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Consolidation run with a twist!


Morning all. I have been happily doing my consolidation runs.

This morning my running buddy announced we were going to try something different...after 10mins jogging we would do 2 mins fast pace then back to jogging briefly then another 2 mins fast pace then back to jogging for a total of 36 mins.

I thought 'I will give it a go' managed to increase the pace when required, but it threw me off the remainder of the run, to the point where I finished the run earlier than I should have....2 mins is a lot for a novice runner. I have seen plans that suggest 30 seconds!

I have been looking at Ju Ju's Magic 10 which I think will suit me personally much better, increasing the distance on run 3... My buddy doesn't agree, she wants to persevere with the 5-10k app she has. I have enjoyed running with her but the time has now come where I have to do what suits me best, we are all different after all.

Maybe I am blowing it out of proportion and should see how it goes, but I think my body is saying consolidate more and increase distance gently...I don't seem to be ready for increased pace I don't want to win any races, I am just running to be healthy and I want to enjoy the runs and not dread them.

Does anyone have a similar experience or advice please?

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I think you should run for you, do what suits you and get what you want out of running. I'm also doing my consolidation runs but on the whole I have stuck to 30 minutes, I've done a couple of longer runs just to get to 5k but it is definitely helping, I can tell I'm improving and wouldn't want to do anything to jeopardise that and potentially put me off.

FranglaiseGraduate in reply to Julia187

That is how I feel that it may put me off....felt demoralised all day. 35 min run on Friday and im only speeding up if I feel Like it at the are running for me....thank you


Bonjour Franglaise, the main reason for me starting with C25K was for me also to keep fit and be healthy, I had cut down the number of cycle 🚴 runs I do from four to one a week but still wanted to do exercises as well, I noticed the C25K training program being promoted during a half marathon on TV, began the course, did not report my progress until around week 4, just in case I gave up and nobody would know, shame on me, but I did take note of the day I ran run 1 of week 1. I was very pleased with myself so after run 3 of week 3 I was confident that I would continue with the course and began to report my runs here on C25K.

It's up to you if you want to run on your own or with a friend or go on to the Bridge to 10K podcasts.

Intervals are great training and two minute intervals are not a problem. But if you don't like them then don't do them. However, if you want to keep your running buddy you may have to compromise a bit. Perhaps just run separately when she does an interval session.

FranglaiseGraduate in reply to SlowLoris

Two minute intervals were a problem mid run with recover one minute then go again fast for another 2, you are obviously way more advanced than me.

SlowLoris in reply to Franglaise

No such thing as a fast loris.

But you’re right. I would do a long run or an interval session. Not both on the same day. I would do a warm up before the intervals but that’s all.

I did Ju-Ju's Bridge to 10km and it worked, however I also did some experimenting with intervals and fartleks for fun. You probably need to make a decision to work on distance or speed, otherwise you mightend up with legs feeling like lead. Good luck, whatever you decide.

FranglaiseGraduate in reply to BaddieThePirate

Thank you....i know for sure i would rather work on distance than speed. With distance the speed should increase. Im quite happy with my 5k in 30 mins, dont need,a sub 30. Just happy I am running. Decided i may try a bit of speed at the end and not mid run like today...for now anyway. As Julia said, i dont want putting off.

If you're doing 5km in 30 mins you're faster than most of us already, and definitely faster than me 👍😀

FranglaiseGraduate in reply to BaddieThePirate

I think i am running,at full capacity for now though, which Is maybe why the fast intervals today finished me off.

BaddieThePirateGraduate in reply to Franglaise

So do the fast bits at that speed and the rest slower?

FranglaiseGraduate in reply to BaddieThePirate

You are right! Why didnt i think of that?

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