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old_git profile image

What are all you new graduates planning to do now? I plan to be a regular at the local parkrun but would also like a structured challenge to take me forward.

I was thinking of doing the Bridge to 10K, any one else going down this route?

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Vixchile profile image

I tried one but failed I think I should have spent longer on running 5km but lots of people have managed it.

To work up to 10km I found doing the following helped me

1x 5km run

1x speed/stamina podcast or hill training or intervals

1x longer run increased distance by 10% but I did 1km per week

You need to find something that will work for you but try not to do too much too soon.

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old_gitGraduate in reply to Vixchile

Thanks Vix, I'm the sort of person that needs a structured challenge, but do appreciate that i need to be a bit careful at my advanced age :-)

Many thanks for your plan, this looks great - i will have to try and find some hills!

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pot58Graduate in reply to old_git

Hi OG...I tried the C25k+ but was n't quite for me..then did similar to Vix...then got!I found a 10k app that starts with c25k weeks and have picked up with week4....aiming for 10k. Like you I think the discipline of a plan is better for me...good luck...

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old_gitGraduate in reply to pot58

Thanks Pots

I have a 10k fun run on 11th April and a half marathon on 31st May. My PT has challenged me to run the whole half marathon! I'm currently looking for podcasts to help me do intervals. I graduated C25K this morning :)

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old_gitGraduate in reply to Nickyhalf

Congratulations NickyHalf! Well done on your graduation and good luck with your challenges.

That's way too ambitious for me, I'd like to run a 10 k in summer.

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Nickyhalf in reply to old_git

Thanks :) My PT reckons I can do it! I'll give it a shot. I've done a hybrid half before so as long as I beat my time, that's all good with me.

Atalaya profile image

Me too Oldgit.

These are the localish ones I've got my eye on:

Hull 10k June 14th

Clumber Park 10k (trail) June 27th

Scunthorpe 10k July 15th

Brigg 10k October 25th

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old_gitGraduate in reply to Atalaya

Thanks Atalya, Barton Deepdale Dash is in November I think, but as this is hilly would like to get a flat one (or two) under my belt first.

Wristy profile image

Yep, just started the B210K - seems to be a good programme although not sure how good running 60 minutes 3 times a week is going to do me! Once I've finished this one, I'm planning to do the traditional long run at weekends alongside shorter, fartlek or tempo runs in the week.

old_git profile image

Hi Wristy, good luck. will most probably stretch it out time wise so there is one long run a week, much as Vix has suggested.

misswobble profile image

For anyone doing the Sami Murphy podcasts, Bridge to 10k, I've compiled the track listing (saddo that I am)

I don't know if I've mentioned it on here before, but I absolutely LOVE these podcasts and run them every time I go out the door. Without them I wouldn't be the gazelle I am today. Titter

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old_gitGraduate in reply to misswobble

Thanks MW, have downloaded the podcasts and will begin on Monday. No chance of catching you though!

Slow_Rob profile image

it is a good way to go OG , lots of 10k training plans out there - or just do your own what ever suits you , mix it up ,keep it interesting .

Am with you on the over doing it bit , not sure my Knee problem is down to that ,hopefully the physio will give me some good news on Monday :)

take it easy and enjoy running OG :D :D

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old_gitGraduate in reply to Slow_Rob

Thanks Rob, Fingers crossed for Monday.

After listening to all suggestions think I will aim to build up to a 10 K in July, giving me 12 weeks. Have downloaded the mp3's suggested by MissWobble and will do them either once or twice a week.

Looks like a wet parkrun tomorrow!

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Slow_RobGraduate in reply to old_git

Great stuff OG :D thanks hopefully I may be back running soon :)

I have a 10k booked for July but will see how things pan out for that :) hope it isn't to wet tomorrow for you

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