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Mr Smooth, Please Give Me A Hug

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Having been thoroughly impressed by both Hidden doing a sub 30 minute 5k and Razouski running an utterly tremendous 4 mins 15 seconds 1km, I came to the conclusion that I needed to do some game-upping!

I always thought I could only ever be slow and long distance, but SCB very Kindly explained that by using the 'speed' podcast, run times had gradually fallen and hence the recent sub 30 minuter.

My 80s fellow retro runner Razouski, seemed to have managed her great time purely on cake power! (I joke..) But the serious point is both tackled the 'speed' issue by doing some interval training. Something I have avoided like the plague, to date. I looked at it in August and thought nope that's not for me.

Today I bit the bullet - all I can say is anyone who used Laura - she is one tough cookie! I almost crawled home after my run. The gruesome details are below

But in summary, Mr Smooth you were always a pussycat, Laura - you're a tiger. Now I need a hug, and a long rest....

Happy days - another running challenge has arrived.

Oh and big thanks to Jonesycat who pointed me in the right direction for Laura's pesky podcast!

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I have rejoined Laura for some interval training. I am redoing the C25K but this time running as fast as I can (plus a slow 5k each weekend). I hope that this will help improve my speed and come the spring (when there is more daylight time) I will return to distance.

This week I did week 1 and when Laura told me to give myself a pat on the back, I felt I had come home :)

She is my virtual girl crush!

she is tough... but I will fight another day Ive got to be faster somehow...

She’ll show you her soft side as you get to know her😊

ok then... I trust you....

Oldfloss profile image

...which is why we often suggest the C25K+ podcasts...:) They do work, for many of us... and ...If this old snail ended up doing a 3K in less than 18 minutes, using Speed, ( the podcast, not the drug) on one must tell us something...:)

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Jancanrun in reply to Oldfloss

Yes I know now Oldfloss but then I was thinking ouch, today I am thinking double ouch!

But have to try it again and see what happens...

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Jancanrun

You will be fine.... honestly :) I survived :)

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Jancanrun in reply to Oldfloss

that's the plan...

Hidden profile image

Sending you a virtual hug. It does give you a serious workout in less time than the other podcasts. I really enjoy it, but it is tough.

I recommend cake power too!

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Jancanrun in reply to Hidden

Yes afterwards blimey I felt as though I'd worked - so a great recommendation, even though wow - Laura one heck of a lady!

respect to you for doing her workouts

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It's tough isn't it? But very exhilarating - the first 4 runs anyway! I couldn't finish it the first time I did it - or rather let's say there was very little distinction between the running fast and the running slow bits!

I am with you on that one...

gosh I felt totally shattered at the end of it

Laura... love her... (fab blog).

I often end up mentally shouting at her when doing the speed podcast. And I can't keep my pace in time with her beat on any of it,..

But I guess sit must be doing some good. I just can't imagine doing it on the high walks at Barbican. I usually have to speed walk along them when I'm rushing from Farringdon to get to choir rehearsals, but running... I don't think so.

Hope your gluten recover soon.

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Jancanrun in reply to Razouski

sitting down tomorrow, as we are in the car all day! So we are on for Saturday then! Yay! Fix it is...brilliant I never thought I'd meet a real live C25ker.. and a fellow 80s freak too!

Fishypieface profile image

Well done on upping your game.... everybody's upping their game.... I can't be arsed to up my game!! I feel that I should.... but then I just carry on as normal. 5k in 35 mins, 32 mins if I'm trying really hard.... which was like once. And now that you've said it's painful I doubly can't be arsed.

I am going to do Juju's 10k plan, maybe that's enough for now. It's hard not to feel like we should be making improvements though. I hope that it get easier for you, if you stick at it, I am sure that you will reap the benefits! Just think of it like the next c25k. :)

5k 32 mins thats good for can't be arsed!

I am not at that level yet, but the 10K tick I've done that. In fact it was easier than upping the speed

But we all are different, and one thing for me isn't for you...

But you run, I run we all run and that's a good thing!

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FishypiefaceGraduate in reply to Jancanrun

That was a definite one off! Well done on the 10k :).... I like that sound of that being easier!! I love it how we all do it differently.... just getting out there and doing our thing, whatever that is, is fabulous!

IgaT profile image

Hi, welcome to the tiger mode ;) Happy crawling! I mean running :P Crack this speed. You got it girl!

Snodi profile image

I've downloaded the 'Laura' podcasts. My brothers used the C25K podcasts with Laura. I've had a listen, she's a bit of a taskmaster eh! 😕

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Jancanrun in reply to Snodi

sure is.... my legs still feeling it..

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MummycavModerator are a machine!!! 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️

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Jancanrun in reply to Mummycav

slightly decrepit machine today though ;)

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MummycavModerator in reply to Jancanrun

Yeah right x

I've recently done this run. She's fab :-)

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Jancanrun in reply to LexMis

tough cookie as I say, hopefully it will pay dividends.... do you think I can get away with doing just one speed session? haha

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