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pinkfairydust10
pinkfairydust10
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Today is the day I started couch to 5k. I want to do this to be fitter for my little girl who is 19 months and set a good example for her. I also need to lose 8 stone so this is a start, combined with slimming world I hope will help. I also want to plan to try for another baby in 18 months time so plenty of reasons to start.

I found it very hard going, feeling my fat wobbling around and realising how unfit I am. I am hoping joining this message board will motivate me.

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AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

Congratulations on starting C25K with run 1 of week 1 and welcome to the forum, good luck for for all your runs combined with Slimming World, regarding your runs, take all of them slow and steady, no running on consecutive days, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, you can repeat any runs or week's if you wish to. πŸƒπŸΎπŸ‘

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much and thank you for advice. Really hope I can do this

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2008

I started today also!!! Good luck in your journey xx

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pinkfairydust10

Yay!!! Well done to you too! Good luck also! We can do this!!!! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

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2008

Yer we can!!! I have 4 stone to lose and I want it gone by my birthday in April!! Let's smash it !! I'm doing my second run tomorrow morning. We got this πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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pinkfairydust10

Let me know how you get on with your second run. Yay! A run buddy! We have totally got it!!! You can totally do this xxx

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2008

I site will!!! Run buddies πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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CatMo13
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Hey there - well done but don’t forever you need a rest day inbetween runs - so perhaps do a strengthening exercise tomorrow instead πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ™Œ

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CatMo13
CatMo13Graduate
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Typo don’t forget !

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2008
2008
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I cant run Wednesday or Thursday as I am working 12 hour shifts and if I don't do it tomorrow i know i wont do it again. At least if i do it tomorrow i can then do it again friday as well. Then next week I'll reset Monday. Not very conventional but being a single mother working 12 hour shift I have to work it around my life rather than working my life around the run lol

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pinkfairydust10

You have got this! Go girl 😁πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

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CatMo13
CatMo13Graduate
in reply to 2008

Oh I feel for you that’s a tough schedule. Just take it nice and slow and you should be fine. I definitely don’t want to put you off so just do what you have to do πŸ‘

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Morgan007
Morgan007
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Hope you enjoy your journey and some time for yourself amid a busy life

Well done on starting

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Dexy5
Dexy5
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It is really important to not run 2 days on the trot. Please leave 2 days rest instead. The rest days allow your body to repair the micro tears in the muscles that occur on each run.

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Beany123
Beany123Graduate
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I’m the same! I graduated last sept and have lost a few pounds but found I was β€˜treating’ myself after my runs πŸ˜‚ so wasn’t losing as much as I should have!! Take it slow and try not to do too much-don’t try and do more/go faster than you’re ready for, always stretch and when you’re ready, get fitted out with the comfiest trainers for your feet. This will help prevent any injury as running is a repetitive sport.

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AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate
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Good luck to you 2008, same advice as PFD10. πŸ‘πŸƒπŸΎ

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pinkfairydust10

Ahhhhh thank you very much xxx

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much 😘

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Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate
in reply to 2008

Welcome 2008. Lovely to have a new recruit. Look forward to reading your journey πŸ‘

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Dannybhoy625
Dannybhoy625Graduate
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Good luck 2008,all the best with your running πŸ‘

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MummyTum
MummyTumGraduate

Welcome pinkfairydust! Congrats on doing the hardest run of the programme πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

You’ll find loads of advice, support and encouragement on this amazing forum.

It’s lovely to have you here 😊

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pinkfairydust10

Ahhhhh thank you so so much for those kind words and encouragement. I am overwhelmed with the support already. Thank you also for telling me it was the hardest run, I did question myself when doing it, asking if I can do it I found it so tough tonight xxxx

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Morgan007

Well done on starting your journey

You will get so much support here

You have a Great motivation ..We're doing it to stay healthy for our grandchildren. We can do this !

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pinkfairydust10

Ahhhh thank you 😊 Xxxx

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Zebadee1
Zebadee1Graduate

Welcome and congratulations on getting started....I thought I was reasonably fit when I started the plan, but gosh, how I struggled with 1 minute runs ! Trust the plan. It will get easier and you will do it and you'll never look back....we're here to support you πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so so so much 😁😁😁😁πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

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marmalademonster

Well done pinkfairydust10! You're nailing it! You've already gone out and done the hardest one - now slow and steady and you'll be nipping around at parkrun in the New Year on Saturday mornings with the rest of us! Can't wait to follow your progress! Lots of water (I drink masses, always glugging away!) and enjoy your rest day tomorrow. I'm back out on Wednesday as well - I'll be thinking of you!

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pinkfairydust10

Omg thank you so so much. I really hope I can do park run one day, would love to. Thank you for all the advice. I will be thinking of you on Wednesday too xxxx

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Beany123
Beany123Graduate
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You will absolutely be doing parkrun! You can use it as one of your training runs each week- many people walk the 5k, some walk/run etc. Lots of walkers. I am a snail so I jog but I did my first 5k on week 3 by walk/running. It’s one of your 3 runs out of the way? I’d say go for it ASAP x

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Beany123
Beany123Graduate
in reply to Beany123

It was race for life and when my podcast ended I just walked the rest!

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pinkfairydust10

Wow thank you for the advice. I have always wanted to try park run, hope I Jane the confidence to try it soon.

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GTFC

Slow and steady. Keep on keeping on and with every step of every session you will achieve. Consistency I think will be the key. You not only can do it, you WILL do it whoever you run for. Well done on starting such an exciting journey. Allow yourself ups and downs but never give in and you'll do it!

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pinkfairydust10

Such great advice thank you so so much xxxx

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PolkaDot88

Hi well done for making the decision to get fitter please remember it’s not about how fat you say you are it’s about the positive step to make changes for the better.

We all started at W1R1 me personally I’ve just completed W8R3 tonight & you too will get there, just don’t rush it Slow & steady 🐌 go at a snails pace all the way you can do this.. don’t worry about getting to the 5k mark it’s more about reaching 30mins of solid running πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈ the 5k will come later on but fair play to ya if you get to the 5k in 30mins πŸ˜ƒ

Remember this is - your new adventure

Your new beginning - your new life and as a member of SlimmingWorld myself you have made a excellent choice everything in moderation with steady exercise & your already winning πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

Relax into your runs

Don’t fuss over your breathing

Don’t worry about your speed

Just relax & enjoy them πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ½

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pinkfairydust10

Wow! Amazing you are on w8r3 so inspirational. Well done. Thank you for the great advice really helpful xxxx

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PolkaDot88

Your welcome Pinkfairydust10 each of us have a different journey to run πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈ Make yours special x

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IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Welcome to the forum and well done

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

Enjoy your journey.

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much πŸ˜ƒ

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Maz1234
Maz1234Graduate

Well done on starting the c25k journey. You seem like you have all the motivation you need. Believe in your self and in the app because it really does work . Good luck

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate

Great for getting started. Just go slow and slower again if needed and remember to drink lots of water per day and 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 πŸ€—πŸ€—

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much for the great advice

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WillowandSola

Well done for starting, the first run is the hardest, lots of motivation and encouragement to be found here, post your runs and we will all cheer you on

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pinkfairydust10

Ahhh thank you so much means a lot

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WillowandSola
WillowandSolaGraduate
in reply to pinkfairydust10

I’ve loved c25k and this forum, i wish you luck it’s hard at the beginning but before you know it there will be no question of whether you will run or not you just will, yesterday i could have just come home from work in a heap of stress and wallowed but we went for a run and i got home with a grin on my face

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pinkfairydust10

Wow well done you! Very inspirational. Thank you x

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RunningMigster

Fantastic. Really well done.

It's been said here already, but that really is the hardest run of the program.

Good on you for getting out there.

Do please keep coming back and let us know how you get on

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much 😊 great advice, I will do πŸ’ͺπŸ™‚

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Mummytummy13

Well done on starting. I have just started and completed w1d2. Actually really motivated atm so I'm praying it continues πŸ™ good luck on your journey il be sure to follow your success x

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much and well done to you too! Am learning it is a battle with my brain to stay motivated as well as with my body! All in it together and we can motivate each other 😘

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Mummytummy13

Definitely ❀️ I know il be having the 'I'm not doing it days' so this I why I joined this forum haha x

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Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate

Well done pinkfairydust10. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. You did the hardest bit when you laced up your trainers and stepped outside.

I can't add much to all the wonderful advice you've already been given, except to reiterate, there is no race or competition here. Take each run slowly and take the whole programme slowly. Get used to listening to your body. If you need to try a run or a whole week again, don't be disheartened. There's no such thing as failure as long as you keep trying.

I am full of admiration for your attitude and motivation.

You've got this πŸ‘

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pinkfairydust10

So so kind and lovely words thanks you. Very sensible words given thank you, love that you said no such thing as failure love that x

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Rigpig

I’m on week three and loving it. Honestly I would not have believed I would have this much enthusiasm about exercising but I’m hooked πŸ˜„ congratulations on making the decision to give it a go, you will get loads of wonderful support in here.

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pinkfairydust10

I love that you are hooked! That has already motivated me more and thank you 😊

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Dannybhoy625
Dannybhoy625Graduate

Well done on your first run! You will do it, the hardest thing is starting it in the first place. Give yourself a pat on the back, and do your best to keep going. It's hard work, but really rewarding, it's amazing how good you can feel about yourself by doing this. Good luck for the rest of the journey.

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much 😊

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Gem2844
Gem2844Graduate

That’s amazing, just getting going is the hardest part, every run is an achievement and it’s your run in your time!! C25k and slimming world is great, just make sure your eating enough of the right foods and drinking a lot to get you through the runs! I have a 20 month old and 5 year old, started c25k in Feb and love running now, slimming world is also great, you will be amazingπŸ‘πŸ˜

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much Gem, thank for you all the advice. Fitting in the runs around children is challenging, I am learning that as a mummy some β€˜me’ time is so Important. Fingers crossed I can do it xxxx

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Gem2844
Gem2844Graduate
in reply to pinkfairydust10

Just don’t beat yourself up if you miss a run, I used to and it almost upset me that I couldn’t get out but someone on here said that the run is always waiting! I bought a treadmill to keep up weekly shorter runs then a longer run at the weekend, motivation in this miserable weather is what I find tricky, but stick with it...your amazingπŸ˜‰

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BargainRzl
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in reply to Gem2844

The first time I did C25K (I've had to re-do it because of coming back from injury and illness) nothing would have got me out running in bad weather. Now a switch seems to have flipped in my brain and nothing much will stop me going out in the cold or rain. I just have to remember to put my contact lenses in or I can't see out of my glasses!

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Suzi73
Suzi73Graduate

Well what a start, I joined slimming World last February 2018. Then decided I needed a challenge so in April 2018 I made that decision to start with the C25k. Best decision I ever made I got to target in December after loosing 7st. I completed the app in the July 2018. And now I've done a muddy run, I've joined a running club to keep me motivated. My next goal is running a half marathon by the time I'm 50 years old. It's helped with my asthma and I no longer take blood pressure tablets after 16 years of being on them. Remember why you started this journey when you feel you don't want to get out. Make yourself go you will feel so good after the weeks. And it really does work but the hard work comes from you. Good luck x

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pinkfairydust10

Wow Suzi, you have done amazingly! You are so inspiring. I love what you have gone onto after completing the app and all the health benefits you have achieved through your hard work. I felt the push I needed when I was getting out of breath going up the stairs. I don’t want my little one to have an unfit mummy.

You have done amazingly on slimming world, Just hoping I can do the same

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Suzi73
Suzi73Graduate
in reply to pinkfairydust10

If your determined you'll do it, I've done better this time around on completing the app twice now. Keep in touch x

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Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate
in reply to Suzi73

Well done you. Go girl πŸ‘

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Runningdumpling

Well done on starting the programme, it works! I am an older lady, but just on week 7. After week 1 I Couldn’t envisage I could run for 30 min, but I am up to 25 now and loving it. I know I will do it. Positive thinking and follow the advice. Remember to stretch before and after runs and take your rest days even if you want to do more.

Since Feb I have over this year lost 2.5 stone and reduced my blood sugar results so I am no longer diabetic through sensible eating and exercise. I use my fitness pal app to track food and exercise, helps a lot.

the first step is often the hardest and you have done that...well done!

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pinkfairydust10

Wow! You are so inspirational, amazing very well done to youπŸ‘ all the health benefits as well just amazing.thank you for the great advice xxxx

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Vaccs

Good luck. I started week 1 and by the 3rd run loved it. Had to stop for a bit as have hurt my knee. Cant wait to get started again. (Although I reckon each stage will take me several weeks at my age and weight).

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you 😊 I am so sorry to hear you have hurt your knee and I hope it heals very quickly. 😘

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Vaccs

It's my age and years of nursing damage to my joints. I will get there. Only did 3 runs but miss it. It is my time with my thoughts.

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Thelyde
ThelydeGraduate

Well done you! Starting Is the hardest part and you have done that. I hope you enjoy the journey πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈ

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much 😊

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Sallysensibleshoes

You’ll have setbacks, good runs and rubbish runs, but you’ll get there. When you’re struggling, get straight back on this forum for brilliant advice and support. When you’re doing great, let us all know. We’re all cheering you on! Good luck to you x

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pinkfairydust10

Ahhhhh great advice, thank you so much xxxx

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Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate
in reply to Sallysensibleshoes

Great advice. There's always someone here who will support you πŸ‘

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kathkyn

Good for you πŸ‘ I'm sure you set your daughter an excellent example.

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pinkfairydust10

Ahhhh thank you so much xxxx

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Jen302
Jen302Graduate

Congratulations for starting and keep it going. Please don't judge yourself; you are doing great!! Enjoy the journey, you will have alot of support on this forum...keep going and good luck😊

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much xxx

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Dotty01

Well done getting off the couch.I remember wk1 literally thought I was going to die πŸ˜‚ I'm at wk8 now so if I can do it so can you! Just take it slowly it's not about how fast you go,Look forward to following your journey x

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much, wow week 8, inspirational!

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Novice64
Novice64Graduate

Congratulations at the start of your journey. I started C25k in July never having run in the past.... I think the cross country runs at school put me off. I’m 55 and completed the programme in September and now run 30 minutes three times a week... the mental and physical benefits have got me hooked. You won’t look back, take it slow and steady and you’ll smash it πŸ‘

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much. Thanks for the advice. 😁

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Scubadiva
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Novice64, I am in exactly the same place as you although older as am 62 and haven’t run since school. I can’t believe that I actually look forward to my 3 x 5km runs each week and feel so virtuous and angelic (and healthier) after each run!!

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pinkfairydust10

I hope I can feel the same as you, well done πŸ™‚

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Novice64
Novice64Graduate
in reply to Scubadiva

I love that feeling...I’ve done the C25K+ Stepping Stone podcast twice so far this week to try to increase my speed and distance. Onwards and upwards (I hope)=πŸ™‚

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Scubadiva

Hi pinkfairydust10! It is great that you have started on the road to fitness and that you have real goals to aim for. Just remember that it took you a long time to gain weight and become unfit so it will take even longer to lose the weight and become fit. One step at a time with realistic goals for each step will keep you motivated. Hope his forum helps you as much as it has helped me!!

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much and your words so so true. Thank you xxx

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MPB1973
MPB1973Graduate

Well done getting out there and joining the C25K family , just keep going your physical and mental health will get so much better as will your weight loss πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you 😊

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daycartes
daycartesGraduate

On my first run I could feel my boobs moving up and down and I didn't think that I would make 60 seconds.

10 weeks later I no longer have boobs (Well I am male) and have lost 42 packets of butter in weight.

Having completed the C25K I now run every other day, trying to increase my speed. My wife has lost 56 packets of butter and also runs every other day.

This is so completely doable. You have taken the first step. Please carry on.

Every new task Laura sets, seems impossible just before you start, then you realise that you have done it. It's a magical feeling.

Go girl and enjoy it.

Make sure you have a rest day. That for me is the most important to prevent injury.

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pinkfairydust10

Wow congratulations to you and your wife, you both must feel amazing! Inspirational both of you and thank you for the advice xxx

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Fleetnot
FleetnotGraduate

I think you have done the hardest bit which is overcoming the psychological gremlins that tell you not to do it, or not yet or that you can't.πŸ‰πŸ²πŸ²The rest is just putting one foot in front of the other.

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much so true

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Jerichomile
JerichomileGraduate

You’re a hero for doing this. You can definitely do it - trust the C25K process and it’ll get you there. Keep posting. Loads of support here and we’re all totally cheering you on. Go pinkfairydust10 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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pinkfairydust10

So very sweet thank you so so much

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DottyF
DottyFGraduate

This board got me there after three attempts. I’ve also see I always had an issue with my weight and I now find I want to run more than eat πŸ˜€ so good luck believe in the program and it will change you and your little girls life

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pinkfairydust10

Such a sweet sweet post thank you very much xxxx

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Jiveblue
JiveblueGraduate

Stick with the plan, repeat those runs you feel you cheated on (I doubt I’m the only person who stopped occasionally even when Laura said to keep moving), follow the advice to run slow ...and slower still ... and I’m sure you’ll succeed. I’ve never run in my life and found the very first run almost impossible but after a few repeats I’ve just graduated and I’m so proud of myself. And I’ve found this message board really fantastic for advice and support and just helping me to feel that I am ok really - even when part of my brain delights in telling me at every turn that I’m rubbish!!

Go for it. You can do it!!

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so so much amazing advice xxxx

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Bobbydazzle
BobbydazzleGraduate

Welcome to the running world! I started c25k about 12months ago! I'm a 50yr old former heavy smoker and i couldn't run for more than 30secs when i started and now i run 5k 3 times a week and have never felt better! Trust me if i can do it you can too! Good luck

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pinkfairydust10

Wow amazing well done, very inspirational thank you xxx

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Upamanyu
UpamanyuGraduate

Awesomeness YOU!!!! Great job. Keep at it.

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you πŸ™‚

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Alast

I'm only really repeating what everyone else has said but you've already earned a number of well done's. Firstly for deciding that you will do this (with a extra one for thinking of your motivation). Then a big WELL DONE (in capital letters too) for getting out of the door and starting your first run it really is a huge step to take. The next one is for joining this forum, the community is great. When you have a not so good day, just post on here and you'll receive great support & encouragement. When you do have a good day also post on here as that's great encouragement for everyone else. When I first heard about C25K I was convinced I would be running 5k within 9 weeks! Once I started week 1, I realised two important things. The program will get you running for 30 minutes (but it's unlikely you'll cover 5K in that time to start with). The other thing is that it's going to take me longer than 9 weeks! I'm quite happy to repeat runs until I can do them and even drop back a week (or more) if necessary to further build my stamina, and more importantly re-build my self-confidence (for me this challenge is at least 75% mental and only 25% physical). Keep working through this at your own pace, remember to drink & take rest days as everyone else has said and most importantly, listen to your body. Ache's are OK (well, inevitable!) but pain has to be avoided, that is not good. I look forward to reading about your progress...

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Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate
in reply to Alast

Well done you. Some great advice πŸ‘

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pinkfairydust10

Thank you so much for taking so much time to write such useful tips and advice. You have me nearly in tears, just feel like I am doing something for me and like you said the battle is mental as well as physical. I really appreciate it thank you so much xxxx

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