Happy July everyone... Here I am again!
Welcome to the Corner. Everyone
The weather is not exactly Summery... at least, not where I am. Some sunshine, then rain, wind and a chill in the air!
But today, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and here we all are on the first day of a brand new month!
I have just had an extra, if a tad shorter, workout day with small runner in training, but have not done any running in a while... zapped by a course of antibiotics... and just now trying, to regain the energy and strength to lace up those shoes. Plenty of gentle exercise to keep things moving, but nothing too heavy. Being kind to myself and just taking it a day at a time. The runs do wait
Now... I have of course, had plenty of time to read all of your awesome posts and am delighted to see so many folk reaching that Graduation podium... delighted also to see some of our old friends back here, ready to repeat all or part of C25K after a time away. And I am really thrilled to see so, so many, new runners heading towards the podium!
You are all succeeding at all levels, taking it steadily and heading to those 30 minutes! Well done!
Which brings me to this week's rambling thoughts.
Okay... when we come to the forum for the first time... we are bombarded...!
Hopefully, with loads of welcome replies to our first post, but most certainly with LOADS of advice...!
So much great advice being given and links to the ESSENTIAL reading that we all should do before we set out. ( It really is, essential).
Wow.... so much to read, re-read and to absorb... and then... head out and try to REMEMBER it all ?
Of course we do need to read the links... we do need to at least try, to absorb the important bits and maybe come back to it a few times.
We need to know that we are taking on, we need to know what we need to complete it .
We need to know how to stay safe, and hopefully, injury free, and, if we manage all of that, then, we should, reach that Graduation Podium, after running for those 30 minutes, ENJOYABLY !
So, when I was thinking about all this... I had a read around and I did a bit of tweaking and I found what for me, having read and re read all the terrific advice in the How to run C25K... could be a bit of a checklist for things I need to remember, ( and not just if I was starting C25K) , but for any running.
* Follow the plan... whatever that plan is.
* Be prepared to put in some core strength and stamina work....we need that running body to work for us.
* Follow the plan.
* Be bold, be confident. Know you can do this.
* Never be afraid to ask for advice or help, about anything.
* Follow the plan.
* Take your rest days when you should.
* Be prepared to take your time...if you need more rest, take it. If you need longer to get to the 30 minutes...take it.
* Follow the plan, BUT.. be prepared, always to be kind to yourself. This is not weakness, it is simply common sense.
* Never, ever, compare yourself with anyone else.
* Enjoy...enjoy... ENJOY.
There we are... Simple and to the point! ( With a few points repeated
BUT... there is one bit of advice that we all should remember, and that we all should absorb.
You may not feel like taking it, there may be any number of reasons, why you don't want to take it, and an equal number of excuses, for not taking it.
“....Before... heading out of the door”.
The BEST bit of advice?
Simply; Head out of the door
Do that, the rest will follow. You will be so glad that you did
Looking forward to seeing the cushions fill, up and hearing what you have all been up to... we cannot wait!
I am attaching a link to a C25K post from an old friend, one who is repeating C25K, after a whole series of stops, starts, successes and set backs.
This post from Irish-John , demonstrates that the only thing, ( apart from injury, impossible to ignore), that prevents you getting out of the door? YOU!
Another inspirational reason to go out of the door... AlMorr ran his 50th Park Run this morning... I should tell you, he is 76 + !!!
I shall be posting a photo' ,when they are up!
See Below...new photographs.
The Inspirational Al...!
All you, over 70s...age is no excuse for not getting out of the door!