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Finally 5k under 30 minutes

Today I have completed 5k under 30 minutes for the first time . I graduated 15th December and have done 17x5k runs since all around 31 minutes

Planning to do my first park run possibly this Saturday!

It’s an effort somedays but well worth it especially on days like today 👌

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Well done

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Thank you 😊

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Wow, well done, that's a real achievement! Just shows what perseverance can do. Mind you, I graduated in July and I still haven't managed it yet! Something tells me it's highly unlikely I ever will!

Enjoy your park run :)

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I didn’t think I would be running under 30 ever . It’s not all about times just getting out running is the most important thing . Keep going too !

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Me neither! I manage 4K in 31 mins and can't imagine ever doing 5k in the same time!

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You will do it !

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Good work.

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Thank you 😊

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Nice one! :) Great achievement, feels extra good when you've just stuck at it doesn't it? Hope the Park Run goes well if you do go for it!

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Thank you and yes it does bit shocked I managed it ! Yes on park run too 😊

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Congratulations!

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Thank you 😊

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Wooohoooo! Well done! 😄

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Thank you 😊

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Well done.

Have you read this post about running after C25K? healthunlocked.com/couchto5...…….what-next

Don't try to run fast all the time.

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Than you I will take time to have a read 👍

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This is fantastic. Many thanks x

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Mazin x well done you x

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Thank you 😊

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Thank you 😊

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Blimey ... graduated 2 years ago, about to do 3rd half marathon and have STILL only had one 5k under 30 minutes! Well done you!!!! :-)

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Wow half marathon that’s something I couldn’t do . Good luck 👍

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Naaahahhaaa! You see? That's EXACTLY what I said! 5k 3 times a week enough for me ... then it went to 10k then suddenly it was further ... at the end of the day strive for what you 'want' to do, not what you think you 'should' do ... being out there is all that counts and my goal was always just being out 2 to 3 times a week every week :-)

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Well considering I couldn’t run without stopping after a few yards in October anything is possible! But you are right whatever is best for yourself works well

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That's awesome well done you runner 👏

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Thank you 😊

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Well done that’s a great achievement

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Thank you I have a very special friend that inspires me to do it but happy I have done it 😊

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Awesome! Well done.

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Thank you 😊

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This is such an encouraging read. Really well done to you a great achievement

I’m on week 5 run 2 (8 mins) and I’m dreading it lol

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Thank you keep going and you will smash it week 1 of the programme I struggled and have got to this stage now 👍

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That’s fantastic. It’s what I’m aiming for but with all the bad weather and illness I’m actually getting slower but still running so not downhearted. You’ll love the parkrun, it’s so inclusive. People of all ages and abilities, some fast, some combining running and walking.

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Thank you bit nervous about it but I’m sure it will be fun

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Enjoy your Park Run - it is a really positive experience. Hint - I tend to start towards the back (5k in 32 mins is about 2/3 down the field) then you get the mentalboost of overtaking a few people. 😁

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Thank you for the advice that will be really helpful I don’t want to get in peoples way 😂 I believe the one I’m planning to do gets around 400 people taking part

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Well done. You must be well chuffed. Enjoy your park run. That is my goal, to do one.

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Yes I am and will post how it goes and thank you 😊

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Fantastic! Well done! I’d be grateful if I ever manage to achieve 5K in 40 mins 😄

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Thank you 😊 you will do it keep going

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Well done but for anyone else reading this don’t feel you have to be able to do 5K in 30 minutes to do a Parkrun. I’ve done done six now, gradually eating into my pb but nowhere near 30 minutes!

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No definitely not parkrun is for everyone and not always running either. Just happy to give it a go . Good luck to you 😊

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Indeed my experience is that the majority of the runners are there just to run rather than do times and it's a great way to start a week.

Last Saturday after the Park run I noticed a family in the local Cafe Nero. three of the five of them had been on the Park run and had clearly then met up after it and were sitting down together, talking and chatting animatedly and not a phone, playstation or bored look in sight.

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That's a great achievement doing 17 5k's in around 31 minutes and 'hitting the jackpot' on the 18th by doing it in under the magic half hour, I hope you can run the park 5k in around 29 minutes as well, good luck for that.

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Ha ha thank you and so do I but if not I’m sure I will enjoy it 😊

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Ha, you should enjoy it 'Dory' just take it easy and try and schedule it to be 29 minutes and 59 seconds, that is a second under 30 minutes, you will enjoy it.

Don't do what I did on Sunday, as I have told others on this post I did start the C25K first week last November but the cold icy weather started so I decided to postpone starting it until the Spring, however, I was out a lovely good brisk walk on Sunday morning and saw about 14 runners and joggers and decided to have a little run as well. I decided there and then to run for 2 minutes and walk for 1 minute and see how long I would last. Remember I was not in any running gear whatsoever, I had a thick long sleeved jerkin on and walking boots but seeing all those runners just made me in the mood to want to have a run as well. The first two minutes was all uphill, I normally take 4 minutes to walk up that hill but running up it I was at the top with still about 15 seconds to go until the first two minutes were up.

Sweating and exhausted I had decided to have a 3-minute' walking rest', but in these 3 minutes, another jogger appeared who I noticed was 'dressed for the part' but actually was running slower than I had been, so I decided to follow him at about 30 metres behind for my next two minute run, then it happened my right heel seemed to go very sore and as it was in the last 10 seconds of that two minute run I continued but after that I hobbled home just walking slowly. The pain has now gone but it taught me a lesson not to run in non running clothes. It was just seeing all those other runners that made me in the mood for that short run.

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It’s just the urge to run 🏃🏼‍♀️ probably not one of your best ideas but hey you gave it a go 😊 I will take it steady and see what happens

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Wow, it took me 43 minutes to reach my first 5k, so am in awe of you. Well done!

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Thank you that’s very kind 😊

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Well done! Great achievement

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Thank you 😊

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Well done ! Great achievement

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Thank you 😊

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I'll admit, I envy you a bit. Currently doing about 3k in 30 mins. Can't imagine what doing 5k in that span of time would feel like.

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It dosnt matter 30 minutes is the most important bit times will change over time 😊

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You will probably be even faster at the parkrun, I find it much easier to run in company, well done

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Thank you happy to try 😊

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Let us know 😁

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I will do 😊

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Brilliant well done. Don't think I will ever get down to 30 mins. Can't even find the motivation to run at the moment :(

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I hope you do sometimes I don’t look forward to it but once I’m out it’s on . Just try reading some of the great posts on here for inspiration! Good luck

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Excellent news. Very well done.

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Thank you 😊

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that's amazing...im doing in 39'40"..struggling to bring it down. My first Park run i did 39' 16".

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Thank you and that’s great too . Keep going you will do it

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