More of a jog than a run!: I’ve never run before... - Couch to 5K

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More of a jog than a run!

Frankiev
Frankiev
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I’ve never run before but Just finished week 6, found it a big jump from week 5. Have lost 12lb so motivated to complete the program! Not looking forward to running in the dark , any tips anyone!

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Enxo

Brilliant! Well done! Have you changed your diet at all?

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Frankiev
Frankiev
in reply to Enxo

Just more careful about what I’m eating, cut down on bread , crisps and wine! But feeling better for it!

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Enxo
Enxo
in reply to Frankiev

Wine will be the hard one!

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tiggs1
tiggs1Graduate

Well done 👍 I bought a head torch and ran with it last night.... it made a massive difference :)

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Grannytobe
GrannytobeGraduate

Well done, great effort. Keep it up.

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IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Welcome to the forum and well done on your progress.

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

A job is spot on.

Enjoy your journey.

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Frankiev

Thanks, will keep at it. Didn’t realise I was supposed to warm up and stretch before the 5mins walk at the start/end of each session.

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Want2Babletorun

I've not started yet but at this moment in time would rather run in the dark so I can't be seen 🤪

Looking forward to getting started, getting fitted with proper running shoes next week.

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Alast

I'm new to this too, having just started week 2. I generally go out about 5:15 in the morning. I do this for two reasons, like you, I don't want to be seen but it also means that my 'normal day' isn't disrupted I can go out for 30 minutes, get home & have a stretch and sip a glass of water and by the time I'm feeling that I can move again it's 6 o'clock, my normal getting up time, so a good wash or a shower and into my usual routine.

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Confusedofaxminster
ConfusedofaxminsterGraduate
in reply to Alast

This is my routine, too! I've graduated on it, good luck!

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Alast

Thanks for the encouragement. Initially I struggled to run the first 60 seconds, but this morning on W2 I managed all 6 x 90 second 'runs'. At the moment though I can't comprehend having to run for 3 whole minutes twice in next weeks sessions, but then a week ago I couldn't comprehend running for 90 seconds, so I am hopeful...

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Frankiev
Frankiev
in reply to Alast

I was like that too, thought I was going to have a heart attack after running for the 90 seconds! But now can manage 25 mins straight! It’s amazing how far you can come in a few weeks. Good luck!

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Confusedofaxminster
ConfusedofaxminsterGraduate
in reply to Alast

Trust me, I was that person! I was horrified at my un-fitness! Follow the plan - we're all proof it works. Keep us updated and be proud of your achievements.

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Goforitmama
GoforitmamaGraduate

Good for you! Reflective gear is good and you can get little lights to attach to your wrist/jacket etc etc. Being visible is important.

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Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Lots of high viz and a head torch is useful... :) The main thing is to be seen... and for you to see where you are running too:)

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Alast
Alast
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I'd second the Hi-Viz thing too. Although I go out in a built up area and there are mostly street lamps, they don't all come on until half way through my session. I bought a men's waterproof cycling jacket from Aldi which is Hi-Viz green with added reflectors. It not only gives me the confidence that I can be seen (but more importantly, not recognised!) but being zipped up I can (quickly) open it up and let out some steam!

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LeeU
LeeUGraduate

Definitely a head touch and plenty of hi Vis.

Nothing wrong with jogging, forget speed, it's all about completing the 'runs' even if you end up going just above walking speed.

Slow and steady will get you there.

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Vegout25
Vegout25Graduate

Hi Frankiev, well done Week 5 is very enjoyable. I’m running W5R3 5.15am tomorrow. Have a headtorch and new batteries. Enjoy running early morning as it’s a great way to start the day 😊

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