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Sub 30 minute 5K

Chris41968
Chris41968
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well when I started I did my first 5K in 47 minutes, chipped away at my times for weeks and months finally got down to 31:40 and sort of gave up trying to beat it thinking I'd reached my limit, anyhow mixed my runs up, doing 5s 7s 10s etc and didn't worry about times too much and tried to enjoy just running, anyway went out to do 5K this morning and did it in 29:46 and am ecstatic, so a message to those who graduate that 30 minutes is hard it's taken me months 9 to be exact, so don't dwell on it, enjoy your runs first and the speed will come and your still beating everyone sat on the couch x

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Curlygurly2
Curlygurly2Graduate

That's brilliant, you must be very chuffed! *envious sigh*

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no-excuse
no-excuseGraduate

Fantastic well done! I bet you'll be smiling all day. X :-)

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AndyD
AndyDGraduate

Great stuff... hope for me yet as I've just got below 40mins :-)

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Slow_Rob
Slow_RobGraduate
in reply to AndyD

well done Andy :)

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Toonlou24
Toonlou24Graduate
in reply to AndyD

I'm 40.17 Andy!!! Desperate to see 30 something!!!

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AndyD
AndyDGraduate
in reply to Toonlou24

Just 18 seconds is all you need... its s good feeling to at least be sub 40 :-)

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Toonlou24
Toonlou24Graduate
in reply to AndyD

Yeah!! Definitely. I'm going for it this week!!!

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Megzig
MegzigGraduate

Well done a great achievement. Like you I am aiming for 5k in 30 mins. I'm chipping away at it and hope to get there by the end of June.

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Rob_and_his_westie

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!

Well done Chris! You must be very, very happy right now.

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Pollypanda
PollypandaGraduate

That's great Chris, it gives me hope. My first 5km was 42 minutes and I've chipped away at it. It's now 36.46 and I'm hoping to drop it further :-)

One day I'll run under 30 mins, one day!

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Slow_Rob
Slow_RobGraduate

well done Chris that is a really good time :D

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Heggers
HeggersGraduate

That's really inspiring. Also chipping away like many others. Injured at the mo but itching to get back to trying. Nice one.

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Krupskaya
KrupskayaGraduate

I've yet to graduate but I am very slow - and no doubt will get slower lol! A very inspiring post - it proves it can be done with perseverance. A big pat on the back to you!

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Zev1963
Zev1963Graduate

Well done Chris. It's great to get that sub 30 isnt it :)

You are absolutely right, just enjoy your runs, and the speed will look after itself. The more you run, the better you get. Over time you also get used to the fact that some of your runs will be slower than usual, for no obvious reason. The important thing is to just get out there, and enjoy it. :)

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Toonlou24
Toonlou24Graduate

Wow that's fantastic!!! You have just given me hope!!! I am slowly chipping away my times and didn't think I would ever get down to 30 mins. Maybe I will. I will keep chipping!!!! Still a way to go!!!! But thanks for posting!!!! Very inspiring!!!

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Irishprincess

That's brilliant Chris. Many congratulations. It's a big milestone in a runner's life and you've just cracked it!

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marc_read
marc_readGraduate

thats really inspiring. I want to decrease my 5k times so hopefully this approach will help

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Mp63

Great post

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poppypug
poppypugGraduate

Well done Chris ! Fantastic post, and a lesson learnt that we should never think " We Cant Do It "

You have proved WE CAN ! :-) xxx

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Chloewho
ChloewhoGraduate

I missed this but well done!

Considering you only posted the day before, on my graduation post about chasing down the sub 30 that's amazing, go you!

Weren't going to be beaten by a newbie were ya? Lol

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