W1 R2 Completed

Thanks to everyone for your words of encouragement after my very first session on Wednesday morning.

I did W1 R2 this morning and it wasn't too bad at all. I'd read a few posts on here about breathing, and I was concentrating so much on counting my breathing I somewhat forgot I was running!

I was a bit achy yesterday, but nothing too bad.

I chose to ignore the chap on the treadmill next to mine. He was walking at 7 km/h with a significant gradient, whereas I was walking at 5.5 km/h and running at 6.8 km/h with no gradient. But I was happy with my pace and didn't let myself get hung up on the numbers. I was running - and that's amazing in itself, never mind the speed!

Next run will be on Monday (plan is to run Monday, Wednesday, Friday), but I'm sure we'll go for a couple of nice walks over the weekend.

Thanks again for all the encouragement on this board.


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  • Lovely ! Great result well done! 😀🏃🏻‍♀️

  • Thank you

  • Well done ! As you say and most here say don't get hung up on the numbers. When I first started I was probably doing 7 to 8 Km/h now I regularly do 6k+ over about 40 minutes. I still only do 5K in about 33minutes not 30. The thing is I'm happy with the great sense of achievement and my weight health and well being.

    As for achy legs it does get easier. I still like my little challenges. My legs ache a bit but nothing like when I first started. Now a good habit. I don't always go for a challenge I sometimes only run 5K or 4K (1 day I run to work now). I say to myself "Aim was to run for 30 minutes anything else is a bonus". From not being able to run for a bus to actually being able to run faster than bus (true in rush hour here) is great !

    Keep us all posted on how you progress.

  • Thank you.

    You;'re absolutely right about the sense of acheivement, and even after such a short time I definitely feel better for it.

  • Sounds great Sarah, and you're absolutely right to ignore what other people are doing. It's your project, your body, and it will be you that get to wear that huge smile when you get stronger and stronger.

  • Thank you. Already smiling that I can run at all :-)

  • Well done!

  • Well done. Just focus on yourself. There will always be someone faster than you. But so what!

  • Well done Sarah, I am on week 2, and its a great feeling to get to the end isn't it! I am no expert, but have read on here that you should always have an incline on the treadmill of 0.5 or 1 as its easier on your knees, maybe a more experienced person can comment and explain to us both?

  • Thank you, and well done on completing week 2.

    Thanks for the tip about the incline. I shall certainly give it a go.

  • Well done again Sarah! :)

    That's the spirit! Ignore those people who you see doing 'better' than you. On one of my earlier weeks I was overtaken by a youngish lady! lol But you learn to realise that everyone is at different stages in their running 'career' so we all go different distances and different speeds. There will be many people out there, (especially those still sitting on their couches) that you will leave behind yourself when running, even without trying to! :)

    Good luck with your last run of week 1 :)

  • Well done Sarah , keep at it !

    I once got overtaken by a convoy of 3 people on mobility scooters !

    Ha ha ! :-D xxx

  • Welcome and well done for getting started! C25k is such a great programme. Following it is one of the best decisions you will ever make! Go slow, do your stretches, listen to Laura, take your rest days and you'll be a runner before you know it!

    Speed is not an issue at all - this is your journey, no one else's and no two C25k journeys are alike. The key is that you get through each run and whatever running pace you need to. Slow down, slow down a bit more and you're probably still going too fast! Also if you need to take more than one rest day as the programme goes on then that's fine too - there's no need to complete each 'week' in a calendar week. I took two, sometimes even three rest days to properly recover towards the end of the programme but everyone is different so keep an eye on how you feel and do what feels best for you. I completed the first half of C25k on the treadmill so I totally understand anyone's decision to do it that way but I really would suggest that, at some point if you feel confident, try going outside! I never thought I would enjoy running outside but, once I did, I never went back to the treadmill again!

    The forum is the best place on the internet - it's full of the most amazing, inspirational people on the internet who will give you great advice and cheer you on the whole way! You can do it! :)

  • Some excellent words of advice. Thank you.

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