Determined to stay active in retirement! - Couch to 5K

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Determined to stay active in retirement!

HoagyM
HoagyMGraduate

Hi all -

I retired at end of last year, very overweight, and have been gradually increasing my level of activity since then. Track movement etc on an Apple Watch and have gradually upped the settings so I need to do more each day. Fair to say I am now fitter than I have been for ages - have been doing a lot of golf and walking. However, I haven’t run or jogged for 30 years or more. So...

Last week I bought a treadmill to allow me to do some intensive brisk walks indoors when weather prevents outdoor walking... and to see whether or not I could start running as well.

Started C25k as a gentle intro to running, and today have moved onto week 2, completing run 1. Think I am getting the knack of a) running on a treadmill and b) slowing my pace down to what it needs to be, because (totally unexpectedly) I found today’s 90-second runs much easier than last week’s 60-second runs!

Am feeling so much better from my increased all-round activity already - but the ultimate challenge would be to join my sisters (younger, fitter, already keen runners) on a run sometime :) We’ll see....

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Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Well done you for starting this:)

Check this out if you have not already done so:)

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Take it slow and take it steady...

HoagyM
HoagyMGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks - yeah I did read this earlier, lots of good stuff in there. I think I’m doing all the right things - slowed right down, wearing proper running shoes and running shorts, making sure I have a rest day between runs (usually a day when I play golf, so am still pretty active) and (being old and overweight) also keeping a very close eye on my heart rate to check it doesn’t go above about 85% of my max heart rate.

For the first time today I felt like I may actually be able to do this - the first run last week saw me hanging on to the treadmill handrail for grim life just to get through the first 60 second run :)

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to HoagyM

You will do it.. I am 68 graduated C25K at 65 andjust about to start training for a half marathon:)

HoagyM
HoagyMGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Wow, well done. Very impressive indeed.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to HoagyM

I think so.... the forum friends are amazing for their support and advice:)

Mind, I think I am a bit loopy thinking of this...but hey ho... we need some goals... you are going to show your sisters just what you can do :)

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