Graduated today 10k

I did C25k with a club and completed it in July. I've found the distances beyond 5k to be a bit of a struggle, mainly because I'm one of the slower runners and struggle to keep up on training runs, so I don't enjoy them much.

Over the last couple of weeks I've made more of an effort to seek out slower runners and t run alone where necessary.

Today I ran on a local 400m track. I didn't expect to enjoy it but I did and completed the whole 10kms without stopping!

I don't plan to do regular long runs on the track but it's nice to know it's there for days when the weather is ominous and the woods are dark and lonely! :)

Now I plan to follow a training programme to improve my time over 10k and become a stronger runner, with any luck.

I don't often post but I enjoy reading the conversations, and learn a lot here - my thanks to all!

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  • Running alone is fine. you can run to suit yourself then and not have to worry about keeping up etc ๐Ÿ™‚

    Getting further by doing about 10% a week increase, nice and slowly is good fun

  • Yes that's what I'm planning - 10% most weeks with a few 'pauses' so as not to overdo it!

  • Thats brilliant DaftOldBird ( you said it not me๐Ÿ˜‰)

    And I see you are joining Ju Ju on the new up to 10k program which will be fun. Well done on that 10k and happy running๐Ÿ˜Šx

  • Thanks Jan! I'm Liz :)

  • Hi Liz, that feels more polite.๐Ÿ˜Šx

  • I think I'll have to change the name somehow!

  • I have changed it! I think that's better!:)

  • Oops you seem to of changed your account. If I were you I would put a post up saying you are now Liz_2017. Formally Daftoldbird so people can keep up with your progress. ๐Ÿ˜€.

    I wonโ€™t delete your hidden post as I know itโ€™s you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I'm quite new so I don't think anyone was following me under the old name. I'll just start afresh :)

  • Ha, Liz DaftOldBird is a great name, I was only pulling your leg.x

    Please don't feel the need to change it๐Ÿ˜Šx

  • Hi Liz, you can actually change your name without starting a brand new account. Was it not very obvious how to?

  • You're an inspiration to me because I'm still on the journey to 10k. I'm not a fast runner and never will be. I've tried to join my local running club twice now, but I know I could never keep up with them and I'd just hold them back. They say their next C25k is in January which I could try, but I ran 7.4k last week and am aiming for 8k this morning, so that would seem like going backwards. The next step up is their easy run night which is 5 miles, up and down 300 to 400 ft hills. So, I'm having to go it alone...which is why people like yourself on this forum are such an encouragement and inspiration. Well done, and thank you. โ˜บ

  • Thank you, Sandyscroll! I'm beginning to find more people within my club that run at around my pace - they're not all super speedy, thank goodness! I attended a cross country event yesterday as a spectator and will probably join in next time.I hope your morning run yesterday went well. Thanks for your reply! I did C25k 3 times in the hope of speeding up a bit - I didn't! So I just keep going, now.

  • I might try and follow a couple of the club runs on Strava. I'll see where they go and do it on my own just to see if I can manage it. Maybe they will have one or two other slower runners I could run with. I'll never know until I try I guess. Yesterday morning's run was a bit of a mess, but went well. I won't bore you with it here, but if you want a read, here's the link.

    Like you, I think I'll forget speed and just keep going. Happy running!

  • Thanks for the link - it's hard to keep going sometimes, especially if we feel as though everyone else is faster - my challenge is to keep going through the winter. I'll have a read later, once I've finished filling out some forms for my (voluntary) job!

  • Well done for graduating.

  • Thanks ziggy!

  • I understand, entirely, your situation. I too recently graduated from C25K, and am one of the slowest runners in the group. That said, I've recently committed to joining a local running club and I know that, again, I'll be constantly playing catch-up and/or being lapped. However, that no longer bothers me. Taking part and being part is what's important. The other experienced runners make me feel part of the club, and chasing after them can only make me faster... Enjoy! โ˜บ ๐Ÿƒ

  • Great attitude! I'm staying with the club, too - it has many benefits, like companionship and inspiration!

  • Well done Liz! Congratulations on your 10k! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ†

  • Thank you Decker :)

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