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W9 looming... What shall I do?

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Hi there running buddies.

OK. Week 9 begins.

Plan to do W9R1 on Monday, then W9R2 on Wednesday. I will be in Cardiff on Friday, so if you all goes well, I can either do W9R3 on the hotel treadmill Friday morning or at our local (and my first) ParkRun on Saturday.

I've only ever run 5k once, and I am INCREDIBLY SLOW. Shall I do next Saturday's Parkrun or should I wait till I am better at this? It's just that graduating on my first ever Parkrun would be lovely 😍.

(Also I have *new shoes*!!! πŸ˜πŸ’ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘Ÿ. They are Saucony Guide Iso. I πŸ’– them.)

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Are you copying me? That's my timetable, although my R3 will be in Gt Yarmouth - running along the promenade :) Booked the weekend away ages ago not knowing it would coincide with W9R3. At least it'll be memorable.

From what I know of parkruns, there's no such thing as too slow. I'd say go for it but ultimately, it's what you think you're going to be the most comfy with. Good luck with W9.

slow-farahGraduate in reply to antonioa

There's a Parkrun at Gorleston a couple of miles from Yarmouth if you fancied a graduation parkrun good luck 😊

antonioaGraduate in reply to slow-farah

Thank you. I'll probably stick to my original plan but very good of you to point it out :) :)


Your final week of couch to 5k how exciting. Your ready for this!! Do enjoy and if you don’t mind would love a pic of your new πŸ‘Ÿ. Take care and have a pleasant run this week.

Nothing to stop you graduating at ParkRun πŸ˜€.

Just set your podcast and do your usual run, don’t get carried away just go steadily and slowly - or start off walking to get yourself some space and then run for 30mins. If, by the end of 30 mins you’re close to the end, you might find your legs taking over and sprinting you over the finish line. But even if you end by walking you will have graduated - win/winπŸ‘. By the way lots of people walk the whole way so you won’t be too slow.

Good Luck with whatever you decide πŸ€


Well done you! I’m starting Week 9 next week too and planning Mon, Wed & Fri runs 😍 Deffo go for ParkRun Saturday if that’s what you want to do, you’ll do brilliant πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ


That’s my timetable too except my parkrun is on Sunday with my dog - he and I will be rooting for you πŸŽ‰πŸ‘


It sounds like you want to go for the parkrun...do what your heart tells you, and have a graduation run to remember!


Slow and steady and do the Park run..just trickle along for the 30 minutes.. walk at the end:)

Given those two choices, I’d definitely pick parkrun hands down. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€πŸ˜€

You’ll smash it Lil! πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ˜€πŸ˜€


Do it on parkrun... get there early and tell them that it’s your C25K graduation and I bet you get a lot of support. Don’t overthink anything, just do what got you here... you’ve done an amazing job so far.


I'd go for parkrun - it's a fab way to end the program😊

Good luck for your final wk x


Go for the parkrun you can start at the back and go nice and slow and have fun, good luck whatever you decide to do 😊

I did a Park Run straight after C25K as I wanted a benchmark to measure myself again at a later date. Although I too was incredibly slow, I now have a formal record of my starting point. Hope that helps :-)

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