Couch to 5K
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First Post: Week 1 - Complete

38 year old dad of two with far too many films and TV shows on the go. Ditch the remote! Urgent action needed.

W1R1:

Started out very apprehensively as I’m sure most people do, but absolutely loved it!

Things I have learnt:

• No one cares at 5.30am, I could’ve skipped down the road completely naked (…I may save this for my graduation run).

• I ran way too fast and I was completely out of control of my breathing.

• My quads really ached the next day and I vowed to add some warm down exercises to the end of run 2.

W1R2:

Left the door feeling excited and much more prepared. I ran at a much slower and controlled pace, so that I could hold a conversation when running. I then used some warm down exercises from an old fitness DVD (Sean T’s Insanity Workout). Worked like a charm - no aches the following day.

Things I have learnt:

• An old sock makes an excellent phone armband

• Wrapping my headphone in a loop around my ear stops them falling out when I run.

W1R3:

Slightly tired but still excited about my 5:30am run. All went well until I got a bit too overconfident on the fifth run and tried to run a bit harder and managed to give myself a stitch. I had a good word with myself and slowed the remaining runs down to a more manageable pace.

Things I have learnt:

• Need better boxer shorts to stop chafing.

• Stay positive about my new week 2 challenges, Thanks to IannodaTruffe’s post:

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...………..positivity

Thank you all for your posts so far they have been an enormous help and encouragement.

Roll on week 2!

⚡️ThuderSloth⚡️out.

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Good learning, great running. Keep it just like that and you’ll smash this.

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Hey you sound like you have everything under control, ThunderSloth! 🏃‍♂️😀👏💪🏻👍🏻

Continue like this and you’ll smash the programme with no trouble! Good for you! 👏👏👏

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Welcome to the forum and well done on getting started.

This guide to the plan is essential reading healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Running shorts with a mesh liner are by far the most comfortable, in my opinion, providing support and ventilation with never a chafe.

Enjoy your journey.

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Thank you all for the words of encouragement ❤️ I look forward to progressing my running as far as you all have, it will be a dream come true! Great information there IanodaTruffe. I’ll nip in to sports direct tomorrow after my first week2 run and pick up some mesh liner shorts - great tip thanks 🙏

⚡️Sloth

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Welcome Sloth, enjoy greatly 🙂.

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Thanks Gran4z...glad to see you escaped the zombies! 🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️ 😁

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Ah ha you saw that! No zombies on my run today, but I met a few deer wandering the streets of Victoria (Canada).! Very bizarre 😎.

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What brilliant reflections

Keep them coming!

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Hi there, love the sock idea! Well done, keep at it, I struggled with Week 1 and 2 with the very same reasons but have now started Week 3 which I actually really enjoyed

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Thank you 50fitter great to hear you’re enjoying it, that’s half the battle - keep up the good work 🏃‍♀️

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Loved reading your post and tips :-) Done W1R2 only, so slowly - but surely I think :-) I am flippin' 60 and feel very old and achey, so will go off and read the positive post you mentioned. Thanks and continued Good Luck .

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Aah! Thank you Sunflower2018 🌻😊 it sounds like you’re doing great! Is the puppy dragging you around... or are you dragging him around now?!

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Great start ⚡ sloth and a very entertaining read!! I too run at 5.30am - no one about and it sets you up for the day ahead👍

Keep going - get ya new shorts and go smash it 🏃‍♂️👟

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Thank you Cotswold-runner, I find going out early does surprisingly give me a huge spring in my step for the rest of the day. I’ve got my air conditioned shorts now... all the gear and no idea!

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You soon will have all the gear and the idea!!! I got a high five from what I would call a professional this morning on my run!! It does give you a boost for the start of the day!! My husband groans when I get up early to go running as he knows I will be coming back like Tigger and bouncing about the place full of energy- my next task is to get him running c25k 😁

Have fun and go for it👍🎽🏃‍♂️

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Great post! Great stuff! You've started well and seem very positive. Good luck in your journey and keep us posted on your progress xx

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Thanks Granniemand you must be super gran to be week 7+ ...I salute you and look forward to the day I reach those lofty heights 🥇😉

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It's amazing how the programme works. I couldn't run for a minute weeks ago! Looking forward to following your progress. You've got good humour I like that 😁

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