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W3R1 - stepping back

After my troubles with W5R3 and subsequent loss of confidence, but then reinvigorated by all your encouragement I finally got back out today, a little later than planned due to one thing or another. Not been running for two weeks, so took it back to W3R1 in the hope to build some confidence. Was a lovely sunny morning so went to the local park, along with about a million dogs and their owners which provided me with some experience of dodging moving obstacles! Anyway I took it slow, but found it quite hard going mainly with breathing but also my legs felt like lead! Was nice to be in the park with the birds, crocuses and even some early daffodils, certainly lifted my spirits anyway.

So despite it feeling hard going I finished, and didn't feel exhausted afterwards so there's progress. Trying not to feel frustrated at having to go backwards, and already worried about facing week 5 again but will try and take one run at a time. Roll on Tuesday and W3R2!

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Well done for getting back out there. The sunshine and the fresh air is wonderful, as you say it certainly lifts your spirits!

Slow and steady, one run at a time, that is the way to go. Onwards and upwards :)

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Good for you. It took me months to complete the program, there is no rush.

As long as you feel satisfied after completing a run and get out again next time with a sense of purpose you are a winner. Good luck with W3 R2. :)

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Well done on getting back out there :)

The breathing will settle over time :)

Hopefully spring is not far away and that is a wonderful time of year to be outside running :D

Definitely one run at a time , trust in the program and believe in yourself :) you really can do this :)

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Yay! Getting out there for the first time is hard, but building up the courage to get back out there is even tougher. Don't think about what lies ahead, just enjoy each run as it comes :-)

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