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Hello πŸ‘‹ hope everyone is ok out there. Not been on anything like this before. 2nd run of week 1 today. Bloody hard. I'm very overweight to obese apparently but am determined to loose the timber this year. Wish me luck πŸ€ πŸ™‚ How blooming cold is it tonight huh!


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  • Good luck!!!

  • Well Thank-you ☺going to give this a bloody good go

  • Good luck

  • Thanks very much ☺ going for it

  • Good luck! You are brave, I'm afraid I chickened out of a run today as I felt too cold! Hope it was a good one.

  • Helllllooooo blimey never expected any responses...'good one' I think more just a 'one' tonight...We'll leave the 'good' out πŸ™‚ you getting on with this crazy Laura run thingy?

  • Hi - well I managed to graduate on Xmas Eve, having started in September! So it took me longer than the 9 weeks, but I didn't mind as I viewed it as a suggestion rather than a requirement. ;-) I would have never thought I would be able to run 5k and yet I managed it, so I believe anyone can do it if I can!

  • Good encouragement ☺I'm same 5k you must be joking...but let's ave it πŸƒ

  • I was in a similar position to you a few months ago, in some ways still am, but it can be done! I completed C25K a month ago having not run... Well, ever really, and weighing in at 20 stone, I've lost more than two stone in six months by a combination of watching what I eat and exercise, and am still gradually going down!

    The important thing is to keep at it, and not get worried about pace etc, it's more important to keep the time going than the speed. A couple of suggestions though - given the forces on your joints, make sure you get properly fitted for running shoes, and maybe consider taking glucosamine which I found helped - had ankle problems and it'sv helped keep them at bay.....

  • Wow thank you for your reply... Very grateful and never expected replies....well done you on the weight loss...brilliant... Knocking on your initial weight at the mo.. Feel like I have the mass of a small planet....still...determined to do this and will use your advise as good inspiration... Thanks...I did get some good shoes from a specialist running shop with very bloody expensive pre moulded insoles to boot πŸ™‚ Chrisse present with the understanding I get off my chubby butt and sort myself out.

  • Well done! And yes, it was flipping cold tonight! Keep going 😁

  • Thanks Andy...all very new to this talking to people thing on here but it is very nice of people to comment πŸ™‚ my intentions are good I just need my spirit to be as helpful now. Do you run a lot now?

  • This is the only "internet" community that I chat to and it can be seem a bit strange chatting with people who we have never met and may not ever unless they are perhaps competing in the same event.

    The good thing is that we are all at different running levels and have all started from Week 1 Day 1 so we know the challenges that some people face when starting out and this very friendly bunch here are on hand to provide any support and advice that you may need. Runners tend to be a friendly bunch of people and you will probably find other runners saying "hi" as you pass them during a run.

    I'm running 3 times a week and have a gym session once a week... its funny how you get into a habit of this !!!

  • If I can get to running like you I would be super impressed... It is real nice being able to chat to all you nice running types ☺it will definitely help me...thanks.

  • It's defiantly freezing. Well done running today

  • Thanks very much...Nice to get a Whoop Whoop ☺gotta get on it though and stick to it...hope your running is going well.

  • Well done πŸ‘

  • Thanks πŸ™‚very kind of you to chat back... Hope all going well with your efforts....not entirely sure what to write on these thingys but will get better I'm sure

  • Good Luck , yes keep at it !

    Well done for getting out there today, it WAS freezing cold ! :-) xxx

  • Crikey were you out there... The cold took my breath away to start with....Didn't take long for my heart to race like a blinkin train though so warmed up pretty quick πŸ™‚ hippie you're doing well on this Laura torture pod thing πŸ™‚

  • Good on you! I was clinically obese when I started, still slightly overweight but I can run and you will too :)

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  • Ohhhhhhhh I like the sound of this πŸ™‚inspiration that's what I need and your dishing it out...well done long have you been running for now? Obese to where you have got to now is awesome.

  • I never believed it was possible! I started mid May last year. Came close to giving up so many times but the amazing folk on here brought me through all the downs and cheered me through all the successes. It's an awesome programme and an awesome forum. Who'd a thunk a fifty something couch potato would be out running in -2Β° at 7am in the morning! Everything is possible :)

  • Bloody well done you....that is real commitment with a bunch of support...fab πŸ™‚

  • Going out for a run in this icy weather tells me you are tough! You will do this! Both the running and the losing weight!

  • Thank you very much for your reply...never expected lovely people to respond...feel quite important now 😁 bloomin chilly tonight's gave it a good old go... How are you doing worth your running?

  • That's what we do in here in this very lovely forum. I stared in programme in March, graduated in May and fell completely in love with running in the process. So I still run three times a week and am up to 25k pr week now.

    I've lost 14 kg in the process- not only because of the running, I have also been watching what I eat.

    Go for it.

  • Now that is what I call success....well done you..people seem really nice and honest types on here... I bet it really does help...I hope I start to like running πŸƒ and like you trying to watch what I eat.. I'll keep you all posted then πŸ™‚

  • Well done for starting the plan trafford99. You are showing great commitment getting out in these temperatures, its a great plan that does work so its worth sticking with it. Take each run slowly and move through the plan at your own pace, many of us took longer than 9 weeks to complete the plan, there is no rush. Keep posting as it can help keep you motivated.

    Good luck with W1 R3.😊

  • That is very kind of you to reply and give me advise..God only knows I'm going to need it πŸ™‚ still it has begun so onward I go with help from you lovely folk πŸ™‚ how are you getting on?

  • Hi I graduated in Nov 15 aged 55 and have been running two/three times a week since. I now do lots of different types of running which the plan makes possible and really enjoy it. YES, you will be able to run and breathe and smile all at the same time by the time you finish.

    Follow the rules, take rest days, stretch your leg muscles gently after your run while you are still warm and have a drink of water.

    You will find lots of help and advice on this forum, take a look at other posts for inspiration. 😊

  • Well that is a success story...good show...did you run before or did this get you into running πŸƒ?

  • Never been able to run before starting the plan. Thats the beauty of it, it teaches you how to do it in bite size pieces and slowly builds up your stamina along with your self esteem. 😊

  • Well done for getting out there, especially in the cold weather. Folk on this forum are very helpful and encouraging so keep posting! Best of luck :)

  • Thank you very much for posting a reply...brass monkeys last night but got my head down and was off like Mo Farrah... Clearly not but I did my best πŸ™‚...hope all good with you and your running

  • Fantastic for making a start on the programme. I graduated in early December after having never run in my life. I couldn't have done it without the lovely Laura and the support and encouragement from this forum. It took me longer than 9 weeks to finish the programme as I started after recovering from a mastectomy and after week 8 I had To have an operation on the other side and had to have a week or so off running and it was so painful I had to start the programme again, but I was hooked, and I'm sure you will be too. And don't worry, we're all hear to help you ivercome the pesky gremlins... which you will no doubt encounter before too long.

    Good luck and happy running. πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€“

  • are Razouski committed! What an incredible achievement... It is very nice to know people like you all are out there giving a bit of 'go for it' makes it more bearable at this early stage. Getting hooked on running eh? Wow that would be an achievement if that happened to me πŸ™‚

  • If you can start running when it's cold and crummy in the winter, you'll have a good time once it's spring and pleasant out. Keep your runs slow and keep coming back to the forum. We love following your progress and are here to share in your journey, if you need advice, a pick-me-up, or a kick in the buttocks.

  • Kick up the butt may just be what I regularly need πŸ™‚ thank you for your reply and I think I will be back to this chit chat place you all seen so kind...nutters cause you all seem to like running...but kind πŸ™‚ all the best in your running...I guess you are at a good stage at the mo?

  • Not running as often as I'd like these days, but consistently getting out once or twice a week. I'm happy with that.

  • I was like you trafford99 having only run last time 'properly' at school some 30+ years ago, hated it then. However I started the C25K again in May last year and just over 4 months later graduated.

    I am still running, not as much over the last few months due to work/personal circumstances so may be twice a week, and even if I miss a week I try and go a little bit longer the following week. But despite the eating of more healthy food the weight is being very stubborn. However, I would honestly ignore the weight and go by clothing fit whilst doing the C25K. A lot of the weight you are carrying is being changed from the fat to the muscle. I found that trousers started to get a lot looser.

    Keep at it and go at your rate I know I did each of the first few weeks twice to get the body and mind used to it. It does take a while to get yourself sorted, for me running in the evenings does not work as well as when I run in the early morning (about 4am even in the frosty conditions). I can run for the 30minutes no problem in the morning but struggle in the evening. I have been up and about for around 14hours by the time I get home so that is probably the reason.

    Keep at it but do listen to your body and if you are struggling just go back a week or do the week again. All the best.

  • What great advice many thanks. Listening to what the body says is going to be a big one. I'm determined to do this but have to accept that perhaps on occasions no matter how determined I am if I have a niggle or heavy cold going mad is probably not the right thing to do. Its the swearing which I think I am doing under my breath which I hope doesn't catch me out. With the headphones in and me effing and jeffing cause I've got another 3 runs to do that night probably comes out a bit louder than I think πŸ™‚

  • Welcome to the madhouse, and congratulations for starting the programme! Take one run and one day at a time, and before you know it you'll be slimmer, healthier and happier. I have less self control than a golden retriever in a chew toy shop, so if I managed it and kept going then you can too. Keep us posted on your progress!

  • Roger that mfamilias πŸ™‚ good to know that there are others out there like me who given half a chance would clear out a biscuit barrel πŸ™‚ well done for cracking on....its when I realised my underwear was the size of a 2 man tent that something needed to here goes πŸƒ

  • You've got this. Now GET CRACKING!

  • Day 3 Week 1 tomorrow....all over it πŸ™‚

  • I'm wishing you lots of luck and I know that you can achieve this. You must be determined to have gone out in the sub zero temperatures and just take it slow and steady. Well done for starting, and you'll get plenty of encouragement along the way. Listen to your body, if you're feeling tired, go slowly, if you can put in a sprint at the end, go for it. But don't overdo it. You may need an extra rest day, but that's ok. This programme is not a race. Complete it safely and in your own time. Above all, try to enjoy it, I embrace the cold, the rain, the sun, just have fun! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» πŸ€ πŸ€ πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β„οΈβ„οΈπŸŒ§πŸŒ§πŸŒ€πŸŒ€β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ

  • Love that advise...thank you ☺yeah going to do this right But like you said in my own way without looking at it as a battle..go for it if I can and ease off if you I'm OK in all weather...right now the darker the better....stealth mode while I waddle like a duck out of water...prefer cold and wet to hot though. Hope you're doing good with your running πŸƒ

  • Well done on getting out there! It's tough when you start, even tougher when it's cold so you ve done brilliantly!

    The people on this forum have a wealth of experience they will share with you when you ask for it. They will support you when you need it, and celebrate each step on your journey!

    Keep going and happy running πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸΌ

  • Thank you very much ☺perversely looking forward to liking going out running πŸƒ but still bit early to say I enjoy it lol....slow and steady that will be me.. Hope all is good with your running

  • Yes I'm doing good thanks, graduated in September, will be running my first 10k in march as a 60th birthday present to myself.

    It seems we just get the bug, don't know how it happens but it happens to many of us πŸ˜ƒπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

  • That is brilliant... 10k! You crazy thing! ☺ All the very best for that...

  • I am exactly where you are. I do run 3 wk 1 tomorrow & am actually looking forward to it. Who would have thought!!! It is the middle of summer here in Australia so have to run early morning before it gets too hot. Can't imagine going out in the freezing cold. Good luck. We can do it.

  • There you go... running buddies :) You can help each other along. I had 3 or 4 lovely peeps at the same stage of the programme as me and it helped enormously!

  • Yeah running buddies YAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY that is gonna help big time

  • AussieLou we're on ☺...mmmmmmm must rum morning as gets too hot later...alien to us Bits ☺right I won't let you down if you don't let me down OK....Day 3 tomorrow then AussieLou...We'll smash it.

  • If you type @Aussielou you get a drop down box to click to create a link to the individual, the system then alerts them to your post πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸΌ There is also a drop down edit button on the bottom right of your posts

  • See that is helpful... Thank you for that ☺

  • Slight stuff up but all good. Somehow I repeated day 2 week 1 & my music didn't come on which may explain why I noticed my breathing much more today.

    Skipped my usual Saturday morning sleep in & got up and did it. I thought of all you Brits as I was huffing & puffing thru the dewy wet grass - even had to put my runners out in the sun to dry off when I got home.

    My daughters want me to join them for a 5km colour fun run on Feb 18. 😜 Will be at wk 6 or 7 then so what is the general opinion signing up for a 'run' then?

  • Fantastic. You are now a runner. That's what people will think when they see you run past them in bad weather as they sit in their cars or houses. Welcome to the club.

  • You're bloody right...I was always the bloke staring out my car window saying 'fairplay to them' as a jogger went by and now it's me...mind you I suspect some might be wandering WTF was THAT just plodding by...never mind...doing it and that's what counts ☺Feel very happy to be in this lovely club. Hope your running is going well.

  • I know how you feel. I hated every second of week 1, resented every 60s run. But keep at it. it'll get easier. Promise (I'm on my last day of week 2 - and yesterday felt I could run up a steep ramp to get to the local park)

    It's also raining here and I'm still going out

  • Those 60 second spurts absolutely do me in n I breathe like a bloomin old sea lion after...I'll hold you to your promise and I'll let you know how getting on ☺ good luck on your ventureπŸƒ

  • We can do this. Think of all the people who aren't doing this, they don't have our determination.

  • Hell yeah we can bloody well do this.... GO us☺

  • *high-five!*

  • Smash it. Last year I lost 22kg through diet alone. This bought me down from level 2 obese to somewhere between overweight and obese.

    I started the program before Xmas and it was tough. Week one was hard. Motivation was hard to find but I felt great after every time so I stuck it through week 2. By then I was questioning whether it was worth it. At the end of week 2 was Xmas and I didn't run for 2 weeks.

    New Years Eve I finally plucked up the motivation and repeated week 2 day 3.

    Run 1 week 3 I considered quitting. Still wasn't enjoying it and my knees hurt. I watched some videos on running technique & breathing after that run.

    Run 2 week 3 was my lightbulb moment. Everyone's is different but while focusing on my form I realised this running thing was getting a little easier. I had a smile on my face!

    Run 3 week 3 and I overtook someone on a segment on the Strava app. Now I'm hooked on, borderline obsessed with running.

    There is most likely going to be a point where you question whether it's worth it. Keep going. That feeling could last for a day, could last 3 weeks but you will get through it and will fall in love with running.

    I've lost 1.7kg this week by going back to low carb high fat diet and running. Fastest rate I've ever lost weight. Only 18.5 to go!

  • What a fabulous result you have had. Well bloody done you. I'm generally ok getting out to start... Couple of the runs in and I do think 'am I actually going to do this tonight' but I do slog through it and feel glad I stuck with it. Need to hit that 'enjoying' bit ☺then I'll be happy.

  • Respect to everyone braving the cold! I confess I retreated to the gym today to run on the treadmill.

  • Fair play to still run shame using a treadmill ☺

  • Good luck, I'm at Day 1 week 2, but I have the other end of weather issue, we are expecting 5 days of plus 35 degree C this week with my Wednesday and Friday runs over 40 in Sydney.

  • OMG that is bloody hot....I ain't sure I could run in that....thank God I won't have the chance in Blighty ☺grey and wet and cold... Lovely πŸ˜„ Good job on reaching week 2...the 1st week wasn't easy in my book but like you W2 R1 leaving in about 10 mins....darkness is my friend ☺

  • How did you go? I was a bit sore after it but day after I'm feeling good. I noticed it was harder than last week.

    My goal is im playing over 35's football so trying to get fit enough for that. I like your positive attitude with running in darkness, keep going

  • Heyyyy got it done actually not as bad as I thought tonight. Good running weather though I guess...mild and dry...running with a blister though which is annoying. It's great that you have a goal you're aiming for....good luck with'll smash it πŸ™‚

  • I discovered those Gel blister (do the UK call them bandaids? or elastoplasts) the Gel ones made for blisters are great they protect it and seem to heel quicker.

    Good luck

  • Are you running in your swimming trunks? Sorry, that only makes sense if you've seen the film!

    You're one of us now so you're not on your own. Just keep going and if it gets hard slow down and try not to stop.

    I graduated a little while ago but went out on Saturday morning and had to stop briefly three times on my usual route, a route I can usually do. It doesn't always go to plan, and it's not just because you are new to this- it happens to us all.

    Be kind to yourself and submit posts so that we can support you. πŸ’πŸ‘£πŸƒπŸΏ

  • What a lovely post ☺thank you very much...right proper good advise....I don't know the film but my God if I were to be spotted running in swimming trunks I think the RSPCA would be sent out with tranquillisers to take me down lol... Good to read that this forum helped you and that you're still running....the folks on here are all bloody lovely

  • All the best! You can do it. I'm also very overweight BMI of 32 and I'm on week 8 of the plan. Slow and steady concentrate not so much on speed but finishing each run regardless of pace. Along the way you'll become lighter too and that will make it easier.

  • Thank you for your reply...Sorry for delay I'm responding... Its actually nice to hear from someone who accepts that they were 'large' before starting this and it's fabulous knowing you have persevered and seen results...Bloody well done...I'm scarily overweight and need to shift a fair amount of timber and it's probably harder for us chunkies carrying a few (lot) of kilos more...but you seem to have done amazing and I'll take that as inspiration πŸ™‚

  • Good luck!! I need support as well :)

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