What is Your Week ? October ...Week 3 - Couch to 5K

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What is Your Week ? October ...Week 3


Good morning everyone...

Yes, it's that time again and here I am again... ready to bring us all together, in the What is Your Week chat.

What a glorious time of the year this is....!

The jewelled hedgerows, never cease to delight me :)

As with many of us, I find it a splendid time to run. After an unseasonably warm but very wet weekend for me... yet again, the new running week beckons.

Wherever we are and whatever the weather, we can, hopefully, find the opportunity to get out and run.

With numbers increasing, it is great, to have a little fun post ,so we can see who is on which week, of the programme, and hopefully it will help everyone to feel more included on the forum.

We can support, encourage and generally help each other, in a positive and friendly way, with no thought of comparison.

Please remember it doesn't matter if you stay on the same week for a while, that is fine; it is a journey and it really doesn't matter how long it takes, it will be so worth it when you get to the final run.

If you have just graduated, also, this will be a great place to keep you motivated,and there is always the Quest on the Bridge to 10k forum as well for Graduates.

So, come and join the fun.... Let us know how it is going :)

Oldfloss xx

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Hi floss ..i have promised myself to do 3 runs per week which i have achieved doing 5 k ..well 2 were 5 k ..but i have a sore foot not major but a little sore so im not going out tomorrow and taking it easy and hopefully be out again on wednesday ...hope your enjoying your running take care 🏃🏃

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Myrar

Slow and steady you are doing just fine:) Take it gently :) You are doing the right thing..listening to your body:)


It’s a great time to run... slow and steady though 😂 wet leaves are slippery!

Three more consolidation runs for me... I’m feeling a lot stronger now, which I know I have to hold back a bit. Going to put the extra .1 on a run tomorrow and do the full 3.1 miles.

OldflossAdministrator in reply to UnfitNoMore

Go for it and enjoy:)

Hello Oldfloss, just did W4R2 this morning. I’ve yet to run in the rain and am not sure that I’ll like it when it happens, but we’ll see!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to ItstheMarchHare

It's just wet.. and it is fun! Well done you!

Hey Flossy

So tomorrow it’s W6 R2. Omg am I actually saying that!! Im shocked I’m still totally in to it!!

I feel healthier and my pooch is loving this whole experience

Just nervous about going back to work. Shift work is not a good thing In this process 🙄

Thank you to all the Mentors and Graduates who are all lovely and amazeballs supportive 😘😘

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Ibot

Wow.. that crept up on us ! Go you.. doing wonderfully... Take it steady with your work and don;t beat yourself up if work affects your running pattern. You will settle into a routine :)

Ibot in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you 😘😘

Hello Oldfloss, just starting W6 today. And so happy about being wrong !!!

Somehow I got confused and thought W6R1 was 5, 8 and 8 min running🤪. Imagine my happiness when Laura told me I should start my final 5 minutes run instead ! 😅🤩

Hopefully I will never get confused the other way around 🙄

Happy running, enjoy the lovely hedgerows!!!!!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Whatnog

Huge well done you... getting mixed up in a good way !

I had not been out for a few weeks but trying to get back into the routine again. I am a morning runner, so it is dark when I go out now but actually I don't mind that. Didn't do a full run today, but better than not going out at all.

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Fifitrixiebell

Just a quickie can be good:) Well done!


Started Wk7 yesterday, good run - felt amazing afterwards, am loving this and still not quite believing that I am running for 25 minutes (and could have done more) and actually enjoying it!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Boofle999

Great stuff..keep that, something left in the tank feeling !


Hi oldfloss, after a bad one on Saturday, I heeded everyone's advice this morning. Change of pace, music and route. It was much better. I still find 25 mins quite a long time but am trying to focus on the positive moments that I experience. I think I may stock in week 7 for a while until I feel more confident. Lovely weather for ambling though!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Monicarun

Slow and steady and really relax and enjoy :)


Graduated a couple of months ago and with the exception of the occasional week or two off for holidays, I've found just running twice a week works best with my work/life routine. Still only managing a 30 minute run, but when I look back on how much I've improved since I started the C25K, I'm happy to continue like this for the foreseeable.

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Fioona

Just doing that is simply great.. we do it for ourselves... so whatever suits is just fine.. go you!

Hi Oldfloss,

Today for me was week 7 run 1 and much to Twiglets dismay (Jack Russell), I have continued in gym ( I don't like rain!) 🤣

Cannot actually believe I am now running for 25 minutes! This is from a 52 year old woman that hated any form of exercise, except from moving my jaws to eat 🤣

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Soanesie

Go you... well done...and as for rain...it's just wet:)


Hi Oldfloss! Been a bit hit and miss for the last few weeks. A couple of weeks away when, despite my best intentions, I didn’t actually run at all (although walked 21k steps one day in the Tenerife heat last week) plus a couple of Park runs. So today I was determined to start back on regular 30 min runs to get back into it. Well, not exactly a success - breathing all wrong, hips ache, got a stitch and had a coughing fit when I got home. Still, I did 5k - chalk it up to experience. Onward and upward! Happy running 🏃‍♀️

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Sandie1961

it happens... and we get back on track... well done you!


Hi Oldfloss. So it's week 5 for me. Went out very early this morning in the misty autumn for run 1. It was absolutely glorious out there. Today marked the debut of the new running gear, the final choice of which was taken by my style counsellor. Quote of the week from her "Look Dear, you just have to be seen by motorists not by the crew of the International Space Station"

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Amblerman

I love it!!!!! We need a photograph!!!

What a great run... loving Autumn too... wow !


Dear Oldfloss, your support on here is really helping me. Thank you so much! I kept to my plan to run every other day, and I was back up to 1.3 miles/day (I still have quite a ways to go to get my mileage back up) until last night. I was stressed to the gills and went out in the evening only to begin getting an ocular migraine when I started running so I decided to wait till this morning to run.

So here's something I've noticed: before I ever started running, (almost 2 years ago,) I had various aches and pains. Running caused those to go away! I just noticed one day that they were all gone--foot pain, knee pain, rib pain, etc. Recently, as you know, I ceased running due to events with my husband that left me running errands instead of "running." What is interesting is that aches and pains started back up. I resumed running--just a little--and they've gone away again. Running is really interesting in the effect it has on my body!

Well, I'm having some morning tea and I hope to get out on our road shortly--that is, "running"--not "driving!" :D

Thanks for being there, OF, it means so much!


OldflossAdministrator in reply to LiisaM

This is good... you are doing it... as and when you are able.. and your posts are stronger... which is brilliant!!!

I am so glad your body is finding itself again... and you are finding small bits of you there too. Small steps.. slow and steady... xxx

LiisaMGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you again, Oldfloss. I upped it another .1 mile to 1.4--getting there--slow but steady.... I'm having another problem: hating myself for how I react to the stupidity I encounter daily when I know it's not his fault. But that's another issue I have to grapple with. It makes me feel like a not very nice person....

OldflossAdministrator in reply to LiisaM

That is one of the worst parts. Making us into something we are not... just be kind to yourself and forgive yourself...I sometimes write my anger down.. in a letter to myself... and then I bury it or burn it:)

This link could help if you can pick it up?


You're doing well... hang on tight :)x

LiisaMGraduate in reply to Oldfloss



Hi Everyone. I’ll be doing W3R3 tomorrow morning.

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Liz5K

Will watch for your post! Go girl!

Another lovely photo!

I’m on week 6, did R1 this morning. I had two rest days between this and my last run, today went fairly well. Not sure what Laura is thinking telling me once again I should be heel striking... I’m sure it wouldn’t take much effort to edit that out of the podcast. My mind wandered quite a bit but focus on my breath brought it back.

Glad I got it in this morning as I’ve been chilled all day - not sure if it’s the damp cold air or if I’m coming down with something... hopefully the former!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Amandana

Well done you...hope it was just the chilly start!

Hi oldfloss. Graduated in September and managed 7 post grad runs before pulling calf muscle. Been resting for couple of weeks but still managing to cycle to work couple times a week. Cannot believe how much I'm missing running or VERY slow jogging as I like to call my style - think Matrix! Will get back in the running-groove soon.....

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Parapluieblue

Patience and well done you... you will be back out there soon:)

I am on week 5 :-) Got the 20 minute run non-stop planned for Sunday...eeekkk


I am on W6 R2, aiming to complete it this morning. Was meant to run it last night but had a really busy day and was cream-crackered by the evening. First time I've missed a run during this course but hey, can't be helped sometimes.


On my seventh plod through week 1. I hit a plateau for a bit and got very discouraged, but thanks to the great advice and encouragement from forum friends, I’m making slow but steady progress again 😀

OldflossAdministrator in reply to ButtercupKid

Well done you....sometimes for whatever reason we flatten out..but once we get back on track it all begins again.. with me it has been repeated IC spells..not running related either!

ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Please excuse my ignorance - what does IC stand for ?

OldflossAdministrator in reply to ButtercupKid

Injury Couch.. ..😉

ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Oh no ! Hope you’re over the worst ?

OldflossAdministrator in reply to ButtercupKid

Let's just say it has been one heck of a year! Yes..back on track now..thank you x

ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

That’s good news. Look after yourself. Oldfloss is good but Brokenfloss wouldn’t be !


Have just done W7R1. Can't believe I have made it this far! Thanks to everyone for their support.

OldflossAdministrator in reply to crocheter66

Huge well done!

Hello Oldfloss, I've just finished Wk7 and will be starting Wk8 tomorrow (Friday). Going to try a different tactic tomorrow - getting my partner to drop me the appropriate distance from home and run back - I found on Wk7 R3 I was getting a bit disillusioned with my normal run, so hopefully this will sort me out :-). I am pleased and a very astounded that I've got this far!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to New_Runner_KD

New routes or even reversing routes can be just the thing,,,hope the run goes well :)


Gday from Sydney. Just finished week 6. Can you believe I ran 25 minutes without stopping?! I pretty much repeated that sentence all evening to my husband. I’m running parkrun with a friend (who is much faster than me) tomorrow morning. 😀


Huge well done...enjoy Park run... take it gently :)


Hi. Just joined. I’ve just completed W3R3 this morning. But I am do each week twice to build up slowly. I am doing mine in the gym as part of my workout and to lose weight.

I’m about to hit my 4st loss with plenty to go but 2 months ago I didn’t even think I would be doing this every.

But it’s been get giving me goals each week.

OldflossAdministrator in reply to rmknight

Well done.. take it slow and steady as you go on...please be careful of repeating the longer runs as you go on... you will get stronger and then by keeping it steady, if you complete the runs comfortably... then you may very well find you can move on:)


Definitely agree with repeating weeks. Had a cold on first attempt at week 3. So had a week off then failed to keep running at next attempt at wk3. So slowed the pace and cruised through at 3rd attempt. The advice to slow down really boosted my confidence & now raring to go for week 4 next week.

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Simon160

Slow and steady is the way to go... well done you!

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