Best run so far!!

Well, for all of you who weighed in on my last post: I went ahead and repeated W1R1. I'm SO glad I did!! For the first time I completed the entire workout in one go! I felt good going out, but by the time I got to the gravel trail part of my route I was contemplating stopping to rest (15 minutes in) but I didnt! Also, there were too many people around for me to stop without hurting my pride :P In the last 10 minutes there was one second where I was running under this beautiful tree, with the path stretched out in front of me, and just for those 2 seconds I felt amazing. Then back to sweating and panting! I also found a route that lands me exactly on my doorstep as the run is finished. Should work for now, until my speed builds up a bit! 

I don't want to imply that repeating is right for everyone, but it worked for me! I credit this forum for getting me to keep on running, you are all just amazing!!


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  • well done! I think we all start off with different fitness levels/healthconditions/weight etc and each and every one of us are capable of getting through this programme albeit at different rates and doing different distances. I look forward to your wk5 r3 post when you have nailed 20 minutes! I'm 2 runs away from graduation and still can't believe how hard the first runs were and in such a short time I can run for over 30 mins!

  • It's still unbelievable to me that I could ever run for 20 minutes, but I think I can do it if I take it slow and steady! Congrats on being so close to graduation!

  • Congratulations on keeping going! Some days it seems practically impossible but those are the days that really count. You didn't give up so be proud of yourself and what you can do. Good luck!

  • Thank you!! My legs felt like jelly but that's OK :P

  • Well done!  May those 2 second amazing moments expand into many more :)

  • :) here's to hoping!

  • Well done! You listened to your body and did the safe thing. Great. I recognize experiencing those really wonderful moments where running is amazing and you can't stop smiling - there will be many more as you move along. Promise.

  • Thank you! I hope so :D

  • Well done MK974 for completing the entire workout. I meant to start W1R1 this week. On the first day I stopped to drink some water and not being familiarise with my new MP3 I was not able to pause it and went back to the start  from the beginning doing the 5 minutes brisk walk after doing three lots of the run my body just would not accept starting all over again in the end I had to abandon the run altogether.

    Yesterday I managed to finish the entire workout and tomorrow I will do day three of W1R1 but I have decided to use that as a warm up and will start W1R1 as the first week.

    Good luck.

  • Congratulations on completing the whole first workout!! I hope it continues to go well!

  • Very well done! You did the right thing for sure :-)  We need to be honest about our capacities and fitness level. You stayed with it. You did it. You did it successfully! That's what counts. 

    As we go, we learn more about how much we can endure and how hard we can push while our body and mind are screaming "stop!".

    I have to repeat parts of my week three. The graduations are bit steep for my condition. But I haven't missed a day at the track or a walk in between workouts. 

    Keep 'er going and you be amazed at how your body improves week after week. 

    I literally thought I was going to have a heart attack and die after running merely 30 yards when I started this.  16 years smoking, 11 and 5 with a 15 year break in the middle. I smoked other really bad stuff too and I have no idea how much damage I have done to my lungs and body from my life style choices in the past. I have been 6 years without any smoke of any kind. Sedentary working on computer and cooking all this time. Of course cooking means eating - a lot.

    You are going to feel so much better as you continue along.  I applaud your efforts. You have many more 'Best Runs" ahead of you.

  • Thank you for your kind words!! I'm absolutely inspired by you, coming back from a life style that you recognize is bad and unhealthy takes a lot of courage, especially if you have lived that way for a while.

    Yes, it is very important to be able to listen to your body, and I feel like I made an important step in being able to do that by not pushing on to week 2

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