Thank heavens I have you guys...: ...for support... - Couch to 5K

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Thank heavens I have you guys...

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...for support, as right now I feel like I am getting none in "real" life. This morning I had my week 5 run 1 planned, and I was looking forward to it. Woke up pre-menstrual and a wee bit grumpy - calf muscles still a bit achy from last run. Mentioned this to my partner as I was getting my running gear on (him still languishing in bed at 7:30am), and his response? "Maybe running's not for you?"


Really didn't need to hear that, and for the first 5 min run it was going round and round my head. That and my sister saying "I bet you only last a few weeks and then give up when winter kicks in".

Well, I smashed W5R1 and ran and ran. At a nice steady pace. I enjoyed it and came back feeling positive. It IS for me.

I don't think he meant to upset me, and it could be that he was trying reverse psychology (risky move), and he has made me breakfast so I forgive him. But it is all too easy to doubt yourself when you first start running, so you don't need it from elsewhere. I am just grateful I can come here for honesty and positivity! 😘

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Sadie, day by day you are proving it to yourself that that you CAN run. You're smashing it..!!

What should be going round and round in your head is the day you can say to both of them ..... "I did it"..!! πŸ‘πŸ»

Keep going, you're doing great..!! πŸ€—

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to HeadInTheClouds

Thank you for this lovely response. Despite this morning's mental blip, I do feel very positive and I AM going to finish the program. It has been very manageable so far! 😘


You are doing great, Sadie.

Very soon you won't have any doubts..........of course running is for you and is for life, not just the summer months.

Keep running, keep smiling.

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thanks Truffe. πŸ˜€ My sister is an idiot and obviously doesn't know me very well, as I am really enjoying this - a bit of rain, wind or cold will never deter me. This morning's run filled me with renewed positivity!

Thank you, as always, for your support. 😘

Brilliant, well done!

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to Cornet-Carolyn

Thank you! πŸ˜€


The thing I am slowly working out is that the only the thing remains constant is running. Our moods, the view of others change, go up and down and can all be unsupportive - but through all this running is still there, patiently ready and waiting for us to take it up.

I told my ageing mum what I was doing and she burst out laughing. But you can and are doing it - and a brilliant job by the sounds of it too! It will become something just for you and very special too.

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to Fishypieface

So true, FPF! Thank you for pointing that out. And thanks! WE are doing a brilliant job, we know that, and that's all that matters. 😘

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Fishypieface

Maybe get ageing Mum to start... could that happen ? I am ageing.. and love it :)

Running gives you very precious 'me time'. In that time you are just you, not a partner, colleague, sibling, daughter. And only you know the truth about your commitment or desire to do the run and to keep it up.

You sound very committed to me and you are part of the very special running community.

Well done getting out there today and always!

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to Jancanrun

Aw, thank you Jancanrun! You are right, I totally value that time I have alone running. It really is a good way to connect with yourself as an individual... most of all, I am enjoying challenging myself physically! I have a mentally challenging job, and running is a fantastic antidote. πŸ˜€ And you are right - I am totally committed to my running. Thank you for your support, fellow runner. πŸ˜˜πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Well done on your run today Sadie-runs😊

Your name says it all...You are doing this for you, and you are enjoying the success and reaping the health and fitness benefits...

Of course running is for you. You can run for 16 minutes already and will go on to graduate too.

Hope you enjoyed your well deserved breakfast, your partner doesn't know what he's missing.😊xx

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thank you so much, Jan-now-runs! Lovely reminder of why I am doing this - and that I AM doing this! Will not allow anyone to get in my positive headspace again! I am secretly hoping that I will inspire my b/f to get out there running


Really felt for you - sometimes other people's comments and reactions are just so upsetting! You know you want to do this and you ARE doing it, and you have this place always for support and cheerleading! :D Well done on your first week 5 run, by the end of the week you'll be past half way through! Amazing stuff xx

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to icklegui

Thank you, dear icklegui. I think I was feeling more sensitive than normal today (normally I would have told him to shove off with a comment like that!) I love this forum; all the support a gal could ever need! And yes, cannot quite believe I am in week 5! xxx

ickleguiGraduate in reply to Sadie-runs

you don't have to believe it, it's true regardless! Week 5 and beyond here you come!

Oh fellow Sadie! You are amazing and my inspiration (being 2 weeks behind you). Sending you oodles of positivity Run Sadie πŸƒ Run!! 😘

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to Sadiemac

I feel responsible to lead the way for you, fellow Sadie! Thank you for your lovely words. 😘

πŸ‘ to us Sadies!


Real gremlins to day then... human ones :)

Well done you!!!! Getting out there and squishing all those pesky gremlin comments!!!!

You can do this... you ARE doing this, and we are right there with you.... good job he made your breakfast... I had my best teacher cross voice all ready for him :)

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to Oldfloss

Oh I would love him to get a Floss telling off! Funnily enough, I think maybe he has helped me... More than ever, I am going prove to him that running IS for me. I don't need to prove *that* to myself, I know it is for me. πŸ˜€ Thank you for your support, lovely Flossie. x

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Sadie-runs

You go girl.... This is for you and you are amazing!



When i sister told me I was too old.. she still thinks that... even though I now run at, what is the phrase... oh yes.. " Am I bovvered tho ?" No!!!!!!x

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to Oldfloss

Pffffft. Sisters, eh?! My sis is older than me and hugely competitive. I think I frustrate her cos I refuse to compete with her. And too old?!? Pffft again. Did you see the lovely posts from our 83 year old runner today?

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Sadie-runs

I did !!!! Superb.... My sister is older than me too... She thinks I am still a naughty nuisance..great eh :)

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to Oldfloss

Yup, same here. She still thinks I am 12 years old and always will I think! 😘

You keep going - you'll probably find they want to join you soon.

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to ancientrunner

Indeed! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ


Get in girl!! You're obviously rocking it, and if you've got the motivation and you're enjoying it ... then of course it's for you!! The people on here are awesome aren't they. We've got your back! 😊

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to Wingie

Thanks Wingie. 😘 And yes, some truly awesome people here, the support is really making an impact on my progress, I am sure!


People really do say dumb stuff. Let that be the wings on your feet. You're doing great. Happy running.

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to runswithdogs

Thanks, RWDs! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸΆ

Good for you!!

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to Jododds

Yes! Thanks Jododds. 😘


Aw my heart nearly burst when I read that. Good on you, you just keep on getting out there and enjoy your time running and in the process prove them wrong. Big hugs x

Sadie-runsAmbassador in reply to J9_54

Thank you for your lovely words, J9. I honestly don't understand where their negativity is coming from, as I have been full of the joys of spring since starting this programme, and not once buckled or failed to get out on a run when I said I would! Pfffft to them! I will prove them wrong, quietly and stoically. 😘😘

J9_54Graduate in reply to Sadie-runs

Funnily enough my ex was the same, never really encouraged me or praised me. One of the reasons he's now an ex. ;0)

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