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Unread 5 May 19, 12:15 PM  
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It totally works, I started it last September having never run in my life before and as a slightly overweight person in their late 50's wasn't sure if I'd be able to do it. I did find it tough going, the first week was just 60 seconds of walking with 60 seconds of running (I think) 8 times and I had to push myself to do it. Like you said, it was hard but not impossible. Each week brought a new challenge but I always felt they were achievable, even if I was knackered afterwards but each week there was an improvement. I totally dreaded the week where I had to run for 20 minutes straight but that was mental more than physical and I was delighted with myself when I did it.

I graduated in December and have been doing consolidation runs 3 times a week ever since and I actually enjoy them. My personal best 5k is 32.45 which I'm happy to try and keep improving and I'm just back today from a 40m run at a slower pace. Some advice I'd give you is to take the pace slowly, to start with it's more about the actual running rather than how fast you do it so don't go too fast as you'll just exhaust yourself and also risk injury. Also have a look at the Health Unlocked C25K forum, I found that really helpful healthunlocked/couchto5k

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Yes. At age 51 and never having run in my life I managed to complete it last year. My hips are not too clever so I havent run since but Im so happy I managed to get to the end.
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Thank you all so much! I feel really inspired. I don't think I have the confidence to join a running club (not at the moment at least!) and I'm tied up on weekend mornings, so I can't do park runs either, so for the moment it's just me (and Michael Johnson!)

I'm in a similar starting position to a lot of you (46, slightly overweigh, not run since...well ever!) so knowing it's possible is a big incentive to keep going!

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Im going to give this a go - Ive done my first session today and found it hard enough to be a real challenge but not so hard that it has put me off. BUT I still dont think that Ill ever be fit enough to run for 5k - anyone got any inspiring stories for me 🏃🏻 😊
Just to add that it does work.

I can do 10K now but would never even attempt longer too much muscle damage if you don't prepare right.

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Thank you all so much! I feel really inspired. I don't think I have the confidence to join a running club (not at the moment at least!) and I'm tied up on weekend mornings, so I can't do park runs either, so for the moment it's just me (and Michael Johnson!)

I'm in a similar starting position to a lot of you (46, slightly overweigh, not run since...well ever!) so knowing it's possible is a big incentive to keep going!

Thank you all
Same age as me I did it 5 years ago but it's a great program. Is it 10 weeks to get to 5k?
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Michael is very lovely to run with 😁
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Yes, it really does work but you need to be committed, and carry on running regularly once finished. I did Couch to 5k and then the Disney Fall Feast 5k in 2017, did the Manchester 10k in 2018 and I'm doing the Edinburgh half marathon in 3 weeks time.

Lots of Dibbers have done it and gone onto amazing things running wise - you're next!
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Ive downloaded the app and DH, DD and I are planning on starting tomorrow. This thread has encouraged me - I never was a runner but keen to give it a go and hopefully Ill have it done by the time we go to Florida!
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