Hello everyone

Hi all. I'm new to the Community having started c25k 2 and a half weeks ago. I've been searching past posts for help and inspiration and thought it was about time to join in!

I have never been a "runner" or sporty at all. Walking I can do but that's it. But at 44 I'm starting to feel the need to improve my fitness. My first week 1 run I could not do a full minute, however I did not keel over which is what I thought might happen! That is when i read all the encouraging posts on here. Now having done the same podcast 7 times, I went out tonight (8th session!) and actually did it all!!!!! It wasn't pretty, I did pause it and have a bit more recovery time between runs 6, 7 and 8, but I did it! And you helped, so a huge Thank You!


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  • Hello mumonamission and welcome. Most people here started this programme for the same reason as you - to get fit. So you've come to the right place. And yes most of us struggled with that first run too so we understand. It's a rite of passage! But you've done it now so really well done. And you sure are tenacious!

    It sounds as if you are taking absolutely the right approach in repeating runs if you need to and taking your time. Keep doing that, do your stretching after each run and take your rest days between runs. And run very slowly. Slow is good.

    As you've already found this community you'll know it's a great place to come to for encouragement, advice, support or just to ask just about any running related question. The people here are just the best and everyone is so friendly. There's a wealth of experience too so feel free to tap into that any time.

    Keep posting to let us know how you're getting on but I think soon you'll be as addicted as the rest of us! All the best.

  • Thanks so much, I can't say I'm addicted yet, but I can see that I could be. Soon! I'm definitely not giving up though. I will try run 1 again next time with the proper gaps then hopefully week 2 here I come!

  • PS love the name!

  • Thanks, sums up how I feel. Doing it for me and them. I want them to see what you can do if you put your mind to it.

  • Well done for being so determined! W1 is the hardest in a way, the mind, the confidence levels are tricking you into thinking it's not possible, but it IS! Keep getting out there and stick to the plan. Go slower than you think. None of us were fit but the impact on your fitness level can be felt very quickly, which i find motivates me even more. Keep posting and good luck!

  • Hi mumonamission Well done for starting the program do you want Laura said take it very very slow and you will be fine .I have just started the program again after three months on the bench after a shoulder op. I was 73 when I started .ps love the name ๐Ÿ˜„

  • That's great, that you are making the programme work your way. Stick with Laura, you'll soon be running for longer times xx

  • well done that is a really great atttitude :D starting is often the hardest part ...dont worry if you will be a "runner" we all felt like that to start with and it soon changes when the addiction takes over :D good luck

  • Thanks so much everybody! NorthernSpirit, I love that I can already see I am getting better. Pat Good luck starting again - I am SO impressed and Rob, it is just making yourself get out there isn't it!

    Thanks so much - (almost) looking forwards to my run on Thursday!

  • Curly-Gurly - Thanks! Can't yet believe I'll ever be able to run for more than 2 minutes, but we'll see!

  • Hi there. I'm new here too, first post ever on HealthUnlocked today. I was relieved to see that someone close to my own description has got week one done and dusted - well done! I'm 46, a mother, unfit and have not done any more than walking since I left school... I've just finished the first week of runs, and although I didn't find it as hard as I thought it could be, am still light years from that endorphine high I read about all over the place. I just feel like a sack of spuds wearing lead-lined moon boots :-)

  • mfamilias - well done to you too on doing the first week! I go out under cover of darkness and pound the streets! Have resurrected the leggings from pre kids but not sure the look is the same as it used to be!

    Good luck!

  • HI I am not a natural runner and am glad for the dark nights. In my head I think I run like Linford Christie. In reality I am more like Phoebe from Friends :) . I thought if I bought all of the gear it would encourage me to run. I can't yet say I look forward to running but I don't dread it. I had to repeat week 1 and ended up doing the same run 6 times. I plucked up the courage to move onto week 2 and am now doing week 4 run 2 tonight/tomorrow. My theory is if I try it and can't do it I will repeat last week. So far I have astounded myself each run. I am not sure I actually go any faster when I run to when I walk yet though :) Give it a go and see how you get on. You may astound yourself.

  • Stef - I too run in the dark - yesterday I met no-one at all. A few nights I've given innocent dog-walkers a fright! I may try week 2 tomorrow as I think I may be able to run for longer than I realised and you get longer to recover which is what I need.

    Many thanks!

  • Mumonamission - you could be me!! I started 3 weeks ago and on Tuesday I eventually did all 8 runs. It felt amazing. I'm going to do it a couple more times and then move on to week 2.

    I'm 46 and unfit and overweight and I decided that this was the year that woukd change. I've joined a slimming club and am running (I use that word very loosely) and so far have lost 11 lb and 1.5 inches off my hips!!!!

    And I've signed up for a 5k in October - I'm determined to run the whole 5k.

  • Debih - Well done you! We will get there! I (secretly!) have the aim of doing a parkrun (5k) one day and not embarassing myself. I don't mind how long it takes.

    Good luck!

  • Yes! I did the same thing signing up for a 5k (before I started the program even). It really keeps you on track and gives you a great target to aim for!

  • Hi mumonamission and fellow 40s new C25kers

    Well done for starting. I am 46, overweight, (but a stone less overweight than I was at the beginning!), never very sporty and not done much exercise since having kids 12 and 7 years ago. Now a single mum, finding any time for me was impossible. What made me decide to do this now, I have no idea but I was aware I needed to get off the couch and get healthy. The programme is amazing. I'm now on week 6, about to do run3. It is all incremental in little steps and you can go as slow as you like. I go very slowly! Keep it up, go slowly and keep visiting the forum. People are very supportive and helpful.

    Good luck and pop back to update us.

  • Jo, well done! You make me feel I could actually do this which is great. My kids are 15, 12 and 8 and I'm hoping once I can run a bit more to encourage them out with me (one at a time!). Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. Great to feel supported.

  • Hiya! Great to hear from you! I started C2k in august 14 and graduated 9 weeks later. I now routinely run 5k x3 per week and am working up to 10k x1 per week.I'm 46,work fulltime and am a mum of three. You are doing great.Keep going at your pace and you will reach your goals. Well done!

  • 1968u Thanks for your message - It's great to know people achieve the 5k - it gives me hope! Good luck on the 10k!

  • Eeeek! I had a go at week 2 and it wasn't totally dreadful!!! Quite chuffed now actually, achy though but will try to do it better next time. Thanks so much for all your support. As the saying goes "you guys rock!"

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