found it really, really hard. Legs like lead etc.
I will be out again tomorrow night for my first run of week 8!!
Actually, I cant believe I got here. Its so exciting that I have finally got to the point where I am running for 30 minutes (or will be by the end of the week)
Hahaha on one Americano - good attempt but no wonder you learned your lesson!
4 sessions down - 24 to go! Actually I've just shelled out on some Nike Lunarglide+4, in anticipation to keep this a long term thing. Does anyone use them and does it make much difference or have I been conned by marketing bumph?
WHat are they? Funny you should mention it as I am looking for some new running trousers. It seems like a good graduation present to myself for completing the C25k!
These! Running shoes. I was using some old five aside trainers before, but I tend to supinate quite a bit (in fact I broke my 5th metatarsal twice playing football in my right foot) so trying to avoid injury with proper shoes.
Sportsdirect seemed to have LOADS of discount trousers
Ah - I see. Well, they look pretty swish! Im a sucker for a good bit of advertising myself!
I have SD trousers already, but the ankle zip has already gone on them. No problem with spending another £15 on some more, but I do hate Sports Direct!
Oh - what's wrong with SD? I've never used them before tbh!
Oops accidental post!
Because I have no barometer of how I'm doing, can someone tell me please?
I'm on a C25K plan (Runkeeper which is every other day for 28 days of activity).
Day 6 - (based on a 2.5km run) is averaging 6m38s per km. I know that's terrible based on my friends who achieve well under 4m I know I'm new but it's a little disheartening. Also, that includes 2 bouts of having to walk not jog! Eek.
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