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W9R1 done and survived the heat!

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Panda_eyesGraduate

Every run has been a challenge but today was even more so with the heat beating down on me. I had to go really slow so I didn’t exhaust myself in the heat. It was punishing at times but I DID IT!! I ran for 30 mins!!🤩

Not sure why but I had reached W8 and lost some motivation. I took 4 days rest and was worried I’d lose momentum. I do enjoy running but not quite loving it yet so part of me will always make excuses not to run!

I feel the last stretch is such a mental challenge for me 😓I had the expectation that I’d be able to run 5k by now although I understand many don’t achieve this as it takes time to build pace and distance but can’t help feeling disappointed. I really want to complete the programme and know I’m almost there. I just need to get my butt in gear and get on with it!

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Instructor57Ambassador

Congratulations on starting week 9 , especially in the heat !Don't worry about 5k , that's really not important at this stage .

If I remember rightly my last week 9 run was 3.9K.

A gradual increase in strength and stamina is far more important for your future running

Well done !

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Thanks 😊 yes I know my stamina has definitely improved in last 8 weeks so I guess I just need to carry on beyond the programme to reach the goal of 5k!

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IannodaTruffeAdministrator

You are doing great.

Only a small proportion of graduates from this forum who responded to a poll, managed 5k in 30 minutes by graduation healthunlocked.com/couchto5....

Graduation requirements are that you complete three thirty minute runs, regardless of distance.

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thanks 😊 and for sharing the link. Made me feel better! I know I can do the 30 min runs now so just need to focus on that rather than distance.

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AH21MMGraduate

Fantastic! Isn’t it great to be in Week 9?? Congratulations 👏🏻

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to AH21MM

Yes, feels amazing 🤩 can’t believe it!

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VeganDaveGraduate

The important thing is that you are running and have reached W9, you have cracked it!! Make sure in this heat you keep well hydrated. You’re a ⭐️ keep 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to VeganDave

Thank you 🤩 not sure how I got to W9 considering I was such a couch potato before 🤣 yes this heat is awful to run in!

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Alan99Graduate

Feeling disappointed!!!!

Less of that please. You have performed magnificently and should be really proud of yourself.

Consider yourself told off.

We will see you after your graduation. Be proud.

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to Alan99

Thanks Alan99, I needed that telling off! 🤣 Sometimes it’s hard to recognise your own achievements but you’re right, I do feel proud. Heading for graduation…🏃🏻‍♀️🏁🏅🏆

That's amazing you ran for 30 minutes & I think the c25k is more about time than distance. I'm only on week 4 run 3 & find it a challenge & would make any excuse not to do it - so have truly inspired me!

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Panda_eyesGraduate in reply to Poppup

Thank u ☺️ I know I’m always make excuses haha!

Well done for getting to W4!! Honestly I never thought I could run for 30 mins. I remember in my first few weeks, my lungs felt like they were gonna explode. This programme really works! Happy running 🏃🏻‍♀️

Really pleased to see you did this despite the mental challenges (it’s such a fight between mind and body isn’t it!) and during the most disgustingly hot week! I lacked motivation this morning too tbh, let’s blame the weather for that 😂 I totally feel that you don’t love it yet, I wonder when that will fully kick in, I love the after feeling but dread before and during I’m constantly telling myself to stop. Don’t worry about the 5k, just the time. I think the title is misleading. Without cheating by having my Honey I can’t do it plain and simple, and I felt disappointed too! Do you think you will do anything after this? I need structure and struggle with motivation on my own without a plan?

Well done again ✅🥳

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