Couch to 5K
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Not sure where I am up to

But really pleased. I completed W8R3 on Saturday 14th by running 5k in approx 32 mins. I then went on holiday for a week on the Algarve. On the first night of my holiday (Sunday) I over ate & drank too much so Monday was a write off, asleep on a sun lounger all day. I took it easy Monday night and woke at 7.30am on the Tuesday morning. I stood on the balcony of my apartment watching the locals jogging on the beach and felt so jealous that i put my trainers on and joined them. I have never ran outside in my life, only ever on the treadmill. Being away from home meant I wasn't self conscious. So I ran 20 minutes and came back elated but cream crackered. Then that was it. I am but flesh and the lure of food and drink took over for the rest of the week. Last week I was off work at home, but the treadmill watched me, unused, whilst I carried on eating and drinking. This morning I thought itwasa time to give W9R1 a go before getting back to the working routine tomorrow. I read advice on here about starting slower after a lay off. In truth I thought it would have to start back at week 5. Starting at 8.2 kph instead of previous 9.0kph+ I plodded on and managed to run 5k in 35.5 minutes. That is 35 minutes non stop running after a fortnight of body abuse. It looks like the 8 weeks graft before the holiday had not diminished. I can now say "i am a runner". 10 weeks ago I hadn't run for two years. I am 45 years old. If anyone doubts that they can do the programme take my story as evidence that if I can do it anyone can!

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That's good going, well done. You should graduate this week then.

You shouldn't really lose much fitness over two weeks, all things being equal, but it's always at the back of your mind when you come back to it, I think :-)


Yep - all being well I get my cap and gown onThursday!!!


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