Week 5 R3 done 😄

And it was much better than I had thought! If you are not quite there yet, the biggest thing that helped me was getting control over my breathing. Steady, deep breaths kept me going and the stitch at bay! At around 15 minutes in my legs started to feel a bit like heavy jelly but after three or four more minutes they lightened up again. Good luck to anyone who is gearing up for the 20 minute run soon. Laura is right- you can do it!

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  • Yeah!!! Congratulations celtprof..knew you would do it! Bet you feel great now.. you will be on a high all day.. real runner status now :) just watch out you don't trip up on week 6 .. lol I fell over thismorning.. I'm fine though..lol x. Enjoy your day of glory x

  • I saw your post! Hope you bounced! X

  • Well done!

  • Love the idea of heavy jelly legs:)

    Got this weird image...when I taught, I used to get my littlies to draw their ideas of metaphors in language, e.g. his legs turned to jelly, or the snow is a white blanket etc.. I remember one small one drawing a man with huge, wobbly. jelly type legs... is that you??? Sorry, rambling again!

    Well done on your run and sorting your breathing...Week 6, here you come :)

  • That's me! The funny thing is that when I reflect on what I learned from that run, I realize it's important to remember that many reactions are temporary and may well wear off during the run. My legs won't feel like that for more than a little while if I just push through. On to week 6 and holding my nerve! Thanks for your support X

  • Welcome... if it is any consolation, my legs felt like lumps of lead this morning!

    Apparently, the feelings experienced in the first 2K is normal...all to do with oxygen and carbon dioxide? levels..and aerobic whatevers...BobP explained it in reply a post to me with some background info and it all made sense. I need to read it again!

    You will do Week 6... no problem, slow and steady :)x

  • PS This is what BobP sent me.I just found it...

    "The best description of what happens I've ever read is by Dr Mike Stroud (medic, polar explorer - with Ran Fiennes - and all round very knowledgeable bloke) in his book Survival of the Fittest - Understanding Health and Peak Physical Performance.

    I quote - "When you start to run your muscles need extra oxygen but your body is not set up to increase the supply immediately. For the first few minutes of a race [or any run] you develop oxygen debt as you use more energy than aerobic systems can supply. It is only when oxygen in the blood has been depleted significantly and levels of carbon dioxide have risen that your brain senses these changes and sends instructions to set things straight. At that point you will begin to breathe harder and your heart will pump more strongly. But by then , besides having to meet the demands of your continued movement, you also have to repay the oxygen debt and clear the lactic acid that has accumulated. This takes time, and so the first couple of miles of any run can be rough.""

    Makes sense? x

  • Thanks for this- interesting!

  • Very interesting - I will remember that next time I run.....I find the first 5 minutes particularly hard work!

  • Well done Celt - over half way through the programme - woop!

  • Hey, another one. Well done!!! That's brilliant. You have filled me with hope for tomorrow.

  • You'll be fine! Good luck!

  • Very well done - Wk5 run 3 is a milestone, feel proud of yourself. Keep up the good work.

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