W5R3 "Mind over matter!"

W5R3 "Mind over matter!"

Are you kidding me? I ran 20 minutes.

I don't know what's gone into me.


Last month I was coughing, wheezing, sneezing and sniffling, all of this during the runs itself.

I was afraid of what would happen today. Thanks to you guys, I went out there.


Sure my legs turned into a bag of lead. Sure my lungs burn like they have been placed on a grill. Sure my mouth dried up and my tongue sticks out even after half hour.

Yet there is something at the end that was addictive. Hard to describe!


W5R3 is definitely mind over matter as McFitty has put it. It took me a lot of effort to not stop.

. At some point I just closed my eyes and started thinking about all those years of guilt due to not exercising. I kept going.

. I started thinking of all those cigarettes I had smoked. I kept going.

. I started thinking of all those beers I had. I kept going.

. I started thinking of people who love and care. I kept going.

. I simply cannot give up. I kept going.


Man it was tough. It would have been even more painful to have just given up.




People thinking about W5R3, remember, it's mind over matter!


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  • Well said. Congratulations.

  • Yep that's the way to go. Congratulations, you have done it.

  • Brilliant! Well done! :)

  • Yay you did it! Fabulous fabulous fabulous๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

    You kept going.

    That's what it takes.

    Sooooo pleased for you!

    You're on the home run now! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Believe you me, I have been dreading this 20 min run for a week now. Still canโ€™t believe itโ€™s over. :)

  • Well done. Good job. It's my turn on Sunday. I'm dreading it but am up for the challenge. I will take on board everything you've said, apart from clowing my eyes. X

  • You can do it..just slow and steady :)

  • Well done!!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿƒ

  • I remember my surprise when I did it. I think it's the most intimidating prospect of the whole programme.

    I think it's the breakthrough for most of us

    Well done

  • Lovely.

  • Well done you. I am still in the euphoria of completing that run and have done it once more since and will do it again today before moving onto week six. We are both on the home straight now!

  • Slow and steady does it :)

  • Well said, and very well done... you are, of of course, completely addicted...

    Isn't it amazing! Go you x :)

  • Brilliant! Love this post :)

  • Good to hear you dug in and made it. Well done

  • Excellent post!well done on the milestone moment ๐Ÿ˜†

  • A massive Well done from me too - :)

  • Yeay!! Downhill all the way to week nine now.

    I found your post quite moving actually. I'm sure many of us can relate to that sense of leaving one life behind and embracing a great new one.

  • Brilliant..!! Well done, I remember when I did my 1st 20 mins. It's amazing to see what you have achieved in a matter of weeks. Not long now and the graduate badge will be next to your name :-) .

    p.s. Are you in East London by any chance?

  • Thanks! :)

    This is in Brent. Still seems too early for a graduate badge! :P

  • Looks like a high street near me.

  • Well done, and this post is excellent.

  • hi, nchunc I loved your post your doing great and almost there your thinking positive and that will get you through the next few weeks good luck the rewards are out of this world:) keep going.

  • Thanks! Rewards are indeed out of this world!

  • Well done - great post. The first time I heard Laura say run for 20 minutes I was convinced that I had accidentally missed out some sessions so spent ages messing with my ipod until I had to accept that it was really what I was supposed to do !!

  • Believe you me, I have been dreading this 20 min run for a week now. Still canโ€™t believe itโ€™s over. :)

  • Fantastic nchunc ๐Ÿ˜„

    You ran for 20 minutes non-stop..

    Great post.. you were determined to do it and you DID๐Ÿ˜„..

    Thats the breakthrough run done..you are now unstoppable. Rest up then onto Week 6. Also a goodie. xx

  • Thanks.

    Don't know about being unstoppable. ;) Week 6 Run 1 eases back a little I had noticed. Fingers crossed.

  • You may still find it tough, just attack it with the same great postitive attitude you showed in Week 5.๐Ÿ˜Šx

  • Yes, you did!! Well done you, that's definitely the big one and you've done it!

  • :)

  • Brilliant and so true. Well done โœ…

  • Fantastic well done x

  • Awesome , truly.

  • Did my week 5, run 3 tonight and completed it.

    Read this post this morning and knew I would be using very similar self talk - thanks for the inspiration nchunc.

    Can hardly believe that I have run for a continuous 20 minutes without having assistance from a paramedic with an oxygen tank!

  • Congratulations to you! It's an amazing feeling to be on the other side of the W5R3 indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Congratulations on a great achievement. I was thinking of you yesterday and wanted to post a message of encouragement but the gremlins intervened and I couldn't access the internet all day. So now Week 6 beckons. Who'd have thought it at the beginning of January!

  • Thank you!


    Even last week it was a distant dream. Week 6 now beckons indeed.


    It eases back a little for the first two runs and presses on from W6R3. Fingers crossed!

  • Awesome! And very inspiring to so one who's looking at that space in the diary for next Friday that says, "20 minute run"...

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