Couch to 5K

60 and started running!

I have never run or wanted to run in my life. Childhood asthma meant I couldn’t get involved in many sports activities at school. At the age of 60 I was diagnosed one year ago with a chronic thyroid problem and decided to really make a change to my diet and increase my walking as part of a healthier lifestyle (as well as taking thyroxine). As weight dropped off, I felt I had more energy and realised I wanted to try jogging or running.

I read an article about C25K in the Guardian and last month I began! I have just completed week 6 run 3. Wow - I never thought I could run for 5 minutes let alone 25 minutes!!

I’m lucky to live very close to Hackney Marshes so I set myself a target to take part in the Hackney Park Run at the beginning of March. Love reading people’s experiences on this forum. Maybe I’ll treat myself to a pair of new headphones ( saw someone else was going to do this).

9 Replies
oldestnewest

Oh wow! Great back story. Age really is no barrier to this journey.

People will be along to give you links to read so make sure you do, they’re invaluable!... and please keep posting! Good luck 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Liz x

1 like
Reply

Thank you Lilybeth!

Reply

Well done dcmusic I’m in awe of you. I’m about to turn 50 and just completed week 6 run 1 this morning. I used to run a lot but work and life took over however I failed my work fitness test in December and have to retake it in March so that alone is my motivation. It’s definit harder to get to a decent level of fitness now I’m older so hats off to you. 2 years ago I developed acute pancreatitis which recurs and no cause has been found but it can knock the stuffing out of me. I have to be very careful to keep well hydrated but other than that I should be fine. Keep yourself healthy and I look forward to hearing about your graduation to the 5k in a few weeks time 👏👏

1 like
Reply

Good luck Jules and yes hope I reach my target - a Parkrun and can keep it up!

1 like
Reply

Welcome to the forum.

Have you read the guide to the plan? healthunlocked.com/couchto5... which is full of tips.

Enjoy your journey.

1 like
Reply

I have but i’ll Read them again, lots of great advice. Thanks so much for your posts.

Reply

Well done, fantastic achievement 👍👍

Reply

Very well done you.... on the way indeed... and onto the lovely longer runs... Relax, take it steady and enjoy...

With a ladder and some glasses

You can see to Hackney Marshes..

And a runner, running swiftly in between :) x

1 like
Reply

I can identify completely with being a kid and not being able to partake in active pastimes.

I was on two inhalers before giving this programme a go - now I can't even remember when I even felt the need to carry them last :)

This programme works!

Wishing you many happy miles in your future ☺

1 like
Reply

You may also like...