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03/04/2013 at 16:54

What's happened to the OP by the way?  She's had plenty of encouragement but not been back to reply.

03/04/2013 at 19:54

Thanks Run Wales and Maths Chick! I'm based in North London so pretty sure there are clubs I can join but I'd like to get my confidence up a bit first. I have a friend who will train with me but she's very fit and I'm worried about holding her back by being a bit rubbish! We have booked in a trial run around Victoria Park next week - will see how it goes.

04/04/2013 at 04:00

I'm a very unnatural runner, had to struggle very very hard to get to even 2k to begin with, now I run 20k regularly, just takes a bit of grit and determination, once the sense of achievement kicks in there will be no stopping you! Good luck!!

05/04/2013 at 13:27

Hi Kim

I would agree with Run Wales about the online buying of sports bras, except that Less Bounce is a very specialist shop, and Selaine (the owner) is extremely good at offering advice on the right bra for your size and intended activity. I personally wear the Shock Absorber Run, and find it very good.

As someone who was previously 8 stone overweight, and is now over 5 stone down, it is possible, but you need to make sure that you take it at your own pace. Couch to 5k is brilliant, but remember that you can take it at your time and repeat weeks if you need to.

If there's any way you can find a local running group with a Beginner's section, consider going along. I used to think that people had to be of a certain standard before they could join, and I couldn't have been further from the truth. Joining a club, and having the encouragement of others was the best thing I could have done, and I wish I had done it much sooner. (Running my first Half in 16 days time!).

05/04/2013 at 14:38

I too can recommend Less Bounce and also Bravissimo or Boobydoo for sports bras. They all do a far wider range of sizes than most shops offer.  I have never been able to get a sports bra in any of the running shops as they don't carry all the available sizes which is very annoying at times.  All of these will be able to provide advice if you are not sure. Depending on where you live Bravissimo has shops as well and may be able to help you if you don't know where to start. I am a big fan of Shock Absorber Max support.

05/04/2013 at 14:59
Run Wales wrote (see)

As for the OP....Well done.  All good advice so far. 

Physiologically, there are 2 key things you need to do to develop as a runner... one is your heart/lung capability, and the other is your muscular-skeletal system.   Your heart/lungs will probably 'get fitter' at a quicker rate than your legs - and it's important not to overdo it.  

If your c25k programme tells you to run 1.5 miles... then don't run 3 miles just because you're feeling so great  (yes, you will feel like that at some stage!).    Your bones and tendons need time to adapt, and that involves, for example, improvements in bone-density and changes in tissue strength and shape.  These things happen slowly... and if you overdo things, you can pick up niggly injuries that set you back 2 or 3 weeks.  So, be patient.

This is excellent advice. The only thing I would say is don't be put off by Run Wales's words. It might seem a struggle at first, but you might be surprised at how quickly you do improve, even though the improvements will be little ones at first. You have a natural support base here, and if you keep telling this forum how you're doing, it will make it easier to get out and do the exercise when you don't feel like it. Good luck.

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