I’m 58 and have never run in my life. I was useless at running at school and have always believed I couldn’t run. I decided to do C25K as I felt I needed some exercise. I had been working at home during lockdown, hardly moving from my desk and some days not even managing to leave the house. I heard about C25K and thought I would give it a go. At first, I thought that if I only got as far as W2, 3 or even 4 then at least it was something. I started to go out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday after work and actually found it a great stress relief since I needed to be so focused to get through the run I forgot about work completely.
The first run was a real struggle - running for a whole minute! Who would have thought! I pressed on and made it to W2. By the time I had completed W3 I was starting to get competitive and was determined not to be beaten by it.
My tactic during the early weeks was never to look at what was coming up until I was actually going out the door. Otherwise, I might have thought twice. Instead, I just did as Laura told me. I don’t know how, but It seemed to work, and I managed to keep ploughing on through the weeks.
As the weeks progressed it became as much a mental challenge as physical. On the long runs in the final weeks my legs ached after the first 5 minutes and each time I wondered how I could possibly make it to the end, but I kept on going and actually it got better as the run went on.
For all of you who are struggling, have faith. Follow the programme and you will get there.
If a 58 year-old who ‘can’t run’ can do this, you can do it too!