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W6R1 completed!

Hey guys/gals,

Well, I went out a few hours ago and successfully completed my first run of week 6 but boy oh boy did I struggle...probably more than I've struggled so far on the whole plan! :(

I started off with my confidence sky high after successfully completing run 3 of week 5 on Monday, but after today it's taken a bit of a bashing I can tell you. I'm not too sure if it was because around 50% of my route today was going slightly uphill or maybe I subconciously decided to run quicker than I actually needed to. There are no massive hills where I run, but part of my route is going uphill a little in places (just when I'm running it seems!)

Anyway, despite the inclines and the *very* heavy legs, I did manage to plop one leg in front of the other enough to complete the whole run, so I now have two more rest days I will move onto run 2 on Sunday. I do seem to recover quickly now though, so that's good. :)

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So many people seem to say that about week 6, I'm not far away from it so will let you know .

doing w5 r2 tomorrow and the biggy on Sunday so week 6 coming down the line ..... One run at a time I guess and just keep on trucking

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Yeah, I was very surprised at that I can tell you.

Ah, we will both be out on Sunday then. That's my next one. All the best with your big W5R3! :)

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Did it and went fine last 5 mins was tough but got there 5 min cool down was slow and smiley 😂😂😂😂, have you been out yet ???

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Well done Cuig1975. It's a great feeling on the walk home isn't it? :)

No, I've yet to go out for next one. Will try this afternoon.

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Glad I got away this morning it's really started to rain here now ..... Happy running !!!

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Oh dear, I don't want to go out running in that if I can help it. Whereabouts are you located?

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I'm in Longford Ireland 🍀🍀

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Oh, lovely! :) Hopefully I won't be getting that rain of yours for a while then! (I'm in Staffordshire).

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Thank you silvinasnature! :)

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Well done Lee. Laura prepares you for each of the runs, if you have completed this one you can complete the next. Remember to keep it slow and steady.

If you feel the incline then remember to recognise how you feel more comfortable once you are over the climb, thats the pay back!

Hills and the c25k programme are a lot about the mental aspect of our endeavours😀🏃🏻👟

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Thank you Millsie-J.

Yeah, some of those inclines are *really* tough but after my run I'm glad I did them as like you say there is a pay back...I'm sure it's making my muscles stronger by doing them as apposed to just running on level ground...as long as I don't collapse in a heap in the process! :D

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I've heard that before about week 6 - the main thing is that you got through it and as Laura says finishing when you are tired is when you are building fitness. Sue

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Yes, so very true! Thank you Rosebery. :)

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It's a funny thing, week 6 caught me out as well, just slow down a tad and keep going and you'll be fine.

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Thanks Von99. Yeah, I think I did the wrong thing and went into that last run with too much confidence and went quicker on the first section than I should've done.

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Well done. Its odd how some week are so scary and yet we can be so complacent with others. I'd been looking forward at Week 6 R1 and felt after Week 5 r3, it wouldn't be so hard. Well done though for keeping going

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Cheers mate. Yeah, like I said, I think I had too much confidence after completing that 'big' run 3 of week 5 and I shot off running too quickly on the first section.

So, I've learned a lesson as I nearly failed to complete what should've been a relatively, straightforward and simple run. I just hope that you and anyone else approaching week 6 remembers this and don't end up making the same mistake!

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Well done Lee.. as aver, slow and really steady. Treacle legs.. they are part of it..hills.. well, eventually you learn to love them... yes, you do! :)

You are getting there.. keep at it :)

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Thanks Oldfloss. :)

What was that you called me? Treacle legs!! :D

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Your legs and how they feel..not you🙂

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lol

I know. Just messin' :D

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I'm going to try w5r3 tomorrow, so being a step or two behind you, I'm really impressed with your achievement so far. I think you're doing really well and to hear that you recover quickly shows that your fitness is great. Keep up the good work!

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Thank you Flossie22! :)

All the best with your own run 3. I hope you successfully complete it with no issues.

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Thank you. Completed yesterday with no problems, looking forward to attempting w6r1! Good luck with your next run.

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Well done Flossie22. Now make sure you don't get ahead of yourself on w6r1 and go too quick like I did! (I only just about completed it, yet on paper it looks far easier).

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Great advice, I'll take it steady, thank you.

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Well done i found week 6 hard going & i thought after the 20mins it would get easier😀!! Mind you I remember how worried you were about week5run 3 & you smashed it !! Keep going you are doing greta😊👍🏃

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Thank you Pc59.

Yes, you're right. I dreaded that run 3 of week 5. So, after completing it successfully I really believed that week 6 was going to be a doddle. What a mistake! Mind you, that's exactly how we all learn isn't it? ;)

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Aye you right there! I keep expecting every new run to become easy or easier!! Every one a challenge ha ha!! 😀 mind you there is one thing getting easier & it's great!! That is getting out there to start the run😊😊 I come straight from work & change in to my running gear & off I go.... Ok after first 5 mins wish I was done but at least we are still out there rather than "couch potatoes"😀😀😀keep on going I probably started before you but didn't pluck up the courage to join the forum incase I didn't stick it out!! Still here though 2 more runs to go...😊😊 see you at your graduation! 😊

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You're right there, it doesn't matter how long it takes so long we are out there doing something (even if that takes ages as well!) because that is far better for our health than lounging on a couch! :)

I know you're flying along ahead of me and you are almost there at graduation, so I'm trying my best to hang on to your tail!! ;)

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You hang on!! we will make !! 😀😀👍🏃🏃

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I hope so! :)

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We will😊😊positive hats on too 😂😂

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Been away and just checked in to see how you're doing! Wow! great run 5/3 and wow! Wow! For perseverance and bagging 6/1.

On you go! Well done you! Slow and steady......with the occasional spurt to frighten yourself 🎏👏🏼🎏👏🏼🎏

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Thanks Ellymeg. :)

Yeah, there's no stopping me now, eh? :D

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Just got back from W6 R1. Sooo disappointed that I struggled after feeling really comfortable W5 R3. Then I find this post. Just what I needed to make me feel better. Thanks for sharing! My route is fairly hilly and today I hit all the uphill sections when running. Aaagh. Also..not able to moderate my speed to help. If I go any slower I shall stop. However, recovery really quick. I suspect I'm probably better now if I walk less and keep.in a rhythm. Peculiarly looking forward to W6 R2 to see what happens. Keep on running 😊

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