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A tortoise graduate!

Well, I completed 9 weeks today (yeehaw!). Some advice now please- I am slow -very slow (about 10/11 minutes per km so I only cover about 3km in 30 minutes) Now, do I try to increase my speed or increase my distance to 5k?

I would also like to do a park run, but I'm aware I'm slow, would that be a problem?

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Congratulations! I graduated about four weeks and I've tried a few things.. but wished I'd tried the stepping stones c25k plus podcast earlier so would definitely recommend that for a week

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Thank you, I'll take a look...

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Well done you, you're a graduate, sounds good doesn't it!

Before you set yourself new challenges it's probably a good idea to consolidate the 30 min runs for a week or so. Don't worry too much about speed and distance, that will come in time .... it's not a race!

Definitely sign up for Parkrun, it doesn't matter about speed, a lot of people walk/run their way round. I've only managed to get to one so far but I really enjoyed it and am hoping to run again this Saturday. Everyone was welcoming and supportive. Obviously there are a number of 'competitive' runners but they just go for it leaving everyone else plodding along at their own pace.

So, enjoy your success, sign up for Parkrun and enjoy your running.

Congratulations!

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Hey. Would definitely recommend a Parkrun. I did my Wk7R1 last Saturday as my first Parkrun (mostly walked the rest) It's a supportive environment...you won't regret it!

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Me too! Graduation buddies πŸ˜‚

Great job, doesnt it feel awesome

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Congratulations, fellow runner.

No need to wait for parkrun. Sign up with NHS C25K as your club and your Saturday mornings will never be the same again.

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Being slow is a good thing at this stage. We say it every five minutes πŸ˜€

Parkrun is fine with everyone! It's a great place for fledgling runners, the injured, the less able bodied. Everyone has the same idea. to go forward en masse and have fun

The fast folks just whizz by on the right πŸ˜ƒ

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Thanks, I think I'll give it a try...I'm fine being slow - Just a bit embarrassing when I'm overtaken by a man walking his dog! ( yes - it did happen!)

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I'd say it depends on which you are happier doing and what your long term goals are. I did my first post grad run this morning and ran my 5k route. Now as its happens I am running 5k in about 30mins so its currently much of a muchness for me. But I want to consistently run 5k and improve on my time, not consistently run 30 mins and increase my distance - if that makes sense.

My goal is to become as good as I can at running 5k, not to become a long distance runner (at least not yet).

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It doesn't matter though. Don't use other people as a marker of where you're at. You are doing the programme, and if you stick with it, you will see amazing improvements to your fitness πŸ™‚

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