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Ex couch potato - official!

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Oh yes, I have just ran W9R3 and am so pleased with myself - you'd think I had just completed a marathon the way I am celebrating! When I started this journey on 5th October, I never truly believed I would compete it. I have found W9 really tough though, but hung in there with Laura's encouragement and your posts have certainly helped me along the way. My problem now is that I haven't run outside - only on a treadmill. I'm a little nervous to venture out, but perhaps short runs and slowly build on time/distance is the answer. Good luck to all newbies out there you can do it !! I am off now to buy myself an early Christmas present - a new pair of running shoes for outdoor use!! xx

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Oldfloss profile image

Massive well done...Graduate!!! You have done brilliantly.

Now... after the celebrations.... relax... and venture out. It is a great time of the year to be out in the wide world.. sights, sounds and scents:)

Some short happy runs.. just because you can...and it is different.... Suss out dome routes that you will enjoy... on or off road... a park, canal path.. tracks if you live near the countryside. Remember, you have little control outside... surfaces, weather, and all that goes with them mean every run is different.. which is amazing!

In nearly three years, no run of mine, ever on the same routes are ever the same!

I run and then I ramble about my runs... ( although numbers growing on here have meant i have little time to ramble) ... this is one that might make you giggle and also encourage you o get out there... :)


Then... there is so much to think of... consolidation of runs.. with 30 minute ones in there and some short and longer runs too...take a peek at the pinned post for What's next too.

It is long and steady running that supports speed and distance... slow and steady ( yes, here I am again), running, continues building up the new running legs. It works.

Go and buy those well deserved shoes, and we look forward to your first..."I am outside" post... !

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60yearsyoungGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I did laugh when I read about your "backwards" run, although I don't think I'll be doing that anytime soon not on purpose anyway!! I'll take your advice and start with short, and hopefully, happy runs. Big wide world look out here I come :)

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to 60yearsyoung

Fabulous. 😊

IannodaTruffe profile image

Many congratulations on your graduation fellow runner.

This guide to post C25K running may be helpful healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

If buying new shoes, this post points out things to consider healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Keep running, keep smiling.

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60yearsyoungGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you so much for forwarding the link to post C25K running - what an invaluable source of information. I will definitely take on board the advice given to progress my running. I had visions of turning back into "couch potato" as the information was so interesting I couldn't put it down!! :)

UnfitNoMore profile image

Congratulations. They’ve said it all above... enjoy your running.

Getfitok profile image

That’s fantastic! Well done you 😇

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