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Couch to 5K

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Couching :(


I haven't been running since my great short Thursday run :( It's nearly a week. I could tell you many excuses, some of them even quite valid. But they are all excuses.

The couch got me. I have (temporary) lack of inner power to kick myself out the door. I am wearing multilayers (with thermals and sometimes even jacket) at work I tend to sit next to th heater or under duvet at home. I am cold, and idea to dress in thin layers and go voluntarily to the cold is not appealing. Being on the edge of illness and short before holidays don't help either.

I know, just dress, go out even for 10 minutes, and see what happens... But somehow I cannot push myself to do it.

I start to feel guilty of couching so soon after graduation. It feels like I am a little fraud. I am not sure why am I writing. I know you all be very supportive and encouraging. But I have a feeling that at the moment it won't be enough to kick me out of that door.


I did it! Thank you all!

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That couch is so much more comfortable when you’ve just had a run you know. Warm up in the house and go run 5 minutes... there’s even a guided run on my app for a five minute run that isn’t aimed at new runners.

You know you’ll love it when you do... you know you miss that post run feeling. It’s dark and cold, so it’s also pretty quiet out... there’s less people to see you, less walkers to weave around, less extending dog leads to not see!

Of course if you don’t run soon we will have to see about having your heating breakdown 😂

IgaTGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

No, I don't agree on breaking my heating! How the heck I will warm up after post-run stretch if not under hot shower?

UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to IgaT

I dunno... you need to run first 😜


My boiler broke last night. So our house is freezing. Waiting for boiler man to arrive. ..! Stay warm tonight and try a run tomorrow xxx

IgaTGraduate in reply to Snuffy_T

Oh my god!!! Broken boiler at those temperatures are the worst!!! Stay warm with loads of warm tea and fleece and blankets!

Snuffy_TGraduate in reply to IgaT

Our boiler guy has fixed it this evening, thankfully 🙏 it's nice and warm now !

IgaTGraduate in reply to Snuffy_T

Oh, that's good :) No, that's great!

UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Snuffy_T

It’s wasn’t me! Just got mine fixed last week.

IgaTGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Stop breaking everyone's heating systems!!!

lusmoGraduate in reply to Snuffy_T

That's terrible! I'm sorry.


No IgaT, don't stop now!

It's horrible outside - cold, dark, wet, windy. Who in their right mind would want to go out in that? But we're runners - we're mad!

Put it in your diary ...go on, plan it now. Then get your kit ready, do a really good warm up so you're actually nearly sweating before you leave the house, and go!

You know you want to!!


Come on you get off your a** and get that running gear on.

Don't let me down 😟😟

Think of all the hard work you put in to get you where you are

You got this


Iga don’t worry! Stop looking too deep into your momentary loss of motivation. Chill out (not literally though) and wait until your in a better frame of mind. Clearly you are having a couch moment......we’ve all been there and tomorrow or the next when you feel in a better running frame of mind you’ll be able to get up get out and run and.......enjoy it. So I wouldn’t worry this is just a blip. It will pass I’m sure,😉

Take care Iga and hope you feel better soon🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🤗🤗❤️


A week or so off regularly is a good thing Iga! Dont be so hard on yourself, enjoy some relax and then get back to it runner x

IgaTGraduate in reply to Millsie-J

It wasn't really relaxing week. I wrote as I was too close to slip back to comfort of couch for longer.

Personally, I am ok for 3 days without running, 4 if it was hectic. But longer than that I know is too big stretch for me and too hard to go back.

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to IgaT

I find its easier if you say.... ok, I am allowing myself ??? Days off , then I will run. It becomes a planned break. It works for me but possibly not everyone.

IgaTGraduate in reply to Millsie-J

Usually it works, but not always :(

I've been ill and haven't run for 10 days. The thought of going out tomorrow in the cold is really unappealing. But I have to do it... If I can then so can you. Report back this time tomorrow?

IgaTGraduate in reply to SubterraneanAlien

You can do it! I did it!

I know that less than 15 minutes is kind of nothing, but at the same time is kind of everything ;)


My mantra...(not word for word) but the trail of thought!

I never feel bad after a run. I always feel good after a run. There is only something good to gain from it.

Try and remember that feeling.

If in doubt just do it and see what happens!

Go on!!!


sorry to hear that you have lost motivation, I understand just how that feels, that was me last summer. Soon after I graduated I just lost it and it has taken me till march this year to find it again. It will come back when your ready. try going out for walks instead, getting out in nature does wonders for you

take care :)

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