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Week 3 Run 1

Hello! I’ve been lurking as a non-member for a few weeks as I’ve made my way through the runs. I had a bit of a hit and miss start but I’ve just completed the first run off week 3 today (on the treadmill as it’s freezing out there). This community looks the perfect place to get and give support as the runs get tougher. Wk 4 looks tough so I thought I’d better join in case I find a reason to chicken out!!! 😳

I was pleasantly surprised today that it was easier than I thought but I had my husband next to me on a neighbouring treadmill which helped. I usually do 2 on the treadmill and 1 on the road but it depends on the weather and how much time I have.

I used to be quite fit (cycling mainly but a bit of running) but then I had kids. I know I can run 5k as I’ve done it before, but that was 15 years ago and the muscles need waking up again! Fingers crossed 🤞🤞🤞

Good luck & happy running everyone 😊

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Hi and welcome.

Best decision ever.🏃‍♀️👏👏

Good about your previous activity.👍👏👏

C25k programme is tried and tested ,Trust it and enjoy.

Read all FAQ Posts essential reading ,links will follow from Mentors and Administrators.

Amazing support, life changing.



Hello and welcome aboard!

You've made an excellent choice. This programme is amazing as is this community.

Be sure to read the pinned posts and most of all take it steady and Enjoy! 👍😁

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Great to have you here, welcome. Now you are here, stay around:) Check out the excellent advice for Newbies.. FAQ.. lots of support and information there:)

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Welcome. You have come to the right place.

Check out the guide to the plan healthunlocked.com/couchto5... for basic advice.

Enjoy your journey.

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Thank you IannodaTruffe, that’s a very useful article. I found the part on HeelStrike particularly interesting as I had previously thought putting your heel down first was wrong. I blindly followed Laura on the podcast as it’s NHS so I assumed it was right. Glad I’ve found out before I’ve got into the tougher weeks.


Brillant.You know stuff.👍

I do think Laura got misunderstood 🤔.🙈.👏👏

I used Michael Johnson and he encouraged not heel strike but Gently toward your heel like Laura🤔🌟🌟👏👏.

Obviously to maximise your foot area kissing the ground gently,🤔 and helping to maximise your cushioning effect and improved load distribution.👍👏👏🌟

I am pleased you have settled your mind on this.🌟👏👏🏃‍♀️

Pleased you are with us.👏👏

Mentor IannodaTruffe said he had no fear of any training run only enjoyment.Belief and believe in you.🌟

Mentor Oldfloss says , slow and steady , that is your handbrake.🌟

Being into sport previously, you will know the importance of getting your oxygen aboard,

Oldfloss says,do not even think about , just do it. Nose , mouth , both, just enjoy.🌟👏👏


Thank you Tbae,

Pleased to be here 😀

I think I may try the app to see if there are any other nuggets of wisdom I can get during the runs. Laura is great but by the 3rd run it’s good to hear something different 😁


i did not know of the Laura podcasts, techie dinosaur.But I have the links and will try them in the future. They say she is the best.A advantage also with Laura, there is continiuity,to the bridge? and supporting exercises? But variety is good and you can swap back at the drop of a hat.

I am enjoyed MJ for the running posture, etc.

Apparently one other little misunderstanding is on breathing,raised yesterday by Frenchvisitor, was breathing through your nose. Just do it in your own way. I am passionare about this and have posted some stuff.Tried some things on my training run this morning that I am just going to post now.

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