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Don't give up, you can do this

A message to those of you just starting out, stick with this and you won't regret it.

It's hard when you start and you wonder how on Earth this is going to work. But it really does. Back on February 14th this year I decided things had to change and a runner was born. It didn't matter that I could only run a minute at a time, but I started to run. I was doing it for me, no one else, and although it was bloody hard work, it did get easier.

On Sunday I take part in my first Half Marathon!

That may not be your goal, it might be to lose weight, get fitter, be more healthy, get out with the family, it matters not. What matters is that you're doing it. You'll have runs where you hate every step, you'll have some where you feel amazing. But the important thing is your trying and that you got off that sofa.

Congratulations, you are now a runner, 😊

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That is great progress. You've moved up really quickly - fantastic well done. I'm still at about the 10k mark and I started in Jan this year! Wouldn't dream of a half-marathon (not yet anyway!).

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I've done 2 10k's too, and I took the advice off here of slow and steady. I'm fortunate to have found a brilliant running club where they encourage new runners. That's been a great help, plus I love my local Parkrun.

I've made do many friends doing this , I'm very lucky 😊

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Wow, well done to you and good luck on Sunday x

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Thank you 😊

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I hope what you say is true for me! I'm sitting on the couch trying to get my family to do with me, I need to get fit and loose weight now I've retired..... Too many coffee and cake morning s !!!

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Do it for yourself first, everyone needs their own lightbulb moment. It took quite a while for my daughter to join me. I tried to persuade her but it didn't work. Then one day she asked me if she could go on it too. I couldn't have been happier. I still have the coffee & cake, I just make sure I run first so I feel I've earned it 😊

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I think just start without them. Most folks I know have done the program solo, then their families and friends get interested after seeing how great the program is.

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Thanks, it's having that belief isn't it ! C25K is great, i know if i keep going, i will be able to run.

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Yes, just keep trying, even if you feel the need to repeat a run. You are already a runner 😊

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Ah I love this post, says it all ! Yes it truly is a life changer this programme ....

All the very best of luck to you on Sunday in your HM. Which one is it ?

Please let us know how you go on , I am sure we would all love to hear ! :-) xxx

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I'm running the Cardiff Half Marathon, I'm both excited and nervous. I'm taking the slow and steady approach and know now there's no shame in walking a bit if my legs tire. My aim is just to do it and enjoy the experience 😊

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Ah that's great ! Im doing the Manchester Half in 3 weeks time and Im taking exactly the same approach !

Oh you will have a ball ! :-) xxx

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Great post and great progress!

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Thank you 😊

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Good luck for Sunday! :) :)

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Thank you very much 😊

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Amazing. I wish you all the best in your half. That's fantastic.

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Thank you very much 😊

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Great post... and fast progress too !

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I have been careful though, I didn't want any injuries. But I'm had the motivation and enthusiasm once I started, and that's priceless 😊

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Wow,

Thankyou for that post. Just starting out myself and yes doing it for me by myself but not feeling alone as have folks just like you encouraging me on.

Many Thanks and good running.

Annty

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Well done Annty, this site is a goldmine of information and motivation. We've all been there and understand 😊 Good luck on your journey

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