Week 1, Run 1

I haven't run anywhere (not even for a bus) in years and I have been getting steadily less well and less fit as time goes on. Seeing my daughter looking fabulous in a dress that used to look fabulous on me four years ago made me wonder if being that slim, that healthy and that vibrant was totally out of reach for me now? Only if I choose to do nothing, I suppose, which is why I've determined to complete the C25K. Day one of week one went better than I'd imagined. I realise this is not great in terms of fitness but I was pleased to be able to do anything at all quite honestly and I managed the brisk five minute warm up walk and three 60 second runs and three 90 second walks. (Plus half an hour on a stationary bike earlier on in the day).

Tomorrow I'm investing in a proper pair of trainers instead of the 'leisure shoes' from the supermarket that I made do with today. My ankles might have a better chance of surviving this that way. All in all though, I'm glad I made the start.

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  • Well done on starting! you won't regret it! :) good shoes definitely do help!

    * My brother Paulb67 just completed week one, and is enjoying it so far.....

    good luck for the rest of week one, sounds like you made a great start :)

  • Welcome and good job on getting that run completed. This program is great - you'll be much fitter in a few short weeks.

  • Well done!! Running can transform your life and your figure and C25k is the best way to start.

    When you go for shoes tell them what you are doing and where you are likely to run. If you go to a dedicated running shop, as opposed to a sports warehouse, you will get proper advice and a gait analysis will tell you how you run and whether you need support shoes. Many of us do and they can make the world of difference. your shoes are a real investment in your new way of life and choosing thm is not just about colour and graphics.

    Good luck and tell us how you get on.

  • hi and welcome Geren :) the hardest part, starting, is done :)

  • Well done for starting it really is the hardest part, in a few short weeks you will be so much fitter keep up the good work !

  • The hardest part is indeed starting. You'll be amazed at your progress in a few weeks.

    Definitely get yourself some good shoes. Not only will they be better for your feet, but I find a new pair of shoes to be very motivational (along with - of course - some fun exercise clothing).

  • Thanks all - I now have a pair of shoes and intend to go out for run number 2 this evening. It has been a bit warm all day! I did go and have my gait analysed and I'm glad I did because looking at the footage even I could see that my feet/ankles etc weren't exactly what you'd call aligned!

  • Yay, so tonight I managed to complete the first 'run' - there was a point where I thought I was going to give up but somehow I managed to keep going. Feeling quite proud of myself and ready for a warm bath now!

  • Well done you! I remember back on week 1 thinking that I would never be able to run for 30 mins or 5k even...but middle of week 7 and its starting to become more realistic! Keep with it and have faith! Good luck :) xxx

  • Feeling really positive. Today will be W1R3. Yesterday was a rest day and the day before I completed the second run of the week, walking for the penultimate minute's run because I really thought my knees were going to pieces. However, I was pleasantly surprised that after the last 90 second brisk walk, I felt up to running the last minute's session. My recovery yesterday was much more rapid than it had been after W1R1 - although I persisted with the stretching afterwards rather than doing a token effort so that might be why?

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