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W5R3 done..felt quite easy!

I'm a bit scared to admit that in case I hex my running but it really felt fine today. We decided to run in the park as I was keen to tackle 20 minutes running on a level surface with no snarly tree roots to worry about and was also slightly concerned about slipping on fallen leaves as it has been raining (and started raining again during our run) and it felt surprisingly doable- we just couldn't believe how well it went- I was finding it hard to run for three minutes a few weeks ago,, but we ran for 20 minutes today without any problem, I couldn't believe how quickly the time went, and I was barely breathing harder at the end of it! :-) We are supposed to be doing W6R1 on Sunday and then I will probably be doing the next two runs by myself again, including the 25 minute one..!

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Brilliant! A real turning point.

Treat week 6 with respect - it may look easy by comparison but it brings a lot of people to grief.

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Well done VeganNelly, you're a proper runner now!

Isn't it amazing how much you've achieved since week 1?

I'm afraid you're as daft as the rest of us now, there's no turning back, you're hooked!

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Very well done.. and I have a lovely image of the 'snarly' trees... loving it! They do try and get you with their roots and the description is perfect! :)

Take it slow and steady... Week 6 can be tricky for some folk.. but not all and you sound as if you are doing just fine :)

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Thank you! :-)

Thanks for the tip- could you please elaborate so I am forewarned- what aspect of week 6 do people find tricky particularly? We were all thinking that W6R1 looked easier than W5R3 so maybe we are in danger of being complacent.....???

:-/

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The thing that may throw some folk is the return to the breaks in running.

The last run in week 5 is, as you know; Workout three: a brisk five-minute walk, then 20 minutes of running, with no walking.

Then in Week 6 Run 1 ; a brisk five-minute walk, then five minutes of running, three minutes of walking, eight minutes of running, three minutes of walking and five minutes of running.

i think, from reading many past posts, it is the walking breaks and then running again which throws folk.. not all.. but many find it as a blow to their confidence... as with many things on the programme, it is all in the mind :) Our heads can give us a lot of trouble.. :)

As Ullyrunner says, no harm in treating it with respect... you could be absolutely fine with it :)

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Interestingly.I Just re-read my post for this week, from last year...( I Did It) and I did find it a bit tricky..just the first bit.. but then as the original Grey Snail I just slowed it down... :) You will be fine :)

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I am consciously trying to run really slowly as would rather try and pick up speed later maybe but just want to get through this as I have quite achey joints at times so I am nursing myself along- thanks for the heads up :-) :-)

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You are welcome...I am cutting hedges currently and feeling very achey😄

Speed and distance can come,as you say, later..in your own time and with no pressure🙂

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Well done, sounds like you're all doing great!

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Thank you! :-)

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