A personal best for me

Today was my first post graduation run. I decided to try "map my run" and set out. I had another agenda which I almost didn't acknowledge to myself: to run a whole 5k. Shhhhhh! Don't tell the legs! 42.5 minutes later (with very tired legs) and I had completed my first 5k run. I didn't stop once. Considering that the most I had run before was 30 minutes, I'm pretty pleased with that! Now I know that I can run that distance and I feel more prepared for next week's formal 5k race. Yay!!!!

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  • That sorted that one out quickly, hey? Well done. Now you'll eventually want new targets, but it's probably safer to keep the 5km as your long run for a while? Don't go chucking it all away by doing "couch to 100km" like the blog posted here the other day was talking about. I suppose in the end you can listen to your body, too, but if you stick with the journey as the main goal instead of the destination, you'll definitely last the next challenges a lot better. History repeats, after all.

  • I will probably do that. Next goal is 10k, but I have time. 😉

  • Congratulations, RFB :D Are you still feeling that post-graduation buzz? Amazing stuff - 5k, non-stop, when not so long ago you were starting off with one minute intervals and finding three minutes an eternity... Fandabbbydoobilous work, girl :D

  • Thank you very much mfam. I'm etill quite happy after graduation and quite pleased that I successfully added on another 12.5 minutes to my maximum running time. Now on to my formal 5k!

  • Great feeling that one isn't it? I found it better than graduating. That's a pretty good time too xx

  • Thank you! Yes actually, I would agree that I'm almost happier about hitting this goal. But that's only in the context of the C25k program. Had I accomplished a 5k without the program, I would have thought it was a miraculous fluke. Lol!

  • Well done, that first 5k run is a great feeling and almost better than the graduation run. My first 5k run was slower than yours (around 43.5 minutes) and I've improved that by over 10 minutes to date so as you run that distance more regularly you'll improve too.

    However, irrespective of distances or times, take pride in the change to your lifestyle and enjoy your running!

  • I'm very much enjoying the positive changes I have seen thanks to running. Thanks for the encouragement on the speed as well, that is really nice to hear!

  • Yay - congratulations

    I was more chuffed with getting to 5k as if finally felt like what I'd set out to achieve.

    It's amazing what we can do, with support, when we put our minds to it :)

  • Thank you! Yes, I was almost more happy about hitting 5k than graduating. The support here is great isn't it?

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