Back to running after awhile


I finished the C25k plan a year ago, it was amazing, a memorable experience, especially that the place where I'm from isn't sportive at all, especially my family and my in-laws.

I kept going with week 9, and the extras, like stepping stone, speed and stamina. Then I had to stop because of work.

yesterday I started week one, it was difficult, but more difficult than ever.

I need to go on, plz help!


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10 Replies

  • Lots of us have restarted the plan at various times, due to life getting in the way of running, or injury, or family circumstances, or whatever - so you're in good company! And you couldn't ask for a more supportive place, so you've definitely come come to the right place for encouragement!

    The advantage of being a returner is, you know the plan works. It may, it *will* be hard at times. You will occasionally think it's impossible, you're not ready to move on, how on earth are you supposed to run an extra few minutes next time - but you KNOW you've done it before, and you KNOW you can do it again.

    Just take it slowly, don't underestimate that first week or two - slow jog, not quick run, and you'll get there. We're all cheering you on!

  • Hi Zeidan, welcome back. You're going to love redoing the programme, trust me. As RainbowC says, lots of us have redone it (me included -twice!!) and the best thing is that you'll probably end up faster and stronger second time around. I'm not sure why, maybe it's muscle memory, or maybe it's just the knowledge that, no matter how tough it feels, you know that you definitely can do it, but you will be a better runner second time around. Good luck and keep posting your progress. :)

  • Welcome back to a brand new you (mark 2):)

  • Thank you so much, I feel excited, and hopefully I'll do it, and never quit. My life was changed when I was on the go, on the street, the gym, home, I was all active and happy, but I'm determined to go back :)

  • The thing I've found with running is that I may go through spells of weeks or even months when I don't manage to run much if at all - but I don't see that as quitting, it's just that other things have got in the way for a bit. Any time I'm ready to restart, I can do. The plan, this forum, the ability, they're always there. I just need to put on my kit and take that first step out of the door to remember why I do this. And every time I've restarted, I've reached the point at which I start actually enjoying the running sooner!

    Life changes, sometimes we get busy and running takes a back seat. But it's never too late to start again. :)

  • Hello Zeidan, and welcome back. Take that "hopefully" out of your vocabulary - you can do this, because you have already done it. I ran past the hug tree yesterday - so-named after the day I decided to run to show myself I could after 28 years without sport, discovered I couldn't, and ended up wrapped around a tree, swearing my head off. I came home to complain to my sister, who suggested "manning up" and doing C25K. That was in February 2015. If I could do it after 28 years of inactivity, you can do it one year after having successfully completed the whole programme! Keep us posted :)

  • Okay :) Thanks! I will definitely do it, inshallah :)

  • lovely to see you back... and you can do it, just persevere and before you know it you will be running 30 minutes again :)

  • I graduated in about may i think. Carried on for a while then life took a dip & i stopped. Restarted in november aiming for 20 min sessions. Can manage that but not much more...yet. Slowly just trying to build fitness & confidence back up. Somethings gotta be better than sitting thinking about doing it?!?!?!

  • Ya, yesterday was my second run in week 1, and I felt much better, like the old days when I started the program, excited and determined to go on.

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