week 1 run 1

Don't know how many times i've been here. - always lamenting the fact that I had made it to week 8 a couple of years ago- but just hadn't been able to continue or repeat my 'success'. In short i allowed life to get in the way.

This year has been a tumultuous one- but with some significant milestones- the end of a toxic 15 year marriage, finally submitting my thesis (working on the damn corrections right now). I now look to the future -hoping to be gainfully employed, while I guide my 15 year old through these formative years.

I've been walking consistenlty over the last 6 months or so, gradually increasing my distances and speed. Up until this point I'd felt that running was too strenuous for me being very much overweight- a few attempts to run have left me red faced, gasping for breath- very unconfortable.

Pulling on my trainers at 6.30 am and heading out the door this morning I was fiarly confident. it wasn't easy - but it wasn't distressingly difficult either.

Fingers crossed this is the start of something long term - a means for me to take care of myself, get fit, lose weight, manage stress- all with a view to rediscovering myself and being much happier.

wish me luck and send me positive vibes xx


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  • Definitely - good luck and positive vibes to you. Life does have a habit of getting in the way, unfortunately, but I'm sure you'll do it this time. Just take it slowly, keep listening to your body, and take care of yourself.

    And remember, there will always be this great forum to help and support you along the way. We may not be able to help you with your thesis corrections, but I'm sure we'll be able to help with lots of other things.

    So lots of good luck and keep going!

  • thank you so much --

  • Good luck - u will do it this time -for sure πŸ€

  • Congratulations on getting out there. And even more for recognising that the time is now right for you. You can do this, and we are all here to back you. It took me being put on metformin to get my act together, but once you start doing this regularly it becomes a natural part of your life, it becomes a pleasure, and it becomes some of that much needed "me" time, when you can let your thoughts run free or focus on the way your body is moving, running and reacting.

    Warmest thoughts going out to you; you can and will do this!

  • Go for it... nothing to lose.. everything to gain. Remember, the only impossible journey, is the one you never begin...and you've begun! :)

  • Oh good luck!!! You sound like you're at a major turning point. You also sound like you're back in the saddle of your own life - and a big part of this is lacing up your trainers.

    Remember - you're doing this for you and you alone. This is the best kind of 'me time' a person can give themselves. Don't put a load if pressure on yourself just take up the reigns and steer yourself where you want to go. Looking forward to hearing more from you as you progress. Enjoy 😊 x

  • 2 years ago - around this time - at 67 years of age, I started on my journey. I didn't even think that I would be able to do C25k- after all , it wanted me to run for 1 minute!!! So I did another programme first - which only required me to run for 15 seconds and finished after 7 weeks with me doing 30 second intervals.

    1800 klms and a Half -Marathon further on from my starting point -- I am still here!!

    Seems to me like you have arrived at the ideal time to do something for yourself - enjoy your journey and make many friends here who all also have their own unique stories to tell.

  • Good luck to you.

  • thank you all -- really buoyed by all the words of encouragement- and inspired by reading about your experiences- looking forward to getting out again tomorrow!

  • My dad used to say that start a job and it's 50 per cent done! He was right I think. It's harder to start again than to carry on sometimes. So congrats for getting back to it. Just running will get you fitter, manage stress and help you to rediscover yourself. Not sure about losing weight, but somehow running makes me eat better and feel better about my overweight self! Just go for it and keep putting one foot in front of the other!!!

  • Last year I started and gave up around week 2 run 1 because I felt it was just beyond me. Then I didn't research or know about this forum. I started end of oct and am now on week 6 somewhere and can't believe I can actually run for 10 mins!! 10 mins!!! It's such a great feeling. Keep going past the first 2 weeks and you'll crack it that's my advice. Good luck and well done xx

  • I could have written your post myself - so many times I've started, really done well, then let it slide. Good for you for starting again though - because every run is a bonus, and a step (pardon the pun) in the right direction. I'm planning to start again this week too and will follow in your inspirational footsteps. Go girl and good luck! πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸƒπŸ»

  • I wish you the best of luck with this programme and with everything else that is going on in your life. Looking forward to reading about your progress - and hey, the thesis - WELL DONE!

  • Well done, Welsh Bengali. If you have had the determination to get out of such a marriage and to complete a thesis then you must have it to do the running. Two ideas... Try to walk on the "rest" days as if it was a part of the programme. It's too easy to say lose the rhythm otherwise. Secondly, think of finding a buddy who would go with you -a friend who is a keen runner won't mind a few extra minutes each day, one who isn't but needs a bit of encouragement like you, or even the 15yr old who might do it to help mum. I to have struggled with weight and three months ago just stopped eating almost all bread, rice, potato and pasta. Cravings are largely addressed with proteins - fried chicken goujons, cheese, or raw mushrooms dipped in houmus. The weight isn't dropping much but my trouser and chest sizes have! Good luck!

  • I was lucky to find this forum straight away. It is so encouraging to talk to people who understand what you are doing. Good luck with the running, the thesis and your new life.

  • Go for it! 😊 You will do it just as I will and I fully intend to. I am fed up of myself... been stuck in wk 7 since August so will gradually have to get back into it again As you say life gets in the way its a matter I think of allowing yourself "me" time. I also have the added annoyance of the Scottish weather getting in the way lol xxx GOOD LUCK!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

  • Welcome back, and well done on getting rid and starting afresh. You can do this, and we are all with you, cheering you on :) Pop in here every now and then and let us know how you're doing. Good luck, and happy running!

  • All the positive vibes in the world! I've just finished for the second time too but first time round I didn't use the forum and it was hard on my own. I didn't know if feeling this way or that was normal whether running so slowly was ok, but on this time round, I found I was as barking as everyone else, and had to fight the same demons!

    You'll do really well, one foot in front of the other is all it takes! Ha ha!

  • I procrastinated starting C25K for about a month. The day I did, a friend coincidently posted a Mark Twain quotation on Facebook "The secret to getting ahead is getting started". I saw it as a good omen and now 8 weeks later and 3 runs off graduating, I feel I am actually getting ahead.

    You sound as though you have well and truely started your new life with C25K just being part of it.

    Good luck! I look forward to hearing how you are getting ahead over the next few weeks.


  • You came to the right place for swift kick up the arse dispensing 😊

    Don't you dare quit! Come on, you can do this. Weight loss too! It's in your hands. Over to you ☺

  • Hey! How are you getting on? Your post inspired me to get going and I'm on week 7 now! Still plodding on, but getting there slowly!

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