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W5R3 - Feeling accomplished!

I hope you aren't all tired of hearing these w5r3 posts! I love reading every one and I had to share too. I ran for 20 minutes straight today. This is the longest I have ever run in my entire life (almost 40 years)!!! THAT is exciting! I was athletic and strong as a teenager and into my 20s but could never run far. I couldn't get past the burning lungs. By week 3 in the program, my burning lungs were gone. Today, the first 15 minutes was good, the last 5 minutes I had to slow it down even more and really push through, but I made it! I almost shouted for joy at this new milestone (too many people around or I would have). I feel like I overcame a huge mental hurdle and I have no doubts about the rest of my runs now and my ability to do this. Thank you for this program and for all of you spurring each other on.

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That run was easily the toughest of the programme for me. You ran for 20 mins; that is amazing. Next time let yourself whoop for joy, the people around you don't know you haven't just run a marathon! 😁

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Very well done and what confidence for the remainder. It is like being on a high ridge and you can now see the summit ahead.You have so got this.S&S and some more S if and when required.S does not stand for stopping🤔😂😂😂👍

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Very, very well done... now, move forward to the longer runs.. relax into them and let the newly found running legs find their own happy pace:)

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Fantastic...Well done, it feels great doesn't it..

Yes, this is when it suddenly all feels possible! You Will Do It😄...

Onwards and upwards...

(you can get away with a fist pump!😉)

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I think I will probably jump for joy or fall to the ground and cry when I finish week 9!! :D

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Fantastic feeling isn’t it? Whooping out loud is allowed I did on week 1 run 1 so pleased was I that I was still on two feet and breathing!

From now on it is really nice to run for longer, you don’t have to rev yourself up again after the walks . Good luck with the recast of the programme .

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What a brilliant post, Toni. Well done, you have achieved such a lot. Good luck for the rest and keep posting!

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Wow! Well done! I really hope I have the same success but at the moment (W2R3 tonight) it’s a distant dream!

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You're amazing! Enjoy the feeling 😀

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Such a big milestone and really makes you realise that you really can do this. Keep going

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I actually found the split runs of week 6 harder than running 20mins but everyone is different so keep it up and in the words of michael Johnson who has been my buddy all the way through,"You got this!"

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Tired? No way! It's such a fantastic feeling, we all want everyone to get there and hearing about it reminds us how it felt!

Congratulations! It's such a milestone, mentally, emotionally and physically. Well done! 👍🌟🌟🌟

Enjoy the coming runs... you've got this 👍😁

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It’s a great feeling isn’t it 😁 congratulations and happy running into Wk6 🙌

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Wow!! I have just finished W3 and am amazed at the difference even 3 weeks makes! I’m 58 and have never been sporty or able to run, but I love this and your post gives me hope. Today I completed the run and then ran a few minutes more just for fun, what a good feeling! Well done you on yours !! :-)

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I completed wk5 r3 today. Allowed myself to punch the air afterwards.

Well done on your run! Enjoy the rest

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You’re right sometimes the mental challenge is the hardest - training the body can seem easier 😆

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