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Just completed c25k! (For the second time!) need to keep my interest and not get bored!!!

I completed c25k 18 months ago and then got bored doing same runs on my own 3 times a week so gradually stopped running so having just completed it all over again (and managed my first 6k run on Friday!!!) I need to keep the interest up! Anyone recommend a good running club or similar in Banbury/warwick/leamington area? Park run could be a good option as well (if I can manage to escape from husband, kids and dog on a Saturday morning!!). I wondered if I should attempt the 5 - 10k app to keep focussed or am I trying too much too soon!??

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Hi - I can really recommend the Parkrun in Stratford. Also worth checking out the RunLikeaGirl group in Leamington, they do an improvers group, something I came across on the net (assuming you are a "chick"!)

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Have a look at the recent replies to a post from CallyL - lots of suggestions there about not getting bored. Why not take the dog with you to Parkrun, quite a few take their dogs at ours. You could take husband and kids (depending on their ages, but pushing children in a buggy whilst doing Parkrun isn't at all unusual) but maybe part of the idea is some "you time"! I also joined a local running club - my lot are a great and friendly bunch of people. Why not find a local running club, give them a ring and ask if you can meet up with them a couple of times to see if it's for you?

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Take husband, kids and dog with you to parkrun........ everybody is welcome and everybody should experience parkrun. The same ethos pervades them all, as far as I can tell.

You got fed up with same old runs........go somewhere new and explore by running. Great fun.

Of course a running club will be great, if it suits your personality. It is not for everyone.

Moving on to 10k is a logical step, which will improve all aspects of your running. There is a Bridge to 10k forum.

Keep posting, then you won't dare slack.

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Take up swimming and running will be endlessly fascinating compared with the godawful tedium of ploughing up and down the pool....

Couch to 5K+ podcasts. Use the forum - do the forum Quests. Pore over an OS Explorer map for new routes. Listen to an audiobook or podcasts. Canicross?! Orienteering? The Octavian Droobers Club is pretty active.

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