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W1;R1 FAIL!

I'm severely overweight and unfit. Attempted W1 R1 and was so out of breath after the 5min warm-up walk I managed one 60 second run and nearly 90 seconds of walking before I could be found dry heaving behind a park bench...

This is going to kill me. But I'll try again tomorrow and the next day until I can complete a run!

Anyone else this unfit that they flunked the first few attempts at day one? Or am I just an anomaly?

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I wouldn’t say that was a fail, CptTrips but an indication that it might be worth slowing it right down or doing some walking to build up stamina and strength before starting the plan.

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Think the key is going to be small steps and persistence. I got off the couch though! It wasn't as scary as I thought it might be... and no one laughed or pelted me with root vegetables so I guess it's a win!

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Definitely. And with that positive attitude I think you’re going to be fine. One thing though ... no more use of the ‘F’ word 😉

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Never ever use the 'f' word on this forum... ever !!!! :)

This was a trial run... and many, many, many felt like you... Folk running near hospitals or GP surgeries in case of collapse.... you started... and you will finish:)

When my daughter and Son in Law started me on the running path in 2015.. I felt the same... just about to begin my half marathon training tomorrow:)

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Read this.... and then relax.... start slow and stay slow... as slow as you like... Take it at your own pace... there is no such thing as too slow. Snails rock... and I was the original Grey Snail:)

Link this with a healthy eating regime... and keep posting... we are right here... all the way:)

Very, very well done you!!!!

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We don't use the F word on this forum.

Well done for making a start.

Have a rest day, maybe just doing some walking before you try again.

Please read the guide to the plan healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

You can do this and we will support you all the way.

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That sounds like a good practice to get you started and yes you got of the couch so that makes you a winner in my eyes, keep at it and as oldfloss has said keep it slow.

Start off at snails pace and then slow it right down from there, once again good on yer for getting out there.

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I understand how you feel because I was severely overweight and now I am overweight. Please don’t let this put you off persevering but I started by walking everyday for 30-40 minutes, for a few weeks this was because I thought I had * F word * That does prepare you and your body for what you will achieve with c25k. I then restarted c25k and I am absolutely loving it .Please keep going you will do this, I feel happier and fitter than I ever have.

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I am also severely overweight, and have been stuck in a diet cycle for years. I sm fortunate that I walk a lot in my job, but I have never ever run before in my life. My good friend started running 2 years ago and is doing her first marathon next week, and she started out doing e actly as we all are. She is my inspiration. So am going to give this a good shot, and any exercise is better than none. We can do this!!!! Baby steps xx

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I lost count of how many times I had to do Week One (it was something between 12 and 18 times) In retrospect, it wasn't just that I was trying to run too fast (for me) I was also trying to walk too fast (for me). But I most certainly got there in the end and beyond.

It's really important that you do listen to the instructions though - it sounds as though you've already missed a few ie that your 'brisk walk' shouldn't be fast enough to get you out of breath and that for a long time you *never* run on consecutive days as that's just rubbing out the work your body needs to be left to do so you are ready for the next session. Don't set yourself up for failure! The FAQ that IannodaTruffe has given you the link for is great to reinforce and expand on the audio guidance.

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I did a week of extensive walking before I started.

Also, make sure you slow down and slow down again! It’s definitely doable!

Well done for starting!

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I'd count that as a WIN!!!! You did more exercise than yesterday 🥇🥇🥇🥇 I am in no position to give any kind of advice on how to do this, but the fact that you are doing something is fabulous, really well done 😁

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Not a fail, a practice. One day you’ll look at this post and not recognise that you wrote it!

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I'm the same, unfit and overweight. I bought myself a Fitbit a month ago and did 3 weeks of walking first, building up from 2,000 steps a day to 10,000 steps. That was tough! Then I started C25K and the first run almost killed me!! But just like you I am determined to stick with it. There are loads of people just like us on this forum so just keep going and we'll be here to cheer you on!! You can do this x

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I was the same but it made me determined to do it and I just finished the first week and feel amazing. It was still hard but I didn't need to stop this time like on my first run where I literally sat down twice. I feel so proud that it's already easier. You can do this! just hang in there and it will be worth it even after the first week

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Hello! Did you go back out and do another run? I did week 1 run1 and run 2 this week and they were horrendous. Can't believe how u fit I am again. I tried C25K last year (same time of year) and got to the end of week 4. Hard but not this hard!! Hayfever and not wanting to run alone went against me and I slowly stopped going. Let me know how you get/got on with week 1. Keep going. I have to try fit run 3 in now over the weekend!

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