First time runner!

Hey all

Just signed up and downlaoded the week 1 podcast and about to go on my first run!

Never been a runner before. Been on a health kick the past year or so and managed to lose about 2.5/3 stone already by walking regularly on a treadmill and eating a lot more healthily, but found I've stalled over the past few months, so read around and saw recommendations to try something new to break the deadlock, so to speak!

Right, I'm off for my first late night run! Wish me luck! :D


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  • Good luck you will be fine ! I am on W3R1 there is do much support , help and advice on this forum

    Let us all know how you got on!๐Ÿ‘

  • Thank you!

    Just got back, sweating a lot more than I'd like but wasn't as bad as I expected!

    The podcast is excellent, although I could do with a music choice more to my usual rock based tastes, but I guess there's licencing issues there.

    Still, surprised at how well I did and also how much I enjoyed it!

    Full marathon next week? or is that pushing it a little? ;)

  • Well done & welcome to this lovely community. You'll have a great time. There will be highs & lows and this group is here to see you through it all. Good luck & see you around.


  • Well done on your weight loss so far and for starting C25K. It is a great programme and will get you running.

    Good luck x

  • Thank you! :) Only one night done, but I did enjoy and I don't ache too much today :)

  • Congratulations on your weight loss and starting C25k. This programme is a proven winner and will deliver the goods. While you may find some of it easy, unless you really do have a pretty good base level of fitness or have run in the recent past, I would recommend that you stick to the plan and the advice given on the podcasts. Doing too much too soon is a common theme on this forum and having the patience to finish the training all helps to develop the discipline and habit that really will turn you into a runner in a couple of months. Don't ignore rest days.

    Good luck.

  • Heh, no worries, I have no intention of going to fast. If anything, I'll probably be going too slow!

    I'm not actually looking to do a 5k or anything, just want to get into running to improve my fitness and help jump start my weight loss again, so I'm thinking of doubling up on the weeks, two weeks of Week 1, two weeks of Week 2, etc.

    And I've been good at rest days with the walking, always making sure I rest regularly.

    My biggest issue last night was making myself not run too fast during the running phases. I found myself running probably faster than I should so I was careful to pace myself. I'm also using the Runtastic Pro app on Android so I have a good way of tracking how I do. I can keep an eye on running pace and distance to make sure I'm not overdoing it as well.

    Should be fun :)

  • "I'm not actually looking to do a 5k or anything" That's what we all said! I definitely said it. But even though I'm only in W3 I've already signed up for 2 virtual 5Ks and located my nearest Parkrun! And I have agoraphobia so I HATE going outside!

    The insanity.......

    Well done on your commitment to a healthier lifestyle and welcome to the Not Couch!

  • I must admit, I have pondered it, That and a 10k. My home city has an annual 10k run for charity that is quite big now and it was only a couple of weeks ago, so the next one is just under a year away. I did think about it as a possible goal but think 10k might be extending myself a little too far! :D

  • Well done on the weight loss. I also took my first run yesterday and am also not a runner. Today I have been really stiff but I intend to do run 2 on Thursday. Good luck with the rest of your week.

  • The stiffness will fade, I had the same thing first time I used my treadmill for walking. I felt the burning ache for a few days but persevered and it soon became a lot easier. I'm expecting the same with running.

    Least, I hope it does! :D

  • Just started my repeat of week one and feeling good so far. Feet are a little rough from the socks I'm wearing so just ordered some decent running socks to help prevent any blisters :)

    I'm looking at doing a 10k next year now. Who knew I'd get the running bug :D

    Also, 1 week done, lost 2 lbs in weight, which is nice!

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