New to running

Hi guys,

just wanted to write a quick note to say thanks for your inspiring posts and stories. I'm new to this running game and for the last few weeks you've answered all sorts of questions for me! Tomorrow for me it's week 5 run 2..... 8 minutes??! That'll be the longest i've run continuously since.... ever.

I've not really felt massively out of breath so far but my legs certainly feel it!

Again, thanks for the good advice and motivation and i'll be checking in here again before i try w5r3.



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  • Welcome aboard Russ !

    Just keep doing what you've been doing , you will be fine :-)

    Keep posting so that we can follow your progress and support you along your way .

    Good Luck and Well done ! :-) xxx

  • Thank you! i must admit i'm enjoying it far more than i thought i would! :)

  • Welcome to the forum๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Šand well done on your runs you are more than half way there!! It is a fantastic programme and never in a month of Sundays did I think I would run(ok slowly) for 30mins!! So trust me if I can anyone can๐Ÿ˜Š keep on running & posting as everyone's post encourages all the rest of us to keep on ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ good luck & enjoy your achievements๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒŸx

  • Hi there, i'll be posting on here all the way through from now! Thanks for your kind words too. :)

  • Hi russellwalker..

    I know 8 minutes seems like such a big increase...but trust the plan. You are ready and you WILL be able to do it..๐Ÿ˜Š

    Remember its endurance not speed you are aiming for, so slow and steady is the way forward.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.๐Ÿ˜Š


  • Hiya, i must admit i dropped my speed between weeks 3 and 4 and it certainly helped with the endurance! Thank you for the guidance :)

  • We all panicked about the 3/5/8 minute runs and then the dreaded 20 minutes non stop. I had a sleepless night worrying about run 3. And then surprised myself and did it.

    You can do it, believe in yourself :-) And if not, rest and repeat.

    One of the motivations for all of us was and still is doing a run and then posting "I did it" afterwards. Good luck...

  • Hiya, wth every week I have to say my faith in the plan does grow. Thanks for the note. :)

  • Welcome Russel and well done on your decision to run! You are doing great. Stick with the programme and with the forum, graduation is not so far away! !

  • Hi! I'm thinking of it as an early Christmas present to myself!

  • Ooo yes great idea. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  • Well done! It sounds as though it's going well and you are now exactly half way through! You'll be fine. Just take it good and slow.

  • Thank you! It's the longest Ive ever stuck with anything fitness related to be honest... I must actually be enjoying it! ;) I'll keep the forum posted!

  • Well done Russ โ˜บ Take your time and you'll do it!

    I think most peeps here were non-runners when they started. Having started, many of us now can't stop ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Well, week 5 run 2 done! The first 8 minutes felt OK (a little leg muscle burn but nothing else) however something happened during the second 8..... I think I may have entered "the zone" for the very first time! It's tough to describe but I'll have a go..

    I've just started noticing I flare my nostrils when I breath in, almost doing a Rik Mayall impression! ;) Once I noticed the flaring I found myself concentrating on it.... no worrying about my running form, not even looking at the timer on the treadmill, not feeling any leg pain or breath issues... just running. I have to say it felt really good. Before I knew it Laura was telling me to slow down to my last 5 minute walk...

    I know I'm still a beginner but I must admit today was the first time I've felt like a runner. I feel chuffed and I wouldn't go so far as saying I'm looking forward to run 3 but hey ho, I'll give it a go!

    Again, thanks for your support and good advice,



  • Hi Russell and welcome to the forum! :)

    You've taken the best decision so far by actually deciding to do this plan, and increase your fitness, which is what we've all done on here at some point in time, so well done for that.

    And you think 8 minutes is long? Wait until you get to your next run! ;)

    Nah, you'll be fine mate. As long as you've already successfully completed the previous weeks you should be ready. Good luck with the rest of the plan and keep us all updated. Thanks! :)

  • Hi and welcome Russ!

    This is a super place to be and you will love it! Your legs may not, for a while, but they will thank you for it..along with the rest of your body and your mind.:)

    Slow, steady, follow Laura's instructions and you will get to the Graduation podium!

    Listen to the support, and the tips... the folk on here have done it, and someone on here will have gone through much of what we are all experiencing on runs.

    The journey is about stamina, not speed or distance, and.. it should be fun!

    So....onward and upward and keep posting, successes or setbacks! We are right here :)

  • Thank you! This forum is worth its weight in gold!

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