Couch to 5K
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Hey everyone, I'm still here! Just completed W8, R1 today. Here are my random thoughts...

Feeling very pleased with running 28 mins - I found week 7 REALLY hard going, so relieved today's run went OK. I'm still breathing through my mouth - I find I just don't get enough air otherwise. Does anyone have any tips?

Glad to see I'm now burning around 350-400 calories per run now, despite only covering about 3.5-4km each time. It *almost* makes up for the lack of walking! (I miss those walking intervals!)

I'm so glad I started C25K. This is the longest time I've ever managed to exercise in my life. I have also sustained (fairly) healthy eating over the longest period ever (10 weeks). If I am a little bit naughty, the running helps me get back to a healthy diet. Plus, now I do allow myself the odd small treat, which is working well. Am focusing now on graduating week 9, looking better for my holiday in a few weeks, and for my 40th birthday next March. I've lost 10 pounds in total so far, but am still a size 14-16 and HATE it when anyone sees me on my very early morning run! But I look a bit better, feel good and am so happy to be making progress. All the best to my fellow runners...


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I breathe through my mouth too.

You will continue to lose weight and tone up if you keep running and eating healthily. I do exercise dvd's too as I am trying to improve my strength in general. Walking, swimmimg, cycling etc all help

Good luck with week 9. Enjoy it!


Hi Cornflower, I breathe through my mouth too, the alternative is suffocation, so I don't much care (apart from the dangers of swallowing flies and the like) Your progress sounds fantastic- you're losing weight and getting fitter by the day. Very well done


I breath through my mouth also. I can't get away with breathing in through my nose, probably because I have sinusitis. Mind you, I find it easy through my mouth and just try and control my breathing rather than 'gasping'.


Me too with the nose. What's wrong with it. Why do we need to breathe through our mouth instead?


Glad I'm not the only mouth-breather. I have decided not to care too much. Fair enough it doesn't look very glamorous, but neither does sweaty hair, or muddy boys' trainers (tip: I have size 5 feet and some shops do boys trainers for children's prices up to a 5 and a half. Hooray!), so sod it :).


Never been able to solve the nose-breathing thing. Mouth works fine for me. One thing I have tried is those sticking-plaster-across-the-nose thingies. I feel that they help when I run longer distances, but that may just be a mental thing (which is much of the battle of course). A bit expensive for a one use item, so not really a solution.

By the way, don't worry about people looking at you. As a runner, you have nothing to fear. If they are also runners, then it will be nothing less than a look of respect. If they're not, then, to quote the song, "you're stronger than that".


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