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I've completed 2 of my 3 W1 runs. I started and then got a terrible virus so have started again. I don't think that I am generally built for running (large frame/big bust/3stone overweight). For those bigger ladies out there, can anyone tell me that it will get easier...please. Thank you.

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I am no lady but as long as you have a leg on either side you were built for running. Perhaps not Olympic sprinting. Hurdles may never be your fave thing. But otherwise you'll be fine.

Gotta be better than ballet.

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Well done you!

I think there are a few ladies out there who fit the description... Big, Bold and Beautiful... out there and going for it.

Firstly, steady and slow.... follow the programme and take your rest days. Take an extra one if you feel you need it. Some other exercise on those days can help too... swimming, walking, yoga, a day's gardening, or housework... the strength and flex may help too..

nhs.uk/Livewell/strength-an...

Are your running shoes good? Plus... your instrument of torture.. the running bra!!! Eeekk... essential to avoid black eyes!

Just go gently...listen to your body, ( it will protest)... but you will know what is ,okay, and what isn't!

Each run, right from the start makes you stronger... your running strength and your stamina...it builds up and up... and as long as you go at your pace... on your journey, you should be fine.

I don't think anyone will say it is easy...but they will say, it is worth it... and you do get into a rhythm that suits you...honestly!

Keep posting.. we are right here with you...every step of the way :)

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Thank you so much! I sort of expected to get 'the bug' and inspiration from running immediately (ever the optimist). I seem to have a sports bra that stops any movement but I definitely need to invest in good running shoes. Not sure where to look without spending a fortune. Any suggestions?

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Well... many folk take advice on this...gait analysis etc and in specialised shops... I started... and I think, maybe not sensibly, just did the wet foot test.

runnersworld.com/running-sh...

But my feet seemed., normal.. so I did loads of online research in all areas and then just plumped for what seemed right for me.. figuring that I could try on and return if incorrect.

I chose Adidas... not top range, but they were perfect... I now, because I still run three times a week, and further distances... have two pairs, one for home and one for away... and have bought a pair of track and trail Adidas too, as I run mostly off road...

It is important to get the correct shoe, and I was probably just lucky... and because I am a bargain freak, much to my daughter's annoyance, I have not paid full price for any of my running shoes... :)

I am sure others will advise on this too, but the main things is a good pair of running shoes is a necessity, but they need not cost the earth :)

So, the choice is yours to head into a reasonable reputable sports shop, for initial advice or maybe check out other posts on this. I won't say, do as I did.. that would have to be your decision.. as I say, I may have just dropped lucky!

I think for many folk, the bug sort of creeps up on us... many of us felt we may collapse and fade away on the first runs...but then, if we take it gently, we discover so much is there....not just running... mental and physical well being, a sense of freedom and release from stress and strain and for me a real joy in running, then writing about it... I ramble... a lot :)

Hope you get this settled anyway and look forward to your posts!

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Thank you for that advice - going to head to a shop on Thursday before my run and try some. Also, it's good to hear that you get the 'bug'. That's what I'm really hoping for!

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I now understand the mental wellbeing side! Also the need for a bargain ๐Ÿ˜‰. I know I'm a newbie but have a pair of sketchers go walk trainers and a pair of Nike air runs. The sketchers seem to be the comfiest so far with no calf pain. The nikes? My legs were on fire! I think it just depends on the person x

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I love Skechers.. all of my cycle shoes and casual walking shoes are Skechers... all got at bargain prices :)

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I'm not afraid to share my bra size. I've avoided running all my life as I'm "not built for it" I've swam the channel 3 times (in a pool!) raising money for aspire and the Christie where my sister is currently receiving treatment so I know I've got strength and stamina however not one pound of weight was lost! So now I'm thinking I've got to up the anti as it were. I have 2 shock absorber bras but both are currently too small ๐Ÿ˜ž(38 E) and I'm 40 E. that's not easy when you are 5ft 1 ! They are brilliant when they fit. I've just done my 2nd run for week 1. I'm hoping I can squeeze my baps into the looser of the 2 for run 3 !! Keep going and we will do this ! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Love it.... ! I feel a bit inadequate now... my boobs are smaller now, than when I started running.. !!!

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Running bras you get one size bigger back and one size smaller cup. Us big bap ladies have to cope with the bounce....It is easier now I got the right size!

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I'm in a similar position! I couldnt complete the runs my first few attempts, but after quitting smoking, losing some weight and building up my fitness I got there! And still quite a bit more overweight than you. You can do it, the program really does work. Oh and I find a well supporting snug bra does the trick to keep the girls secure ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Thanks. I have two sisters who both run but they are both very petite and I've always been a cart horse....even when I was much slimmer - that's why I've never tried running before. Am determined to keep to this though and and I hope it will shift the weight once I get further in to it.

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My mum is the same, but much taller than me and slender. Different builds doesnt mean we cant run! ๐Ÿ˜

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I've just completed my 3rd run from week 1. Hoorah! Nearly used the excuse that it was too warm out but I get so hot anyway it didn't make that much of a difference anyway!

My younger dog loves coming with me and my older greyhound can't but loves it when I flop on the sofa with her afterwards... Feeling good about myself for once after a long time of being very low....

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Oh well done Muttley Moo๐Ÿ˜Š...

Thats the perfect attitude..just go do it, then the basking can begin.

Good luck with W2..you will be fine.x

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