New Year...New runner

Every journey begins with the first step and all that!

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31/12/2011 at 15:28
I figured there would be lots of people like myself who have decided to take up running for the New Year; so I thought we could egg each other on and ensure our trainers aren't gathering dust by the end of January! What do you reckon? Do you want to join me?

Here's a bit about myself..I have decided to take up running to lose weight, get fit and feel good about myself! I did begin running in Spring 2010 and surprised myself at how much I loved it, not being the 'sporty type'! Since then, I became a mum gained a lot of weight and lost a lot of confidence. I haven't gone running sooner through embarrassment to be perfectly honest, but I had a word with myself...what is the point of moaning and doing nothing! So today I have downloaded the Run 5K app that was recommended by a friend which I will use alongside my Nike +. I used my Nike + last time and found it a really useful motivator to help my push myself that bit further!

So tomorrow it begins....wish me luck and good luck with yours! Every journey begins with the first step! x
31/12/2011 at 16:52

I'm doing pretty much the same, I've got a whopping 11 stone to lose! So I really need to keep motivated. I'm going to be using the C25K program (couch to 5K), I'm not sure if that's the same thing as the 5K app that you've got?

Anyway good luck! And I hope we both succeed. I hope to give regular updates.

31/12/2011 at 16:55

Good luck you sound like me a few years ago. I hope you stick with it, I have even joined a running club!!!!!!!!!!!

31/12/2011 at 20:48
Best of luck, Ginger!  Enjoy the ride.
01/01/2012 at 16:53
Good luck Ginger and James. Have you entered a 5k race - an event some time in the spring may help to keep you motivated.
01/01/2012 at 17:26
I ran my first half marathon in 2010 (Run To The Beat), then didn't do much after that. Last October I decided to enter my first full Marathon (Berlin), following the loss of people I knew at comparative young ages. I have 9 months to shed a few stone, and achieve my target of 4 hours.

I've not really used forums, but figure support for and from like minded folk will help a lot.

All the best for your 2012 goals.
01/01/2012 at 20:22

Good luck guys, motivation is one thing that I have found from just reading the posts on here, and joining in on a few.

I've set myself a bit of a challenge in that I'm trying to overcome injury and want to lose about 2 stone, know that I can do it and with the encouragement of RW know that I will keep going.  My partner bought me the RW training diary for Christmas to help keep me motivated.

 The second part of my challenge is that my mum has decided that for New Year she wants to lose weight, about 5 stone, and wants me to help train with her and encourage her even though we live nearly 200 miles apart!!!!! I'm working on the training diary bit for common updates, but am going to suggest that she joins here to for a bit of moral support

01/01/2012 at 21:33
Thanks for your motivating posts! They are much appreciated and it's reassuring to know there a few of us all doing the same thing!

James - You can do it!! I have 5 stones to lose! It's not going to be easy but it's achievable! Are you just starting out too? What made you decide to go for it? should definitely get your mum to join! I am really glad I did!

Has anyone done any running today? I went on a 7k walk with my hubby and for the first half I carried my son, who is nearly nine months old, in a baby carrier. Haven't done a big walk like that for ages! Was a good start! Tomorrow evening the proper running starts!
02/01/2012 at 11:39

Ginger, that is fantastic, especially carrying your son.

It is an uphill task, but managable in bite sized chunks so keep at it.

As for my mum, I have signed her up on here and will show her how it works when I go to see her in a couple of weeks, unless she learns by phone first   I think that she will love it when she gets over the confidence side of it.

Let us know how your run goes tomorrow!

02/01/2012 at 11:48

Good luck to all of those starting out. It'll be an uphill challenge but you can do it! As others have said - sign up to some races to keep you motivated and focused.

One biggest bit of advice from me: Make sure that you wear the right shoes (and for ladies a supportive bra) and don't do too much too quickly. The different app's and plans on here are fantastic for building you up slowly.

@Ginger - Well done on the walk. I bet you'll be running it soon!

You can find some real pearls of wisdom from the forumites on here so don't hesitate to ask. We were all beginners once too!

02/01/2012 at 12:48

Good luck everyone!

I'm just starting back as well.  Used to run fairly regularly but its been really hit and miss the last few years. Also very slow! Went for my first run / walk of the new year this morning and was out about 20 minutes (with the dog!!).  Going to aim to run 3 times per week and slowly build up the mileage.

03/01/2012 at 09:22

I am starting out AGAIN!!

6 ft 2 19 stone and determined to crack it this time.

Going out now for my first walk 1 run 1 and the weather is horrendous. So bad Im not taking the dog - an hes not happy!!

Will report back later.

Good luck all

03/01/2012 at 10:19

Good luck all. I'm also re-starting today.

After previously running 3 - 4 times a week and completing a half marathon I slipped back to once a week if lucky and the weight soon piled back on (slipping dietry habits didn't help either).

So New Year, new start.

03/01/2012 at 11:40

Ok Im back.

Ran 1 walked 1 x 11.

Wasnt too bad - didnt feel like I was killing myself.

So thats the first step taken.

03/01/2012 at 13:32

Well done to all those that have made a start.  I'm still not back to it, got chest infection so need that to clear up first

Good news though, my mum is looking to get herself some running shoes and give it a go.  She is even looking forward to getting on here and saying hi to you all once her internet works a bit bettter

Slowjoe, has the dog forgiven you yet???

04/01/2012 at 21:50
Got out for 10 minutes running tonight in the driving rain - not much I know but it's a start...
04/01/2012 at 22:14

Hello can I join the newbie group.

I would like to get into some running but in the past any attempt has been the worst experience!

So this time, its short distance and I have a new term - I "ruffle" which is a mix beteen a run and a shuffle!

I am up to 1.5 miles in about 22 mins and its enough. Aim is to do this twice a week till comfy so look forward to sharing my success with  you!  

04/01/2012 at 22:23

I am too just starting over again...where can i get the couch to 5k plan? GL Ginger and James.

I need to start thinking about me again time passes so quickly, sick of making excuses but i really dont know where time goes

GL to all x
05/01/2012 at 03:57
Wish you best of luck and its true that "Every journey begins with the first step"..
05/01/2012 at 07:52
Keeny - I got the Run 5k app for my i phone but i have scrapped it already in favour of my Nike + which has a programme. If you Google 'Couch to 5k' there should be loads of info for you! But all you really need is a watch and some determination!

Bristol Newbie - loving the ruffle!!

Slowjoe - Well done!! We have taken the first steps!!

Maamalade - Hope you are better soon!! x

I went for a run this morning..well can't really call it that...more of a ruffle (as Bristol Newbie would call it!) but I beat the time I ran on Monday and if I can brave the current weather...I have no excuses!! Somehow managed 15k since NY day (including that walk!)

Thanks for even more messages of motivation!! They are much appreciated and it makes it so much easier knowing there are others in the same position! x
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