Today was I day I was both looking forward to and dreading in equal measure. After a good W5 I knew that W6 was going to be tough, but it was harder than I thought - not because its harder than any other week; but because it was just as hard physically whilst mentally tougher. No two runs the same since W4 have made each run an unknown. And I liked the consistency of the earlier runs.

However, this morning I set out for a full, non-stop, 25 minute run. To start, the gremlins were out, but the great thing about the longer runs is you are able to get into a rhythm and your mind just drifts (I don't play music on my runs). They got bored.

So I just concentrated on running till the halfway bell, running a little more and turning round and coming back. It felt good - at least until Mr Johnson drawled that I had 5 minutes left. Suddenly my rhythm went to pot, I felt a stitch coming on and panting along I was now thinking about running down the clock.

60 seconds to go and Michael was back telling me if I felt I had enough in the tank I should push for a 'strong finish'. Well I pushed. Although any innocent bystander watching, probably noticed little change in my actual speed, but my face was full of grit and determination! Right up until I realised I was running straight towards a hill... Fortunately Michael came to my rescue this time and told me I'd finished and to slow-down to a brisk walk - though I'm not sure the words 'slow-down or 'brisk' were appropriate descriptions for what happened. More like 'straighten-up' and 'amble'.

But, I did it, and to me it feels much sweeter than W5R3! Next week I get to repeat it three more times. Just consistent long runs ahead - I can smell the 30 minutes now. And, most importantly this morning Michael Johnson called me a RUNNER!!!


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9 Replies

  • Yay! Well done. You see you can do,this stuff. Don"t be a doubter

    Week six is the toughest week.

    Keep going nice and slow and all will be well 🙂

  • the first run in week 6 isnt a full 25 minute run , its 5 -8-5 ( i think ) then run 2 is 10-10 both have walk breaks and run 3 is the 25 mins i think you have overshot it lol , well done you :D

  • Thanks. In my haste I put a 1 where a 3 needed to be. Rectified now!! Thought I would add this as otherwise your post will not have context.

  • in that case we have just done the same run , we are virtual running buddies lol :) im leaving w7 til monday so i can have a weekend rest x :D

  • Well done secksy34 . I am looking forward to redoing this run in W7. Good luck on Monday! I will be starting mine on Sunday so I don't have to get up so early before work.

  • Well done you!

  • Well done you. I did this one yesterday and really liked that moment when I started drifting in my head. Didn't last too long but hoping this will become a feature as the runs are now more consistent. Hope your run goes (or went) well this morning.

    Week 7 eh, who'd of thought it :)

  • Thanks helenwheels

  • I ran W7R1 this morning in the pouring rain. I was like a little drowned rat. It soaked my clothes through and kept running into my eyes. But it took my mind off everything else, and I guess that's a well earned stripe. Sun's out now though.

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