Couch to 5K
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Can't believe I did it...

Just ran my first 5k. It took me 38 mins. Was indoors on a treadmill no incline, but im so happy. My previous best run was 33mins. But tonight I just felt like I could keep going. Struggled earlier in the run around 22 mins but suddenly found my breathing was easy and natural and my legs just relaxed and in a good rhythm. It was great.

I have been running indoors since graduating but hope to do a run sat. Morning outside.

Even managing without Laura!!!

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Well done it is great when you achieve something isn't it. What speed did you have the treadmill at. I struggle to get the speed right after running out doors.

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Hi Angie, thank you. I had the treadmill at 7.6kmph.

Last week I tried an 8 run (hard) and a 7.8 run (30 min). The 33 minute runs I have done have been at 7.6 and for me this feels right.

Running outside is more fun though isn't it. Looking forward to spring...

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Thank you for your reply. Yes running outside is much better, I'm just not keen on the rain and gales.

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Whoohoo! Feels great, doesn't it?

Sometimes I find running for longer easier than running shorter times - the first several minutes always seems like an adjustment. Sounds like you settled into a rhythm that worked for you - even a runner's high perhaps?

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Yes thank you rdw. It's hard not to watch the clock running on the treadmill.

I was going to stop when I had run 35 mins but noticed I was nearing the 5k mark and just went for it. Didn't really notice the minutes ticking on at the end... lol I think it must have been a runners high...

Looking forward to running again on Saturday.

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38 minutes that's fantastic!

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Thank you. Have been running outside lately in the mornings and find it much more satisfying than the gym. Any run is good though eh? .....

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