W7r2 ticked off, but I'm never going to make 5k by w9!

I know it's not all about distance but I only managed 3.3km in 25 min, so there's no way I'm going to get to 5km in 30 min. How far do/did other people manage in w7? I know I'm ancient and I know I couldn't run for more than a minute when I first started the programme but humour me folks, I'm curious. How far do/did you go??


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  • I am still struggling along repeating early weeks, but recall many folks reporting that they had the ability to run 30 minutes by the end, but took some while longer to run the distance. Some specifically began training for speed (there are more podcasts) others just kept running regularly and finally got there.

  • Thanks for the encouragement Nilzed. I did reply to you earlier but heaven knows where I posted it to! The consensus of opinion seems to be to stop fretting and concentrate on the running. There are truly, some wise people on here methinks!!

  • Now don't panick, very few people do the magical 5k in 30 minutes....I certainly didn't, it took me 2 months to get there after graduating. I would suggest don't think about how far yet, just focus on sustaining the length of time running, you can work on your speed after graduating...well done and good luck :)

  • Cheers m'dear. I did reply to you, but it popped up in the wrong place. If even you couldn't do it, why should I worry?

  • Well done, Ancient Mum! :-) It's true, try not to worry about distance; that will come as your fitness builds and builds. You're getting through the plan and that's what matters at the morning. Keep the good work up! :-)

  • Cheers m'dear. I think I need a change of route, I'm getting far too hung up on distance. Trouble is, everywhere else around here seems to be up hill!

  • That's natural, to worry about distance, but do try not to. :-) That will come. Hills certainly don't help. I know the feeling, I'm surrounded by them too; I'm telling myself I love them (!) as there's really no other way: either that or dread them and that's no good, seeing as there's absolutely no escaping them!

  • That can be my new mantra as I listen to the truly awful music in w7 - I love hill! I love hills! I love hills...........

  • Thank you juicyju. Why am I even worrying?? If even the Panther Lady didn't manage it straight away then it's obviously just an impossible dream for the likes of an ancient mum. Have a fab day, I know I will, safe in the knowledge that I'm not as far off the pace as I thought xx

  • I cant remember what distance I covered but know it was probably about 4km. I still cant do 5k in 30 minutes and maybe never will. I increased the time of my runs after graduating and covered 5k in about 42 min. That is now coming down, slowly. The programme sets you up though to be able to increase speed, distance or whatever you choose. The main thing is to carry on with the good work and enjoy it. x

  • Thanks no-excuse. I think I just needed a bit of reassurance that I'm not as far off the pace as that negative little voice in my head tells me I am.

  • I managed to achieve 5K once - in week 9 - and that took 42 minutes - including the warm up/warm down walks. I'm not worrying about distance at the moment, just enjoying the fact that I can run for 30 minutes at a time. There is so much to be thankful for with this programme so why worry about something that hardly anybody achieves at this stage of the game. Good luck with your next run and best wishes.

  • The wisest of words as ever, Fitmo, thank you. Of course, being able to run 3.3k IS amazing and if I make it to graduation and can run for 30 minutes then I will be feeling blessed and thankful. Cheers m'dear x

  • Not if, WHEN you make it to graduation. You are not that far off now and the time will fly by - you'll see. Cheers.

  • i run 5k maybe 3 times a week now, and the fastest i have ever done it is 35.25 at a parkrun a couple of weeks back. I don't mind, maybe I will one day do it in 30 minutes, and maybe I wont. I'd like to think I might. My goal now is to do 10k at the end of June, and I've put my time down on the entry as 1 hour 20 minutes. I think it is more important that I am running regularly and for a decent length of time.

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