The 'Dreaded' longer dreaded, yippee!

This morning I did the final run of week 5. I was quite philosophical about it after the time I've had recently with non-running related matters, as most of you know. I kept it nice and slow, very steady and decided to just try to enjoy it. When Laura said there was just five minutes to go I somehow knew I was going to make it. When told there were just two minutes left I lifted my head and gradually lengthened my stride. It might have been the last run of W5 but it was the first run since signing up for the R4L. In those last two minutes, with my head held high and my lengthening stride I felt in my heart that I was now an athlete in training for my first race. Good luck to those doing W5R3 in the next few days. Stop worrying - you'll be fine. Happy running one and all. Best wishes.


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  • Great post & thanks for your encouraging words. You are indeed an athlete, you are a runner!!!

  • If it helps to inspire someone to manage this run without worrying then was worth it. Many thanks. Best wishes.

  • Lengthened your stride!!! Good for you. I only ever do little fairy steps. Prancing about like Mavis Cruet

    Glad it went well for you Fitmo. Thought it would mind you. So, over half way now

  • Only lengthened a weeny bit - just moved slightly out of my usual soft shoe shuffle! I think it was just a case of a change of mindset for this one. Best wishes.

  • Training is simply continuing with the programme as is until graduation. Nice thing about the R4L is that I can walk as much of it as I need to. Signed up in a moment of madness! Best wishes.

  • Well done!! Sounds like you had a really great experience there - it's amazing when something drops into place like that isn't it? Really pleased you had such a great run on such a big milestone of the programme, it should give you great confidence for the remaining weeks. I had a little blip on Wk6 but my heart and mind wasn't in it. I've literally just walked back in the door from W7R1 and it all seems to be dropping back into place.

    For the rest of the C25K, you can definitely do it!

  • Thank you. Somehow I think it was just meant to be. One of those runs that just works out right. It's W6R1 on Monday so I'll see how I get on. Glad you found the first run of week 7 okay, you've really come a long way in a few weeks. Best wishes.

  • Told you you'd fly through that run. Well done - it sounded fab.

  • Thank you. I'm now looking forward to W6R1 which will most likely be in the morning as I keep to Mon/Wed/Fri for my runs. See how week 6 goes for me! Best wishes.

  • Congrats on completing W5 - such a milestone. I finished it today too much to my total surprise and elation! It wasn't pretty or elegant but the main thing is I didn't stop running. I felt the same in the last two minutes - determined and longer strides. Best wishes for W6 - I'm giving it a bash on monday too. Hope you are enjoying your rest days and weekend as much as I am!

  • Thank you. Well done on your own completion of week 5. Amazing really when one realises just how much progress has been made. Lets see how we get on for W6 - I'll be cheering you on as well. Best wishes.

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