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Hello!

Hello!

So I’ve taken the plunge and started to follow this forum. I’ve snuck in behind Tasha99, Berksrover and HoagyM my virtual running buddies. 😊

I’m Alka and I graduated C25K end of May. Prior to that I’d only done treadmill running - so outdoors was new to me. Never looked back and haven’t been on a treadmill since.

I then did Ju-Ju’s fantastic 10K plan and graduated at the beginning of July. The reason for doing that plan was because I’d booked my first 10K race for October at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival - my home town. 😎

I’ve been doing a 10-12km run once a week since with a couple of shorter runs too. Im already thinking about what next...🤔 Maybe a HM next year - but can I run that far??

I love structure and plans! I’m hoping this forum will be full of great advice and ideas.

Anyway that’s me. Bye for now 👋🏼 😊xx

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Haha this is great! MORE NEW BLOOD 😂 Hello hello and welcome! And in answer to your question, yes you can absolutely run that far, if you want to! Look what you've done already! But in the meantime do dive in and get involved 😊

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Thanks for the warm welcome Sqkr! 😊

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Hi Alka! And an immense, thoroughly-planned, and structurally-sound welcome to the forum!!!!!!

Beautiful beach shot there!

I hope you will find the help you need here - we are certainly full of big ideas! I look forward to hearing more about you and your running.

And, *ahem*, a half marathon is less than two 12k runs you know... ;)

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Hi roseabi looking forward to getting stuck in but in a structured way! 😬

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I’m still in shock I can run 12km so maybe a HM isn’t too far out of reach!

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Not too far at all!

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🙄😜

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Lovely post, my “running twin” 😄

Don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to sense an air of inevitability about doing a HM sometime, with the way our distances are now moving beyond 10k, and with both of us now seeming unable to make a post on here without dropping in the “H” word ? 😉😁

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Hi running twin! HM almost seems the natural progression for us? Can’t believe I’m saying that! 😳😉

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Hello 👋🏽

A few of us have moved over to this forum in recent days! I’m still very unsure about moving to HM 🤔 I don’t know if I’ve got the strength to do it and I get bored on longer runs. I’ll see what I can do on Wednesday night. I think you’ll have more success as you’re much stronger 💪🏽

Are you going to follow a HM plan?

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There's no pressure to do so, this forum is as much about just getting stronger and more confident with your distance running as it is about increasing that distance. There are some amazing races posted here though so it's hard not to be inspired! ☺️

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I feel I may be dragged along nicely here. 😊

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Hi Tasha! I’ve followed your lead. 😊 I worry about boredom too but that’s why Marathon is a no-no for me (atm!)

No plan as yet but would love to follow one. Have you seen any? You’ll do great!!

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Not really but I’m not particularly interested in a plan as yet as I can’t commit to the time. Especially when work starts. I was just going to add a k a week or something Xx

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Yes good idea - I’ll see how long my knees can cope! X

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I’m not convinced I’ll do it tbh

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I like your idea of increasing slowly. I’ve been running with friends on a Monday for my long runs and it’s great fun and mileage has increased from 10-12 because of them. X

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I need friends to run with!

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Come to Bournemouth!!!

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I was idly looking at thoughts on HM plans on here yesterday, like you do 😉.

I found an excellent recent thread on it (I’m sure there must be lots of them here) and saw that ju-ju did her own HM transition by simply increasing the one long run by about 10% a week, while edging up the other 2/3 runs to ensure the long one doesn’t end up being more than half the total. Plus throwing in a relaxing week every 3-4 weeks by way of consolidation. That sounds good to me, as it seems do-able (and is what we are already doing) while not too scientific/rigorous 😊

So, roughly 3 x 10% increase each month, from a 12k starting point, means we should be ready for a HM by the end of October? As, Steve said.. Hmm... 😉😂

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End of October 2018??? 😳😳😳

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Does sound a tad early doesn’t it? 😉

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😂

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A wee bit!!!

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Tasha, there is no doubt in my mind you can and will. xx

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You have more faith me than I do. But I think I have more faith in you than you do 😂

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Absolutely true - well, i know deep down i can do it, but my mind starts throwing scenarios at me. but i'm excited, and that's always a sign i'm doing the right thing. I suppose i know I can do the distance but am worried about the time. anyway, i should have said I have absolute faith in you IF you want to do it x

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Can't quite get over the fact that I beat Ripcurlrana71 and HoagyM to something, even if it was only joining this forum, a half marathon you say, hmmm 🤔

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😂😂😂

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😄 For me, I think it’s definitely on the cards, so long as my ageing body holds up! I’m resigned to be one of the slowest of “our gang”, but I do seem to have the knack of being able to “just keep going” 😁

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You certainly are not the slowest! It’s the distance completed anyway. 😊

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Bored! Find some scenery and you’re sorted. If scenery isn’t interesting you do build the ability to zone out while you’re running long distances in winter, in the dark 😁💦🌚🌛🌧❄️☃️💨🌬🌩🌨🌊☔️🌫😬

It’ll be the making of yer 💪👍😃

You train for the distance, slowly but inevitably chipping away at it 🙂

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Thanks misswobble 🙌🏼

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Go for the HM if you want to, but don't get caught up by the natural progression thing. Run for whatever reason that inspires you, but don't feel that you have to hit any markers.

That said, its good to try lots as that is where you will find your ideal distance. If you do a HM and want more, a marathon is an option, but if you do a HM you may find that the HM or even the shorter runs are more your cup of tea. In which case a marathon doesn't have to be ticked off a list, just because its there.

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Thanks Whatsapp! My plan is to do my 10K race and then see how I feel. You’re absolutely right not to force anything.

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Me too, I've snuck in. In fact I was catapulted in by mistake following a link for a thread. Exactly how I joined the 10k forum.

They're very grownup on here :)

Ha! I wondered who the lovely Alka was on Strava giving me kudos .. duh .. sorry, bit slow :)

Well, I'm certainly going to do a HM next year, and I've not run further than 12k yet, thanks to the hot weather. I'm sure you're well up to it xx

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Hi Flick - yep it’s me! 😊It’s odd on Strava isn’t it - trying to marry up who we are on the forum?!

My furthest is 12 too. Fabulous you’ve decided on the HM. I’m still in the contemplating mode. X

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Because i'm ancient, i don't have to go out to work, so that takes a pressure off - I have plenty of time to train. Mind you, i don't have the advantage of a younger body ;)

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This ‘younger’ body is certainly being tested!! X

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You'll be brilliant x

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I’ve only done 11k and I felt horrific after 😳

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Maybe just slow the last k?

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I’ll have a go. Just plotted 12k 😳

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My first 11 was just so my 10k got recognised in Strava - was a hard last k. Then I slowed it down the next time and was just about doable. That’s why I’m sticking round that mark till I’m happier with it.

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Yeah I need to slow it down through to the end 👌🏽

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🙌🏼

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You know you wanna! Good luck with the 10K race and I look forward to hearing you've signed up for a HM soon!

You can do this!!! 😘😘😘

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Hi Alka,

Amazing knowledge and experience here.👍👏👏.

No different to C25k and bridge.🌟🌟

You and all the aforementioned golden class and your running buddies, can do anything and can conquer any challenge you want to set yourselves.

I just love seeing all your progress and continuous improvement.

It is inspiring.

This running family/forum HealthUnlocked exists to see everyone achieve there running dreams.

It is here and evident on other links/sources also , further a field, it is what runners do. WOW.

Just magic.💥🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️💥

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Great to know Tbae 🙌🏼🙌🏼

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I’m scared I won’t make 12k. I’m freaking myself out!

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Then see how you feel. I wouldn’t do it if it was stressing me out. Just go out for a run and see how far you get? I know you can do it as 12 isn’t that much further than 10 over a few weeks. I can’t comment after that though! X

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I’m trying a new running club tomorrow. And on Thursdays they do a longer run. I’ll see if I can get on with that 👍🏽 Company might help!

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That’s a great idea! Let me know how you get on. x

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You sound like me a few months ago. I took the plunge and entered a HM just to see if I could do it, and to stop my friend pestering me. Got myself a lovely My Asics 12 week training plan to follow and off I went.

Now, I am pleased it I did it but I was pleased when it was over. I don't think I'll be making a habit of HM distances simply because of the time it takes up training properly when you have a full time job, house and family to look after. I'm the sort that has to do something properly or not at all so couldn't just roll up to a HM half cocked and just "get round". If someone really wanted me to do one with them, I might do one a year but probably not more than that.

I think I am happier at 10k, although sometimes I miss those longer training runs with an audio book in my ear to pass the time...

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Hi and thanks for your reply. I’ll see where my head is after Oct. also my 1st winter running this year!

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Goodness me, I do one 10k and start thinking I can do a HM, so sneak a peek to see if I can find any training plans and look at you all over here, what a small world running is. ..lol.. :) :)

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Join us Lori! Look how far we have all come since couch hey?

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