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Hey all, I've been reading with interest. I too am on the C25K plan. I did it a few years ago, and then stopped running. I'm determined to get back into, and have been putting it off (especially as I'm a few stone heavy than when I used to run - now 13.5 stone). And now I'm ploughing through the C25k, and finding it easy. The way I approach it is that when I run, I always run a tiny bit slower than I think I can run, I think that way, it never becomes endurance, but enjoyment, which is important to me in the early stages for my motivation.
I love the thought of running outside, but I have this ridiculous problem, in that I go bright red as soon as I do any exercise (like lobster/sun burnt red) so am soooo self conscious about running.
Last year I bought a treadmill (a motorised one for about £150) its fab! I can run in privacy, don't have to worry about what colour I'm turning, and it's two minutes from my bed, (so no time to change my mind about my work out). I do plan at some point to do one of the runs a week outside, as I know from before its so different to running on a treadmill. I will just have to pick my time carefully.
Good luck to everyone, and thanks for all the encouraging stories. Hope I can inspire people in the future with mine.
Hi all - I've just started the C25K program too... today was Week 2, Day 1, which I found tough but good going (if that makes sense)!
My issue is not that I need to lose weight (I'm a 40-year-old male, 6'2 and 11 stone) but rather that I could do with putting some on - and despite being skinny, am actually rather awfully unfit. (Last did any exercise about 10 years ago.)
Just wanted to say this forum is a great motivator - whenever I feel a little silly/inadequate about plodding for 90 seconds before walking for 2 minutes (x6) I think of all the others doing the same from here... and those who started on C25K and are now happily running 10K, half-marathons and beyond!
On a motivational note: I set my alarm and get out for dawn to fit in a run before work. Firstly because I know that after work I'd be far more tempted to flop with a wine rather than go running, secondly because it is rather lovely to get out and breathing hard as the sun rises on these cold mornings, and thirdly (perhaps most importantly!) there are far fewer people to see me struggling along at that time of day!
Thankyou Scott, I shall certainly check it out!
Can I join in???
I have wanted to be able to run for as long as I can remember but convinced myself that I couldn't because I couldn't breath properly whilst running! and that stamina was a problem for me.
So, last august after my 41st birthday I decided to give myself a challenge to do a circuit of 7 miles (which my husband does easily a couple of times a week) before my next birthday.
I downloaded c25k and started in September. I started with a couple of friends but they stopped at the end of week 3. I did the first 3 weeks twice and then moved on weekly. I got to week seven by the end of October and then things didn't go to plan so I am still trying to get on with week 8 now. I wasn't quite as motivated as I was in the beginning but yesterday I went home and got changed after work and went straight out and ran - obviously after the 5 min walk . I didn't have the ipod (it wasn't charged up) so don't know how long exactly I was running for and haven't 'registered' day 1 of wk 8 but I'm so glad I went. I really enjoyed it and am ready now to carry on with week 8. I'm going to clock the distance on my drive home today.
My in-laws keep commenting on my going out in the cold with short leggings on but its only the first few mins that I feel cold. Doesn't take me long to end up hot and beetroot like! I think I am going to prefer running in the cold to the summer....I'll let you know if we get a summer here in the West of Ireland lol.
Can I join in please? I have GOT to start exercising soon as i am really starting to run out of clothes to wear and i ain't going about starkers!!
I downloaded the Nhs couch to 5 K plan - i am assuming the is the same one you guys are talking about. I don't have a fancy phone you see.
I am planning to walk the route I plan to use this week as I do no exercise at all. If I can do that for six out of 7 days I can then start the program.
I used to do a little bit of shuffling before but I always used to get the worst blisters.. I have rubbish feet! I am hoping i can find all the blister spots on my feet while walking so i can figure out which bits to cover with plasters before I start running. I am going to search for more info tho.
Did my hours walk this morning and it has certainly made me a lot more awake today so I can't wait for a few weeks time - I miss my days of healthiness!!
Exactly - and I also think there is a hint of jealousy too. I used to wish I had the get up and go to do it! (and now I have)
Also, in my experience no 'runner' would ever criticise someone - no matter how slow they were going. Any non-runner who criticises is usually a bit scared that you are giong to get fitter than them one day..... its a bit like people who tell you that you dont need to lose weight when plainly you do!
well I managed my week 1 run 1 on sunday, I was hoping to get out today but i had to do some decorating today and now the painting is finished its raining - typical!!
Will try and go out tomorrow early - less likely to bump into folk!!
I didn't find it too bad but went incredibly slow. I had been walking everyday for a few days beforehand.
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