I have graduated!!!!

I completed the final run of the C25K podcasts just over an hour ago :D Still cannot believe that I can now successfully run for 30 minutes non-stop (although I'm sure I die half way through each time!). My 30 min route is 2.94 miles, so just short of the 3 miles. I still find the long runs a challenge - I thought perhaps I would be finding them easier at this point but they're just as difficult as the long week 5 run, and for some reason I always feel like I'm going to throw up at around the 15 minute mark!

Really pleased that I have achieved what I set out to. I am just going to stick with running 30 mins 3 times a week for now, no marathons on the horizon for me yet :)

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  • Congratulations! I finished today too and yeah, you'd think the long runs would get easier...

  • Thanks! Congrats to you too! :)

  • Congratulations on getting there. :-) Time to crack open a... chocolate egg? Happy Easter.

  • Haha, thanks! Happy Easter to you too :)

  • Congratulations Graduate! It was several weeks after Graduation before I found the 30 minutes not so challenging. Enjoy this moment and soak in the joy of all you've achieved! :-) Gayle

  • Thanks Gayle :) Can't believe I have made it - feel like a proper runner now!

  • Congratulations, I also graduated today and also find the 30 min runs hard going, hopefully they will get easier! :)

  • Congrats to you too! :)

  • Congratulations olsBean!!! :-) What a great Graduation time with Easter so near! You will always remember the date. Enjoy and celebrate with some Chocolate! :-) Gayle

  • Congratulations Ruby - hopefully not gloomy today!

    I'll do my usual boring suggestion of 'slow and steady' - feeling like throwing up suggests you may be overdoing it a bit in the middle there? For your next few runs you could try doing some really gentle ones, instead of pushing for distance, just to see how it feels, for a change? (You're going faster than most people for week 9 anyway!)

    Whatever - you've completed the programme and you are a star! :)

  • Thanks greenlegs! :D Still can't quite believe I managed to survive the programme, even though I've successfully completed 2 further runs since (minus Laura!). I liked her, but found most of the music completely terrible. I know I could have ditched her at any time but I wanted to complete the entire thing with the podcasts. Running to my own playlist now thankfully :D

    The wanting to throw up thing is strange as it seems to disappear after about 5 minutes, despite the fact that I keep on running (and don't actually throw up!). I wan't even aware of the distance I had covered until I worked it out on walkjogrun after my final run (had I known I was so close to the 5K I may have gone for the full distance on that last run as I was so near!). I am still just going for the 30 minutes generally though, not overly worried about the distance I'm covering.

  • Just a thought - on my last run, I was wearing my heart-rate monitor, and in the first five minutes my heart-rate spiked up really high and I felt 'wrong' - I slowed down a bit and felt ok again, and the hr went down to a more sensible level (still high, but not crazy-high).

    I think maybe that's why the first few minutes are always so tough - maybe the heart takes a while to adjust to the demands of running at the pace that the legs are used to? Perhaps a slightly slower start would feel better - but if you're happy with it, maybe just carry on the same!

    i don't use any music now, I prefer the birds and my watch. :) (and trust heart-rate monitor!)

  • Congratulations ruby and welcome to the Grad Club!! :) It's a great feeling to get this far and know you can run. Enjoy that feeling and have a happy Easter!

    Sue

  • Thanks Sue :) No badge for me yet though by the looks of it!

  • Congratulations on your graduation! The runs will get easier - slow and steady will do it :) Enjoy your Easter!

  • Thanks! :)

  • Congratulations, I'm hoping to join you on Sunday.

  • Congrats to you too!

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