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Old 5 May 19, 10:46 AM  
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Iím going to give this a go - Iíve 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 donít think that Iíll ever be fit enough to run for 5k - anyone got any inspiring stories for me 🏃🏻 😊
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Old 5 May 19, 10:59 AM  
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I started it last year and Iím definitely not a runner. I found running for 60 seconds hard to begin with. I worked my way up to be able to run 3x 8 minute stunts which was a massive accomplishment for me. I stopped doing it after that though as it got too hard and I should really have carried it on as I think Iíd struggle again now with 60 seconds, but I just got bored and couldnít get over it.
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Old 5 May 19, 11:05 AM  
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Yes it work. Someone at my SW did it 2 years ago and this year ran the London marathon.

Personally I tried, found week 4 hard so repeated week 3 but then injured myself and didn't go back.

Check in your local area for council organised C25K or Parkrun. I found running with someone else, even strangers helped keep me going.
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I did it a couple of years ago, hadn't run in about 30 odd years, a bit overweight and definitely not a spring chicken! I never thought I'd be able to run 5k. I wouldn't say I could run it at the end but I could definitely jog it and it does work. First few runs I thought I'll never do this but it is surprising how it builds up.

I was inspired to do it as my grandson was born with a major heart defect and was fighting through the first of many operations. I thought if he could fight, least I could do was look after mine, so I could be around to see him grow up

I do a few weeks of it every now and again now but as I'm getting older find my joints don't like it as much so like to go for long walks instead.

Its a fantastic feeling when you get to the last week and I felt a real sense of achievement.

Good luck and go for it!
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I did C25K a few years ago and it was good, did a few park runs etc. but stopped running and was back at square one.

However, 10 weeks ago I joined a beginners running course locally to me (Fareham, Hampshire), and it is one of the best things I have ever done. It was an 8 week course finishing with a 5km Graduation Park Run, which we did last week 👏👏👏
I have now joined the main running club where we run a minimum of once a week, but a few of us from our beginners group go to the main group on a Monday, run another shorter run in the week and then Park run on a Saturday.

The beginners course did not follow the format of C25K but taught us the fundamentals for running, but also taught us not to run too fast, which I found I was doing with C25K. It has been so good for me, I could wax lyrical about it all day 😉

Just to say...I am overweight and unfit, so if you had have told me 10wks ago that I would be running a minimum of 2 x 5kms a week, Iíd have laughed out load, but I am!

Good on you for getting out there and giving it a go! Thats the hardest part!

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Yes it works! I have completed it three times if not more, I always sabotage myself and stop exercising so my fitness goes. The best time I was up to running 5km in 27 mins. I hate running but it definitely works for me, you'd be amazed how it builds.
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Yes it works

I too joined a running group to do it, and now run twice week!

Two years ago I couldn't even run for 30 seconds, now I can run for 50!
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I start week 8 this week, it definitely works if you stick at it
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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 havenít run since but Iím so happy I managed to get to the end.
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