Couch to 5K
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Not "quitting", merely POSTPONING

I almost made it through week 1, but the third run was really hard and I quit stopped with 10 minutes remaining. I feel pain in my ankles, knees, fingers, hips, shins, and thighs. Reluctantly, I am going to pause my c25k for now. I feel as if I begin once I've lost more weight, then maybe it will be easier on my body. Thank you all for your support and kindness. I promise I will be back! In the meantime, I am going to continue the elliptical as my cardio 5-7 days a week, strength train every other day, and continue a reduced calorie diet.

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Sometimes its better to walk away to come back and fight another day. I dog -walked for a year building up to 5k in 1 hour 20 min before I started running ... so far that has protected me from the earlier pains & injuries others have suffered.


I am sorry to hear it isn't working for you. :( You know yourself best, but you would not be the first person to be achy for the first couple of weeks and not always able to do all the runs to later succeed at the program - should you feel like continuing. I am one such person - I completely and utterly failed a run in week 2 and had to do some runs over again, but I am now in week 9 and loving it.

That said, if you just aren't ready, and need to postpone you C25K adventure, I saw a related NHS link about walking which might be helpful;

Whatever you do, you have my good wishes. Good luck and good health!


I also started just doing some cardio work in the gym just to do something as I had not done anything before. After 2 weeks I found this program and it gave me the direction in training I needed.

I am slowly losing weight (2 stone at the moment) doing these runs, other gym excercise on off days and eating properly.This seems to be working for me.

You need to do what feels right to you. Keep working in the gym, walking whatever, when ready try again. As long as you are losing weight and feeling better about yourself thats the important thing.


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