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I’m Ian , I’m 49 I’m 16 stone just done step 1 week 1 . I’m asthmatic so it was a struggle but managed it I’m determined to complete this course to see if I can push myself all the way

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You will - you’ll do it, one step at a time. It’s truly a remarkable course - just trust the process.

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Well done keep going!

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Seriously its so life changing you will be running for 30 minutes before you know it. just take it very very slow.. have lots of rest days and get gait analysis and good shoes!

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Well done - you won't believe what you will be able to do in a month!

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Great start Ian. Taking the first step is really hard, but you’ve done it. Keep going and take it nice and slow to begin with.

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Cheers yeh determined to do it

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I'm just on week 2, but the support and encouragement of this community is amazing! The program really works - I couldn't jog across the driveway, and now I'm looking forward to lacing up for each run (well, more like a slow shuffle LOL). You are going to rock it!

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Cheers and good luck too

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Cheers and good luck too

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Hi Ian,

I’m asthmatic too. I was worried about how I would go.

I’ve actually seen my breathing improve a lot. At the start I use to take it all the time (a puff nearly every walk) but now I can run the 25 mins without it. Keep up the good work!

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Good one Ian!

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Great to have you along on our journey. Good luck, keep us posted on how you are going.

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Two forms of asthma when I started - now I can't remember when I was used an inhaler. I do sound like a knackered steam train running, granted - but I get around all the same :)

Wishing you many happy miles in your future ☺

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I'm just about to start week 3 after recovering from surgery. I'm 47 and not ran since school. I'm loving it. I've surprised myself, though it's still early days. Keep going. You'll enjoy it and will feel the health benefits before you know it. Just take it slow :-)

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Well done for starting! I had mild asthma at the beginning but it’s gone now. Stick to this forum 👍🏽

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healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Check this out please...

and Welcome:)

Firstly, make sure you have got the all-clear from your GP or asthma nurse, to run and make sure you are vigilant with your asthma meds...especially whilst the air is so thick with pollen... there are loads of folk with asthma, on here, completing the plan.

Take it slow and take it steady and do not push yourself at ll..not at this point.

Listen to your body, take it gently and keep posting please.

We all run together here:)

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Nice advice (as ever) from Oldfloss :D

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Oldfloss it’s my nurse that’s persuaded me to try something like this .

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Brilliant.. absolutely brilliant... :) Well done.. we just have to watch out for you all :)

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You’ve made the biggest leap already - congratulations! Keep going and you won’t regret it 💪🏼

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Morning Ian .Yes you will do it. Everyone one of us have all been here at the the beginning and all have succeeded, got further than any of us imagined. Some further than others but the best bit of all of this is we are all out there doing something that gives us a great feeling of achievement.

So welcome Ian and congrats on your achievement so far 👏👏🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️😀😀

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Well done. Just take it slowly. You will find it gets easier over time

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Welcome! I wish you all the best with your runs.

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I completed W1R1 yesterday and struggled but I’m determined to keep going. Good luck and keep us updated.

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Have a look at my first ever post asking for advice about running with asthma, and all the positive replies .. the first week almost killed me but fast forward to week 7 and I'm running (well, jogging slowly) for 25 minutes with no inhaler 😁😁😁 Thinking I might need to change my user name haha! I'm 48 and had never run before because I thought I couldn't... You can definitely do this, just go really slowly while your lungs get used to this (my husband walks alongside as I run, I'm slow but definitely getting there). Good luck!

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Well done you....one step at a time, it really does work, just take it at your own pace, you have done the worst bit.....getting started.

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Yay...that first run is in many ways the hardest...well done! I am 56 and have just completed week 6. Trust the program ...it really works. Go slow and get your breathing steady...speed can come later once you have built your stamina. I have only had one miserable run which was when my husband came too ( to be supportive) and I ended up running faster than was right for me. I finished but breathing all over the place and no sense of well-being. Let your breath be your guide.

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Well done I'm asthmatic too. Take it before you start.

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Hi Ian after a few weeks you won’t feel the asthma so much 😉

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Just be kind to yourself Ian xxx

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A few more weeks and you won't need to "push" yourself. You'll be so hooked you'll be holding yourself back to ensure you get those rest days 👍😉😁

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Welcome! I hope you enjoy the running as much as I am now.

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Welcome & well done. You’ve got the worst bit over now - the first run. Everyone else is right - you won’t believe what your body is capable of. I’m on W7 & would never have believed i’d be able to run for as long as i have. Stay on this forum the guys on here are great - you will get so much support & information. Good luck - keep on running & keep us posted!

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Welcome and well done for completing the first run of the programme. It’s great that you took this first step, and probably the most difficult. Stick with the programme and take it nice and slow, and as Oldfloss says, check it out with your asthma nurse.

When I started the programme I took my inhaler with me to the gym and on every run. Now I gave no idea where my inhaler is... 👍🏽

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Fantastic Ian! We’re in this together, you’re not alone. The support from everyone is absolutely amazing! Well done! ❤️

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Hi Ian

Well done. I am now on w9r2 and honestly found the early runs the hardest. I am 53 and have never run in my life before. I can't believe how quickly your body adapts and improves. You will be great! Well done!

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Hi Ian, well done for making the start that's often the hardest part. I'm 4 weeks in to the plan and can't believe the changes. No way would I have thougt I could run for 5 mins without stopping....but I did...twice!!.

Keep going, use the site for advice and enjoy the changes you will see.

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I’m asthmatic so always have my inhaler at hand, I’m on week 9 now and am amazed at how much my breathing has improved....I thought I was going to collapse at week 1 but now I’m running 30mins and only need it before I set off. Enjoy your training and go smash it x

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Well done! 👍

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Good stuff Ian, I am very similar to you at 50 and well overweight, in week 4, best advice is go slow and do not worry about speed. BTW lost about 8lbs without a diet so far. Trust the program and do not over do it.

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exciting. looking forward to hearing more from you

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Well done for starting. When I first started c25k the best thing I did was keep a diary of my run days. Just made basic notes of how I felt physically and mentally after the run/plod. In a month's time you'll be amazed at the difference of how you feel.

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Good on you. I’m asthmatic and like others have said my breathing has improved, despite running with a cold over week 4. You’ll soon be enjoying it

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Well done for getting started, Ian, and welcome to the forum. There's lots of good advice on here, especially from Iannodatruffe and Oldfloss, they're my favourites. Take it slowly, take your rest days and don't worry if you sometimes have to repeat stuff, we all do. You've got the rest of your life ahead of you!!! Happy running and keep posting.

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Hi Ian I’m 53 and started last year and am also asthmatic I have found that it has helped my lungs so much I always make sure that I use my brown inhaler before I go and I have been fine every time . Good luck you will be surprised what your body can do when you set your mind to it 🙂

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Good for Ian keep up the good work it will be worth it

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Well done Ian the first week is always the hardest. I always thought I wouldn’t be able to do it but I did and feel great because-of it.You will get some great support of this site. Everyone on here are brilliant I only found this site couple of weeks ago I wish I found it earlier. 😊😊😊😊

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You can do it.... I’m also asthmatic and careful to manage my meds and take my blue inhaler with me. May be worth booking up a check up with your asthma nurse and tell them you are doing the programme? Hang in there!

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Well done! You've already made the first step. Just keep going and you'll get there. If you struggle just repeat the previous weeks training. I had to do week 3 a couple of times before I could continue. I'm back at week 1 as I was ill and couldn't complete the sessions. You can do it!!!

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Cheers and keep going

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Good on you Ian. Good luck with it all.

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As everyone else has said just trust the process and celebrate the small steps. It took me 6 months to get to 5k but today I ran my first 10K... it’s amazing what’s possible!

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Well done. The hardest part is starting, you'll be amazed at how quick your stamina changes.

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Off to a good start Ian with your positive mental attitude!

Wishing you happy running! X

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Hi Ian and well done! Can’t wait hear how you get on x

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Cheers Claire will keep you informed so far so good lol 😆

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