Fat guy here who hasn’t run for nearly 10 years. I started on week negative 2. I walked for 3 days a week. Then I walked really fast 3 days a week. Then I started the c25k program. I’m almost done with week 3 now. Few free to repeat a week and not feel discouraged. The goal isn’t really a 5k. It’s a healthy lifestyle. You’re on the right path. I find ASICS have a lot of choices and work for heavier people without breaking the bank. I know sneaker talk can cause arguments in the runner world so I will add that this is just my opinion. Have fun.


*I know sneaker talk can cause arguments in the runner world* RIP beloved Brooks Pure Flow. The gods of Discontinue frowned upon you.


Guys I’m dumb I’m sorry I just thought this was a beginner running forum. I see now.


Don’t be sorry, this is a fantastic community and place to get started! I’d suggest you try this program, and if it seems too challenging at first, you could just try to go for like 20-30 minute walks for a couple weeks to build some stamina and build the habit. Also, if you do go with a C25K program my main advice is as follows: 1. Run super slow if it feels challenging to run. Like even slower than you are picturing when I say super slow. 2. Make sure to take a day off between runs. That gives your body a chance to rest and build more stamina for the next run. 3. Don’t be afraid to repeat a week if it was a little too hard. Oh, also make sure you have good running shoes. Maybe get fitted at a running store or something. Helps prevent injuries.


You're not dumb, this is a beginner running forum. Welcome! I started running in April doing one of the many c25k variants out there. The first week alternates 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. The first week I though my lungs would explode and my legs felt like lead. I decided I was going to have no ego in my program and I've repeated every single week of the program so far. So after doing it for 11 weeks I was on week 5 of the program. Who cares! No ego! No one's judging me but me, and I decided I was just going to feel good about my accomplishments because no matter how goddamn slow I am, it's still faster than lying on the couch. So pick a program and do it with no ego. Repeat weeks if you're not ready for the next one. No one is judging you out there. When I see someone particularly slow or red-faced from exertion, I'm super happy that they're doing it. And for putting their ego aside as well.


Good luck and have fun! Take pride in building the habit, not necessarily in whether you complete each day in one try.


The c25k program sounds like a great option.


Good luck, and as a fellow beginner who never ran before and just finished week 2, the only advice I can give is: embrace the challenge. This program seems to do a great job of stepping you up in good increments where the challenge increases but is achievable.


I’m assuming that you’re a woman. If you are not, skip to the last paragraph. Have you been cleared by a doctor to start exercising post partum? If no, wait until they clear you. Doing too much too soon can hinder your healing. Your abs and your ligaments may still be healing. If you’ve been cleared to exercise or you’re not the one who gave birth: if you don’t normally exercise, start by walking. Before you get started, get yourself fitted for supportive walking or running shoes, get a good sports bra (if you need one), and some body glide. Once you can comfortably walk for 20-30 minutes at a time, the c25k is a great intro to running. Have fun!


And remember your goal is a healthy lifestyle not weight loss or running ability. Over time you will find foods that help w exercise. Notice how exercise impacts your hunger and diet. That is, notice how your body feels rather than how you think you should be rewarded for hard work. This from one who realized he only loses weight by not eating. Damn


Can I just say that I love the help and support that this forum offers… In the insane world that we all live in this little piece of sanity is so refreshing.


Welcome to the club. Just try W1D1, over and over again till you can do it. I was in my mid 40's before I ever ran more than 30 seconds. Unthinkable I know, but really, 40 years without ever running a half minute before. Anyway, I found sidewalks easier than treadmills till I got things sorted out a bit. If you find the treadmill hard, try a sidewalk till you get a bit more stable. I needed a LOT more core strength to run on a treadmill for some reason. Plus I had terrible vertigo.