Couch to 5K
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Over the last couple of years I have seen my weight increase and my general level of activity decrease. I was more likely to be on the computer, munching some biscuits than getting any exercise. This was not good for my health, my self-confidence or my relationship. I was tired and bad tempered and found that I was dropping out of a lot of the hobbies and activities I used to do.

I had a bit of a wake up recently that made me realise I had to take responsibility for turning my life around. I have started to improve my diet (cutting out all biscuits, crisps, cakes etc..not always easy where I work) but knew that I also had to do some exercise. Never been very sporty and the gym is just not for me, hate the competitive side of sports. Running seemed like an option but had no idea where to start. My partner runs but she is at a higher level than me and childcare makes it difficult for us to run together.

Spoke to some friends who run and one recommended Couch to 5k. Got my shoes yesterday and this morning got up at 6.30 and did the first run. It was a beautiful morning which helped. Felt good and looking forward to the next run. I do have a little lower back pain now, but hopefully that will settle down before Friday.

I am determined to complete this programme and hopefully continue from there. These forums look like a great source of advice and support so I will try to drop in regularly and keep you informed of my progress.

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Well done. You've done the hardest part and now you have the shoes you just have to keep going to justify the expense.


Well done for making this decision mabbers, stick with it and I promise you won't regret it, increased self-confidence, improved fitness - it's all guaranteed side effects of C25k in my experience.

Small word of advice about your lower back, check your posture, make sure you are holding yourself nice and straight, not slouching or arching backwards - I look at my shadow to check my posture (I have a tendency to slouch!). Good luck & enjoy the programme. :-)


Well done for starting, it took me a week! I did my 1st run today too although didn't enjoy it as much as you. I also have an athletic other half. keep us informed how you do! I have had so much support here in this forum and I am glad to welcome someone who is also just starting. Let's go!


Thanks for the comments and support everyone. Also thanks for the advice on posture notbad, I'm sure you are right, my posture is not very good and I will try to be conscious of that.


Good for you! Wishing you much success on your journey to a healthier life!


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