Hey all, I started a couch to 5k hosted by my local running club on Saturday and it was a bit of shock, not just from the 8am start and it being white over with ice.
Its a 10 week program (not the standard 8?) Firstly I have NEVER jogged/ran anything before, secondly I am currently losing weight and eating better (slimming world) so I KNOW this will get easier and better. I currently stand at 6 foot and 19.5 stone.
I knew I was unfit but wow, I managed to "keep up" with the group until about half way and then the the struggle started. Quite eye opening and to be honest, a bit of a slap in the face. Everyone else seemed to manage it, ages from kids to 72. I was so embarrassed when I eventually arrived at the end and everyone was halfway through stretching out. But hey ho, I'm here to get fit and everyone has to start somewhere.
On the Sunday the outside of my feet hurt quite alot, and today they are better, so I am putting that down to bruising / my feet getting used to the weight. This initially worried me as I have "Supination", (My big toe doesn't touch the floor and high arch), it could still be a cause, but the pain is no where near as bad today. I've got some non expensive running trainers (it's not like im running around in stupid shoes) This is something I will go get checked at a proper running shop. But for now I just need to get on with it and at least start. No point in a gait analysis when I cant even jog properly!?
So, along with going for a brisk 1.5 mile walk every lunch, I'll attempt w1d1 again tonight or tomorrow, at a much slower pace. However I really doubt I'll be in a position to do w2d1 on Saturday.
Backup plan is there is a second group starting on the 26th, so if I keep going until then (gives me a week) I can hopefully get myself to a better state and try again.
The two main things that got me on the first session was breathing and pain in my sides. I never completely stopped though, and continued moving for the whole thing (just), with some great support from one of the guides as we went round who made me go slower to eventually manage to jog the last 60 second stint fully.
So, I've got a bit of a plan, however I just feel a bit deflated. I was massively scared about doing this, but I did it and I have some great friends who are doing it with me and supporting.
Anyone have any advice or tips I can do to help with this?
If anyone cares, I'll keep this updated with my journey. I'm expecting it to be pretty hard, but with a bit of grit and determination I'll get there. And after all this, I'm actually excited about running my first 5k eventually