Well I did the one run this morning that everyone talks about. The iconic W5R3. I had been looking forward to this as I had done R1 and R2 over the bank holiday with my daughter and really enjoyed them. No daughter this time though, not for a 5.30am start. It wasn't the best of starts, a bad night following news of a friends terminal illness. But that's what running is for isn't it? To get some head-space. For some reason my excitement had turned to nerves.
The gremlins (I had not encountered them before today) came along very early. But I have learnt enough on this forum to know that they must be ignored whilst I continue to put one foot in front of the other.
That's what I did, though the timely updates from Michael Johnson seemed particularly slow today - either that or I'm getting faster. However, his helpful comment at the halfway point about my body being prepared enough, I just had to train my mind to accept I could run longer, really did focus me for the remaining ten minutes.
That's it then. Michael told me I could slow down to a walk and the whole thing was over. No elation for me. I was satisfied though. I felt just as satisfied as I have done at the end of every run. Maybe its the tiredness, but I suspect it is because it is just part of the job done. Next week is onto W6, a supersized repeat of W5. Also, I have never believed I couldn't do 5k, I just know I needed some proper focused training.
So in short, yes W5R3 is a great feeling and a real achievement, but so is every other run on every other week. The job is not over, I have another month on the programme. I got no special buzz this morning, because it feels special every time I complete.