Couch to 5K

New to running

Hi, I'm gonna be starting my couch to 5k on Monday, first time ever running, only thing I'm abit concerned about at the min is that I'll be running in my jeggings, and a coat and boots due to the weather, I know this prob isn't suitable for running in. Has anyone else wore non suitable clothing for running on cold days? I'm gonna be doing my running straight after dropping our daughter off at school.

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I wouldn't run in boots. Can you not wear trainers on the school run?

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Yeah I suppose I could, but my trainers I got have hole in them so if the ground is wet it'll go through my trainers. I suppose trainers would be more comfortable.

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You will damage yourself running in boots. I would suggest waiting until you can get some new trainers, even if it is a pair of cheapo lidl ones

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Apart from trainers is a coat ok to wear while running?

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you will probably get quite warm quite quickly but in W1 & 2 it shouldn't be too bad. You can always tie your coat around your waist like the schoolkids do.

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I went in the Sleat tonight I had trainers thick leggings and long sleeve top light golf jacket and high viz top tshirt on top

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You can get cheap trainers but good ones off ebay. I got some asics ones no box but new and cheap

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I will see how I go with wearing trainers,jeggings, a top and hoodie with my coat, i can always take my coat off and tie it around my waist. Is it a good idea to bring water?

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You wouldn't need water for you short runs in the early weeks. I always have water before and after runs. Well done on deciding to start this brilliant programme 👏

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Thank you. Well done on graduating 👍

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Sports direct have some running shoes on offer at the moment. Picked up some for £25 really comfortable.

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Good luck with the program, it is great and you will be amazed how quickly you progress. Don’t run in boots tho - the damage you could do without supportive footwear could last a long time (it happened to me 15 yrs or so ago and I’m only back in it now). It’s well worth getting some running shoes/trainers.

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We do have a regular on the forum who started running in walking boots............ I would not recommend it.

Please read the guide to the plan healthunlocked.com/couchto5... and follow the links about footwear.

Don't underestimate the strain that running puts on your body.

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Running in coat and boots are ok if you are running for a bus. I wouldn't do it for the c25k program though. I'm a cold body but five minutes into a run, I'm peeling off layers. Boots may well leave you injured. Cheapo trainers are ok for a week or two, but if you want to run comfortably and injury free after that, you really need to go to a specialist running shop and get your gait tested and be fitted with the right shoes for your specific needs. I wouldn't go anywhere like Sports direct or go Outdoors for this as they have no idea about fitting shoes to gait. You need somewhere where you run on a treadmill, where they will video you and analyse your gait. Shoes from eBay are fine as long as you know they are suited to your gait. Honestly, it sounds like a faff, but it will make your running experience much nicer, and once you are doing longer runs, your footwear is very important if you don't want to spend time unable to run at all because of injury.

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It’s difficult to know what to wear, especially as you’ll be doing more walking than running in the first few weeks. I wear a sports T shirt, a long sleeved cycling top and then a thickish fleece on top. Also gloves.

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