Was at the swimming pool last night in the changing rooms, and heard two ladies talking about their running. They talked like it was just going for a casual walk, not a half hour run. Made me wonder if I will be like this one day......

Another overheard conversation - a parent at school was merrily talking about how she had run 13 miles at the weekend and 6 miles a week later..... how do they do it??! I'm up to 3 minutes!

Roll on week 4, keep going everyone whatever stage you are at!


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  • Hi Petal, starting week 4 tonight with a little bit of trepidation... Im so trying to be positive but them little devil voices in my head are saying otherwise... good luck

  • Hi Margo. Glad you are still with it! Good for you. Go for it tonight and look forward to hearing all about it. Acknowledge those little devil voices, then tell them to go away!

  • Hi. I've only done W1R1 so have no idea how I will feel in a few weeks time but I am full of hope that in time I will be able to run for 30 mins in the not too distant future!!

  • Well done for starting! I found the first week very hard mentally, but now I am about to start week 4, I'm finding it a bit easier. I think in the beginning I felt I couldn't do it, I wouldn't like it, it wasn't for me etc, but now I know I can do it, I enjoy it and I love the mental challenge and can't wait to graduate!! Enjoy!

  • Hi Petal baby steps are better than giant leaps so don't pay to much attention to people talking 13 mile runs, well not yet anyway. You have taken the biggest step of them all and that was week1 run1 so well done you. In time you will look back as I still do and wonder how I've got this far!!

    Today is one of the best days we have had weather wise up here in the NE Scotland and my Zumba class this afternoon would normally have seen me taking the car out of the garage to drive there, struggle to find a parking place too. But since taking up running I put my zumba shoes and water bottle into a small rucksack and jogged there and back. 2 years ago I wouldn't have been able to do that and nor would I have been going to zumba!!!!! Good luck with the rest of the programme and your new healthier fitter lifestyle. :)

  • Thanks Oldgirl! I would love to do Zumba too, but doing the podcasts seems to take lots of time and energy, I'm also doing the strength and flex podcasts and swimming one or two times a week. (I re-started swimming 12 months ago ). I think about running and everyone else doing the c25k a lot and gain huge encouragement from the blogs. Keep up the zumba!

  • I find it really strange to realise that just before Christmas, I struggled to run for 60 seconds. And now I can run for just over 30 minutes. If I can do it (as so many graduates told me when I'd just started) so can you! It is quite wonderful how such a huge change can happen in such a short space of time. Just believe you will do it, listen to Laura - and you will! :)

  • Petal, believe me there are loads of us who have been on this journey who couldn't even run for 30 seconds let alone 30 minutes but slowly and surely we have got there. After I graduated I still had to keep pinching myself each time I ran 5k couldn't quite believe that I'd done it once let alone kept on doing it. Now I'm pinching myself when I run 10k - was that really me!!!

    As Oldgirl said baby steps - one step at a time and you will be able to achieve and maybe fit in a bit of Zumba too.

  • Thanks morningglory and greenlegs! Everyone's support is great! Week 4 run 1 tonight, so will keep you posted.....

  • I too can't believe that I struggled to run for 60 seconds just a few weeks ago - yesterday I did week 6 run 3, running for 25 minutes! When I started my knees felt weird and I worried about the front of my shins as they felt a bit 'splinty' but this programme eases you so carefully through each step that now nothing hurts at all. I'm another 'golden oldie' at 63 and a few weeks ago I was definitely a couch potato!

    You can do it!!!

  • 25 minutes! Wow! That's great. 63, you beat me by 12 years, incredible aren't we!! I'm doing the first run of week 4 tonight. Have done all the rest in the morning, so I'm finding the change in time really unsettling. I actually have butterflies! Roll on evening when I can get going!

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