Hello....tomorrow I graduate!

Hello everyone, I've just joined the site.

Tomorrow is my last run of the programme and I'm delighted I've made it thus far!

Despite being approx 6 stone over what's considered my 'ideal' weight, I've been a regular gym bunny for some time doing weights, boot camps, spin etc but running has always escaped me. But, here I am nine weeks on and after tomorrow I'm going to consider myself a runner :)

Yesterday's 30 min run got me to 4.1 km so a little short of the 5km target. I'm hoping for 4.2 tomorrow. Not too bad for an overweight 42 year who 9 weeks ago couldn't run at all.

Thank you c25k for getting there!

7 Replies

  • I still have never done 5k in 30 minutes, so don't worry about it. I graduated by running on to 5k, probably took me around 45 mins so I think the programme gives us the mental ability and stamina to do it. I kept on with 3 X 30 mins for a few weeks after graduating to let my legs strengthen, but when I felt good I ran on to 5k. Just listen to your body and enjoy your grad run, excited for u!

  • Thank you!

    I have been pondering on how to carry on; I've quite enjoyed the discipline of knowing that I need to plan in 3 runs a week and sticking to that.

    There's not enough hours in the day though so I'm hoping to do 2 runs a week going forward so I can go back to doing some other gym workouts.

    I couldn't decide if to carry on by running to 5k or by sticking to 30 min runs and trying to increase speed....

  • Welcome to the site and enjoy that graduation run.

    If it were me, I would be tempted to slowly increase the length of one run each week (by a maximum of 10% each week) until I could run 5K. Once you can reach 5K it opens so many doors in the way of events (parkrun etc.). 5K is one of the standard distances. Once at 5K you can then decide to consolidate and watch your time come down or possibly move onto longer distances (e.g.10K). Regardless of which route you choose, if you keep running regularly, you'll see an improvement in your time over the next few months.

  • Great - hope you really enjoy you graduation run!

  • Good Luck for tomorrow !

    Dont worry about covering 5k , youve got all the time in the world after tomorrow, to work on that if you want to :-)

    Onwards ! :-) xxx

  • Super well done. Savour the moment. The graduation run is special. I don't worry about distance or time. I know l am getting faster because I am getting further away from my house at each run. Have a great run

  • Well done you! I think getting to the end of this course will be the most satisfying thing I have ever done, you must be buzzing!! what have you got planned next?

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