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Starting again... and I'm excited!


Hello lovely runners :)

So, it feels like a lifetime ago that I was C25k-ing with the rest of you. I started in August and made good progress all the way to W9R1 when I got hip bursitis and had to stop. Weeks and weeks of physio, rest, patience (and impatience!) ensued, and life got in the way. I tried a couple of tentative trots out and am cautiously optimistic that I'm good to go again :)

I'm sorry for abandoning the forum - I found it a wonderful source of support and inspiration and loved reading how others were getting on, but I found I was getting all too tempted to run and suffered set-backs in my recovery. Now I'm in the right place mentally and, I believe, physically - so here I go again!

My initial thoughts were to go right back to the start, as I reckon the early weeks will be a useful warm-up/injury barometer. Last time I tried C25k I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly my cardiovascular fitness kept up with the increasing demands, so I have no worries there. My concern is my muscles and joints, so I'll be keeping a closer eye on that side of things this time around. I intend to keep up with the strengthening exercises I've been doing, and improving my flexibility. I'm also considering spreading out the runs slightly more - taking extra rest days if I fancy them. Last attempt I was keen to push on through and progress. This time I want to really enjoy the journey.

It's good to be back :)

So, W1R1 tomorrow - wish me luck!

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Good luck for tomorrow! I take at least 2 rest days between runs now as I'm having problems with one of my calf muscles but I'm getting there and really enjoying it too!


atomic in reply to AliPru

Thanks! Sounds like a plan :)


Good luck! Have fun- I'm excited for you!

atomic in reply to Atalaya

Thankyou :) I've missed it!


welcome back :D good luck with all your runs , a 2 day rest or more if needed sounds a good way to go :D

atomic in reply to Slow_Rob

Thankyou Rob :) Look at you lot with your shiny graduate badges! I want one! Hold me back people!

Slow_RobGraduate in reply to atomic

you will get yours atmoic :D


Good luck :)

atomic in reply to Lovefood1984

:) Thankyou. I've ordered in some dry weather...


You're back! :D good luck with the crazy running journey, atomic!!

atomic in reply to Tikiczocky

Thanks, yes it's great to be back :)


Good luck with your run ! I do sympathise as I started in August and got to w9 run 1 and had calf muscle problems. Hope it goes well and hope to see that graduate badge by your name before too long !

atomic in reply to Girlyswot

Oh no! It's very frustrating isn't it? Let's nail it this time round! :) Good luck to you too!

atomic in reply to Girlyswot

Oh no! It's very frustrating isn't it? Let's nail it this time round! :) Good luck to you too!

Hey Atomic - so lovely to see you again! Well, we didn't get to graduate together, but I'm still here waiting at the finishing line to wave you through ... it's getting a bit cold here now, so get those running shoes on and I'll have the party poppers waiting!

atomic in reply to useitorloseit

Aah, thankyou :)

I'll be a while though - I'm taking it very steadily.

Great to see you still at it :)


Good luck :0). Glad to hear you are getting back to it. I have had a break too. Holiday and Christmas planning and now a horrid cold and cough which I hope will be gone very quickly. Look forward to hearing how you get on

Thanks, it's good to be back at it. Get well soon and enjoy Christmas :)


How frustrating when you were so close. Nice to see you back, good luck with getting going again. Take it gently and keep us posted x

atomic in reply to Hidden

Thankyou :)

Will do - I don't want my leg falling off again!


Fab stuff Atomic ! Great to see you back :-)

Sorry to hear about your injury, sounds painful..

Well done on climbing back on board. Good Luck, we're all rootin' for ya

Happy Christmas to you xxx

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