Couch to 5K

Week 4 Run 2

Bad day at work, wet and windy when I got home - it was the hardest day so far just finding the motivation to get changed and get out there. Within twenty seconds of starting my knees were crying enough - but I ignored them and ran anyway, so glad I did, not only was it another step closer to the end goal, but I ran further than I've managed before. I've discovered my inner competitive self - I'm not competitive against other people but I do seem to enjoy punishing myself - (maybe this is a subject for an entirely different forum.....)

Come on run 3, bring it on

As an aside - I changed route again on Saturday for my first run of week 4 and used an old railway line which follows a river. It is beautiful during the day - but as I found out, it's miserable and desolate at night. Won't be doing that again until the clocks change.

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Well done you. Inspiring, gritty stuff.

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Well done for getting out the door- usually the hardest step in my experience. I can spend hours debating/prevaricating and arguing with myself.

However, I have learned. Now my internal dialogue goes something like this:

"I don't want to run today"

"Who said it was a choice?"

"Oh yeah, better go then"

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Well done for still getting out there.

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Well done on finding your inner grit...and desolate running doesn’t sound much fun at all.

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Good work and well done. I remember well having to "dig deep" for some runs during C25K - in fact, I still have runs like that now and again! But they are fewer. It's a good opportunity to show yourself what you can do - mental stamina required!

For crying knees, do consider these exercises for your rest days:

nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/...

Worked a treat for me, now have knees as strong as a carthorse. 😀

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Great! Go you.. getting out there on these dark wet evenings is hard... try not to punish yourself too much.. we like to keep you injury free and happy :)

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Thanks all for the positive posts - when I started this I never considered the mental challenges it presents - but conquering those is actually proving to be as equally rewarding as increasing my physical abilities. As long as I keep hitting my targets, I will graduate a month today on the 22nd December. I fully intend to keep running in 2018 - in the back of my mind I have the word "Marathon"........... or was it Snickers?

Oh and thanks for the exercises, I started doing these on Sunday, together with stretches every morning. Knees feel better already!

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Mmmm - Marathon I have some advice for that....😜

jancanrun.com/2017/11/20/3-...

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Well done. A hard time of year to get up the motivation to run (its always flipping night time). Well done for having a longer term goal of a marathon. Now to decide which one!

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