Couch to 5K
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First run

So this morning I got my backside into gear and completed my first 'couch to 5k' run. Im an asthmatic and take an inhaler daily, using my ventolin before exercise and during if neccessary.

I'm not going to lie it wasn't easy but I didn't need to use my inhaler which was great. A long way to go and I'll probably have to repeat weeks until I'm ready to move onto the next level, but I'm quite proud of my little self. Next run is Friday morning.

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Well done for getting started, you're entitled to be proud!

Trust the programme, stick at it and come here for advice and support and you'll be running for half an hour in no time!

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The hardest part of any programme like this is actually making the decision to do it and then doing it. So congratulations on completing your first run 🏅and good luck for the runs to come 🤞🏼🤞🏼

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Hey that's brilliant... I'm asthmatic too .. and you know my breathing has been great ...

Good luck and keep going xxx

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It will get easier I promise I to have been asthmatic for about 30 years and I just realised 4 weeks ago I have not used my inhalers once !!! At all 😂😂😂 good luck you can do it xx

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Many thanks for all of your support.

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Many asthmatics find running improves their condition. Well done.

There is no need to repeat a week before moving on. If you don't complete a run, then have a rest day and repeat it until you complete it, then move on. That way you are repeating the challenge that needs to be conquered, not some run that you may have moved beyond.

Runners have to accept challenges head on. If you don't try, you won't know.

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Well done you! I'm asthmatic too and was worried when I first started, particularly over the winter months. But a couple of puffs of Ventolin before I head out, and I'm usually fine.

Keep posting on here - It's a great forum for support and encouragement! 😊

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Just keep it as slow as you like and move on gently... if your meds are sorted you are going to be absolutely fine :)

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