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Today was my second run and I was excited the night before that I was going to run today....weird isn't it? :) It went well. I wasn't tired and felt good during my running bits. I did have a mental moment halfway through when I thought to myself, "How am I EVER going to be able to run for 30 minutes?!?!" BUT I quickly told myself to take it one day at a time, one run at a time, and even one STEP at a time.

The psychological part of running is something that I think will be the most difficult for me. I am not physically unfit but I do believe I need to be mentally stronger. Any tips from seasoned runners about how to block out the voice in your head? :)

Anyway, onward and upward! :)

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:-) Just take each run as it comes. You will have good runs and bad runs throughout your running journey. Kick the mental gremlins to the side as soon as you can and KNOW you can do this. If it becomes a huge struggle for you, slow your pace down. Be intentional the day of a run with food/drink. Visit this Community often for support, motivation and advice. Just a few off the top of my head! :-) Welcome!! :-) Gayle



I'm not a seasoned runner (yet!) but my advice would be just do it and try not to think about it ( not always great at taking my own advice).

I try and get my running gear on as quickly as possible and just get out the door before I can convince myself otherwise. Also if you read through all the blogs, you will see that everyone has worries/fears that they can't do the next run / the programme and yet every day there are blogs from people who have achieved it.

Just believe in yourself and trust to the programme.

Welcome :-)



Each run achieved will be the motivation you need to take you to the next goal. That amazing feeling when you have run is a drug! Then when you push through the 20 minute run at the end of week 5 you will cry with happiness, you have then broken the barrier and will feel you can do anything.

I know I am more confident in many things in life and I owe that to k25k

Best wishes x


I would echo all of this. I've often thought to myself 'I just don't see how I'm going to progress any further from where I am - I'm struggling with 60/90 seconds!' But then put that out of my head and just concentrated on the week I'm on, and have really tried not to look too far ahead. I'm now on week 7 and can see the end in sight now - and am just starting to inch towards that self belief that I will actually do this! It doesn't seem to get easier, but it does stay achievable. Best of luck, you can definitely do this!!


Best way to deal with gremlins? Exactly the way you're doing it! One step at a time, and deal with now, not next week! The support on here is a huge help when it gets rough, but also when it's going really well - often others around us don't really get it! On here, we know just how much it can take to do one more minute!

Doing c25k has been the best thing I've done for showing myself that I can get through the difficult times, and I'm capable of more than I thought.

Keep up the good work!


Thank you all for the lovely comments and motivation! :)


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