Couch to 5K
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Couch to 10k in 10 months!!

In March last year I decided enough was enough and decided to lose weight, but more importantly, get fit! I'd tried going to the gym before and just been bored and ended up dejected and out of pocket. I'd tried running before as well but not managed to get very far and again, ended up just feeling like it wasn't for me.

A friend told me about C25k so I decided to give it a whirl...the initial results weren't pretty! W1R1 ended up with me hanging over some railings, nearly being sick and being looked after by a total stranger who walked past and obviously thought I needed some assistance! I came home in floods of tear, convinced I would fail, again.

However, I stuck at it and, with Laura's help, amazed myself by graduating in just 7 weeks and achieved my goal of running a 5k race in April - I dragged myself round the Race for Life in about 50 minutes.

That was it, I had well and truly been bitten by the running bug! I loved the sense of accomplishment I felt after every run and decided to set my sights a little higher, or should that be further!

Using Laura's pearls of wisdom and gaining a huge amount of positivity from reading people's entries on here, today I ran 10k for the very first time in 1 hr and 14 minutes!! I'm taking part in the Manchester 10k in May and am aiming to enter the English Half Marathon next year!

To anyone who is just starting out and maybe feeling a little disheartened, stick with it! There was a time when I thought I'd never finish Week 1, let alone graduate.

I congratulate the NHS for putting this initiative together; it certainly does what it says on the tin!

I'm a bit of a lurker on here and don't tend to post much but I just wanted to share my story - happy running folks! x

7 Replies

That's brilliant. Thanks for they say. It is quite hard just starting off, as I am, to believe I'm going to be able too run any real distance. I'm on week three and doing a sedate jog rather than a run,but I'm enjoying the feeling of getting fitter and I have to be careful of my heart rate as it goes haywire if I overdo it.

Good luck with you future runs and really well done.


Wow that is such an inspirational post, thank you for sharing it. I have to agree with you about the programme and the support and encouragement on this site means the world.


Really encouraging to hear your 5k to 10k progress - thank you! And well done.


Really well done !


thats brilliant - im going to try and work towards a longer distance...


Thank you for the inspiration :-)


Great story, Well done, I'm coming to the conclusion that I need to enter something to get my motivation up to complete the Bridge 2 10k and am considering the Manchester 10k run myself.


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