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Last night was WK5 R3 Eve 😱 and I told myself not to be too disappointed if I couldn't complete it. I found the two 8 mins of WK5 R2 really tough, so resigned myself to the likelihood I'd have to make several attempts at the dreaded 20min run.

I decided to leave Laura at home as there's no stopping for recovery walks, and I thought my own music might help me more. I left the house and was in the middle of my warm up walk when my neighbour, who was walking his dogs, joined me for a chat. Although explained I was following a programme, he tagged along for the rest of the 'brisk walk'!

After that, I set off at a gentle jog and kept it going the full 20 minutes - even did a couple over because Laura wasn't there with the stopwatch. I'm totally amazed to have managed 20 minutes running. It's really made me feel graduation is achievable and that I want to keep up running beyond it. Very chuffed! Singing along with my odd little playlist helped a lot. Here it is if you're interested...

Knock on Wood, Amii Stewart

Antmusic, Adam & The Ants

Should I Stay or Should I Go, The Clash

Loch Lomond (Live), Runrig

Mackay's Memoirs, Martyn Bennett

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Very well done! Isn't the plan fantastic? A little voice in the back of my head I remember saying "20 minutes, really? Can I do that?" oh of course! And I love your playlist. I wanted to marry Adam Ant when I was about 9 lol! :-D

CantrayrunnerGraduate in reply to rammsteinqueen

Thank you. With you there on Adam, who could resist a dandy highwayman? πŸ˜„


Fantastic! You totally nailed the boogeyman in the cupboard. Week5 run3 - check :) Over half way. Won't be long now 😊😊😊

CantrayrunnerGraduate in reply to McFitty

Thanks @McFitty. The encouragement on here is amazing!


Well done Cantray! That's a real turning point in the programme.

CantrayrunnerGraduate in reply to Ullyrunner

Thank you. Yes it certainly feels like it. Hope you have good runs this week. 😊


Amazing, well done you!! It's a real milestone and you did it! You're right, you definitely can reach graduation, won't be long now!!

CantrayrunnerGraduate in reply to melly4012

Thank you Melly4012. Hope so!

That's brilliant. 20 minutes is definitely the point at which you realise that the whole thing is possible. I floated in air all day when I did it πŸ˜€

Should I stay or should I go - now that's worth adding to my playlist πŸ˜€

CantrayrunnerGraduate in reply to OldPossum

Thank you - no-one could see me in the woods so I was running along playing my imaginary drum kit!


Well done to you !

Oh the feeling after completing this run is just amazing isn't it ? Its a defining moment where you think " Yes, I can do this !! "

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

CantrayrunnerGraduate in reply to poppypug

Thanks...I think you're right, it felt like a huge milestone. 😊X


I'm on W5 R2 tomorrow and have been getting proper gremlins about that and R3 on Saturday for me. Reading your post has given me a glimmer of hope that maybe I can do it! May make a play list too and add yours to remind me it's doable. Well done :-)

CantrayrunnerGraduate in reply to Beelady

Thank you and good luck @Beelady. You can do it! Good luck - hope you post how you get on.


Well done, great feeling doing 20 minutes nonstop.

CantrayrunnerGraduate in reply to WillieMac

Thank you. It really does feel good. Good luck with your runs this week 😊


Fantastic. I'm not sure I could have done it without Sarah to tell me I'd done 5/10/15 along the way!

CantrayrunnerGraduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Gosh, I can't believe that was 2 years ago. I still look back and feel amazed at that breakthrough run! Hope your running week goes well GoGo_Jo

GoGo_JoJoModerator in reply to Cantrayrunner

I didn't even see the post date! It just came up. Are you still running frequently? I'm a little worried I may give up once I've completed the set programme...


Loving these tales of week 5 run 3 accomplishment! I’m tackling it later this week- your words really help and I’m bizarrely excited!!

Think I’ll make myself a play list for the special occasion (a touch different to yours I think! lol) one song is wake my up by Avicci- ran to it listening to a random amazon playlist the other day and loved it!!

CantrayrunnerGraduate in reply to Seasidepanda

You'll be great Seasidepanda. Just go at a steady pace and it will be fine. Must look up that track by Avicci. I like new running song recommendations!

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