You Can Do This!
Becoming a runner is about building up a bit at a time.
Go at it like a lunatic and you risk getting hurt or disillusioned.
With a bit of sense, most people can start running without too much hassle. If you've got high blood pressure, a heart condition, diabetes, asthma, or anything remotely scary, have a chat with your GP.
It's good to have a plan that will make sure you put the right amount of effort in. Your mind and body need time to adjust to the idea of being a runner.
Our plan follows the NHS Choices Couch to 5k
system, so you'll start off with some achievable goals. In week one, you'll be running
for just one minute at a time.
Join our group for support, encouragement and advice from our friendly community of runners. Expect a gentle pester each week to make sure you're doing your homework!
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