Never run before


I'm 54, overweight and have never run before. My excuse is that I never had time. Now I have stopped work, albeit temporarily, I no longer have that excuse. So I have signed up for Cancer Research's 10,000 steps a day challenge and started couch to 5k.

I have just completed the first week and feel very satisfied with myself. It's hard going but hopefully I can get there!


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7 Replies

  • Course you can, Malcolm, to quoate an advert for I forget what.

    Or is it Mario?

  • Vicks Sinex.....oh sad am I !!!

  • On a scale of one to ten?

    Not at all. You are lovely. And have an encyclopaedia memory.

  • No - seriously - you totally can do this. You don't need 'hopefully' because you just can. That is all. Congrats on signing up for the Challenge (always a good motivation), and congrats on completing your first week. Take it slow and steady, and reward your successes along the way. I was 52 and severely overweight (and a smoker) when I started - if I can graduate, anybody can!! ;-)

  • You can... slow and steady and follow the programme!

  • You will be fine as long as you go slowly. That's key to it

    10,000 steps a day minimum is a good idea. Keeping moving is how to keep fit. That and watching what you eat and drink too of course

    Good luck. Have fun!

  • This programme is so cleverly designed that you'll be able to progress through the weeks. Don't look ahead. Each week I dread going on to a 'harder' run but actually I feel no worse than I did after my very first run because I'm getting fitter all the time. Be prepared for the fact that you might get hooked on running. You don't think so? Wait and see....

    Good luck and keeping going (slowly though).

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