I'd agree with that. I've just finished C25k and have lost just over a stone through running and just using a decent calorie counter app (I've used MyFitnessPal) - eating 1200 calories a day and then eating half of the calories that I've burned through exercise on the top of the 1200 allowance seems to have done the trick
I'm a (very) newbie runner working thorugh my couch to 5k programme - on week 8 I was out for a run and came back with some foot arch pain. Rested it for a few days, but then had a 5k Race for Life scheduled and had raised loads of sponsorship, so went ahead with it. Hindsight tells me that I should have walked the course, but I ran, with my arch strapped up (to be honest, it didn't hurt too much at the time!)
Next day I could hardly put my foot on the floor due to the pain on the inside of the arch of my foot (towards the back of the arch but with no heel, toe or sole of foot pain). Its been gradually getting better (is better in heels, but more tender in heels with extra arch support) and is now more of an occasional twinge than a pain. This weekend will be 2 weeks since race for life, and I'm desperate to get back to running!
I don't think (from the other posts I've read) that this is plantar fascitis as it doesn't have any heel / toe / anything else pain attached, but that's just speculation obviously. Is this weekend too soon to do a little "tester" run and see how it goes? Should I be waiting until I can feel no ache, twinge, pain or anything at all?
Thanks Beki - hope you did ok at the Race for Life too and had a great time! Am really pleased - ran the whole thing and finished under 36 minutes which had been my goal for my first 5k. I usually run in the morning so found an evening run like that quite hard going but the girlie spirit definitely helped!
There is also the Active.com 5k to 10k app (by the same people who do the Couch to 5k app) which is 9 weeks long and 3 runs per week.
I'm currently on Week 5 of the Couch to 5k app and am then aiming to do the 5k to 10k afterwards (and run a 10k on New Years Day), so mine is just another novice opinion rather than one of the more experienced folks on here, but it seems as if 8-9 weeks is a feasible period of time based on most of the popular training regimes that are out there.
I've just finished week 5 of C25k, have lost 9lb to date but am still about 2 stone overweight (currently just over 13st). Focus on how far you've come, how well you're doing and where you want to get to. Don't duck down under your cap when you're running - lift your head and flash the starers and horn-honkers a great big red-faced sweaty grin and a wave! Be proud of what you're doing, proud of your changing body shape, and let them see who you are so that when they see you again in 2 weeks or a month they can think to themselves "wow, that red-faced sweaty runner I saw a week or so ago looks better and better every time I see her!"
Who knows, your progress might inspire one of your watchers / gawkers to do the same, and then you're not a "tad overweight sweaty runner" any more - you're a role model