Learning to Run Again

It's getting on for 10 years since I last did a 5K race. I was no professional runner believe me! I did 3 races between 2003 and 2005 with times between 31 and 34 minutes. That was with a friend who encouraged me all the way round. I heard about Couch to 5K at my slimming group. I've lost 2 stone over 9 months and I feel ready to exercise again. I've registered for a 5K later this year, I need a goal to motivate me.

Today I did Week 1, Run 1, I feel great! It was difficult and I didn't think I'd make it round without stopping, my face was as red as my top by the end, but I did it!

Now I just need to keep it up!


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12 Replies

  • Welcome to the beetroot faced brigade. We are areally supportive bunch here. Well done on getting out on your first run. Happy running.

  • Well done on your first run. Congratulations on your weight loss! Good luck with your 5km.

  • Hi and welcome :) Looking forward to hearing all about your c25k journey. Good luck :)

  • Welcome and well done for getting started. Laura will guide you through and you will be so pleased you did it! Good luck and keep us posted.

  • Well done on the weight loss. Sounds like this will be your year of change x

  • Just started new job 2 weeks ago too! So yes, change all round for me!

  • Crikey that's a really good weight loss, well done you. Good luck with the program, its brilliant, it works and this site is very supportive so keep in touch with us. :)

  • I have half a stone to go to a reasonable goal. I will continue to try and lose a little more after that. 2 to 3 stone more (from now!) would still leave me in a healthy BMI bracket.

  • Congratulations, and welcome to the forum. Believe me, you'll get all the encouragement, motivation and support that you need from all the lovely people on here. There are inspiring stories, funny stories, answers to questions and some great banter.

    I have no doubt that you will complete the C25K program and end up feeling great. Post you progress regularly on this site!

    There are only 2 types of days on C25K - running days and resting days. Visit this site on both days.

  • Thanks for your positivity MarkyD. I have a goal. That really helps me!

  • W1R2 completed. My other half was disappointed that I was going for a run instead of spending time with him and helping to prepare the dinner. Everything was well in hand and I did help when I got back. I didn't feel as if I cooled down properly, I cut the session a few minutes short. I have explained to him that it is difficult enough to be motivated and I need him to encourage me!

    I was a bit stiff on Monday, noticeably in my upper thigh region, probably my hip flexor. I got my yoga mat out and did some stretches tonight.

  • I woke up early yesterday, it was such a lovely morning, and nice and cool, I went out to do my W1R3. Glad I did as yesterday was one of the hottest of the year! I am managing the 60 second runs ok. I'm not as out of breath nor as red as I was just 2 runs ago. I have been reading ahead, I looked at the full plan before I even downloaded the first podcast! The gremlins are telling me I won't be able to do it, but I will listen to Laura instead.

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