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Big day tomorrow

RunningMigster
RunningMigster
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Hi all,

I've joined this forum because I'm about to start the couch to 5k program tomorrow morning at 5.45am.

Why am I making this public? Because if I dont, I might press the snooze button too many times. I'm going to embarrass myself into doing it.

49 years old, had been really active until about 10 years ago and then I badly damaged my ankle. Since then, I've been a lazy couch potato, drinking too much red wine and eating too many take away.

Time to get my health back in track!

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Wenderwoo

Good luck for tomorrow. I’m quite new to it and really enjoying it, despite a few aces and pains. I’m sure you will be glad you did it afterwards, so go for it!

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RunningMigster

Thank you. I'm looking forward to it. Just hoping my will power improves too :-)

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Parky88
Parky88Graduate

Good way to start! Good luck tomorrow and let us know how you get on 🙂

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RunningMigster

Will do! Thank you :-)

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peskymousie1

Good luck, I am sure your do this. One step ata time

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RunningMigster

Thank you. I'm feeling more encouraged already

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Over62
Over62Graduate

Good to have you join the group it really helps. Just follow the programme with whoever you have chosen to guide you and before you know it you’ll be at Week 7!👍

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RunningMigster

Thank you. Wk7 feels like a very long way off at the moment :-)

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Vintage61
Vintage61Graduate

Good luck for tomorrow, you won’t regret it.

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RunningMigster

Thank you :-)

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Womangolfer
WomangolferGraduate

God luck tomorrow. Just take it steady. Once you get started you will find that you will want to keep going. Some days it is sheer bloody mindedness that keeps me going.

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RunningMigster

Thank you. I need to do this as much as I want to do it. These posts are really helping my mindset

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LUHAN
LUHANGraduate

Good luck for tomorrow! Enjoy x

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RunningMigster

Thank you :-)

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Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate

Hello RunningMigster, just go slow and slower again if needed and make sure you're drinking plenty water 7 days a week not just on run days about 2-3 litres .

C25k is an amazing plan and really does work you'll get lots of encouragement and support on here good luck 😊😊

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RunningMigster

Thank you for the advice. I know I need more water and less alcohol. Especially the night before a run. And I know I'm going to lean heavily on the encouragement from this site.

Thanks for your support!

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Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate
in reply to RunningMigster

You've come to the right place the encouragement and support on here is absolutely amazing 😊

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Grannytobe
GrannytobeGraduate

Huh now you're in trouble, you've told us all you're starting so you can't back down. Cutting back on alcohol too, well done you. 😉 Wishing you the best of luck for a magnificent 9 week journey - and beyond. Be kind to your ankle.

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RunningMigster

:-) that's my plan. Tell the world and I have to face the music when my alarm goes off.

I am a little worried about my ankle, but I'm not going to use that as an excuse :-)

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Grannytobe
GrannytobeGraduate
in reply to RunningMigster

Just take it easy, think about the ground you run on, it outside in dark be careful for obstacles which may cause you to go over it. Most of all, enjoy, when the run endorphins hit you will love it.

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Annieapple
AnnieappleGraduate

We can all identify! 🤣 Keeping yourself accountable on this forum is an excellent motivation & worked wonders for me!!

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RunningMigster

I'm feeling the pressure already :-)

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Couchpotato2
Couchpotato2Graduate

Yeah!!! Welcome, best decision you’ve made and we are all here supporting you. Have everything ready so you just get out and go without thinking about it. With a bit of luck you’ll be half through before realising what happened. Use this forum to get and give support, hydrate and stretch post run. Have a great time!!!

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RunningMigster

Haha... I've got everything laid out already.

So long as I can get out of bed, I should be half way home before I've even woken up and felt the pain

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Couchpotato2
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That’s how I did my first one! What worked for me after was every other day without fail then again limits over thinking 💭

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RunningMigster

I'm really counting on not thinking too much.

That will be my downfall :-)

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Shepsbird
ShepsbirdGraduate

Welcome, well done on this decision and good luck!! Enjoy!

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Smelliepoo

Yay! Well done! You can do it, come on!

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You’ve made a great decision in doing this. I told family, friends and work colleagues I was doing C25k for same reason... to make sure I didn’t back out. I’m on week 6 now and feeling the benefits. Good luck tomorrow.

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RunningMigster

Well done. Good work

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IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Welcome to the forum and well done on your decision.

This guide to the plan is essential reading healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Enjoy your journey.

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RunningMigster

Great stuff thank you, I'll read that tonight

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UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Welcome. You can do this... come and tell us all about it tomorrow. Keep the pace conversational and enjoy your journey.

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Mummycav
MummycavAmbassador

You have definitely come to the right place, what a great incentive to start the programme? We all, well a lot of us, like a drink, or a piece of cake...but we love running more so that’s what keeps us going...the buzz you get from a run far outweighs the feeling you get from anything else...at 49 you have definitely lots of enjoyable runs waiting for you right outside your door, so lace up those trainers and get outdoors, whatever else is going on will not compare to getting out there and enjoying yourself x

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RunningMigster

Thank you. I'm looking forward to the enjoyable runs :-)

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Franglaise
FranglaiseGraduate

Great decision...as you get back into fitness, you wont regret it and you will feel great...you wont need luck...enjoy

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Elcee81
Elcee81Graduate

Hope the run went ok this morning 👍😃

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Impetuous
ImpetuousGraduate

How’d it go? I just finished w6r3 (25 minutes running) and Laura told me I’m officially a runner. It’s worth all the effort just for that, trust me!

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RunningMigster

Hard! Very hard. But I'm not put off

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Shepsbird
ShepsbirdGraduate

How did you get on?

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RunningMigster

Really tough. I'm hurting lol

No pain no gain right?

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Shepsbird
ShepsbirdGraduate
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You have done the hardest step! Keep it up!!!

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LisaMc2
LisaMc2Graduate

Welcome, best place to start. 😁

I'm sure everyone will be eagerly waiting for updates

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lollytwist
lollytwistGraduate

Good for you! I was out this morning at the same time as you. Hope your first run went well x

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Longarm
LongarmGraduate

Good luck on your run. I am on WK9 and amazed I have come so far @ 58 I feel better than @ 48.

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Billsmum11

Did you do it?????

At 53 I never thought I'd be able to run 5k but knew I needed to do something. I had hypertension and, although not massively overweight, my GPS made it clear I needed to exercise more. 10 weeks on I have normal blood pressure, run 3 times a week, do parkruns and have lost 1 stone 4 😄. Couldn't be prouder or happier. Just go for it x

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RunningMigster

I did it. I don't know how.

Update to come shortly

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Bobby31
Bobby31Graduate

A bit late to your post party, but I hope it went well for you this morning.

If not don't be discouraged. It is life changing, so stick at it. 👍🙏

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LudoLen19

Hope it’s gone well. Looking forward to hearing back from you... 😃 🏃‍♂️ 😃 🏃‍♀️

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PlodLife
PlodLifeGraduate

Good for you!!! Hope you enjoyed it. To echo the above, just make sure you hydrate and put your clothes out ready so just get up and go. This forum really is so supportive...there are no silly questions!

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Runningroni
RunningroniGraduate

Good man. You know now you have posted we will want to know about your progress. Support, encouragement readily available here. Good luck for today.

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Isal19

Good luck. It’s such a good feeling. I’m 48 and always thought I’d disliked running. Completed week 4 tho not ran for a week due to a heavy cold. Missed it so back to it tmrw. You can do it. Enjoy!!

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PrairieGirl71

Good luck! I am of a similar age and am loving it so far. Go for it!

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Alast

Morning RunningMigster, how did it go today? You must have set off just after I got home from my session (W2R2), I left out at 5:15. As you can see from the replies above, you will get great support from the folks on here. I'll echo what the others have said, take it easy, listen to your body and enjoy the achievements. Although I'm on week 2, I actually started about 4 weeks ago (I'm 63 and have never been a runner), I had a few false starts on week one, finding that I couldn't make all of the 60 second runs at first. Then I listened to the advice to slow down, running for the time is what is important to start with, speed & distance will come with time. (It's not such a snappy title, but I think 'Couch to running for 30 minutes' would be a better description!) I'm determined to complete this, but in my own time, I'm not considering any week 'done' until I've managed to complete three in a row. As I said at the beginning, I do my running early morning as this way it doesn't interfere with the rest of my day, plus it has the added bonus of still being dark, so if anyone does see me, they won't know who I am! Please do let us know how you're doing, and if you have any questions, voice them on here, you'll get lots of advice. We are all different, and what suits one may not suit you (I for example couldn't consider at the moment going out for a run after work). Apart from the slowing down bit, the other advice I've taken in is to make sure to take your rest days, drink lots of water ALL of the time (it helps to dilute my wine!), and to listen to your body, push it a little, but don't hurt yourself, it is supposed to be fun so enjoy!

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RunningMigster

Thank you for your support. I'm taking on as much advice as I can.

I didn't manage it this morning, but I did it after work hurting now!

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Kafooey

I love running in the morning - let us know how you get on!

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Keswickfan
KeswickfanGraduate

Good luck!

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MikeJones68
MikeJones68Graduate

Good move! I too started just after my 49th birthday (2 years ago), and now I can't imagine life without running. Stick with the programme as it really does work wonders.

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LUHAN
LUHANGraduate

Hope it went well this morning !

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JoP61
JoP61Graduate

Good luck! You can do it - just take it slow and steady. 👍😀

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runningnanny

I started on Monday so done 2 so far. I also knew that if I didn’t post publicly I would find excuses not to bother!

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Shotley666

Good luck,am starting week 2 on Friday although my thighs feel like they need a holiday today,never been so active and loving it

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RunningMigster

Week 2 feels scary already lol

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Allymally1

So how was it? Did you get up and go or did bed win 😀? I overslept yesterday so ran later than I was planning to! It helps to post after a run on here I have found it keeps the motivation up!

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RunningMigster

I was an idiot and set my alarm wrong, but I did do it tonight. It was tough lol

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Allymally1

Well done for going. I remember week 1 I thought I was going to die, and how long is 60 seconds!!!! Keep at it, posting on here helps and go slow and then slower again 🏃🏿‍♂️🏃🏿‍♂️🏃🏿‍♂️🐌🐌🐌

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RunningMigster

I have a feeling I'm going to be extremely slow on my rest day tomorrow :-)

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Sybilw
SybilwGraduate

Hope it went well. I did the same as you and went public with my plan as I’m a serial starter!! I started at age 63 as my husband had retired and I found myself sitting more and more with him on the actual couch but here I am with my 60 minute badge (not sure if I’ll ever get to 10k but didn’t expect to get to 60 minutes either). What I’m saying is - watch out - this can be addictive!! Good luck with your efforts - keep on the forum for support and encouragement.

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RunningMigster

Good for you. I'll get there, slow but sure

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Sybilw
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Slow and sure is the mantra of this group!!

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sTrongFuse
sTrongFuseGraduate

As a fellow 49 year old with a dodgy ankle and two dodgy knees (ex-rugby player, now a referee) who started this programme in March, graduated in May and now typically runs 3 times a week cumulatively covering over 20km, you might surprise yourself at how addictive this becomes.

Welcome to the gang...

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Bluepup1
Bluepup1Graduate

Welcome aboard! You can n will do this! We’re all here encouraging you on towards that podium!

As long as you follow the programme, stay hydrated, take as many rest days as you feel you need, repeat any runs and/or weeks as you feel you need and you will do well 🤗 x

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RunningMigster

Thank you. I think I've just realised how much I NEED to do this as much as want to do this!

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Cissysparkels

Well done! You won’t regret it x

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RunningMigster

I do at the moment lol.

But I know it will get easier.

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Cissysparkels

You don’t think it will but it does. And don’t worry how long it takes. Every one is different. It took me ages but I love it! Never, ever thought I would say that about running!!! 😁

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sigasiga
sigasigaGraduate

Well done - you're on the way now! Don't worry if you feel a bit stiff after the first session - I did, but was OK for the next one and felt fine from then on (and I'm a lot older than you!). Keep us updated with your progress.

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RunningMigster

Thank you. I know I need to break through that pain barrier. I have to believe it will get easier :-)

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