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Week 5 run 3

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Well I was dreading this but made it through! I'm new to exercise and running even though I'm overweight and 47 years old. I've really enjoyed the c25k programme so far and have become hooked on completing the project and hopefully graduating in 3-4 weeks time.

Don't want to boast but I do want to tell other self doubters to get over themselves and ditch the fear. Every step forward is a positive one, follow the programme and you will achieve!

Best of luck everyone and stay positive!


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Brilliant! Well done πŸ₯‰

That's your milestone run done and on you're away to the longer runs now. Enjoy πŸ‘πŸ˜

Fatdad71Graduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thanks. Having achieved that I'm looking forward to increasing my capability over the next few weeks.

Should I be concerned about my pace at this stage? I'm trying to push on without killing myself.

PenelopesimmonsGraduate in reply to Fatdad71

I have found that starting at a fairly slow pace and then increasing speed as I get towards the end works for me.

I find that going out to fast kills all the pleasure of running for me.

As the weeks have gone on I realise that I am significantly faster in the last km.

As a new graduate I am still consolidating but I am starting to increase pace on one run per week, but with lesser distance - I am determined to avoid injury. See 10% rule πŸ’ͺ

GoGo_JoJoModerator in reply to Fatdad71

No. You need to be all about the stamina right now. You've still got to build to those extra 10 mins.

Pace will start to improve on its own plus when you're on the repetition long runs you can push to improve on the 2nd. For now its all stamina πŸ‘ the next run catches a lot of people out so keep it steady and you'll be just fine 😁

Fatdad71Graduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thanks Jo, I'll be heeding your advice and not getting ahead of myself!

Dexy5Graduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Well done so far. I’d say start the longer runs slower to begin with and then speed up at the end if you have more in the tank. Good luck


Mate, boast away! It’s a massive achievement. Well done!


Well done! Such a great achievement πŸ˜ƒ

Great stuff mate - your post reads so much like mine lol.

Well done you, and like Jay66UK says, you boast away fella! We all understand the journey and personal triumphs. My wife is sick of hearing it and regularly take the piss with my mates about how much I go on about it - but I don’t mind because they can’t possibly understand! Lol.

And great advice to self doubters - like you I’m 47 (career / kids etc) and on my 2nd journey through this wilderness..... even tho I’ve done it once, I’m still full of doubt and amazement at how much you can actually achieve if you really put your mind to it.

Well done you πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ


Fabulous. It’s the one everyone freaks out about. Now you know you can do it, there’ll be no holding you back. Good luck πŸ˜‰


That’s great! I’m also a fat dad born in 71 but Oct so still a youngster at 46yo πŸ˜‚

You are doing great and have earned the right to shout from the roof tops!

Listen to your body. Don’t get hung up on pace. I’ve learned that slow is wise and like the others advise speed up later in the run if you feel able.

Good luck and enjoy!

Fatdad71Graduate in reply to _SimonT_

Whippersnapper! Lol fat dads of the world unite!


Awesome responses folks. Thanks for the positive vibes. Same back atcha!

I’m 56 yo and doing W5R3 tomorrow. I agree - ditch the fear! I remind myself, β€œWhat’s the worst that will happen? You will walk a few steps.” (Although at the pace I’m running, my walking covers considerably more ground.) Onward!

Fatdad71Graduate in reply to ccarter100

You can totally do it/ let us know how you got on!!!

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