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Beginner - just finished first run!!

Hi guys! Just completed my first run and I'm not going to lie it almost killed me; but the motivation kept me going and I feel so good for it now! I turned 30 in June and maybe I'm too young to have a midlife crisis but I've reached a point in my life i need to feel better about myself. I have 3 children and although they help me busy I feel rubbish about my wobbly bits and lack of energy... here's to a new me in 2018!

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Well done for completing your first run. If you are doing couch to 5k then that first run is the toughest in many ways, and it's behind you now. Enjoy the rest of the journey.

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Thank you 🤗

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Very, very well done and welcome :)

The hardest bit is done.. you started:) Listen to your body, take your rest days and take it really slowly and steadily.

You are going to find this life changing.. the wobbly bits will tighten up, your energy levels will increase and you will feel the benefits in so many ways.. you may even be able to keep up with your children :)

Keep posting for great advice and support :)

Go you!

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Thank you very much! 😊

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Huge well done 👏

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Thank you 😊

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Good work! And ha ha! I totally remember my first run - seriously panting like an aged Labrador just 30 seconds in to that first run! But this programme is magical - I can now run 30 minutes without getting too much out of breath at all. And (get this) I love it! Stick with the programme and watch with joy as your fitness increases - it happens quicker than you think (and as you are 16 years younger than me, it will probs happen even quicker for you!)

Running regularly will give you lots of energy and make you feel generally more vibrant. Don't worry if it knackers you out a bit for the first few weeks, this changes over time. I run before work and feel much sharper and "buzzy" all day after.

Keep up the good work and don't forget to keep us posted on your progress!

Sadie-runs

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Ajj that's great to hear such a positive story. it is daunting and I've really got you keep up with the motivation. Have you found you have lost weight with it too or just built muscle? Are you on any kind of diet? I'm a size 14 (haven't weighed myself yet) but ideally just want to tone up and be my old size 12 again 😔. Think it'll boostmy confidence and I really do hope i learn to love running.... it's free and flexible so can go out after work or when hubby is home x

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I lost 4lbs the first three weeks or so, with all the extra walking on top of what i do daily with the dogs.

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wow that's fantastic! Well done! 😊

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Well, I wasnt actually trying; it was a by product 😊

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Post on here after every run - I found that very motivating during C25K and the wonderful support and encouragement will spur you on. And you'll make some fantastic virtual buddies that way too!

I haven't lost any weight at all, but I have toned up no end. My stomach is flatter and legs more shapely due to developing muscles I never knew I had! I am happy enough with my weight, but a small part of me would like to lose half a stone..need to run a bit longer and look at my diet a bit to do that. Since running I do think a bit more about what I eat - I am vegetarian, so have adjusted a bit to get more iron and protein in my diet to help support the running - more eggs, leafy greens and LOADS more water. Running has that brilliant knock on effect in that it makes your re-evaluate your lifestyle as a whole, I think.

I really hope you enjoy this as much as I did! C25K really works. Run slowly, take time to stretch well after every run, and be determined! xx

I

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Thank you so much! I Must admit after my 8 minute overall total running session today and very long speed walk home; that i felt relaxed and a sense of clarity. Even though I felt like a sweaty pig I felt proud! Roll on the next 8 minutes on Monday 😂

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Lovely. 😀And how good is that hot shower/bath after a run?! Worth it for that alone, I think. 🛀 Bliss. 😀

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Woohoo! Well done to youuuu!! Xx

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Thank you 😊

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It was reading a post about how someone who had just graduated felt on their first runs that was my motivation to attempt the "impossible'

Up to then I honestly believed running either came naturally easy and effortlessly, or it did not.

I damn near had a coronary Day One. Was literally blue- tinged around my lips and eyes, but went on - slow and slower still - to graduate and then later do the 10k graduation.

Haven't used my asthma inhaler in over a year, fitter than I've ever been in my life and now climbing the walls as I have had to take a break from running due to a combination of old back injury and lethal cold outside.

Take the programme at your own pace and time - less than ten percent graduate in nine weeks/with 5K anyway :) It's really about building stamina and the ability to run continously :)

Wishing you many happy miles in your future :)

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Fantastic advice! Thank you! Really looking forward to 'graduation '. 😊

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