Couch to 5K

A lovely, sunny, positive run :)

Hi all,

It's been a difficult week emotionally, some nasty real life stuff happened, which made me feel pretty rubbish, and if I'm honest, angry. A bit like Sadie-runs recently I went out for a run last Sunday in a stinking mood, feeling really *cheesed off (*insert suitable expletive). I gave up after about 20 minutes of stopping and starting, because, I just couldn't be bothered. I couldn't bear to post about that as it all sounded so negative.

Fast forward to today. The sun was shining (ish), it wasn't too cold, and the canal towpath wasn't *too* wet, so off I went, in the opposite direction from usual. I planned to do 25-30 minutes, but at 15 minutes I realised I'd forgotten to turn round, so to cut a long story short, I ran for a few more minutes until I'd done 2.5k, then headed back. The advantage to doing this on a out-and-back route is that you have to do the second half!!

So, not the greatest speed wise, just over 5k in just over 38 minutes, but I feel great for doing another 5k, so I'll take that :)

Have a great day every one, happy Easter running!

Neil

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Sorry to hear you had some rubbish life stuff happening last week, Neil. Hope this week has been better? A run can get rid of a bad mood - or make for a bad run sometimes. I ended up getting ill after my last angry run!

But this run sounds just lovely. And 5k is excellent! The more you do ‘em the better it gets! I got out early before the rains started today and had a lovely 6k trot through the woods, it was perfect. I even allowed myself a couple of short walk breaks and slowed down a bit in order to get to 6k. Have been a bit too speedy Gonzales lately.

Glad you posted; fab to hear from you again! Keep up the ole running!

😀👏😀👏

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I think you’re my greatest cheerleader lol! I’m feeling it in my legs now, but it’s a good feeling. Positive thinking really helps too, I guess last Sunday I was just feeling crap. Onwards and upwards though :)

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Everyone needs a cheerleader, and we started this journey of running around the same time, so you know I’ll always look out for you. 😀

I have made running my constant. My life has been a bit up and down lately, but I keep the running as my one positive (even the bad runs, because I know there are always more good to come). Make running your constant. You know it’s good for you, all that fresh air and huffing and puffing, and the end result of feeling good that you have done something good for yourself!

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Go Neil..getting your head around things... go you... Huge hug for you too xxxx

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Thanks, that’s appreciated!! Honestly, there was no way I wasn’t doing 5k today. I just knew it would make me feel so much better!

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You are doing amazingly... :)

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Hi there

It's crap when real life bad stuff happens. Hope today's run helped to dispel some of the rubbish. I graduated today, but still have to reach 5K, so that is my next goal. 5K in 38 minutes would do me fine, so well done you! Happy running 😀👍

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Thank you! And, you graduated? You are awesome! Really really well done!

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Thank you so much! Yes - I can hardly believe it! Such a great feeling. 🎓😀😀

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I know!! All the best for your running career, don’t forget about us on here, will you? :)

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Definitely won't be abandoning the forum - it's what has helped me get this far (as well as the very well designed C25K programme). It's great to be able to cheer others on and give some advice, if not expert. 😀

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Well done Neil - nothing like a 5k to put life's frustrations in their place! 😊

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Indeed! I was slow, but deliberately so, and it paid off. To be honest imagining all you folks cheering me on really really helped, so thank you!

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Sometimes angry runs are good runs, other times they take your focus away. The best thing is to always have another one afterwards. And you did, it was a 5k another one in the running and stamina bank. Well done Neil, sorry you had a rubbish week, life has a horrible habit of throwing up some nasty obstacles from time to time. But you came out and encouraged us all to smile. Happy running to you too. I remember very well your first post and what you hoped running could do for you, and it seems that in some small way it is helping.

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Thanks Jan, I really appreciate all your encouragement along the way. It’s been amazing. I’m actually going through counselling at the moment, and my counsellor said it looked like my running was having a really positive effect on my mental health. It certainly has today!

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Hi Neil, so pleased today was a lovely, sunny, positive run😊

I wish you many more of these in the future, and hope those negatives get left in the past.

You deserve sunshine in your life and I hope running will help you find it. Take care 😊xxx

Great 5k too!

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Awww that’s one of the nicest things anyone’s said to me. Thank you so much, you’re amazing!!

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Nice to hear from you 316neil ...it’s been a while....I am so sorry to hear you’ve had troubles, life throws some crap at us sometimes & a good run can often clear our heads, or take us away from the s*** that’s going on...glad you had a good run & hope everything gets better for you

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Hi Neil, I’m really sorry you have had a rough time recently - big cyber hug coming your way, -but a huge yaaaay for your 5k, sounds great. Hope you’re planning a celebratory Easter run tomorrow! 😄

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