W1 R2

I just found this site so thought I'd introduce myself. I'm 56 and until spring 2012 had been reasonably fit and healthy but then my son became ill while at uni and it was found to be cancer. He is having treatment and doing extremely well, he even managed to finish his degree and got a 2:1 but I went to pieces and just ate and stayed home. I realised this isn't doing anybody any good and my son is now worried about me as well which was never the intention. Also after seeing some Christmas photos I look terrible - very big and pale, not a good look! So I downloaded C25K after a friend recommended it and did my first day on Tuesday - I couldn't even finish it. When Laura said two more runs left I gave up and walked home. Today I have done my second day and completed it and I feel such a sense of achievement! Now I know I can get fitter each time I do it and am excited to see if I can manage 5K even if it takes me a bit longer than 9 weeks. I am also eating far more healthier food and even though I'm only supposed to get weighed once a week I couldn't resist getting on the scales after two days and have already lost a kilo - I know it's mainly water weight but it's motivating to see the scales change so quickly! I am feeling very positive about 2013.

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  • Starting is the thing, keep it up now.

  • Well done - it's a great feeling isn't it? I finished week 1 today. We can, and will, do it!

  • Sorry to hear that you have had a tough time vidalia x Best of luck to you in 2013 and well done on completing your first run! :)

  • Good on you for starting. It can be hard at times but take it at your own speed and you'll do it.

  • Welcome and well done! Wishing you and yours a healthy safe new year!

  • well done for the first few runs! I am not too sure if Laura says it in the first week podcast, but surely in some others - have faith in yourself and in the program!

    I struggled in the beginning as I expected miracles and this program has been a great lesson in patience. What a pleasure it was to finally be able to run for 5mins - I mean, the WHOLE 5 mins, me, who never ever (EVER) in her life was fit or sporty. I have almost graduated now (week 9 and able to run 5k) - even if it takes you longer and you need to repeat some weeks, you'll get there! I was the same as you - week 2 or 3 when Laura said "two more runs" I just wanted to cry I was so tired. But it gets better! Just stick to it and don't push yourself too hard in the beginning not to get discouraged.

    All the best for 2013.

  • Welcome Vidalia! Praying your son continues to fight the cancer and has a complete recovery. From a caregiver perspective, we put others before ourselves. Your health is very important as well though. We need to become as healthy as possible for those we love and those that love us. Wishing you a great journey doing C25K!! Gayle

  • Thank you all for your lovely comments and good wishes. I went for a 5K walk yesterday and will be doing W1 R3 later today. I'm already feeling like I have more energy and am less sluggish than before.

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