One year ago tomorrow...: ...I went out for W1R... - Couch to 5K

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One year ago tomorrow...

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

...I went out for W1R1 and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I just looked back, it was 75F and I really felt like I was going to die with each run interval... somehow I finished it. Then I came here and got some good advice... I slowed down and I ran the plan at a sensible conversational pace. Since then I’ve gone on to 10k and am about to start my half marathon training.

So, how to mark the occasion? New shoes arrived early this afternoon (I’ve had gait analysis and already had a pair of the same model so was ok buying online) and it was hot out there... but the shoes kept calling to me. They needed testing so at 6 I decided to go and have a go at W1R1 again. What a difference a year makes! It’s the first time I’ve done a like for like comparison and it was hotter today (85F according to my car). I was expecting it to be easier, but I didn’t know by how much... didn’t want it to end and I got a bit emotional thinking back over the many runs in between. Had a look at the stats and I was running a LOT faster than this time last year... with not even a sign of the grim reaper.

C25K has completely changed my life... if you’re on the journey through it, yes some runs are tough, and maybe on a given day a run defeats us, but it’s so very much worth coming to the start line and trying again. You can all do this... change your lives... happy running.

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great post UnfitNoMore, very inspirational 👍😊

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to notquiteretired

Thanks... you’re on that post grad journey now... hope you’re thoroughly proud of yourself now and more so a year in.

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate

Well done you, congratulations on 1 year of running. Hope you have many more years of running. Also c25k has changed my life in so many ways also . 😊😊😊😊👏👏👏👏👏

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Buddy34

Don’t think I’ll be quitting any time soon, way too addicted! Got over my groin strain now so it’s back on the HM road, just going to lie to the plan builder and reduce my long run distance so it starts gently, just to make sure it’s healed.

I loved watching you and all the others on the journey, that’s always my inspiration. How much will we achieve in running and all the other things we can now take on? Who knows... but it’s going to be fun finding out!

SeeJillRun
SeeJillRunGraduate

I love reading posts like yours, it’s so inspiring reading how far people have come since starting C25k and how much it has changed their lives. Happy runniversary for tomorrow!! 🎉🎉

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to SeeJillRun

Glad to be helpful around here! I’m enjoying your reports of your new adventure too. I get much more inspiration on these forums than anywhere else in life. Couple of bottles of bubbly in the fridge, and one open... will go a little easy though, don’t want to totally screw up the hydration!

SeeJillRun
SeeJillRunGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

I know what you mean, I don’t think I would’ve got so far without the support and inspiration of all the lovely people on these forums. Enjoy your bubbly, you deserve it! 🥂

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

Happy Runiversary to you UNM for tomorrow, yes I remember you saying and telling many people that you thought that you were going to die running run 1 of week 1, what a difference a year makes, onwards and upwards to your quest and training for your half marathon. 😊 🏃

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

Yeah... I may get that grim reaper moment in that last 0.1 miles but I’m ready to go!

Thanks for all your words over this last year... couldn’t do it without you and others here.

antonioa
antonioaGraduate

My one-year anniversary was also very recently! And yes, equally so much difference in that year. As the OP says, keep at it and you'll also be celebrating milestone anniversaries. Well done, UNM :)

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to antonioa

Hey there... how’s it going? I remember coming up to graduation and you standing on that podium... and I needed to be up there with you. That helped a lot when it was tough out there.

antonioa
antonioaGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

And I remember leaving a space for you on that very same podium!! I'm well, thanks. I'm happy just doing 3 x 5km per week. No aspirations (yet) to advance further. Compared to this time last year, it's an achievement haha.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to antonioa

It is... I’m on a mission... but part of me can’t wait for that to be over! I want to go do a parkrun and a couple of other 5k’s a week, and that will be where I end up... just got to prove someone wrong first! It will hurt, it will eat my time but I will do it... once.

We signed up to be fitter, healthier people with longer life expectancy... you’ve nailed that! It’s a huge achievement to graduate... but in many ways it’s even bigger to still be doing it a year later.

Keep on running my friend... I’m sure we will be on that same start line one day, and it will be an honour.

antonioa
antonioaGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

You flatterer :) :) Good luck with your mission.

Couchpotato2
Couchpotato2Graduate

How nice to do r1 again. I’m a bit emotional for you! Well done!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Couchpotato2

Thanks. It made me realise that I never want to face that run as a new runner again... and that made me so proud of everyone starting out right now. Thanks for all your words too!

Couchpotato2
Couchpotato2Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

I wondered about trying it too. 6months coming up soon!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Couchpotato2

That would have made me a pretty new graduate when you arrived, I tried a few different ways to injure myself out of doing this 🤣. You’ve done amazing things in 6 months... I can’t wait to read your runniversary post.

Couchpotato2
Couchpotato2Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

You sounded very experienced to me when I started out. I think I might be doing a walk on my 6th month’s anniversary but will have to do something significant for the 1st bday :-) maybe more prosecco....

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Couchpotato2

I have some residual knowledge from way back in the 80’s... damn I’m old... and the human body hasn’t had any major upgrades in that time (any intelligent design folks reading this have to question that!) so I half knew what I was in for when I started. Of course I only used to run 3k, and that’s much more speed focused... with some reading here and elsewhere I’m getting there.

Always more prosecco! I always give the bar tender a funny look when they offer me choices of glass size for wine... but I’m consistent, I’m the same in Starbucks!

Of course you hit six months the day before the anniversary... like me today, that’s a year of running... tomorrow it’s a year and a day... so if you’re walking in the anniversary you can run to finish the job the day before.

Couchpotato2
Couchpotato2Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Worst look I had was when barman said: how many glasses with that bottle? - 1 please. Oops. Pre running days obviously.

I’m hoping to do a run with my brother on Monday or Tuesday so that can be my celebration. Depends a bit how far we walk cos after 20km in the dales might encourage a rest day...

One year, who’d have thought when you started. Amazing.

If I had shares in talking about C25k and HU, I would never need to work again!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Couchpotato2

Well at least you were respectful and had a glass 🤣🤣🤣

I remember being asked if the half was for a lady and replying “no, it’s for my mother” Mum didn’t find that as amusing as the landlord 🤣. In my defence I always thought as a bloke I needed a sick note to be allowed to drink halves.

Couchpotato2
Couchpotato2Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Haha I can see why she didn’t find it funny 😂 Yes there is definitely a stigma attached to half pints. Thenway to do it is to say: it gets too hot otherwise

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Was w1r1 still a struggle? 🤣

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to MuddledGardener

Nope... if it wasn’t for the coming back from injury and the 10% rule I may have just kept on running those intervals until I couldn’t give any more. Luckily my inner idiot is now under control 🤣. Maybe I’d have run all night, but it wouldn’t have ended too well!

Having to settle for champagne as I’ve stil got a cider issue... we had a Cornish pasty place for a while, predictably it failed... but a real cider store? Yeah, I think we have enough custom for one of those.

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

I could cope with champagne! 😁

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to MuddledGardener

I’d swap you right now!

Maddee_6333
Maddee_6333Graduate

Happy Runniversary!

Great way to celebrate, and an awesome post.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Maddee_6333

Thanks... you’ve been a great inspiration on my journey... you’ve been through some adversities and you always bounce back and go again.

Maddee_6333
Maddee_6333Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Awww thank you 🙏

Jogunlikely
JogunlikelyGraduate

Aww happy runiversary 🎉🎉🎉🏆🍻

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Jogunlikely

Thanks. Thanks for all the support... thanks for running and keeping me inspired to keep improving. I think way back when I suggested you’d need a new username soon... now I see that it is an inspirational name considering what you’re doing these days!

Jogunlikely
JogunlikelyGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

You, my good man, are the inspiration! Your enthusiasm and unending support to so many on this forum is truly outstanding. I don't know where you find time to do it all 😊 I have given you my personal thanks before but it can never be said too much. Thank you UNM 😍 🍻

Lovely to read. I still follow your posts. Almost my anniversary too. I’m still running. I ran 14.2 miles by myself about a month ago and am going to enter a half marathon. My ultimate goal is to run a marathon. Meantime I’ve joined a running club which I’m absolutely loving. C25K changed my life too. I’m truly thankful for it 💜. Keep running x

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to hudsondoglets

Wow... I’m looking to get close to 14.2! You’ll do the marathon for sure. I joined a club too... know most of them, and a month in I’m yet to actually go run with them 🤣

Last summer was so stacked against any of us running... I think I got to 11pm on one run... and this one’s looking like it’s gonna be tough out there too... but we won’t quit, and neither will the guys just starting out. We all got this.

When are you looking at doing the HM? You gotta come tell us all about it.

Happy running.

You're a bit of an inspiration to me, you are...

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Fatgirlslim19

That’s cool. Now read your profile... and look at what you’re doing with this plan... you’re going on that victory lap now. I don’t know about your self esteem, I hope that’s improving... but we can all see you’re awesome... and any newbie here reading about you and what you’re doing has a great example to follow... keep running... keep inspiring the many following in your footsteps... and if you’re not on that self esteem yet, you will be one day... enjoy that moment when you realise that actually, you’re truly amazing.

Fatgirlslim19
Fatgirlslim19Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Aww that's very kind, thank you. You really do have a good way with words. I'll try to be that inspiration to others even if it's only my two children.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Fatgirlslim19

They’re the best ones to inspire... they may never need the likes of C25K... just think, that’s never having to face W1R1!!

Fatgirlslim19
Fatgirlslim19Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

😆

ButtercupKid
ButtercupKidGraduate

Can’t believe you’ve only been doing this a year ! You’re one of my four top go-tos on here 😄 Good on you. Keep talking the talk and walking the . . . runs !

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to ButtercupKid

Well, I’d kinda done it before... pre pizza, tobacco and beer of course!

Your particular journey really inspired me... I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone with less quit in them. You took this on and you battled hard to get past those early runs then you ran the plan... took some setbacks and came again. Thank you for all of that... when I go do something dumb and injure myself I do question myself... and I see you and others and realise why I run and why I love this place.

ButtercupKid
ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Shucks ! Now I’m all weepy 😭😄 I think one of the best things I’ve learned is what can be done when we all do it together. How could I quit when you were all right there with me ? And that’s carried over into the rest of my life. I’m braver about reaching out, and I see others picking up and reaching back, and then reaching out too. In tiny steps we are changing the world. That’s thanks to you and everyone in the forum. Excuse me now, I’m off to find a hanky 😄

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to ButtercupKid

You’re right there... I can always become a better me, but with this place I think I can actually be the best me. Time will tell, I still need to work on my mood on rest days 🤣

ButtercupKid
ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Hey, nobody wants perfection to come too easily 😂

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to ButtercupKid

I guess in my youth I did... lots of dreams and wishes... now I understand the “don’t wish, work” ethos. Can I have a time machine to tell that to me aged 18???

ButtercupKid
ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

You wouldn’t have believed it - none of us would. Getting wiser is the payback for getting older, or it should be in theory anyway.

Happy, happy runniversary and here's to many more. It was so important to me when I started to see that other people had been there, done it and survived. Brilliant post 🎆🎉🎊

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Yeah... that survival bit was in doubt a couple of times 🤣. I think that’s the beauty of here... people don’t just do the plan and vanish, we all support each other every day... it’s a toss up as to wether I’m more addicted to here or the running... either way I’m a happy guy!

grumpyoldgirl
grumpyoldgirlGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Yes we are all here for each other, it keeps me going. What a great place 😊

backintime
backintimeGraduate

What a journey in a year !

Wonderful.

Enjoy the bubbly, you definitely deserve it and good luck with the HM training, keep letting us know how it goes, one day I might get to use your experience.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to backintime

You’re well on the way yourself! I did a couple of dumb things to injure myself and have to build again... maybe in terms of time running you’ll beat me to that HM start line! Keep loving it, keep being the best you every day and improving on that occasionally. I and many more are here for you every step of your running journey.

backintime
backintimeGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

I've only been running for 14 weeks, stories from people like you are what inspire me, seeing what is possible really helps.

As I've said before, I need plans and goals. They may change along the way but they still need to be there, I'm not ready to wing it yet.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to backintime

Yeah, I’m very goal driven... I always have 3... one for soon, one for the longer term and a one day thing. The goals are important. I have plans to get to them... those plans change a lot... but life’s like that. On a daily basis I still need a plan, even though I know it will change. I can’t see me ever being ready to wing it to be honest.

Irish-John
Irish-JohnGraduate

Happy Runaversary :)

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Irish-John

Cheers... seemed like yesterday until I revisited the run, now it seems like forever ago. Think I need to kick those week 6 intervals butts next!

Irish-John
Irish-JohnGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Onwards and upwards :)

Debston
DebstonGraduate

Happy runniversary! You've been an absolute inspiration!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Debston

Thanks. We all inspire each other... and look at you go, not only 5k event running, but one with hills! Enjoy the journey to 10 and keep telling everyone about it.

Vintage61
Vintage61Graduate

Tha k you for sharing this. Already by week 6 I can feel the benefits and I love that it’s become my happy place. I worry that the structure of the app will mean I struggle when, yes when!! I graduate but have set myself targets of runs to keep fit for over the next 6 months. This has truly been life changing for me 🏃🏻‍♀️💕🏃🏻‍♀️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Vintage61

Thanks. You’re doing great and yeah, it’s a bit strange when the plan ends. You’re doing the right thing in my opinion by getting ready for this moment... every finish line is the next start line. Yes, completing this is huge, but maintaining it is the next challenge, even extending it maybe. There are always other plans out there too for all types of runner and goals. Happy running.

Runsome
RunsomeGraduate

Great post congratulations on your 1st runiversary👍🎉😀

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Runsome

Thanks... I’ve seen what you’ve done in your time since graduation and it’s very inspiring... well done all round

Runsome
RunsomeGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thanks UnfitNoMore👍 I really liked your idea of doing W1R1 and the comparison, it just goes to show the miles we’ve put in have paid off. I really wouldn’t like to be back at the beginning again it was really hard in that heat last summer , but your post gives the new beginners encouragement to battle through to graduation 🎉🏅

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Runsome

I was running at sub 7 mile pace in each of the intervals... last year 10 was killing me 🤣. Ok, I can’t hook up a parkrun at 7 per mile, but there’s hope of it one day.

I was pretty jealous of everyone starting in January, thinking they’d be done before the heat came... but then we had a week of 70F in February! I’m just hoping that we get a better balance this summer... it was just relentless for weeks last time.

Richard7
Richard7Graduate

Happy Runniversary - you have come a long way in a year and can be rightly proud of yourself. Sometimes when we live in the now we can get annoyed with how a run went and I think it is great to look back and see how far we have come. 👍👍

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Richard7

Thanks. Your absolutely right, a five miler I was on turned into 4 when I just had nothing left a couple of months ago... for a few moments I let the “failure” hurt me... but then I remembered my pre C25K running attempts... how I couldn’t even run a mile. So, the mile I couldn’t run was still there... but took 4 miles to get to the start line... now it’s 7... the mile I can’t run will always be there, somewhere, in the distance... and it will always remind me where I was.

TeeBedders
TeeBeddersGraduate

This is so inspirational and motivational! Great post! Thank you 😊

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to TeeBedders

Thanks. How’s it going? I think you were about a third of the way through. That’s the toughest bit... happy running.

TeeBedders
TeeBeddersGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

I have started week 4 today and Blimey! Posts like yours give me faith I’ll get through it 😁

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to TeeBedders

You’ll get through it for sure... you’ve done the hardest work.

Chris141
Chris141Graduate

Happy Anniversary!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Chris141

Thanks Chris... happy running.

Well done unfitnomore !

C25k is amazing - I tell everyone ! I’m excited as today I’m borrowing hubby’s truck to collect a treadmill I’ve purchased from eBay for the long dark winter months! Outside running will always be first option though ! Enjoy your trainers!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Sammy-Lou

Thanks. Keep telling everybody about it, some may actually think about it and then cross that start line!

Congratulations. You didn't give up. As a new graduate and new to this forum it's great to hear your story. Thank you for your inspiration ☄

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Cantstopmenow

There’s always another goal, not necessarily longer or faster, but there’s always a goal and always a plan! Keep on running.

DAMAL
DAMALGraduate

Congrats on your anniversary! I started about March time, am a little anxious about how I will cope when the bad weather comes in. Being from North East England I'm worried that I won't do as much when it happens.

Its gonna be difficult, might have to join a running group or something.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to DAMAL

I thought you guys wore T-shirts all year round up there 🤣. The winter isn’t as easy to pick running days, but it’s only ice that needs to be avoided. I found it easier than the extreme heat... though I did warm ups in the house when it was really cold!

DAMAL
DAMALGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

😂😂 I'm not a true North Easter, originally from Belfast.

Yeah I'm going to have to do the warm ups. I was wearing a woolly hat and jumper until the end of April this year whilst running. My friend was like how can you possibly be that cold?!

😱😂

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to DAMAL

Wow... although I did wear gloves on yesterday’s run!

DAMAL
DAMALGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

😂 we are as bad as each other!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to DAMAL

I put them on in the winter and as they’re fast wicking my hands stayed warm and dry, then in the spring I got used to removing the sweat from my forehead with them... now I think I’m stuck with them on!

Loved reading this. Thank you for sharing your story 🙂

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Comfortnotspeed

No worries... I can’t wait to be reading all about your first year too

Today will be my last run on Couch to 5K and hopefully will be graduating! You have inspired me to go onto the next level after doing some park runs with others to find out how others run and get tips. A little scared moving to the next level but you have totally inspired me to keep going. I remember my first run on Couch and I thought I was gonna die! It still hurts a little and my breathing struggles at times as I find it hard breathing in through my nose! Any tips out there? X

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to madness1

Have a wonderful graduation run. I don’t always breath in through my nose... and definitely not in long/fast runs. Of course, I have to remember to then shut my mouth under trees and by water or I get a mouthful of fly! I think the key is to be able to run further, and also to set off a little slower for the first 10 minutes.

madness1
madness1 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thank you for your advice and it helps me to know that I am breathing ok and your added advice on the insects and run slower at the start ;)

Will do!! Haven’t got any takers yet! Mad fools don’t know what they are missing!!!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Sammy-Lou

You may tell 100 people to have 5 think about it and 1 give it a go... but then the other 99 at least have a seed planted... sometimes seeds don’t grow until the time is right.

👍

5dogs
5dogsGraduate

What a lot you have achieved in just one year. I am on a similar journey and hoping to be able to complete a half marathon at some point in time. Your post has provided me with hope - please keep posting on progress.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to 5dogs

You’re well on track. The journey from the couch to 5k was harder than that from 5 to 10... hopefully this logic also applies to reaching 20 🤣. The biggest issue I’ve had is timing the long runs, and some of my short ones will extend a little too. I do like to think it in parkrun’s... so the HM is just a parkrun... with a 10 mile warm up jog... once I get to 10 miles on the training I’ll be happy!

Tazzy_wazzy
Tazzy_wazzyGraduate

Fabulous. I hope next year I’ll be writing something similar. Happy anniversary and keep running 🏃‍♂️ x

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Tazzy_wazzy

Of course you will, and I look forward to reading it. Keep crossing the start lines, then you can achieve anything. The start of the plan is by far the hardest... you’re doing g great.

Edlene
EdleneGraduate

Indeed indeed, I’ve become a regular runner now, still not very fast or very far but 5k a week at about 8kph. I do enjoy it, and now my daughter joins in so we encourage each other. We actually ran 5k race for life last week, and plan to do 10k next year. Keep on running 🏃🏽‍♀️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Edlene

It’s certainly not all about speed, or even distance... I love my long run, but I prefer a nice gentle 5k. Well done running RFL, I didn’t realise I was allowed in this year but I’ll be doing one of them next year... you’ll love that 10k next year, it’s not too hard to train up to. Took me a while to work out who some runners smile all the way round parkrun... now I know. Happy running.

Bluepup1
Bluepup1Graduate

WTG on your runniversary! Good luck with your HM - when is it? n keep us posted?!

It’s always surprising how quick time flies and hope you still feel chuffed with yourself after this 1st yr 🙂

I admire anyone who went out running in last year’s heat - it was relentless! I’m finding this year bad enough and it’s been cooler and not so prolonged 🤗 x

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Bluepup1

Thanks. November 3rd for my HM... the weather should be nice and cool by then 🤣

I’m very proud of completing C25K... nothing since has been as tough, though I’m told after 13 miles there’s a 200m bit at the end of the HM that will feel like it goes on forever!

Last year I did most of my running after 9pm, 10 was common and I believe 11 was done too... and I was glued to the weather app when there were rain showers around... I ran in a lot of those!

Here’s hoping it’s a regular summer this year.

Bluepup1
Bluepup1Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Still got a few months for training so all being well you’ll be ready 🙂

(As a new graduate (last Sun) I’ve only managed to go out twice this wk (Wed with club n parkrun) - itching to gradually build on my speed n stamina but nursing my calf (seems to be easing but never fast enough for my liking lol!) I’m sensible enough to realise if I push it I’ll likely do more damage so off out 4 a walk n then sum more stretches x

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Bluepup1

Yep... keep it all sensible. None of us get where we need to be taking too many risks.

Wimborne
WimborneGraduate

Happy Runniversary UNM. What a great year and must add that your recovery journey has been an inspiration to me over the last few months. Happy running and what a goal to go for. HM here you come 👍😊👏👏

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Wimborne

Thanks. Everyone’s journey is amazing... I love the W1R1 posts so much... and then all the milestones. Most of us took similar journeys to peak unfitness, and that first run is a struggle... then seeing the progression week on week is so inspirational to me. We all struggle at different stages, but with support we can beat the impossible and then we either live a good healthy life or we find another impossible to do. HM training is going to be fun, and I have the best team around me.

Elisabeth3
Elisabeth3Graduate

Congratulations.

One year ago you would have not guessed that you would be training for HM.

What was the difference in the stats of w1r1?

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Elisabeth3

Thanks. I had this memory of someone saying I wasn’t capable of ever running a marathon that kept coming into my head... so I knew it could be a one day thing... during that first run though I knew it wouldn’t be happening! I thought it would take me longer to get to the point where I was actually going to do it though.

Elisabeth3
Elisabeth3Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

So nice you persisted, and that you are doing great.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Elisabeth3

That’s all this takes really... a nice dash of stubbornness goes a long way!

Elisabeth3
Elisabeth3Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Haha. Maybe not so stubborn. Maybe just waken up. 🤣🎉🕺

Sybilw
SybilwGraduate

What a difference a year makes!! Congratulations on you runniversary and all your achievements in the last year. I look forward to reading about your continuing journey. 🎉 🎉 🎉

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Sybilw

Thanks. Year 2 starts here... think I’m going to kick W6R1’s butt tomorrow and then move onto that HM plan midweek.

Blackcat66
Blackcat66Graduate

Great post. I'm approaching w7r3, and your words are perfectly said and perfectly timed!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Blackcat66

Cool... you got this now... enjoy closing it out. Run nice and gently on at least two of each run. Happy running.

Thats awesome! An amazing post, thank you!! I am looking forward to looking back at my first year but I have a while to go yet!

xx

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Sputnik73

That year will really fly though... seems like yesterday I was doing W1R1... well it was, but I mean first time 🤣. Just keep hitting those buttons and crossing those start lines. I’m looking forward to reading your story at the year mark too.

Rogie55
Rogie55Graduate

That is heartening, did 20 mins Friday, no worries, but 5,8,5 today was hard! Crazy, but reading your journey, well bring on mine.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Rogie55

Yeah... W6R1 is pretty notorious here, they’re some tough intervals. You did it though. I’m planning on running them tomorrow to vanquish that memory. You got the last intervals next, and they’re tricky too... ease into the first interval, keep the pace down and then when the middle of the second one comes you can speed up a little if you’re feeling good.

You can do 20 minutes... that means you can do this whole thing... and that means you can go on to run 60+ if you so desire. My longest now is 90 minutes... so about an hour to add for HM... that sounds both scary and fun to me!

Katnap
KatnapGraduate

Great post UNN! I guess it's little Miss UNMs runniversary soon too?

🐱 Katnap 🐱

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Katnap

Today too... she has just done W1R1 again and loved it, she wasn’t up for it yesterday... too many painful memories I guess, but when I told her how it went she decided she needed to do it.

Vegan sausage rolls in the oven... Aldi’s are so much better than Greggs... and a quarter of the price... think I’ve found my fuel!!

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

😁😁😁

Thank you.

Elfe5
Elfe5Graduate

Fantastic UNM! 😄 Life changing in such a wonderful way. 😆

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Elfe5

Certainly is... and it’s a never ending journey... can’t wait to run my first run of year 2.

What a fantastic post. What an inspiration. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😁😁😁

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Glynis1

Your journey right now is inspiring many of the 80,000 people on here for sure... done this once, then almost immediately 9 months injured... no quit in you for sure, I can’t wait to see your second graduation run.... think that’s a masters!

Serenity0365
Serenity0365Graduate

Thank you UnfitNoMore, I get the emotional bit, and I'm very new to this but I get heavy-eyes when I recall myself stepping out the front door for W1R1 :)

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Serenity0365

Yeah... that memory is not good for most of us... think in the time I’ve been here there’s only been a handful of people who thought run 1 was easy, and most of them were new to running but already used to cycling or gym work. Next on my list is W6R1... need to kick its ass tomorrow!

Serenity0365
Serenity0365Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Hi UnfitNoMore, my use of English was not clear, when I said "heavy-eyes" I meant emotional, teary, reminiscing, lump in the throat, memories / realisations of how far I've come :)

Run46
Run46Graduate

Great post and so happy to hear how much C25K and running has done for you! I am just loving it and reading posts like yours inspires us all to keep going, we've got this 😁🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Run46

We sure do. It’s tough out there in the summer... but just like winter, those who run in the extremities of our temperature ranges are better runners in the spring and autumn. We got this and anything else we want to take on.

Runip
RunipGraduate

Happy runniversary, UNM! What a year you've had. I've loved reading about your adventures and hearing your unstinting encouragement and advice to so many others, self included. Wishing you many more years of happy running.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Runip

Thanks. How’s it going? Not seen you for a while... hopefully you’re finding this summer a little better than last.

Runip
RunipGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

It's going great, thanks - been busy with work and whatnot so haven't been on here so much, but I'm still running as often as I can. Turns out 10-12k is my happy distance; this is not something I would have believed 12 months ago when every metre was a battle 😆

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Runip

That’s so cool! My happy distance used to be from chair to the fridge/kettle and back. We changed a lot huh? 10 is currently nice for me... 12 I will be discovering soon. You’ve done great. We started about the same time I think.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Many congratulation my friend..and many more happy runs x

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks... good job I came here and met someone preaching slow and steady huh? Much appreciated! Happy running.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to UnfitNoMore

Hmmm..I wonder who that was? Xxx

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Oldfloss

I dunno... I’d have to go back a long way in my posts and see 🤣🤣🤣

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to UnfitNoMore

Xx

Happy first Runniversary UNM🎈

I love the c25k plan...

Wishing you plenty more Happy runs!

😊xx

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thanks... I’m determined to be here for a long time... I’ll be done with longer that 10k hopefully this time next year and then into some relaxed just for fun running 99% of the time. Thanks for being a part of this for a few years and inspiring hundreds of us newer guys.

Murielbez
MurielbezGraduate

It’s such a good idea to do a benchmark run... although I am only on week 4 (starting tomorrow) I will do a W1R1 too to see how I am doing as it was very difficult for me too. Congratulations on your achievements!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Murielbez

Thanks.... some evidence of your progress is clear... you’ve done a third of this! Keep on running the runs and you’ll achieve anything.

JacquiAM
JacquiAMGraduate

I remember your posts a year ago - got me through it too 😊. I’ve not progressed from 5k but still running and still loving it ❤️ X

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to JacquiAM

There’s more to progress than distance and/or pace... you’re still running and hitting up some 5k’s, and each one is making you happy, increasing fitness, and making you a better runner... it takes years to hit our peak apparently. I’m looking forward to my second runniversary, hopefully the marathon will be done by then... and then I’m going to running for fun and mainly for 5k and parkrun. Happy running.

JacquiAM
JacquiAMGraduate

Ahh - thank you. I keep being told I’ve got to do 10k now but I’m really happy doing 5k ... and I’m doing frequent 3k to increase my speed. Not been on this forum for ages - lovely to see some familiar names from a year ago ... we all rock! 😊

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to JacquiAM

You don’t have to do anything... you could run 10k or course and maybe one day you’ll want to, but the most important things are health and happiness.

Brilliant post UnfitNoMore!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to DeterminedBear

Cheers... think you graduated as I arrived. Hope the last year has been as good to you as it was to me.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate

Congratulations on your Runniversary UNM. Not only have you run your own journey but you have brought little miss along with you. I think you have volunteered at parkrun more than you have run it and you have been generous with your time and advice on the forum. Well done you.

It’s been a pleasure to run with you (virtually).

Here’s to another year 🏃‍♂️👏👏🍻

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Yeah... I finished my year on 48 days volunteering which isn’t me just missing 4, I did two days a weekend a fair bit... want to get to 50 this month... no new shirt but something to be proud of 😀

Little miss is on a different journey now, and still likes to run by herself, with her friend or with me, but not so keen on doing it with anyone else watching. Just a shyness thing I think, she may grow out of it. The little tourism meet ups round here are helping, she likes going to them, just doesn’t like running it 🤔

I still have to get my passport and get back down south... I’m planning one near Windsor in October... if I can drag this out to a week then I can get Cambridge in too, then next trip I’d go for Southsea and Winchester.

Been a pleasure running with you too... great support and a few good laughs.

Year 2 is gonna rock.

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