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Week 2, day 1

So I couldn’t do a rest day - being a mum with a very busy partner you have to take the time when you can!

So finished week 1 yesterday and started week 2 today. It went ok! It was teetering with snow and bloody cold but that’s grand. I’ve found a quiet part of park which I am using as a track for the majority of runs as still feeling quite self conscious post birth! I do kind of feel like I could be lapped by a snail 🐌 too!

I was expecting Sarah Millican to be a bit funnier (is that bad to say??!) - who is your favourite on app??

I’m loving being back out there though and thinking of entering a 10k later in year to keep me motivated!

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Snails totally rock.... I run with my snail companions all the time:)

Very well done you..do not feel self conscious at all... you are a Super-Mum... with a babe and a busy life... show the world how amazing you are!

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Aww thank you! Us snails are an invaluable and important part of the running evolutionary circle 😂

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Understand the self-conscious bit, but have come to realise that nobody notices you when you’re runnng in a park. You just become part of the furniture, so to speak. I have Sarah Millican as my running friend too. I think she has to stick to the script 😄

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I did think that RuthL 😂 she couldn’t exactly say “come on fatty - want to get rid of that muffin top? Run a bit faster...!” 😮 I wouldn’t mind - some might!!

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Sarah Millican is my trainer too... love it when she calls me pet!

Totally understand what you mean re time.... however..... you mustn’t run on consecutive days(!)... much better to run (only) once or twice a week than to run consecutively. Our running muscles and bones are brand new to this, just as much as our lungs and the rest days are when everything repairs itself. There are many stories on the forum about people who end up injured through doing it🙄😢😢😢

Best to take the whole program slowly rather than risk an injury... the end result will be the same... in a few months you will be running for 30 minutes 👍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Liz x

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Thanks Liz - I’m too much of a keen bean to it! Have to take times when partner is around to babysit or I simply can’t do it! Is unlikely to happen often that I go out without the rest days. Thanks

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Well done on getting out there. Slow and steady as a snail is perfect!

You are right it can be difficult to fit runs in around a busy life for many of us . But please take you rest days, they are an essential part if the programme.

Here is a really informative article that is well worth reading as a new starter. Good luck with your journey.

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

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Thanks Millsie - I shall have a read!!

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I’ve sarah on my too. I like the “you’re doing great flower” lol that’s all I need to hear 🤗😂 well done xx

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She said that for first time yesterday and I chuckled - was like having a pal on the podcast 😂

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Hahaha it was a first for me too on Saturday lol!! So funny!! Xxx

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Going without rest days in the first few weeks is something you may well get away with but as the demands ramp up you will be increasing your injury risk hugely. Injury will stop all that enthusiasm dead......so please be sensible.

When you run, you create micro tears in your muscles. These repair and strengthen on your rest day, not while running. If you do not rest, you do not repair and strengthen and you injury risk goes up.

All this is covered in the guide to the plan. healthunlocked.com/couchto5... please read it.

It does not make any difference if you take twice as long to complete the programme. That is preferable to having to stop through injury.

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I hear ya IannodaTruffe - I shall observe the rest day! I’m too keen to get going and start losing some baby weight - that’s my problem 😄

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