Couch to 5K (C25K) Running

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Re: Couch to 5K (C25K) Running

The story in Zombies, Run! seems to pick up in later missions...

 

I did a comparatively long zombie run on Saturday last weekend, followed by hiking in the foot hills around town on Sunday... so I'm aching too! Everywhere. The dog came with me on both the run and the hike, and since she's a dog and the hiking trail rules allow her to be off leash, well, she probably ran four times as far as I walked on the hike, and way faster. It's taken her nearly two days to recover! Silly animal, has no idea how to pace herself.

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Re: Couch to 5K (C25K) Running

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I occasionally walk my friends rottweiler when they're out of town.  As its not my dog, and I'm mroe of a cat person, I daren't let him off leash.  So what happens is that for the first half of the walk, he drags me along.  And then for the second half, he's worn out and I have to drag him back home.  They do seem to lack the ability to pace themselves these dogs. Smiley Very Happy  Gives my arms a good work out though!

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Re: Couch to 5K (C25K) Running

The second run is much, much easier than the first!  And I was only 7 seconds off my last pace so I didn't exactly take it easier.  I wonder how many people give up on this after one go thinking its always goign to be that hard?

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Re: Couch to 5K (C25K) Running

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I was thinking the first thing after my first Zombie run, but then reminded myself that if I was in such great shape that this was easy, I wouldn't need the Z5K app to get me into shape...

 

And frankly, the amount of money I've had to spend on proper running shoes, to save my poor legs from knee injuries and shin splints, is great incentive to keep this up. I'm fairly sure the store won't let me take them back for a refund after I've been using them for over a month!

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Re: Couch to 5K (C25K) Running

I bought my running shoes 18 months ago in a sale and only just started - so that failed to motivate me. Smiley Very Happy  But I'm raring to go again!  One of my friends is trying to get me to commit to next years local town half marathon - but I don't think I'm far enough along to commit to that yet!!

 

My previous years attempts (I didn't try last year) have also led to shin splints for me.  I seem fine so far - but I've only been twice I guess!  Here's hoping the more structured build up and/or the new shoes help.

 

 

I'm still deciding whether to buy an armband for my phone, or just continue holding it which appears to work fine!

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Re: Couch to 5K (C25K) Running

My left knee hurt a bit after the second run and quite a lot after the third.  It's given me some trouble a few times before with my exercise bike and I've used that for years so I'm not sure I can hope it's just because I'm not used to this.  Time to try one of those knee supports and hopefully it'll help or my brief attempt at running might be soon over. Smiley Sad

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Re: Couch to 5K (C25K) Running

Spend the time and money to go to a store where they know what they're talking about, adn splurge on high-quality running shoes as well. Running in shoes that are a poor fit, or are not good enough quality, is one of the cruelest things you can do to your joints.

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Re: Couch to 5K (C25K) Running

The knee support seems to do the trick!  Got this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Neo-MEDICAL-PATELLA-SUPPORT-breathable/dp/B001M04WVK/

 

Used it twice now.  The end result is my knee is fine and the rest of my leg aches instead!

 

From what I've read, there are two likely causes of knee pain.  Shoes unsuitable for your running style (as you said) and weak and/or inflexible leg muscles.  I think the latter applies to me as I tried some stretching exercises and my left leg is far less flexible than my right and I know from wii fit that it's weaker.  Problems with those muscles will mean the knee won't be in line and will be twisting or something.

The support holds it in place and the rest of my leg muscles now ache instead.  I'm fine with that as that's a lot less painful and hopefully now they're being made to do their job instead of leaving it to the knee they will over time strengthen and I'll be alright.

 

 

Was away visiting family this last weekend and took my Mum for a run yesterday!

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Re: Couch to 5K (C25K) Running

Squats and lunges, squats and lunges...! Smiley Happy

 

My knees hurt a lot less since I started actively trying to build leg muscles, it definitely helps.

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Re: Couch to 5K (C25K) Running

Season 2 of Zombies, Run! was released today, for both Android and iOS, in the form of a free update to the existing app.

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