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4 weeks in

So I'm 4 weeks in to the program after getting advised to start running by the physio to help with my persistent bad back and I'm loving it. Not been running in a few years mainly due to thinking I would not be able to manage any decent distance anymore but this has been great and easy to follow and I'm actually looking forward to the longer run times.

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Well done.

We all have to accept that we cannot match feats of the past.........age catches up with all of us, but as we get older the need to exercise becomes even more important, especially those in their sixties and older, but that does not mean that running cannot provide amazing physical and mental health benefits.

Distance is actually something that older runners can still manage, whereas pace inevitably drops off with advancing years.

This guide to the plan may be helpful. healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Enjoy your running.


Luckily I am only in my late 30s but still been ten years since I've done any structured running. As far as I can tell the physio was quite right, the bad back has been significantly better behaved since I started.


Good for you ☺ do you know what your back issue is?

I keep telling my husband to start running again but he cites his back as the reason for not 😐


I get muscle spasms which take days to subside if I slightly injure it. Used to get it bad a couple of times a year but seems to be every few weeks now. Touch wood I've only had it bad once since I started running again. 🤞


Been there with back spasm Mine was caused by stress All fine now. I lost quite a bit of weight, and strengthening the back by using it, does develop the back muscles

My husband was told by his physio to do Pilates. He hasn’t 🙄

Good luck with yours and enjoy the sessions. Slow but sure is the way forward 🏃‍♂️💪👍🙂

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