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Tell me it gets easier!

Posted: Yesterday at 17:34

Oh I really hate rest days.  Didn't know what to do with myself this morning!  I suppose they are a necessity though.  I'm going to try running just a little bit faster tomorrow and see if that helps me run at a more steady pace.  I find it really awkward running as slow as I possibly can, so maybe I've been taking that advice a bit too literally!  Will try it out tomorrow and see how it goes.

Graduated NHS Couch to 5k

Posted: Yesterday at 10:51

Tomorrow, than I've "graduated" week one!  I actually find the first run the worst of the eight and the last one the easiest, I find I can go faster at the end but maybe that's because I deliberately go slower to start with.  It always feels like I've just started running when it's time for the walking part again, but obviously that luxury won't last for very much longer!  Congrats again, go and get started on your marathon training now 

Graduated NHS Couch to 5k

Posted: Yesterday at 09:42

Fantastic Katt!!  Well done!  I bet you're delighted.  I love hearing about all these success stories, it makes me less scared about my own running!  Good for you, and good luck with the 5k next! 

Tell me it gets easier!

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 10:31

2 down, 25 to go!

Did my 2nd run this morning, it was quite good and I've found a route that's quieter too.  I'll need to remember to take more tissues with me next time though because apparently my nose likes to join in the running too.  Still can't get into a steady pace but I'm hoping that the longer runs to come will give me more time to do that.  It's just all the bumpy pavements and kerbs and tree roots etc. that knock me off my (very slow) stride.  

Plus I think every flying insect within a 5 mile radius decided to fly into my mouth but apart from that it was great!  One more then I'm done with week one, can't wait!

Tell me it gets easier!

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:45

That is really good to hear - and well done on your own couch to 5k, and the parkruns - those are great times!  It's knowing that other people have managed to complete it that makes it seem a lot less daunting.  Especially those like me who at the beginning are worried about just running for a few minutes!  

I went out this evening and found myself a new route so I don't have to run along so many main roads - I still hate running past queues of cars in rush hour because in my head they're all gawking at me 

Good luck KattC on your last run; go and sing Happy Birthday at the top of your voice!  Maybe that should be some sort of code for runners from here so we all recognise each other...

2nd run in the morning, no doubt will be straight on here to report how it goes.  Thanks again for everyone's advice and encouragement, it's been so helpful.  

Tell me it gets easier!

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:04

I used to do that with my arms on the treadmill but always felt a bit daft!  I really need to work on them, and my legs too, because at the moment I feel like Phoebe from Friends when I run!

I'm only one day in and already I miss it!  I wish today was a run day, I've spent all morning wishing it was tomorrow.  I wonder how long that will last though!

Tell me it gets easier!

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 08:55

Thanks Peter, that's good advice.  I'm ultimately aiming to do a parkrun when I finish this program.  I'll probably be about 40 mins though  but I don't really care!  As long as I can get through it.  I like the arm suggestion, I never know what to do with my arms when I'm running so I might try to make sure I'm not using any energy moving them too fast!

I don't have any weight to lose but I'd really like to get fit.  As well as the couch to 5k I'm doing 30 mins of exercise bike on two of my rest days and having two days of nothing at all.  I'm finding that even after a week or two the bike is getting easier so I'm hoping running will be the same!  

Tell me it gets easier!

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 07:29

Aw thanks  This place is so friendly!

Tell me it gets easier!

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 20:38

Thanks again KattC, I'm still dead excited about starting this plan, I wish it was another run day tomorrow but I should stick to the rules and have a rest day.  I know what you mean about going slow, I have to check sometimes that I'm not just jogging on the spot!  I do the walking parts faster than the runs.  

Hope your last two runs go well and then you can celebrate - maybe with a park run?! 

I like having somewhere to post my progress, even if it's just me who reads it it'll still help keep me motivated, and of course I like reading all about everyone else's running journeys too.  

Tell me it gets easier!

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 09:10

Thanks, I don't think I'll be running 5k in that time either, last time I did 5k it was on a treadmill and took me 40 mins!  I find pacing really hard outside though, I can't seem to get into a steady pace and I'm sure I'm still going too fast.  Hopefully practice will sort that out!

Well done KattC on finishing!

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