Couch to 5k?

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Re: Couch to 5k?

Postby ToothFairy » 23 Nov 2013, 17:37

Well done! I managed to run 5k in 28.36 yesterday, first time I've done it anywhere near that fast! I'm doing my first 10k race tomorrow morning, wish me luck.
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Re: Couch to 5k?

Postby PerpetualMadness » 23 Nov 2013, 17:58

Good luck TF! :-)
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Re: Couch to 5k?

Postby ToothFairy » 23 Nov 2013, 18:13

Thanks PM :D
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Re: Couch to 5k?

Postby mindy » 23 Nov 2013, 19:44

Go TF!! Good luck, not that you need it x
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Re: Couch to 5k?

Postby Lisa Dodd » 27 Nov 2013, 12:04

To be honest, I found it a bit restrictive after a few weeks, and started doing my own thing a bit more, but it was absolutely fantastic for getting me going. I also have the mapmyrun app, which is another free one that tracks your distance, route, pace etc, and that's what I use now to keep track of my progress.
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Re: Couch to 5k?

Postby catie_lou » 19 Dec 2013, 07:29

After having 3 weeks of due to illness I am back running, OMG it was hard today. I had to go back to week 4 running intervals when I was running continously for 30mins. Hopefully I will be back to full running form soon.

Lucy I found that once you could run for 20 or more minutes the NHS podcasts were restrictive i.e you can't listen to your own music which make running way more fun. I use the mapmyrun app too. Then I can let everyone on facebook know what I am doing lol
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Re: Couch to 5k?

Postby RJandA » 07 Mar 2014, 09:08

Anyone doing c25k? I need a kick up the arse to get started....
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Re: Couch to 5k?

Postby issi » 07 Mar 2014, 12:52

Hi RJandA! I'm on week 6 and I love it! I've tried it a couple of times before and not got into it at all - found even the first weeks too hard - but this time (3rd attempt!) something seems to have clicked :) I ran for 20mins the other day - totally inconceivable only a month ago! I'm feeling fitter, losing weight and really enjoying it. I can see myself keeping up 3 runs a week for life.
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Re: Couch to 5k?

Postby RJandA » 07 Mar 2014, 15:34

Amazing issi, well done. I did it before, just before I went back to work after Big A, and loved it, didn't quite get to 5k though. I went back to work and didn't seem to be able to fit the runs in any more.

There are so many excuses this time. Li'l A is still not sleeping through the night so I'm knackered, it's not fair to leave OH with both kids while he's simultaneously getting ready for work, etc etc.

Still, I'm embarrassed by my fat tummy and can't seem to stick to a diet without exercise for motivation, so run I must.

When do you go? Mornings or evenings? Weekdays or weekends?
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Re: Couch to 5k?

Postby issi » 07 Mar 2014, 15:52

I've found that mornings don't work for me as I can't run before breakfast but leaving half and hour or so after eating and then running just makes my day start too late. I tend to squeeze in a run after DH gets back from work while he finishes getting the kids ready for bed - there is just about time if I'm ready to head out the door the instant he gets back!

I gave up waiting for DS2 to sleep through the night :? It is significantly harder after a rough night but I go easy on myself and repeat a run rather than moving up a level if I have to.

I definitely find it easier to eat healthily if I'm also exercising - especially as the app I use tells me how many calories I've burnt and it's really not that much (compared to a bar of chocolate!)
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Re: Couch to 5k?

Postby catie_lou » 08 Mar 2014, 08:13

Been doing since June last year and due to breaks, illness and holidays I have been up and down on the programe. I got up to week 8 then back down to week 5, moving backwards and forwards in the weeks when I have a setback or break. I am back up to week 7 finallay. It is hard to fit it in round work and kiddies. I prefer running in the morning as I am too pooped after work in the evenings.
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