Couch to 5K

I did, I just ran 5k!!

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!! 😁

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Thanks for the support!

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You are welcome.

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

Brilliant!!!

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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 couldn’t run 5K without a couple of walking breaks. It took me a few weeks but I’m back to running 5K without stopping. It’s a great feeling. Well done to you.

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

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You run every day?

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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.

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

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

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

I will do it soon!

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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. I’m at the back in my Parkrun and am in the last 20 most weeks, but it’s a great feeling. I love it.

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

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Remember its an event, not a race, doesn’t matter where in the field you finish, just enjoy!😃

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

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

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Well done that’s such a great achievement!

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

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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.

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Oh well done you! That's a very satisfying achievement. 😃

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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 :)

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

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No I just increased distance gradually. Over the winter I have gone back to 5k and haven’t run further for ages (no time/too dark). Planning to join the next plan though. Why don’t you join too?

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

I will take a look now.

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

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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!

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

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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.

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

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Fantastic well done

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