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Graduated! 5km in 37:39

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mancrunner1Graduate

So, despite what I said in my last post I actually did want to run 5km today, though I knew I wouldn’t do it in anything like 30 mins! Due to my pausing mishap in W8R3 I’d actually already done three 30 mins runs so today I slowed right down and I knew I had plenty left in the tank when Laura said time was up so I carried on for the full 5km, really pleased! Will now be using consolidation runs to see if I can improve the time and then hopefully moving on to the magic plan for bridge to 10km.

I was a fairly experienced runner when I started the programme but I’d become very inconsistent with my runs over lockdown - I wasn’t building either mental or physical stamina so I ran infrequently and then I’d be so sore after a 30 min run I couldn’t go again for another week (when I started the programme in April I hadn’t run at all since January). Thanks to C25K, I’ve run in rain, hail, wind and heatwaves (in the space of 7 weeks!), the day after my 40th birthday party and home from my second jab. There is no way I’d have done any of that without the programme and the support from this forum, thanks everyone! I have rediscovered my love of running and built really good habits around consistency, looking forward to consolidating.

Off to claim my badge! 🏃🏻‍♀️

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VeganDaveGraduate

Well done, am inspirational post, and it’s true, the program works even when you have doubts. Well done and happy birthday too. Keeep 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️👍

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mancrunner1Graduate in reply to VeganDave

Thanks so much! Hopefully see you in consolidation club! :)

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Instructor57Ambassador

Congratulations on your graduation and 5k I see you are already proudly displaying your badge 👍😁

Better to have stuck to the 30 minutes though .

And remember consolidation is not for increasing distance or time as will be explained in the consolidation post !

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Happy Running !

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mancrunner1Graduate in reply to Instructor57

Yes, as I’ve a lot of years of running behind me and have run 5km hundreds of times before I felt confident enough to do it today, I certainly wouldn’t have done if I didn’t have that baseline. Not planning to go any further during consolidation and due to time constraints in the working week 30 mins is much more likely!

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Instructor57Ambassador

Good idea, as according to your posts that Baseline was 10 years ago 👍

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mancrunner1Graduate in reply to Instructor57

Haha, no, that’s when I was fastest, I was doing it pretty regularly for about 9 and a bit years and then second lockdown did for me and I struggled to find the motivation to start again on my own, so a structured programme has been brilliant for me as has learning to slow down!

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Instructor57Ambassador in reply to mancrunner1

Ahh ok !Glad you found the motivation to do the program !

And yes, learning to slow down certainly helps .

Enjoy consolidation !

Then pop over to the bridge to 10k forum if you haven't already 😁👍

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mancrunner1Graduate in reply to Instructor57

I will, thanks, I’ve never done more than 5km-ish but I’m really excited to try Bridge to 10km after consolidation as I’m feeling very inspired now and definitely seeing the benefits of a progressive programme (I taught myself to run originally and it took absolutely ages!).

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Instructor57Ambassador in reply to mancrunner1

That's great !You'll certainly see the benefits of slowing down on the longer runs !

I just came back from my longest this morning , 13k at 05:45am 😁

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mancrunner1Graduate in reply to Instructor57

Oh wow, congratulations! Very inspirational!

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Instructor57Ambassador in reply to mancrunner1

13 months ago I had never ran in my life 🤣

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mancrunner1Graduate in reply to Instructor57

Amazing! It’s a properly life-changing programme! I’m married to a marathoner and I don’t think I’ll get that far but I’m definitely feeling inspired to set myself some new goals :)

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Instructor57Ambassador in reply to mancrunner1

Never say never 🤣👍

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sparky66Graduate

Well done on your graduation run 👏👏👏And welcome back to running 🏃‍♀️💕

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mancrunner1Graduate in reply to sparky66

Thank you so much!

Well done mancrunner1 xx

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mancrunner1Graduate in reply to Midlife_newlife

Thank you!

That's really lovely to hear how it has worked for you and how you've made it work. Congratulations. Fantastic achievement.

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mancrunner1Graduate in reply to CressidaB

Thank you!

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CloakieGraduate

Congratulations!! 💪

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mancrunner1Graduate in reply to Cloakie

Thank you!

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DupsGraduate

Congratulations on your graduation👏👏👏 well done 🥳🎉🥳🎉

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mancrunner1Graduate in reply to Dups

Thank you!

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