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8 months in & I prepping for my new challenge

I havent posted for ages so I thought I would get up to date.

I started C25K in May last year after being a life long hater of running (i'm 47).

I can honestly say I havent found any of my runs easy and dont actually enjoy it until I finish. Then I'm elated!

Well, in May this year, just under 1 year after starting this, I am proud to say that I will be running a half marathon.

I would never believed it last year when I really struggled to run for 60 seconds, that I would be looking forwad to completing 20k.

I still run at the pace of an artheritic snail but I can run for 1 hour 40 mins non stop.

After graduating, I concentrated on getting faster (my 5k time was 50 mins) but I stopped enjoying it so after months of pushing myself to go faster, I decided to go further. That was the turning point where I really started enjoying it again.

I just completed my 1st Parkrun today, despite having signed up in July and not finding the courage to do it as I am so slow. I set off, knowing the previous results, that I would probably be last, but it didnt matter anymore. I can run! I came 138th out of 145 so I was OK with that. Best of all I knocked 2 mins of my personal best time.

I am so glad I found C25K, it has changed my life in many ways. I am even planning to walk to Everest base camp next year to celebrate the last year of my 40s.

It's so nice to come back on the forum & get inspired all over again by all you wonderful people.

Happy running!

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Well a big congrats on your first park run, places schmeses it's finishing that counts.

Everest...........hmmmm to boldly go and all that good stuff, all the best.



Excellent well done on your first park run x x so good you should feel very proud of yourself. I did my third today in 40:57 not a PB but like you 6 months ago I was a non runner I came 70/70 lol but I had fun and my eldest came to and ran 32:16 :) x x

And you going to Everest sounds a big adventure good luck x x



Good for you going for a Half Marathon. All the best training for that. I had thought I'd do the local one this spring, but since suffering with an IT band injury, I've given up on that idea. I'll be happy when I can get back to running for an hour, never mind 1 hr 40. I too, really enjoy the long, slow runs rather than trying to go fast.

Maybe we hikers (I, too, am planning a trip to the Himalayas - Annapurna in my case) are built for stamina, not speed... ;-)


Swanscot, I think you've got it in one - stamina not speed. Taking on Everest will be a walk in the park.


I remember your posts from last year as we both started this journey at similar times, I was wondering the other day how u were getting on, then today I find out that "fantastically" is the answer.

Good luck with your half marathon, 1hr40mins all I can say is OMG :-)


Just posted on the other thread, but this made me look up my local parkrun again - this week there were 13 people at 38 minutes or more, with one over 50... Good for them! Maybe new year's resolutioners, but still - maybe I don't have to wait until I've speeded up. (Last time I looked, in November, there were hardly any more than 30 minutes.) Once I can do a continuous 5k run, I think I'll have a go, even if I am slow. And even if I'll be last. Someone has to be last!



Well done you - keep enjoying it ! While I'd like to get faster and plan to work towards that, my main aim is to still be enjoying it in 20-30 years time (I'm 45 now). I see a lot of older runners and, to be honest, much as I admire the fast runners, I am inspired by the older people who are either still running or have started running later in life.

I can't deny that I sometimes try to catch other people in a race but I'm satisfied if I beat my own previous time or distance. I'm aiming for my first half-marathon in March. I haven't started my training schedule, thanks to a lingering cough, but I will get round.

Enjoy your training and enjoy your half - it's just good to be out there !


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