Merry Christmas everyone and good luck to you c25k winners you're awesome!
I started c25k last November and 10 weeks later had graduated, and that was after 20years of an unfit lifestyle, sure I was strong as I did manual industrial work and I tried to eat healthy, but I was definitely not fit anymore. It all came to a head when I moved into a 3 story townhouse and found myself out of breath by the time I got to the top floor.
The C25K app may well have saved my life, when I started I struggled on the first day, I'm now 47 and entering the risky age for overweight men, but a year on from graduating and I've signed up for a 10 miler in February with my daughter and last night I went out and ran 6km without stopping and I felt like I could have done 7 or 8 but I'm on a plan so stopped.
A few things I've learned over the past year;
I can do more!
I can overdo it!
I need a target!
I need to follow a plan!
Podcasts are better than music (my opinion)
Minimalist trainers can be better than expensive cushioned trainers
I now run in Nike Flyknits which are like socks with rubber soles on all my training runs and only use my Asics for long runs as I've struggled with painful Achilles and calves (hence the slow progress since graduating) now my tendons and muscles are stretching back to where they should be and I'm not incurring injuries. I watched an ultra video last week where the guys run barefoot or in sandals!!!!
This site is an awesome source of motivation and advice and without it I probably wouldn't be still running and getting healthier so for all of my friends on here a huge thankyou.