Hi Everyone. I have been reading the C25K posts on here for a few days and found them so inspiring and moving that I felt I wanted to share my experience. Early in 2014 I first tried C25K and failed miserably to even run for 1 minute. Obviously being overweight with Type 2 diabetes didn't help so I decided I would concentrate on walking and try to lose some weight that way before running again. So all that summer and into the winter I walked and walked. I have now lost over a stone and have better blood sugar control and decided this Spring to try running again. This time I just incorporated a bit of running into my walks until eventually one day I managed to run 1km. This inspired me to sign up for my local Cancer Research Race for Life which I did in July 2015. Unfortunately the weather was dreadful, wet and windy, and so I didn't run as much as I was hoping to. I took me 50 minutes to complete. But what it also did was convince me to try C25K again. This time I got through the first few weeks with no problems at all and was so pleased especially when I reached week 5 run 3 and ran for 20 minutes non stop, something I never thought I'd be able to do. Week 6, however, proved a bit tricky. The first run was OK but by the end of run 2 I had a pain in my hip and I hurt to put any weight on my leg. Advice from fellow C25Kers on Twitter suggested hip exercises and rest, and so after a week of rest I tried again. I thought it unwise to attempt run 3 which is 25 minutes non stop and so I have repeated week 6 run 1 with no ill effects. My intention is to repeat week 6 run 2 as well and then hopefully move onwards to complete the programme so I can do next year's Race for Life in a much quicker time. A year ago I thought maybe running wasn't for me but with the help of C25K I am finding that while it may not be completely enjoyable I can do it!! And so can you.
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