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W1 again (no, really) - but quicker!

A change of plan this evening meant I had a better opportunity to go for a run tonight than I'd expected. I spent a while dithering about what run to do - try Speed again, just do 30 min, or something else. In the end I decided that since I tried Speed the other day and didn't quite manage it, and I wanted to make sure I kept running 30 mins regularly, I could do my own thing using Week 1. So I downloaded it and off I went.

First five minutes I walked with no accompaniment, then started a gentle jog while Laura thought I was walking. The run intervals I decided to just increase my pace a bit, but not to push for a really quick pace, to try and make sure I could keep going for the full time.

You know how good it feels when a plan comes together?! The 'walk' after the 4th quicker interval was just as I was getting near the top of my nemesis, and I wlaked for about 5 metres - then realised I'd listened to Cedric, not to the part of me that knew I could keep going, so off I jogged again. :) Four more quicker segments and Laura said I was done - but I decided to keep going until I'd done 30 mins.

A few minutes later, I was done! 2.4 miles run in 30 mins. Happy me. :)

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What a good idea! I might try this.

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Happy happy you! Brilliant idea 😊

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🎉🎉🎉👍👍👍🎉🎉🎉🎉

Good on you, well done👍

That Cedric 🙄 😉😂

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Clever idea!

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What I really enjoyed was the feeling of being in control, but still having Laura. And different music that I've not heard in a while! :) Will definitely be doing this again :)

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Brilliant, well done! Sounds like a good plan.

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Well done.. that is the great thing after graduation.. we can mix, match, try different things, use podcasts in our runs, and basically have a fun time..:)

Who knows.. you might be trying daft things like I have done.. running backwards for example :) x

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It's lovely having the choices - but I find myself nearly paralysed by indecision! I want to work up to running a 10k, but know that I need to take it very gradually. So at the moment the 'long run, quick run, steady run' pattern doesn't work well, partly because there's virtually no difference between the three yet, and also because I'm wanting to go back to three runs a week after several weeks of only managing two and don't want to ask too much of my dodgy knee.

That's the goal though - so I think I'll try to work towards it even if at the moment the variety isn't particularly noticeable... :)

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It is so exciting though isn't it..? As you say though, taking care of the knee comes first! :)

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You don't say 'W1again', you say 'I'm off for an interval session' ! Well done.... intervals make you go faster if you do them regularly.

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Yep! I'm aiming for one long, one intervals, and one 'other' each week, ultimately, so will hopefully see gradual improvement in my speed...

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