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W6R3 & I'm feeling great!

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If somebody had told me six weeks ago that I would be getting out of bet at 6:00 am on a Saturday morning to then run non-stop for 25 minutes, I would have questioned their sanity. If they had then told me that I would enjoy it, I would have been calling for the men in white coats. But do you know what? That's exactly what has just happened!! When I started week 1 I struggled with the 60 seconds of running; my chest would burn & I'd feel like I was about to have a heart attack. Here I am today, having just completed W6R3 (around 3.5K) and about to go to a proper running shop to buy my first ever proper pair of running shoes at the age of 57!! I'm one happy boy and running for 30 minutes, and even 5k now looks achievable. Add to that the fact that what I thought were arthritic knee & hip pains are now feeling much better, I couldn't be happier. Thank you Michael :)

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Anitacstrong
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Well done. I still think you're mad for getting up at 6am but then I've never tried it... I'm more of an evening runner although sometimes I regret eating too much! Enjoy your shopping 😁

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I'm beginning to question my sanity for getting up so early of my own accord! I generally run in the evening after work, but seeing as rain was forecast this afternoon I thought I'd take advantage of the sunshine.

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misswobble
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Great stuff! It’s so good to be taking positive steps towards better health and fitness. Your diet hopefully will improve as you get used to feeling much better. It all sort of slots into place. You are more aware of eats and drinks as you’re a runner now πŸ˜ƒ

I started at your age, very overweight and unfit too, with joint issues and hip pain, back spasms πŸ™„. I was a drinker too,i’d also been a heavy smoker, What a pretty picture 😁.

A lass at WW class got me the podcasts downloaded onto a borrowed MP3 player and the rest is history. I had four setbacks, two of which not related to running, but I got back to it each time. It’s an amazing programme which will transform your life if you let it

It can take you anywhere you want to go. Sounds like a martini ad. Anytime, any place, anywhere, there’s a wonderful world you can share ...... πŸ˜πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ˜ƒ

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Thanks, Misswobble. C25K is part of a wider lifestyle change since the start of the year. We have stopped eating meat, cut down on alcohol (sometimes more successfully than others :) ) and now this. Between the ages of 7-14 I suffered from Bronchitis every Christmas & summer holiday, so my lungs have never been that great. Doing C25K has really helped to get my stamina up in general. I can't believe I'm now going to say this, but I think I'm beginning to enjoy running!

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johnm12
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That made me smile. Exactly what happened to me. You know slog, slog, slog... Hmmm you know this really is fun. Lots and lots of benefits. Keep on running!

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Nictwit
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Amazing read. You're a runner now. We expect a pic of the shoes later πŸ˜‰

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Thanks, Nictwit. See below for my retail therapy :)

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Unfortunately, I don't seem to be able to post a photo in a reply :(

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I can’t post a photo, but these are they:

runnersneed.com/p/adidas-me...

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Nictwit
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Oh they're lovely! And very well deserved 😁

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oldladyruns
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I loved reading your post, its that wonderful feeling of achieving something you didn't dare possible, and at our age too! :)

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I know!! I'm buzzing (but maybe it's the retail therapy)

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BexCanRun

I’ve started getting up at 530 am to run before work as they say best time of the day...I get to work slightly hyper and buzzing. Never ever would I have done this before.... best feeling ever πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜

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I'm not sure if I'll run before going to work, as I have a 1.5-hour commute. But I may well get up early tomorrow to run, even though it's a day off.

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oldperson71
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I always try to do my run early as very few people are about to witness my very slow pace. It is cooler and the birds are singing. It really sets me up for the day as I feel so good afterwards. I have just done W6R2 and tomorrow is the 25 min run. I shall run along my favourite path by the river and water meadows and appreciate how beautiful it is. I am so glad I started C25K

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I have to say that the early morning run is a joy as it’s quieter, cooler & ive not been frazzled by the day. I doubt that I’ll get out early on workdays though, as I have to get up at 6:15 A’s it is. Today was meant to be a rest day, but I had such a good time yesterday that I ran again this morning (25 min). I’ll take tomorrow off, then back to business on Tuesday.

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Jay66UK
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Another early morning runner here who would never have believed it possible just a few months ago. Well done and I hope the shoe shopping went well.

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Oh yes, the new shoes are a vast improvement. I also got some compression socks which have helped ease my leg aches.

runnersneed.com/p/adidas-me...

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