Nearly there - after 7 months!

I started C25K before Christmas and each time I got close to wk 9 I got an injury in my feet and ankles. Physio says that it's because I'm a bit flat footed and also don't have much core strength. I've started pilates and some core-strengthening exercises and each time I've been injured I've rested and re-started further back down the programme. Last week I did my first ever Park Run which was great! This week I'm doing week 9 and will finish with my graduation run at Park Run on Saturday.

I just wanted to reassure new folk that we don't all get to 5k in 9 weeks! Just keep on going at your own pace. I'm hoping I'll stay relatively injury free now as my fitness increases - fourth time lucky!


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  • It took me just as long, but I've now done 6 Parkruns and try to get out for a run 3 times / week. I'm still incredibly slow and have this week started working with a coach at a local running club to try to speed myself up a bit. Most importantly I'm enjoying it!!

  • Wonderful.... that E word is there again David ! x

  • Yes, that E word again ... didn't have a good day yesterday with my running club, I started badly but enjoyed it in the end. I'd have given up yesterday without the coaches and lots of encouragement. I've just got my gear on to explore a new local course - next Thursday the running club does its annual handicap race around this route and just about everyone in the club turns out ... according to the coaches that means me as well!!

  • Well done David.... you are an inspiration for so many of us :)

  • Good luck artistclaire...that sounds like a great way to Graduate😊

    Will look out for your post..have fun.x

    P.s I took seven months to complete the plan too...😉😆😄

  • Best of luck and well done for sticking with it. It took me 9 months rather than 9 weeks because of knee problems, but I'm now running smoothly.

  • Great post, and opportune for some of our Newbies:)

    Many, many folk never reach 5K but are awesome runners:)

    Thank you for posting... and really glad you are healing and continuing this amazing journey too :)

  • Well done you, enjoy your graduation run. This time tomorrow you'll be celebrating.

    Good luck and happy running!

  • Great story of perseverance - something that most of us will need at some stage of the journey! Good luck with your graduationrun tomorrow - well earned!🙂

  • Well done you! Each and everyone has a journey to take and I hope that you will enjoy injury free running from now on 🏃👍😊

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