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02/08/2012 at 14:58

When I first started c25k I was only working 4 days a week so would go on runs the 3 days I had off. Several times this would mean running on 3 days in a row and I noticed my legs got really sore so I'd say try and avoid that. But other than that it sounds like you're doing well. Keep at it!

02/08/2012 at 16:13

well done, keep it up, it will get easier!

ditto on the parkrun advice, they are great for beginners and experienced runners alike from 8 - 80 (actually the youngest at our local one is 5 years old!)  - am guessing from the 5k run you are doing that you might be in the swindon area? if so there is a parkrun nearby

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/swindon/

02/08/2012 at 20:30

Well done! Just keep plodding on and you will get there. I started with 2 min run- 1 min walk about 4 months ago and slowly incresed my running every week. This past Monday I managed to run for 30 mins without stopping which is the longest Ive managed in years!

02/08/2012 at 20:45
Keep at it! The C25K is amazing!! I never thought I could be a runner, but am up to 8 miles now... I was a size 18 when I started, and just last week got my first size 14 since school!! I have combined this with a healthy diet, and you do get to a point where you begin to eat what you need to eat to run well and just don't want to put too much junk in your body.

I too would recommend going every other day, to give yourself time to recover... And just don't push it too hard... I am currently a victim of overtraining!!

Anyway, good luck and I am looking forward to hearing about your progress!!
02/08/2012 at 21:40

Cheesy, but I like it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja9BFx5Mhqo

Inspires me anyway.

03/08/2012 at 10:22

that is a great video

03/08/2012 at 11:38
Welcome to the world of being a runner hanna

I started running 5 years ago, like yourself i just looked at myself one day and realised how fat and unfit i was. I weighed 18stone and would be puffing and panting just getting up from the settee or walking up the stairs, i also suffered from depression and anxiety and it just dawned on me how pitiful and pathetic i had become.

I still dont know why i chose running or what exacly was the trigger to go out one day but i waited til it was dark, i put on my baggiest clothes and went out and ran just over a mile ! It nearly killed me and i had to walk home as i was in such a state, took me nearly 2 hours before i got home !

2 days later i went out again and ran the same mile and turned and ran 400-500 metres of the return before walking, a few days later i ran a little further. Roll on 5 years and im over 6 stone lighter, i run 4-5 times a week, i race, i do cycling sportives and i run for my local club.

You've made a start and that is the hardest part, keep coming on here to update us
With how you are getting on amd well done !
05/08/2012 at 20:25

well done your already a winner making the decission to get fit...good luck you! 

05/08/2012 at 21:56

Good for you, Hannah!  The Couch 2 5k is an amazing plan - it really does work, I'm living proof.  Before that plan, once around my (local) block was enough for me to have to literally go home and crash!  Now, I've run 9 miles without a break (and I didn't have to crash upon returning home).

Have fun!

(Love the name, by the way.   )

Edited: 05/08/2012 at 22:05

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