Beginning again

well, after managing to get as far as week 7 last time before an ankle injury, it's been three years since I've even thought about running. I was gutted at the time as i'd bought the t-shirt (literally) as I expected to complete the programme, and had a 5k charity run booked. since the injury, I've told myself i'm too old to try again (i'm 54 now) I've eaten badly, and done little exercise. This means my fitness was at it's worst ever, and my weight at my heaviest.

I finally got a grip of my diet 8 weeks ago and have lost a stone already, and the healthy Mediterranean style diet has given a massive boost to my wellbeing and energy levels (anyone who wants to try them look at Lousie Parkers book).

I signed up to the global corporate challenge (10k steps type of thing) which gave me a gentle start back into exercise.

well, it has all had such a positive effect that today was day 2 of week 1 of C25K. I found it much easier than I did last time which surprised me, despite jogging uphills and faster than I would like as I had the dog in tow (well, the dog had me in tow)

can't wait for Monday for my next run, and lovely to see others posting who are also enjoying this programme, it's definitely worth it!


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6 Replies

  • A great plan in taking the dog to tow you along, I wish I had thought of that! Good luck with your running journey just take it nice and slow and as before follow the program and before you know it 9 weeks will have gone past and you will be running regularly. Good luck!

  • Welcome back! You can do this and it sounds like you are enjoying it already! You certainly aren't too old , unfit, or overweight so just take it steady and go for it again!

    I got to week 5, had 9 weeks off with calf injury, and have started again too. Now on week 3. Hard work but loving it. !

    Onwards and upwards!

  • I'm a first timer in week 2 and loving the challenge as is my dog too :-) He makes me smile when the going gets tough! Well done on diet too...

  • Hope you have more success at graduating this time. You were so close last time. Wishing you all the best☺

  • I too have restarted the programme after 3 years and have just completed w7 r1, like you i shed a few lbs before i started and built up my fitness through walking for 3 months prior to starting and dare I say it its been worth it all, i have throughly enjoyed the programme and haven't hit the hurdles i did first time round, i was so impressed with my progress I had my graduation badge removed so i can earn it again. You'll be great glad to see you back :)

  • well done to you too, and good luck for the final two weeks :)

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