Couch to 5K
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Here we go again...

I'm afraid I wimped out over the winter. Having graduated last year and managed two 5k events, I totally chickened out as the weather got colder and the days got shorter. So I have decided to start again. My running gear is all set out and ready and tomorrow I'll start all over again with week one run one. I'm hoping it will be a less painful experience this time around. Wish me luck...

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The huge advantage of doing it second (or third, or fourth...) time round is that you KNOW it works, and you know you can trust the plan. So although you’ll still get the feelings of being unsure if you’re really ready for the next week, you know that you will be able to - and if you have a practice run or two somewhere along the way, then that’s fine too.

Welcome back!

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Good luck! You know what to expect. Enjoy 😊

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This sounds like a great idea allegrachick (and a great username!) Good luck, enjoy it and let us know how you get on.

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Thank you :-)

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The same thing happened to me. I graduated then went on holiday, the weather got colder and before you knew it I had lapsed completely.

I re-started in 2017 (at week 3) and haven't stopped since. I realised that one of the great things about C25K for me was the regularity of running every other day. So when I finished the programme I immediately started a bridge to 10K as I didn't want to lapse again. It worked. Stepping up from 5K to 10K gave me a new goal to strive for and now, well, I don't feel so much guilty when I miss a run as annoyed.

Another thing I've found has worked: while I hate treadmills, finding a local gym to visit when the weather is really cold/rainy/sleety has helped too.

Good luck! You'll do it!

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Thank you. Maybe this year I'll manage the bridge to 10k. It was a step too far (haha) for me last year.

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In case it helps.... the other thing I did was to agree with my husband a route I would run and a time by when I'd have had enough, then he came out in the car to collect me. It was very freeing as I could just run until I'd had enough and not have to worry about getting back or achieving a certain distance.

Main thing is to enjoy it. I wish you the best!

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Welcome back!

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Thank you. It's good to be back.

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Same here, I started again from week one on Sunday so off to do run 2 later today. I have committed to running a 5k race for life early Summer and a 10k in the Autumn with friends so have something to aim for. Good luck

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That was what I did last year - signed up for a race and then, well, you just have to get on and do it! Well done and good luck.

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Good luck

Slow and steady, no rush 💪👍🙂

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Thank you. Slow is what I am. Snails go rushing by...

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I finished programme beginning of November and really struggled with motivation after that. Tried to keep it going but then ended up with muscle pains I'd never had with the first 9 weeks. I've took a few weeks off completely and have just started again with dog and hubby in tow this time. Just completed r2w2 with just dog as hubby already picked up an injury on last run. I know I shouldn't be pleased, but nice to know that I am actually possibly fitter than him despite my excess weight and being a sportaphobe for the first 50 years of my life. I'm hoping that it will be easier this time around, especially as weather will be improving into spring. Best of luck for both of us - as Laura says "you can do it!"

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Brilliant! Nothing better than that smug feeling :-) I get it too. My hubby was always off to the gym, but now he's retired and is far less active. Apart from dog-walking he doesn't do an awful lot, and for the first time ever I'm fitter than he is. YAY!

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