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Hattie27Graduate

Just completed my first run and I'm feeling great. I really didn't think I would be able to complete this first one but I did it all. I struggle with breathing when running so any recommendations appreciated! I am doing slimming world and wanted to introduce activity to support the weight loss and general wellbeing. I am a full time student and work too so I'm busy and this fits in so well! Feeling great :-)

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate

Welcome. Well done on that first run, it’s a beast. Try to relax and not think about breathing, your subconscious takes care of that all day without you, so let it carry on doing it during your run. If you’re breathing goes beyond where you can speak in full sentences, slow down!

Hydrate well, trust the programme, and believe in yourself. The plan is great, it stays challenging, but with effort you will beat it. You did run one, you can do the rest. Enjoy.

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Hattie27Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thank you for your response. You are right I do focus on breathing so going to try and focus on surroundings and music next time. Also I think I do need to slow down! Thank you again!

Well done on your first run. I can struggle with breathing too. I found that listening to the music and singing along in my head helped.

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Hattie27Graduate in reply to Vix82

Thank you that is really helpful will be trying that on my next run!

Good luck. Let us know how you get on.

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Hattie27Graduate in reply to Vix82

Thank you - I plan on writing a post after each run to support motivation!

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JogunlikelyGraduate in reply to Hattie27

That's a good idea. The support on the forum is great.

Congratulations on starting the journey 👏👏👏

And as everyone else will tell you slow, then slower, embrace your inner 🐌. The program is about building endurance not speed, you can work on that later, apparently! It's taken me a couple of weeks to learn to slow down enough but we all get there in the end x

Enjoy x

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Hattie27Graduate in reply to Jogunlikely

Thank you! Next run will be about focusing on the music and slowing right down to try and help the breathing. Will report back following this!

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antonioaGraduate

Well done. A lot of forum members write a post after each run. Read as many as you can and you'll see you're not the only one going through whatever you're going through! You'll also see just how it CAN be done, by anybody. Good luck.

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Hattie27Graduate

I have had a read today and it's very reassuring and motivating to see where I can be! Thank you x

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antonioaGraduate in reply to Hattie27

A saying for you - "Don't look at how far you've still got to go; look at what you've achieved so far".

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Hattie27Graduate in reply to antonioa

Thank you so much- words to live by!

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antonioaGraduate in reply to Hattie27

:)

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