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First posting - old runner on week 6

Morning all. This is my first post here and I’ve found this forum so inspiring. I’ve come back to running after many years and have ‘foolishly’ entered a 10k next April.

I’m on week 6 of C25k and run one came as a surprise. Especially as I was in a hot gym 20 floors above Utrecht.

Thank you for all of your thoughts. They’ve given me so much to think about as I’ve taken small steps back to fitness aged 56.

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IannodaTruffe profile image

Welcome to the forum and well done on your progress.

This guide to the plan is essential reading

I completed C25K aged 57 and by 60 I was the fittest

I have ever been............this plan works.

Enjoy your journey.

in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you so much.

Equi-geek profile image

Not foolish at all! Well done for reaching week 6! From here it gets a bit more serious; in that half your running time for the whole C25k programme is in the last 3 weeks. Don’t be tempted to push too hard, as these last sessions are cumulative and part of conditioning your legs for those regular 3 runs a week after graduation. Do lots of stretches and warm up/cool down properly - consult a physio with any persistent or acute pains and stay off the Injury Couch! I benefited from a 1 week break after C25k before starting on the Bridge to 10K because my knees were niggly. I later found out a lot of runners take a week out every couple of months. You have plenty of time to be ready for the 10K. Relax and enjoy it!

in reply to Equi-geek

Thank you. What great advice.

At age 56, you're definitely not an OLD runner! There's no such word here 😮

Welcome and well done for getting to week 6.

in reply to Irishprincess

Thank you so much. It’s a great journey.

UnfitNoMore profile image

Foolishly? You have plenty of time to be 10k ready by April and goals really help.

Welcome back to running!

in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thank you. I’m actually really happy about this journey. I’d forgotten how much running helps with every area of life. Even (or especially) the tough runs.

Irish-John profile image

I'd never run more than a hundred yards in my life untill age 56. (Asthma and foot problems) I ran my first ten miles at 58. Half Marathon entry for this April planned, Full one in October.

Take it slowly. Take the Rest days. Stick around here to encourage and be encouraged.

It's not just the physical activity of running that is the "magic" - it's how the entire "package" changes your life :)

Wishing you many happy miles in your future ☺

in reply to Irish-John

Blimey. How inspiring to read this. Thank you. It’s words like this that will get my Asics on my feet during these cold months.

Irish-John profile image
Irish-JohnGraduate in reply to

It's the best addiction going :)

SummaMamaT profile image

Not old. I am a 62 year old grandmother, and I just started this 6 weeks ago. I hadn't run since college days! And that's a longgggg time ago! When I started I could barely do a minute without contemplating either dying or quitting. But last night I just ran the 25 minute run - something I would have told you is completely beyond my grasp had you asked me 2 months ago.

You're not crazy. It's a wonderful thing to prove to ourselves what we can do!

in reply to SummaMamaT

Go you!!! What a wonderful story. I feel like I’ve joined a secret club.

Gran4z profile image

Enjoy your adventure to 10k. C25k is a great running plan, got me running earlier this year and I love it. Heading for a half marathon in February, mad or what?!! Happy running 20 floors above Utrecht 🎄

in reply to Gran4z

Thank you. My plans have hit reality today. I was going to do an off road run this afternoon but I’ve been stuck At Schipol airport ‘thanks’ to Gatwick drones. All to play for tomorrow.

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Gran4zGraduate in reply to

Yup, those drones are really messing up people's lives. Sorry for you. Hope they catch up with the rogues soon...think they should be made to apologise to everyone, possibly compensate each and everyone! That would keep them out of trouble for the rest of their lives 😂.

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