Couch to 5K
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Graduated!

Against all expectations i did it - maybe not with style, grace or pace - but i got there! Still a way off 5k with a rather woeful 8min+ per kilometre though.

Massive thanks to this forum for the support and encouragement (with my, at times, less than positive mindset!) Isn’t it astonishing - the power of shared experience, to make individuals achieve extraordinary things? If only that power could be harnessed - we could change the world...

If i could trouble the experts again, i just need to find some strategies to keeping going.

I know i need to consolidate for a few weeks with 30 minute runs, but wondering if i should aim for 5k and then longer distances without worrying about time, or whether i should concentrate on trying to get 5k done in 30 minutes before moving on to a longer distance.

Any advice gratefully received, as well as any tips on improving my negatively chattering mind whilst running!

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Can't help with your strategy but I can give you a big virtual hug!! Well done Pippa!! Always knew you were going to do this!!

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Thanks! And keep up the good work - i think your next run is when you become a ‘proper runner’ - that’s what Laura told me anyway!😁

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Yay! Well done! That's brilliant. You must feel so good!!

A week behind you, our aim is going to be to get to 5k in however long it takes. We're not fast! Never going to do 5k in 30 mins!!

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Glad i’m not the only one to feel a 30min 5k is a mountainous task! I think keeping going for 35-40mins might get me there. Good luck with week 9...!

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Thank You! Enjoy your post grad runs!

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Well done, Pippa! I too graduated this morning and have echoed your sentiments in a similar post.

Enjoy your post-grad runs!

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Well done to you too! Let me know how you get on post-grad.

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Will do! 👍🏻

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Congratulations Pippa! I'm not far behind you, and am thinking of repeating week 9 for 3-4 weeks before trying anything else.

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Yes - i think i’ll end up doing that too. Maybe push the time a bit longer? I do want to tick the 5k box! Good luck with your final runs!

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That could work- maybe add 2-3 minutes a week until you get there? Which you will do :-) Thanks - am looking forward to joining you on the podium!

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You're both going to look bloody fabulous on that podium you know!!

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Why thank you! She already is looking fabulous up there :-)

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Well done for completing its a great achievement I've been running 2 weeks after graduation and still don't hit 5k I am going to try and add a few minutes on if I can and hopefully one day hit 5k x

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We’re gonna take that 5k down...!

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😂😂😂Yeah we will one day soon I hope 🏃🤞x

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Huge congratulations! Well done.🎉🎉🎉

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Thank you! Are you in sight of the podium?

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Starting week 9 this week...let’s see!

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I’ll see you in 3 runs!

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Congratulations on your graduation. Don’t worry, only 10% can run 5k on their graduation run. 🏅😃🏆👍

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I’m beginning to realise that - makes me feel a whole lot better!

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Well done! I don’t think your 8mins + is at all woeful. You’re out running, who cares how fast you’re going, it aint called Couch to Sprint :)

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Well couch to sprint it definitely ain’t! You’re right though. I’m out there which is more than i can say for my previous 59 years!

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Well done! I’m post 9 weeks and consolidating too, be fab to be able to finally say yeh, 5K, one day I’m sure!

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Thanks! We’ll get there - for sure!

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