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Week 9 run 3 done :). What next?


I have blooming well finished! Marvellous!

Any ideas for what next? I'm aiming to be able to run a half marathon some time in the not-too-massively-distant future, and I'm aiming to carry on running regularly. Graduates, what did you do next?

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Many many congratulations! At the moment I'm consolidating my strength and stamina by sticking with 5k or 30 minute runs, but incorporating some hill work to add a little bit of a challenge. What ever you choose, be careful not to over reach yourself too soon and get injured. Very well done on graduating. Don't forget to claim your shiny badge :)

the_tea_fairyGraduate in reply to AncientMum

Thank you! Hill work sounds a good idea as I'm currently running pretty flat (and am on the edge of the Peak District, so would be good if I wasn't limited to the flat bits!!). How do I claim a badge? :)


Congratulations! You must feel amazing! There are 5k+ podcasts too. I'm not sure what they are like as I haven't ventured that far yet, but I know they are there for the future! Happy running! :-)

the_tea_fairyGraduate in reply to PandaRunner

Thanks! Let me know if you start and find a good one. Am really chuffed :)

Congratulations :)

Claim your shiny badge here healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

As for carrying on we all seem to do different things, some like me just want to improve fitness and stamina so stick with the aim of 5k or 30 minutes for a while while others go to bridge to 10k or even a mash of a 10k and a half marathon training program.

I think continuing to have aims and something to tick off helps me mentally to keep going out, even on my I made it up myself plan.

So why don't you concentrate on going out 3 times a week for 30 minutes intially while you look at all the various training plans and pick one you like or mash a few together to make your own to get you to your ultimate goal.

Happy running :D


Hats off Tea Fairy!

I've got my first postgrad run tomorrow round the fair streets of Inverness, just gonna do 5k but try and get my speed up a wee bit. Trying to knock 30s off my last Parkrun speed - hmmmm we shall see.

This is my self-invented, not yet tested postgrad plan that sprung out of my own head.


Congrats again x

the_tea_fairyGraduate in reply to BettysbOps

Looks pretty good to me, thanks :)


Congratulations on graduating. Massive well done :) I haven't looked beyond c25k at the moment but hopefully by the end of this week I will be ;)

Hi! Congratulations! I´m doing W8., I was reading different B210K programs, I think I will try BUPA, maybe you want to take a look. bupa.co.uk/running/training...

Best regards

grannyjudesGraduate in reply to anadelsur

I've just looked at this, thanks for sharing, can I ? cant I ?

of course you can! :)

I saw others that seems more hard and maybe more dangerous for us, as beginners, with longer runs, but this seems ok for me.

Good luck and tell us what do you choose and how is it going, please.

grannyjudesGraduate in reply to anadelsur

still contemplating !


Congratulations! Now the real running adventures can begin.


Well done tea fairy, what an amazing feeling isnt it

Think I might attempt this bupa.co.uk/running/trai...


Congratulations! Good luck with whatever you decide to do :)

Well done tea fairy!


Congratulations on completing you final run of week 9. I managed mine around 3 weeks ago. Since then I have done a number of 30 min runs just to get used to it. I had thought about bridge to 10k but quite a few here have found it rather difficult, there are the 5k+ podcasts and a number of members have put their own running plans on here and I'm looking at all these options. Personally I would like to progress to 10k but am in no rush, and am happy to take my own time. 2 months ago I never thought I would get this far. Take your time to make up your mind how you want to proceed and good luck

Thanks so much for all the advice and congratulations - it is a lovely feeling, especially when I think back to how monumentally sweaty and awful I felt after the first longer intervals! Real, tangible progress is a lovely thing indeed. :)


Many congratulations ! I love your user name by the way :-) I was just concentrating on doing 3 x 30 minute runs a week, but that's all gone to pot because of my flippin' foot !

There are many many plans out there , so whatever you do , ENJOY IT !!

Its an amazing feeling isn't it ? I could've cried for a week when I graduated , just through the sheer joy and relief of it all :-) xxx


Well done! All the above & bask in the glory a little too.

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