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Hi everyone,

I am new to this, and so looking forward to catching up with people at different stages of their journey. It is tricky to be doing it on your own. I recently had a dxer scan which showed up osteopenia, quite common in a lady of 66 but wanted to know how I could halt the progression and, to my surprise, the doctor’s face lit up when I mentioned taking up running, and highly recommended it! So here I am just beginning W4C25K. Going ok at the moment but I lack confidence and self belief so need to work on that. It will be so interesting to read everyone’s comments and advice. Thank you for reading.

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MissUnderstanding profile image

Welcome to the forum! We’re a really friendly bunch of all ages and backgrounds-it’s great to have you here. When you see what you can achieve, that self belief will come. Take it step by step and you’ll get there.

There’s a brilliant little guide to the programme here with lots of helpful hints and tips.  Well worth a read.  Most important is keeping it slow and steady at a pace where you can talk in full sentences without gasping.  Most of us go too fast! Recovery days between runs are absolutely essential too.

We love chatting about all things running-come back with any questions or updates and we’ll cheer you on. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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tuiliereGraduate in reply to MissUnderstanding

Snap! Same age as you and also just been diagnosed with osteopenia. (Been on high dosage steroids for 7 months which may have attributed to it!) I'm seeing my doctor next month to discuss way forward. I am doing couch to 5 K for 3rd time, but this time joined Beginners2runners via facebook and nice to be part of a club. Taking D3 and K2 plus running, so hope this can reverse the bone issue. Good luck!

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MissUnderstandingAdministrator in reply to tuiliere

Wishing you loads of luck with the running and the health issuetuiliere . Lovely to have you around here again. ❤️

Beistol I think this reply’s for you!

Instructor57 profile image

A very big welcome to the forum and the program!First things first , do read the program guide linked to by MissUnderstanding

It's absolutely packed with helpful information to guide you successfully through the program.

Enjoy the ride !

GottaImprove profile image

When I started the C25K program it was with 7 other unfit mums. Our promise to each other was not to move forward to the next week/run until we were all happy to do so.

That approach turned out to be the wrong one. It took several weeks before we were all happy to move on to week two, but once we did, it was no where near as bad as had been anticipated. We then changed our plan to always move on to the next run, and then if anyone was not happy, move back a week or a run, then try again.

It was then that we realised that the C25K plan is actually brilliant. Regardless of how difficult the following run looked, we always managed it. Yes, some were harder than others, but we did it. The C25K plan had prepared our body (even if our minds were dubious) and that little extra push each time saw us through.

There is loads of advice, support and general encouragement on this site that can help you through. The experiences of others really helped me.

My advice would simply be stick to the plan, if you complete a run, give the next run a go regardless and drop back if you have to, there are no rules to say you can't!! We are all rooting for you and you can do it.

:) :) :)

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Beistol in reply to GottaImprove

This is so interesting. I can completely relate to this, thank you 😊

Oldgirlruns profile image

We’ll done on starting Beistol! I started at 66 too, after being told I had some osteopenia, and nearly always run on my own. But you won’t be alone or lonely if you keep posting here! There’ll always be someone at the same point in the programme as you are and if you have any queries, just ask - there’s no such thing as a silly question and you’ll find that someone will have the solution you’re after!

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Beistol in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thank you so much, I’m loving this 😊

You are definitely not alone. Come and join us; the most amazing running family you could ever hope to find!

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Beistol in reply to

Thank you, that’s a lovely welcome. I feel like I have a responsibility to continue now that I’ve acknowledged that I’m actually attempting it. Prior to this I hadn’t told anyone in case I failed.

Roxdog profile image

That's interesting that your doctor is supporting your running! Good news!Good luck, I hope you enjoy it!

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Beistol in reply to Roxdog

Thank you. It was quite a surprise. Absolutely no hesitation from him.

grumpyoldgirl profile image

Welcome! I also had been diagnosed with osteopenia in one hip before I started running. I recently had a scan following an accident and since doing the c25k, and it had disappeared! So you are definitely doing the right thing. It's good that more and more doctors are supporting us instead of telling us we are too old.

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Beistol in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Wow! That’s amazing and so encouraging to hear. Too old?….. not a chance 😊

OldManRunning profile image

Good luck Beistol and I hope your running has the desired effect on your health 👍😉

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Beistol in reply to OldManRunning

Thank you 😊

Running_at50 profile image

Hello and well done on starting your c25k journey. This is a really great forum with loads of friendly advice and encouragement.

I completed my c25k journey last August and I have to say I have let my running slip a bit but try to get out once in a while. The best piece of advice I received was to take it at your own pace (mine is snail!) and there is no such thing as a bad run. I am very self conscious when I run being a larger lady but I'm slowly learning to not worry about other people and what I think they may be saying.

Good luck with your journey and happy running x

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Beistol in reply to Running_at50

Thank you! Self consciousness is another thing I struggle with too. Then I tell myself that no one cares, and even if they do think something negative, it is quickly forgotten and shouldn’t affect me. Really fit people can be a bit intimidating too. Ridiculous! 😂

in reply to Running_at50

you should really try and leave self doubt behind, most people cannot run and you can!🧐

Chuckles3 profile image

hi Beistol, welcome to the group- it’s posts like yours that keep me motivated too, I’m running on my own and this forum gives me comfort that we all have weeks/ days where we need some encouragement- this virtual group is great for that. I’m in W4 (had to take 4 weeks off due to dreaded cough and cold that lingered) but now I’m back- you can do this, I will stagger through w4 if you will too!

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Beistol in reply to Chuckles3

Great plan! Let’s get through this. I’m beginning to enjoy it now. Hope you are too 😊

doggytail profile image

Welcome I to run on my own. I thought i was to old but the encouragement i get from this forum, and surprisingly other runners I meet is wonderful. Age is no barrier Happy running x

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Beistol in reply to doggytail

Thank you 😊

WillowandSola profile image

Well done on getting so far, you aren't on your own here, we'll all cheer you on, I found when I ran with a friend it was so hard to co ordinate our times so often found myself running after work when she'd had a day off and gave up in the end, I please myself now and love it, Willow has not run much for a while and I've really enjoyed just going where I please when I please Self belief and confidence will grow and if you get despondent because you see others running faster come and chat to me about being slow, I've only found one other person run as slow as me so far 😀 I too am 66 but not for much longer, I believe I'm 67 next week but I keep hoping it's the week after

Most of all have fun

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Beistol in reply to WillowandSola

Love this! Thank you 😊

Liono profile image

Hello and welcome Beistol. Many of us run alone in real life but you won't feel lonely having joined the forum. Running does as much for your mental health as your physical fitness, so I am certain that you will also benefit from a huge increase in confidence and self-belief as you move through the programme - I certainly did 😊

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