This is a bit of a recap of a post that I have put on here so many times.... but.. some things bear repeating...
For those of my friends on here who know me... Floss ramble coming up... for those who don't... here I am, rambling
I really enjoy the roles I have had here on the forum... firstly ( and still ), as a forum member, then as a Mentor and now as a member of the Admin team. I take all of my roles seriously... but I worry... sometimes too much I have a bit of a reputation as such.. as both an advocate of slow and steady, and satisfyingly, a nannying old fogey
So... over the last few weeks.... I have noticed folk being less than kind.... to themselves
Many references to loss of motivation, and loss of fitness and...increasingly, worries about time, pace and distance.
Time now, for a breather
I have rambled about this, many many times before, so I am going to, without apology, repeat myself... once more.
During this programme, it is all too easy, to push too hard and to be swayed or persuaded, or even encouraged, often with the best of intentions, by other speedier, or less experienced runners
This programme is intended as a slow, structured build up to 30-minute runs after nine weeks. (If it takes you longer, then that is fine…. If you never make 5K, that is fine… you do not have to, to become a Graduate.) It is also intended to be enjoyable. Fun is meant to be had on your journey, learning about yourself and your running, getting fitter and stronger with every week ?
However, the definition of what I mean by slow, is a tricky one to explain. But what I intend folk to take from any advice I may offer, is, simply, to find a comfortable, sustainable and happy pace for the runs within their own running journey.
My slow, is not your slow… my slow, is slower than some and speedier than others. There are runners on here, who if moving slowly, would be at least 1K ahead of me, moving slowly…?
But, my runs are done at my pace, my comfortable and happy pace and I choose to run as slowly or as quickly as I am comfortable with, depending on the run: challenging myself, yes, but never pushing to the point of reducing myself to an exhausted, over-heated, sickened wet-rag of a runner.
This is your C25K and your choice of pace, but try, maybe, to find that comfortable pace for yourself, and, if you are new to running, then do, take it steadily through those first uncertain runs of the programme, and as the runs increase in time, start to feel your stamina increasing, your strength building and those running legs growing. Find that happy running pace for yourself. Get there having had fun?
The incredible, seasoned Graduates on here, amazing runners, who have proved their worth, over and over again, influenced and still influence my progress, with their tried and tested advice and their sound contributions to this forum. I am in awe of them. Listen to their advice.
The moral of my post...? Quite simply...relax...follow the plan... take your time and enjoy this
The photo above is not intended as anything, other than a testament to slow and steady...Having just run 10K...yet still having the energy to jump for sheer joy
The small inset photograph...taken after a 10K run, aged 67, April 2017.... the larger one..taken after a 10K run on Sunday, this week, at the age of 68 and a half.. after a mixed up running year, and many weeks spent on the IC...( Injuries not related to running
I rarely post any of my running times... but I will say that this latest 10K was completed in a faster time than my previous ones
You will be amazed where slow and steady will take you ...I am... constantly
Yes, davelinks .. still got my favourite leggings x