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Am I reaching my limit?

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LesaspieGraduate

I can proudly report that Week 8, Run 1 is done, but I can't say it was a walk in the park, or even really a run in the stadium! :D I rested for two days because I might have overstretched by right calf, it was hurting a bit - beware of cold stretches, even on the gentle Stretch and Flex programme - but in the event it wasn't a problem. My legs felt a bit heavy though.

Breathing was heavy today too, and although I got to the end, it was a slog and I felt I was plodding. I don't know if this was the psychological aspect of knowing I had an extra three minutes to go, making this the longest run yet, or just a "bad run", which I am told does happen. I did it though, which is good. I did not feel relaxed but I have got a lot of mental crap going on right now which to be honest would be overwhelming were it not for the great coffee and restaurants here. But I did it, and I will do it again.

Maybe I am expecting it to suddenly become a breeze. It won't yet at least. I was very happy to finish, and apart from the very first runs, I felt this was the hardest going. At 5 degrees, I was maybe overdressed. (two t shirts, light running coat and gloves). Ok, enough moaning. I am still in the game. :D

I wanted to tell Laura, when she said "it's not about speed, its more about distance", that actually it's really about the amount of time taken. Distance after all is speed related when you have a fixed time to endure. But it's ok. :D I still love her and trust her!

(Using my bike computer, which may not be 100% exact, one circuit is 0.64 km. So I ran maybe 4.3 km today. Ok, not so bad. Thats an average speed of 10.44 km/h, or 6.5 mph. So I have to get this up to 5 km with an extra two minutes to do it in. Lets see. Thanks for reading, for encouragement and for also keeping going!

Ooh the pic is from last week but it won't have changed much. Note the freezing Baltic pallor....

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Jell6 profile image
Jell6Graduate

"So I have to get this up to 5 km with an extra two minutes to do it in."

You really don't!

You just need to get the extra 2 minutes, bugger how far you get!

Nearly there now, just slot those extra minutes at the start, start slow, then go slower. Very few people get to a 30 minute 5km in 9 weeks, or 9 months.......🐌🐌🐌

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LesaspieGraduate in reply to Jell6

"bugger how far you get!" Aaaah I like that. Nobody here ever says "bugger"... but then they wouldn't, not being an english place :D I don't know what the equivalent would be, but anyway, focus.... You are right, and I like the idea of slotting them in at the start. Yah, it's the 30 minutes that is important, and I don't have an accurate way to measure speed or distance anyway. :( It's my aspie mind wanting all the numbers to add up I guess.

So thank youuuuu. :).

Wenderwoo profile image
WenderwooGraduate

You do know that 5k is not a prerequisite of graduating don’t you? Despite the name of the plan the aim is to run continuously for 30 mins x 3. Well done today. I actually found W8 tough, which made me a bit nervous for W9, but W9 was better somehow. It’s a weird thing this running malarkey 😁

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LesaspieGraduate in reply to Wenderwoo

Malarkey is another great word. My son would say kerfuffle.... I know.... but when i number is planted there, it kind of sits there and beckons, or mocks even. But you are also right. Its the 30 minutes. Yeah, today was tough, I don't know if I can get it better, but come on, already I am complaining. It's bloody impressive to have got this far at all! And my legs are looking great. (I won't post a picture, don't be alarmed. :D )

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Speedy60Graduate

You're doing brilliantly. Pushing yourself to do 5k in 30 minutes for graduation is the fastest way to the injury couch! All you need to do is move forward in a running motion for 30 minutes - that's it!👍

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NilsamGraduate in reply to Speedy60

Yes, I think this needs stressing as so many do stress about it. We will move on from our 30 mins goal. 😎

Lesaspie profile image
LesaspieGraduate

Bless you! I feel bit better now.... Thanks. :D

Seaside22 profile image
Seaside22Graduate

Glad I’m not the only one who sighs at “not speed but distance” line (from MJ in my case)! Still my superhero, though.

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LesaspieGraduate in reply to Seaside22

Oh definitely! I cannot run without Laura, and she will have to just put up with me doing the time emphasis. :D

The great thing about this page is the connection. We experience the same things, the same fears, the same doubts, and we help each other. Thank you!

Roxdog profile image
RoxdogGraduate

Well done! You finished the run despite it being a slog! Your time seems quite fast - I was nowhere near that distance at that stage, so maybe slowing down a little bit would help if you are finding it tough?

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LesaspieGraduate in reply to Roxdog

Well, I cant go much slower :D maybe my distance measuring is out of whack. I'll have a think about how to do it better.

Nilsam profile image
NilsamGraduate

You are certainly doing brilliantly given the circumstances. Keep going Lesaspie. Well done. 😎

4.3k is great. 5k in 30 minutes? I’m not sure many actually manage that. Sounds like graduation is tantalisingly close now. Well done 😊

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