Will I ever run
I am very determined to run the marathon next year.
I have never run or done any exercise I really am a couch potato but determined no longer.
Will need support as this is going to be hard.
Have you started the couch to 5k?
yes done week 1 but so embarrassed as unable to run 60 seconds so do more walking.
Don’t worry we all start somewhere. The fact you are getting out there is brilliant. Keep up the good work and take it one run at a time.
Thanks will do.
Set small goals at first Just get through each running day in good shape - there are no 'FAILED' runs here, only 'practice' ones and 'success' ones
You have set a big goal for yourself with that Marathon - but they did not climb Everest by mapping out every step, they climbed it a bit at a time according to their skills and abilities and risk taking comfort levels.
This programme works by building stamina for future progress - it is really important that you don't rush it or run on Rest Days etc, and risk an injury that could well put you out of the game maybe altogether.
I truly wish you well in your ambition - Im hoping to attain a Marathon in two years time myself
Wishing you many happy miles in your future
Thank you for your reply very encouraging.
Have faith in the programme and yourself - you’ll be surprised. It’s the power of - you will ... just not yet 💪
Its a bit of an eye opener when 60 seconds sounds so easy, I look as if I have completed the marathon after as I look so exhausted, finding private places to run for now.
If you put your mind to it you can do this. Trust the program, keep your running very very slow, always take your rest days , listen to your body and you'll get there.
It's not going to be easy but every run you do is taking you nearer your goal.
There's lots of support, advice and encouragement to be found on this forum ... we're a friendly bunch!
Go for it! Good luck and happy running!
Of course it is possible, others have and I am sure you can too. We all take teeny tiny steps to make these things happen. Couch To 5K will get you on the road, and the there's support on here to get you to 10k and beyond.
The only thing that can stop you is lack of commitment. The various plans and support on here will get you to up the distances, slowly and steadily, so you can do so safely.
Motivation and support are found here in abundance. You've done the first steps already - you're on the way to that marathon target. The first weeks of the plan are the hardest, because you discover your levels of fitness and how hard doing those 60 seconds can be. But you know that now, and you're doing it anyway.
I wish you all the best on your running adventures, here is the best most supportive running club in the world. Watch out for help and guidance from folk like Oldfloss, ju-ju- Bluebirdrunner and you won't go wrong.
Best wishes and happy running
Check all the information
Listen to your body... take it steadily.... keep posting ... and...
put the running shoes on.... and begin
Everybody here started on Week one and many have gone into run marathons and certainly become runners of all sorts.
Running a marathon is not a lightweight challenge and you will need structure and dedication to achieve it. Do C25K first and we can point you in the right direction.
Read the guide to the plan that Oldfloss has linked to and keep us posted.
Hi Bianca, you sound very determined and positive which is a great start.
This program is for everyone, and nearly everyone started it not being able to run at all. The good news is that the program works and every time you run it will build your stamina and help you with the next run.
You only need to run very slowly during the run interval, just a jog, and recover a bit during the walk break...
Don't worry if you don't manage it all the first time, keep walking to the end of the session, take a rest day and do it again.
Good luck and keep posting, so we can cheer you on.
Don't forget to do some gentle leg stretches after your warm down walk while your muscles are still warm 😊x
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