Hi Guys, My first posting here, having recently joined the forum. Thank you all for some great motivational advice and tips - it really has helped especially when gearing up mentally for Wk5R3! I am amazed that I managed that. Apart from trying to walk as much as possible, have not exercised since my school days, and close to approaching half a century in a year or two thought I needed to do something to improve fitness and move away from a sedentary lifestyle. Have lots of issues re lack of confidence so have taken my time doing the runs (and having to take a break for ankle sprain and knee pain), repeating a few just to be sure I was capable before moving on.
When I think back to how much I struggled with running for 1 min, how ashamed I felt running in the local park huffing and puffing, feeling like the world was laughing at me, watching other experienced and fitter runners glide past me, I really did not think I would get this far. I now feel so much fitter in my general health and, despite the warnings that Wk6 might feel a bit harder than the Wk5R3, I completed R1 yesterday morning and didn't feel too bad! Yes, it did somehow feel like more hard work but maybe this is where endurance is built.
Am looking forward to Wk6R2 tomorrow; half the battle at the moment is summoning up the courage to go out in the cold!
Anyway, I wanted to thank you all for all the great posts on this forum. It really helps and encouraged me to write my first post too!