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Well hi all
just wanted to introduce myself. I am a beginner runner, and when I say beginner runner I really do mean that. I was always the fat kid at school that no one picked or had to have in their team haha, and so my chubby unfit self continued. I gave up smoking 7 years ago, have done a little squash, circuit training but nothing to brag about, anyhoo. I started doing weight watchers to shift the pounds (Stones haha) and have lost a fair bit of weight. A colleague of mine suggested I start running and he has set me the goal of 10K, not to disapoint anyone Im determined to achieve this.

I started running as of Thursday night, and I did a mixture of Jogging 60 seconds and walking 90 seconds. It was a plan I found via a post on here of a guy who said he wanted to get off the couch and start running, and I must admit the progress he made has made me all the more determined. I also went out tonight aswell, doing exactly the same, so Im impressed I actually went out again, and I will keep going out as I am determined.

I just wanted to say that the support you all give on here is tremendous and it certainly helps.

Ive read most of your posts and I can see that with time and determination I will get there.
 

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Welcome to the forum It shows you have the motivation already otherwise why join a running forum !

Great to see that your out there doing it as it were Keep us posted on your progress .

Have you set yourself a target 10k run yet It may be worth choosing one entering and that gives you something to focus on .

The main thing is to enjoy yourself though!;)

Take it easy

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Welcome to the forum Andy, I agree with Cheriton, sign up for a 5K or 10K race so you have something to aim for. Take it slowly and build up gradually and most of all enjoy the running.
 

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Hi

I too am a beginner runner. I have been running for a few weeks and I too have found the help and support from this site brilliant.

I have recently stopped smoking too (12 days) so thats something else to be positive about.

Everyone I have spoken to on RF will try to help and they all seem to have a good sense of humour too.

I wish you good luck with your running!!

The Minx
 

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Yes my mate at work has in his infinite (or bonkers) Madness is pushing me to enter a 10 K run on the 1st June, so in all honesty I dont have very much time at all

Im aiming to get out around 5 times a week. I take it its good to rest a couple of times.

Thanks Minxie, And yes you are right they are all very supportive its great

So yes Ive a target, I just honestly hope I can achieve it
 

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Cheers Granty
I really do hope so, at the moment, and I know Ive only done 2 nights, but all my muscles ache, my lungs felt like theyd be rubbed with sandpaper and I was as red as a beetroot.

Im having a rest tomorrow and then Im at it again from sunday
 

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Hi Andy... always great to see new faces on the forum, especially when they're just starting to run :d

It sounds like you've got a pretty good idea on what you're doing, but obviously feel free to ask should you want anyones opinion/advice!

You're probably aware if you've already read a lot of the posts, but it's always worth getting some trainers recommended for your running style by a specialist running shop. If they offer gait analysis then that's probably the best one to go for (It shouldn't cost anything extra by the way). Some people are able to get away with just buying the first pair of trainers they come across, but as a new runner who i'm guessing hasn't been massively active, and also I'm assuming from your first post - isn't slight in build, then trainers with the proper support and cushioning would be a wise investement!
 

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Thanks Richard.
Been and got the trainers. This I saw lots of info on so I plumped for a set of asics, and they are really comfy. You really dont realise until you buy a proper pair of trainers how much difference theyve made.

Sticking to my schedule, been out 3 days so far (been doing it 4 so alls good so far)
Managed a selection of jogging and running at lunch time and did 1.75 miles, so am well pleased with myself. The only thing Im a wee bit concerned about, is that Im now wheezing, like back in the days when I was a smoker, and Im coughing up all manners of yucky coloured stuff. Is this my lungs finally being given the chance to get rid of all the tar from smoking for so many years???

Apart from that Its good, its a damned slog but Im working hard at it
 
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