Couch to 5K
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Looking for a 'newbie' online running buddy

So this week I will attempt to stat running for the first time in my life! I've decided to follow the couch to 5k programme and I'm feeling a little daunted, but more so excited at the prospect of actually being able to run at the end of this!

I turned 30 this year and decided I have had enough of feeling overweight and unfit.

My long term goals are to lose weight and to develop a fitter, healthier lifestyle. Ideally i would like to lose around 2 stone to be a healthy weight for my height (5' 3).

This is a plea for anyone who finds themselves in the same boat - starting out for the first time with no prior experience. I would love an online buddy to share experiences with, not neessarily to physically come out running with me, but to help keep me motivated on those days when i'd rather lie on the couch! Hopefully I will be able to give some support and motivation in return.

My friends and family are supportive but since none of them are interested in doing it with me, I'd like to be able to go through the trials of each week with someone who knows what it's like!



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Hi Fred there are loads of newbies on the week one tag. I am one of them. I will be 50 this week and never ran in my life before so like you decided that I would like to get fitter and lose a bit of the extra weight that someone must have put on me overnight coz I never noticed it creeping on :) I have done week 1 but will be redoing it as I did not complete every run as suggested. Will be taking it at my own pace so may be a while before I get to the 5k stage :)



Hi Fred - like Linda said - loads of us newbies around and I find reading these blogs very motivational. There is always someone there to gee someone up.

From my experience (ha ha ha - I've just done my first run in Week 2) - make sure your trainers are comfortable and go slow - you'll think you are going slow but then go slower - it has made all the difference to todays run!!!!! Good luck :-)


The best thing about this community is the support you get no matter where you are on the programme. It has been such a source of help and support to me and I' m sure you will find it is too. My family just don't get the whole running thing. My kids are mortified when I go out for a run (I think that is more to do with teenagers and parents than running!). I' m just starting week 6 and all I can say is trust the programme, it does work! Good luck - look forward to hearing your progress.


And not only the newbies, you'll have the graduates cheering you on. And each week we have new graduates swelling our ranks!

Have fun!


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