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The transition into the big, scary Week 5

Hello all :)

Firstly - let's recap W5R1, or as I like to think of it, "The Run Where My Mouth Was Made of Sandpaper".




Run 1 was fine. Dare I say it but I actually RAN that run. Not just jogged slower than the snails on the garden beds next to me. Run 2 was okay but my mouth was getting dry. And Run 3? It was like I was in the middle of the Sahara Desert. I don't think the inside of my mouth has ever been that dry. Ever.

That was really weird.

But, you know. Life moves on and I'm over it.

W5R2 was today. I came back from what could definitely have been a better day (if anyone works in a role where you have to deal with clients, I FEEL YOUR PAIN) and got out the door after half an hour of trying to find a podcast online.

The podcast that I found was set up for all of the runs in week 5. And those eight minute runs? Piece. Of. Cake.

Which is weird because I used to think that the thought of running ten seconds was a mammoth of a task. Exaggeration.

So as I'm running and the lady person is telling me that Day 1 runners can stop after 5 minutes, I'm thinking, "Pfft, yeah, you stop, you weaklings" and I kept on running.

And then? Then she tells me, a Day 2-er to stop running. And I almost lost it at her. I was ENJOYING myself. That run was nice! Something happened around maybe the sixth minute where I felt like I could just run and run and run and run and run and run and run and...

And then the lady person tells me that I have to walk for five minutes. A whole five minutes! Whaaaaat. But I want to run!

Needless to say, the second run was super satisfying. I mean, I'm exhausted. And I think I was running slower than those snails. But I absolutely loved it.

And the biggest thing? I had about three hours of work to do tonight after work. And I didn't let that be an excuse. I got home around 7:00, I got myself out the door, I ate dinner and I still managed to get all my work done. I'm finding time for this in the busiest time of the year at work for me. I'm prioritising this.

Boo. To. The. Yeah.

Looking forwards - Thursday is the Big Scary 20 Minute Run. Something happened to me today. I actually felt like I might be able to do it. I'm choosing not to think too much about it because I might have to flee Planet Earth and go to Mars or something, but I honestly think I can do it.

Who would have thought, huh?

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5 Replies

I honestly think you can do it too! I look forward to reading how it went too :)


"The Run Where My Mouth Was Made of Sandpaper". heheheehee.....

You CAN do it Sincerity because you want to do it and you sound like you are going to "kick the ladies Bottom" :D

Looking forward to your post in a couple of days :)


You will definitely do it - once you get to the point where the 'walks' are becoming an irritation then you are ready for 'The Twenty Minute Run' and the feeling afterwards is awesome :) Beat it and Win!


I think you'll be fine. Some people on here take jelly babies out with them for presumably their dry mouths (or maybe just because they love jelly babies!). Good luck!


I think you are ready to run GS! Mouth may be dry because you are panting too much. Any possibility of slowing a little and trying to breathe in through your nose?


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