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RainbowSlothGraduate
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Are there many folks that have repeated the whole of C25K?

I have just completed week 2 this morning after having started C25K again. I got out of the habit and I can’t even remember how. I was nervous to start again for a long time and but I’ve been wanting to get back to running for a while. Finally bit the bullet after chatting with a friend who used to run a lot and also wants to get back into it. So we are being running accountability buddies for each other.

Glad to back on it and finding that desire to run again. Wish I’d started sooner. It feels so good to complete each run even when it’s hard.

I know this will be helping my mental health too.

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Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Administrator

Welcome back !And yes, there are many !

And quite a few doing so at the moment .

It's certainly the best way back into it after a long break to rebuild that strength and stamina with minimum risk of injury .

Well done and enjoy the re run 👍

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Thank you. Yes I did t want to hurt myself by overdoing it and failing at the first!

Just done the first week 3 💪🏼 and feeling good ☺️

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IannodaTruffeMentor

I started C25K a total of six times and apart from the two occasions when my injuries had not recovered enough to finish, it worked.

This guide to the plan is essential reading healthunlocked.com/couchto5....

and includes advice on minimising impact, stretching after every run, hydration and strengthening exercises, all of which will help.

Enjoy your journey.

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you very much. I really appreciate everything I’ve read that you w written. Has helped me a lot.

Very much enjoying the journey 🥵😂👍🏻

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GTFCGraduate

This, this and this! Look forward now 😀 Brilliant you have a buddy on the adventure too.

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to GTFC

Thank you ☺️

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Dendev75Graduate

Well done for getting back out there and starting it again. I did it last year and got up to week 9 run 2 (I didn’t make the last run to graduate), this year I started walking (a lot) and it really helped me start it again and actually feel easier than last time. Good luck and keep enjoying those runs 👍🏻

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to Dendev75

Thank you. You too. I found walking more before really helped too. How are you doing this time round?

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Dendev75Graduate in reply to RainbowSloth

Thanks 🤗 I’ve found it much easier this time, I don’t think about the breathing as much. I’ve also joined this lovely forum and have learned so much - the advice and support has been priceless 🥰

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to Dendev75

For sure. I think this place has helped me a lot!

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OldflossAdministrator

In answer to your question,,, LOADS of us...me included!Good to see you back again!

Check out those links already given to you, and just pop across to the Catch-Up Corner posts, to find loads of Graduates there, repeating this great programme again.

Slow and steady, ( yes, it is till is my mantra), it works. You know what is coming and you know that you will succeed...

Remember to take extra care whilst the weather is so hot... and then ENJOY!

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you x

Yes I was a bit nervous of going out this morning. But it was cooler outside than inside. So decided to go for it. I don’t think I’d manage it if not in the morning. It’s so warm in the evenings.

I shall check out catch up corner thank you ☺️

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to RainbowSloth

Brilliant, well done you... ! Yes... easier, earlier...!I shall watch for you in the corner!

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Newbie59Graduate

Yes, indeed, I am still a Newbie! I graduated in June 2020 and ran regularly until I developed hip pain after a year of running. I am currently on my fourth programme of C25k, still trying to get back to where I was a year ago. Previously I got stuck at week 5, but this time I am hoping to break through the 20 minute barrier :)

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NilsamGraduate in reply to Newbie59

Yeah...4th time too. Good luck. I was dreading the pushing past the 20 mins and I read about slowing it right down Honestly it really helped. Stil aerobic fitness and we can definitely speed up later. It helped reduce the inflammation of my hip too. I was feeling the bursitis returning after a fast run and had to rest it. Good luck and happy jogging.

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to Nilsam

Really helpful advice. It an feel wrong to force yourself to slow down but can be the best thing to do.

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LabloveGraduate in reply to RainbowSloth

Slow, very slow, got me through the first time and is doing so again. I do wonder if snails will overtake soon 😂

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to Newbie59

Brilliant. I have so much respect for anyone that keeps going. It’s so hard in the face of set backs. All power to you 💪🏼❤️

You are already jumping mental hurdles just by doing it.

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NilsamGraduate in reply to RainbowSloth

Thank you, RainbowSloth. Love the name. 👍🏻🤸🏻‍♀️

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NilsamGraduate

Hi hi ...yes. 4th time through. Each time is different. Different circumstances too. But this time I am learning about slowing my speed. It is a super way of getting back into running regularly. The support of the community really helps with the mental health aspect too. Good luck and happy jogging.

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to Nilsam

Thank you. You are so right!

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coffee1066Graduate

Me too - graduated 2 years ago and then did nothing. Just completed W1 and raring to go but resisting the temptation to go further than the programme advises (really hard!). Good luck as we all try again - at least we know what’s coming 🤣🤩

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to coffee1066

Haha yes!

Today was the first one since I restarted where I didn’t feel like I could go for longer. So I’m glad I’m not pushing past the programme. Plenty of time for that one back up to the 30 mins 😋

I think even that is good for us mentally sometimes too. Delayed gratification etc 👍🏻

Good luck to you too 💪🏼

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MandiV

Yes me! Just restarted and feeling v elated after W1R1!

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to MandiV

Brilliant. 💪🏼👋🏻

Look forward to hearing more about it. ☺️

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LabloveGraduate

I’m just about to ‘re-graduate’ a year on from my first time. I’m really glad I’ve followed the programme again and feel it’s helped me back to running (I use the term very lightly) and looking forward to getting out.

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to Lablove

That’s so good. Congrats. Will you be setting yourself a new target to keep going? I’ve been thinking about booking myself into a 5K a few weeks after I’m due to graduate again. To give me a target to aim for and to give me room for any extra days rest I might need. Maybe a month to allow me to build up to 5K after I’ve hit the 30 mins.

I’m a bit nervous of loosing momentum after graduation.

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LabloveGraduate in reply to RainbowSloth

I’m going to use week 9 runs as consolidation as I like the voice encouraging me along. After that if I’ve managed to increase my distance back up to 5K I might go back to Park Run, but really I just want to enjoy the runs without pressuring myself to do more. Good luck with your pre graduation runs, you’ll be there before you know it.

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to Lablove

That’s sounds like a good plan. I’m really enjoying Denise this time and LOVE that each run through the week is different now rather than a repeat for all three runs.

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limberlouGraduate

Everytime I injure myself ( usually NOT running) or be ill and have to take a longer break I go back to C25k. Sometimes I can start in the middle and sometimes back at the beginning ( after 3 months in a boot after fracturing my ankle and tearing ligaments too ) . Sometimes I do all 3 runs each week and sometimes I cherry pick if I feel I am up to it. It always helps to build your fitness back up again ( and your confidence too)

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RainbowSlothGraduate in reply to limberlou

So true. I’m doing my best to listen to my body. But don’t want to use it as an excuse at the same time.

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