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Week 9 Run 3 done

I have been stupid.

Yesterday I ran Week 9 Run 2 and struggled - and ended up with numb arms. I posted here and people were rightly concerned and suggested I stop and have a check up. I was so miserable and worried that I deleted the post. I looked at some websites which recommended shaking your arms and wiggling your fingers to keep circulation to your hands.

Today I decided to go for Week 9 run 3. I'm sorry for ignoring your advice - and I'll delete this post if it is a poor example.

So I set off at a gentle pace 7.5 kph on a treadmill - waving my arms about every 2 mins and wiggling my fingers. Got to 30 mins feeling fine. Kept going. Felt fine at 40 mins but decided to stop there.

By my maths that is 5K. I finished C25K with a 5K run. Slow - and against good advice.

Thanks for all you comments and sorry for ignoring the advice. I promise to be careful, but I don't want to give up running.


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Well done on graduating and with a 40 minute run and 5k, excellent effort. Take care with your numb arms, hopefully it was just a one off, if it happens again you should check all is OK with your doctor. Have to say I would have done exactly what you did. Woo hoo you have graduated :-) shiny green badge on its way to you :-D


Well done James. Just make sure you listen ri your body and rest when you need to.

Viki :-)


Congratulations for graduating!

So glad you're still here (!) and posting - maybe the numbness was just from hyperventilating from going a bit too fast? (Maybe not a bad idea to get things checked out anyway - so you can stop worrying about it?)

Take care, and enjoy your running safely!


Ah you poor thing, you sound so torn between what you know is sensible and your love of running. I'm glad you are ok and congratulations on your graduation!!

You certainly don't need to give up running but a trip to the GP would perhaps either clear your mind and let you know you are issue free or it will give you the wings (meds) you need in order to continue running worry free, either way you win :) of course you know best and I am sure you will do what is right for you. If it was a friend or family member of yours I wonder what your advice would have been to them? More often than not these things are nothing to worry about but it is always wise to check for your own peace of mind.

Wishing you all the very best and once again well done on your graduation!!

Jems :)


Congratulations on graduating, sorry to hear about the numbness, maybe it was just a one off.

As others have said i would just get checked out to be on the safe side.

You have just ran for 40 minutes with no problems, using the arm shake and finger waggle technique, good for you.

All the best



Congratulations on completing week 9 run 3


James I was worried about a you, so glad you are safe. People with heart problems can still run though, under medical guidance. The heart is a muscle that needs exercising. gone are the days when you would be advised to just rest. Take care.


Congratulations thats excellent :) :)

you should feel very proud of all the work you have put in over the last few weeks.

Before I commenced this running adventure I checked with my GP as I have a hole in the heart but with their advice, help and monitoring they are perfectly happy for me to run. So please do go and have a chat to ease all our minds. I have lost weight and cholestrol level has come down - happy runner

Good luck - do keep us updated



Congratulations on graduating :) Bit of a worry about the numbness, so perhaps it's worth getting it checked out, as others have said? Well done though on completing c25k!


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