Hello fellow runners!
I just wanted to introduce myself and share my story.
My name is Sadie and I work at HealthUnlocked as a project manager. I have always been a lurking member on the c25k forum, as I have an interest in running. Since I did not use the programme I didn't actively participate, but I am interested in everyone's experience moving beyond 5k.. tips, problems, training plans, etc.
Before 2015 I had barely ever run more than 5k (most of my running used to come in football matches) and I struggled with pacing myself over long distances. I would run a few kms and be exhausted. My new year's resolution was to complete a half marathon, so I signed myself up for the Hackney Half in May. I didn't use a training programme for this, I just gradually increased my distance and ran 3-4x a week. It was a definite struggle.. I found that I had a lot of excuses for not going on my training runs.. I was too tired after work, it was raining, it was too dark in the mornings.. But I had to keep going and I used support from my family and friends when I was feeling down.
I ran my first 10k through training with about 8 weeks to go until my race. Because of the gradual increase (5km to 5.5km to 6km and so on) it didn't feel too difficult when I got there. In hindsight, I wish I would have used a training programme like Asics or on Garmin, mainly just to log my progress and see my improvements.
I did complete my half marathon and I am running another one in Oxford on Sunday! Even though I have achieved my goal, I am always looking for tips and listening to shared experiences of other distance runners!
This forum seems like a great place to meet others who are aiming towards a running goal and I cannot wait to meet you all!
All the best,