Fitting it all in: Hi, I've done the programme... - Couch to 5K

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Fitting it all in

Jester13
Jester13

Hi, I've done the programme before and stupidly then stopped running 🙄 I've had a lot of life changes in the past couple of years, I'm now a single mum of two with little to no support, I work full time too. I'm ridiculously unfit now and unhappy with how I look so keen to start running again. My question is how do people for in the runs when you have kids and you work? X

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Only just started the 5k app, so sorry no answer. I agree it seems hard especially as it dark and cold out. I'm aiming to do one on a school pickup. And one in a lunch time, bit nervous it will be hard in later weeks but defo starting there. That should just leave one to fit in.

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate

What age are your children , could they join in with you ?

Deals1
Deals1Graduate

Sorry no answers . But u sound determined! 😁👍 Could u maybe run in lunch break? Maybe depending on age your children might run with u or be in bikes etc.... On a day off..

Good luck

That’s tough. How old are the kids? Can they be on their own for 30 minutes with maybe a neighbour they can knock for... or cycle while you run... do they go to their dad at all... play in a park while you run round the perimeter... do you get a lunch hour at work... 🤔

It’s hard to answer without knowing how old your kids are. If they were older perhaps they could be in the play area of the park while you run circuits around them? Or if you had another friend who’s doing C25K could you switch days with them and share childcare that way?

For me, I’m (optimistically hoping to) drop my kid off at nursery at 8am wearing running gear. Then run for 30 mins and end at home. Shower and get to work for 9am. I do have a really short commute though.

That should see me through the colder/darker months when evening runs are miserable. I’m hoping to run all/part of the way home a couple of times a week from home once I finish the programme. Will just leave my work clothes in my locker and take them home the next day. Won’t bother with a running bag or anything. Just take home my purse, phone and keys. Will leave a pair of work shoes permanently under my desk and commute in trainers.

Good luck - you can do it! x

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Welcome back to running.

Is it possible to run at lunchtime? Could the kids be with you? It would be a good example to set them if they could either run with you, or maybe play in a park with you running around the area they are in so you can always see them.

The other option would be to train in a gym that has childcare... there are probably several dotted around, I found these dwfitnessfirst.com/classes-... so maybe there’s one near you?

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