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Is anyone else this unfit

Finally had to admit how unfit I am....started today and oh my God I could only run for 30 sec of each section!! I'm a smoker which is no excuse but did anyone else manage to get from this level to reaching 5k...really need some inspiration

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Yep, lots of people struggle at the start but stick with it and it could be the best decision you ever make! My advise would be go really slowly. Better to do each run slowly than struggle going too fast. It is absolutely fine to repeat days and weeks until you feel you are ready to move on. Oh, and make sure you have your rest days - at least one, two may be better at this stage. Good luck🙂

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Loads of people have... Do not despair, just focus and do what she says and you will get there. Aim for getting to 30 minutes first, then you can work on the 5k. Good luck 😎

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I think we all struggle at the start - I remember counting down the seconds under my breath and willing myself forward for each run in Week 1. Hang in there, though - you've already overcome the biggest challenge in just starting! You'll be amazed how far you get in just a few weeks.

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Thank you ....I'm not giving up even if I do week one 20 times lol

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That's the spirit! We'll be here to cheer you on👏🏃🏻!

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It's definitely do-able. If you managed 30 second runs today how about aiming for 35 or 40 seconds next time until you can do the full minute. Don't be discouraged, take it slow and you WILL eventually get to 5k. Good luck !

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Yes, BigBird22 , the first week was a real shock to the system - I was unfit and found it quite tough. Honestly, stick with it. Take your time and you'll develop a steady pace. Your determination is more important than your fitness- that'll fall into place. :)

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Most of us started from that level... and beyond. If you follow the programme (and quit smoking, maybe? 😉 ) you can do it.

Welcome to the running world.

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Yep there are lots of us here that had a big wake up call as to exactly how unfit we were. As every one says go really slowly it's not a race to the end but a fantastic journey that you have just started

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Yep, that was me in my first run. I did that run 5 times before moving on to week 2. I'm now in week 4 and although it is still quite difficult, I'm no longer thinking it will be impossible to run for 30 minutes! To put things into perspective, I'm obese (BMI 38) and haven't really done any exercise for around 10 years. I'm not a smoker though.

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Yep :)

I'm not a smoker but my fitness was proved to be dire on week 1 run 1.

I started c25k end of January, few hiccups along way and graduated 8th April.

Since graduating have been running mainly 5k's with 3x7 k's, 2x8 k's and a 10k 😱

Can't say it honestly enough- anyone can get there :)

Good luck :)

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Yes, yes yes definitely started off that way... I am not a smoker and I'm not really overweight but extremely unfit and it's amazing how quick you will progress a little tiny bit at a time. I am repeating the last run of week 4 to get a better grasp of the 5 min runs, but it's just me being a perfectionist before I move on because really I absolutely can't believe I can do 5 minutes compared to just 4 weeks ago! You can do it!!

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Yep when I started really wasn't sure if I could break into a run. Just done w4 now. Go for it

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Yes! The first time I started the app I couldn't complete the run, and had to give up half way through. You will do it, and you will feel fabulous when you do! Listen to Laura, and in 9 weeks you will be running for 30 minutes non-stop. :-)

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I was like that too but now I have just finished my first 25 min run. And I didn't sound quite so much like Thomas the tank engine doing so 😄 At first was too embarrassed to run near people cos of the puffing and gasping.

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It took me 2 years to graduate.Doing it is what matters, even if you're just walking 3 times a week.

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Yep. You can do it! I can't begin to tell you how hard I found those first runs.

With the support of this forum & your determination you will truly surprise yourself at what you'll achieve! ☺

Good luck x

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