Following on from my post yesterday ( healthunlocked.com/couchto5... ) , where it became apparent that I am not the only one who has issues with my running apparel, I propose a new series of podcasts to accompany the C25K podcasts. Running (sorry) in parallel with Weeks 1-9, where you actually learn to run, you could also learn about the importance of choosing the correct clothing, clothing for all weathers, and the tips and tricks to make life easier. Here are my initial suggestions: please help me create our new programme to benefit all newcomers (and indeed those like me who have been running for some time and should know better).
Week 1: Trainers, gait analysis, hobbit feet, 'normal' feet, sweaty feet, and a NSFW section on Black Toenails.
Week 2: Support: subdivided into M and F. M (need some help here) covering support for the boys, F looking at sports bras: how to get into one, and just as importantly, how to get out of one when you are tired, hot and sweaty. The propensity of zipped versions to spring undone at inappropriate moments.
Week 3: Leggings - see previous post, but also to cover thermal versions thereof
Week 4: Tops - wicking, layering, waterproof, showerproof, race, freebies, cycling, long, short, fitted, sleeves-with-thumbholes. Etc.
Week 5: Socks. Oh, the joy of socks.
Week 6: Injuries. Not for the faint-hearted, needs to come with a warning, also a 'see your GP if in any doubt NOT Dr. Google' but could cover the major running injuries. Another NSFW section covering chafing, the Paula Radcliffes, and other awful things that occur while running.
Week 7: Entering races. What to expect. Warnings of the addiction. Warnings about the credit card drain. Horrific stories about the queues for the loo, setting off too fast, hollow laughter at the course description of 'undulating', and wild applause at the end as you cross that finish line and collect the bling.
Week 8: Gadgets. Deffo need some help here, and this would need to be updated probably weekly. Tricky.
Week 9: Catch all - covering hints and tips, reviews, cheesy running tracks such as Eye of the Tiger, treadmill vs the great outdoors - what else?
What do you reckon? A choice of narrators? Who would you suggest? What else needs to be covered?
(PS it would be fun to do this, but I'm not really suggesting it )