Running as a family

Newbie here. I'm over 60lbs overweight and keen to set a better example. I foster babies so running and walking are the only exercise I can fit in to my lifestyle.

My two birth children are accompanying me on the C25K journey. I lag somewhat behind with a jogging pushchair and 1yo.

I must confess to being embarrassed as I pass by uber toned Lycra ladies, barely a glistening brow, whilst I am sweating like a pig, red and blotchy.

My two boys are my rock. My boys are down the stairs for 7am, dressed in their running gear and motivating me out of the house.They yell encouragement back to me, without any thought to my looks or pace.

So, Week1 done, Week2 day1 done.

Doing it together!


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  • Well done you. And well done your boys. They have it absolutely right. Its about exercise, not looks or pace. I'm a middle aged man but I still go runnig in Winter even though it means wearing tghts, which are never going to be a good look for a bloke. And as for pace, we can leave that to Mo Farah and just get on with our thing.

  • Thank you for your encouragement! When an 8 and 9 yo are telling you to get your groove on then it's time lol.

  • Good for you for getting started and what a brilliant example you are setting for all the children!

    Stick with it, the program is life changing, in a good way. Keep posting and let us know how you get on.

  • Brilliant well done ☺ I think I could with borrowing your boys occassionally if they provide motivation

    like that. Lol.

    I honestly believe that if you are not puce of complexion & sweating profusely, then you're not doing it right. That's my excuse &!I'm sticking with it.....

    Good luck with the rest of the programme. Keep us posted! ☺

  • Wow. Blown away by everyone's kind words. Thank you so much

  • The first few weeks are the hardest, I promise. But before you know it, you will either physically become more capable or mentally stronger and shrug off the nagging worries or both (we've all been there, done that). The feeling of being out and taking charge and making a difference far outweighs the doubts.

    Anyway, red faced and blotchy is the new black.

    Trust me, I know. I'm Batman.

  • Reading this post makes me really happy that you are taking responsibility to build a healthy future for you and your family. All too many don't unfortunately. It sounds like you might be having some fun along the way too. Best wishes for every success and let us know how you get on

  • I posted this a couple of days ago

    an excellent example of what can be done !! You can do it too!! :)

  • Bookmarked! Thanks x

  • Wow, you are going to inspire so many new runners on here too - keep running and keep posting!

  • Welcome to the forum T. What a lovely introductory post, your 2 boys sound like stars! I imagine your fellow runners of which you speak are probably full of admiration for you, seeing you out with your boys and babies :-) And anyway, what do you mean sweating like a pig, surely you mean glowing like an angel?! ;-)

    Hope you enjoy the programme, keep posting and let us know how you progress.

  • Great to meet you Thomson3. Good on you and your boys. Keep posting your inspiring story as you progress through the programme :)

  • You're a fosterer ? Big kudos to you...You're making changes for a healthier lifestyle ? Big kudos to you...You're getting your kids to do it with you and improving their fitness too....You are an amazing person already !! I am the sweaty red variety too but so what, its not hurting anyone. Hope you have a successful journey through C25K. You certainly deserve it.

  • Henpen90, thanks so much for taking time out to write such a lovely post.

    And you're a graduate! Well done!

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