I'm very much a beginner. I got to week 5 a month ago, then had cold/flu which took the wind out of my sails. Whenever I attempted to run, my chest couldn't take it. So I reluctantly took a month off. I lacked confidence/motivation/something(!) to get back out there on my own, so I decided to go out with a local running group. I made sure I'd be ok to run/walk before I joined. What a fab lot they are! I went out last night, joined the shortest route group (3 miles) and really surprised myself by running for 20 minutes before I needed to walk! I ran/walked a couple more times and completed the route in 40 minutes. I've only ever managed a 5 minute run on my own. So the key for me is slow and steady. I knew that was important before, but on my own I tend to go too fast. I think that this group is going to be a good thing for me. I'm looking forward to my 2nd run out with them. I'll be picking the Couch to 5k back up in-between group nights. Feeling much more optimistic x
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