Week 3 Completed!: I’ve never been a runner... - Couch to 5K

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Week 3 Completed!


I’ve never been a runner, never really been into exercise that much at all to be honest, but I’ve seen the joy that running brings my partner and my kids and I wanted to be a part of it. A herniated disc has stopped me doing the amount of exercise I’ve wanted to do for quite some time, but fingers crossed it hasn’t bothered me in any major way for a long time now. To have got through week 3 feels huge as I’d heard it could be a bit of a stumbling block, but to be honest the jump to week 4 scares me more! Calves and shins are feeling it the most, but are recovering more quickly too so that’s nice to see. I’m sure my lung capacity isn’t what it once was, but I’m noticing I can hold a conversation for longer while jogging too and that my breath is coming back more quickly. It’s really encouraging to see these small signs of progress and I’m really looking forward to doing my first parkrun in early November with my family :D

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Great job! I finished W4R3 today. W4R2+3 were hard for me, but done! Go slow and you can do it! (When I can do it, everyone can do it! :-)) (y)


Good work there ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hope it goes on getting better and better for you 😀


Well done on your progress so far! - and I can totally relate to the sense of being someone who has never been that keen on exercise, but slightly envious of the joy that running seems to bring other people. I started this programme just over 9 weeks ago (I graduated yesterday - which I am still amazed by when I think about it!) - and never thought I'd be able to run for 30 mins: in fact I was still having doubts in weeks 5 and 6. My advice would be to trust the programme: it works even when you doubt your capacity.

I think as you get further in you do start to pick up momentum and confidence from seeing how much progress you've made since the start: it gives you the motivation to keep at it. Very good luck with your next steps.

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