106 days to go until I do a local 5K parkrun on 13th May 2017 (the nearest parkrun day to my birthday on the 14th May): that's the target I have set myself, as I think I've declared before here on the forum. A publicly declared target here and to my family simply to make it harder for me to wimp out. Today I just about staggered my way to the end of W4R2, having taken Laura's statement during the last run (that if I was getting tired to slow down a bit) as an instruction. Let's see after W4R3 how I feel about moving on to W5 or doing some repeats of W4 to build up the stamina a bit more first. Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement. Love you all xx


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  • Oh you'll be more than ready. πŸ˜€

    Great goal & birthday treat.

  • On the way.... !

    You are doing amazingly. Just keep at it, slow and steady.. ( really ! ) and finish Run 3...

    You will be ready to move on...( errr....that was not a statement.. it was a gentle order:)!

    Come on.. look how far you have come... and there is no way the word, wimp, can be associated with you... sorry!

    Love and hugs, right back at you x

  • You are doing great! Keep going, you are ready for the next run, slow and steady!

  • You can do it!

  • The worst is past. You're up and running now. Literally.

    Great goal. What a good way to mark a birthday - almost like ageing backwards. :)

  • Almost so long ago I can't remember any more, I used to be quite active, lots of sport at a decent level. But even then I avoided running in every way I could ... OK running for a squash ball, OK rowing but definitely NOT running! As a follow-up to recently losing quite a lot of weight I wanted to do a bit more self-maintenance and didn't think even my gym sessions were quite hitting the mark. Hence the C25K as well. Most of my friends think I've lost my mind, "silly old ******" etc, but reluctantly say that I behave younger and look better. My super-fit tri-athlon adult son and my elite athlete grand-daughter spur me on .... nearly as much as everyone does here on this forum. I've looked at Week 5 and I just wish I could believe you at the moment that the "worst is past" - it certainly doesn't look like it to me! You can be sure though that I'm not giving up, so I'll carry on reporting back. You never know, I might even, just possibly, perhaps?, survive week 5 when I get there. W4R3 still to go ........

  • Well done on your running so far. Keep going, slow and steady, think of your goal on every run between now and then. That should keep you motivated. Great birthday present to yourself and when it comes, a very happy birthday from me. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ» 🎁 🎁

  • WELL DONE. I'm really pleased for you, and maybe just a touch envious! I'm sure you'll nail W4R3.

    Slow and steady is definitely the way to go, and you've got a great goal to keep you on track.

  • Sarah, Hope the physio goes well tomorrow. You needn't be envious because you'll be back on track before you know it and until your IC you were bounding forward. I have the clear feeling that you'll get to that finish line ahead of me. I'm really struggling with W4, I guess more than I sometimes let on here because I just mustn't - won't! - allow myself to get demotivated this time. 5 minutes running is hard for me, especially the second one. W5, despite what AnneDroid tells me, looks daunting and not just the third run. I'm expecting to have to do some repeat sessions in W5. Sounds a bit defeatist, but I mean it to be realistic rather than that. I want to make sure that I don't for a second time disappoint myself. Anyway enough wallowing, W4R3 to go tomorrow, all being well. I have already decided that I will move on to W5 and do any re-runs in that zone. Good luck again with the physio session. Love hearing from you.

  • Thank you.

    I've been doing my running time on the cross-trainer instead of the treadmill, but it really isn't the same at all and I can't find my rhythm on it. But it's better than nothing - and it has found a whole bunch of muscles that the running hadn't!!

    I'll know a bit more about my timescales tomorrow hopefully, but I'm confident we'll both get there.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Well done! You are doing brilliantly! You did exactly the right thing in taking Laura'so slow down as an instruction. I always found the run 2 the hardest run of each week. I would do the first with low expectations and be really uplifted when I managed it, then expectations were set for the second run and I would invariably set off too fast and fund it a struggle. Run 3, I would approach a little more reasonably and it would invariably be fine. Let'someone be clear, none of the runs are easy - but they are building you up so that you ARE physically ready for the next, so when you complete run 3, even if it was a bit of a struggle, you should move on. Trust the program! That birthday 5k will have you smiling all the way round.

  • You've got loads of time yet until May, so don't put pressure on yourself. Just take each run as it comes, do your best - and slow down if you need to, to get through. If you complete all three week 4 runs in a week, you'll be ready for week 5, honestly. :) You got this!

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