Couch to 5K
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I am over 50, over-weight and under-tall! I have never been a runner, in fact I have never been fit.

I suspect that my three sons have secretly taken out a life-insurance policy on me. Last Christmas they got me back onto a bicycle and entered me in a 88 mile Sportive in August past. Having survived they have now suggested running. Being game for the challenge I went online for some help.

NHS C25K and this community have been a godsend. I have also discover our local Parkrun. I have walked the course for the last four weeks with an average time of 50.49. This coming Saturday I will incorporate Wk1,R1.

Our local Parkrun is a figure-of-eight course, which means I am passing the finish-line when many of the seasoned runners have completed their run. On a cuple of occasions I have been joined by someone who has finished for my second half of the course. The encouragement is immense and makes me determined to be there every Saturday. I will keep you informed of my progress.

I would recommend Parkrun to anyone hoping to start the C25K programme as a source of challenge and encouragement. We may start walking, but we willend up running the whole 5km :-)

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Oh, well done! I'm 55 and not at all sporty (hated all that stuff at school - was the second slowest runner in my class). I'm now on week 5. The first week was tough, but I noticed a difference by the second week, so stick it out!


Troggie, all the best!

You have the right spirit.



Good on yer :-)

Parkrun really does bring out the best!


I am SOOOO impressed.

Please keep us informed of how you are getting on.


Wow what an encouragement. I was going to wait until finishing c25k before trying our local park run but having read your post I may try it this weekend.

I hope this programme goes really well for you, let us know how it goes.


Troggie has the right idea: go for it! For various reasons I didn't do Parkrun until week 2 end. With my hubby's encouragement I did the whole 5k alternating walking and running and it really encouraged me ready for week 3 as he made sure I managed a few 3 minute runs in there (in fact he dragged me through a five at the start!) The great thing is you set a bench mark and each time you do it you can see the programme working. It's not very close to us so I can't manage every week. I did it again at week 7 starting it with my warm up 5 minutes and then running the 25 minutes: instead of walking the whole 5 cool down I walked for 2.5 minutes to recover a bit then ran to the end (again setting me up psychologically for the longer week 8 runs to come) knocking 2 mins 50s off my W2 time. I recently graduated and am looking forward to running the whole thing next time aiming for another 2.5 mins off my time. I did my graduation run as the full 5 k to make sure I was ready.

Well done Troggie. Keep it up.


Thanks Troggie, I have been given plenty of encouragement previously & have got as far as registering. You're an inspiration.


Sorry about the delay in posting the promised updates!

Results for the me at Parkrun for the last six weeks are as follows

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The first four weeks I just walked it as fast as I could to set a baseline. It also helped me get my wee legs used to the pounding on the paths. I am now at the walk-run-walk stage of week one. I am doing Wk1 twice as I am finding it really tough to recover in the 90 seconds despite Laura's best efforts to encourage me. Will let you know how I get on.

If you haven't tried Parkrun give it a go. :-)


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