I never thought I would make the 20 minute run when I first started but I was actually looking forward to it by the time I got to week 5. I'm 43 over 14st 4lbs (4lbs on from running I must add) so not the lightest person to be running around the streets in daylight. My first 3 weeks of running I had very bad achy knees, which did worry me a little but I carried on taking it very steady. I thought achy knees were down to my weight but I think it was a combination of weight and lack of strength in them.
When I went onto week 4 I realised my knees where no longer aching, this was a massive breakthrough for me. I’ve tried running over the years but always stopped after a couple of runs due to the pain in my knees. Doing the C25K hasn’t caused the pain in my knees as the gradual work outs have strengthened my knees rather than damage them (experiencing just aching and no pain).
During week 4 I started experiencing soreness in my shins and calf muscles which I think is just down to them being used more than usual (I hope). The thing that I still find difficult is my breathing, I find it very difficult to breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. I’m trying to take longer breaths but as soon as I start thinking about it I get worse, I’m not sure if I will ever be able to do it right.
W5R3 running 20 minutes was amazing! The last 5 minutes was very difficult due to an aching back which I put down to my running bra being very tight. So for the larger busted women reading (if you get this far) can you recommend a good running bra that supports not only the front but also your back?
It sounds like I’ve had nothing but aches and pains for the last 5 weeks but even though I have they haven’t been bad, just niggles. I’m overweight, unfit and getting on a bit but the C25K has got me off the couch and running 3 times a week. I’ve not lost weight which is what I was hoping for but I am getting fitter. I can now run up the stairs without getting out of breath and my chunky legs are starting to become more defined and the most important thing is that I’m enjoying every run. I’m not very fast but my goal is to make it to 5k before I start thinking about how fast I’m going.
I love Couch to 5K and can’t wait for W6R1!