I've just finished W1R3, and have been really surprised. My first run was absolutely horrific and I thought I was so unfit I'd never be able to even do week 1, but then I came here, and saw everyone saying "slow and steady", and actually took your advice, and had an amazingly good run 2. It turned out when Laura said "run", I took it seriously, and fully ran - which at the moment I can't sustain for more than about 2 minutes. I also started going at 7am, which has been lovely, and comfortably completed runs 2&3, except for a minor hiccup this morning, when I fell over a branch and scraped my hands/arms and knees - but I kept going!! And actually made it without feeling pain - only when I got home did I realise my legs were bleeding! It was great that I didn't feel the pain from it whilst running, and the feeling afterwards was great. I just wanted to say thank you all for being lovely - your stories made me push on after my awful first run, and although I'm very very very apprehensive for week 2, I think I can do it, which is amazing for me! So thank you very very much!
feeling a bit of a benefit (!!) (newbie) - Couch to 5K
We have all been there and the advice is sound. Have you read this guide to the plan healthunlocked.com/couchto5... it may be helpful.
yes, I'd read it! But even though I'd read to go slowly, I think I just had no idea what the right pace was (the last time I ran was athletics at school), or what a jog was - I knew walking, fast walking, run and sprint, and only from trying have I just learnt what an actual jog is, I think. Thank you!