A break from running for at least 12 weeks - Couch to 5K

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A break from running for at least 12 weeks

Realfoodieclub
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As some of you know MrRfc had a transplant 3 years ago which puts him in the extreme vulnerable category of people who have been asked not to have any face to face contact with anyone for 12 weeks.

The guidelines say that I could go out as long as I adopted rigorous social distancing and when in the house be 2 meters apart, eat and sleep in different rooms, use the kitchen at separate times and basically live separate lives in the same house.

For me the only thing I would be doing outside in this climate is running but I went out today and people barged up to me and wouldn’t move to the other side of the pavement when I tried to avoid them so we have decided the safest thing for the both of us is for me to self isolate with him and live our lives together in our house with no outside contact. I would miss him so much if we were in the same house but trying to avoid each other.

I have a cross trainer and weight bench and various videos/podcasts. So I am aiming to keep going with my exercise but just be inventive.

I’ll still be coming on here to get my virtual running fix and I am already looking forward to slowly building up my running when we come through the other end of this.

Stay safe and look after yourself and your loved ones.

Rfc x

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AlMorr
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You have made the correct decision RFC, just think of it, once everything is back to normal, anything from 3 months to 9 months judging by some news reports today you might even restart with C25K, that would bring back pleasant memories, I am hoping that things will be back to normal at the latest by July, but is that wishful thinking.

catgirl1976
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in reply to AlMorr

That's it though no one knows when things will get back to normal and with me I decided not to upset myself about it as its one of those things beyond my control.

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to AlMorr

Thank you, I have restarted C25k a couple of times and the first run always fills me with happiness so I am looking forward to it. Take care. Rfc x

Sandraj39
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Thinking of you both Realfoodieclub 💕. You are an amazing person and having followed your story on here, I know you would do nothing less than anything for Mr RFC. Take care, use that cross trainer when you can and remember we are all here to chat, whenever. 🙂x

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you. I don’t think I would ever be far away from these forums. Take care. Rfc x

GoogleMe
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Good luck. You are a great one for the art of the possible, you've had to be, it will stand you in good stead now.

I am planning to run tomorrow in woods near me where I did a lot of C25K, back then I liked all the different rides and paths so I could go in another direction and hide if I spotted anyone... and I guess it will be the same again tomorrow for very different reasons. I'll take you with me (redoing C25K so it is W4R1, podcast)

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to GoogleMe

Thank you. I will look forward to coming on everyone’s runs in spirit. Have a great run. Take care Rfc x

Take care, wishing you and Mr RFC well x

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to agirlinwinter

Thank you. Rfc x

That's a wise decision and obviously the best way to move forwards Rfc. It won't be easy, do let us know how you are managing and enjoy some indoor exercise. You can shake your tail feathers during Yoga with Adrienne you know!

Best wishes to you and Mr Rfc.

😊xxx

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thank you. I have been looking at some dance exercise classes on amazon prime. I might give them a go, or maybe turn the music up and just dance just for the fun of it. Take care. Rfc x

SeeJillRun
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You’ve definitely made the wisest and safest decision for you both. It’s hard to believe how blasé some people seem to be about the whole thing. I haven’t run since early December thanks to bursitis in my hip but we went for a socially distant walk today n I couldn’t believe how many people were just carrying on as if it wasn’t happening. We walked my running route and it’s the most people I’ve ever seen on it. Most of them kept their distance but we still had to avoid plenty of them. Stay safe and we’ll see you and Mr Rfc on the other side x

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to SeeJillRun

Thank you. Up until Friday I have been going out daily with a little 3.5km. Run one day walk the next. If I saw someone they walked as far to the other side of the pavement as possible and So did I. Saturday was completely different and so was today, for me it was the deciding factor, I just didn’t feel I could keep a safe environment on my runs anymore. Take care. Rfc x

SeeJillRun
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in reply to Realfoodieclub

You’re absolutely right, it’s too big of a risk if people are going to behave like idiots. Thanks, you too 😊x

lexi6
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That sounds the most sensible thing to do Realfoodieclub a courageous decision from a very courageous person. You and Mr Rfc take care. 🥰

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to lexi6

Thank you, and you too. Rfc x

2Tired2Run
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Good luck, keep well and safe

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to 2Tired2Run

Thank you, you too. Rfc x

Sending good wishes to you both

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Raspberrypink

Thank you, take care. Rfc x

You have to do what you feel is right for you.

Last Tuesday I cancelled a trip to Barry as I thought to myself that it wasn't something that was really essential and can wait for another day.

Most things can easily wait.

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to catgirl1976

Thank you. That’s it isn’t it, hopefully if we are careful then. we will have one big catchup to do later and it will be fun. Take care. Rfc x

Irish-John
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Best stay safe RFC. I had a situation today where water was coming through a wall, I reluctantly went to a hardware store and couldn't believe how blade everyone - staff, customers, even a manager - was about "crowding".

And we are all supposed to be on lockdown now - I'm exempt as we do "structural repairs" but tbph I'd rather not be. There was no way all those asshats at Home Depot were "essential catagory"

Rotten thing about this virus is it doesn't just cull the wilfully ignorant and uncaring :(

Anyhow, very best wishes for you and Mr RFC ❤️

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Irish-John

Thank you, I am hoping that everything in The house behaves for the next few weeks 😳. Take care of yourself. Rfc x

Irish-John
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in reply to Realfoodieclub

Looking forward to running together with you in 12 weeks ❤️

Granspeed
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I’m sure you will feel you are doing the right thing as time goes by. No such choice is ever going to be easy. Mr GS is also in the very high risk group, so we are doing something similar. We are looking at our blessings - home and garden and lovely neighbours waving through windows and leaving bits of shopping on our doorstep. Plus video call contact with family and friends. The rest of it, we will figure out. Take great care but be of good cheer. And thanks for all you do you keep this forum going and to cheer & inspire the rest of us.

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Granspeed

Thank you. Exactly I am sure as we find our routines things will feel more relaxed and then we be over the other side of it before we know it. Take care of you both. Rfc x

Granspeed
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in reply to Realfoodieclub

Thank goodness for this forum. 💕

IannodaTruffe
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Look after yourselves, T.

Better safe than sorry.

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you. You too. Rfc x

Speedy60
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It is a hardship, but try to think of it as happiness in the bank. Stay safe, and always come here for support. 💕

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Speedy60

Thank you, I will keep coming on here, I am sure it will help to keep me going, take care Rfc x

Joanney69
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Take care of you both, see you on the other side ☺

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Joanney69

Oh I replied to this last night and it didn’t go, sorry. Thank you, it’s going to be a celebration. Take care. Rfc x

Joanney69
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in reply to Realfoodieclub

It's OK I get that sometimes too 😊

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

The really great thing is that if you’re both self isolating for 12 weeks, that 2m rule doesn’t apply. Have lots of happy times cuddled up on that couch... when the time comes, you know how to get off it again.

Stay safe my friend... this time doesn’t have to be a negative, you and Mr RfC can have date night every night... enjoy!

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thank you, so true. It just made more sense to us. Stay safe, take care. Rfc x

Best choice, Rfc! Did you read about the French guy who ran a marathon on the balcony of his block of flats? He proved he could do it but commented that his time wasn't very good!!

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Runawaytrainer

Thank you. I have a little outdoor space and I just walked as much of a lap as I could with my garmin and it came to 200 mtr. I might do something with that. Take care. Fc x

Runawaytrainer
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in reply to Realfoodieclub

Mine came to 0.19km, running indoors on the spot for 30 mins. It created a pretty pattern though!

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Runawaytrainer

We could see who could come up with the biggest wiggle line 😂😂😂. Rfc x

Myfi
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Best wishes to you both!

Take care and please keep safe and healthy!🤗👍💐

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Myfi

Thank you, you too. Rfc x

That’s a good decision. I’m on that list too as I’m immunosuppressed. So we are both self isolating. I have a spin bike, a hula hoop, weights and some audio and video exercise sessions. So plan is to do an equivalent amount of exercise as I was doing. I will just be using different muscles which could be good. 😊

Trying to stay positive.

Stay safe. 😊

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Knittingrunner

It will fly past. And I have this image of me emerging like a new butterfly, The reality will probably be very different but I can aim high 😂😂😂. Take care and look after yourselves. Rfc x

😂 I have that image of me too! We will see. First session on the spin bike done. Sore behind and new muscle aches! 😉

Take care. 😊

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Knittingrunner

I can’t imagine how I’m going to feel after the first cross trainer session it’s been over 6 years, it was workout getting it free from junk 😂😂😂.

😂. At least my bike wasn’t being used as a clothes horse which was my husband thought I’d use it for. Enjoy the cross trainer.

Right decision and I am just sorry that people are so irresponsible and selfish. There was that man who ran the marathon on his balcony in Italy? The cross trainer will be a good substitute and no doubt C25k will come up with an alternative any minute now to adapt for people who cannot go out. Keep posting and we will be here to support

Oldfloss
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in reply to Timotea

You read my mind... the Off the Couch guide t running indoors will be posted by lunchtime!!!

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Timotea

Thank you my outdoor space in a convoluted lap is 200 mtr but I might work with that. Take care. Rfc x

Oldfloss
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You know exactly how I will respond to this...just amazing!

You are and have always been the most leafless, inspirational person in so, so many ways.

What other choice could you make... :)

Stay safe, stay working out and.... oh...just by chance... I am about to post an Off the Couch post which will be tackling....running C25K indoors! :)

And as IannodaTruffe would say.. stay smiling !

Love Flossxx

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Oldfloss

Bless you sweetie, thank you. Looking forward to reading the tips about running indoors. I dug out my rebounder yesterday and put the legs back on it. I can take that outside on sunny days. Take care of you and yours. Lots of love. Rfc x

linda9389
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I have had the same experience outdoors this weekend. So disappointing. Take care RFC and Mr RFC. Hope you find some food for the soul as well as your weights etc. There does seem to be a wealth of stuff available online. Wishing you well and hoping this will all be behind us in the shortest possible time.

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to linda9389

Thank you. I have amazon prime and they have a lot free exercise videos with the membership as well. This weekend was craziness to be honest I was shocked. Take care. Rfc x

It got crazy here in cardiff which is why I was glad I had gone out early as when I was coming back home the parks were starting to fill up.

Oldlady57
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Take care of yourselves & stay well Mr & Mrs RFC. Your runs will be waiting when your able to x

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Oldlady57

Thank you. Take care. Rfc x

Thats the thing running can easily wait for another time.

Jell6
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I was thinking about you yesterday Rfc when I was reading the list of vulnerable people, trying to fathom out which staff (if any) fell into these categories.

It is such a shame that people are not compliant with social distancing, but they aren't, and that is where we are.

I think that you have made the right decision for you. Take care of yourselves, and stay healthy 🤗

Realfoodieclub
RealfoodieclubGraduate
in reply to Jell6

Thank you. I do think that over the last couple of weeks how the majority have adapted is wonderful, the minority will get there I am sure. Take care. Rfc x

Jazzyrunner
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I am sorry you need to do this, but I totally see why you are. I would do the same. Enjoy your different exercise, stay well and safe together

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Jazzyrunner

Thank you. It is going to be interesting to say the least 😀. Take care. Rfc x

ButtercupKid
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Well done you - that’s both brave and unselfish of you. Hope this turns out to be a special time of real closeness for you both x

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to ButtercupKid

Thank you, we have always done a lot together, lucilky we really do like each other’s company. Take care. Rfc x

CandyCool
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I think that would be my choice too. OH and I are trying to do our bit keeping away from the grandchildren and only going to shops when necessary. I was amazed yesterday at how many folk, whole families ,were out walking. Which was lovely to see, from the required distance. BUT the photos I saw and heard about in parks, seaside resorts and national parks makes me so cross. Just like this panic buying there are some very odd people in society who, like fast speeding drivers, probably won’t be the ones to suffer from this. I find selfish irresponsible behaviour very gauling! Stay safe and well xx

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to CandyCool

Thank you, this weekend was a surprise, take care. Rfc x

sigasiga
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I hope you both stay well. Running will still be there when it's safe for you to start again 😊

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to sigasiga

Thank you. That will be a good run 😀. Take care. Rfc x

Getfitok
GetfitokGraduate

Take care x

Realfoodieclub
RealfoodieclubGraduate
in reply to Getfitok

You too. Rfc x

Look after yourselves. Stay safe x

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Shailrun

Thank you, you too Rfc x

backintime
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I'm sorry it come to this, but you know you made the right decision and this too shall pass

I read a story about someone running a marathon on their balcony...foodie for thought? :D

My elderly neighbours felt just the same on Saturday RFC. All week they had been able to keep their distance and be independent, but something happened at the weekend, and they’ve now accepted my offer to do their shopping for them.

I cannot understand the way some people are reacting to this, and just not getting the message about distancing themselves.

Love to all of you who are on lock down or self isolating. We will get through this and if we have to start C25k again, we will do it altogether .

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Dexy5

That is so nice of you. To be honest this weekend was a bit scary, up until then I had been walking running alternate days, a nice little 3.5km route and it was great, at the weekend that just became unsafe. We will come out stronger and with great communities. Take care. Rfc x

Gwenllian1
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This has to be the right decision for you both. A Spanish friend in serious lockdown told me about the Instagram hashtag #yoentrenaencasa (I’m training at home). So many people showing how they are keeping fit in flats and apartments. Inspiring!

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Gwenllian1

Thank you. I’m not the best in instagram but I will have a look at that. Take care. Rfc x

Annieapple
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Love in action!!! we are proud of you!!

Big hugs & we pray you both stay fit and healthy. 🌈 💕

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Annieapple

Aw bless thank you. Take care. Rfc x

Sybilw
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Hard decision but you’ve chosen with your heart. The roads will still be there. Thinking of you meantime.

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Sybilw

Thank you. When we come out of the other side of this, all of us will appreciate those roads so much more. Take care. Rfc x

Gingernutter
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Both of you be safe xx

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to Gingernutter

Thank you, you too. Rfc x

skysue16
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Oh my Rfc! Very sensible decision but hard, at least you have each other 😊 I found the print outs of the exercise plan you devised and was thinking of starting that again (since I got on well with it last time). I haven’t run for 3 weeks due to cold/laryngitis but hope to get a run in this week because it is my 4year C25K Runiversary on Friday!

Look forward to hearing about your exercise plan and progress 😊 Take care

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to skysue16

Thank you. Hehe, I still have them on my website too. realfoodieclub.ovh/page13.html

Take care. Rfc x

GoGo_JoJo
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Tough decision but of course the right one. We're here for you 💕

Realfoodieclub
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in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thank you. I will be around. Take care. Rfc x

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