Couch to 5K

Beginner's Running Group

My local sweatshop runs a beginner's running group every Tuesday. It is a 5km along the Thames.

The gentleman in the shop said that there are a mixture of people. Those that can run all the 5km down to those who run/walk.

I can do 5km but it takes me around 53 minutes.

What do you think? There were over 60 people doing the run this week. Should I give it a try?

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Yes, try at least once! I'd love to find a group around here - the only ones I've seen are all people who easily do 5 k in 25 minutes or less... I am still around 45 minutes!

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Thank you.

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Yes I would say go for it. If you really aren't sure ask the man again and make sure others are running at your pace if you are worried. at my local one they always have someone at the back so no one gets left behind. Go and have fun! X 😊

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Thank you.

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Absolutely! You will meet like-minded peeps and I bet all ages, shapes and sizes will be there. It'll be fun I bet.

I was a bit scared to do my first jog group as I had to pitch up at a GYM!!!! to meet a bunch of runners. Like you I wasn't one yet. Still you're an adult, you can do things.

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Thank you.

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Go for it, It could be absolutely wonderful (and if you hate it, what's one evening in an entire lifetime??) :)

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That sounds lovely. You should try it. What have you got to lose?

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Oh, you must give it a try. With 60 people running there must be a mix of ages, abilities and speeds.

Ask again at Sweatshop to find out the 'pace' that people are running.

You'll find that runners tend to talk about pace and not speed. If it helps, pace is 'how many minutes to run one kilometre'. So... you're taking 50 minutes to run 5 kilometres, and that is a 10 minute pace (10 minutes to run one kilometre). The speed freaks who complete 5km in 20 minutes run at a 4 minute pace (4 minutes to run one kilometre). Find out the range of paces for the runners, and make sure that you're comfortable with the range.

Enjoy the run!

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Thank you. My pace is between 9.58 and 11.01 per km. I've started using map my run to time myself.

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Thanks everyone.

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Don't forget to let us know how it went - good luck and enjoy!

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I can't do next week as I've got a family thing but I will put it in my calendar for the next week.

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Yes, why not go and try it out. I am part of a running club a decision made to help me get through the winter evenings, and they circle back so you're never left behind. I'd guess the beginners group will do something similar for their runners.

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