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Hi,

I have thought about joining the c25k for ages but always put it off. My husband and 3 children all go off together for runs and I was feeling quite left out as I can't manage to run for more than 10 seconds it seems! Anyway, I finally went for it last week. I have got my youngest (8 year old) daughter running with me and she is an amazing motivator - always telling how well I'm doing even when I am barely moving (or so it seems!).

I am starting week 2 tonight and am worried that I won't manage 1.5 min of running - does it really get easier or should I do week 1 again?

Thanks so much.

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Yes, it does get easier :) If you managed week 1, move on. You can always repeat a run if you don't manage it. What i found was that I always thought the next week looked difficult, but in the time it took to arrive at the next run, my body seemed to have adjusted itself and was ready. You're doing really well. You will be fine x

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Yes it does! I could barely manage the 60 seconds when I started. And I was just the same as you, worried I wouldn't make the increase each week but yesterday I ran for 25 minutes. So don't give up. Just keep going at a slow pace and you will improve each week.

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Oh wow, that is awesome - well done!

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Well done on completing week 1!

It honestly gets easier! I struggled with week 1, run 1 and graduated 10 weeks later! If you feel like you need to you can always rerun the week 1, run 3 rather than the whole week. But as I read from many people when I was starting out, trust the programme, it really does work! Good luck!

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I'm going to be contrary and tell you it doesn't get easier - rather you get better, fitter, stronger. The programme is amazing but give yourself the credit every time you do any running :) You're doing great!

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I second icklegui .

If you have completed a run move on to the next one. Don't let your doubts keep you from progressing. If you don't complete the next run, then repeat that one until you do; when you do, move on.

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Ah yes and I second Whatsapp and the others replying - I started assuming I might need to repeat, maybe do an extra run of each week, then I read on here about being ready to move on if you've completed a run, and it was fine! Each week has to push you a bit if you are to progress, and you will :)

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Aw thanks icklegui, good advice!

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Hello and welcome!

Well done on starting the programme, a great decision!

The programme is structured in such away that all you do is follow it, and believe in you!

If you finish the run then you are ready for the next step on the programme, you can do it!

There is a lot of excellent information that may help here:

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Enjoy your journey and come back to post regularly. Forum friends will help and support wherever they can!

Happy running!

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I’m just back from w2r1. I’m currently in a sweaty heap but the 90sec bouts of running weren’t too bad! The middle ones were the worst, beginning and end ones were fine (I was motivated to get it finished!). I think there are less runs than w1 so that makes it a bit easier. Good luck!

Also I’m in New Zealand and we’re having a heat wave so even though it was 9pm it was still too hot to run!

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Oh wow, I must admit I am quite glad that we are in winter here so no extra heat to worry about - just torrential rain :)

Well done on running in the heat!

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I have just completed W2 R1 and I had my concerns like you but thanks to all the great support from everyone I’ve done it!!!! Felling very chuffed Go For It, you can do this!

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Hi Mellieone and welcome. You’ve completed W1 which means you’re at least motivated, well done! 🏃‍♀️

We all felt the way you’re feeling right now, ‘can I do it’ , the answer is ‘yes you can’

It doesn’t get easier, it’s you getting stronger 💪

Believe in the programme, it works, we’re all testament to that!

Make sure to take your rest days, do your stretches after each run and some cardio exercises...you need to build your stamina up on rest days as the running alone is not enough.

Enjoy the experience and keep posting 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Just keep pushing on.

Read the guide to the plan that Millsie-J suggested.

You will love running with all your family........it really is a wonderful experience.

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Running Parkrun together must be on the cards for Graduation or afterwards 😃🏃‍♀️👍

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