Newby at 65

Having gotten a really high blood pressure reading at my doctors I decided that I could be a couch potato no longer. I eat a really healthy med diet, dont smoke but do drink wine, hell, I live in a wine growing area of France. Never ran before, couldnt catch a bus, but started the programme on Tuesday, today was my third day and I am still alive!!! I am sticking with it so any words of encouragement to get me to goal will be appreciated. Lolo

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  • Hi - just finishing week three. New runner here at 51. I keep at the back of my mind “ improvement not perfection” which is what they have up on the wall at our gym 😊. This time last year I struggled to walk across a car park after having radiotherapy!

  • I watched one of those weight loss programmes on you tube, people losing 150 lbs or more and working out for the first time in their lives. If they can do it I can do it. Thats my mantra when i am out of breath "I can do it". Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Improvement, not perfection. That is a great line as everyone is on a different path, with different challenges. What we can do is progress at our own pace and you are doing just that. Onwards and upwards!

  • Well done you!

    The hardest week is already behind you, so you are already a winner 🏅

  • Hello and welcome! Congratulations on taking this step away from the couch! You've done yourself a huge favour by doing this. Slow and steady is the mantra you will hear the most here and there are people of all ages participating. There are some very wise mentors here too. Just be sure to follow the guidance of the program take your time and take your rest days in between run days. Wishing you healthy and happy running from here on in!

  • Well done you for getting started, a very good decision!

    I graduated back in April one month before my 60th birthday. Like you, before I started I couldn't run for a bus, I could hardly run a bath! But I followed this program to the letter and I'm now running the local Parkrun every Saturday, doing one slightly longer and one shorter run during the week.

    So I know you can do it. Trust the program, take every run at a slow steady pace and always take your rest days. Don't worry about speed or distance they'll come in time.

    It won't be easy, not every run will go to plan but the satisfaction you'll feel after a good run will make it all worthwhile.

    There's loads of support and advice on this forum so keep reading and keep posting so we know how you're doing.

    Go for it. Good luck and happy running!

  • Hi and welcome :)

    Slow and steady... carry on with the healthy eating.. cut down a tad on the wine maybe..especially the day before a run? Take the rest days, listen to your body and keep posting ! Simple as that :)

    We are a great bunch here.. a bit like the grapes really... I started at 65 too :) Running three times a week still and up to 10 K :)

    This is a great journey you have begun:)

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