I did it

okay, after all the self doubts of earlier this week, I had convinced myself that I was never going to graduate. Last night I downloaded the 'laura' podcast ( first time ) , and set off at a slower pace than normal. After 9 weeks I've now realised that setting off like a hare was not the answer! I did the 5k at a steady 8KPH throughout. 37 minutes later and I passed the 5k mark. In all honesty I could happily have gone on but for me it was about the distance not the speed.

So, I am now a graduate I guess. It was an amazing feeling after all this time. I have to say the Podcast really helped. I can't believe I havent used them before in all the 9 weeks!

I now know that slowing my pace and keeping it consistent is the key to doing the 5k. I can easily speed myself up over the next few weeks, if I have the inclincation. I probably don't, I just want to run 5k , twice a week to maintain a nice balanced fitness level.

Thanks for everyone's support! I look forward to joining the park runs when the winter arrives!

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  • Well done graduate! Many congratulations and happy running!

  • mm how do I put graduate next to my name, I've always wanted one of those :)?

  • Huge massive well done and congrats!! Welcome to the graduate club :D keep running but most importantly enjoy yourself :D

  • Well done Rich. Nice one.

    Now the important bit. The badge.

    Thete's a blue pinned post link on the right hand side of the home page that lets you request it.

    Happy running! ☺☺

  • :D OK, so the feeling of exhaustion you had was just because you were flogging your poor legs half to death, then? That's nice to know. Well done. Why not join parkruns, now, and use that to keep yourself on track, still running? Your time would be somewhere in the middle of our parkrun on the Durban beachfront, you know? Even if you joined one of the more athletic ones, you'd still be near enough the middle not to stand out, if that's what's putting you off.

  • I'm definitely doing the park runs. It's something I want to do. I think I can definitely up my pace too, I took it very easy last night . Not that its about pace at all for me, I just enjoy the running , I'm surprised I left it so long to take it up!

  • Congratulations Rich! I agree, slow and steady is the way to go at this stage! Am so looking forward to my own graduation in a couple of weeks - had to have a sustained period on the I/c but I now believe graduation will feel even sweeter. Good luck with your running and I hope your first Parkrun goes well!😀

  • Well done Rich. Graduation and discovering Laura for the first time- an epic day indeed :)

  • Yay Well done Rich ! Congratulations !

    Get tha'self to parkrun ! :-)

  • Congrats Rich! Really plesed to hear you did it (as we all knew you could! ;-) ). Feels pretty nice having that graduate badge huh?! ;-)

  • Congratulations! I graduated last night too! It's great isn't it?! :D

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