Week one Run one done!!!: Yay!!! Felt the fear... - Couch to 5K

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Week one Run one done!!!

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LinsH75Graduate

Yay!!! Felt the fear and did it anyway! Literally writing this on my cool down walk home! After all the fab support on here yesterday I couldn’t not give it a go!

Legs are like jelly, am a sweaty mess and I found it hard, but I won’t be giving up cos this after feeling is fab! I RAN FOR 8 MINUTES!! Am four stone overweight, 45 years old and realise it’s never too late! Xxx

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MontyMooDogGraduate

Felt the fear. Then embraced the moment......Great start. Just go really steady and keep it up. I'm on my last run of week 3 tonight and aged 60 and not run since school. Slow and steady wins the race😀

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LinsH75Graduate in reply to MontyMooDog

Legs feel really really heavy but I found the 60s went quite quick! Halfway through was thinking I can’t do this, but just took my time! Congratulations on your brilliant progress! That’s fantastic! Are you feeling positive difference? Xx

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MontyMooDogGraduate in reply to LinsH75

Yes a massive difference. Should have started this years ago when I stopped smoking but then put on weight instead. Need to lose 2 stones and lost nearly three quarters of a stone already following this program and watching what I eat. Have got a dodgy back so need to avoid jarring it so slow and steady is right for me in more ways than one.

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LinsH75Graduate in reply to MontyMooDog

How fab are you ..... stopping smoking, watching what you eat and taking up running!!! Really inspiring! This forum really spurred me on! Didn’t even know it was here until yesterday! Xxx

A huge well done to you xx

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LinsH75Graduate in reply to Tiredgranny

Thanks so much! Am so pleased! It’s not just overcoming the running, it’s building up the confidence to get out there. Double whammy! X

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Tiredgranny in reply to LinsH75

I had to find a way to get fit again. Used to be a horse rider regularly until this damned virus stopped it!

It's working although I would prefer to be riding or weight lifting 😉

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Elfrun in reply to Tiredgranny

All three, now your pony can take a break and trot on alongside you

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Tiredgranny in reply to Elfrun

Like the sound of that x

Brilliant well done 👍... I’m about 4.5 stone overweight and 51. Just finished w3. We can do this ! 👍😊

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LinsH75Graduate in reply to Needtoescapepo20

That’s brilliant. Are you finding it easier or harder do you think? Feel like I won’t be able to move tomorrow! My cool down walk was much longer, which I loved and I’ve done some stretches! Prob should have stretched before I went out. And I may go the warm up for a couple if minutes longer. X

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Needtoescapepo20Graduate in reply to LinsH75

Mentally I’m finding it easier, which helps with dealing with the grumbling legs which are way too used to being up on the couch! - the first run was the most difficult, just to get out there and do it. X

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LinsH75Graduate in reply to Needtoescapepo20

My legs don’t know what’s hit them!! 😅😅

Well done.

make sure you follow the advice in the guide to the plan healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

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

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LinsH75Graduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Just had a read of this. Very helpful. Thankyou.

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Instructor57Administrator

Well done you !

That's the hard bit done , getting out there and doing that first run .

A lot find that first one the hardest !

I did (so far haha)

Keep hydrated and I would certainly advise the after run excercises !

I suffered a bit the day after my first run ! 🏃😂

Well done you and welcome, 8 minutes sounds like you performed above and beyond, my advice would be stick to the plan it's a gradual buildup and gives both your breathing and leg muscles a chance to develop, being significantly over 45 I can concur it's never to late as I'm about to do my last week 9 run, well done keep it up

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LinsH75Graduate in reply to Elfrun

I actually needed to hear this this morning! Just done run2! Am finding the breathing is fine, it’s the achy legs! To be fair they are in shock! Hoping the aches ease off a bit! Xx

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Elfrun in reply to LinsH75

The after run stretches are as important as the run as are the pre run dynamic exercises for me, check them out plus foam rollers are amazing for the legs and are cheap, congrats you, the first run of each week used to leave me totally breathless and dying to hear those magic words, you can slow down now ha ha

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Irish-JohnGraduate

It definitely never is too late :)

Congratulations on starting the journey, and wishing you many happy miles in your future :)

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LinsH75Graduate in reply to Irish-John

Thankyou. 👍🏻👍🏻

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