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So due to start week 2 today and with the sun shining can’t help but feel positive.

Slightly worried though as I have my parents staying with me at the moment and haven’t told them about this and any new changes I do is usually followed by raised eyebrows and sarcastic comments and how long they wonder I’ll stick with it. So got that to look forward to as well I guess 🙃

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Well done for starting this. :)

One question, who are you doing this for? You or your parents?

You don't need anyone to tell you the answer!

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My mum told me to stop as it would ruin my knees - I’m 49 - so I stopped (I’d got to week 3) I missed it so much that I decided to start again and now I’m on week 7 and running for 25 minutes at a time! My knees are fine and I’m sure it’s benefitting me more than hurting me! I’m building denser bones, getting my heart and lungs fitter and just impressing myself every time I go out! It’s a great feeling! Parents are usually only saying stuff to protect us but running is not going to hurt you! Keep it up!

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I know exactly how you feel. I've only mentioned it to a few people and I think they thought i was joking.

I'm still not brave enough to set off from home, but I'm loving running in all the different trails near home.

I think all in good time and eventually neither of us will give a second thought to what others think cos we'll be super sassy runners 👍

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Do it for yourself that’s all that matters x

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How good do you feel after running? Remember that feeling when they start at you. Rise above and enjoy.

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Echoing all other replies, this is for you, not anyone else.

Ignore anyone, unless they're part of your support team.

My mother only ever communicates in degrees of sarcasm, so I empathize with you...

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As William Shakespeare once said - tis far easier to be a critic than a playwright. Actually he didn’t - I did. But the sentiment stands, as someone who has family members who fall at either end of the supportive spectrum, ignore the naysayers and focus on those who support you. Your journey, your success, your achievements. On their side, their negativity, and their failure to recognise a desire for change. You are doing something, that is a good and noble thing, you are trying to improve your health and fitness.

Good luck, hold that head high and we will be behind you whispering the words of encouragement, even if your parents can’t/won’t.

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Thank you, your words are so lovely and have really given me the confidence boost I need

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my pleasure - you deserve support for trying something ... :)

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