W5R3 (The Widow Maker) Completed - It so can be done πŸƒ


This afternoon I completed the run that I think most of us dread - the 20 min W5R3 (Widow Maker).

Actually, I'm now a believer that this 'bogeyman run' is not much harder than the previous runs. It is, very much, a psychological battle.

It was always going to be a Milestone run for me because it fell on my birthday πŸŽ‚. Therefore, come hell or high-water, I had to do it today. I was anxious not least because of the trouble I've been having with my knee. However, I strapped up (with a wee rub of Ibuleve gel) and set off...

Demons faced and defeated! 20 mins continuous running πŸƒ

Time to start believing folks. We can do this!

May we all run on for the longest time x πŸƒ 😊 πŸŽ‰


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  • It isn't any harder...!!

    It really isn't... and a few of us are wondering where it got the reputation and the name from! It is not really what Newbies want to think they have to look forward to!

    I think it was probably put out out there in a scaremongering post..( by someone who had probably disappeared from here now)..:)

    Each run prepares you for the next and as long as you go slowly and steadily and follow the plan you will be fine:)

    Happy Birthday and Happy Run.. well done you :)

  • Thx oldfloss ☺️

  • Yeah, totally agree with you there, Floss! Who gave it that name?! For me it still is my favourite run so far, for so many reasons!

    Well done Nikonphotobro! Good work. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ And a very happy birthday to you too! Hope you celebrate both your birthday and your running achievement in style!

  • Ah.... Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear NikonPhotoBro, Happy Birthday to you.

    And congratulations on your first 20 minute run.

    It is a bit of a shock when you see that on your app isn't it, I was like what? are you sure? that's a bit of an increase!

    Well you did it and you ought to be very proud of yourself - well done birthday boy xxx

  • Thx so much. Yep, I was expecting perhaps a jump from 8 mins to 12mins. Then I saw 20mins and thought - no way must be a mistake... ☺ It is so so doable x

  • Indeed it is. You just proved that :0)

  • Happy Birthday πŸŽ‰ and well done on your run!! Enjoy your day! πŸΎπŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸ˜ƒ

  • Many many Congrats


    Happy Birthday too

    I also completed W5R3 today 😊- it seemed impossible I definitely overthought it the past few days but when it came to it like everyone says it's just putting 1 foot in front of the other

    This is also the 1st week that I've felt confident in going on to the next week - hope I'm not 'getting too big for my boots' - or trainers!!

  • Cathsykes,

    Fantastic result! I think that we can start looking forward to the rest of the programme. Really, what more can it throw at us?!

    Happy running πŸƒ x

  • We can do anything we want to

    The sky's (well 5k) the limit!!

  • Keep it slow.

    Enter each run with that same pace you have built up and you will be fine.

  • Congrats on getting through W5R3, it's not a widow-maker, the only thing this run does is teach you two things:

    1. You can run for 20 minutes non-stop

    2. The only thing stopping you running for 20 minutes non-stop, was you.

    From here on in, the runs may still be challenging but just repeat after me:

    If I can run for 20 minutes, I can run for 25,

    If I can run for 25 minutes, I can run for 28,

    If I can run for 28 minutes, I can run for 30.

    This and Oldfloss advice of slow and steady got me through to graduation.

    I found it easy to control my breathing (most of the time), now when I finish a 30 minute run I am tired but I'm not gasping for air, normally not even panting if I'm honest, just breathing normally.

  • Widow...







  • Happy birthday to thee

    Completed Week 5 Run 3

    Week 6 off you go

    Keep it nice and slow

    Happy birthday to thee

  • He is a poet... and don't we know it!

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