I just completed week 5

Today has been a horrible day, with lots of tears and emotional meltdowns, but still after lunch I put on my running gear and hit the park, terrified at the 20 minute part especially when I realised it was going to rain on me

I went slowly slowly at first but then after 10 minutes my pace picked up a bit, but I just ran for twenty minutes without stopping, I can't believe it, I'm like astounded by this

And it totally took my mind off the rubbishy start to the day

Maybe my old slogan of keep calm and eat cupcakes could be changed to keep calm and run.....


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20 Replies

  • Very well done, I did the 20 minute run (jog) on Saturday and couldn't stop grinning!

    It feels amazing doesn't it!

  • Well done! It must have been quite a thought even to get yourself out there when it had been such a bad day until then. Good for you! 20 minutes is a great achievement from where I am - it's my next run eek!

  • Reading posts like this are giving me the drive to carry on, I'm just about to start week 2 and the thought of being able to run for 20mins straight is hard to grasp...very well done to you, especially after your bad start to the day, I can't wait to get to the point you're at!!

  • Woohoo! Well done, that's a great week to get done. Isn't it amazing! :-) x

  • Be proud, be very proud. Running for 20 minutes is tough enough the first time without having a turbulent morning beforehand. Keep calm and run! I like it :)

  • Thats brilliant. I did my week 5day3 run late one evening with a head full of stress and it worked wonders for me. Good luck with week 6

  • Well done you! And it's amazing how running can force you to clear the mind and give you a break from all the stress of the day.

  • Congrats on 20 minutes! It does feel great as it is the first big uninterrupted run. Excellent new slogan :)

  • Well done and that's the big 20 minute run behind you. Onward and upward :)

  • Well done, it's an amazing feeling and running is a great way to clear your head, or at the very least give you space.

  • Well done, and yes, this:


  • Running is so good for stress. Let the run take you somewhere else where away from the cares of the day. It's valuable "you" time. We all need it!

    I think once you get into this running lark you will change. It's calming and you find yourself really wanting to make time and space for yourself to do it. I think us wives and mothers are not as single minded as the guys and tend to put everyone else first. It's good to make time for yourself.

    Well done on your successful run Hillary! Over half way now. Onto week 6. Woooo .....

  • that first 20 minute jog takes some beating doesnt it ?

  • I am in week 4; 2nd run was this morning. Are you seriously telling me that within the next week and a half I will be able to go from running 5 minutes to 20? That is one heck of a leap!! Positive feedback welcome please :)

  • Yes Amisnan , tis true , sounds like a massive leap , but it is do-able as you have already set the foundations in place by following the earlier steps of the programme. Just take it slow and steady, that's the way, you CAN do this , Good Luck ! :-) xxx

  • Thanks Poppypug; just what I need. I'll let you know how it goes :) xx

  • Yes please do ! We all support each other on this forum, so keep posting :-) xxx

  • Hoorah! you star! I'm quite nervous about the 20 min run but my W5r1 was ok (def not easy but ok).

  • It's surprising how it comes together, trust the programme, trust laura, trust yourself, it's doable, cheering you in

  • ah, thank you, will let you know how it goes.

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