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Hiya everyone

I used to do a lot of jogging when I had my first son (13 years ago) and would three times a week go out for a 30/40 minute jog.... I was very fit, very slim and very happy.....

That changed when I got my daughter (I lost her twin sister during the pregnancy), but I was still jogging albeit short distances when I was pregnant with my son who is now nearly 7.

Anyway to cut a long story short - I also suffer from depression - and as a result of that I have gained 3 stone above what I should be - yes I know, easy to stop eating the food... but I've had a rough few years.... and now have two kids with special needs - Tourettes plus ADHD and another one with Aspergers - I know... no excuse for the overeating OK? :)

So.... weeks ago I decided enough was enough and decided to get back into jogging, so got myself a stop watch, along with a special bra (ladies will understand that!). Today I went out, and gently did a run for a minute, then walk for 90 seconds, then run for a minute etc. etc., x 8. Cor blimely that was hard work - believe it or not - I so need to lose many pounds here! I honestly felt like an lumpy elephant plodding and wobbling along I really did - and I was so put off by others (how dare they!) who appeared on the cyclepath/walkway that I was running on!

Anyway, I used an old pair of trainers which was all I had but I think I could do with some new ones - can anyone recommend to me the best types to go for nowadays please?

Any tips would be appreciated too - although I was plodding along I did in a mad way enjoy getting out...

Christine
 

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Hi Madaboutbuns (great name by the way)

Sounds like you've had an interesting few years....I'm fairly new to this running lark myself so I can't offer huge amounts of advice - but I can say that you've come to the right place - the amount of support and encouragement on this site is amazing.

The only thing I would say is don't be put off by others. I haven't yet met a runner who looks down on someone else because they're new or slow or overweight.

There are a few people on this forum doing the run/walk program - I'm sure they'll give you all the encouragement you need.

Good luck
 

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Hi Mad about Buns, I am still pretty new to running, and like you found it hard to run for a minute at a time when I started out eight weeks ago. Dont get discouraged, it does get easier, I have been following a run/walk program, from a book called running made easy, which I purchased from Amazon. It well worth the money - about £6 i think it was. I am on week eight and run for three minutes at a time now. Its increased slowly, so saves any injury from over exertion. If you suffer from depression, running is great for increasing endorphins, and I used to find it hard getting out of bed at 7am but I now get up at 6 three mornings a week to run, and I feel ready to face the world once I come back and jump in the shower. I go to work then feeling great because I know that I have done my running, not sure I would be so keen after a long day in work. As for running shoes, I brought some Nike shox which I thought would be okay, but had some problems with pain in my achilles heel, so I went to a specialist running shop, where I was told that the trainers that I had paid £70 for were nothing but fashion trainers but I had a gait test and they recommended some Asics Gel 1130 trainers which are great, and I haven't had any problems with my heel since. It is well worth getting the correct shoes, and as I have entered the 5k race for life in July dont want to risk injury. Keep at it and good luck :d
 

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Howdy madabout buns, welcome to the forum!

Don't worry about anyone else, or pay attention to what standard they're at - everyone is at a different state of training and has different abilities. Slowsteve made a great point "I haven't yet met a runner who looks down on someone else because they're new or slow or overweight" because it's so very true, I have the utmost respect for anyone willing to get out that front door and go for a walk,jog,run,plod, whatever you want to call it - getting out there is a fantastic thing to do and you'll progress in no time.

I'm sure the other forum members are sick of me saying it, but it wasn't that long ago (3 years now, though it seems like 1 at most!) that I wasn't able to run a 2 mile circuit by my house in one go - now I'm quite capable of doing so and I'd like to think I'm getting quite competitive as time goes by, typically finishing in the top 10% at races.

As for buying replacement shoes - most important point is to goto a specialist running shop, not JJB or sportsworld or the like - but a proper sports shop who can look at you running and advise what level of cushioning and support you need. You can be perfectly honest with them from the start about what you're hoping to spend etc and they'll be happy to advise you accordingly.

Keep us updated with your progress and we'll help to keep you motivated Christine :) Any other questions just ask away :d
 

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Thanks for your welcomes :)

I spoke with a friend's hubby on the way to school today and he said Asics as far as he was concerned were the best that he has found - he uses them himself for running (he is very into exercise) - so I thought I may as well go and see what our local sports shop had - and spoke with a lady there, told her I was wanting to start running again and she also recommended Asics over Nike and Reebok - which when I was first running years ago - they were THE shoes to wear - so I guess maybe there is more competition in running shoes nowadays!

She was also even wearing some herself and loved her own pair! So I tried a size 6 pair on Asic Gel 1120, fitted perfectly, and felt really bouncy and supported well in them - which proves how useless my trainers I used yesterday were - no wonder I plodded hard on the ground! They were in the sale, £50 reduced from £65 or something like that - which isn't bad for my first pair of trainers I think. Even the cashier was wearing a pair too!!! Blimely!

Well, I'm having a rest day today - and will be out tomorrow morning (once the kids are at school) for my one minute run, 90 seconds walk x 8, hopefully bouncing along!!!! :d

I've also written in my diary the words RUN three times a week, so that it is booked in regardless of what else I have going on! I've also thought that the kids can come with me in the holidays, they can go on their bikes or scooteres along the path that I take so I have not no excuse not to start this jogging now. I'll be happy once I've lost half a stone ... that is my milestone at the moment.

If I can make sure I have time to watch Eastenders at least three times a week then I can make sure I go for a jog three times a week!

Christine
 

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Welcome to RF Christine.

Keep it going...sure you will.

BTW...have got 5 bunnies so I must be madaboutbuns too!! Or are you mad about (fruit)buns? !
 

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Hi Christine

I'm a newbie runner too, and also overweight. I was more overweight than you when I started (about 4 stone), but in just 9 weeks, I've lost 10 pounds (I'd already lost 3 before I started, so I'm hoping to celebrate the first stone lost next week :))

Running definitely makes it easier to lose weight - apart from all those wonderful endorphins, which make comfort eating entirely unnecessary, the extra calories burned mean that it's easier to still have the odd treat and manage to keep losing weight :d

I'm sure I bounce and wobble all over the place as I plod along, but I've never had anything other than comradely greetings from other (much fitter and slenderer) runners I've met while out. It definitely feels like running, any kind of running (or jogging, or plodding), instantly makes you part of an exclusive but very welcoming club, the moment you step out the door in your running shoes.

Good luck :)
 

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Hiya - well I would like to lose 3 stone eventually - that would be take me to a good and healthy weight - thanks for your message, already I feel part of a club and I haven't even met any of you!!!


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Hi Christine

I'm a newbie runner too, and also overweight. I was more overweight than you when I started (about 4 stone), but in just 9 weeks, I've lost 10 pounds (I'd already lost 3 before I started, so I'm hoping to celebrate the first stone lost next week :))

Running definitely makes it easier to lose weight - apart from all those wonderful endorphins, which make comfort eating entirely unnecessary, the extra calories burned mean that it's easier to still have the odd treat and manage to keep losing weight :d

I'm sure I bounce and wobble all over the place as I plod along, but I've never had anything other than comradely greetings from other (much fitter and slenderer) runners I've met while out. It definitely feels like running, any kind of running (or jogging, or plodding), instantly makes you part of an exclusive but very welcoming club, the moment you step out the door in your running shoes.

Good luck :)
 

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Yep, I have four houserabbits - have had rabbits for over 12 years now - and am pretty mad about them - hence the name!!!! :d

Don't talk to me about fruitbuns or hot cross buns or anything like that - I told hubby off at the weekend for buying yet another pack of hot cross buns!!!!! Too yummy!

Christine


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Welcome to RF Christine.

Keep it going...sure you will.

BTW...have got 5 bunnies so I must be madaboutbuns too!! Or are you mad about (fruit)buns? !
 

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Yep, I remember when I did do running, I didn't do comfort eating at all - just as you say it does give us those happy endorphins or whatever they are! :d

I'm gonna stick with 7lbs - half a stone at a time, but not sure what time limit to put on it - what do you think?

christine


bagpuddycat said:
Hi Christine

I'm a newbie runner too, and also overweight. I was more overweight than you when I started (about 4 stone), but in just 9 weeks, I've lost 10 pounds (I'd already lost 3 before I started, so I'm hoping to celebrate the first stone lost next week :))

Running definitely makes it easier to lose weight - apart from all those wonderful endorphins, which make comfort eating entirely unnecessary, the extra calories burned mean that it's easier to still have the odd treat and manage to keep losing weight :d

I'm sure I bounce and wobble all over the place as I plod along, but I've never had anything other than comradely greetings from other (much fitter and slenderer) runners I've met while out. It definitely feels like running, any kind of running (or jogging, or plodding), instantly makes you part of an exclusive but very welcoming club, the moment you step out the door in your running shoes.

Good luck :)
 

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madaboutbuns? think I'll change my name to madaboutboddingtons! Anyway, I am back to running after a long layoff and not trying to lose any weight particularly but have done, it will just drop off you when running regularly- just stick with it! Another plus is that after a bad day at work I just put on the shoes turn up the music and pound the pavements- stress along with a half pint of sweat gets left behind and I feel ready for anything!
 

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Haha! I'd automatically assumed you meant fruit/iced buns. They've got a Giant house rabbit at the Pets @ Home down the road from us... he's awesome, like the king of all rabbits! My other half preferred a little dwarf rabbit that we've now named Alfie.

Going slightly off topic, how should you pick up a rabbit? By the scruff of it's neck and supporting it's bum/feet or under it's belly (& supporting bum/feet)? :embarrassed:
 

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LOL @ Mark

Hi MAB

I also have 3 stone to lose. I am into the 4th week of my training programme from http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml the couch to 5km schedule. I started at alternate 60 seconds running, 90 seconds walking and am now up to 5mins running. I bought some new trainers yesterday and they made all the difference tonight.

Keep up the good work and maybe we can support each other?
 

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Ohhh not by the scruff! No no no!! :eek:

Just pick him up like you would a cat and hold him straight to your chest so he or she feels safe and secure.....

By nature rabbits don't like being picked up - as they are prey animals - they just don't like it - I've had buns for over 12 years, and none of them like being picked up, but sometimes they have to be for bum checks, nail clipping and things like that!! :d


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Haha! I'd automatically assumed you meant fruit/iced buns. They've got a Giant house rabbit at the Pets @ Home down the road from us... he's awesome, like the king of all rabbits! My other half preferred a little dwarf rabbit that we've now named Alfie.

Going slightly off topic, how should you pick up a rabbit? By the scruff of it's neck and supporting it's bum/feet or under it's belly (& supporting bum/feet)? :embarrassed:
 

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Had to laugh at your message!!!!! If I had a super fast metabolism, then my name would well be madaboutsausagerolls!!!!! :d

I run in the day-time, as the kids are at school, hubby works long hours so he doesn't get back till late, by then I'm tired and ready for bed! At least I can make sure I do a jog/walk three times a week.

Christine




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madaboutbuns? think I'll change my name to madaboutboddingtons! Anyway, I am back to running after a long layoff and not trying to lose any weight particularly but have done, it will just drop off you when running regularly- just stick with it! Another plus is that after a bad day at work I just put on the shoes turn up the music and pound the pavements- stress along with a half pint of sweat gets left behind and I feel ready for anything!
 
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