Couch to 5K
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New runner!😁

Hi everybody,

I have just started the c25k today! What I'd like to ask is if it's ok to start on week 2? If you had asked me before hand I'd have said I would have found the 1st session hell but, unbelievably I found it quite easy. I'm don't consider myself fit at all and can't quite believe it.

I'm using a treadmill and didn't go very fast although I couldn't walk at that speed. It was a jog at best.

Do you think going straight to week 2 would be a bad idea?

Thanks 😁

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Yes... is the simple answer... if you want to do it, properly... then just do the nine weeks... however easy you feel it is :) Maybe set the resistance on the T/M higher.. to make it a tad more challenging :)

We always advise folk to do every single run in every single week.. and if you desire the little grey graduate badge after your name.. that is what you need to do :) But, the reason is, that the whole programme relies on a steady, slow , structured build up of running muscles, alongside stamina and strength. ( Rest days too are essential between runs, however great you feel).

So, even at this really early stage it is important... it starts the whole process...Is there any chance you could get outside? You may find that a little more interesting :)

Welcome anyway... and good on you for starting...keep posting too... and don't forget the rest day non impact exercises too... start as you mean to go on :)

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Thanks for the reply 😁 I might just continue with week 1 then going on your advice. Building up seems the sensible option. I'd love to run outside and do have the perfect place locally to do it but I think I need to work on my confidence first. I'm very self conscious at the moment. I think maybe I could up the speed for the rest of this week and get my legs moving a little quicker for at least some of the running.

Once again thanks for the advice x

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Of course you can do c25k how you want, but we wouldn't advise it! overconfidence can lead to the injury couch, that's why oldfloss mentioned slow and steady, her words are well worth heeding!😊

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You are going to be fine.. many folk lack a bit of confidence when beginning ...but, rest assured that folk out there are usually too busy with their own lives to notice us. If they do.. they are either jealous, or runners thinking.. gosh I wish I was out running too!

"Self confidence is the best outfit..Rock it and own it "

The best advice my daughter gave me.. :)

Looking forward to your posts :)

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Hi jo welcome I’m starting C25k for the sec time got to near week 5 then things happened so I stopped , but just back with the programme I’m no natural runner but taking it slowly as Oldfloss advises you get there with your rest days ,enjoy the programme and keep posting 😀🏃

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Welcome aboard and good luck! I would agree with Oldfloss - enjoy the gentle introduction and it's great that you find it so comfortable at the moment. 🙂 The way I see it is hopefully this is a change for life(😀) so you have all the time in the world! Keep posting too!🙂

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Hey, I’ve just started too! Just done my second run of week one. I’m finding it okay so far which is surprising me but think I’m going to stick to the regime.. I’m already quite fit thanks to walking/cycling a lot but I worry about my knees and I think if you follow the advice and do the runs all in order then you build up the necessary strength to allow you to run properly. Best of luck!! xx

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I would say if you found it that easy, you maybe weren't going fast enough? I may be wrong. I run on a treadmill and am on week 5 if you have any questions

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Well what a lovely bunch of people you are and very supportive Too! 😁 thanks for all your thoughts. I suppose I should make the most of week 1. No doubt I will be here again soon crying me eyes out having almost killed myself trying lol. I will keep everybody upto date on my progress 😁

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Just go with it. You will have hard runs and maybe also easy runs but the programme is brilliant and works. Don't mess with it. Just enjoy it and welcome to running which I have always hated but now wouldn't live without.

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The early weeks of C25k seemed easy to me so I ran it all as fast as I could, following each run to the letter. I now know that I was increasing my injury risk and that I probably would have built my stamina and basic endurance more efficiently had I not run so fast.

You won't necessarily find each run in a week the same. Many find run 2 of a week the hardest, so don't count your chickens before the eggs have even been laid. Many do adapt the plan to suit their perceived level of fitness, but then you are out there on your own and missing out on the slow and gentle build up of your body. One common theme on here is doing too much too soon. Sticking with the plan is the safest way to learn to run with minimal injury risk.

Good luck, enjoy the journey.

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