, I've decided to finally go for the Couch to 5k. I'm currently reading through the excellent threads on here, but I have a couple of specific questions.
I've recently moved to the UK (Brighton, specifically) for grad school. Up until now I've just been settling in, studying, etc. But I'm getting reeeeallly out of shape. I have never been big on structured exercise: in Chicago I mostly rode my bike in the summer and did lots of walking to work in the early spring and late fall, plus a weekly community yoga class. Lately, I'm finding that I actually miss even the small amount of physicality I used to take for granted, and I need a healthy way to blow off steam. (Yoga in my tiny room isn't doing it.)
So, I'm ready for the C25K! Before I start, I wanted to throw some questions out there:
1) Is it possible to modify this program for just walking, without running or jogging? Brisk walking is the most strain I can put on my legs, one of which has a titanium rod running from my hip to my ankle. I've had the rod for several years, and I'm very used to it. Fast walking is okay (and is approved by my doctor), plus I really enjoy it. I've checked around, but can't find many resources for modifying the program for walking.
2) Having never walked very far or cycled in cold months, I have very little idea what to wear for winter here. I'm getting some ideas from a couple previous threads, but as a grad student I have almost no money to spend on fancy cold-weather running gear. So far, I have good walking shoes that I was fitted for back in Chicago, a good sports bra, and a really great Marmot jacket for the wettest days, but that's all. I also have mostly cotton yoga pants, but I hear that cotton is not good for this type of exercise. Any tips on where I could find decent, inexpensive layering stuff in Brighton? Would TK Maxx or M&S be good places to start? There's also a Sweatshop nearby, which I plan to check out. What materials/ types of layers should I look for in terms of dealing with UK winters?
3) Finally: Any Brightonians have tips on good places to walk? I live right across from the sea, so I was planning to start along there. But I wanted to get up into the Downs
, and maybe even work up to walking to campus from my residence hall (about 5 miles/8k). I'm also up for hills and scenic routes through the city.
I'm really excited about getting started, and I want to do things properly so that I don't have a miserable time and get discouraged. Any tips or advice are extremely welcome--thanks!!