Couch to 5K
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My first day!

The day is here, I have been wanting to start running for ages, I have finally got the correct gear, new running trainers, a sports bra and I have downloaded the couch to 5k podcast to listen to, I have planned to start on my journey later on this afternoon.

My other half runs and I have finally admitted to myself that I am jealous of him, I haven't run in about 13 years, well since I was forced to do P.E at secondary school, and even then when I wasn't 6 stone overweight I hated running, I used to throw the Javelin instead and I was pretty good at it. The most physically demanding thing I have done recently was give birth, but even that wasn't recent (She is nearly 2!) so I can't use that excuse anymore...

I've been trying to lose weight for a while, I recently lost a stone and have joined Rosemary Conley to help with the rest of my weight loss. I admit I do 'fall off the diet wagon' quite regularly, I just love food and have little self restraint, not a good combination! I also love baking, however I seem to eat most of what I make. Hmmmm.....

Anyway, Ive decided that the time has come to lose all this excess baggage and get fit.

I have two goals: 1) I turn 30 in 2 years time and I DO NOT want to be 'fat and thirty'. I think 2 years is a realistic time to lose 6 stone and become an athletic goddess (!)

and 2) I would love to be able to join the athletic club where I live and be able to run with them without looking stupid.

Will be back later after my first walk/jog :-)

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You can do it! It's never too late to start! At least you have the spirit to change things! Stay focused and motivated! It's going to be a long journey so enjoy it... These almost two months of running will teach you a lot of things... Not just in the physical way but in the mental way, you'll need to be stronger and more if you get exhausted!


Brilliant rosemadder - hope your first run goes well. Once you've done it you will have completed one of the hardest things which is to get started. Hats off to you - you can do it!


Well, Ive done it W1R1 is done and dusted!I'm not going to lie, at first I thought 'what am I doing?' then halfway through I thought it wasn't actually too bad, by the end of the half hour I was ready to finish.

I feel really good though, Im so pleased I broke through the 'first run' barrier as the thought of doing it all again the day after tomorrow isn't quite as daunting now.

My only slight niggle was that I had to run on a treadmill (my sisters) which I am not keen on, I feel constrained if that makes any sense, like I have to keep looking where my feet are so I dont fall off, however I don't really have much choice, I would love to run outside but getting someone to look after my daughter for half an hour regularly is tough, least inside I can keep an eye on what she is up to!

Thank you both :-) Really means a lot and I could do with the encouragement!


Congratulations on your 1st run rosemadder and welcome to the forum!

You sound like you did really well for your first run and as you said, you've overcome the first hurdle which is often the hardest.

I find treadmills very difficult to use, in fact they make me really travel sick so I solely run outside. I can understand your frustration at not being able to go outside for now, but maybe further down the line you could think about investing in a running/jogging buggy (3 big wheels and better suspension than a normal pram or buggy) for your little one to come with you? A friend of mine got one 2nd hand and runs regularly with her little boy and he loves it!

In the meantime, try not to look at your feet on the treadmill as it may make you more likely to fall off!

Good luck with the rest of the programme! :)


Congratulations and welcome, Rose!! Well done on your first run and more importantly on those first important steps of committing to this program. Each week will bring with it its own challenges, BUT YOU CAN DO IT!! :-)

Keep Running!! :-)



well done Rose, you have done the hardest part which is getting started. I have completed w1 r1&2 set of to do r3 today but got called into work, after 12 hour hectic shift, couldnt manage r3, but I will do it tomorrow. Keep at it-well done


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