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How do I run 5K by Wk9

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I've just started WK6..I measured how far I went on my last session/big run of WK5 & it wasn't near I goin 2 slow as I can't c me bein able 2 run 5K in the 30min session by ๐Ÿค”

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TailChaser profile image

Easy answer to donโ€™t! Itโ€™s a bit of a misnomer this C25K: the aim is simply to run for 30 minutes, whatever speed you feel comfortable to complete it at. The important thing is that you do it, donโ€™t worry about doing 5k.

Very few of us have got to Wk9 R3 and done 5k in 30 minutes. For an example, it took me 6 months from starting C25K to getting to 5k in 30 minutes!

Just enjoy yourself and good luck, youโ€™re doing brilliantly! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Runbabyrun1Graduate in reply to TailChaser

Thanx..was starting to panic lol as my wee legs can't go any faster ๐Ÿ˜‚ so impressed with myself already ๐Ÿ˜

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TailChaserGraduate in reply to Runbabyrun1

Fab ๐Ÿ˜ Iโ€™ve only got titchy legs too, so I know exactly where youโ€™re coming from! Well done you! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘

Donโ€™t even try! ๐Ÿ˜… The vast majority of people on here donโ€™t run anywhere near 5k at graduation, so unless youโ€™re a naturally speedy runner thereโ€™s absolutely nothing wrong at all not doing so. Your goal is 30 minutes of running 3 times per week. That, youโ€™ll be able to achieve. ๐Ÿ‘

Iโ€™m personally happy running 5k in under 40 minutes and I graduated in August! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Enjoy the rest of the programme - at your own speed! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

From what I've gleaned from previous postings, gradually increase the distance/time by no more than 10% after the 30 minute run and vary the types of runs, taking some days easier and build in base level fitness.

Jay66UK profile image

I didnโ€™t make 5k until a good few weeks after the programme. I started doing two 30 minute runs midweek and a growing run at the weekends, increasing the duration of that one by 10% each week as already mentioned.

Once I got to 5k I started running two 4ks and a 5k each week and slowly built up to three 5ks a week as I got fitter and faster.

Good luck!

Don't worry about 5K - that's just a catchy name! Just run 30minutes (C2halfanhour just doesn't trip off the tongue, does it?).

Once you can do 30 minutes reliably, if you want to do 5K, just keep going until you hit 5K, but don't worry about your time. There's no-one to beat here, it's not a competition. Better to be regularly running for 45 minutes or whatever it takes than to push too hard to bring the time down. Whatever you can sustain is the answer - even if you never reached 5K you would be a lot better off than you were, but I'm sure you will get there if you want to (however fast, whatever date).

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Those who manage to run 5k in under 30 minutes (approximately 10% of those polled on this forum) are doing so because they bring a higher level of fitness to W1R1 than many others, rather than the fact that they have done something different during the course of the programme.

Many graduates never achieve a sub 30 minute 5k, although I believe that the majority could, if they were willing to train hard enough and make the necessary lifestyle changes.

There is evidence that running slowly means you live longer so relax, you are doing fine.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

I like that final stat IannodaTruffe! Iโ€™m looking forward to a looooong life! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒ

I too was worried about this issue when I was doing the couch to 5k. But then my hubby came up with the idea that on the very last run just do 5km however long it takes. That is what I did and it took me 46 minutes, but I then had that feeling of euphoria that I had completed the programme - even if it wasn't in 30 minutes!

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Runbabyrun1Graduate in reply to Nicemurderknitter

Yip mite do that 4 the laff 2 c how I get on. ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ˜‰

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