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Wrong, but felt so good


I ran my first week 7 yesterday. So that was my second 25 minute run. But I felt so good at the end, I just kept running and did a further 5 minutes to reach 30.

Firstly, yay! Second, I felt fine and could have continued but didn’t want to push too far too fast, for obvious reasons.

So, question for you folks: Should I go back to the plan, and stick to the remaining 25 and 28 runs? Or would it be ok to just run 30 for all the remaining runs (assuming I feel ok)?

10 Replies

Just stick to the plan.. what you feel and what is actually going on..doesn't always match. Hidden injury is just that..hidden.

Get to the podium and the world is your running oyster🙃

IAmCharliemouseGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks. I will follow the advice. It’s just good to be bad (in a good way) once in a while. 😉

OldflossAdministrator in reply to IAmCharliemouse



Just continue with the plan to get there gradually good luck 😊

hi IAmCharliemouse, well done feeling you can run more than you need, BUT and its a big But, listen to Oldfloss, she knows what shes talking about. Push yourself too hard too quick and you risk injury and being laid up

The programme will get you to where you want to be minimising risks but ultimately its your decision wether you follow it


What OldFloss said. Well done running 30, but 3x30 would be a huge risk as it’s way beyond what you ran last week... it’s not just about the individual runs, 10% increase on weekly mileage/duration is the recommended maximum... so yeah 25s then 28s then 30s is the way to go.

IAmCharliemouseGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

You make a good point, thanks. I will take it easy. It was just such a nice day, and a nice location, I wanted to keep going...

UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to IAmCharliemouse

I get that lots... tomorrow is 10k day for me and I know I’ll feel like doing 15... but it can wait a few weeks, there’s no hurry. I’ll probably walk for 5k at the end instead.

IAmCharliemouseGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Good luck!


You could probably go out and run considerably further, but unless your body is conditioned to doing so, your injury risk is increased.........that is what a training plan such as C25K is all about.

Sticking to the plan is the safest way forward.

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