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What is your week. April Week 1

What is your week. April Week 1

Welcome to the first week of the April, What is your Week?

I thought a photo was in order here:)

It is a glorious morning here , blue sky and sunshine.... and heavy snow forecast tomorrow:) What odd weather..but...onward and upward!

The idea of, "What is your Week" ?

Every week we are going to put up a post, so you can add in a little post underneath, to say what week you are planning to do this week.

Sample post (feel free to put as much or as little as you like):

“Hi, I'm Oldfloss, and this week, I am doing the dreaded week 5 run 3... help!, any tips guys? ”

We are growing so much at the moment and we wanted to have a little fun post ,so we can see who is on what week of the programme, and hopefully it will help everyone to feel more included on the forum.

Please remember it doesn't matter if you stay on the same week for a while, that is fine; it is a journey and it really doesn't matter how long it takes, it will be so worth it when you get to the final run.

At the end of the month there will be a Certificate for you to download and keep; just a little memento of the fact you have completed a whole month of the program. Another full month of running for you.

If you have just graduated, this will be a great place to keep you motivated, there is always the Quest on the Bridge to 10k forum as well for Graduates.

I will add all the names from this week under this post. Every week for the month of April, the names will roll over into another post.

Let's get a good list going so we can support each other.

(Come on you lurkers, you can do it as well. ?)

Fifitrixiebell

alexpie

Tbae

Bridget007

Millsie-J

TailChaser

Tartiflette

JoP61

alikayV

Thriftyvickie

Margaretlee

Samnev

Girlyengland

Skylark64

Superstarnewbie

NicolaD

RainbowC

Jb33

Madsimmo

Pippayoungart

Mand102

mairi1

Duracellqueen

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Well, my week is off to a good start. Just got in from my run. I graduated a few weeks ago. The route I did this morning is a new route and making it a bit longer each time till I running for 30 mins or 5km. Part of it runs by the river, so change of scenery. Really enjoyed this run. As it was a bit shorter didn't feel I had to push myself as much. Plan to go out Tuesday, Thursday mornings this week. One at least will be my usual route.

Hope you have a good week everyone

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Great start as you say :) Your run sounds wonderful... :)

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Hi all ive been lurking for a while so even though im here several times a day and read most posts ive never actually posted myself, ill be doing week 4 run 2 today and ive been loving it, when i started i really struggled with running for 1 min never mind 5! Now my husband is fed up of hearing about trainers and leggings

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Hope your run went well.. well done you :)

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Husband will get used to the running talk:)

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My husbands already a super fit runner, he runs the 13miles home from work for fun, so im always thinking of things i wanna ask him, it never ends haha

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For fun eh... brilliant:) An expert on hand..perfect :) You will be out there running to meet him soon :)

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Fab! Make such a difference if you actually enjoy running. Well done!

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Tip of the century Floss,🤔

Slow and steady🌟🏃‍♀️👏👏

Kissing the ground and squishing these poor🤔 gremlins.👍

Never had a chance really with you in our midst.💫👏👏🏃‍♀️

Keep inspiring.👏👏

Happy Easter👍🏃‍♀️

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Thank you.. and Happy Easter to you :)

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I am on week 3 run 1 again and loving it even more than the first time round 😊😊😊 will be back to week 5 soon hopefully 😬😬

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That sounds brilliant... slow and steady :)

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Well Floss this week I am resting my arms after my hectic month of badge shining duties! (Ive handed over to the lovely Bluebirdrunner for the new month).

We had well over 100 C25k graduates through March........ whoop , whoop! Well done everyone!

Happy Easter all!

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Tiring stuff this badge resenting.. take it easy :)

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I’ve just done run 1 of Week 5 in the glorious Welsh sunshine. It was ok apart from the last couple of minutes which were uphill. Run 2 should be ok but getting worried about the 20 minuter at the end. Should I do it on the treadmill (boring but safe) or outside (it goes quick but if I have any problems there’s nowhere to hide!). Don’t think there’s an answer to that though.

Happy Easter and happy running everyone! X 😀🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😀

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Stay out there.. it is fine... hills are character building!! Apparently... well done you :)

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Morning all! I'm at W3 R2 tomorrow. A bit more tricky this week with school hols & no childcare while I run... Will just have to bring them with me

🏃🏼‍♀️🐥🐥

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Take it steady and take it slow and have fun... all of you :)

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Graduated a couple of days ago, and today I did another 30 minute run - going to do more of them and hope to increase my speed and stamina. Also looked at the "what next" link: healthunlocked.com/couchto5... and the "Life after C25K" suggestions: nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/...

Realise I need to design myself a mini programme of goals to keep me going. Happy running. 🏃‍♀️

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Nothing like a plan... it all sounds very positive:)

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Yes you're right - I do need a programme to follow, otherwise I'm inclined to lose interest! 😀

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Morning fellow C25Kers! I’m looking forward to W7R3 on Monday then hopefully a W8 Run by the end of the week. Might try and get a gait analysis done and treat myself to some running shoes. I sometimes run across a field or two but mainly proper made up paths or tracks. Any tips on getting a gait analysis done or best types of trainers for mixed running terrain greatly received! 🐥🐣 happy Easter all!

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Lots going on for you this week then... enjoy, especially the field runs... :)

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All done! W8R1 here I come!

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I’m Vickie. I have finished week 1 today.

I had a few questions. Do you really have to have a day rest between each runs? That doesn’t really fit my schedule. This week I need to run Monday, Friday, Sunday. But I’ve run today.

Next week I can do Tuesday, friday, Sunday. So that will help as is spaced a bit better.

Is there a pace I should stick to? From what I’ve read I might be going a bit fast (not out of breath though) but I find jogging slow really hard. I’m currently running on a treadmill & I hate treadmills.

My aim for this week is to complete week 2 plus do my usual clubbercise, yoga, Pilates, boogie bounce.

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Yes... There must always be at least one rest day... micro-tears in the muscles have to heal...

I am afraid the rest days at this stage are non-negotiable... unless you want to end up on the IC, which is horrid!

You can take more than one rest day between runs though..maybe rejig your other exercise and make one a run ?

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Argh will it massively mess me up if I only do 2 runs next week then?

I pre pay my pilates & boogie so I’m booked on for weeks in advance. I guess I could run instead of clubbercise but wouldn’t want to miss yoga as it helps my neck so much.

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No it won't.. with this weather currently, some of are lucky to get one in... :) Fit the three in where you can...:)

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That’s good to know. I’ll give it a go!!!

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Fantastic inspiration. Just joined tonight so ready to plan my running next week.

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Brilliant.. check this post for Newbies out...loads of great advice.. download the programme and head out there.

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Slow and steady and keep posting please:)

Welcome:)

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Thank you. I haven’t ran for a while and I miss the buzz I always got. Slow and steady, good plan.

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My first run will be 3.5 miles which I have planned for Tuesday night.

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Are you following the C25K plan... this forum follows that...?

The aim is to get you running for thirty minutes after nine weeks.. some folk get to run for 5K but then, many do not..:)

If you are already running 5K, then maybe a couple of weeks consolidation, a quick look at this post....to see some options

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

and then maybe move on to Bridge to 10 K forum...???

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Only 2nd run after 5 months out did W5R1 again but didn't stop just carried on for another 5 minutes and had to go the long way round to mine to get my walk in ☺ really enjoyed it though my legs are now complaining.

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Well done you...but move on gently.... and enjoy this great journey:_

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Get those leg stretches done:)

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Thanks I sure will. Have s good week too.

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Hi, did W4R2 today in the sunshine and enjoyed it (apart from a flooded path =wet feet). Hoping to start W5 on the beach at the end if next week 🏃‍♀️🌊😊

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Well done you... take it easy on the beach runs too:)

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Hi everyone! I’m week 9 🎉🎉 anyone else?

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I think there are quite a few:) Well done you!

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I have W7R3 tomorrow in a hilly park (Saturday's hilly parkrun took me by surprise), Thursday sees W8R1 and Saturday W8R2 at parkrun again. I am also introducing strength training this week (slowly!) because I want to participate in a Tough Mudder 5k next spring.

I LOVE running in the rain! 😊

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Well done you...it sound like a great plan!

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I did do a run today & should have been a rest day. Basically got to gym for class was booked on to only to find it had been changed for bank holiday. So I did it. As couldn’t think of a work out to do. I do classes really not a fan of the gym on its own.

I found today a lot harder than week1 & think would have been wiser to rest. Next run will either be Wednesday early before work or Friday. So I will have a rest. I did it though so I’m really pleased I got through even though it was tough. Time to give these tired old legs a rest though!!

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Well done... listening to your body is the best guide:)

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Hello I did week1 run1 yesterday. I survived! For me the challenge will be to get the runs in during the working week. I have scheduled my next one in for Thursday, my second day back...

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Fingers crossed... well done :)

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Hi there! I started week 4, run 1 today. I was wondering if I could actually run for a full 5 mins at a time but I achieved the whole programme today. I feel very proud I did it !

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Well done...keep it slow and steady as you go :)

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Still here. Starting week 4 on Thursday! x

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Well done... slow and steady :)

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I'm starting week 9 tonight! Might have to take a four-legged partner with me for 'encouragement' (aka pulling me along!)... Feeling very tired after a busy busy weekend, and have a sore throat too thanks to DD2 sharing her germs. So I might give in to the temptation to have an early night instead, and run tomorrow...

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Sounds like a plan :) You take care... :)

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Went to bed at 8.30 last night, and slept really badly so that I overslept this morning in the end! I’m feeling rough today still, so think that running this week will wait until I have any energy at all...

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Clearly under par.. wait it out.. the runs will still be there:)

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Hi I did W6r2 today, all ok thankfully. Can’t believe that was my last walk, run. Positive thinking for completing run 3.

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You will be fine... relax and take it gently :).... Trust yourself and just believe you can do it:)

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I’ll be on W7R2 tomorrow and the weather is supposed to be horrid! Cold with sleety rain but I’m not going to let it stop me from getting out and getting on with it!

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Go you.... nothing will stop a runner... :)

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You’re so right Oldfloss... I was out at 06:20 and just as the warm up walk finished, on came the sleet but it didn’t stop this “runner” ( I do feel a bit of a fraud for calling myself that but, even the great Michael Johnson says it so...)! Anyway fingers crossed that spring will be back on the cards in Scotland on Friday 🌤

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Oh gosh..I hope it reaches you soon...this cold and snow is just going on and on...well done you😉

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W2R2. Still going after a forced pause due to twisting my knee. Nothing to do with running - it came about dodging traffic whilst crossing a road on a recent London visit! Ended up doing six W1 runs before having the confidence to move on to W2. Reading the forum has kept me motivated. So thanks to everyone’s generous encouragement!

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Very well done.. and ouch! Keep it steady as you go :)

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Hi, Mandy here. All being well I'll be doing W7R2 tomorrow. Can't believe I've got this far!

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Well done you... relax into the longer runs:)

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Hi, W2R2 done tonight, played music tonight for first time and did help, but still hard going.

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Hi... well done... just slow it right down and then some:)

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Thanks for the encouragement, it helps a lot.

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I’m so proud of myself. Had an awful start to week 2 run 2 think I started too fast. Nearly gave up then realised I needed to slow down & easily completed it in the end - phew!!!

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Very well done... you will be really amazed where slow and steady gets you to :)

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It's my Wk7 run 2 today. I find the time I go for my runs makes a difference to how comfortable I feel. I like going out mid-morning , I just seem to feel more warmed up. Anyone else got a favourite time? Today I'm out in the afternoon, which is good because the morning it's going to rain and I hate running in the wet! Have a good Saturday everyone 😀

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Hope it went well and you stayed dry:) Me..I love the early morning runs:)

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I had a great run in the warm for a change !

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