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Hi as you've probably gathered my name is Martin the 1956 is the year I was born , Trying out couch to 5k as something different ,I have recently been suffering from depression and although I do attend a gym a couple of times a week and after been given a full health check ( passed with flying colours) decided to return to running after a break of 40 years, Just got week 1 under my belt so next run will be 1st of week two. Finding it quite difficult to judge pace as running on my own, however going to stick at just hope the good weather comes soon .

Regards to all out there

Martin

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I assume you've read the link Iannodatruffe gave you? And others good advice...

Try and keep your running pace only just above brisk walking pace and no more. A lot of newbies go off too fast and burn out or get injured lose motivation and they pack it in.. sticking to the really slow pace is key to you getting to the end of c25k..

As misswobble say's..Go slowly! Save those legs for next week, and the next, and the next .

Btw, with regards to depression, running really is great for helping to knock it out! and gives a feeling good buzz just after recovery.. I'm speaking from a personal experience, others may chime in and agree!

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thanks will try and take all the good advice on board

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Hey Martin! Welcome to the programme and the forum. Lots of support and good advice here. Many people report the positive impacts of running on mental as well as physical health. I'm sure you will sort your pace out. Make sure that you are running at a pace where you can talk at the same time. Good luck :)

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Great advice from everybody , however running on my own so if I also talk to myself might get o few strange looks lol

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Don't worry about looks as long as it helps you, I talk to myself sometimes.....

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Hello Martin and welcome,

Well done on starting the programme. As a previous runner you may be tempted to run too fast. Just go slow and steady. As your stamina and confidence builds your pace will likely increase. But for now you just need to finish each run and then move on to the next. No need to repeat runs if you complete them, the programme is already staged to have you ready for the next step.

Always take a rest day after a run day. You can however do any non running activities on these rest days, choose something to compliment your running maybe.

Keep posting and keeeeeep ruuunnnnning!

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Cheers thinking on some of rest days fitting in the gym or maybe swimming

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Welcome to this great forum.. forget pace... get the shoes on and just follow the programme:)

This weather.. it just has to be embraced.... get the right gear, take it steady and slow and you will be fine:)

My advice to add to the great advice already given.. steady and slow... you will be sick of hearing it...but..it works!

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cheers for the encouragement

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Hi Martin and welcome!

I have found running to be the perfect medicine for my low level depression. Seriously, I feel so much better, calmer somehow. I run outdoors and love it, especially when I can get to the park at the W/ends.

Hope this running lark has similar results for you. Run nice and slow and steady.

Cheerio!

Sadie-runs x

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Way to go Martin. Good luck with it all. As a 1957 'never run before graduate' I can assure you the programme works a treat. You'll feel fitter and happier. Happy running!

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cheers its good to get some feed back from someone my own age

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Probably quite a few on here about your age, I'm from 1955, so not far away..

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