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Message to all slow runners!

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Graduated (end of week 9) April 8th, ran my first 5k (43mins) last week, and did the same again (same route same time - I am nothing if not consistent) this week.

I've had a few adverntures with doing Fartlek style re-using previous weeks podcasts to help increase my speed!

I just wanted to send a message to encourage all slow runners! I keep seeing posts saying "I am very slow" and then I read it and realise they are loads faster than me!!

So I thought I would send a post to say - if you're running you're running and speed isn't the be all and end all. In one month I am doing a 5km race with colleagues and I know I will be the slowest of our group - in fact I am fairly sure I'll be the one that the "mop up" runner (yes that is the phrase the running club uses) has to run with.. but i am going to do it - because I AM running!

So if you're slow - 3 cheers to you - and to me!


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Hi Anne-Marie

I soo get what you are saying! I too am a slow runner and i used to think

the same way until I thought at least I am out there running and not sitting on the sofa at home, and it must give us the same sense of achievement and wellbeing whether we are fast or slow. Maybe I will get faster in time but I dont really mind if i dont. My time is about the same for a 5k but we still run

the same distance! so I am with you on this - 3 cheers to us!!


haha, i am very very slow and expect to be for quite some time. tbh it's one in the eye for gravity that i can run at all so i'm trying not to worry about the fact i can walk faster than i run. i dont ever want to be mopped up though.

Minuette profile image

That's very encouraging thank you! I'm learning to ignore stats and concentrate on simply enjoying the run because that's what it's all about for me :)

3 cheers indeed! :)

Tapira profile image

And I am proud to be a tortoise! Speed is definitely over-rated! :-)

Amen to that, Anne-Marie!

TrickyHicky profile image

Hi Anne-Marie,

Your post reminded me of one of my favourite pieces of motivation I've come across since starting running, it is a simple quote:

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."

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