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C25K+ Stepping Stones

I have now completed three of these runs with the faster bpm. It's not been easy for me and I had only completed 4.5K in the 30'. But today I decided to go for it and have completed my first 5K in 33.22'. Not fast but successful. If I can do this I believe anyone can. Thanks for the tons of encouragement both to me and the posts I've read to and about others. Best wishes to everyone out there. Parkrun for me on Saturday now.

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Well done. Try the stamina C25K+ too, it is very good, I've been using it for my weekday runs for the last 2 years :) Happy Running

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Well done YoYo; good for you.

I will certianly try them out when I have graduated...

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Seriously if I can do this anybody can. Enjoy.

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Hi Yoyojogger . I agree the 5k+ podcasts are great whilst also challenging. Ive done Stepping Stones and Speed several times. But yestetday I did Stamina by mistake, meant to do StStones again (see my previous post lol) My, my does Stamina take it up a step particularly for slowrunners like me and particularly when you are not expecting it! Now Ive (almost) completed Stamina once I will continue with it as part of my running mix, it will not beat me a second time🏃🏻👍🏼🙏🏼

Happy running!

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Hi Jacsw Thanks for the reply. Just read your previous post, as suggested, and admit it scared me. I plan to try one of the other 2 post C25K runs next week. But I must have the intro and chat from Laura. I laughed at your comment about her commentary as I have done exactly the same. Keep running. And keep smiling.

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Excellent. Well done on your first 5k. Have fun at parkrun! Will it be your first one?

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Thank you. It will be my first Parkrun. Even though I signed up over 6 years ago. Scary to be on the same track as athletes though.

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Don't panic. Just run at your own pace... there'll be plenty of others running at roughly the same pace as you. And don't forget your barcode!!!

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Thanks for the barcode reminder. I have printed off the sheet and laminated it ready. I think I may be enticed into running too fast at the start.

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Well done"! Like you I've just reached the 5k mark .. though in a tad over 35' so not as quick but equally as satisfying. I posted here about the C25K+ podcasts which have really helped me. What's your next target?

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Hi Simon. I wasn't worried about the time. And the difference between yours and mine is insignificant. For me next it's Parkrun. Then follow the other C25K+ podcasts for a while. I like their structures and commentary.

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You'll probably both find that your 5k times will fall quite naturally as you get used to the distance and running a bit faster. Mine went from 31m56s to 27m56s in about 6 weeks after graduating. I didn't really do much apart from the C25K+ podcasts in those 6 weeks.

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Sounds ambitious to me to get it below 30m. I'm reassured by the age grading that 35m is about right for my advanced years ;)

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Congratulations! I can sense your sense of achievement and its well deserved, and inspiring to me. Good luck with the Park Run! I'm Wk2 R2 at the moment and enjoying it, but wondering how I'm going to get 5k into ~30mins.... truth is it will come in its own time as long as I keep getting off the couch and keep going.

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Hi Onda, you don't have to do 5K in 30'. I haven't done that and may never be able to. But my endurance and stamina is improving each time, as yours is. Like Laura says, a bad run is better than no run.

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Well done! Great stuff! I am always banging on about these podcasts. I love em. I ran them yesterday while I was out on the trail when they randomly popped up on my playlist

Parkrun is great fun! You'll love it. Like minded peeps all just out to enjoy a blast round the park. Not all though.There are folks there walking, running slowly, running like gazelles, run/walking, running with dogs and pushchairs. Injured runners making a gentle return. All sorts of peeps with all sorts of stories. The tail runner at the back bringing them all home. It's wonderful.

Have a great time. Take some dosh for a post run snack and hot drink. Don't forget the barcode!

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Hi, What park run did you do ?

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Hi. Great name there. Sadly I had to go out and feed the homeless on Friday night, so couldn't make the Parkrun. Hoping to try this week at Northampton. Best wishes

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