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First full 5k run since ‘running MOT’

jimmers
jimmersGraduate10

Hi everyone! So you may remember that back in early September I had a ‘running MOT’ to check my form and it was all wrong. Since then I’ve been getting used to running with proper form by redoing C25K. It’s nice to hear Sarah Millican on the app again! I’ve been using it as interval training this time though. So I would still do 5k by doing each day’s run twice and each 5k would be made up of different amounts of running and walking. Well, today I got on to week 5 Run 3. Remember the really scary one where you had to do 20 mins run for the first time? Well I did the 20mins and I’d done just over 3k so I thought I might as well round it up to 4K. Then, of course, I thought as there was only 1 more little k to go, I might as well go for it!

Pretty pleased to be back to a ‘normal’ run again. Though I’ll be doing another week of intervals at least and then settling into the new 5k for a few weeks before I can think about trying b210k again.

This form correction was all in aid of helping my hurting left hip. It’s still achy but I’ve noticed I might be leaning to the left when I run. So I can shift about a bit and straighten my back when it hurts and it seems to help. Will see how it goes. I am also running on roads now and avoiding the beach, which might be helping.

I think I’m a lot speedier. I’m trying to go as slow as I can whilst keeping in time with 180bpm music and am equalling my best speeds when I was really going for it in the past! Will be interesting to see how fast I am when I’m settled in.

Cheers!

Jim

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Irishprincess
IrishprincessGraduate10

That all sounds very positive. Hats off to you if you've changed your form as it's a challenging thing to do.

jimmers
jimmersGraduate10 in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks very much!

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10

Sounds like it’s going well, jimmers! 😃❤️🏃‍♂️I’m impressed you can keep up with 180bpm music at all. I’m still struggling to keep up with 170bpm stuff. 😂😂

jimmers
jimmersGraduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

That was a big change for me! I’m doing many more steps but making much smaller circles with my feet.

Empem
EmpemGraduate10

Fast and good form a winning combination! You sound very happy!

jimmers
jimmersGraduate10 in reply to Empem

Happy and achy!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Welcome back to 5k. You’re gonna blast your PBs soon by the sounds of it.

jimmers
jimmersGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thanks! I hope so!

ju-ju-
ju-ju-Administrator

good work, and all of this will pay off as you get stronger....

jimmers
jimmersGraduate10 in reply to ju-ju-

Thanks! I’m looking forward to building up to a reasonably comfortable 5k again at the moment!

Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate10

You're still pretty speedy there Jimmers! Great to see you are feeling back in the groove. As you know I run with arthritis in my right hip and the gait changes you've inspired me to to make have worked brilliantly. I also make small re-adjustments when I run because, as fatigue sets-in and my core weakens, or I start over-striding, I can experience joint pain too. I'm keeping a mental track of the number of times I have to compensate for aches and pains and, overall, they are reducing. So I think you'll find your awareness and adjustments will work for you too. Very best wishes and happy running!

jimmers
jimmersGraduate10 in reply to Equi-geek

This is great! Glad to hear it helped and I hope my aches and pains settle down as well as yours. Did my second full 5k with proper form today and hoping to consolidate it over the next 3 weeks. Cheers!

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