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Unfit, over fifty, female

Well I just did my first run of week 1. Feeling a bit chuffed, very hot and sweaty, (but that's normal for a menopausal female!) I chose to run to the "Back to School album" 80's music, with Jo Convincing me that I could do it. The music was quite apt. I didn't cheat (much) I just anticipated when she was going to ask me to do the walking bit. Not sure whether my legs will want to go to work tomorrow but hey ho! No pain no gain.

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Congratulations on your first run. That's a huge achievement. The aching tomorrow will be a constant reminder of the amazing thing you did xx

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Thank you! I will ache with pride! (And carry on with the running)

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Unfit, over 50 female was me at the start of may. I liked to kid myself I was fitter than I was but run 1 showed how wrong I was. Very happy to still be over 50 and female but also happy to be a recent C25k graduate. Well done and enjoy the programme.

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That's really good! I will be keeping this up, I used to love running but had terrible Achilles' tendon damage. This has healed now. You must feel so much fitter and healthier now.

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Well done for starting the c25k program Allyx😊

You probably know this as you have run in the past, but do some gentle leg stretches after the warm down walk whileyour muscles are still warm and keep hydrated. This will help with stiffness.

Good luck with R2😊

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Thank you Jan

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I was also an unfit, over 50 when I started back in April. I've taken it steady and am now in week 9 with the finishing line in sight. Haven't lost weight or noticeably toned up but I have so much more energy now - I'm noticing it in all areas of my life. Good luck and keep it up, it is so worth it.😁

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Thankyou! I will. There is lots of support on here.

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Noooo. All good, until I read that dreaded 1980s mahoosive great lie.

'No pain no gain'.

Nope. It should be, 'no pain, significantly reduced likelihood of life changing chronic recurrent injury', but unfortunately that's less catchy.

Or we could shorten it to something like 'pain, no gain', but that's not quite accurate. It's more accurate than the outdated discredited and completely disproven version, but still not quite accurate.

Or we could shorten it again to 'no pain', almost like a rule for training. As in if it causes pain, it's banned.

Pain is how your brain knows that injury has occurred. It is a work of evolutionary genius that quite literally enables you and I to even exist. It is this thing that made our ancient ancestors instinctively say, 'ooh, I'm not going to do that', and back away before getting killed without passing on their genes.

A bit of mild soreness and/or aching in the larger muscles is fine. That's normal. But if it's pain, it's bad, and you're not gaining anything except possibly an increased knowledge of chronic muscle, tendon and joint injury.

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Suspect Ailyx meant no mild soreness /aching in larger muscles no gain but that's also not too catchy.

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It's also not true either :) DOMS is not a prerequisite of getting fit. It's very common, but it's not a requirement.

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Thank you for all your comments, it was not meant to be taken seriously😀

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On firwst glance that read like a singles column post!! Well done, it wont be long before you are a very fit female ( and age is just a number)...

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Lol! Thanks. I am hoping to get fit for a holiday, then run the 5k park runs. Never heard of them until I read about it on here.

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Well done!

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Thank you Maddee hope it's going well for you.

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Woohoo! Well done. It's a great feeling isn't it?!

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Hi Englishmum, yes it's a great feeling, hoping to keep it up, and see how far I get with it.

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