Couch to 5K
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Good Morning all, Fat old fart (FOF) reporting in on week 1, day 1.

First things first, I did it ! 8 minutes of running interspersed between 90 seconds of walking, enjoyed maybe too strong a word but not unpleasant.

The things I've learned (school boy errors):

- Don't run directly away from home, I ended up two miles away at the end of the session.

- People are really friendly when you're on foot, everyone says hi or morning.

- I can't work out where to put my keys or phone (which is what I'm using as an IPOD) may have to investigate a fanny pack or something.

- Don't shower before you go out, doh !, you'll need to shower again when you get back.

- Watch out for cars/vans/tractors when you can't hear them

Otherwise all good, I'll see you Wednesday.

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Welcome to the C25K programme and forums. I'm on week 5 now and still tend to run away from home, only doubling back for the last 5 minutes, so I always have a long walk home. I don't mind the walk back as long as it's not too hot. I have one or two 5km circular routes planned for when I can run for 30mins, but I quite like my current route.

I carry my phone in a small Karrimor running belt as others here recommended, (available in Sports Direct for a fiver or slightly less).


Thanks Swanscot, I didn't mind the walk either really but I'm on holiday at the moment so time isn't an issue but when I'm back at work I need to get the time right.

And thanks for the running belt tip I'll go and find one of those.


I've got one of those little arm bands for your phone, its really handy....I got mine from sports direct too.


Just read Aldi have running pants with an inbuilt pocket for keys etc. I'm going to investigate that, though a belt with maybe space for a bottle would be good too.


I think I'm going for Swanscot's suggestion because my shorts have pockets but what I found is that when I jogged the weight of the phone and keys started pulling my shorts down. A fat, 51 year old huffing and puffing around the countryside in shorts is no one's idea of aesthetically pleasing, with my shorts around my ankles it's plain embarrassing ;-)


Welcome Chewy & well done for completing your first run (I'm on W8 & still feel that W1 was the toughest of all). Agree with other comments about light running belts, they're great. Best of luck to you for the rest of the programme. :-)


Great job! I just started week 3 and agree with notbad, week 1 was the toughest so far. Cool that you are out there, doing something for you! I'm a FOH (fat old hag) so I admire you for doing it! Gayle


Thanks Gayle - I'm encouraged that it doesn't get any tougher than this, in theory if I've done this it doesn't get any more painful.


Thanks everyone. I will say that the encouragement people are giving each other is just fantastic. I'm feeling as though I've found a community of people like me when in fact I thought I was the only one.


I found an armband for my phone in pound land - but they don't always seem to have them in stock. It has been an absolute bargain.


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