Firstly hi to all. I have been reading all your posts for weeks and feel as if I know you, you all have given me inspiration over this time. My story is that I am a 55 year old female and an ex smoker, I tried running outside in the summer but hit a couple of windy days and felt after a few yards I was gasping my last breath. I have not had a cig since July, woohoo. I gave up trying to run but then discovered c25k. I decided to go to local gym and went through the program and worked up to 6 k on t/mill running at 8.3 about 42 mins in time and felt exhausted but exhilarated. I also felt this was my limit so was going to stick with that until comfortable with it. A young colleague said I wasn't really a runner as was doing it on t/mill,felt gutted. Anyway to get to the point I have just had the flu/cold from hell which has stopped me running for three weeks and I lost my confidence to go back to gym so I decided to go outdoors in the dark for my first run back. I have gone back to w6 to build myself up again and have been out twice. I love this running/shuffling lark and hopefully will be able to build up/complete this programme again outside so I can turn round to my young colleague and say/shout YES I Am A RUNNER. Sorry all to waffle but just wanted to tell someone
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