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Hi all.... just an introduction and a few questions from the ultimate beginner!
im 34, mum of one, smoker, and really unfit
im 5'11 and 15st 1lb think that gives me a BMI of about 28. i wear a size 14 so although im not hugely overweight for my height, i need to lose some, and i need to get fit... properly and sustainably so.
ive decided to run for a few reasons, I need something that i can do alone, at any time. i need some stress busting too, so it will help with that, and some quality me time, and, although ive left it a bit late to do anything about it, ive always wanted to be able to run & feel a little envious when i see people running! im determined to stick at this, i WILL be a runner!
i do a weekly yoga class so im fairly strong / flexible, but no cardio at all...
anyway, im doing couch - 5k. started last night and it didnt go too well... unsurprisingly so. im about as unfit as i expected, but the main issue was calf / shin pain. ive always had this when walking fast / long distances, but now that im going to be running i think i need to get to the bottom of it. im pretty sure its overpronation, seems to fit perfectly, plus, the more tired i got last night, the more i noticed my feet stepping in, it was crazy! this morning im not sore anywhere except there... and man does it ache!
im eyeing up a pair of saucony stabil cs2's and hopefully they will help.. any other advice?
im a size 8, so big feet for a girl, is there really a difference in mens and womens running shoes? there appears to be a shortage of them in size 8 ladies!
how often should i run at this stage? the couch to 5k programme recommends 3 x 3o mins weekly... does that sound right for me? is it ok to keep repeating a stage until im comfortable with it? (at this rate i feel like ill be repeating last nights stage forever!)
also... running clothes for the taller lady? having real issues finding stuff that doesnt show my belly or flap around mid calf!
thanks in advance for your help, im sure ill have many more questions to follow!