Week one done :)

Hi, another newbie here,

Am just enjoying my post-run brew, and reading some of the posts on here with great interest. I am exactly the sort of person c25k is aimed at - someone who wants to improve their general well-being and fitness, and doesn't know where to start. I'm hoping it works for me, as I've read so many inspirational success stories :)

I've completed the first 3 runs, and feel good, but also a bit nervous about raising my game next week and beyond.

I was very achy after run 1 - I'm a 33 year old mum of two, and definitely not A RUNNER! My body was complaining about doing something unusual. I had a (sore) rest day then did run 2, and ached from the minute I got through the door. Recovery was better this time though and I felt only slightly achy on the rest day. This morning I felt good and completed run 3 with comparative ease.

Am looking forward to seeing how I cope with next week :)


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  • Sounds like you're doing great! well done on your 1st week! i think the majority of us here found that first week hard, its all new and like you say, what not our bodies are used to. I think you'll find that you'll begin to really look forward to each week and seeing how quickly you get used to it and your fitness changes! good luck and welcome to the forum, its fab here! :)

  • Hi there atomic,

    Firstly I like to say well done on completing week 1. For me personally this was the hardest week but as I am only on week two run 2 tomorrow, I won't count my chicken before they hatch :-)

    To be fair week 2 is not as bad as I thought as it's only an extra 30 seconds then back to 2 minutes if walk which I think is just enough time to recover and push onto the next 90 seconds, having said that it's only recoverable if there is no hills ha ha which in my case I had to climb a little hill which felt like climbing Mount Everest at the time but I'm still here and managed to complete run 1 alive;-)

    The way I cope is listen to some of my favourite music and wait for the lady to cut in and say you can start to slow down

  • Good stuff. Well done on getting out there. Only one thing to advise and that is "be slow"

    The slow plod will get you to Graduation without injury. No need to bust a gut and get turned off. Just keep chewing out those runs, spitting them out and moving on to the next one. Enjoy yourself too. This is not meant to be a dreaded chore but a happy time spent on getting yourself fit and healthy. It's only 9 weeks, and some runs will be better than others, but it's time to yourself so make the most of it and have some fun. Yeehah!

  • Welcome to the forum and well done on starting the plan, believe me you will not regret it. You will find that each week your get a little stronger and your recovery time will improve. Slow and steady is the catchphrase you will hear a lot of, and they are words of wisdom. So good luck and happy running.

  • Welcome Atomic and congratulations on starting this amazing programme- It will change your life if you let it. Great advice from MissW and the others. Speed and distance are unimportant at the moment: it's all about time. Learning how to run for 30 minutes is the name of the game ( I know,it's unimaginable at the moment but you'll be amazed how quickly your fitness builds.) Enjoy yourself and keep posting on here. We like to celebrate each other's achievements. Good luck :)

  • Welcome aboard ;o) Sounds like you are doing really well and I'm sure it will work for you. I used to feel nervous at the start of every new week! Natural I suppose as itโ€™s something new to us. Just believe in the programme and believe in yourself and you'll be fine.

  • Hi atomic! Well done for getting off the couch! You are making excellent progress as you say you are less tired afterwards.

    The secret is to not look too far ahead and read up on how far you'll be running. Just take it as it comes and as long as you are completing each run comfortably you will be ready for the next level.

    Well done for starting - you'll gain so many benefits to your well being in your health! Keep posting!

  • You will be...a runner that is...stick with it and you will amaze yourself. Well done for taking this first step.

  • Thank you all for your lovely replies! :)

    I really appreciate your support, encouragement, and tips. I'll definitely keep posting on here - it'll be nice to see how I progress and, in time, cheer on others too!

  • Hey welcome , I too was the epitome of a non-runner at the start - still can't quite believe I'm doing it. Didn't tell anyone for 4 weeks as they all know how little exercise I did and I fled self conscious but here I am at week 8 and still amazing myself every time I find my self on the sea front running.

    Trust the podcast - and be comfortable !

    Woohoo !!

  • Well done for getting started - so often the hardest step! Are you stretching out after the runs - it does help with the stiffness and aches and pains. Good luck.

  • Welcome. Following on from Ullyrunner, I would also recommend that you stretch straight after each run. nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/... These are a good basic set of stretches which will reduce the aches to the minimum and help you to avoid injury. They seem like a lot of fuss to start with, but soon become part of your routine.

    Good luck and enjoy your running.

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