It’s certainly been a while since I posted here. I started C25k at the end of May, finishing around the end of July.
I’ve then done a month of running maybe twice a week, the occasional 3 times. Then I finished writing my MSc dissertation and weirdly this seems to be the point where my running’s stopped!
Last run was 26th August, and even then those runs had only been a couple of 2ks (leg was sore and didn’t want to risk injury).
Today I went back to the gym where I first started running (not very successfully) over a year ago. I did my 5 minute walk then started running.
35 minutes and 20ish seconds later, I’d done the 5k. I think it was my 3rd or 4th 5k where I’ve ran the whole distance.
What surprised me was how much easier it was than I thought it was going to be. One of the reasons I put off going back out again I guess. I thought it was going to be dreadful, running out of breath quickly and not being able to run for too long. What happened was the complete opposite, my breathing was good, my pace was good, I even enjoyed myself a little.
Really happy I went out and did it, it’s definitely reminded me why I started running in the first place.
I guess my point is, no matter where you are in the programme, whether you’ve just started, you’re on week 4, you’ve graduated recently, you’ve graduated a year ago, if you have to take a break or want to take a break, don’t worry about going back out there for the first time again. You’ll be fine!
(One of the biggest issues for me has been having some sort of structure for after graduation, the Nike run club app is really good for guided runs and you can set up a structure for a ‘race’ which will also help speed and stamina too).
Happy Wednesday (hump day)