W5R3 in the bag!

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.

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  • Good work! Well done! 🙂

    Next week is a cut above so get ready. Good food and hydration and hopefully plenty of sleep. Go slowly and you'll nail it.

    Good luck 🙂

  • Well done.... cleared the week, cleared your head and all good stuff :)

    Keep it slow and steady... and you will get through next week... you are ready for it :)

    Go for it :)

  • Brilliant run and a great post! Those pesky gremlins are a pain but you showed them you will have none of it! Bring on week6!

  • Thanks all. I am looking forward to W6. I know its not a favourite, but I enjoyed all of W5 and it looks to repeat along the same lines.

  • well done i did the same run this morning , i was pleased with myself but had a struggle of a run , i agree with the special feelings because im always quite surprised that ive got so far !! , i will be doing w6r1 on monday :) maybe we can virtually run together lol :D have a great weekend

  • Thanks secksy34 Well done to you too!

    I will be running W6R1 this Saturday morning with my daughter for moral support, so unfortunately we will miss one another. I will be willing you on come Monday though!!

  • best of luck in your run , im having a big rest and starting fresh on monday .... unless i cant wait that long lol :D

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