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Week 1, Day 1 ... eeek!

Well, I've finally taken the plunge and done my first run, ever.

I've put off running for YEARS. A lot of my pals run look fit, slim, and have really active minds and good energy through the day - all the stuff I wanted! I'm here to lose a bit of tummy weight, tone up all over, increase my stamina, and just sort my health out generally. I'm mid-40s and have Crohns. It's totally under control and I'm not on meds any more, but I can be up and down energy-wise like almost daily, because of meals, and my work is stressful.

I decided to go with the 5K Runner app from Fitness22 on my iphone and my Apple Watch. I downloaded a few Nike Spotify playlists last night and got all my kit out ready the night before. I wanted to remove all excuses when I lay in my nice warm, comfy bed in a morning! I'm a bit of a gadget lover, so wanted to make sure I had all ready. I've also ordered some mid-range bluetooth wireless headphones that'll be coming at the end of the week that will make things a bit easier.

I was originally going to jog from my house down to the river, and then on the footpath and back, but I'd got myself into a knot of how far half way would be and when to turn around and what is a good and bad route and so on ... so in the end, I decided to go to my local park - it's a decent size, and bizarrely the walk to the park is 4 minutes, so I had 1 minute to do press ups on a bench when I got there. Imagine, me, doing press ups on a bench before 7AM in a morning. Pah! Two laps of the park finished day 1.

I loved the run. I mean, actually "loved" it. I think my most bizarre high point was half way through the app, in a computery voice the app said "Well done, you're doing great!" and my eyes welled up. And the next best bit was when the last set was announced and Despacito came on, haha.

I'm genuinely looking forward to Friday's run (which is then followed later that morning by my second ever Pilates beginner class) and Sunday, and then starting on week 2 next week.

When I got back from the run, my older son, 7, was still in bed. I asked him if he'd like to go with me ... he sighed and said No. I then said it will make him stronger and be able to run at school like a super hero, and make his mind really fast to do maths and other things really quickly. I didn't need to say any more. It took him a few minutes to grab some leggings, sweater, t-shirt and other things and put them with mine in a spare room ready to go again on Friday. Let's see if that happens and how it goes!! :-) He'll get some gentle encouragement from me, but it's got to be totally up to him if he wants to do it.

Next step, that I'm declaring here is 2-3 pilates or yoga sessions per week, and 4-5 days per week meditating 10 minutes at a time. Sure, step by step, and I'm not taking it all on today, but that's my goal.

So lovely to join a community. My day job has me busy all day and when I'm out of work I'm with family or friends and never stop so I'm really just dipping in and out of the odd post on here and not much else ... what is great is that there are heaps of other people like me - starting out, and scared, if I'm honest, but also determined. And a little friendly hello or nudge or support goes a long way - for me anyway.

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Well done it's a great feeling isn't it lm just starting out too. I feel very emotional at the end of all my runs as l can't quite believe lm actually doing it too!! Congratulations and welcome to the club. 👍👏

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Brilliant, and well done for starting out on this journey! I think you will have a blast, especially after starting so well.

And welcome to the forum - you will find plenty of support and encouragement here. It's almost as good as running itself ;)

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Thank you Helene! :-)

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Well done I too am a newby ☺☺ I completed week 1 and was really geared up for week 2 and then a dreaded sickness bug, but am just 're doing week 1 again🙂🙂. Already feel that I am ready for week 2 so if you do get setbacks out of the blue it's not an issue. Was really windy today but unfortunately the wrong direction so feel I did more today.🤣🤣🤣

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Hahaha. And well done for you for starting again ... really good idea. #toptip

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Well done just started on Monday and just completed wk1 r2 feeling quite good we can do this

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Here is another friendly hello for you ...

You sound a little trepidatious as I say, hit you have a good well thought out plan and maybe a runner in training too. Lovely for you and best of luck in your future running

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Thank you so much! Dang, you've got a catchy nickname on here ... I thought through a lot but not that bit .... :-)

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