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Today was my so-called "graduation" run. And it was close enough to being warm and sunny that I reckoned I could get away with running it in the park. To my surprise, it was almost enjoyable! Being outdoors in the morning sunshine, the smell of wet greenery, and a physical challenge I was reasonably confident I could do. It is December, after all, and a few times it clouded over and there was a cold wind and a squall of rain, but I found I didn't mind that, it was just so pleasant to be outdoors doing exercise. (If it had been cloudy, windy and raining the whole time it might have been miserable enough that the gym would be preferable, but a few minutes didn't matter.)

I found a good rhythm, and although I was breathing hard I didn't feel I had to force myself through pain to be able to complete the run. It was on the slow side, 3.7 km including the warmup so 9½' /km. But it was really good to feel that I still had capacity to do more, either a longer distance or a faster pace, rather than just barely managing to complete.

It occurs to me that to get from where I am now to the actual 5k, I have to improve as much as I did from the beginning of the programme to the end. My first recorded distance was 2.6 km and my PR now is 4 km (both including the warm-up), so I have to find a way to add on another mile. But after such a good run today I feel confident that if I keep practising I'll get there eventually. I mean, hey, maybe that's just the endorphins talking, but I'll take what I can get.
liv: oil painting of seated nude with her back to the viewer (body)
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The C25K programme is very sensible in explicitly telling you that you have to do the final 30 minute run three times in week 9; having achieved my intermediate goal, it was hard to make myself go back to the gym and do it again. But I did, and ran at 7.2 kph for 3/4 of the time (22.5 minutes) instead of only 2/3 of the time on Monday. That didn't measurably improve my distance (4 km in 35 minutes including the warmup), but it's definitely progress. My lungs and calves kind of hate me, but I feel good that I'm still keeping on.
liv: oil painting of seated nude with her back to the viewer (body)
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30 minutes!!!! I am so proud of myself, so proud. 20 minutes at 7.2 kph, 10 minutes at 6.8 kph. That gives me a total of 4 km in 35 minutes, or 8'45'' /km including the warm-up. I'm aiming for running the full 30 minutes at 7.2 kph by the official end of the programme, but we'll see.
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