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W1R1 - still trying

So having started, I found I’m so unfit I couldn’t manage to run much at all. I’ve spent the last week and a half on alternate days doing the schedule slow and fast on an exercise bike to try and develop a bit of aerobic fitness and now we are away for Easter staying with family. We are in the hilliest village possible. I packed some exercise gear and have been out - freezing and very frosty so hard to breathe- I managed 3 of the runs but the incline on the others were too hard so I fast walked. Going to try again the day after tomorrow! Still feeling enthusiastic and happy to have got motivated.

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Be kind to yourself.👍

The active 10 is a good alternative, until you get back home on flatter ground and warmer oxygen.You can brisk walk probably at the same slow and steady pace requirement advised.

The programme is waiting for you.🌟👏👏

Give yourself every chance to enjoy it. 🤔 It is not boot camp.🌟👏👏

Remember you are demanding a lot from your body both building and shedding.Repair days, and how you use them, hydration, nutrition, and your sleep to avoid feeling tired when you do run.Critically important to you.🌟👏👏

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Thanks. I am enjoying getting out and moving, and much more than I thought I would. All that stuff about endorphins is very true. Thanks for the tip on active 10, I’ll have a look at it.

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Free app on the same NHS ONE YOU/ HealthUnlocked community. join it and the weight loss community.🤔Both here. I use the Active 10 as my baseload every day.🌟👏👏🏃‍♀️

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Good on you Janet, keep going at it and you will start finding it easier! I have never done running in my life unless I was running for a bus and when I started I thought I’m never going to be able to do it. Now on week 3 and have totally surprised myself. Suggest you keep trying week 1 and only move on when you feel ready. There is no rush!

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I hate inclines. Can you try walking up and turning round to do the runs? Even if you go up and down the same bit it's still on plan 👍

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Great idea.🤔 Running downhill excerts the greatest out of balance forces on your legs and is an acquired skill.🤔

Be careful.🙈🤔 in fact do not do it.🤔 Sorry.🤔

The plan will wait for you.🌟👏👏

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I was exactly the same with week 1. I am very overweight and before this didn’t even run for the bus. Keep going though. Walking is a great start and you’ll soon find yourself achieving all of the intervals. I have been doing it for six weeks now and I’m still on week 3 of the program as I was finding it hard to keep my stamina but it’s really improving and I’ve managed all of the intervals for week 3 runs for two weeks now. Good luck and well done for starting and preserving! That’s the biggest hurdle done! 😁

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Well done for getting out there. Main thing is - DON"T GIVE UP! :)

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Brilliant attitude. Don’t be despondent, as soon as you’re back home you can get back to it knowing that you can do this😊

If you’re struggling in the later runs, then make sure you aren’t starting off too fast (most common mistake I think)

Keep reading and posting. Good luck 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Liz x

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