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No pressure today

After my 10k event on Sunday I had given myself a few recovery days then went out this afternoon. It was sunny, warm and generally lovely. Quiet on the towpath apart from a couple of other runners and dogwalkers. I did 5k which felt good. Still having a bit of trouble from a blister site but I'm aiming to go and get fitted for new shoes soon. Overall the 5k felt 'comfortable' and I never thought I'd say that! 😄

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Yes my last two runs have been "set off and see what happens" and both resulted in comfortable 5ks.

I have no challenges imminent so as you say, no pressure.

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Most of our running should be easy pace, no challenge running.......which invariably gives delightful returns.

It is a lovely feeling when it all feels comfortable.

Well done.

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Hey Ian,how fast is your 10k or 5k? Just started running about 6 months ago and my 5k run is 30 minutes(at a comfortable pace)...I do 13.5km in about 1hr30 mins(also at quite a comfortable pace). Am not sure if the speeds are ok coz since I do solo runs...I tend to reduce speed abit coz I feel no competition. I would like to increase my speeds. How long have you been rubbing&what do you think of my speeds for a 32 year old who drinks and smokes?? Thanks for your advice

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Have a look at this runnersworld.co.uk/rws-trai... If you enter your 5k and 10k PBs it will tell you what pace you should be training at, which is probably much slower than you think.

I am actually crap at running slowly but because of my current circumstances, I have taken all pressure off myself but still find that both 5 and 10k pace is averaging about 6:20 min/k, which is way faster than it should be for an easy run.......do as I say, not as I do.

I would never make a critical judgement of another runner's performance.........we all have to accept that we are where we are and devise strategies to move forward, if that is what we want to do.

If you want a comparison my 5k PB is 25:32 and 10k is 54:45, both set two years ago by this non smoking drinker at the age of 59. To give a comparative rating against your performance you could enter our times into the age graded calculator and see what they return runnersworld.com/tools/age-...

I have been running for four years.

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It must feel good to do an easy 5 after your 10! No pressure, no problem :)

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That's a great feeling :) It's worth going back to the C25K forum and posting on there about this if you have the time, because there are many people who wonder if it ever gets easier. I remember thinking how difficult it was, and how I hated the actual running bit - I just liked having run! A comfortable 5k is a lovely thing :)

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Oh it is. What a luxury. Slow jogging in a lovely place, if possible, is really relaxing isn't it

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10k - wow that's amazing!

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Hi Joy,

I know what you mean. I did 11k on Wednesday but looking forward to doing a no pressure 5k tomorrow. 🏃🏽‍♀️

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Enjoy it Razouski , avoid the wind and rain if you can 😄

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Sounds a lovely relaxing run 😊

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