Completed week one!

Hi everyone just thought I would share my experience of doing week one. Last sun I was watching the great north run with my iPad on me knee as usual, my daughter had run the junior north run the day before and my brother and his wife were doing the GNR. I was feeling inspired and typed into google" how do you start running if you are fat and very unfit?" next thing I know I'm downloading c25k on to my phone(I do love a gadget). the first run I thought I was going to die and only managed the first 4 runs, but I told myself it's all good! Nearly didnt make my second run as old sciatica kicked in but managed a full run on weds. Today I ran in the daylight past actual people and instead of being embarrassed at my wobbly shuffle I beamed at everyone I passed! My calfs kill all through and each 60 second run I think I am going to give up and then I've done it! I not sure I can do week 2 yet so I might do a repeat of week one, still I haven't exercised for ages and I'm in my 40s,18 stone with a bad back so all things considering I'm really pleased with myself!


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  • Well done you, you've taken the biggest step of all and started, nice one. Repeat one of the runs of week one if you don't feel quite ready but I would say that for me week 1 was the worse one of all. It got better after that. Good luck and maybe next year you will be joining GNR. :)

  • Brilliant Iching1, I am now on week 5 of my second attempt after a bout of sciatica scuppered my first attempt in June. I'm also in my 40's and was totally unfit before starting this, but have noticed breathing get better over the weeks, have lost the odd lb or two and trousers are feeling looser. I also watched the GNR on Sunday and whilst ironing away had the notion I could be doing that next year.. Good luck to you, I'll enjoy looking out for you blogs.. Jx

  • Very well done!! You've taken the first step on the C25K road and that's a real achievement and you should be very proud of yourself.

  • Well done - you've taken the very important first steps! Keep going, by all means, repeat week 1 if necessary, but to be honest with you, why not try Week 2 first - I think you might be surprised that you can actually do it. The programme builds in a way that is totally do-able by anyone, of any size, age, fitness level. On of the things that keeps me going (and I'm 50 and o/weight) is that I think 'what if I'd done this a year ago?' And that spurs me on to keep going, so that in a year's time I can say 'I'm so glad I started this a year ago!'. I'm in W8 and yesterday I ran for 28 minutes! 7 short weeks ago I was at the same point you are, feeling the same way. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can. This time next year it will be you doing the GNR.

  • Congratulations! As everyone mentioned, this is a fantastic program! You will find tons of support and advice here as well.

  • If you managed Wk1 then try Wk2, I felt like you at the start and I think so far Wk 1 was the hardest for me. Each week I've thought that maybe I should repeat it then thought that I'd give the next week a try first. On Wk 7 now, I'm 59 yrs old, overweight but loosing it (the Well done to you for completing W1. Hope you're feeling proud :-)

  • Thanks for all your kind words of support folks! I think I will give week 2 a go and I can always go back. Thanks again

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