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Hi everyone. This is my first post, I think! I attempted this at the beginning of the year but kind of aborted the mission due to the heat. I work in Saudi Arabia and although a friend and I started this in February, within a few weeks we were running in 35-40°C+ heat and so we abandoned it! I decided that if I'm going to manage it I'd need to start the runs while the weather was still a bit on the warm side, but at least the running was minimal, and to go out early in the morning. So far all my runs have been at 4am and to be honest I'm loving it. It's cooling down now but I'm inclined to keep the runs nice and early, which frees up my time in the evening for cycling or tennis.

So, I'm about to do Run 1 of week 6 tomorrow and aim to move directly onto Bridge from 5K to 10k afterwards. What I'm wondering is if the weight loss (assuming you have it to lose) begins to accelerate. I've lost some bit I suppose the first few weeks were not overly challenging. Will this improve?

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Instructor57Administrator

Welcome to the program and the forum and well done with your progress so far !Do have a read of the program guide here

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

This is not really a weight loss activity as you won't burn that many calories when running but you are more likely to tone up more !

As far as 5k to 10k is concerned you would be well advised to consolidate your week 9 runs for a few weeks before pushing on towards 10K

I suppose I'm more hoping to lose some weight as the runs progress beyond 5k. I've a friend out here that has lost 20kg from running and only really changed his diet to get the last 5kg off. That said, on day one from not having ran for over 15 years, he pushed himself to run 5km and then gradually further and further.

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IannodaTruffeMentor in reply to Johnny6162

Your friend is very lucky not to have injured himself and I would urge you not to try to emulate him. Testosterone does not protect you from injury nor does it replace a well structured progressive training plan.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Johnny6162

I would 100% echo what IannodaTruffe has said !

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MaCherie112Graduate

I love reading posts like these from other areas of the world! Reminds me I must travel more when able to! I think weight loss comes more from your diet and perhaps incorporating some strength training into your fitness regime. There’s a great 12 week fitness programme from the nhs that gives a guide on how to do this. But basically gradually committing to resistance training on days you are not running making sure to also have adequate tests before a run. Personally I only saw weight loss when changing my diet and doing weight training. Best of luck on your journey!

nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/1...

Welcome to the forum and well done on getting started.

C25K workouts will not burn enough calories to deliver significant weight loss.

You cannot outrun a bad diet.

You will be laying the groundwork for more effective burning of fats whilst running, but that is unlikely to happen to any great degree until you are running well in excess of one hour duration.

We recommend that graduates of C25K spend some time consolidating at 30mins/5k, whichever they achieve during the plan, until they are fully comfortable with this duration, before moving onto working on speed or increased distance. This is especially important for new runners to avoid burnout and injury.

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

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

I would also recommend that you peruse the FAQ Posts linked to in the above guide, where you will find background information on many aspects of running.

Enjoy your journey.

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