Couch to 5K

Week one !

Day 1

The most difficult step was the one I took over the doorstep .

Then it rained.. it snowed... and it blew a gale... I returned soaked but happy to have achieved the first day.

Left with a pain in my shin , hoping it goes.

Day 2

Still a challenge to get out the front door but at least the sun was shining .

Time seemed to go quicker and without the rain much easier.

Pain in shin remains .

Day 3 will be Sunday... can I really do this???

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From one Granny to another,

You are doing just great

Take it nice and slow .... it’s not a race

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Thanks Jen appreciate your support

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you can definitely do this. You've done the first two runs, the rest of it will be...OK, I won't lie and say 'the rest will be easy' but the hardest part, starting the C25K programme, is over.

Be proud of that and watch your pace as you go

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Thanks I really hope to keep going. Would love to be able to do a park run!

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it's good to have some motivation. Personally, I signed up with 'Virtual Runner UK, I just love my bling, the thought of it is what keeps me running ;)

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Yup!

No problem... rain hail. snow.... you have done wonderfully and heck... imagine how you will be when the weather really picks up:)

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Indeed , it can only get better. Looking forward to sunny days. Thanks

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"The most difficult step was the one I took over the doorstep ."

You are miles ahead of where I was when I started! :) It took me a long time to realise that IS the hardest part :)

As for can you make it?

I bet if we had a contest here for 'Most Unlikliest Graduate' - there would be VERY stiff competition from a large number of people ;)

One step at a time, one Run at a time, one Running Day at a time - thats how its done, along with all the good advice and support you will find in abundance here :)

Wishing you all the happy miles that await in your future :)

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The constant advice on here is that pace is not important at this stage but more important to build stamina with each run. Week one was quite hard for me but probably more so as I went off too quick. Slow and steady seems to be the catch phrase on here. Keep going!

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I am amberling along , I am enjoying this support!

Week 4 whoop whoop

I am doing this on my own ?

No I have you guys !!

No question is stupid

Support is brilliant

Wish I had this support where I live x

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Well done and keep going. (I’m a granny too!) Might be a good idea to do some slow stretching exercises after your final cool-down walk. That might help your shin pain.

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Yes you can! You go girl, we grannies aren’t ready to sit at home and knit yet!

This granny had never run even run for a bus before I started this programme and was so unfit it’s unbelievable but now I can run slowly for 40 mins, my blood pressure is down, my resting heart rate is down and so is my weight. The only thing that has risen is my self esteem and feeling of well being. This programme works!

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Thank you so much for your encouraging word and well done on your achievements 👍

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Yes you can and well done for getting going! I started my C25K in November 2015 and the weather was atrocious ... wind, rain and cats and dogs (well, last bit not true but you get my drift!) ... it taught me that if you can get out in weather like that then you can continue through the year! Good luck with continued success and keep us posted :-)

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Many thanks

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When I started, I had shin pain. It does pass but took a few weeks for me. I did get some new running shoes after 4 weeks and I think they helped as well as the strength building in my legs. Keep going, you will be so pleased as each week goes by and your runs get longer.

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Thank you

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Hi I’m on week 4 and the shin pain has gone. Stick with it.

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Every other day any pain give yourself xtra rest day/s..brill u started

If we can do in snow your on your way..oh and other advice check u got proper running trainers and stretch. My knees hurt at first took it easy xtra rest day etc all ok nowx

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you'll do it! I'm another granny who'd never run for a bus before. Started C25K in August 2017 and much to my (and my family's) amazement I'm running 10k now. The first few weeks were hard till I started reading this forum and discovered the key is to set off slowly. I used to listen to radio 4 before I realised music puts a real spring in the step so I switched to radio 6 which made a huge difference. Good running shoes really help too. Can't go so far as to say I actively love it yet but something seems to be driving me on and I do feel very proud of myself plus it feels so great to come home to a hot shower and a lovely breakfast afterwards. Keep going - it's really worth it! And the bonus for me is that I've discovered so much great new music which I'd never otherwise have bothered finding out about. SoI'm benefitting physically, mentally AND culturally!

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