HI everyone, been AWOL for a while. Life just seemed to take over and didn't have chance to catch up on here. Of course, the longer I left it, the more there was to read!
Have read back to mid April and so chuffed with the progress you guys have been making, especially the C25K graduates, woohoo!
Welcome to the newbies I haven't 'met' before too, you're all doing great, stick at it.
My running buddy and I are now up to 10k/6 miles and doing a local 10k race on Sunday! We're going to take it easy as will only be the second time we've attempted the distance but really looking forward to it.
Since graduating from 5k, the running has been so much more enjoyable. Looking back it was definitely the hardest part. It's so fab to be able to go out and just run for anything between 30 - 80 minutes.
We've added a few 'gentle' speed sessions in, just at tempo pace for now. We did a parkrun in 34:47 beginning of April but not had chance to do another since. The most fun sessions have been the longer ones cross country. I couldn't wait to introduce my buddy to some of my old routes and she loves them too now! So much nicer than pounding the pavements, we've only been on the road now for speed sessions.
So happy that I'm at the point where I'm loving running again. For all those starting out, keep going, stick to the plan and the rewards will come!
Belfast Boy, how have you been getting on this week?
Silverstar, that's hardcore running doing it in hail! Glad to hear the new shoes are more comfortable.
Katt, well done on the parkrun, especially in crummy weather.
Jonjay, so pleased you got back out there and with a great pace too! Must have been the enforced rest giving you nice fresh legs!
Pez, amazing time on the 5 miler, well done!
We did our first 4 miles on Tuesday with 28 mph gusts of wind! Legs were tired towards the end but we did it. Out for a slow and easy 3 miles tonight as a recovery run, then attempting our first parkrun on Saturday, really excited
Belfast boy, hope the calf pain isn't serious enough to delay your progress.
Jonjay, sorry to hear you're still feeling rough. Hope you're on the mend soon and can get back out there.
Katt, well done on getting the threshold running done, good luck for the parkrun tomorrow.
Labone, that sucks about the shin splints, must be really frustrating. Get your rest in and lots of stretching will hopefully help. As Katt mentioned, definitely agree our bodies go in to shock mode, take it easy and hopefully you'll be able to move past them.
Was back with my running buddy last night, 40 mins with a few hills thrown in. Another 40 mins to do at the weekend, then we're on to the mileage part of our plan. Will be attempting 4 miles next week!
Pez, sorry to hear you're feeling so rotten. Rest and recover so you can come back fighting fit.
Hi Katt, glad you had a good holiday and even fit in some runs, nice going! I'm hoping to do the same when we go to Lanzarote in April Good luck for the 10k plan and the speed sessions. I used to find them tough but soooo satisfying when done
micknphil, I disagree. It does get easier. Look at all of us who struggled to run a couple of minutes non-stop, now it's easy (except if you're trying to bust a gut of course!)
So then we move on from a few minutes at a time and yes each jump up in time or distance is a challenge but that's the beauty of running. We can keep improving, beat our PB's, set the next goal. The achievement at each stage is a great feeling and whilst continuously striving to improve isn't 'easy' at least it's not boring!