End of Week 5 - finished my first 20 min run!

After having a sore ankle (previous injury flare up) for the last week or so, I went down to the gym to give W5R3 a go, having not run for almost a week. I had decided I would run for 12-15 minutes and then see how I felt regarding the sore foot, but it was fine so I just kept on going, encouraged by Laura, and finished the 20 minutes. I now feel that I am running as opposed to 'having a go'. What a great Christmas present - roll on Week 6! Hopefully I will be starting on Week 8 in the first week of 2016 and maybe I will graduate around the time of my 66th birthday on 12th January.

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  • Amazing, well done for your determination!!! Are there any strengthening exercised you can do to strengthen the ankle? Just keep plodding on through the programme, it's not a race, you can do it!! Julie

  • Well done that is fantastic! I really admire your determination ! I am a mere 54 and have sometimes really felt up against it but have plunged on regardless.. Have a greAt Christmas, keep on running!


  • Ooh well done you! Take things steady, hopefully you wont get any more ankle trouble. Something to look forward to in January- yay graduation! x :-)

  • Woop woop, go Mum!! So proud and happy for you. 🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃

  • Sounds like a great birthday present to yourself. Well done on finishing one of the most momentous runs of the program.

  • That is fantastic, Kay - and glad that your ankle is improving. We are a well-matched running pair, virtually speaking- I am on the west coast of Canada. I'm slightly ahead of you in age - I am 66. After the 20 minute run, I had a sore foot and ankle, which is related to an old ankle injury. I took 3 days off, then started up again, and it is feeling just fine now.

    I finished run 2 of Week 6 today. I found the first two days of week 6 easy, as it is a return to runs with breaks. All longer runs to come, which I find I am looking forward to. I run outside, usually along the rural, hilly roads around my house - but this morning I ran on a trail in the forest and quite enjoyed it, so plan to venture out to some different routes. I don't have a lot of stamina for long uphills, so I might try some seaside, flatter running for a bit.

  • Hi virtual friend! How fabulous to be able to run in the gorgeous scenery of west coast Canada. What's the temperature where you are? My step-daughter lives in Alberta so we have been to the Rockies a few times but never made the west coast. Well done on your progress. I am starting W6 on Thursday. Have a lovely Christmas.

  • Hi Kay and best Christmas wishes. I am in the midst of a family Christmas visit to Victoria on Vancouver Island but managed to get in the week 6 day 3 run. I have been running in an area with few people up to now but today went on a harbour city path with lots of people which I found a bit intimidating. It went ok though. 25 minutes feels like a milestone. Laura tells me I am now a runner so I must be.

    Our weather is rather like England in the winter. We used to live in northern Canada but I am now very happily adjusted to warm winters. My husband is from the UK so we visit relatives occasionally and go on walking holidays.

  • Well done Kay!

    I also have a sore ankle after the effort's of the weekend, which seems better today. It all stems from the time I ricked the ankle a number of times through wearing high platform fashion shoes in the early 70s.

    And yes! I had a mullet hair style..lol😊

  • I managed to survive the platforms in the 70s but fell whilst wearing some high heeled strappy sandals in September 2014. I broke one small bone and was wearing a moon boot for weeks. I am quite pleased with how my foot is coping with the running. After yesterday's run it feels fine.

  • Well done😄I am just about to head to the gym for w5r3 & didn't realise that there is a 20 min run😱

  • Let me know how you get on!

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