Feeling optimistic

Hi all, I've just started the second week of C25k and I've surprised myself that I can run! OK, not fast and not for long but it does feel like a breakthrough just to discover that. I'm optimistic that I'll keep with the programme - so far it has worked really well and the morning slot when I go out fits in really well with my day, which makes it easy to keep up. I suppose the only real worry is whether I'll have some problem - I keep reading about injuries and aches and pains from others in the group. Fingers crossed.


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  • Welcome Andy. The program was a breakthrough for many of us, it's amazing what we are capable of. Keep it slow and steady and you'll be running 30 minutes in no time at all. As for injury, the best things you can do is always do your warm-up walk, listen to your body and don't push too hard. Cross training/stretching/strengthening will help as well. Extra rest days are your friend. Happy running and I look forward to following your progress.

  • All the very best!

  • Well done. As I've said before most of us were sceptical that we could run for a bus never mind 5 minutes. Now I'm running nearly 6K for about 36 minutes. and inch by inch naturally getting faster. Though getting faster is not my aim.

    Admittedly part of my reason was a health wake up call w a few with high blood pressure etc. Now only a few pounds above normal BMI for me.

    My motivation is that I feel great physically and mentally and don't want to go back. And the great sense of achievement, which we can't always get in life on a day to day basis. Also avoiding a future potentially on medication.

    Also all the great comments about how good I look helps.

    Keep on running. Let us know how you progress.

  • Isn't it a good feeling when you realise you can do something you thought was beyond you? Don't anticipate problems, just enjoy each run as you get to it. Happy running :-)

  • Thanks everyone, I appreciate the support. :-)

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