Couch to 5k ??

I tried this a few years ago and failed after week 3. I could hardly walk the day after my last run/walk, Ended up at the chiropractor as my pelvis was out of place. Was advised by the chiropractor running isn't good for you so I didn't start it back up. Hearing so many different things (good/bad), a bit scared to try it again in case I injure myself.??


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  • I've had a few injuries,(I have Cerebral Palsy so have a weak ankle), but I don't let it stop me. I love the feeling of accomplishment after a good run (I'm now at the end of week 7!) It takes a few weeks to notice how much good it is doing you, but now seeing my waistline get smaller, the weight coming off and how much more energy I have, not to mention the excellent mental effects.

    I'd say to give it another try. I know it's not nice getting injured, but we can't live our lives worrying about what might happen!

    If you do decide to give it another try, keep us all updated on your progress, as this forum is outstanding for moral support and advice.

  • Hi there... you might enjoy and find very useful reading, in this lovely runner's post.;


    she broke her pelvis in an accident.. this was her latest post.. :)

    If you click on to her name.., you can read the whole story on her is an inspiring journey! Such determination and humour too!.. Warning though,there is a graphic x ray picture there somewhere.. ouch!!

    I think maybe, if she can.. then you can? Hope it is helfpul

  • Why not try having your gait analysed in a proper running shop to see what type of running shoe you require to support your knee/ankles. Explain you have had problems in the past and see what they come up with. They will pop you on a treadmill in a neutral running shoe and see how your foot strikes the ground.

    It would give you more confidence to start running.

  • Oh no, sorry to hear about your injury. I'm not a doctor so can't really give you advice on your specific condition but, as the other replies say, people here run with all sorts of health conditions. Perhaps you could consult a sports physio who might be less 'anti-running' than it sounds like your chiropractor is? Hopefully you can begin again as running really is so beneficial in so many way. :)

  • I have a few strikes against me and I will never be "fast" or anything remotely approaching Gazzele-like...But when I run its the closest I feel to being the "real me" ever. Free and happy is the only way can describe it, despite the aches and pain.

    Definitely get a physical exam but a lot depends on inner motivation also. I did day one, week one out of sheer boredom with walking and a certain curiosity whether I could even do that much.

    It felt like I was dying but I did it. Figured I might go on and POSSIBLY get as far as week four...Would be more interesting than boring walking anyway....

    Now I can too easily get aggrieved if my regular 5K runs don't go as smoothly as I have come to expect LOL :)

    Read early posts of Graduates - it will help you decide things ;)

  • Thanks everyone. I went and got my gait analysed and a proper pair of running shoes! Been to the gym to try them out on the treadmill (as advised by the shop) and did W1R1. Felt great and now raring to go. Fingers crossed the shoes help, might do the treadmill the rest of week 1 to make site they're OK. I do think my chiropractor is anti-running!

  • Irish-John melly4012 Jan-now-runs Oldfloss NickiCS - sorry just worked out how to tag. Missed you from my reply above 😊

  • You are on your way Runner :)

  • I find a lot of health practitioners are anti-running. But an equal amount are pro-running. The anti-running contingent doesn't seem to factor in the many ways you can run (slowly, short distances, run-walk) and I think they don't factor in all the benefits - physical, mental, social, emotional.

    You know what you enjoy and you know your body best. If you need to stretch the weeks out, or throw in extra rest days or more stretching, you can make it work for you.

    Happy running. Keep us posted on how it's going

  • Oldfloss I have only just seen this - I'm not getting notifications for some reason. Zigg good to read you've started again - I hope it's going well. I don't know about having an out-of-place pelvis (mine is certainly a different shape now to what it was before!) but I reckon most people have an imbalance of some kind. Possibly the most important thing for running injury-free is working on strength and flexibility - be that yoga, Pilates, or the NHS Strength and Flex podcasts. It also means you can take control of your own destiny, and any good physio will give you exercises to do at home and, importantly, show you the correct technique to do them. Some medics are negative about running but I just take it with a pinch of salt.

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