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Week 1 Run 1: Take Two

Week 1 Run 1: Take Two

Hello!

A couple of months back I started C25K but at the end of week two I developed bursitis in both knees, ended up on crutches and didn't leave the house for three weeks. Oh what a lot of fun that wasn't.

Anyway, after my knees got better, which took about a month, I started daily squats and knee-strengthening exercises and now all is good.

Today is my 40th birthday and I went to Up & Running for a gait analysis (I'm neutral) and bought a pair of Brooks Ghost 10 running shoes with my birthday money. I just did week 1 run 1 of C25K again and it absolutely hammered it down. I got SOAKED. But I loved it and my new shoes are amazing. I sloshed past all the people sheltering under trees and bridges, foot-slapping rainwater everywhere as I went, grinning like a fool. It felt great!

I'm going to continue with the knee exercises and right now I'm up to 100 squats a day. I'm thinking I'll repeat the first couple of weeks of the programme twice, nice and slow and steady, to make sure I don't anger my legs again.

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Wonderful post and wonderful pikkie too!

Happy Happy Birthday :)

What a great present to yourself!

New shoes, rain, puddles, people and yet, out there and loving it!

This is what I call a positive post... please...keep posting :)

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Thank you, Oldfloss! It's really nice to be 'back', even though I never got the chance to get properly into it first time around. Even after just those two short weeks of C25K I missed my runs and I've so been looking forward to getting back to it. 😀

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Happy Birthday!! Thanks for the post, I'm also restarting. Love your positivity.

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Thank you! Good luck with your running. 😀

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Hi Ims, its great that you are back doing the c25k plan, sounds like you have worked hard to get yourself nice and strong.😊💪

Good luck with W1 R2 (take 2) and enjoy your journey. Nice and steady.😊

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Thanks, Jan. Yes, I had to be patient with myself but it feels so good to be back at it. 😊

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Welcome back - and Happy Birthday!!

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Thanks ever so much, Jeani!

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Great stuff, well done you! I have squat envy - need to up my game! 😁

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Thank you! I do 25, rest for a minute and repeat. Started off at just 5 a day and gradually increased to where I am now.

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Excellent, a new add-on for my so-called "rest" days 😂. Hubby can't believe I've got so into fitness...!

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Yeah, mine is like that. Mind you, *I* can't believe I'm so into it either!

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Ditto 🤣

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I love your post its encouraging.But can squats hurt the kidneys?

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Hi , well done for starting again 😀. Can I ask what knee exercises you do apart from the squats please?

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Cheers! And sure, they're these ones: nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/...

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Thanks , I'll look at those , good luck with the next runs

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Thank you!

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What an lovely post (and pic!) - and Happy Birthday :)

Keep running - and keep posting!

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Thank you ever so much. 😊

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Happy birthday! I'm sorry did you say 40?! You look about 21! :) That's some determination you have there. 100 squats?! Impressive stuff. Good luck with your journey you absolutely deserve success.

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Oh you! Thank you very much! 😀

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Hiya.... brilliant post. Happy Birthday to you & congratulations on your 1st run. Hope all goes well with your knees (which I'm sure will) & I wish you luck.

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Aw, cheers Donna. I hope it goes well too. 😊

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Happy birthday 🎉 and what a way to start your forties. Look after your knees and happy running. X

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I intend to. And thank you very much! X

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Brilliant post - love your determination and doing 100 squats a day is very impressive! Good luck with the programme this time around!🙂

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Thank you very much. 😀

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Happy Birthday. Well done. You are brave. I have got the Brooks Ghost 10 shoes too and they are brilliant. I could not have done anything without them after dealing with arthritis in my toes, encapsulitis of the second toe, disabling ankle problems (all put me off running for a year) and generally bad joints. I am now nearly through Week 4. Being realistic about my level of fitness is helping me get through this. Good luck and keep posting. All the best.

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Thank you very much! Really sorry to hear about your physical troubles but well done to you for carrying on! That's great. I'm in love with my shoes. They're just so comfy and supportive, aren't they? As soon as I tried them on they felt *right*. Best of luck with the rest of the programme. 🙂

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That fantastic to hear! I know Up and Running as there's one near me and I've also got some Brooks Ghosts. Good comfy shoes too. Happy B'day by the way too!

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Thank you very much! I was so impressed with Up & Running. The staff were so helpful and encouraging. The Brooks Ghosts are just amazing, aren't they? Is it OK to be a little bit in love with a pair of running shoes?

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Don't worry....I won't tell anyone.....!!

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Well done! Glad you are back and running, and it sounds as if you are taking things carefully and sensibly. Lovely photo, and of course, happy birthday! Enjoy your new shoes. :)

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Thank you very much. Everyone here is so supportive.

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Happy birthday 🎉 and well done for coming back from a bad place🏃‍♀️👍

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Thanks ever so much. 😀

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I have suffered similar and have now included swimming and circuit training in with the running as my legs were so week. My advice would be to complete each week twice before moving onto the next week. It's made me stronger and given me more confidence as I've been able to continue rather than feel I've failed. Good luck !! It's s great buzz when you've done it!!

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Thank you for the advice. Nice to know you've overcome it. 😊

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100 squats a day, man Rignold will be recruiting you to the squat crew. Great pic by the way ad a fantastic shade of 'squaaat scarlet'

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Ha! Yeah, it was Rignold who suggested the squaaats to me. I'm even onto one-legged squats now! Quite the squat convert, me.

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