Couch to 5K
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Slowly but surely in every way I am getting better

Sort of surprised myself today. I had a great run last sunday, and an okish short run on Tuesday. Today i was feeling very lazy and not really wanting to go out at all. I was feeling a bit defeated and wondering if I was kidding myself about this running lark. After reading loads of posts and I hopped onto the marathon running blog (crumbs came off that quickly lots of talk about doing a pace run of 3 hours). I reluctantly put on my running kit and decided I would have a crack at audio fuel easy hour- not to run for an hour, but just to set the pace- as I often run fast and then have to stop. Started my usual random hill route. For some reason the energy was in my legs from the start and I kept at a steady pace and just kept going. I managed to get up most of the hills -out of breath but did not need to stop. My breathing was steady and even and I did feel like I could keep going. I arrived back home after 42 mins- completing my 5k in 39 mins. My average was about 7mins and 30 secs per k (down from 8 mins 13sec). So progress has been made-not fast (I have been down to 35 mins for 5k) - but at least half the route is up hill, and feel this bodes well for my flat sunday run - when i aim to do 3 x 20 mins and at least 8k.

My first 10k run is in two weeks!!

Happy running everyone :-)

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You are doing so well. Often getting out is the hardest battle, but you did it and it and had a great run!

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thank you -Yes I am very pleased I finally went out - a good confidence boosting run :-)

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Fantastic that is such good progress... Well done you.. Xxx

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thank you - yes it does feel like progress for the first time today really. All that hill stamina work finally paying off. Aiming for an hour with silky steve sunday - poss 8k plus maybe....

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Excellent...I am going out with sliky steve tomorrow too...hes a lucky boy having all these ladies hanging on his every word....!!!

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Well done. You're doing great towards that 10K.I am still a little in awe of that kind of distance, having only just started regularly doing over 6K. I know it takes time to build up, and it must be quite a mental hill to climb as well.

Keep blogging through the next two weeks as you count down :)

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Thanks Nerdio - i am feeling pretty positive at the moment - hoping for an 8/9k tomorrow morning

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Banish all negative thoughts.........run..........all negative thoughts are banished.

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You are so right - I always feel better after a run. thanks for the reminder - I will have have that in my head when I am prevaricating next time.

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That's what I've found lately, the mental build up before hand is the battle because we're all fine once we're out!

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I am sure more energy is used up wasting time before going out for a run. i am looking fwd to tomorrows - after Fridays confidence boosting run :-)

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Thanks for sharing your struggles and more importantly overcoming them.

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