HI all. Minty I'm glad you enjoyed your run, before you know it you'll be up to long stretches and enjoying it even more. Norfolklass - I'm doing the NHS one too, a week ahead of you I think.
My Sunday run went really well. Did the full 25 minutes, covered 2.3 miles so that's 11 minute miles which is faster than I thought I was going, I thought I was really slow. Has really encouraged me and I'm hoping I'll be able to do the 5k race for life in under 40 minutes. There's a 10 in Battle on September 4th that I am tempted to enter, but the idea of running for over an hour scares me! I was talking to a friend about her Marathon (she did Brighton this year) and she says the time really flies in a race situation because of the atmosphere. So it's a possibility. No smoking is going well.
Well done to everyone on your recent running, sounds like we are all doing really well at our different stages.
Thanks for all the welcomes. Minty - I mostly Run in the evenings, unless I can persuade DH to get up early on weekends and watch the kids while I go out. Int he earlier weeks I was taking my youngest with me as I managed to get a pushchair suitable for running with from the local tip for £15! Haven't been since getting up to longer times but if I want to get out more often I think I'll have to. Especially when the evenings get dark again.
Running clothes - I really recommend the proper stuff, as normal cotton clothes don't wick moisutre and also feel really cold and horrible when it's raining (I went out in a downpour the other day and barely felt it until I got home and took them off to find my bra and knickers wringing wet!) I got mine online from Sportsdirect their Karrimor stuff was a good price, I treated myself at about week 3 once I knew I was going to stick at it. Shoes wise I'm still using my £10 Shoezone mens trainers, as they are comfy. I did go to JJB and ask for a gait analysis but the boy there said if mine were comfy and didn't hurt I should stick with them! I did try on about 8 pairs of fancy trainers but none fit right (I have size 8/9 wide feet!)
Norfolklass - I gave up smoking 2 days ago! Hoping it will help my running and also that running will help give up.
Have a good Sunday everyone, good luck to all those running today!
Hi Minty I'd love to join your thread please. I'm on week 6 of a beginners plan and aiming for a 5k race for life in 4 weeks. I too am trying to lose baby weight (lost 2 stone through dieting, 1.5 to go) but mostly I would just love to be able to run, I never have been able to, just thought of myself as one of those people who can't run. A friend of mine started running a few years ago and ran Brighton marathon this year, she's been such an inspiration she made me see that anyone can run if they want to. I love my runs as it's me time, away from the kids!
My longest run so far has been 20 minutes, tomorrow's is 25, if someone had told me 2 months ago that I'd be able to do that I would have believed them! It seems like a really daunting prospect but it really does get easier. I find myself halfway through a run thinking I can't finish then I get a second wind and finish feeling like I can do more.
Hope your run goes well tomorrow. Don't be self concious most people will either be jealous or think you're crazy, no one's looking for wobbly bits! (I got Karrimor running capri type tight leggings and find they hold the mummy tummy in nicely and I don't feel too wobbly)