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Bridge to 10K

After completing c25k on Monday I decided to start the bridge to 10k plan. I'm not sure I even fancy running 10k but without a specific plan I do worry that at some point I'm just going to stop. Anyway I loaded up on chicken and rice at lunchtime so I had the necessary fuel but after leaving work I faced my first obstacle - the temperature had dropped from a balmy 10 to a chilly 3 C since my last run.

On the drive home I had a serious mental debate as to whether I could be bothered and if I should just wait until the next day to go out. In the end I decided that since I'd eaten a bigger lunch than usual I might as well go out and run the calories off.

The first run of the plan is 4 x 10 min jogs with 1 min walks inbetween. So in my head I considered running for 10 mins is easy when you're used to 30 without stopping. The first 10 were peaceful enough but the second 10 were largely uphill which can be a bit of a killer.

Now I ran (literally) into the problem of not having anywhere left to jog. I live in the middle of Chester so I've been going out of town a bit down towards the shopping estate and up into the student area which is fine but it can get a bit dull going around the same places. Having to add 10 mins onto my usual route I had to wind in and out of streets to make up the additional time.

Once I'd got past the halfway mark and most of the uphill stuff was done I felt better and got into a decent rhythm for the run back home. Covered about 4 miles while I was out so not a bad start all in all.

How are any other B210Kers doing out there?

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Well done you! I graduated sometime ago and due to various things beyond my control, a wedding (not mine!), illness and sheer laziness i have not been running as regular as i should have (shame faced!). I have decided to start the programme again from scratch.

Hopefully in a couple of months i'll be able to let you know how i'm getting on..... Keep it up!


I'm sure once you get back into the habit you'll do great!


Well done Ross, I can identify with everything you have said, I finished C25K in exactly 9 weeks on Sunday and am really keen to keep the momentum going. Bearing in mind that when I started a 90 second run was a challenge. I had not done any real exercise since I hung up my rugby boots 20 years ago. I embarked on the B210K last night and found it harder than anticipated especially for some reason the 3rd leg, maybe because I was doing circuits around my hilly local park. I now have 2 goals 1. to keeping running for 60 minutes and 2. to break the 30 minute barrier for 5k ( PB 33:54). I'm hoping the hill work helps.

Next run tomorrow, now I know what to expect.

Good look with your training.


Sounds like a solid plan to me. I often find the first half of a run hard (and sometimes the second half too) but I suppose I just trust in the plan and stick with it. Otherwise I'd probably give in after 15 minutes. Hope it goes well for you.


Both of you are welcome to join in on the conversations in 5K+, there is a group of grads just starting out with 10K training. :-) Gayle


Welcome to the club! There are a _lot_ of us just starting Bridge-to-10K right now! Look for tags of "bridge to 10k" or "b210k" and join in the fun! :-)


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