A funny thing happened on the way to this Forum...W5R3

The moment of the much-discussed W5R3 arrived sooner than expected, as my husband has been called in for an operation tomorrow and obviously this programme must go on the back burner until we know what’s what.

So off I set alone in the park, determined to complete Week 5 and loving the sunshine and the nip in the air.

I probably started too fast, watching my shadow and thinking “that’s not a light jog, that’s a walk in disguise...”

At the 10 minute mark, I was out of breath and puffing and thinking that I would try again another week and suddenly, an extraordinary new energy took over and it was as though I had only just started running. I knew at that moment what runners on this Forum have described as “the legs took over”.

“Run for your life if you can, little girl” sang Paul McCartney into my ears and I just smiled.

At Sarah’s 2 min marker, I waited for the 1 min and was going to do a last push of pace, but then suddenly it was all over!

20 mins without stopping...I cannot believe how exhilarating it was. if I can do this, an old puffing Granny (tarted up in snazzy running tights and an MnS stripey top), any of you lovely runners can do it too!

We have been prepared for this...it’s just a question of going out and doing it. The rewards are simply the best.


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8 Replies

  • Well done to you! I did this run this morning too. Go us!!! Its a brilliant feeling. I also had that same sensation of something else taking over and keeping me going. My mantra today was "Just one more step" and before I knew it Jo was telling me I had 2 mins left. I did think that was sneaky as I expected her to tell me when I only had a min left so the 2 min warning was a bit of a shock - but not enough to stop me running. Great to share your journey.

  • Thank you and I loved your description too...running with deer!

  • Love it , love it well done you!!! Go girl!


    Hope Hubby is okay :)

  • Thank you! Hubby fell over and broke his arm.badly,...he was on W1 eek!

  • Oh no!!! Ouch..I have to say, one of my fears is falling! I hope he heals soon!

  • Well done. I did it today too. Had left it another day due to other stuff going on. Feeling good too. Good luck and get well wishes to your husband. This programme can really help with the stress levels but obviously there are going to be times when it has to come second. Take care and keep running nonetheless. xx

  • Well done. It is a great feeling. No stopping us now!

  • Well done you...‘this run was a hard one for me but if you’re mentally prepared for it it needn’t be..& sometimes music can make all the difference 😉

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