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Week 8 - Run 2. Feeling Great

Used my Strava app in addition to C25k (Laura). Found it really encouraging as it kept me updated with distance run (saved me constantly looking at my Garmin watch). Suppose it ‘egged’ me on and I managed to crack 4K tonight. Although I did run for 35 mins instead of 28. Hoping to crack 5k next week but can definitely say it will NOT be in 30 minutes. Will be happy with 45. 😂 😂 😂

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Brilliant! Well done! I use mapmyrun alongside C25K, I've tracked every run and it's interesting to see how my pace has gotten quicker. I plan to use it for the 30 min runs post C25K.

Well done you going beyond the 25 mins, the week 9 runs will be a breeze for you.

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Yes I am in danger of having too many things to look at. Lol. Garmin watch uploads to Garmin Connect and that keeps all my tracks and now Strava App does a similar thing but with spoken info whilst running. I need this to encourage me! Can’t believe I am writing this as 8 weeks ago I was struggling. Determined to get to my 64th birthday next May fitter and lighter. 😜😜💪💪

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Another wonderful looking run. You’ll get the 5k in your time... doesn’t matter what that time is really. Running 5k in 15 minutes would leave you short of the amount of running needed to stay healthy... 30 minutes running will get you there... which would you prefer? I’m voting for the health changing, life extending 30 minutes. If you really want more speed, chase it in a few weeks. For now, close this out and maintain it, and have some more sailing years in your life. You’re doing great.

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Thank you.

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I’m with Unfitnomore sailing girl, stick to the c25k programme at this stage as your body is still adjusting to running. After graduation you will be given advice on how to increase distance or improve time safely. We don’t want to see you in dry dock 🏃‍♀️⛵️

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Oh yes definitely sticking with the C25k programme- just using other app for more info.

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But you ran 35 minutes instead of 28? So not c25k.

It is really up to you, but Just remember that the plan is to get you running for 30 minutes, not 5k. And each step is done for a reason.

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Yes but the clue is in the name. C25k so would like to achieve this. Only adding extra minutes as I am feeling fitter so no bad thing.

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You may feel this is right for you but this an extract from ‘Introduction to C25k’ for the benefit of other members of the forum who may be reading this and are under the illusion that the aim is to run 5k, and feel under pressure to do so.

The NHS and One You C25k programme is a training plan for absolute beginners, or those who have not run for many years. Its aim is to get you running for 30 minutes non stop, which for some will be 5k, using a programme structured over nine weeks and working out, ideally, three times per week. Don’t worry, you are in control of your progress and many do not hit 5k in 30 minutes at graduation and many take longer than the nine weeks to complete, but they have transformed their lives and their future health prospects. You start with walking and slowly build up, so don’t be put off. The plan is duration based and never asks you to run any specific distance or pace…….you are in control.

Enjoy your last week sailorgirl, 🏃‍♀️⛵️

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Yes understood that. So perhaps they should have called it ‘couch to 30 mins’. Just splitting hairs really. Doesn’t really matter so long as we are all getting fitter. Thanks for the banter. 🤣🤣& btw I will not hit 5k in 30 mins. But that will be my next target to keep me motivated as a lady of nearly 64 I need it. 😄😁😄

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Always good to have targets and it sounds like you are doing great 🏃‍♀️⛵️

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Thank you. How you doing?

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A slight pause in running at the mo having fallen last week at 8.93k. My longest distance on the plan to 10k so I was really chuffed. V frustrating but I will be back soon I hope.

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Wow 8.3. Well done Good luck with the 10k target.

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Well run ⛵️👩, in sight of that podium now!! Happy running👍🏻

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