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So you wanna throw in a 3 minutes special eh Laura on Week 3 Run 1...I'm typing this in Casualty love!

OK I'm not actually in Casualty but for the Love of God woman.... Whhhhhyyyyyy....😁 after doing W2R3 about 5 times now I've moved onto W3R1 tonight....well after coughing my lungs out when I heard what we were to do I thought, nuts to it, I'm out now (really nice evening for getting out too.. Mild, a bit windy and dry) so let's get on with it...and it went fine I'm glad to say...the last 3 minutes must have been longer than 3 at least it felt a lot longer...but 20 mins after finishing I've stopped crying and my heart rate is at a constant 180bpm now....so all good 🙂 To be honest it felt ok and glad I've got that run done..

Hope you are all well out there and for those of you doing the Couch 5k thing good luck and keep going and those that have graduated...firstly well bloody done and thank you all for the amazing encouragement on this great forum thingy...Peace ✌ and Love ❤

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My eyes, my eyes! I can't unread this. W2R2 on Friday then W2R3 scheduled for Sunday. Am now scared about Week 3 next week! 😂😩😱🙏

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Oh Dear God.... Pray....pray like you have never prayed before!!...Week 3 is the devil 👿.... I'm really just kidding ☺.....believe it or not I found it easier to do than W2 runs...if you're like me accept that plodding through is actually ok 👌 as much as I thought I would be out there like Mo Farrah I have had to accept that he is likely a bit better at this running lark than me....you'll smash it 🙂

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Well done. Some of this is about sorting out your head - you've had a major victory today; you met the challenge. When you're challenged again - and you will be, you'll draw on those reserves and know that you can do it. Well done🐢👣🏃🏿😊

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Thank you so much Donkeywhistler 😁it is good to bust down these obstacles when they throw them at us..done it and didn't I would

..POWWWEEERRRRR 😁👊👍🏅

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I am wondering why you are suffering so much, makes me want to cry? I am thinking that slowing right down might make things more achievable without feeling so bad. Generally speaking you should run at a comfortable speed and breathe comfortably

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To be honest JoolieB1 I felt alright last night 😁 it was a bit of a shock on the 3 minute suggestion but I really did just plod through it without stopping so well happy with that 😁 hope all OK with you and your running 🏃

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Phew! I was worried that you were pelting round like a whippet then! Very well done for your sheer determination though. As I had never run before doing C25K and at 52 with chunky legs, I was pretty frightened too when I looked at the next run. Amazingly though, I graduated. Running wasn't fun then, it was an endurance but a year later and after graduating, I started to love it. I totally run for fun nowadays - I have run up to 15 km in one go and now run 4 times a week. The C25K programme totally works, all your hard work will be well worth it

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Wow...now THAT is inspiring JoolieB1... I cant get my head around enjoying running 🏃 at the moment but I hear people like you who now enjoy it...if I can get to the end of this and enjoy running 🏃 regularly then I will be really really chuffed ☺ if I can get to the kind of running 🏃 you are doing I will be blown away.

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I am just an ordinary former non runner with sturdy legs and a stone in weight to lose, if I can, you can too!!

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Your post is very funny 😂 And very well done for persevering and ticking off that run.

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Thanks Irishprincess 😀 it was a bit of a slog out there but got it done and really chuffed with that... If I'm honest I'm not naturally built for running 🏃... Rolling I'm reall7good at lol.. Hope you're OK and you're running 🏃 is going good 🙂

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Haha trafford99 !

I SO relate to your post - I felt like that during every single session of the plan!

But I made it and you will too. x

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Thanks AnneDroid (cool name by the way....you're a pure running 🏃 machine ☺) half my battle is getting off my chubby butt n getting out there...dine though... Well done on graduating.. That is fab... Hope you're doing well with your running 🏃 still.

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Hi Trafford,

Oooh Laura's ears were on fire this evening. She is a tough cookie though and knows how to throw down a gauntlet.😊

Well done on smashing W3 R1. You can do it now.. so next time no tears just smiles and high fives..Go you😊xx

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Thanks Jan-now-runs 🖐...That's my high five ☺ I'll get through this with a bit of effort a bit of humour and encouragement from all you great folks on here. Hope you are doing good and your running is going well.

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I'm still running after 3.5 years so this programme has a lot to answer for 😊

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Great post. You can do it. I didn't think I would get to week 8 but here I am. Good luck 🏃🏃😊

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Hallebelly that is an awesome achievement...week bloody 8...brilliant...well done you...that seems a loooong way down the line 😀 good luck 🍀 🙂

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well done for completing the run and for being so humorous about a challenge! I still have W1R3 to do but I am sure when I get to W3R1 I will be thinking about this post as I face a three minute run! 😀

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Ahhhhh well done you for getting to R3. Its tough huh!? You'll smash it though.. Believe it or not the 3 mins seemed easier than the stop start of W1 runs....DO NOT FEAR W3....(it's W4 that's gonna crush you're spirit lol 😁.... I'm so joking I have no idea what W4 is all about)

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Well done on the run...:) But I agree with JoolieB1 's comments...

At this stage of the programme, maybe you could afford to just ease back and enjoy it more;

The idea is to get to nine weeks being able to run for thirty minutes comfortably, injury free and having had fun. We are all different, and move at our own pace, but listen to your body, ( you mention, coughing and then crying at the end, ), and take it a bit slower and steadier maybe?

I love the quote that says... " Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see." :)

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Thanks Oldfloss for the encouragement and advise....😀...people on here are great aren't they. I joke about a bit on my blog thingy on here so actually I am really pleased how it is going and I really am taking a sensible pace....I know now I dont need to shoot off like Usain Bolt 😁hope you're running 🏃 is going well.

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Sounds good to me :) Yes, getting back on form slowly..back up to 7K and managed a not too shabby 5K yesterday :)

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True, there is so much to see on a run - wildlife, what the neighbours are doing and I even found someone had left their front door keys in their door - so I recommend slowing down just to make it fun

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Well done Traff! Keep up the good work. Hang in there! Steady as she goes

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Cheers 🍻 Misswobble 😁I'm on it and by God I am going to graduate on this damn run thingy if it kills me 😁hope you're all good and the running 🏃 is going well.

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Ha ha , you are funny Trafford ! :-)

Well done , its all good :-) xxx

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Thanks poppypug 😁churning up the miles out there and gonna smash this running 🏃 lark...hope all good with you 🙂

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Yes thankyou , everythings good :-) xxx

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Hi, I have just done week 3 run 1 yesterday and it was tough! I am not listening to Laura tho I am using the 5K runner app and so I only had to run for 2:30 mins. I go up to 3 mins on wk 3 run 3 which seems more reasonable to me and I am very pleased about that:)

My legs are sore today and that's never happened before so I am going to keep doing week 3 run 1 until I feel more comfortable with it. I went so slow a snail could have lapped me. I tried it a little faster a couple of days ago but I couldn't manage it, so I learnt my leason there. Slow and steady wins the race!

Well done for completing it good luck for the rest of week 3.

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Thank-you very much Twiglet78....yeah it's tough huh...and like you I wasn't breaking any land speed records 😀felt good though doing it and it was good weather last night for getting out there....All the very best of British to you on W3 😀

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Ha ha, very funny! You're doing well, but as others have said, you might want to slow down enough so that you can rant and swear at Laura while you are running? That's what I did :D

Keep at it, you'll get there!

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Hi Anniemurph...to be honest it was not a quick jog by any means...it was pretty ploddy 😀ohhhhhhhh I DO swear...not at Laura but just out loud with a lot of FFS lol...I swear to God someone one day will think it's aimed at them 😁 So you are a graduate too! You ate all living legends I'm my book...hope you're running 🏃 is goin good.

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Wait til you find yourself thinking - good, this bit is only 3mins. The day will come!!

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Hahaha that's brilliant! 😂 Glad you didn't really end up in casualty. Well done, you know you can complete Week 3 now!

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Hi melly4012 😀 see you're another graduate...man there is a lot of you....I bow down to you melly and all the other 'graduaters' out there cause getting to W9r3 in my eyes is one hellava an achievement...you're right about starting W3 and knowing I can go smash it...1St run went alright so fingers crossed the next 2 will go well ☺ hope all good with you and the running 🏃 is goin good.

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We all have been where you are and it felt like the 'achievement' was out of reach to us too! Stick with it though and you'll be a graduate with the rest of us!

With the early weeks when the three runs are the same I always thought it was nice to know that once I got through the first run then I knew I could complete the next two (you can, of course, complete every run but it's a very psychological game this C25k). Looking forward to following your journey on the forum! :)

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I'm at week 72 run 2 lol, it does become fun after a while and we all started at week 1. She's a taskmaster but boy does she know how to get you to the end. Trust Laura

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