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A faster 5K!

It’s been 1 week since I graduated and I’m thrilled to have run my 3rd 5K distance. This time I’d ran it in 37mins. This is 5 mins faster than I first did it a week ago!!! I’m so excited by my progress I just had to share it on here too as I love how supportive this forum is.

Any tips of getting quicker but not overdoing it very welcome?! Should I run shorter distances too and try to do them more quickly?

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Great job... that’s a BIG chunk of time to knock off!

Are the runs easy? That’s the time to look at varying it up a little.

My top tip would to never do 2 hard workouts back to back, so run slow next time.

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Thanks for replying. I wouldn’t say it was easy- I had to push it but it was manageable, when u say varying it do you mean some slower over same distance and some faster over short distance? Or should I just do 30 mins running at an easy pace and ignore distance and speed?

Sorry if that’s confusing but trying to get a handle on how to keep moving forward without injury or losing momentum!

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Comfortable then?

Yeah, that kind of thing... ju-ju-‘s 10k plan rocks and if you don’t want to run 10k it’s still worth a look as it shows how to work speed and distance runs together. Easy pace for any long run and after any hard workout (long or speed) is the way to go.

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Well comfortable it wasn’t but it was a weird one where I felt like I was being sluggish and heavy legged but was actually moving the fastest I’ve done.

I’m only interested in 5K but I will take a look thank you as it might help me work out the right way to go with things.

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No worries.

I found checking my pace to make sure I was slow enough helps, I set half mile updates and try to keep it 2 minutes a mile off my fast pace.

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Sounds good. Will give it a go. I suppose the key difference is that with the C25K app you felt like you had to make progress every single time so I’m still in that mindset.

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C25K plan turns you into a runner... every run you do is progress now, slow and steady runs build you up. Yes, you need to go 5k or more in a couple of runs to keep that endurance, but going above comfortable pace for 20 minutes rocks too!

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healthunlocked.com/couchto5...…….what-next offers that sort of advice.

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Thanks!

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