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    concretefingers got a reaction from Photoyogi24 in Fat middle aged Brit with a Gammy leg and his journey through C25k   
    Hi back again. i took a weekend  break for my birthday and haven't run for 3 months!!!!i  On the up side I am 26 lbs lighter than when i started. and have just completed week one again. This time im running with my neighbour so I have to do it!!!
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    concretefingers got a reaction from Azatol in Fat middle aged Brit with a Gammy leg and his journey through C25k   
    Hello everybody my name is Peter I started C25k five weeks ago after going for health checkup and being told my blood pressure was high and I was 6 1/2 stone overweight.
    My gammy leg is from cerebral palsy with makes me uncoordinated and weaker on my right side. I avoided sports at school I was hopeless at everything and got teased relentlessly so just avoided it.
    I'm 47 1/2 years old. My blood pressure was 170/120
     
    Week one, sixty seconds of running? Day 1 couldn't do it. Day two and day 3 could just do it with occasional few seconds of walking.
    Week two, 90 seconds of running. Yes I could.
    Week three, 3 whole minutes of running no way I will be able to do that. Well yes I could if I ran very very slowly. I'm thinking if I'm moving I'm improving.
    Week four, day one today. No way no way no way will I manage 5 mins of running with only short breaks. I put it off for a couple of hours and went out feeling I was about to fail... Well I did it very very very slowly but I definitely kept moving and didn't walk any of the runs.so I'm pleased. Looking forward to the rest of the runs this week.
     
    I'm posting here to keep a diary for myself and also to encourage others. If I can , you can.
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    concretefingers got a reaction from Azatol in Fat middle aged Brit with a Gammy leg and his journey through C25k   
    Hello everybody my name is Peter I started C25k five weeks ago after going for health checkup and being told my blood pressure was high and I was 6 1/2 stone overweight.
    My gammy leg is from cerebral palsy with makes me uncoordinated and weaker on my right side. I avoided sports at school I was hopeless at everything and got teased relentlessly so just avoided it.
    I'm 47 1/2 years old. My blood pressure was 170/120
     
    Week one, sixty seconds of running? Day 1 couldn't do it. Day two and day 3 could just do it with occasional few seconds of walking.
    Week two, 90 seconds of running. Yes I could.
    Week three, 3 whole minutes of running no way I will be able to do that. Well yes I could if I ran very very slowly. I'm thinking if I'm moving I'm improving.
    Week four, day one today. No way no way no way will I manage 5 mins of running with only short breaks. I put it off for a couple of hours and went out feeling I was about to fail... Well I did it very very very slowly but I definitely kept moving and didn't walk any of the runs.so I'm pleased. Looking forward to the rest of the runs this week.
     
    I'm posting here to keep a diary for myself and also to encourage others. If I can , you can.
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    concretefingers reacted to Mukul in Finished 5k today!   
    Finished the programme today and feeling pumped! 2 months ago, it seemed a steep climb to take, but now it's a great feeling to have done it.
     
    To people here on this forum il say that if ur fighting pains and a thousand other reasons to stop, look them in the eye and say I'm Stronger than you. Week 6 onwards, it was becoming more and more daunting every day, but I had a burning desire and determination and I didn't want to succumb to my pains. Your spirit is bigger than any pain.
     
    Keep on running! God bless us all!
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    concretefingers reacted to Beppypit in week six complete. feeling low & demotivated   
    Hey concretefingers. I have enjoyed reading about your running adventure and just wanted to say you're awesome!
    I am on W3 D3 and can walk faster than I run. I
    know that when I finish the program I will still be slow as molasses. The point is, I'm still doing it. 6 weeks is not that long and you have come quite far in that time! And with cerebral palsy? Damn. That's fantastic.
    I get it though, it's not always fun and the one that's hardest on us tends to be ourselves. I have to tell myself I would never treat someone else the way I treat myself. Anyway, keep up the good work. Progress is relative.
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    concretefingers reacted to gnik1 in Reluctant runner/walker/jogger   
    yay me w4d3 done! I've got to learn to listen playing with my fitbit HR (checking my heart rate)  during my run I must have missed the prompt to walk because here I was trying to keep my heart rate above 100 jogging when I hear the prompt  "start running". Just as well I was in the right frame of mind and kept jogging until the next prompt "start walking". I am pretty pleased with myself maybe I can handle the dreaded 20 min jog next week.
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    concretefingers reacted to gnik1 in Reluctant runner/walker/jogger   
    w3d3 done. I think I've got how it goes wXd1 we curse and swear we can't do this ,Wxd2 still curse but hey not so bad,WXd3 that was okay I think I can do this. That's been my pattern for past couple of weeks.
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    concretefingers got a reaction from sitnknitabit in How do I add to my playlist?   
    If you are using a android phone you have to create playlists with the default music app first. For my Motorola phone the app is google play. Google " how to make a playlist with Google play " to find out more.
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    concretefingers got a reaction from sitnknitabit in How do I add to my playlist?   
    If you are using a android phone you have to create playlists with the default music app first. For my Motorola phone the app is google play. Google " how to make a playlist with Google play " to find out more.
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    concretefingers reacted to Hermia in Week 8, Day 3!!   
    Just about to head out to do my last run! May not be going as far as I should but I'm nearly at the 5k and I don't think I've ever been so proud of myself. 8 weeks ago, I was praying for the 60 second jog to be over; now I'm heading out for my half hour! Keep it up guys cuz if I can do it, anyone can!
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    concretefingers reacted to Socialrun in 5k in 2 months   
    Yes it is ... I am now at week 9 ... Never imagined I could do this, but I ran 5k last week
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    concretefingers reacted to papisgrl in Hello im new.   
    Hi!! I haven't run much, mostly walking and exercise classes. I'm excited to take on this challenge. My goal is to participate in 2 5k marathons next year for my 50th birth year.
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    concretefingers reacted to Lydia in Never run on pavement   
    Hi all! I just wanted to update you on my progress on pavement. I'm on week 6 day 2 and I feel great! I'm loving the running on pavement with my hubby at 5:00 in the morning. We registered for a 5k on April 18th. I'm so eager to reach my goal! I have an old knee injury that acts up every now and again. I Ice it and get my day of rest and it's been fine. I've lost 10 lbs and have a healthy BMI. Feeling like a million bucks. Thanks for all your support
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    concretefingers reacted to HarleyMike in W8D3   
    Woot! Finished first 5k in 23:43, 2nd in my age group (25-29) and 22nd overall! I was amazed at my time. I was going for under 26 minutes and figured I'd be doing great if I was under 25 minutes. Would have never thought I would have run in under 24! Thank you guys for all the encouragement and look forward to progressing more using the c210k app. Run on all my friends!
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    concretefingers reacted to sarita in W3D5   
    I just realized... not 13.3 mph but 13.3 minutes per mile. 13.3mph, I would have been flying 
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    concretefingers reacted to kpjpowers in Week 5 completed!!!   
    Just completed week 5 and what a confidence boost in so many ways this is a massive achievement for me mentally as I'm suffering from depression and had a massive heart attack in 2013 and this has all but taken the fear away
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    concretefingers reacted to mommajolynn in Fat middle aged Brit with a Gammy leg and his journey through C25k   
    That is so inspiring. Now I cant come up with any excuses. If a man like you can keep moving then so can I. Thank you for sharing your story
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    concretefingers reacted to debwal124 in My progress - wk 12   
    Hi,
    I have posted under general discussion as I received an email which I don't think is genuine. Anyway, as I have not been on the forum for a few weeks thought I would post my progress to date.
     
    Beginning of January I started the couch to 10k ready to run a 10k on 26 April. So there I am age 40+ never ran before in my life and had not exercised for years! Always found exercise sooooooo boring.
     
    So here I am, 12 weeks on and THIS GIRL CAN RUN. I have followed the programme exactly and still can't believe that I can now run nearly 6 miles! I completed a 5k park run a few weeks ago, running it in 33 mins - can't tell you how pleased I was. I am on track to complete the 10k on 26 April.
     
    For me running first thing in morning is he best time - so tomorrow my alarm will go off at 4.45am and I will be out the door by 5am. When I run in the mornings I run along the main road, where there is traffic and cyclists going by, with me wearing reflective gear. When I run during the day or early evenings then I venture off the main road and enjoy running my local golf course.
     
    I think I have found a form of exercise that I can actually say I enjoy! Once I get going I get into it and do enjoy it, I love being outside in the fresh air and upon completing my run feel invigorated and a huge sense of achievement.
     
    So for anyone reading this who is at the start of their running journey..........if I can do this then so can you.
     
    Deb
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    concretefingers reacted to auntyp in Graduated! You can too!   
    Completed wk 8 day 3 today!! Ran based on the distance as opposed to the time. Ran well over 30 mins to complete the 5k but will continue working on increasing my speed for the next 4 wks so I can complete the 5k (running) within 30 mins then will move onto C210k.
     
    For those who have just started out or are in the middle of the C25K journey, GO HARD! Your mind will start telling you to quit during your runs, but if your legs and lungs are feeling ok to carry on, don't stop!! Keep hydrated, do the full warm up and warm down properly, listen to what your body is telling you, pace yourself but most of all ENJOY it!!
     
    :-D
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    concretefingers reacted to theresa007 in week 4 day 1 completed   
    I just finished W4D1.  My body is complaining a bit, but not too badly.  Mostly cramping calves and a sore heel.  It's amazing, each first workout I think that I may have to stop and walk part way through.  So far, I've managed to complete all the jogging intervals.  Granted, I jog VERY slowly.  But I manage.  By the third workout of the week though, I find that it's not so bad.  Just in time for the next challenge...  Oh well.  So far, I'm managing.
     
    -T
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    concretefingers reacted to kpjpowers in week 4 day 1 completed   
    Just thought I'd help everyone with a little inspiration. Just done week 4 day 1 and feel good but carves hurt. But still going to complete this if I can anyone can I had a massive heart attack just just under 2 years ago and this is doing me so much good both physical and mentally so keep it up everyone
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    concretefingers got a reaction from theresa007 in scared of starting week 3!   
    @chinebo 
     
    WelI I felt exactly the same. Struggled with week 2 had to walk a few seconds of the middle 90 second runs. .So when week 3 came round I was scared!
     
    Will I be able to run for 3 mins when 90 seconds has been hard?
    When I fail the 3 minute runs will I chuck my running shoes away?
    Will I give up on loosing weight and getting my blood pressure down without drugs?
     
    No way !
     
    Week three started today (should have been last week but had a tooth abscess, and was on antibiotics ) Britain is cold right now , who runs with toothache, in the cold? not me.
     
     
     When I read though this thread last night it gave me the confidence to at least try W3 D1 and see if I could ? So what if I cant do it today? I will just redo week two and try again next week. I knew if I just kept trying I would get though. My mind was imagining 2,3,4,5 weeks of week 2. But if that what it takes then so be it.
     
    Well I did it! Without stopping and feel pretty good about it. The key was just to jog at a slower pace.Yes a couple of snails strolled past me and my running partner a 2 year dog pretty much could stop and do her business before the chain got tight as I ran past her, but I did it.
     
    looking forward to next week, next challenge, next success?
     
     
     
     
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    concretefingers reacted to cendorly in Took a month off, did a 5k, shocked at the results   
    The short version of my long missive is this:
     
    Even if you take time off, whether it's a week or month, DO NOT give up on yourself!  Your body WILL and CAN recover and you didn't lose as much ground as you might think!  
     
    Here's what happened to me...February was a rough month for me...really rough.
    First, I had emergency gallbladder surgery at the end of January.  I thought no biggie, I'll be back to the C25k App in a week and can do the 5k I signed up for way back when that was coming up in 2 weeks.  WRONG!  LOL  
     
    Recovery from gallbladder surgery took longer than I expected.  To make matters worse, about a week after surgery, I came down with the worst cold/flu known to man that kept me in bed for days.  We won't even talk about the pain of coughing/sneezing while recovering from surgery.  So, 2 weeks, no training and there was NO way I was making that 5k on Valentines' day.  Bummer. I really, really wanted that medal.
     
    Okay, recovered from the surgery and thought great! I can get back to training.  The universe had other plans for me.  I was hit with the worst stomach bug known to man that lasted for about 3 days then took another 3 days to get my strength back and get back to a normal diet. I couldn't even leave the house, let alone the bathroom. On top of that, my work schedule was thrown into chaos where I had a crazy schedule and there was a lengthy spell of cold weather (like 40-50 degrees, when it's normally 60-70 during the day).  So, another 2 weeks of no training.
     
    Now it's March 1st.  No more flu, no more stomach bugs, full recovery from surgery and warm, spring like weather.  PLUS, I had a 5k scheduled for the first weekend in March and another the second weekend in March. I signed up for these in January thinking I'd be more than ready.  HA!
     
    Fortunately, I had a week off from work so I could really get outside and get back to training.  That's just what I did.  Before my month break, I finished Week 3 of C25k.  After my break I knew there was NO WAY I could move onto Week 4, and even thinking about redoing week 3 was out of the question since I barely finished it the first time.  So...my first time out after a month, I went back to week 2.  It was harder than I expected, but by Day 2 I was feeling better about it.  
     
    Fast forward to the day of the 5k.  It was also Day 3 of Week 2 for me.  My goal going into this 5k was to have a 50-55 minute time.  I didn't expect much since I was struggling all week with the runs/walks.  The last 5k I did at the beginning of January, I had a 47 minute time, doing the week 2 routine.  I figured matching or coming close to that time was out of the question, since I only had a week to "retrain".
     
    Well, wonders NEVER cease.
     
    First, it was FREEZING the morning of the 5k.  Keep in mind, I live in a warm state where the average annual temperature is 75ish and summers get up to 80's and 90s.  So to me, anything less than 60 or 65 degrees is COLD, like 2 layers of pants, hat and gloves cold.  Second, I only got 5 hours of sleep because I just was not tired the night before.  So the morning of the 5k, it was a "balmy" 40 degrees and I was dragging like I just partied all night.  FUN!! (NOT!!!)  Nevertheless, I was motivated to do this - I wanted my medal darn it!!  I was tired of looking at the same 3 medals hanging up, I wanted, no I NEEDED more!! 
     
    So, the starting gun goes off for the 5k and I hit start on Wk2 D3 of C25k. My music starts playing and the lady starts talking.  I told myself okay, you can do this, it's "only" an hour.  You know you can easily do 2 miles in 35 minutes, walk the last mile if you have to.  Long story short, I finished in 49 minutes and some seconds - OMG!!!  Better than expected and only 2 minutes over my personal best!!!
     
    I did Wk2D3 and when I got to the 5 minute cool down, I just stopped the app and using my watch, tried jogging every 2 minutes for about 90 seconds.  The way the course was designed, I couldn't see the finish line until I rounded the last corner.  All throughout the course I didn't think I was doing great on time since I was among about 20 other walkers/stragglers.  When I came around that corner and saw the finish line clock say 48 minutes I was ecstatic!!  I ran full out for the last few hundred feet (probably only about 30 seconds) because the clock already turned 49 minutes and there was NO way I was going to let it hit 50 minutes before I crossed the finish line almost tripping because I started crying from happiness.
     
    My body was screaming WHAT did you just do? I was achey from the waist down, but, I didn't care - I GOT MY FINISHER'S MEDAL!  
     
    A hot shower and a relaxing afternoon later, I feel great.  Aches and pains are gone and my plan now is to take a day off to rest then hit the ground running (pun intended ) with Week 3 Day 1.  The next 5k is in 7 days and this time I want to meet (and hopefully beat) my best time of 47 minutes.  
     
    The motto of the story is NEVER give up.  NEVER think because you missed a week, or two, or four, you lost everything you did.  You DID NOT!  
     
    Keep going, one foot in front of the other, one step back and TWO steps forward will get you to the finish line!  I know, I've done it!
     
     
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    concretefingers reacted to AgentP in Road block - despite 200% effort   
    I agree with Azatol. I just turned the music up and even tried to sing along and forget I was running! My added piece of advice - go slow. It doesn't matter how far you go it's about getting to the end. I was running at little more than a jiggley walk the first time. But when I got to the end I grew in confidence. You can do this, just do it at what ever pace it takes. Part way through I had to talk to myself. I would be saying lift your legs, breathe, you can do it, breathe. Sometimes I would listen to my breath and say Oooh on the way in and aah on the way out. Then go back to my music. You can do it!!!
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    concretefingers reacted to daydreamer in Week 1 completed!   
    Thank you guys! I've just finished W2D1 and it didn't go too well if I'm being honest but hopefully it'll get easier by day 3
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