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Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd better write an introduction as I've just joined the forum.

I'm Bob, 51 years old and 6ft and I've been running for just over two weeks.

I packed up smoking three and a half years ago and my weight shot up to 16 and a quarter stone (from 13 and a half stone).

I do have a very active job but the weight stayed on.

Last August I decided to do something about it and revised my eating habits and bought a rowing machine.

I had some excellent results and I'm now hitting the scales at around 13 and a half stone. I have set myself a target of 12 and a half stone..............but we will see.

Two weeks ago I decided that 45 minutes on my rowing machine 6 times a week was getting really boring so I decided to have a go at running.

A quick search of the Internet and I found C25K and as I already have a certain level of fitness (and being a bit cocky) I thought I would start at week 5.

Well after W5 R1 I thought it best to repeat that run twice to get used it, then go for W5 proper the following week (last week).

I'm happy to say I completed all three W5 runs last week and felt elated on Sunday when I completed 20 minutes straight through.

I've completed W6 R1 today and that brings me up to date, I can't believe how much I'm enjoying running as I never thought it would be something I'd ever do!

I must say my Border Terrier isn't quite sure what's going on but I'm hoping she will get used to running beside me.


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  • Welcome to the c25k forum Bob and well done on that fantastic weight loss and also on taking up running! This is a great place to come to share the ups and downs of your journey and there are such a variety of posters on here from those setting out, recent graduates and those who are more experienced. What's lovely is the support that we all try and give each other - it's a fab place! Good luck with your running.☺

  • Hi Sandra,

    Thanks for the reply. It certainly seems a nice place.


  • Hello Bob!

    Welcome to the forum & the joys of running.

    In general we're a bit of a barmy but very friendly & supportive bunch.

    Do keep us posted on your progress won't you?

    Good luck ☺

  • Thanks for the welcome Noaky,

    I will keep posting on my progress.


  • Hi,

    Well done on your weight loss, that's great progress. I can only manage 10 mins on the rowing machine before I'm bored ! My main fitness regime is running, it can get a bit addictive !

    Good luck with your running.

  • Thanks for the welcome IR.

    I know what you mean about the rower, I think I only manage 45 minutes because I put the machine in front of the TV and zone out.


  • Welcome , although I believe your doing the R25k , you're no slouch on the couch! Straight to week 5, made me feel giddy.

    Enjoy the fresh air away from that rowing machine.


  • Thanks for the welcome Nik,

    I must admit I love the feeling of running outside in the fresh (sometimes soggy!) air!


  • Welcome to the forum Bob ! Congratulations on the weight loss and for packing the fags in too !

    You've proved you've got the determination and will to succeed , so this programme should be right up your street .

    Keep posting as its great to keep you focused and motivated .

    You can do this and the support and encouragement on here is amazing !

    Good Luck ! :-) xxx

  • Hi Poppy,

    Thanks for your kind words.

    I will keep posting my progress for better or worse.


  • Well done Bob, I've been on the stat bike on odd days over the winter when weathers dodgy, and can just about manage 20-30 mins before I get bored with it, and that's with TV or music on. So looking forward to the better weather.

    I'm also heading down toward 12st and am about the same weight as you at the moment, weight loss has slowed over the winter, I will be getting in a few more Parkruns as well, which would be a good event for you to try in time.

    Anyway, all the best in your effort's..😊

  • Hi Dave,

    Yes my weight loss has slowed down since the new year. I need to get focused on my diet again.

    I Can see myself attending a parkrun in time.


  • Welcome Bob. You sound very disciplined already! Rowing for 45 mins x 6 week is quite impressive. I've come to really look forward to my runs and always feel great afterwards, even if an individual run isn't all that much fun. I do like my time out there with my thoughts and my music. Look forward to reading about you progressing through the programme and finding your running legs :)

  • Hi Bop,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    Yep I'm looking forward to getting my running legs.


  • brilliant, running outside will tick so many more boxes too, and good for the terrier!! Keep up the fabulous work, well done :)

  • Thanks for the encouragement JJ


  • Hi Bob, congratulations on the fantastic weight loss and for quitting the fags, it shows that you have a lot of will power.

    This forum is wonderful, full of lovely people willing to share their experiences as well as offering encouragement and support.

    All the best with your running, and keep us up to date with your progress xx

  • Thanks for the warm welcome DG,

    I will keep you all posted on my progress.


  • Hi Bob

    Your upper body should be fab from all the rowing and will help you as upper body strength is really good for running

    Your terrier will thank you for taking him out on runs with you. He'll love it! Now you've started running, your weight should begin to change. You don't need extra eats until you're running at least 10 k and then only beyond that distance will you need a nana or sommat similar. For now though don't eat anything additionally or you'll kick yourself at the scales.

    It's great fun this running lark. Take care and follow the programme as it's laid down rather than push too far and get hurt

    Good luck!

  • Hi Miss,

    Yep the rowing has been pretty good all over for me.

    But I'm glad I'm down to just three rowing sessions a week and my runs.

    My terrier is a bit bemused by the running if I'm honest. She's always out walking with us and is fit and healthy, she's just not quite sure what's going on with running and I think I run In between her trotting and running pace so she's a bit lost at what to do.

    I'm sure she will get the hand of it.


  • Welcome to the gang Bob.

    Congratulations on the weight loss and increased fitness.

    The forum is a great place to catch up with the good bad and ugly.

    Good luck with the rest of the program

  • Thanks for the kind welcome Shannie.

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