I'm a 29 year old fitness-phobic female and I decided to try to complete couch to 5k before my 30th birthday.

I have started the programme about 6 times before but never got past week 1 due to laziness/busy-ness/apathy. But it's now 9 weeks til my 30th birthday, so what better time to have a deadline for completing the programme. I've made myself a progress chart and I've completed week 3 run 3 today! So proud of myself! I am determined to make it to the end! Scary prospect though.

A 3 min run is one thing, but 30 mins...! guess I've already doubled the time I can run for so maybe it will get easier!

I'm so encouraged to see others starting out in a similar position who are now running 30 mins! I can't wait to say the same! Let's do this!!


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  • Sounds like motivation may be your problem. Just post on here regularly, good or bad, and we will keep you working to the finish line

    C25K really does work and could change your outlook on life. Welcome and good luck.

  • fitness-phobic - hahaha too funny. Awesome start! Never mind the 30 minutes, just do today's session, get the rest days in. It's mind blowing how easy some of the times we think will be impossible are. Great goal! Great Job! Keep 'er going!

  • Welcome to our little forum. keep posting we will help you get to 30 for 30 πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ.

  • I was a fitness phobic for all my adult life. No longer! πŸ™‚

    Complete the programme and you can change the habits of a lifetime. It is only 9 weeks! Just nine measly weeks! πŸ˜ƒ

    Do it! Stop messing about πŸ™‚

    Your plan should have at the top the reasons you are doing the plan. Keep checking in with those reasons/aims to keep yourself motivated, and keep checking in here with your progress or if you get stuck

  • Great idea to have a progress chart. You have got further this time than ever before so you should be able to see it through, especially as you tick off the runs on your chart. Be kind to yourself and keep going! And just take each week as it comes rather than worrying about future weeks. The programme builds up slowly so you should be able to cope, taking it slow and steady. :)

  • Take each run as it comes. A lot of the stamina build up comes from the walks as well as the runs, so you are doing more than just a 3 min run; in fact W3 you are doing 9 minutes of running and 9 minutes walking - not counting the w/u & w/d walks - thats 18 minutes of exercise.

    The programe works. Think how much better your 30th Birthday celebrations will be if you complete this. Actually think how you will feel if you don't...

    I know which future I would choose for myself

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