Back to earth with a thud!!

First postgrad run today and reality has well and truly dawned. Had grand plans for run around the forest park and thought it would be easier than my usual hillier route plus shadier and cooler but right from the start I struggled. My antihistamine didn't seem to be working, making breathing through my nose impossible and my breathing was all over the place. Managed 4.1 km in 29.30 ( stopped 30 sec before the end) so the dream of running 5 km seems fairly dim and distant at this point!

Valuable lesson learned - graduation is not the end - just the end of the beginning.


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  • The air quality today is not good..well done, you were out there and doing it...โ˜บ Not the end of the beginning, just a new journey.

    After I graduated, like.many of us...I just ran for fun with no target or pressure, just pleasure.Then, when ready decided on my running journey..which is still very varied๐Ÿ˜

    Maybe..just go with the flow.and ease yourself along?โ˜บ

  • Ah thank you Floss - you're quite right ( of course ) a lifetime of being a glass half empty type of person means I tend to view things rather negatively . A new journey ... I like that !! ๐Ÿ˜„

  • Start on is so exciting..I am rarely sure where I will far, or how fast๐Ÿ˜

  • Going to really try - going with the flow is so not my style but then never thought I would actually be running and looking forward to it either! So I guess anything is possible๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • It takes years to become a proper grown up runner! Until then we are all learning. You can however please yourself as a graduate - no programme that must be followed and, (whisper it) there is actually nothing magic about 5k.

    You're out there, you're running - be proud!

  • Thank you Ully - love that , you've cheered me up no end!!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

  • You've already been given wise words but yes, it is the start of a new journey and there is SO much learning to be done!

    Best I can offer you is - be patient, go out and do what you can when you can and keep it steady :)

  • Thanks Jt I will take it steady - guess there was bound to be a bit of a come down after the elation of getting to graduation! ๐Ÿ‘

  • It's never easy, unfortunately. But in some ways it does get easier - at first we couldn't even run 1 minute without feeling exhausted, but now that one minute is easy. Maybe 5 minutes are easy. I'm just hoping 30 mins get easier, but when they do I will want to go faster and I will make it hard again. But that's part of the fun!

  • You're so right - it's easy to forget how far we've come! I think I have to keep reminding myself how hard I found those early runs ! Thanks for the support๐Ÿ‘

  • Save a few of the podcasts, sometimes it's been good to go back to W1R1 to actually feel the difference (as a bonus they make for great interval training as well!)

  • That's great advice - thanks! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  • You're absolutely right - graduation is the beginning of a fantastic new adventure!

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  • Your last sentence is only too true. Three years since C25k, I am still a newbie, still learning and finding out how much more there is to learn. Long may that last. C25k is just the first step.

    Keep learning, keep running, keep smiling.

  • Thanks so much it's the wise words of folk like yourself born out of your own experience that really helps those of us just beginning. Really appreciate you taking the time to respond!

  • Everydays a school day Indizulu :-)

    There is so much to learn about this, and its such a joy finding it all out .

    Happy Running ! :-) xxx

  • Thanks Poppy feeling loads better about it already after all the wise words from the lovely folk on here!

  • Whats all this Indi? The only reality is that you've smashed C25k graduation, and you had a "meh" next run because of the weather. Onwards, upwards :)

  • Thanks Finchy ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Simply forget about it and carry on regardless. Don't worry so much about pace & distance, just get out and do the best you can, practice makes perfect, in time, but then you know that already? You completed c25k succesfully!๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Aww thanks Dave will do ๐Ÿ˜„

  • I can't breathe though my nose either but it doesn't worry me ๐Ÿ˜Š

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