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C25K graduate introducing myself!


Hi, I graduated from C25K in May 2012, it was an on/off journey like a lot of others on this forum. I have been enjoying the posts on here daily, getting lots of good tips and 'lurking' as they used to call it, so thought it was time to make myself known.

I started my journey after being inspired by my friend who is a club runner and ran the London Marathon a couple of years ago.a. I was one of those people who would often say, "Oh! I wish I could run" and not doing anything about it.

I was 3 stone heavier 8 years ago and managed to loose the weight but was still lacking fitness. I was diagnosed with R&R MS in 2000 and it has taken me this long to find something to aid my fitness. I don't remember where I first saw about the C25K programme but I got one of my boys 2 download the podcast and my husband was kind enough to buy me a treadmill to use in our garage so I started in there and like everyone else that first 60 second jog nearly killed me!

Anyhow, I graduated with a big smile on my face casting my mind back to that first 60 seconds and was now able to run 5k. I planned a route around my area that is 5k and reasonably flat and aim to keep getting the time down, currently at 37 mins.

I did a local 'fun run', total misnomer, there was nothing 'fun' about it and determined not to walk although I was so slow it looked like was, done it in 40.42, did the RFL a couple of weeks ago and managed 40.12, if it wasn't such a big event I think I could have got a sub-40. My MS nurse is pleased I am doing this as it helps keep the strength in my legs and I am hoping to do our local Parkrun with my running friend soon as I only hear good things about it, I have already registered with my club being C25K.

I am the original tortoise, but this running thing is addictive, but if I post and don't reply immediately it's because I only check my e-mails once a day, I'm not being rude :-) but I so LOVE this forum!

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Hello Redkelly, I am just starting out on my C25K journey and it is reading all the positive stories of others struggling and achieving that makes me believe I can do it. Thanks for posting x


Good to see your post - I graduated then too.

I too have rrms and feel so incredibly lucky to be able to do this when so many other msers are unable. Hence my screen name -I am determined to keep as fit as I can now that I've found an exercise routine I actually enjoy. I'm currently on Wk 4 but am determined to graduate and keep on running as long as my body allows. The ms makes me depessed but the runnung makes me feel alive, positive and happy :-)

in reply to useitorloseit

Hi useitorloseit, it is a s--t condition, but although I have it, it does not define me and this running malarkey makes me feel alive to and even though u r on week 4 I know you will graduate, if I can so can u :-)

I feel the same, as long as a can I will and it is so right in your name, use it or lose it. I don't think I will ever be speedy but I am persistent/stubborn and my husband always worries about me overdoing it but we know how to listen to our bodies and we would be foolish to overdo it. Fatigue is a bu--er and this weather is not great for us MSers, roll on Autumn!

Keep running!!

in reply to redkelly

Nice to meet someone who knows what it's like. I don't know any other msers, and I don't like the ms forums because everyone is so flippin' depressing! Mood hoovers - I need positive energy not negative! My husband fears I may be overdoing it too, and fatigue is often a big problem, but I know my bod, and when fatigue calls, I listen!


Welcome, although that seems strange to say as you've been here a lot longer than me ;)


Hi Redkelly -what an inspiring post! So glad you've found that running is enjoyable despite your medical problems - puts the rest of us to shame, moaning about our minor aches and pains!


Hi Redkelly. It's lovely to read your story and what an inspiration to others you are. Keep on posting.


Thank you for sharing your story and I hope to hear more about your running adventures.


Hi RedKelly, what a lovely inspiring post. This running malarky seems to be beneficial across the board no matter what physical and/or mental issues people have. Enjoy your running and keep posting :)

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