Couch to 5K
55,216 members87,715 posts

1st run

Good morning all,

After 3 months smoke free I decided to get back into running & looking after my self.

I played semi pro football for over 20 years and was quite fit....although I was smoking the training seemed to counteract my addiction, I normally trained 3 times a week and played 2 games a week during a normal season...pre seasons were hard but my body was tuned for this sort of activity.

I stopped playing semi pro in 1993-94 season but continued playing on Sundays for another 14 years...stopped playing after a stint of veterans football 4 years ago...and my smoking did increase whilst my fitness went into a downward spiral.

I did my first run using the C25K app which was downloaded on my phone and after finishing ( 20 minutes ago !!!) I must admit that if I was still smoking I would have struggled...currently having some breakfast and looking forward to my 2nd run on Tuesday morning...

18 Replies
oldestnewest

Fabulous, I think you will love this programme and get so much out of it, given your fitness history....well done, and most importantly have fun :)

Reply

Thanks juicyju,

How long did it take for you to get to Graduate??

Reply

I did it religiously so I did it in the 9 weeks', for me that felt right as I had never ever run before!!!! Its a really great programme....

Reply

Well done for being smoke free! Having never smoked but lived with smokers who have given up it is a brilliant achievement.

Be warned this running business is addictive :) so is the shopping for sports wear!

I wish you all the luck in the world for you new adventure :)

Trust the programme it really works :)

Happy running :)

Reply

As you can see I need some new trainers!!!!!

Reply

Well done you for giving up smoking, I've been given up 25 days now.

The best motivator is the c25k program and the fabulous support on this forum. ;-)

Reply

well done on giving up Belinda :-)

Reply

Thank you ;-) I couldn't run if I had not of kicked the habit ;-)

Reply

Thanks Belindauk,

This Forum is great just like the stop smoking forum full of great advice & people....so glad to be a member..!!!!

Reply

Your welcome :-)

Yeah I pop over there from time to time ;-)

Reply

C25k takes 9 weeks from start to finish. Do the whole thing and you'll be glad you did. Don't ever go back to fags!

Have fun. It's a bit addictive so pace yourself.

Reply

Well done. I did my first run today, planning to go again Wednesday . Also congrats on quitting smoking. I gave up 15 years ago si I know what an achievement that is

Reply

Thanks....keep in touch....15 years ago??? wow thats great there was not that many NRT products then did you stop cold turkey?....;-) whatever you used well done !!!

Reply

Well done - do not even think of starting again - I've stopped for 3 months too... I'm on week 8 of C25K - it is a brilliant programme and it is almost impossible to think of going back to the bad old ways after a run. And it is addictive (I've been out twice today just doing mini runs and testing out the new heart rate monitor thing and last week it was new trainers and I shuldn't even be running today and I've probably overdone it in spite of being told not to...) - in truth you are swapping one addiction for another but just look at the difference between them!

Reply

Yes I agree...but it is a better than smelling like an ashtray!!!!!...positive vibes..enjoy your Sunday

Reply

Welcome! Way to go on quitting the cigarettes. I quit on December 4th 2012. You will feel so much better and your new addiction will be running :)

Reply

You could be right....look forward to speaking to you soon.....

Reply

Good luck! With your record of fitness and without the smokes I am sure you will soon be happily trogging through the kms!

Reply

You may also like...