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Hi all its nice to be back 😊 This will be my 2nd attempt at C25K Got to week 7 the last time then work and life had a way of turning my life upside down for a while. I've joined my local leisure centre in an attempt to get some kind of fitness and was out with them on Tuesday for week 1 day 1and oh my it really was just like starting over again as I struggled with the 1 minute runs 😦 I know it will get easier but it doesn't help at the moment lol run 2 is 2moro morning and I'm really going to have to drag myself out to this.My last attempt was on by myself and I didn't feel any pressure and as you all said go slow and if you need to go slower but this lot take off and I'm left way behind and feeling like this is not really for me 😢 I'm going to give it a go in the morning but any suggestions you lovely people can come up with would help. Thanks for taking the time to read my rant!! I've missed you all

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Goforitmama
GoforitmamaGraduate

Welcome back. Hope you get your running legs back very soon.

I gotta ask... Why Sooty?

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in reply to Goforitmama

A lot of problems in work and I said "do they think I have a magic wand" my husband bought me a sooty hand puppet complete with a wand and told me to get on with it!! It's stuck since then 😊

Goforitmama
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in reply to Hidden

😀 I was wondering if you were going to say that your real name was Mathew.

I loved the Sooty pic, it might be small on the web site, but it caught my eye.

Run happy and I really do hope you get your running legs back fast.

misswobble
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in reply to Goforitmama

I’ve looked after Sooty, Sweep and Sue 😃. Not a bit of trouble 😁

Goforitmama
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in reply to misswobble

That sounds like a story to be shared over a large glass of red wine 😀

Fabulous450
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Hey RunSootyRun welcome back! Having reached to W7 you know what your body can do. Don’t push to be on any other journey but your own. Personally, I just wouldn’t run with them until I felt ready to do so. Do this your way and we will be here as your running company and support. Everyone started somewhere, even those speedy runners at the gym. And you are doing your runs, your way. Think about running solo or on the treadmill. Whatever you do, don’t get swept along. You have what it takes and going slow is the best way to get to where you want to go! Happy and injury free! ❤️

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in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks I have tried the treadmill before and didn'tfeel safe thought I was going to fall over but I might give it another try I will see what happens this morning and let you know 😊

Fabulous450
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in reply to Hidden

Best wishes! You can do it! ❤️

Denovo
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I would echo Fab in saying don't run with them. Use the leisure centre for strength training and cross training rather than for its running group. If the others in the group are mainly a lot younger and/or fitter, you will always be at risk of the pace being too fast for your needs, which will be stressful, demotivating and potentially cause you an injury.

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in reply to Denovo

Thanks going to see what day 2 brings if it the same then I'm off on my own again

Hi welcome back! How about using the leisure centre for other things, but doing C25K on your own like last time? I go slow myself, and I’d be left miles behind if I were to run in a group.

I bet you’ll find your body regains its fitness in no time! Have fun and tell us all how you’re getting on! Isn’t this forum great? An added bonus to the running bug we all seem to have!

Happy running! 😀🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️😀

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in reply to cheekychipmunks

That's all what I'm thinking at the moment will let you know if day 2 with the group is any better today

Oldfloss
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Sooty!

How great to see you back!!!

The only advice ( and you know me ) is slow and steady. So either, you sty with the group and just run it your way and not bother.. or you do it solo..... well. not really solo....with all of us!!! :)

Pushing yourself;. as you know at this early stage ain't a great idea...and the whole idea is to enjoy the plan:)

We can keep you going, we will run with you... and encourage and support you :)

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in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you its great to be back I'm going to give run 2 a go today and if it's the same as day 1 I'm off solo again with all the support here I did feel quite deflated on Tuesday and contrary to what some others have suggested some of them were a lot older than me! Will post how today goes 😊

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OK I'm back in after day 2 at the leisure centre feeling good that I done it but a little deflated as again I was on my own and lapped by a few 😟 I'm going out to the park with the podcast on Sunday morning so I will give you all another update Thanx for all your support and the welcome back!

Goforitmama
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in reply to Hidden

Well done on completing run 2. We're all made differently, so don't be discouraged by others passing you, that's going to happen from time to time when we run on the streets too (it's a bit disheartening for all of us when we are overtaken by another runner).

You are going to be great, you've come back to c25k and therefore have already gained some of the wisdom from your earlier experiences in weeks 1 to 7 (eg, run slow and steady, the importance of good shoes, hydration etc etc). So you are going to avoid all of those rookie 'errors'. You just need to get your legs back and that will only take a few weeks.

I read some of the replies and re read your original post and maybe I'm missing the point somewhere, but I don't see what's wrong with going to the leisure centre.

Wishing you happy running, stronger legs and big smiles!

Oldfloss
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in reply to Hidden

Hang in there sweetie..Sunday is my favourite run day..I'll be there with you xxx

First off you are back at it, so huge high five for that. Hoping the group works for you. I have found that running with others makes a huge difference for me on the long runs, but I still do my shorter weekday runs alone which is nice too. The chemistry of the group is important too and needs to work for you. Whatever happens I hope you can get a routine worked out so the running is once again part of your daily life. Yes, it will get easier too. Best of luck Sooty!

UnfitNoMore
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Welcome back. My observation would be that if there’s too much (self applied) pressure to keep up, then maybe you need to fly solo again. Running as a group can give you that support, or it can make you feel inadequate. We got you either way.

Hi RunSootyRun, welcome back, fair play to you got getting back on the horse! I agree with the others who say maybe don’t run with them. Personally I’ve struggled hugely and I couldn’t bear to be around other people, I’m better on my own, not comparing myself, feeling less than, feeling disheartened etc. My husband is ridiculously fit, and I wouldn’t dream of going out running with him, he’s incredibly supportive but gets that I’m a bit of a lone wolf!! Perhaps use the leisure centre for other things but go at your own pace with the C25k. Very best of luck to you - you’ll be brilliant. X

Jundal
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For me, I would NEVER run with anyone else, not even my wife (when she picks this up after the holidays are done) as I need to listen to my own needs for pace and breathing. I tend to trundle until I get to a steep incline, (there are two on my normal run) then I pound up them like I'm being chased by a bear! I could do that if I was with someone else.

Mummycav
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Hi Hidden ...how fab to have you back??? I’ve wonderedlpads of times where you’d disappeared to..buy it doesn’t matter now coz you’re back!! Yey!!

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in reply to Mummycav

Great to be back Mummycav!! 😊

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