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I did, I just ran 5k!!

Badger1974
Badger1974Graduate
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Not a big deal to many, but it is to me!

I, like many others, was a bit disappointed when I worked out that doing C25K I would never be running 5k but running for 30 minutes (about 3.2km for me).

I graduated just after Christmas and have been doing regular 30 minute runs since. Wondering how I was ever going to get to 5km.

Then this morning, about 2km in, I just thought to myself, why not do it? Why not just carry on and run 5km, so that's exactly what I did!

For the first time in about 32 years I ran solidly for 5km. It took me 44 mins and 47 seconds!

I am one very happy plodder, and this feels much more of an achievement than graduating (although of course, that was a great stepping stone).

Onwards and upwards!!

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Very inspiring!

Isnt it amazing what our bodies can do, I think if we doubt ourselves it makes it harder for us, but you had one of those magic moments were you went for it and it paid off.

Good on you!! ๐Ÿ˜

Badger1974
Badger1974Graduate
in reply to bigjimmy

Thanks for the support!

bigjimmy
bigjimmy
in reply to Badger1974

You are welcome.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Huge, well done you!! We all have our own running path, with its own milestones, and you just passed one!

Brilliant!!!

damienair
damienairGraduate

Wow, fantastic. Congratulations on getting to 5K. That is brilliant. I know how you feel. I graduated last June and got comfortable running 5 K. Then in November due to work and I guess a little laziness I stopped running until Christmas. When I went back running again I couldnโ€™t run 5K without a couple of walking breaks. It took me a few weeks but Iโ€™m back to running 5K without stopping. Itโ€™s a great feeling. Well done to you.

Badger1974
Badger1974Graduate
in reply to damienair

I am petrified of stopping!! I can't let myself take a break from running now, gotta keep going!

bigjimmy
bigjimmy
in reply to Badger1974

You run every day?

Badger1974
Badger1974Graduate
in reply to bigjimmy

Nooo, I still have rest days in between.

I just meant, if I was to stop for a week, then that becomes two, then I didn't run for a month, I would be extremely gutted.

I have worked hard to get here and I need to keep it going.

bigjimmy
bigjimmy
in reply to Badger1974

It's hard to re-start, you seem to into it to ever give up.

damienair
damienairGraduate
in reply to Badger1974

Do you have any Parkruns close to you? They are a great way to kick off the weekend and itโ€™s a great challenge trying to beat your times each week. Enjoy your runs.

Badger1974
Badger1974Graduate
in reply to damienair

Yeah I do, but looking at times, I would come around 385th out of 400!

I will do it soon!

damienair
damienairGraduate
in reply to Badger1974

There is nothing wrong in coming in 400th out of 400. Park run is not a race. But each week you will come back and run a little faster and improve your place. Iโ€™m at the back in my Parkrun and am in the last 20 most weeks, but itโ€™s a great feeling. I love it.

Badger1974
Badger1974Graduate
in reply to damienair

Awesome, I'm going to do it very soon I think.

Millsie-J
Millsie-JGraduate
in reply to Badger1974

Remember its an event, not a race, doesnโ€™t matter where in the field you finish, just enjoy!๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Richard7
Richard7Graduate
in reply to Badger1974

That's the spirit! Me too! Daren't stop.

Oldgal68
Oldgal68Graduate

Well done, Badger1974 ! This running lark continually amazes me too, ๐Ÿ˜† and it shows how good the programme is for getting you to that point where as you run youโ€™re thinking - you know, maybe I can do this today, and you do! With a positive attitude like yours, Itโ€™s very much onwards and upwards! Happy running!

CatMo13
CatMo13Graduate

Well done thatโ€™s such a great achievement!

Millsie-J
Millsie-JGraduate

A really significant milestone, you are a runner for sure!

Richard7
Richard7Graduate

Well done Badger. It's a great feeling too pass these sort of milestones. Helps you to realise how far you have come. Happy running.

Elfe5
Elfe5Graduate

Oh well done you! That's a very satisfying achievement. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

helenwheels
helenwheelsGraduate

It is a big deal indeed! Very well done. The next milestone is 10 and I think Juju is starting a new plan next month :)

Badger1974
Badger1974Graduate
in reply to helenwheels

hmmmm, we will see! Have you done the 10k plan helenwheels ?

helenwheels
helenwheelsGraduate
in reply to Badger1974

No I just increased distance gradually. Over the winter I have gone back to 5k and havenโ€™t run further for ages (no time/too dark). Planning to join the next plan though. Why donโ€™t you join too?

Badger1974
Badger1974Graduate
in reply to helenwheels

Maybe I will, gives me a month to consolidate first, should be ok!!

I will take a look now.

DebJogsOn
DebJogsOnGraduate

Congratulations! It's a great feeling isn't it? Sounds like your determination will keep you going on your running journey!

Badger1974
Badger1974Graduate
in reply to DebJogsOn

Thanks DebJogsOn I'm totally committed to keeping running. Maybe I will try and take some inspiration from you and consolidate this distance for a few weeks and see if I can get down to 33mins too!

Badger1974
Badger1974Graduate
in reply to Badger1974

Maybe sub 40 mins first, let's not get carried away!!

DebJogsOn
DebJogsOnGraduate
in reply to Badger1974

I was running about 3.4k in 30 minutes when I graduated. For a while I just kept going out at my own pace but have found the C25K + podcasts really helpful in upping my pace a bit and think they'be definitely helped me progress. However I really like just getting out there and most enjoy a gentle jog and a bit of me time while listening to radio podcast of something I've missed.

Badger1974
Badger1974Graduate
in reply to DebJogsOn

Cool, maybe I will try the + podcasts :).

ju-ju-
ju-ju-Administrator

Fantastic well done

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