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Nervous!!

spagnettybol
spagnettybol
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Hi all, first time posting, I'm starting the couch to 5k tomorrow and plan to do my run in the morning (I'm hoping the park will be quiet lol) any tips around eating? Should I have breakfast first or a snack? I don't usually eat straight away on waking, just don't know if it's unwise to do my run without. Well done to everyone on this journey I have been reading posts for a few weeks gearing myself up for it. Thanks for reading!

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aysun130

Hi! Well done for getting involved!

I’m no expert but I would avoid eating breakfast before and just stick with a piece of fruit like banana which should give you enough energy to do your run. Have your breakfast afterwards, this is where your body will need the nutrition etc to help with recovery.

Good luck!

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spagnettybol

Thanks!

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trogdelight
trogdelightGraduate

Just have some water to drink before you set off. You don't need to eat before doing this run in the morning

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spagnettybol

Thanks!

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spagnettybol

Thanks for replying, that sounds like it would suit me best so will give that a try. Cheers!

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Dg_w
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Take you time. Don’t be tempted to run when you should walk and enjoy it ;) let us know how it goes. You will surprise yourself!

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spagnettybol
spagnettybol
in reply to Dg_w

Thanks will do.

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Bandit14
Bandit14Graduate

Good luck x😊

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Pattypoos
PattypoosGraduate

I'm only on week 2 .... Have done a couple of runs first thing without eating and a couple mid morning. I found the earlier ones easier.

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spagnettybol

Thanks and good luck with your journey

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Pattypoos
PattypoosGraduate
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You will probably overtake me as my heels have started to hurt - probably the sudden shock from the impact they have suffered - so am taking a few days to recover before venturing forth. A bit frustrating as it took me months to pluck up courage to start and I surprised myself by actually enjoying getting out. Good luck with your adventure!

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HillsEverywhere

Good luck ! I drink water before going in the morning, and have my breakfast afterwards. I'm not very far into the programme, but for now it works for me 😉

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spagnettybol

Great thanks and good luck

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GeorgiosA
GeorgiosAGraduate

Well done for getting started - it is the most difficult part! About eating before running early in the morning: I do most my runs at ridiculously early o'clock and just go on an empty stomach (this has the added advantage that it helps shed more weight...). Just water or tea before the run. Then get home, stretch and have breakfast. For the runs in C25K you don't really need to fuel before the run.

Having said that, see how it goes for you - everyone's different and you may find you need to eat something light before you go.

Best of luck with the programme - it works really well and you will be amazed with what you can achieve!

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spagnettybol

Thanks will give it a go! Never thought about the weight part of not eating first so that's a bonus.

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GeorgiosA
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You're very welcome! More info on fasted cardio here: telegraph.co.uk/health-fitn...

By the way - just ignore anyone else in the park no matter what time of the day you run (except for the dogs of course - they're always worth a smile!). You run for yourself nobody else :)

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Vix_yp
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Hi spagnettybol!

I usually have 1/2 banana around 30-45 minutes before my run and this has worked well for me. The most important thing is to make sure you’re hydrated, and that means that you have plenty of water the day before your run. I don’t usually drink much before my run as ideally the water has to be in your bloodstream and not your tummy (wise words I’ve learnt from the forum).

Good luck with your first run! 🍀👍🤗

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spagnettybol
spagnettybol
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Thanks so much

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Jogunlikely
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Good luck for tomorrow. Don't worry about everyone else. You're out there doing it and that's all that matters.

Let us know how you get on.

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spagnettybol

Thanks will do.

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Keiko1982
Keiko1982Graduate

Hi Spagnettybol, I'm very sure that I speak for all of us here, in saying welcome to the group and wishing you all the best on your runs.....'You Got This' lol 👊👏👊👏

I'm no expert, however I found trying to stay calm and to relax during each run is helpful. The app is also very helpful, keeping you motivated with good tips (Michael Johnson is my idol 😄).

I find eating a half a banana an hour before a run is good energy. Avoid heavy food (like me today 😐 running W9R1 on a slight heavy stomach).

Take care and keep us updated how you go. 🤗

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spagnettybol

Thanks!! I've chosen Michael too just love him!

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Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Check this out... loads of great advice... slow and steady and enjoy!

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spagnettybol

Thanks Oldfloss

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spagnettybol

And I'm off....

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Equi-geek
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How’d it go? 😁👏💪👊

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spagnettybol

Not gonna lie it was hard, I'm sweating from places I didn't know I had and my calfs are burning but I did it!!! Yayyyyyyyy 🤗

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