Once in a lifetime challenge!: I have always... - Couch to 5K

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Once in a lifetime challenge!

Mayanow
Mayanow

I have always HATED running. just could not do it. Also smoked. I am nearly 50, quit smoking, gone on a diet, joined a gym and am determined to get healthier. SO I am now challenging myself with the C25K WHICH IS HUGE for me. My best friend and I skived the school cross country run to smoke (!), that's how impossible it was.

This year i walked 5k for charity. My target is to RUN it next year.

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Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate

Hi! The Admin’s or other grads will be along in a sec to give you some proper running advice, I’m sure. Just wanted to say there’s a lot of us around the same age! Fabulous450 turns 50 today and graduated! Like you I always hated running but this app is brilliant! I very much hope you enjoy your running and this forum. It has helped me out loads and people here are so nice and friendly (and funny). You aren’t alone. All the best! 👏

Mayanow
Mayanow
in reply to Equi-geek

It is fantastic. I don't think i would ever start on my own. My birthday's in october. Hopefully i will be celebrating a lot! Thank you for the support!!

Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate
in reply to Mayanow

Aaaaa! Me too - 11th 😱

Mayanow
Mayanow
in reply to Equi-geek

19th! The fab 50s... :)

Oh your back ground sounds exactly like mine before I found C25k. The only warning I can give is you can get a little hooked, I started to complete a mini triathlon before I was 50 now my favourite distance is a half marathon 😂😂😂😂. Good luck you can do this.

Wow. Well done you! If i hear myself yearning to run i will faint!! Ahaha no i hear this a lot how you get hooked. Can't wait to get there.

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

Welcome. Many of us have been in a similar place and have made it through this programme. Lean on us and we'll all help you through.

Take it slowly.

Mayanow
Mayanow
in reply to Jay66UK

Thank you. It was a good idea to come here :)

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate
in reply to Mayanow

Definitely.

Welcome!! This very chubby 56 yo is now at seven weeks. Take it slow, slow, slow and you will be amazed. This forum is the key to success, in my humble opinion. We are all at different levels, but we have all gone through the program from day one. Tons of support, tons of affirmation, and lots of great tips. Follow every bit of the advice that the admins send you. It is the key to success!

Mayanow
Mayanow
in reply to ccarter100

I am glad i came here and will listen to tips and advice cos i need the encouragement! For people like me who hated (and could NOT run) it is huge. Well done you on week 7!!!

I had enjoyed food a bit more than necessary and the change in age (noone warned me!) Meant i loaded extra kilos and have been trying to lose weight since february. No luck. 50 means you're stuck.

So i joined a gym. I go everyday. No running. Some yoga, some pilates.

I feel much better but the weight won't budge!!!

Everyone tells me only running can change that.

Well.. we'll see. But the HEALTH aspect is intriguing. I am really curious to see how i do.

What are your plans now??

ccarter100
ccarter100
in reply to Mayanow

So glad you are here on the forum! And the health aspect of this program is so important. Our muscles get stronger. Our heart and lungs get more efficient. Our connective tissue gets more flexible. Beyond the important health improvements, there is the personal joy of being able to jog up the stairs for the first time or hustle across the road without gasping out of breath. The way the program is structured, there are accomplishments every week. At our age, we become used to thinking of all the things we are not. It is thrilling to discover that we can!!! Take the program at the pace that your body needs and don’t ever be discouraged. At any given week, you are further ahead than where you started.

Mayanow
Mayanow
in reply to ccarter100

You are sooo right. I spent all of last year feeling old, like this is it. Then i thought i'll reach my 70s and think what an idiot i was feeling old at 50!

So yes there is no cons in this challenge. And if i feel discouraged i'll just come back and read all you people's comments! Thank you.

I just quit smoking a month ago and near your age. Still going strong in week 4. You can do it!

Mayanow
Mayanow
in reply to Debochka

You sound like laura!!! :) thank you and well done! I am sure it will be possible without the fags!!

Also looking at 50 end of this year and now 18months smoke free but was piling on the pounds. So decided I needed to get fit and joined c5k mid April.

Feeling so much better for it already.

Mayanow
Mayanow
in reply to cobrien

Do you see adifference? Age and smoking don't help. I remembet putting on some wright and all i had to do is be careful for 1 -2 weeks and i was back to my normal weight.

No more!!! It is soooooo hard! You do all the dieting and there is no gratification on the scales...

Welcome and well done so far 😀.

Below is a long and interesting post on how to do c25k - it's in the pinned posts. And when you've finished there's more info on what next which I'm sure will be helpful too 😀

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Mayanow
Mayanow
in reply to AnnieW55

Thank you. I'll read it now. I was wondering if there is anything to keep u going after graxuation!

Mayanow
Mayanow
in reply to AnnieW55

Yes i read thst when i joined healthunlocked. But thank you!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate

Well you have come to the right place Mayanow. The best advice is stick to the programme because it really works and take it slowly. Keep posting on the forum and you will find lots of advice and support

Mayanow
Mayanow
in reply to Dexy5

Thank u! That's what everyone says! Take it slow. Ok i am listening :)

Woohoo! Welcome to the 50ish age group (I’m 54). I’d never run either, just a really bad attempt at a 5k many years ago, not having a clue what I was doing. I hated running with a passion and used to scoff at people who kept on about it.

Ok, I’m now one of those people!! This programme is incredibly clever and gradually builds up strength and stamina week on week.

Enjoy your journey, and remember to post on here to let us know how you’re getting on!

😀😀

Yes my best friend from school had the idea. She dared do it and said if I can do it, YOU can too. We were the worst!! It is a great challenge to surpass my reputation, i tell you!! Ahaha

Well you encourage me with ehat u say. Thank you!

Welcome! This forum is great for support for the good runs and the bad (there may be some days that are not so good!).

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