One week a graduate

Hi all

Well after my graduation last week I wanted to share what a great week I have had as a graduate . I have ran most days ( rest day was Friday ) mostly shorter runs 20 mins or so as I have had a busy time at work, and a mother in hospital to visit. TOday was my long run with friends and we make 10 k , I felt absolutely brilliant, loved the run, felt great after, missed all the rain, remembered to stretch at the end , and have had a celebrational curry this evening . What a great day .

A couple of months back I couldn't breath running between lampposts

Thanks guys for keeping me going , I'd never have found such joy without you

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  • Wow, Molly, 10k one week after graduation! That's a big step up. Amazing that you were able to do that. I don't want to sound boring, but please take care not to get injured - the injury couch is a frustrating place to be. The normal recommendation to avoid injury is to not up you weekly distance by more than 10 percent. That said, I would love to be able to just go out there and do 10k. ๐Ÿ‘

  • ... and this morning.. I will be pleased if I can do 7K!!!!! :)

  • Well done, that is an amazing distance after only 1 week.

  • Wow.. what a leap...running most days too...go you! You must have been running really well when you graduated...makes me feel really slow!!!

    Well done :)

  • Thank you for this post, very inspiring.

  • Brilliant progress, but just because you have a little grey badge after your name doesn't mean you can safely discard all the advice about rest days and making steady increases in run length. We all feel invincible after graduation, but you are still a very, very new runner and right now is when you are probably at greatest risk of injuring yourself if you do too much too soon. It is a common recurring story on here and the worst case I can remember was a runner who did himself irreparable damage and had to stop running completely simply by pushing too hard too soon.

    I have read that you should not start running daily until you have been running regularly for a year, which I accept is pretty arbitrary and will vary from individual to individual. If you are young and fit you may get away with it and I hope you do, but please be careful. Injury is frustrating and stops you in your tracks and you should do all you can to avoid it, says he, from experience.

    Keep running, keep smiling.

  • Thanks for all your advice guys really appreciate it . I was surprised how far we ran, it was a slow and chatty run. Think I will be back to my normal now , shorter in the week, one evening of intervals and 5-7 k on a Saturday

    Running is defiantly therapeutic for a stressful week Happy running all

  • You can talk when you run!!!! Now that is amazing!

  • It was very slow :-)

  • I agree with the warnings above! I got up to 10k relatively quickly after graduation (about 6 weeks - still a lot slower than you) and induced unpleasant twinges in my right leg. I took a week off and started increasing more sensibly. Haven't had any real problems since. But the IC is not nice and the graduates on here have a lot of experience!

    On the other hand sounds a brilliant run and you must be a natural!

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