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jannerm
jannermGraduate

New here, just subscribed :)

Did my very first run yesterday. Have been cycling a bit lately 3-5 miles on the road and enjoying that but the wife and kids are getting into running and we may need an extra chaperone if the kids go for a 5K Parkrun so......

It was bloody hard work, harder than I was expecting having not really run since my teens (I'd managed to train and get decent at 800m but not much further!) and am now in my 40s - and I certainly wasn't expecting it to be easy, but wow.

The weird thing is I really enjoyed it! So hopefully I can keep it up!

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oldestnewest

Welcome!

It's tough but rewarding, I'm really enjoying it so far. Just stick with it, you'll be amazed how quickly you improve.

jannerm
jannermGraduate
in reply to F4TMAN

Thanks :) Given the effort yesterday it's hard to see how I'll ever improve, but having read other folks posts here it's obvious if you stick at it you'll improve, hard to feel like it as a shaking red-faced wreck huh? Also I think my brisk walk was almost a crawl at the end but at least I ran for all of the bits I had to!

F4TMAN
F4TMAN
in reply to jannerm

5 weeks ago I was in exactly the same place you are, with exactly the same concerns, barely able to run a minute at a time. Smashed out 20 minutes today, it feels amazing!

Just keep positive and stick with it!

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

Well done. Enjoy the next one.

jannerm
jannermGraduate
in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks :) I kind of feel a bit odd that I'm already really looking forward to it! But I'm making sure I take the breaks like I've been told to!

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate
in reply to jannerm

They are important. Your muscles need that day to recover and it all helps build your strength and stamina.

Hidden
HiddenGraduate

Welcome to the family!

Congratulations for getting off the couch. That, in many ways, is the hardest part I think. I totally share your thoughts about W1R1 being hard, and from the point of doing no running, it certainly is, but it's acheivable, and you did. Actually, I found week 1 one of the hardest weeks due to all the really annoying intervals, although intervals are probably exactly what you need at this point.

I think your previous running experience will stand you in good stead, although distance/endurance running, which is what this is, is a different discipline altogether, and funnily enough going slow is the key. "Slow and steady" is a phrase you'll hear a lot of round here, and that will get you through. If you are getting out of breath, you're probably going too fast, so slow down, as this is about time not speed. After you graduate is probably the time to work on speed.

Parkruns are also great, and some people even incorporate their Couch to 5K sessions in with that, not sure how though (I never did).

You might find this post really helpful too: healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Most of all, have fun and make use of this wonderful forum. It's got me from being a non-runner through to graduation.

All the best, and do keep us updated!

Neil

jannerm
jannermGraduate
in reply to Hidden

Thanks for the warm welcome :) With my kids running junior PR's it's been great to watch their development, we try very hard not to be pushy parents and just let them go at their own pace so it's been great to see them get a real enjoyment out of running and they're now getting fitter and faster. So the goal here is to try to support them by getting fit enough to run with them in the 5k runs.

Other parents we know struggle to keep pace with their kids! But hell if I can do it at least we can get them in the runs! My wife is on W9 but has had to drop in and out due to her body adapting to the physical demands, and it's been good to see her enjoying it too.

I suppose I was a little shamed into starting, but I'm amazed how much I really enjoyed it having just run the once.

Hoping my body can cope with it now!

Oh and yep, thanks, slow and steady!! I've found a nice local route that is pretty well off the beaten track, mostly level but it's a bit down then up, so perhaps I was a little excited in the first few run sections!

Hidden
Hidden

I'll not take long to get back into it. Nice and easy does it. 😎

jannerm
jannermGraduate
in reply to Hidden

Slow and steady, that'll have to become my running mantra!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate

Well done, you’ve done the hardest bit by starting . I was 60 so no excuses about age ...just take it slowly and believe in the programme

jannerm
jannermGraduate
in reply to Dexy5

Thanks and good for you :) I noticed recently that our local 5K parkrun's fastest time was set by an "elder" gentleman! (He's a few years older than me) Not that I ever think I will quite get to his awesome times, I'd just be happy with managing to DO 5k, anything under the 30 mins would be amazing - although I have noticed that a lot of graduates don't quite manage it, so keeping expectations low

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate
in reply to jannerm

You’re right . I am one of the 4k club but at this stage running for 30 minutes without stopping is the most important thing on graduation.

You will definitely enjoy it! This is an incredible programme which builds you up slowly but surely, and you can see progress each week - I think that’s the key.

Also, you’ll find this forum awash with helpful folk and their wisdom. Ask anything, they’ll answer!

Above all, enjoy your journey, and remember to post your progress on here! 😀🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️💪🏻

jannerm
jannermGraduate
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Just (finally) got around for W1R3 today, R2 on Friday which was great, might have been a bit warm today as I found it hard going - body was ok, the heat was almost too much. Next thought is to get some better shoes as it's all on a trail rather than tarmac. Really enjoying it but nervous for the extra distance!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate
in reply to jannerm

Brilliant that you completed the run especially in this heat.

Don’t worry about the extra distance next run. Your body will be ready (clever programme!) Great idea getting new trainers. May be an idea to even get a gait analysis at the same time’

Have fun - you’ll soon be hooked if you aren’t already! 😀🏃‍♂️😀🏃‍♀️😀

jennitricot
jennitricotGraduate

I’m just finished WK3 and each week I wonder how I’m going to manage the next, but then you do and it’s brill! Some runs feel better than others, but it just feels good to keep getting out there. Good luck and enjoy!

jannerm
jannermGraduate
in reply to jennitricot

Thanks :) exactly how I'm finding it. Today's run was hard but the previous one was (almost) easy, pretty sure it was the heat today though :)

jannerm
jannermGraduate

I've now worked SOLID since Friday (my first run) and not managed to get out yet, maybe tomorrow - frustrating :(

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