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First ever run. Motivation needed

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Littlechocola Thu 02-Nov-17 12:44:31

I’m going to get up off my bottom and try the couch to 5k.

I’ve got the trainers, the clothes and the app. It’s the motivation that I need!

Jessicabrassica Thu 02-Nov-17 13:25:51

You can do this! Running is great and having started with c25k when my son was tiny, I have a whole load of really good friends through running!

Go out and do it now and in 30 minutes you'll have earned a huge amount of respect and some down time!!

Littlechocola Thu 02-Nov-17 13:37:07

I did it! Turns out taking the dog wasn’t the best idea. She pooed and I had to carry it round.

peppykoala Thu 02-Nov-17 13:37:25

You can totally do it! The first time I ever ran I managed a total of 6 minutes (not all together...) running over half an hour and it was a huge struggle - 2 years later I was doing a half marathon! You may dread it heading out of the door, but you'll never regret it afterwards.

peppykoala Thu 02-Nov-17 13:38:33

Well done! Multitasking as well grin

Littlechocola Thu 02-Nov-17 13:57:59

I actually do feel really good! It probably helps that it’s a nice day.
I’ve recently stopped smoking so this is huge for me!

LadyMarmyLard Thu 02-Nov-17 14:04:24

Remember this good feeling, make it a habit and try to beat your time!
Well done, sometimes the hardest part is stepping out the door.

Littlechocola Thu 02-Nov-17 14:15:46

I felt like a plonker and saw lots of people. I live in a quiet village but saw everyone!

ShowOfHands Thu 02-Nov-17 14:23:35

That's number one done and nearly every run you do after that one will be easier in myriad ways. When I started running, my chest burned and my legs screamed and I couldn't do more than a few hundred yards without stopping. Now I run 5-7k on each weekday morning and a longer 10-15k on a Saturday. And I positively enjoy it.

Well done!

Littlechocola Thu 02-Nov-17 15:14:31

Each morning Showofhands?!
I did think that to do this on a work day will mean 5am or 21:00. Argh.

Just noticed that my app only does a week and then I’m guessing you pay grrr

SomewhatIdiosyncratic Thu 02-Nov-17 16:05:13

There'll be free options you can download instead.

Well done.

If you'd told me on W1 D1 of C25k that I'd be doing a half marathon 364 days later, I would have thought you were off your rocker grin

Littlechocola Thu 02-Nov-17 16:06:23

That’s amazing! Wow, well done!

MothQuandary Sat 04-Nov-17 08:08:42

Hi Little. Well done for getting out there! I know what you mean about people seeing you when you’re running. I hate trying to smile and nod when I’m struggling to breathe. If you do start running at 5am, at least you won’t have to see anyone!

I use the free NHS/BBC app. I love it. I did week 5 run 2 yesterday, where I ran 2 x 8 minutes which seems incredible when I look back to week 1, when I struggled to run 8 x 1 minute.

I’m on another thread, which you might like to join:

Keep it up!

Littlechocola Sat 04-Nov-17 21:22:38

Thank you moth! I’ll have a look. I managed to get on the treadmill at work today! Need to take my trainers in though!
I’ll take a look!

carrie74 Sun 05-Nov-17 17:47:59

Brilliant well done! Being able to do some running is awesome as it means you can do it anywhere in the world - I always take my kit with me when travelling and try to get at least one run in. I’m not a natural runner, nor is it my favourite thing to do, nor do I find it easy, BUT it’s convenient and cheap.

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