...her secret is patience.
For those of my friends on here who know me... Floss ramble coming up... for those who don't.. here I am, rambling
I love my roles on the forum, both as a Mentor and a member of the Admin team. I take my roles seriously... but I worry.. sometimes too much
I have a bit of a reputation as such.. as both an advocate of slow and steady and most satisfyingly, a nannying old fogey
So... over the last few days, particularly after the departure of the Beast from the East, I have noticed folk being less than kind.... to themselves
Many references to loss of motivation, and loss of fitness; aches, pains and worries about time, pace and distance.
Time then now, for a breather
I have rambled about this before, so I am going to, without apology, repeat myself.. once more.
I have used these phrases over and over again
During this programme, it is all too easy, to push too hard and to be swayed or persuaded, or even encouraged, often with the best of intentions, by other speedier, or less experienced runners
This programme is intended as a slow, structured build up to 30-minute runs after nine weeks. (If it takes you longer, then that is fine…. If you never make 5K, that is fine… you do not have to, to become a Graduate.) It is also intended to be enjoyable. Fun is meant to be had on your journey, learning about yourself and your running, getting fitter and stronger with every week.
However, the definition of what I mean by slow, is a tricky one to explain. But what I intend folk to take from any advice I may offer, is, simply, to find a comfortable, sustainable pace for the runs within their own running journey.
My slow, is not your slow… my slow, is slower than some and speedier than others. There are runners on here, who if moving slowly, would be at least 1K ahead of me, also moving slowly.
But, my runs are done at my pace, my comfortable and happy pace and I choose to run as slowly or as quickly as I am comfortable with, depending on the run: challenging myself, yes, but never pushing to the point of reducing myself to an exhausted, over-heated, sickened wet-rag of a runner.
This is your C25K and your choice of pace, but try, maybe, to find that comfortable pace for yourself, and, if you are new to running, then do, take it steadily through those first uncertain runs of the programme, and as the runs increase in time, start to feel your stamina increasing, your strength building and those running legs growing. Find that happy running pace for yourself. Get there having had fun.
The incredible, seasoned Graduates on here, amazing runners, who have proved their worth, over and over again, influenced and still influence my progress, with their tried and tested advice and their sound contributions to this forum. I am in awe of them. Listen to their advice.
Relax...follow the plan... take it gently, have patience and reach the Graduation podium safely, injury free, enjoyably and in your own time
In case anyone is wondering... yes, that is me... half-way up Tryfan in the Ogwen valley...YoungFloss