Disappointed ............Week 9 Run 1 - Couch to 5K

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Disappointed ............Week 9 Run 1


Hello everyone, I was really excited to do my first week 9 run this morning and also tracked it on Map my Run...... only to discover that, although I had run the allocated 30 mins needed, the distance was actually short by 0.5 K!!!! Whilst I was congratulated by the app (Jo Wiley), I was a little disappointed when I realized I hadn't covered the distance only the time. Whats everyone else view?? I realise now that the app is based on time not distance and I have to work harder now to reach my 5K goal.

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Yes the title wouldn’t be quite so catchy more properly it should be called couch to 30 mins. But think of it in the positive those first runs of 60 seconds hurt and now you can do 30 Minutes non stop. That’s an achievement all on its own merits. Most of us don’t achieve the 5k in 30 mins, it depends on so many factors, not least age and fitness. You have achieved a great thing and now you have a target to go for. If it makes you feel better I graduated August and have only done 5k in 30 Minutes, three times since then. ...good luck and happy graduation week


Celebrate. You ran for 30 mins whoop whoop !



I am right near the beginning, just done WK2 Run1, so being able to run for 30 mins is a distant dream at the moment for me. You should be pleased that you can do so much, this is a fantastic achievement so don't beat yourself up about it. You have are doing Fantastic!!!


You can run for 30 minutes 🎉🎉🎉

Just celebrate and enjoy. Once you’ve completed run 3 you can extend your run a little further to cover that elusive half in, just be kind to yourself for now. 👍🏽


You'd've been thrilled to bits with yourself and rightly so if only you had left tracking apps well alone until after graduation.

I am never going to cover 5k in 30 minutes... but it's an NHS app, it's about giving you the tools to be active and the habit of doing so, not anything else.

You're in week 9 - amazing!! :)

I'm only in week 3. I signed up for a 5k before I even started the program, then realized it was only designed to get you running 30 mins, not 5k. Definitely a disappointment, but I'm committed to the program and the 5k and will participate and likely do a fair bit of walking.

I bet after you've graduated, you'll be able to continue and tack some extra time/distance onto your runs and get to 5k. There is a FAQ post for what to do after you complete the program. I haven't checked it out yet as I've got a long way to go!


Well done, week 9 and you are running for 30 minutes, during which time you are already running 4.5k.

Brilliant - assuming you are planning this as a long term thing you will soon come to learn that when training in running we either increase distance or pace, but never both at the same time. So you are building distance at present from your normal pace.

Now, when you've got a few weeks of post-graduation 5k under your belt (in which time you will find that your runs will get faster anyway) you can devote one of those x3 weekly runs runs to increasing your speed. And I'll gladly wager you'll be comrotably doing 5k in under 30mins within the next 2 months.

You are a runner I am not doing the 5k in 30 mins taken me 39mins it doesn't matter u know build on pace as they say in life its a marathon not a sprint give ur self some gratitude u are a runner and u know ur self you will get there be proud of ur self keep it real all the best for the future

Well today was the day I thought would never come....I actually did 5k in 28 minutes. I couldn't believe it and still cant!!! I was nearly crying when I realized what I had done. Thanks guys for all your kind words - yippee :)

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