Couch to 5K

I finally did it!

After graduating from c25k last May and finally hitting 5k in June, I've been--very, very gradually--increasing my distance and speed. I'm not a fast runner, and my first 5k time was 44 minutes, which was only slightly faster than my walking pace.

But with continuous running every other day (minus days for illness/injury/travel), for almost a full year, I finally ran a sub-35 minute 5k yesterday! 34:52! It didn't even feel like I was pushing too hard, and I wasn't exhausted at the end!

It still isn't fast in the grand scheme of things, but it's something that seemed almost impossible only a few months ago. Just like running 5k at all seemed impossible before I started the programme. I may never be sub-30, but I'm a runner!

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very well done , great result.

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I feel your pride ranjo😄...well done on a great run, and more to come, I'm sure.....

You are stronger and fitter and doing brilliantly..

Another way to get faster is to train doing slow longer runs...if you fancy trying to increase your distance there is a sister website Bridge to 10k where you will find the same friendly welcome and names you will know to get motivation and advice..😊x

healthunlocked.com/bridgeto10k

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Thanks! Part of my training has been running 10k every weekend, which makes the 5k feel like cake!

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Another thing that seemed impossible a year ago :)

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Oops sorry, silly me...but maybe this will help someone else😉...

Yes, I see you have your 10k badge in place on the Bridge site.

I have definately got faster on my shorter runs having done the 10k training...xx

*not under 35 mins though😆

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Well done ranjo and great to hear how you are progressing since graduating 😊

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This is so inspiring for me. I’ve just graduated, an old but new to running and am very slow. Haven’t managed 5k yet but estimate it will take around 45 mins when I finally get there. It’s good to know that I might get quicker if I stick at it as planned so thank you and congratulations.

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