Welcome to the Crossing the Bridge Gang.
I finished the C25K plan back in June 2017. I went on after to consolidate 5K and got to 10K, took part in 5K, 6K, 10K and 13K road races, plus 73 parkruns. I managed to improve upon my running where I finished my first parkrun in 39 minutes and got down to a PB of 25:36, I also lost 3 stone in weight along the way. There are many people on here whom were and are way faster than me, but what I learnt from running is that speed and pace is not important, and everyone's journey is personal and individual to them. What is important is the feeling you get when you finish a race or finish a run. That feeling of pride when the months of hard work finally pay off and you feel good and comfortable whilst you run. So pace and speed is not important. We will be progressing to get to 60 minutes of running or 10K. My favorite distance by the way is 5K.
But now 16 months after COVID-19, the cancellation of races and parkrun meant that I was running on my own. This over time slowly became tedious and boring. I lost motivation and as the months went by I lost more and more fitness and gained the dreaded COVID stone plus a few extra pounds. I am on a mission to get back to fitness, shed the extra weight and enjoy my running again. I need motivation. I have entered a 13K Mountain Race for November, so that is my goal. I thought it would be great to get a group together and have some other fellow runners to motivate each other.
This is not going to be a plan written by an elite athlete. This will be a very vague bimbling along plan for the start anyway. I need to get back to 5K first myself. Some of you are already consolidating and are well ahead of where I am at the moment. Once I get to 5K my plan is to run 5K x 3 times per week. Then we will pick 1 of those 5K runs and make it our long run, and each week we will add 500 meters onto this run and the other 2 runs each week will be 5K.
We will motivate each other along the way and it will be a nice relaxed program.
So far we have the below in our gang:
Devon_straggler Saratamsin Raisemeup DylanTheRabbit Lablove Kirst13 Tansycat Foxile MamaKeeves Sammy-Lou Popstess Oldgirlruns UnfitNoMore SueKen
I am starting my bounce back this evening with a gentle 5k. It will be a mixture of walking and running so as to ease myself back. I have not run myself in a month and have a slight niggle in my right ankle after I twisted it a few weeks ago. Write in below and feel free to update each other on your own runs. Welcome to the Crossing the Bridge Gang.