Couch to 5K
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I did it...Wk1 in the bag!

Feeling achy! Never ever thought i would be able to run, esp at 51yrs old, but i can and i have, it feels fantastic knowing i have run for a total of 24minutes lol

Hubby not happy, cos he thinks i will damage my already dodgy knees, but i think it will do them good.

Heres to my new week, Week 2 Day 1 on Sunday, cant wait xx

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Loved your post , 👍🏻😉😂

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Excellent start! Well done. I've just completed the C25K programme at age 61, so should be no problem for you! 😉

I thought I had dodgy knees as well, and in fact they did give me some problems during Week 3. I stopped for a week and did gentle exercise and knee strengthening, and after that they were no problem. The link to the knee exercises is here: nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/...

Keep doing the knee exercises on rest days and that will really help. You also need to stretch after running: nhs.uk/livewell/c25k/pages/...

"Hubby not happy" doesn't sound very supportive? But perhaps he's just worried about you possibly injuring your knees. Listen to your body. If there is a lot of pain (as opposed to just some aching muscles after a run), then don't carry on running. I'm not an expert, obviously, but that seems to be the general advice on here.

Sounds like you are having a ball starting this programme (as I did). You won't regret it. Trust in the programme and keep posting here about your progress and any problems. You will be astounded by the amount of support and expertise there is here for you. Best of luck, and happy running. 😀👍🏃‍♀️

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THANKYOU so much for your fab advise, i will definately start and do some knee excersises and start and listen to my body, not try and push it too much too soon. Thankyou again x

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You're very welcome! Here's a link to lots of useful advice from the experts: healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Remember to take at least 1 rest day between runs, and take each run at a slow and steady pace - that way you will build up stamina and your running legs. Good luck! x

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Well done and keep posting your progress 😊

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Thankyou will do x

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Depending on your overall health and no other conditions - running contrary to popular belief actually strengthens your knee joints. There’s an article in the Times this morning funnily enough saying just that.

Key as ever on here, take it slow and steady and you’ll be fine.

Good luck and happy running for W2

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Brilliant! I am a few years older than you and ached all over during week 1. Started week 2 yesterday and do not feel so bad. Congratulations, keep going!

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Aww thankyou and well done to you too xx

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Don't tell anyone but I found out there are a lot of 50 somethings and over here lol ..lol . I didn't believe I could do it being in my 50s but how wrong I was, the support here is amazing

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Thats great, dont feel like im the only one then! Lol Thankyou x

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I'm 61 started running two years ago after a stroke. I manage 5k two or three times a week. I was offered a knee replacement five years ago but decided to try to strengthen them with excercise and it does work, slowly slowly. Good luck.

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Wow!! That is absolutely amazing Well Done x

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