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Hey everyone. I always said "I'd never run as it's bad for my knees". I'll be 39 next birthday and not fit whatsoever. It was my son who turned on the lightbulb for me saying "you need to do something otherwise I'll.end up like grandad!" So in got thinking and realised I love walking my dogs and a colleague recommend c25k. I have reached when 4 run 1 and my boys even bought expensive trainers for me as in was using their old size 11s!! Anyway I don't class my self as a runner....more as a shuffle or even a wobble. Although at week 4 I'm still shuffling along when all I can visualise is me jogging along as if I could go on forever. Is this normal behaviour for a beginner and will I ever stop wobbling along??? Forever shuffling sarah

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Have you read the running form and posture, etc, in the FAQPosts🤔🌟👏👏

Your young.🤔

Efficient running is less strain on your knees and body than brisk walking.🌟👏👏

You will love this 🌟👏👏

Going forever is good.🌟👏👏

Not so sure about shuffling 🤔👏👏

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Very new to this site but I'll try and find FAQ post.

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I am sure you will.🤔👏👏

Is this your first post , I have not read your story.🤔

The administrators will send you the links if you have problems.🤔

All you need to know.🌟👏👏

We are here to help.🌟👏👏

Enjoy.

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I'll put my story up when I get time, always busy me. Thanks for the advice

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Do not worry, I see it’s your first post and Oldfloss has sent you the link.🌟👏👏

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Actually, it has been proven that running is actually good for your knees! (Did you see the recent Michael Moseley documentary on fitness?)

Running slow is good. It takes time for your body to adjust to the demands of running, so be patient and be slow! Try and keep a good upright posture and again, run slowly so that you can breathe. C25K is a miracle programme, honestly. I could barely run a minute when I started, and now can run continuously for 40 minutes! I am 46 years old and had not exercised in years...

Remember to do some gentle static stretches after and always take a rest day between runs. And watch as your fitness unfolds. 😀

I only have one regret since starting running, and that is not starting sooner!

Keep going!

Sadie-runs x

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Thanks for the encouragement and good advice. One day I'll get to 40 minute run, well done you tho!!! Very impressive.

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I do a plod and I think that’s fine it must be doing something as I’m always a lot warmer when I finish than when I started 😊😊😊

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Think about how you run.... lift your feet and try to land lightly.... slow it down to find a comfortable pace:)

Have you checked out the FAQ post too..

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Some useful advice there:)

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Thanks for the link, very helpful indeed

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Well done on starting, you are doing great. Old Floss's post with the link is the best thing you could read right now. Take it steady and keep on thinking about going on forever, sometimes you will get a run that does actually feel like that (bit elusive) but that feeling is wonderful. Best wishes for the rest of the programme. You've got this!

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Thanks for the encouragement. I feel like the run is never ending but once I have finished i do feel good about my self.

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Slow running is cool running. It’s the running that builds your stamina, almost without you realising it. It’s the running that’s stops you getting seriously puffed out asa beginner - which is so disheartening. Slow running is expert running and later on in your running life when you end up reading running blogs ( I know tragic!) you’ll see they all commend slow running for getting faster.

So you are a cool runner doing exactly the right thing. Well done you!

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Words of wisdom put a smile on my face. Thankyou and I will certainly remember your words when I'm shuffling

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