Week 5 done

Feeling rather pleased to have completed the 20 minute run. I always find the first run hardest, and when Laura announced that I had run 5 minutes, I started to think of excuses to put this off. But by 10 minutes things were looking up. By 15 minutes I was doing just fine. With about 2 minutes to go, the bombastic overture-like music came on, a sudden rainstorm started, and I finished with a wet, downhill flourish. Onward to Week 6.

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  • Onward and upward... brilliant. Well done!

    Can remember the weeks where the temptation to stop was sooooo strong...

    Just shows how determined we are to keep going and just do it!

    Go you.... Graduation by the New Year! :)

  • Well done Joanee! You are now in front of me. I did a session on the cross trainer as my foot was hurting. Then I had two days rest. Yesterday, with foot slightly sore, I went to the gym and just did a five minute warm up followed by 10 minutes of running. I thought at least I felt as if I'd moved on from my eight minute run but without a huge length of time impacting on my foot. Then I finished off on the cycling machine to keep up my cardio vascular training. Went home, iced and elevated the foot. Now I'll see how it feels over the rest days. So pleased you did it and even enjoyed it!

  • I find that one foot is a bit tender, so might take a couple of days off and see how it feels. I expect I need to look at getting some new shoes at some point, as I am running in my waterproof walking shoes. I have had no issues like this before, so hope the old body will recover fine! Sounds like you have a sensible plan for keeping going without injury. I have never run on a treadmill, being totally intimidated by gyms, for one thing. But I can see how this allows you to vary your exercise routine, especially if you need to avoid putting strain on a foot for a period. I love being outside, and usually take my dog with me. She is pretty good about trotting along at whatever pace I set, so plan to keep running with her. She is very much in favour of this new activity.

  • Excellent. Love the way the elements joined in your final burst. See you in week 6. I've done the first run of week 6 and it sounded like it was going to be a doddle but I really fought with it. Can you believe end of week 6 we'll be running 25 mins? Didn't feel to me as if I had another 5 mins up my sleeve after that 20 min run, how about you?

  • Now I've gone and read the posts about week 6, I see that it is a tough one. I felt like I could continue further after 20 minutes in terms of breathing and overall stamina, except one foot was bothering me a bit, so I'm going to be a bit careful for the next week.

  • I found some of that funky upbeat music a great boost too! Your king of the world baby.... well done on completing the 20 mins. You are a RUNNER now.

  • I sometimes find the beginning of a run hard. The gremlins tell me I could have a short run if I wanted.... Then within 10 minutes or less, I am ok. My legs go on automatic pilot, my brain wanders off and I just carry on and enjoy the moment. Usually by the end of the run I can add on a few 100 metres. What makes me stop is that I know I will have to walk the whole way back unless I plan it as to do a loop

  • Brilliant Joanee , Well done !

    Just goes to show we are a lot stronger and more capable than what we think we are !

    Good stuff , keep going , youre doing great ! :-) xxx

  • Well done, that's such a milestone - bet you're still smiling :)

  • I am!

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