Bridge to 10K
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Finally back to 30 minutes!

I so want to do ju-ju- 's magic 10K, but have been blighted by injury. The latest has been a hip injury back at the end of October. I had several failed attempts at gently getting back to 5K running last year, eager to start my 10K journey.

Eventually, inspired by ju-ju's approach I made myself a plan by working backwards from the start of the magic 10K - designed to get me to the right point for an April start (the next time I think the Magic 10K program will begin).

So back in January I started with three 10 minute runs a week. Yesterday I ran for 30 minutes for the first time in 4 months and today I can still walk - yay! I think the short/medium/long approach has helped and I will stick with it now, building up the shorter runs until I'm - hopefully - in a good place to start the next roll of Magic 10.

Having a fixed , progressional plan, has really helped me be patient and sensible, and being different to C25K it hasn't quite felt like a repeated effort. Fingers crossed I will be starting a 10K journey just about a full year from starting C25K.

Crucially, despite various visits to the injury couch, my enthusiasm is undented. Quite amazing.

To everyone out there currently on the IC or in recovery mode - good luck, may patience be with you - I feel your pain!

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Brilliant, your approach has really paid off... I think you are well on the way to work towards the 10k. Well done you....

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I do hope so! Whether I stay injury free remains to be seen, but you have been a definite inspiration - a smiling face, encouraging face at the end of my dark tunnel :D :D :D

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I am so pleased, that has really made my day, thankyou :) :)

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Rotten luck about the injuries, but youve certainly worked hard and got back up to speed. Ive been champing at the bit after only a six day break (due to bashed knee, tiredness and snow) so Im in awe of your patience. I have a horrible feeling that if I had to stop for any reason, I would find it all too easy to slink back to the couch on a permanent basis, so kudos to you.

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Patience and I are rarely seen together. An early knee injury - about this time last year - forced me to abandon my first attempt at c25k despite lots if impatient attempts to carry on! Saying I couldn't run brought out my stubborn streak and 6 weeks on I was desperate to get off the couch, just as now I am desperate to stay fit enough to make 10k. I bet you would be racing off the couch too ☺

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Well done you!

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Thanks for your encouraging words. I too had planned to do ju- ju's plan and have been blighted with being ill - and yes, my desire to run is undented too. Happy running! 😀

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Oh poor you. it's so frustrating isn't it? Take care and enjoy the running all over again once you can :)

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