My graduation run!

I went out and completed W9R3 on the International Labour day! I am a 47 years old male (will be 48 in 2 months) from India. I am very slightly built, so much so that you will think I am a seasoned long distance runner if you see me jog. Of course you will change your mind when you realize how slow I am running. You will confirm it when you get close and hear me panting!

I was confirmed to have Osteopenia in my hip and Osteoporosis in the spine about a year back. I was suggested to take up load-bearing exercises. I was already doing walks, I made them more regular. Sometimes in Sep, I decided that I will do a little more than walking. When I searched around online, I landed upon the Couch to 5k plan. The rest as they say is history! Without the Couchto5k plan and the wonderful support from all of you (and Laura), I would have certainly given up. Especially when I had my doubts in Week 4 and the dreaded W5R3!

I am definitely not a natural runner - I took 31 mins in the final run to complete 4K. Not bad for me. But I need to continue the runs so that I feel more comfortable and go towards 5K in 30 mins. To my credit, it is the hottest time of the year here. I was running in temperatures between 33 and 37 in the past 2-3 weeks! I definitely will be more comfortable in better weather. I am expected to be in Seattle for a few weeks in May / June. I hope I can run better there. Hope the popular Seattle rainy weather stays away, because I always jog outdoors.

Thanks to all of you again! Hope to take up Couchto5K+ after sometime.

PS: Need to figure out how to get the "Graduate" tag against my name!

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  • Congratulations on your you run at all in those temperatures is beyond me I find the warmer weather hard work!! Hit the feedback button at the top and ask for your badge its as easy as that. Happy Running!!

  • Thanks Karen!

  • Click on he feedback button to get your badge. :-)

    Wow what an achievement, very well done. I don't know if I could run in those temps I have to say. Don't worry about running in the rain it is actually quite nice, it keeps you cool.

    Very best of luck with your next challenge :-)

  • Thanks caz1_ca!

  • Congratulations Carrot (can't call you couchcarrot any more)! I think you deserve the utmost respect for completing the programme in those temperatures - anything above 10C seems hot to me here...

    Enjoy your runs in Seattle (I don't suppose a bit of rain will be enough to stop you!)


  • Thanks greenlegs! I think I will definitely find it difficult to run in 10C, since I am more used to sub-tropical climates.

  • Sleepless in Seattle?

    amazing run in those temperatures :-) congratulations on your achievement can wait to see the badge

  • Thanks!

  • Well done

  • Thanks!

  • Congratulations on your graduation, and a great blog :) Respect to you for running in those temperatures! You will be able to increase your speed if that's what you want to do but for now, get that badge and think how much you have improved your health :)

  • Brilliant! Well done. Those temperatures must be exhausting.

  • Thanks CaveBear!

  • Congratulations, it's a great achievement! Now the trick is to keep it going :-)

  • Thanks PastyMan. Yeah, I need to keep at it now

  • Congratulations ...... high respect for running in that heat, happy future running

  • Thanks!

  • Congratulations and hat off to you for running in those temperatures:) I had to make a u-turn back to home yesterday before finishing my run because it was too hot! I think it was 11-12:D

  • Thanks. I guess having lived in sub-tropical weather most of my life, I will find 11-12C too cold to run :)

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