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Week 7 run 3 🏃🏽‍♀️ done and best yet!! Have others confided in family and friends about C25k?

Week 7 run 3 🏃🏽‍♀️ done and best yet!! Have others confided in family and friends about C25k?

Well this morning after a rollercoaster week I completed my third run of week 7 and it was definitely my best to date. Due to phone call I ended up having a longer warm up walk and so maybe that’s the secret for me from now on..

The rollercoaster was down to my dad being taken into hospital with a bleed on the brain and having to have an operation Friday to relieve the pressure which was successful 🙏🏻 But Friday morning at 5am I was out doing run 2 and must admit did half of it crying but pushed through and today almost felt like a celebration that he is okay.

I signed up for half marathon in October to achieve something before a big birthday next year but I haven’t told my parents or friends yet, it’s just my husband who knows who is also my training rock and keeps me plodding along. Just wondering have others confided in family and friends or not? Part of me wants to tell my dad now but other part of me still thinks no wait a few months incase I don’t do it for some reason and I end up letting him down then as well as myself. As you can probably guess by now I am such a dad’s girl but he truly is my hero.

Sorry for the long post but found this community so uplifting and so helpful and it’s got me to wait for it... week 8!!!! cue cheesy smile 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊 😊

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Well done you, keep going and your dad is no doubt prouder than proud already.

Just told my partner yesterday after W6R2, didn’t want to feel I’d failed if I hadn’t got far in the programme.

No failing allowed now as determined to finish even if my pace is like a snail!!

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Thank you xx

Hope your partner was surprised and chuffed at your news and really proud of you 😊

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Goodness me - poor you! Glad your Dad is okay now.

As for telling other people I think it's quite a personal decision. My family know and they think I'm mad - but they just generally think that about me anyway so nothing new there! :-)

None of the rest of my family have ever done any exercise, actually my Mum seems to be of the opinion that's it's bad for you which is a bit weird!

One thing I will say is that even if for what ever reason you don't do the half marathon your Dad would still be incredibly proud of you for having a go x

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Thank you xx

Think my mum may think the same as yours or worry I’ll be mugged or attacked whilst out running but am sure my dad would be ‘go on my girl’ but not quite ready to divulge.

It’s such a funny thing to be nervous about telling people your running and trying to improve yourself. But guess we are funny creatures 😉

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It's just the fear of being judged that's all. The important thing to keep to the front of your mind is if someone reacts negatively it says much more about them and their attitude than it does about you :-)

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You will do it and he will be so proud of you!

My family have known from the beginning. They thought it was a bit of a joke. I run with my sister. Neither of us are remotely fit or athletic. She's 48 and I'm 51. They aren't laughing now as we are about to start week 8! My husband says he is amazed I can do it, he has run marathons. But I know he's also proud!

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Thank you Ang xx

Go you and your sister and well done!! We are around the same point so I look forward to seeing your graduation post. Nearly there and good luck 😉 🏃🏽‍♀️

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Well done Jo and so pleased your dad is doing well- so stressful.

I’m at the same stage as you. I’ve told my own family who are very supportive. Hubbie can’t believe I can now run for 25 mins- in a nice way tho . He thinks it’s great, so do my children. I’ve only told a couple of partic friends that are also full of admiration which is lovely . Everyone says “ oh I couldn’t run”. This is what I’ve been saying for 60 years- now I can! Good luck with the next two weeks x

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Thank you Gill xx

There seem to be a few of us embarking on week 8 this week. It’s funny as 7 weeks ago I dreaded three then five minutes now I’m almost dare I say ‘enjoying’ the challenge. It’s a fantastic programme and really does work. We will have to have a virtual drink at graduation 🎓 good luck with the next two weeks!! 😊👍🏻

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Well done Jo. Keep going!

Initially I only told my older brother who had already started C25K, and has since graduated, and my younger sister, who started from nowhere about ten years ago, but this year ran the London Marathon. I think I didn't want others to know in case I couldn't do it, but I realise that's daft. I'm now not bothered if others find out - I'm proud of what I've achieved so far (just finished week 4) and plan to keep going.

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Thank you X

Well done Kate, keep going and love your attitude.. maybe some will rub off on me. Best of luck with next few weeks 😉👍🏻

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Well done you for taking on this challenge! Yes, I am keeping it secret as I don't like the idea of being checked up on or asked about the run if it hadn't worked out or I gave up. I had no idea what to expect but I have really been amazed at what you can achieve with an encouraging voice in your ear and a well thought out schedule. However, just realised I will have to 'fess up now as going away for a ten day holiday just as I am about to start W6! Won't be able to hide it any longer...

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Ooh just think you can now be one of those people who trains on holiday. I always used to look and think wow they are dedicated whilst I was sat doing nothing.

But I haven’t plucked up courage to tell family or friends as what you said is true they will ask. I know they will mean well but I’ll just feel more pressure and I am enjoying the secrecy of it and thinking I’m doing this for me and no one else. It is a fab concept though and strange how something like this has got me confiding in people I’ve never met but are kindred spirits 😊🙏🏻🏃🏽‍♀️ X

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Exactly how I feel JoBC! Yes, I have really enjoyed having this just for me. And this forum is so supportive and amazing. I had to have a week or so gap due to a knee strain and it coincided with being suddenly very busy, so I didn't have time to spend on the forum and I really missed it!

Although I know my fiancé will be very supportive, I wanted to wait until I could surprise him by nonchalantly running for 30 mins non-stop (?!). It has been fun and games trying to keep it secret from him and my daughter, who is working and studying, so sometimes keeps odd hours!

But I don't want to stop for another two weeks just as I am about to hit W6, so there is no help for it. One time I had to rush round like a whirling dervish to hide evidence and get showered and changed before he was due back, whew - and I am sure I looked guilty 😂.

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Very well done you, and you both look wonderful. Now you have done week 7, tell them all, they will be so very proud of you and I bet friends and family have seen a change in you anyway but not sure why. I hope your dear dad has a speedy recovery, he will be proud of you anyway but I think he would be so chuffed to know his girl is out there looking after herself. My daddy is 87 years young (another daddys girl right here!)and I love the smile on his face when I tell him about the run I have just completed.

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Lovely post x

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