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Starting Couch to 5K for the First Time Ever!

Sazza1802 profile image

Hi All. I'm a newbie, so please be nice!

I've finally taken the plunge and will be starting Week 1 this week. If any of you have ONE good tip for starting this new adventure for me what would it be please? I'm 51, female and severely overweight and haven't run really since I was at school! Many thanks!

18 Replies
Lee337 profile image

Hi there Sazza1802 and welcome to the C25K forum! :)

Well done on getting this far, as a lot of wise people who have been on here a long time say "It doesn't matter how slow you go, how far you go or how long it takes to complete the plan, it is far more healthier for you than staying on the couch!"

Anyway, my advice is to not run...just jog very very slowly so you don't get out of breath too much or lose motivation if you struggle (and you will struggle if you try to go too fast). Also, if you can, go and get your gait measured then buy a good pair of trainers that are lightweight and comfortable. Make sure they cushion your feet nicely too. That's about it really! :)

All the best with it, and don't forget to keep everyone here updated with your progress...they will also be a good motivator.

mooning profile image

Great! My one tip: go slow (really slow). Best of luck.

Oldfloss profile image

Just the one...Slow🙂

SleepySloth profile image

In addition to the "go slow" advice, I would say get a sports bra if you haven't already :-)

Millsie-J profile image

I would say 'plan'!

Clothes, route, schedule.........then the gremlins can't try to stop you getting out there!

runswithdogs profile image

Be proud of yourself every single time you get out that door, no matter how long/how far you go. It's all about you.

stewieUK profile image

Don't worry about taking more than one week to complete each week's programme!

McFitty profile image

Slow..sloooow...really, really sloooow :)

poppypug profile image

Slow and steady, its just a gentle jog.

Believe in yourself, you can do this :-)

Oh and please keep posting so that we can support you along your way

Good Luck and Welcome aboard ! :-) xxx

orchards profile image

Decide how slowly you need to jog, then make it slower than that. Enjoy!

jo4t15 profile image

My one tip is as everyone has said above, SLOW! Run slowly, then slow down a bit, go through the programme slowly, if you need to do a run or a week of the programme some more, slow it down and do it again. I'm sure you get the message! I've done this twice as I injured myself the first time,so also don't ignore niggly pains, get it looked at if they arise. This time, I've also lost weight with slimming world at the same time and that certainly helps, so if you are able to do both things at once, it may be worth while, and running helps the weight loss and weight loss helps the running.

It works and you'll love it. Good luck.

JA13 profile image
JA13 in reply to jo4t15

I too started slimming world at the same time and one definitely helps the other. Keep it going on a regular schedule on set days. Repeat weeks if you struggle and don't worry about going too slowly as you can start to speed up once you build up the distance. Good luck. X

Bundoodle profile image

Hi! Well done on starting, you won't regret it. My advice is to be kind to yourself. If you have a bad run don't give up. Any run is better than no run. Go out each time with curiosity to see how it goes. We all have bad runs at some time but they are never failures they are just another step on the journey. Stay curious and keep coming back to the forum the support on here is invaluable. Happy running! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Every run is training for the next one.

Seuzan profile image

Trust the programme, it really works. Just turn up and follow the instructions. You can do it!

misswobble profile image

Do each session, no debate with yourself, just do it 😊 Slowly!

Oh and by the way, there are no such things as gremlins. Deny their existence and they can't bother you

Good luck! Have fun ☺

Wow! All such good advice! Thanks everyone. Are you always this friendly on here! I'm really fired up now. I'll definitely report thanks although I'm very very scared! xx

IannodaTruffe profile image
IannodaTruffeGraduate in reply to Sazza1802

Nothing to fear. The worst that can happen is that you do not complete a run, in which case you repeat it and when completed, you move on. You are in control.

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