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So last week I started the couch to 5k, believe me when I say I have never been interested in jogging although I have always admired people who can do it. So last year I lost 7 stone and now I need a new challenge to focus on. Tonight is run 3 on wk1 I'm managing ok although I am feeling it. It's hard to believe that I will be able to progress to bigger runs. I believe in myself but if I say I'm nervous would be an understatement. I'm 45 and I'm doing it with my daughter who is 20. Any advice would be great. Thank you

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Just do it, at your own pace, slow and steady and enjoy! Well done you for beginning this!

If running with daughter... then discuss how you want to progress, is she naturally speedier, or are you running at the same sort of pace?

As the runs get longer, it is sometimes too easy to push a tad too hard if you are not running alone:)


Yes she is faster and I don't mind that, she has youth on her side. She's supporting me as she knows I want to be able to do this and it's great to have a buddy. I will just have to watch her disappear when the ribs gets longer. Thank you for replying

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That is fine then....( the joy of youth :)) she can keep pace with you initially....and maybe as the runs get longer do a run and return to you pattern.... Sounds like you are going to have a lot of fun :)


I too started this having lost 5 stone and have never ran before.

Week one was really hard, I thought there is no way I'm going to get through weeks two and thee but I did and have completed week 6 run 1.

It all kind of clicked after the 1st 5 minute run, the human body is a wonderful machine and it's unbelievable how quickly he fitness comes when you push yourself.

You got this.

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Firstly, just eradicate all that nervousness and fear, it is counterproductive and there is no need for it to play any part in your progress through the plan. You are in control of your running pace and your progress. You can only fail this plan if you go back to the couch.

Should you not complete a run, simply repeat it, getting stronger each time, until you can do it, then move on. There is no shame in that and certainly nothing to fear.

Approach it all with positivity and you will soon be running for thirty minutes.

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Congratulations on wk 1

Just listen to what told on podcast

Slow and steady.

It honestly works,I didn't believe I would do it but graduated 2 years ago and now do 10k's and a month ago completed my first half marathon.

Good luck and great you have a running partner in your daughter as always there to encourage each other.


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