I set off this morning knowing I was going to keep a nice steady pace & enjoy the graduate run . Didn't feel up to it to be honest went out for Indian , & beers felt a bit rough , Laura said time up & to be honest I could have carried on to reach 5 k but I thought , well I did it Friday give the old body a rest so I stopped , I covered 4.25 k . When I'd stopped I couldn't help wishing I kept going , but nice & slow don't want to push this body of mine too far , it's got me this far . And I'm saying something I haven't said for years , I'm proud of it , proud of what it can do ! Right going to claim my badge in a while , dog chomping at the bit to go out now as well . Happy running everyone
That's it I've done it folks , I'm a graduate ! - Couch to 5K
Congratulations, Rockette, you've proved you are up for the challenge, so I would recommend that you set yourself some short term objectives as well as longer term targets. These can be based on distance, duration, pace or maybe even geography......can I really run up that hill? If you manage to achieve a target on a fairly frequent basis, it helps to keep the motivation up and makes your running more fun.
Good luck. Enjoy your running.
Thanks a lot for your advice , it's really helpfull. I've been wondering how to go about it now , because I am one of those people who if haven't got a goal I'm more than likely to lose interest . So would you say have one day trying to knock time down , other just a nice pace & distance ? I may sound a bit thick , but I really ant a clue how to go about it . I'm allready tackling hills now & again & quite enjoy it . Thanks again .
I do one 5k run per week, with 30 second sprint intervals every 5 mins ( I started at 20 secs but have increased the duration gradually) this is improving my pace, with my target being to get an average pace below 6min/k for my home 5k run. I do one extending run at the weekends and have reached 16.25k or 10 miles, since graduating in August, with half marathon distance my next longer term aim. My third run of the week is just a 5k fun run in theory, but in the dark with the mud and cold it is a bit of an endurance.....makes you get home quick, though. PBs for different distances or routes are also good shorter term aims.
I really love running for longer now, which I would never have believed five months ago. Good luck.