Day 1....I did it

Tonight I went for my first run and I'm feeling great :-) Since January I've lost 86lb in weight through diet and exercise and been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I don't know how my body will react to running but I'll take it gently and just see how it goes. To be able to run 5k would be amazing and I would be so proud to be able to achieve it. I would also be very interested to hear from anyone else who has managed the programme with ra.


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  • Congrats on your first run, I also did my first run today. Congrats also on your weight loss! Keep it up!!

  • Thanks and congratulations to you too. Good to have someone at the same stage to compare notes with :-)

  • WELCOME Paulywoo!!!! Whats brilliant about this program is it will work for just about anyone vregardless of fitness level etc. Great job on the weight loss! We watch what we eat in our household and TRY to eat healthy about 75-80% of the time. It is something that needs constant attention. Continue to blog here as you go along, this is a FANTASTIC Community filled with tons of caring people....runners...just like you will be in just a few weeks! :-) Gayle

  • Congratulations and welcome, Pauly!!! I am so very impressed!! 86 pounds is amazing!! Good for you!!!! As Gayle (gdeann is my wife) said, we have lost a bit of weight here and trying to eat better, so we know how difficult it can be!! You are doing fantastically!!!

    Welcome to C25K!! Your own advice is very wise..."take it gently." There is no need to worry about how fast you go or how much distance you cover. Pace yourself so that you can finish each run!! Have faith in the program, it works. More importantly, HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF!!!

    Keep us posted and Keep Running!! :-)


  • Good for you Pauly - I too have RA for the last 20 years along with a few other problems mainly six back operations but i have just completed C25K experience. You will have a few issues but keep going the best advise i can give you is listen to your body and just as important run in the right gear! I started off running outside but found the pounding on the hard ground killed my poor hips and knees so went into the gym and did the next six weeks on a treadmill...bliss. In the gym i can regulate the gradient i run at the speed and the air conditioning! this stops hay fever and the asthma. I can now happily say im a runner and love it - can't say ive lost any where near as much weight but almost two stone and still going rapidly. having said I've just finnished the C25K experience thats wrong im a confirmed runner and just off to the gym - GOOD LUCK and keep blogging x

  • Hi Pauly well done and welcome to C25K. Keep going but take it easy, it is strangely addictive. Ed x

  • Hi Pauly, Welcome to the family. Well done on your achievements so far-86lbs is an amazing weight loss. As you know carrying extra weight with RA isn't helpful to your condition. The amazing thing with C25 is that anyone can do it. The reason is because you do it at your pace-not with someone telling you you have to go faster etc. I have Asthma and need to lose weight-12lbs so far-and the programme has been just right for me. The first time out was a killer-running for one minute-and I could not see that I would ever reach week nine and run for 30 minutes non stop to graduate, but I did and I have. 9 weeks, and oh so many changes that will take place on your journey. You have been running, so not such a big deal for you to get out there and do it, but you will feel the elation as you meet each challenge on the way. And, of course, you have us to encourage and help you to do that. Above all enjoy and have fun!

    Keep on Running!:-)

    Colette x

  • I'm very proud of your weight loss! That's a huge accomplishment. Please make sure you keep your doctor informed of your running program.

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