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W8R1 - Tough run but completed!!

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Panda_eyesGraduate

Can’t believe I’m saying this but I ran for 28 mins!! It was tough and in the last 2 mins I felt my knees aching and was ready to stop so it took a lot of mental strength and determination to keep going!!

I think I’ve found a good steady pace although it is a very (very) slow one!! I did try to up my pace in the last run as I was disappointed that I was nowhere near the 5k mark but this made it harder to run. I realise that I can’t go any faster and should just stick to what feels comfortable for me. So happy I completed this!! ✅ Now I need to lie down… 🥵

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Well done I’m just about to start w8

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to Lovescornwall

Thank you ☺️

Well done.An easy conversational pace is what you are aiming for. Faster is not better at this stage.

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank u 😊 I try to set a steady pace each time but sometimes feel like I’m going too slow! Just need to remind myself is not about speed although I really want to reach 5K!

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IannodaTruffeMentor in reply to Panda_eyes

Your body develops and adapts most effectively at a pace at which you can hold a conversation.

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BS44Graduate

Well done Panda_eyes.

I also found week 8 tough but you’ve done run 1 now so you know you can do it.

I took the advice of the experienced runners on here and slowed right down - slower than my normal walk speed.

Keep going and good luck you can do it 🏃‍♀️😀

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to BS44

Thank you so much for the support 😊 feels good to know I can do it but it was not easy. I do feel I’m going really slow that I’m embarrassed when I see people walking faster than me! Oh well I’ll keep “running”!🏃🏻‍♀️

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BS44Graduate in reply to Panda_eyes

That’s why I do mine on my treadmill 🤣🤣

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to BS44

🤣🤣 I think I’ll get one too!

Awesome well done, don’t worry about how far you run just be pleased you get the time

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

Thank you so much ☺️ yes very true I should be proud of the fact that I can run for longer than I thought was possible! That’s definitely progress 🙌

Well done you!!! Really pleased for you. Crazy to think you can run 28 minutes after just 8 weeks, the plan is just so good. Looking forward to your run 2 update. Graduate next week 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳✅

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to Runningwithhoney

Thank you!! I really can’t believe I’ve made it this far. Great plan and amazing support from this forum. Good luck on your next run too! Go smash it 🤩

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