I have not rambled for while… but as I have been feeling a tad disgruntled currently, I thought it was about time 😊 For those who know me…sorry… for those who don’t… well, you will know to avoid my posts in future😊
I do seem, during my time on here, (and very much so, in the last few weeks), to have got a reputation. Good or bad? I am not sure…but I do seem to be thought of as, ‘ The champion of slow and steady’ ; I am however a tad concerned…
Am I just coming over as a slow plodding old runner… advocating a dragging pace, where we just get through the run as slowly as possible!! Well time to set the record straight. 😊
I do advocate slow and steady throughout the C25K programme and beyond. I always will
During this programme, it is all too easy, to push too hard and to be swayed or persuaded, or even encouraged, often with the best of intentions, by other speedier, or less experienced runners, that this is the way to go. Often too, some of the less experienced runners, think that having done a few runs, they might miss runs, rest days or even weeks out also. This does concern me. ( Yes, I do worry a lot) We have seen far too many folk, end up discouraged, injured or even disappearing from the forum, as a result of the need for speed.
This programme is intended as a slow, structured build up to 30-minute runs after nine weeks. (If it takes you longer, then that is fine…. If you never make 5K, that is fine… you do not have to, to become a Graduate.) It is also intended to be enjoyable. Fun is meant to be had on your journey, learning about yourself and your running, getting fitter and stronger with every week 😊
However, the definition of what I mean by slow, is a tricky one to explain. But what I intend folk to take from any advice I may offer, is, simply, to find a comfortable, sustainable pace for the runs within their own running journey.
My slow, is not your slow… my slow, is slower than some and speedier than others. There are runners on here, who if moving slowly, would be at least 1K ahead of me moving slowly…😊
I have discovered, as I have moved on from C25K to Bridge to 10K, that my slow, comfortable pace is now actually, not as slow as I once imagined…After Graduation and building up my 30 minute runs, I was advised by the Graduates, to take a look at the C25K+ podcasts…. I did… I did them all and again, discovered… that I really enjoyed Speed and Stamina… Yes, this old snail loves Speed…😊
You heard it here first!
Hard to take in, I know… 😊 The podcasts form, still, an integral part of many of my runs
But, my runs are done at my pace, my comfortable and happy pace and I choose to run as slowly or as quickly as I am comfortable with, depending on the run: challenging myself, yes, but never pushing to the point of reducing myself to an exhausted, over-heated, sickened wet-rag of a runner.
Having spent a good few weeks on the IC recovering from a calf muscle tear, I have had to be so, so patient, getting over the initial shock… from my protestation of, “But I always warm up, stretch, take it gently etc et etc..” to accepting, it happens, ( even to elite athletes apparently…bless my Physiotherapist… I could have kissed him), and the only way back was treatment, and then a slow, slow build up again… and I mean slow…really slow. But… here I am; back running three times a week… a Virtual Charity 5K run on Tuesday and a longer run of an hour on Friday, which, by choice, included a speedy and enjoyable 3K 😊 Snail I may be… but if I choose too… I can move 😊
So… what is the point of this ramble… just to say, yes, this is your journey and your pace, but try, maybe, to find that comfortable pace for yourself, and, if you are new to running, then do, take it steadily through those first uncertain runs of the programme, and as the runs increase in time, start to feel your stamina increasing, your strength building and those running legs growing. Find that happy running pace for yourself. Get there having had fun😊
The incredible, seasoned Graduates on here, amazing runners, who have proved their worth, over and over again, influenced and still influence my progress, with their tried and tested advice and their sound contributions to this forum. I am in awe of them. Listen to their advice.
Ramble over… I feel better and I do hope a few of you may take heart from this and start easing up and being a tad kinder to yourselves.
You are all simply amazing… you will all make it through this journey and be on that Graduation podium, getting your badges and cheered on by us all, especially me 😊