Couch to 5K
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For those keen to maybe hear something from someone who easily gives in and has tried everything previously from Master Cleanse Diet to Multiple Gym Memberships and still not managed to get the results desired. Tomorrow the 2nd of December I will wake up at 6am and get dressed for a cold cold run using the Couch to 5k app with the beautiful Jo Whiley to egg me on....excuse the yummy food pun. I will log everything from temperature outside and what I wear and even listen to in the hope of being able to achieve my goals ( currently 18 stone 5 pounds and 5ft 8in ) and be able to document it which is something I have never done, which could be a helping factor knowing that someone may find the entries I make helpful. Next post 2nd December 7am ish =)

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Sounds good - Welcome, enjoy, and take it slow...you will be amazed how well you get on! :-)

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Good for you - and welcome to C25K. Everyone here is super-friendly and supportive, and we just love to hear how others are getting on, so feel free to report as much detail as you like. I found the first couple of weeks really tough going, but it does get easier - just take it "slow and steady" and stick at it. It's a great programme, so believe in yourself - you can do this!

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Don't set too many simultaneous goals.

Simply do the run, take a rest day & post here. That is as much as we're expecting. Temperature, what you wear, how far you ran... all interesting but not mission critical. We're here to give you encouragement, but only you can get out the front door.

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Welcome.

This plan works, absolutely.

It may be tough at times but that is part and parcel of becoming a runner.

We will be here to cheer you on and offer advice and support, so go for it. You won't regret it.

The rookie mistake is to go too fast. You will develop as a runner through C25K just by employing a gentle jog, slow enough for you to hold a conversation. If you can't do that, you are going too fast.

If you don't complete a run, then after a rest day, repeat it until completion, then move on.

Always take your rest days.

Enjoy your journey.

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You have come to the right place..Welcome!

Follow the programme... listen to your body,( even when it groans)..take the rest days without exception and most of all, take it slow and steady.

Extra non impact exercise is very useful to, for building up the strength and stamina needed for the longer runs:)

Keep posting for terrific support and encouragement.. and the odd shove if needed, ( that will be me:) :)

We shall await your post :)

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Well done. I'm only on week 2 but for someone's who's never run in their life I'm enjoying it. Good luck 😁

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Well done for making the decision and setting yourself targets! It'll be nice to hear about your runs and I hope you'll enjoy the first runs.

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C'mon Chunky! I believe that finding this forum made a massive difference to me doing the C25K. Hearing the challenges that others face, put mine into perspective. Hearing how people had turned their life around gave me inspiration and faith that it was possible, posting my own progress made me accountable and having a real good laugh about the trials and tribulations of running has made me feel part of a community. So Welcome, you can do this :)

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Wahay ☺️ See you on the other side of run1!

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Your profile pic looks like a dog/horse (?dorse) and messes with my mind. Just saying :)

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Lol he behaves like a dorse too ;) apologies to your mind!

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Well, you’ve put it out there now. No going back

Transformations are possible but you have to COMMIT. No half measures, no short cuts, no excuses. Never quit! You’ll need guts and patience in equal measure as these things don’t happen over night. Dig deep is a phrase you’ll probably get sick of 🙂

C25k is great but it won’t help you shed much weight as you won’t be doing that much running. You don’t get any extra grub unfortunately 😃

Once you graduate from the programme and are running further, that’s when the weight can really shift but you have to eat and drink appropriately too Meanwhile walk more ! Walking is brilliant for calorie burning. Whatever you do, keep moving! 💪👍😃

Good luck

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Welcome aboard Chunky !

Take it slow and steady, one step at a time, you can do this :-) xxx

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Thanks guys! It's really refreshing to find a place where people are actually actively supporting and being involved. I used to be able to run 6 miles once upon a time but was hit by a car a couple of years ago and ballooned after, oh woe is me! I will definitely take it slow but just want to post my runs in detail and honesty so that others may find it helpful, as at the moment I am a massive couch spud and if i can do it then anybody can. Bit cliché but true. Perhaps I won't post what clothes I wore or how many birds I see lol that was probably me getting a tad excited. No comment RE: Horse pic haha

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No, post the clothes, especially your running shoes, love running shoes!!!

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I just used some nike ones with super comfy soles. I do have some karrimor runners in boot but forgot about them. Perhaps they would have been better for my flat foot....

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Honestly, go to a specialist running shop and get your gait tested. They will video you running on a treadmill and also examine your feet and check you out in various shoes to get the right ones for you. It makes a huge difference. I was running in off the peg running shoes, but after getting fitted, it feels like there is nothing on my feet and Im running on air.

Edit: they dont care what shape you are in or whether you can run fast or not. They are expert and will take a lot of care to ge t you fitted out.

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Oh wait... it's an elephant from whipsnade =D

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Hi Chunky and welcome!

It’s 7.18 am - I trust you’re back safe and sound 🙂

I’m sure this group will be a great support to you. By posting, you’re somehow making yourself accountable - there’ll always be someone who reads your post and comes back with words of encouragement. You may feel alone when you go out for your run, but you’re certainly not in here!

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Welcome! How did you get on this morning?!

Everyone here is awesome, it's a super supportive place, you'll always find someone who knows the answer to your questions!

Looking forward to seeing your updates and just remember to go slow!

Gemma

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Well done for beginning, and welcome. The program is brilliant and gets you running and loving it in easy stages.

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Welcome to the forum, I hope you found your first session enjoyable and without doubt, a eye opener 😊

It’s going to seem tough going initially, it did with all of us here. Just trust in the programme, it really does work. If you find yourself getting breathless then you’re going to fast, slow and steady is the name of the game and a nice even breathing technique...very important!

Looking forward to your first post 😊

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Thank you all for your kind words! I wasn't sure if I should post info on first run here or not so did it on main page, all went well but only managed 6 of the 8 runs due to flat foot arch pain. I blame the timber

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