Running update, completing the couch to 5k and buying new running shoes

You may have seen that I recently started running, despite never thinking that I would ever be a runner! So I thought I would share a little update on how it’s been going. As you may have guessed from the title, I have completed the couch to 5k program….well, sort of.

Why sort of? Well I shall explain. The couch to 5k program concentrates on running for longer and longer periods of of time, building you up from running for 60s up to 30 minutes as they found that on everyone by the time people are running for 30 minutes that they would be running about 5k.

In my last post I had run for about 20 minutes. The next step was 25 minutes, then 28 minute runs before going for the 30 minute run. Each step was so hard but I managed it and got to the end of week 8 and was running for 28 minutes. The podcasts in the couch to 5k programme were so good but by the end of week 8 I wasn’t enjoying them. There is a real mixture of music in each podcast but the end of the week 8 one just had some really monotonous dance music that really did not motivate me at all so I struggled to get to 28 minutes.

Week 9 started, the final week, but my first run was on a day I was tired and grumpy and the podcast started with the same monotonous music from week 8. Not a good start and yep I gave up at about 13 minutes. Argh. I was determined not to let it demotivated me though or ruin my progress but I figured the time had come to stop using the podcasts. So I created my own playlist and off I went and hit the 30 minute mark. Wahoo! But then on my next run I was slightly hungover, more hungover than I thought was,  and had to stop at about 25 mins as I was shattered.

So week 9 didn’t go brilliantly but again I didn’t want it to stop me so I tried again a few days later and yep I hit 30 mins again. So I have completed the couch to 5k programme but, here is the biggy, even though I have run the full 30 minutes, I haven’t quite reached 5k :/. My pace is pretty slow and in 30 mins I run about 4km. I’m still dead proud of myself but also feel a little weird that I have finished the programme but can’t actually run 5k! Still, I am sure I will get there.

I’ve also noticed an annoying little niggly pain in my foot as I have been running for longer periods so decided that perhaps my old trainers aren’t quite as supportive as they could be. I looked into buying new running shoes but where the heck do you start? I’ve been reading about a neutral foot print and over pronation and different types of shoe but honestly I was completely lost.

Thankfully I found a really great shop in Peterborough called Advance Performance who have a gait analysis service to help you find the perfect running shoe. I was so pleased I went as they were so helpful. I took my old trainers and the assistant (ryan) filmed my feet while I ran on the treadmill. We could see straight away that my old trainers were just not supporting my foot and ankle at all when I ran.photogrid_1474552410334

Ryan then got some newer trainers with a similar support level to my old ones that were past there best. These ones were better but still not that supportive. In total we tried 4 pairs of trainers, each time filming my feet as I ran on the treadmill to see how they fared. We whittled it down to 2 contenders and then it was down to me and how comfy they felt. I had a little run outside (and felt a bit stupid running round an industrial area) and made my choice. Hooray for me I chose the cheaper ones without having anything more than an average price range.

I was so pleased with the service and hugely relieved to actually get some advice from someone who knew what they were talking about. There is a £25 charge for the gait analysis if you decide not to buy shoes at the end but free if you do. For me, even though I may have been able to get the shoes cheaper somewhere else, online or something, it was good to know that these trainers are the right trainers and it was totally worth potentially paying a little more for my shoes (they were £100 eek, so much for running being a free hobby ha!). So if you live in the Peterborough/Cambridge area I definitely recommend a visit. (This isn’t a sponsored post in any way I was just impressed with the service!) img_20160921_170837

So I now need to break in my new trainers, and who knows maybe they will help me get to that elusive 5k!

17 thoughts on “Running update, completing the couch to 5k and buying new running shoes

  1. Ah well done, you’re doing a fab job! I love to run but it’s soooo hard to get into it! When you do get into it it’s really addictive though. I haven’t been exercising enough lately because of a few things that have been going on here. But earlier in the summer I signed up to an ultramarathon. Training for an event makes you get out there and do it and I’ve felt much better for doing the training. I suspect I won’t feel so amazing after the race though 😉

  2. Well done! Running for 30 minutes is still great, even if you don’t get to quite 5 k! The shop sounds brilliant too, definitely worth getting your trainers checked to make sure you have support. 🙂 x

  3. That sounds like such a great service! It seems like such a little thing, but once you get the right shoes it makes a huge difference. (Not that I run but, even with walking, getting better trainers has totally changed it from a chore to get from point A to point B to something I actually enjoy!) #thetruthabout

  4. Great effort Caroline! I used to go running about ten years ago before I had kids. I have to admit I never really enjoyed it and I always found it a struggle to make it to 30 minutes even after building up stamina. It’s so important to have the right trainers too so I’m glad you got some good advice and lovely expensive new shooz 🙂 Thanks for linking up hon Xx #thetruthabout

  5. Fantastic, you’ve done a brilliant job. I did C25K earlier this year and like you I was nowhere near 5K when I was running for 30 minutes. The important part is to keep going and you absolutely will get there. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, it’s the fact that you’re doing it that matters. #bestandworst

  6. It’s so important to get the right trainers so well worth the money (I don’t think you can get good trainers much cheaper). Well done on taking up running!! It’s such good exercise. You’ll gradually get quicker. I use Strava app on my iPhone which helps to check my pace and how far I have run. Good luck! Running is great! #bestandworst

  7. Adi has had several gait analysis done here, he thinks they are great too! Hope you find your new trainers make you run as fast as can be hehe. Thanks for linking up lovely #bestandworst

  8. Ah well done you! I did c25k about a year ago then gave up, so about 6 months ago I started a beginners running course. I was doing well and finished it, but now I’m pregnant I’ve been slacking as the morning sickness has meant I’m too poorly to run! x #twinklytuesday

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