Day 1

Hi everyone, just want to say well done for already starting on this!

This is my first day, and haven't really run anywhere for an awfully long time, so I know it's not going to be easy- I have a LOT of weight to lose, and feel tired all the time, so if anyone has any advice on how to break through some of these barriers, I would be soooo grateful.......have a good day! πŸ˜„


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  • Katie, just start gentle and follow the instructions from Laura, she is a great running buddy and got me through my first week, I am feeling the benefits already the lethargy is lifting at a rate of knots

    regarding your fear its not going to be easy I love this quote when I face fear by Franklin D Roosevelt

    " the only thing to fear is fear itself"

    get those running shoes on Katie :-)


  • Hi Nick,

    Thank you so much for your kind and inspiring reply! Yes! I am going to get my running shoes on right now!

    Thank you!


  • go for it !!!!! :-)

    let us know how you get on :-) your post will inspire the next person in line to start

    good luck with that run :-)


  • Hi Katie,

    Well done for starting. Yes, this will be hard work - but anything worth doing usually is! I started C25K last April/May. I completed it in 11 weeks, as I felt a couple of weeks I needed to repeat for the confidence to move on to the next one. I was 18.5 stone when I started (I'm 5'5" tall). I found that with each week I completed my confidence grew and I developed a love for running which completely amazed me. I have continued to run 3 times a week. I continue to get hot and sweaty, and go purple in the face; Iwill never be fast, I have no plans to run marathons, but getting out there in the fresh air and weather really helped my state of mind. I slept better. I got a real sense of achievement. It helped me stick to my diet, and I have just cracked the 16 stone barrier.

    Things I have learned:

    You can do more than you think you can.

    Each run is different - some good, some bad, but all better than not going out there

    Be kind to yourself - if you have a bad run, chalk it up to experience - the next one will be better.

    If you feel you need to repeat a week before moving on, even several times, there is no shame in this. You are not racing anyone and you don't have to prove anything to anyone but you.

    Take you rest days - these are essential for your body to rebuild any damage, and if you don't give yourself this time you may set yourself up for injury.

    Rest days can involve low impact exercise if you want to - swimming, cycling, etc.

    If you can find a flattish route in the early days, it will make life easier.

    Slow down - you need to start by building your stamina, your ability to run for set amounts of time, and speed and distance will come later. I was frequently overtaken by snails with zimmer frames, and walkers - don't panic, they will eat your dust later.

    Don't worry about other people's opinion. You are running for your benefit and their opinions are mostly irrelevant. I smile and greet other people when I'm out running, and have received amazing support from total strangers, from wistful "wish I could do what you're doing" to "well done" to "how much weight have you lost?" to being high-fived by a fit young man who was running past me in the opposite direction for a second time and was impressed I was still panting my way on!

    A good sports bra is worth it's weight in gold.

    Good luck, Katie. You can do this. Keep in touch and tell us how you get on.

  • Hi, thank you so much for your wonderful reply, and for sharing your progress- Well Done!! I hope I can do as well as you have!! I am getting my trainers on right now, and am going to give it a go- I too will certainly be purple-faced, but your encouragement and success is so very motivating,- I'll keep you posted!

    Thank You! πŸ˜€

  • This is wonderful advice! I don't have much to add, except to say that when I started this programme I too had weight to lose and lethargy to overcome, and the programme is helping me with both! My clothes fit better, I feel fitter, and I have so much energy...and I haven't even graduated yet! Trust in the programme, and listen to your body. Good luck!

  • This is a great post and I think it says it all. C'mon Katie, you can do this - and you're a member of our club now, so you kind of have to :)

  • Hi Katie

    I hope you had a good run. I'm on week 5 and can't believe how much I've machine end already although the runs to do still scare me! Well done for starting this plan πŸ˜ƒ. The support you get on this forum is brilliant!!!

    Go for it πŸ˜ƒ

  • Welcome to the family!

    Well done you for starting this... the mantra is, slow, slow, slow slow slow... ( No quick, quick in there)

    There will be lots of great advice for you, here, as you travel on the journey...

    One step at a time, literally, try not to dwell on the down days and celebrate your victories.

    You will be amazed, how rapidly,you begin to feel the magical effects of the running! :)

  • Hi Katie,

    We all had our day one, with our worries and self doubts, yet here we all are; happy to have undertaken this jourey and enjoying it's many benefit.

    We're all ordinary people just like you; if we did it, you can do it too.

    Just remember the mantra, as Oldfloss told you, have faith in the programme and try to enjoy the journey; you'll be fine.

    It won't always be easy but it will always be worth it so, when you need some support to go through the difficult bits, you know where to find it; we're here for you.

    Welcome to the runners' family. :)

  • Hi Katie,

    You've already broken the first mental barrier by committing to your first day on the C25k plan! I've also taken up the plan because I had weight to lose, and needed to get more active. Started out in the middle of last year at 14Β½ stone, and started to feel the effects of the extra weight, so started C25k in October.

    Since that point, I've just completed Week 6 run 1, and my weight is down to just over 13 stone. Yes, I've repeated a few weeks, and yes, I took a bit of a break from the plan over the Christmas and New Year period. As has already been mentioned, it's not a race, and even if it was, you're already lapping everyone who is still sat on the couch.

    Also, don't look too far ahead in the plan - just concentrate on the day's run and putting one foot in front of the other. If you can do that, you'll be amazed at how quickly the seemingly impossible becomes commonplace ;)

  • Hi Katie, Starting today too! Done it once before a year ago but lapsed since graduating. Take is slowly, keep it up, and tell yourself you'll be better off for it. If a run doesn't go so well don't give up. Repeat a week if you feel you need to and you'll be amazed just how well you do. I had severe misgivings and lack of confidence but smashed those doubts each time I sat on the bottom step putting on my trainers. Lots of lovely people on this forum too with plenty of experience so keep posting. We're all here rooting for you! Bex

  • WOW!!! So much support, good advice, kindness and encouragement, you guys are truly amazing, and have made such a difference to how positive I feel! A HUGE THANK YOU to you all!!

    I did my first run, although I couldn't manage more than 3 'runs', but as you all so wisely and kindly said, I took it slowly, and did my best, so yes, 1 step at a time definitely! To begin with my shins and lower back really started burning, and later my ankles, but after finishing with a good brisk walk, I feel like I have achieved so much for such an out of shape unfit soul, and I really enjoyed it! I hesitated to go out straightaway, but am so glad I did, it was lovely to be out in the fresh air!

    Looking forward to the next time now.... Thank you! πŸ˜„

  • Just seen this isn't a new post Katie. It came up on my feed so I thought it was. You'll be well on your way by now.

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