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First run in Week 3, starting to feel better

After my first run in Week 1 I was questioning my sanity? legs were dead, breathing like a horse after the grand national and wondering just were all this water was coming from that was streaming out of my pores. All the encouragement I was given on this forum got me out for the second run, I was truly ready to give up after the first run ! Thank you all so much.

However things are starting to click now. I'm following a slightly different plan but its a similar 8 to 9 week program so today's session was warm up walk for 5 mins, run for 4 mins, walk for 3 and repeat 3 more times. first two 4 minute sessions were easy but I had to push myself through the last two sessions. So I ran for 16 minutes in total which is just fantastic. I can honestly say that I enjoyed the run today. Given where I was after my first run in week 1 I'm amazed ! I'm not fit, 56, slightly overweight and have never ran any distance before. If I can do this then anyone can.

I'm actually looking forward to my next run and have booked up for a 5k park run at the end of the 9 weeks so I have to keep going.

Once again thank you to everyone one on this forum who have encouraged me if not directly but in your replies to other strugglers posts that I have read. Its just a mass of positive thought that pushes me on.

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Well done you for keeping going and sharing your progress. It's helpful for all of us to see how fellow runners are getting on. Love the racehorse comment and the sweat, as a lizard who rarely drinks unless forced to (alcohol excepted) I wondered where it all came from too. Keep going and letting us know how you're doing.

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Well done. Slow and steady is the way to go! Remember, emphasis on slow 🙂

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Well done. As a 59 year old, overweight (more than slightly) and (previously) non-sporty person I can empathise with you. You seem to be getting into it now and my only advice would be slow and steady. It's easy to start off to fast and then regret it (voice of experience) but the idea is to build stamina not speed. Good luck with Run2

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Slow and steady does it... (you will get tired of me saying that, I can promise you)...go with the flow and remember the idea is to have fun on the journey... :)

You are doing really well :)

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