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After 3 years I'm back on the Couch to 5k bandwagon!!!


Hello there, I haven't written on this forum for quite a long time (I did Couch to 5k 3 and a bit year's ago) and I'm sure the vast majority of you are new and weren't on the Forum back then.

I'm a 50 year old asthma sufferer and prior to doing it the first time I hadn't done any exercise really in 30 years.

Anyhow, back then I got through it in the 9 weeks, pushed on and broke 10k a couple of months later and got to the point where I did last years Great North Run in 2 hours 10 minutes, faster than I ever thought I could do by far.

However since that point I have really let things slide, have barely run and am probably as unfit as I was before I started first time.

2 days after my 50th birthday and looking at the expanding waistline, it's time to start running again.

So out I went this afternoon and did Week 1 Run 1 again, and it certainly showed how far my levels have fallen as even this was quite hard.

However, having done the programme before I know exactly what a miracle it is. I will keep you all updated on my progress and I'm very happy if you want to message me to share my experiences and maybe give you a bit of advice if you are having any doubts about your ability to get through it.

Run happy, run safe.

19 Replies

Welcome back! You'll be doing 10k again in no time.


Welcome back to the forum and well done on restarting.

This guide to the plan is essential reading

and includes advice on minimising impact, stretching after every run, hydration and strengthening exercises, all of which will help.

Enjoy your journey.

ChrisAllen1Graduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Good to see you are still involved. Hope you are well 👍

IannodaTruffeAdministrator in reply to ChrisAllen1

I am very well and enjoying getting back to running after a break of nearly a year with a knee injury...........I found this really good little training plan called C25k.............


Well done for getting back here! Best of luck - enjoy 👍😊

Hi Chris...👋

Nice to see you again.



Hi Chris! Great to see you back 😃


Wow! Keep it up

Hi Chris we’re similar :) 48yr old asthmatic who tried CouchTo5 3 yrs ago but unlike you, I never finished. Your txt makes me think it must be worth it. I’m wk2 run1 and hoping we both make it to the end :)

ChrisAllen1Graduate in reply to Raffy5k

Absolutely worth it, you look at the later weeks and think I will never do that, but then you can. If I can be any help please get in touch 👍

Hi Chris,

I also did the Couch to 5k a couple of years ago and I also restarted a couple of weeks ago :)

Hope you have fun!

ChrisAllen1Graduate in reply to Joana_J

Good luck with it, I'm sure you'll ace it.


Hi Chris, this is the first time I’ve been on here in quite a while too. I wondered why you’d dropped off the radar, good to see you back mate! 😊

I’m also struggling with fitness after 6mths on the IC with Achilles problem but we’ll both get there I’m sure 🤗

Take care.


Welcome back Chris!


Good to see you back ChrisAllen, there are still lots of us around on the various forums


well done you. respect for your GNRun. hope you are in it again in 2021...


Great to see you back Chris, all the best this time around, I’m sure you’ll be back stronger than before 💪👏💪


Hi. Welcome back 👍😀


Hey bonnie lad ! Great to see you back👏👏👍. I wondered where you had got too. Anyway you’ll soon be smashing 10ks , half marathons again and marathons. 😀😀

I’m still running and running three runs a week. I’m running a10k in October Hereford running festival . It should have been in May but was postponed for obvious reasons. Anyway gives me more time to practice. I did run 10k on my treadmill last Monday 87mins. For me I thought that was ok especially since I hadn’t ran 10k for ages. However I’m hoping to maybe reduce that time🤣🤣

Anyway I digress. Good to see you back. How is Dinnington village ? Haven’t been back for years.😀😀

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