Couch to 5K
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Hi everyone, I'm new to running and just finished my first week of couch to 5k which I really enjoyed. I haven't done any intense training for a while as tore ligaments badly in my left ankle and it took me a while to recover from the damage. I started power walking again to regain my confidence and felt fine so giving this a go. I am too scared to run outside due to weather so I am doing the challenge on the treadmill instead and hopefully I can brave the elements in a month or so. While doing this challenge do other people still go swimming, aqua aerobics, gym, cycling, etc. as I feel I could be doing more but don't want to confuse my body. The Personal Trainer at gym said I would still be okay to come on alternate days and do other training. Any advice would be great thanks.

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It is a great idea to do other non impact training on your non running "rest" days. Building up your core strength will help you considerably in becoming a runner, so any of your suggested sports will be complementary and beneficial.

Good luck C25k will change your life.

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Thank you. I was amazed that my body still wanted to do more but was worried I'd overdo things and get fed up. I am so pleased I managed the first 3 runs but I'm taking them slow as I'm a size 20 and would rather build up gradually in the hope of keeping going for longer.

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Yes you can do other training on your "rest" days, pilates is good as it will build your core muscles. You just need to rest your running muscles! Slow is good, you're right that you will build stamina that way. Good luck xx

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Well done for taking the challenge. When I started I used the nhs strength and flexibility podcasts on alternate days, the exercises build you up gradually. Take it slowly and you will enjoy your C25K programme, run with a smile!

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Well done for taking the challenge. When I started I used the nhs strength and flexibility podcasts on alternate days, the exercises build you up gradually. Take it slowly and you will enjoy your C25K programme, run with a smile!

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Thank you. Everyone says running is the best exercise to do but just never had the confidence to try it but here goes...

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