Week 8 completed

I haven't posted since the early days. Now here I am having completed Week 8 today. And I'm wondering about the transition to running without the app. I used runkeeper last week and was a bit depressed I was only running 2 miles in 25 minutes . . . and then I thought if you told me at Christmas I would be able to run 2 miles without stopping I'd be amazed.

I'd like to keep running and get closer to 5K /3 miles (I'm old school!)in 30 minutes. Any hints or tips from the more experienced?

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  • Well done for getting so far! You're right - I bet if you told yourself eight weeks ago where you would be know you would have been astonished! 2 miles in 25 minutes is absolutely fine at this stage. You deserve to feel proud!

    It's probably best to spend some time consolidating your 30 minute runs after graduation. You will notice your distance will gradually increase over time. The general advice is not to increase your time or distance by more than about 10% a week to avoid injury and build up gradually. You can continue to use the Week 9 podcast if you like or listen to your own music. It can be hard to suddenly be without structure but just enjoy your running if you can without putting too much pressure on yourself. :)

  • You could definitely drop the app at this stage as it's just straight continuous runs now until graduation - 🤗 - but please don't be depressed about how far you run.

    As you say, you've come a long way from that first run. It really doesn't matter about the distance or speed at this stage. An awful lot of people here don't achieve 5K in 30 minutes and some never do.

    Just get to the end, graduate and then consolidate for a while. The world is your oyster after graduation and you can then work on distance/speed or whatever you want to do.

    You're doing brilliantly and are so nearly there. Be proud.

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