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Began One Hour Runner program

After I finished C25K, I had a bit of an upset tummy, my time of the month and sore back so I treated myself to a deep tissue massage and allowed myself a week off. But, now I'm back in the saddle and have completed the first 2 runs of the "One Hour Runner" program. pauljenkins.tv/the-one-hour... These first two were simply 30-minute runs (the first 3 weeks of the program is simply 3, 30-minute runs/ week, which fits well with the c25K advice which is to spend the few weeks, post-graduation, "consolidating"). I can't say I find it easy or pleasurable, yet, but I'm pleased I'm still plodding along.

I'm not much bothered by the fact that I can only still get about than 3.6km in half an hour, because I know that speed will come with time (and even if it doesn't, I realise that running slowly is still doing my body a world of good.) However, I did sign up for a 5K race at the end of April and I'm slightly worried that I won't be able to finish it. Anyway, I try not to think of that, now. I just focus on getting through each run and proudly writing my "notes" about it in a journal, afterwards. I remind myself that going from Couch Potato to Runner requires patience and a sense of humour :). And if I don't finish the first, or second or third, race, will finish one eventually if I persevere.

Tomorrow: final run of Wk1, OHR. Then, onto Wk2: more "consolidation." :)

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The adrenaline of the race will give you a big boost and you've still got a good month of practice running to go yet.

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Thank you. Yes, adrenaline spike will probably help and also another 2 months of practice. Two months ago, I could not yet run 20 minutes without stopping, so it stands to reason that ~ as long as I progress slow and steady, not injuring myself ~ I will continue to improve significantly in the months ahead. I appreciate the reminders, and your encouragement. xo

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Well done on what you are already doing!

You will very probably be up to around 5 k by the time of your event. But if not it doesn’t matter, many many people run/ walk these events.

The main thing is to enjoy it 🏃🏼‍♀️😃

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YES! I know myself well enough; if I don't enjoy something, I will eventually give it up. So, thank you for the reminder to have fun. xo

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Slow running is the best running there is - honestly. It builds your stamina, is a fat burner and helps you later on develop speed. So you’re doing the right thing. Well done you

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Thank you. Will try to remind myself of these facts when I start to feel mortified that I'm the slowest by far on the gym's line of treadmills... I sincerely appreciate your reminder.

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