week 5 .3

week 5 .3

Despite running for a year now, perhaps because I'm 56 I had been struggling to keep running for longer than 5 mins without having to walk for a minute or two, so I was thrilled this morning to manage the 20 minute run. I've done a 5K and a 3.5K Santa run last year for charity and this year was wondering if a 10k was possible. I'm now feeling much more positive !!

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  • Hi hilaro, first of all well done on your 20 minute run and your 2 charity runs last year. Secondly, age is just a number and the number 56 is not very big so forget that as an excuse it won't work on here. Our Parkrun has a 70+ who runs and runs good times too most weeks. There are many who suffer from the 5 minute stop syndrome and that's something I used to suffer from, it can feel like hitting a brick wall!! When that feeling creeps up think of anything other than your running to take your mind off it, relax and get into a steady pace, not too fast, not too slow or you may be tempted to stop. Don't think about how long you have left to run, think about what you will have for breakfast after you have finished and remember how good it feels when you have completed your run, which you know you can. Good luck with your next 20+ minutes. :)

  • PS of course 10K is possible later on this year, finish C25K and then set yourself a training program to increase your distance by 10% each week. If you do it sensibly you will remain injury free which is very important when tackling the longer runs. Good luck

  • Lovely photo. Well done for doing those runs, but take your pace nice and slow as you don't want to get injured and then disheartened.

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