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W5R3 completed

You all know how challenging this run is. Running continuously for 20 min is mind battle.

I had additional struggles. Yesterday I had my birthday dinner with friends. I overate and got upset stomach. I even throw up :( Then, I couldn't sleep for most obthe night, waking up every hour or so. When my alarm clock rung, it was bloody hard to stand up. Fighting against some illness that is trying to catch me wasn't helping as well.

But you know what? It is worth the effort. Just do this strenuous exercise of putting running clothes on. Do some warm up exercises - damn it was hard. And go out there with free mind that well you can always only walk or go back home earlier.

I started my 20 minutes' run. It was better than I expected and easier than warm up exercises O_O But then dreaded approx. 5 min came. Struggling with breathing, with runny nose, small crump in stomach. So I slowed down even more from my snail pace, blow my nose, concentrated on relaxation as much as I could. Just calm breath in and breath out. The stomach felt better, and so did I. It took me about 3 minutes to get over the crisis. I continued my running. The body was good. My mind for whole run was uneasy, flooding me with so many thoughts, I think it was detoxicating. My mind was throwing up all those crappy thoughts. The last 2 minutes run was calm, my head restored, my body strong. I increase my pace for the last minute. Short cool down walk and longer than usual stretches.

I did my best 3km in 2018 :) because all the snow was gone and my feet had a better grip.

It was definitely challenging run. Phase 5 finished :) New chapter 'week 6' is waiting for me. You can overcome more obstacles than you imagine, you just need to try and persevere.

Happy running!

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My goodness Iga, cannot believe you managed it under those conditions. You are very determined! Well done on getting the 20 minutes done, that’s very good work. But dear, do listen to your body. (I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it out after being sick and not sleeping!) Now rest up. Maybe take 2-3 days rest if you need it.

And belated happy birthday! 🎂🥂👏

Sadie-runs xxx

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Thank you :)

I did listen to my body. I was prepared to go back home at any time if I felt my body couldn't manage. It was struggling, but wasn't that bad (apart from bad night). My mind was in not great shape, so I decided to help it. I was surprised and very happy when it finally let go.

It gave me again this unstoppable feeling that I might became addicted to :P

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Well I am very very pleased to hear that! 😘

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Safety and health first ;)

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Well done Iga!

Week 5 is in the bag!

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Thank you :)

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Blimey lady well no one can accuse you of being a coward on this running effort....

Week 6 - you know the rules, slow and steady and fingers crossed you are in fine form and not poorly next time out.

Happy running

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I know the drill ;) Back to intervals.

I think this morning running is good for me. My brain is still asleep and has no time to figure out excuses. As soon as I kick myself out of bed, then it's good :) Since I switched to mornings, I 'skipped' only 1 morning, but I catch up the same afternoon. No after work tiredness, laziness, no chores affecting the schedule, I don't have to figure out when to do what. I just go out run before work, and then after work my life can be happening in all different ways without affecting my running :D

And during my runs is start to get bright, so soon hopefully I will have some sun rises - cannot wait :)

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You know we all have to find our own ways on this. For me I can choose when I run, but I do find it is better to run first and the have the rest of my day. Evening running always a problem because I find 1001 things to be done, even if they are really stupid things.

You will graduate easily before your wedding...

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Well done.. especially against all those odds... !

Belated Happy Birthday too.

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Thank you :)

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