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A tad afraid

It’s my Wk5r3 in the morning. Never run before so very very scared. I did manage the two 8 minute runs but this is big jump. Hope I get some sleep tonight lol. Reading previous posts I know I have to have faith. Wish me good luck and same back to everyone wherever they are on their journey. If I complete this run will treat myself to some proper running shoes. 🏃🏼‍♀️👟

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This honestly isn’t a run to fear. The people who designed the programme have got you ready for it.

Go deliberately very slow. If you get halfway and feel great, speed it up a little.

You can and will do it. Good luck!

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Thanks. I can’t go much slower lol but I’m moving, feeling better and sleeping so much better. Feel so happy to be getting fitter, so snails pace good for me.

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Thanks. In the snail bag !

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Nice!

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Hi Mrscindyb, yes, previous posts are right, or at least they were for me. Don't worry, you've trained for this. Don't think of it as 8 minutes to 20 minutes, you were active I think for 21 minutes in the last session (albeit 5 walking) so it's not that different. Honestly, you'll be fine as long as you pace yourself, don't get giddy and set off like an express train!! My theory is take the first minute to find your comfortable pace, and then slow it down a couple of notches just to make sure you can complete it. If you feel you have it in you, by all means speed up for the last couple of minutes or something.

What I DO know is that the battle is 95% mental for this run, so mind over matter!! Just know that us motley lot are cheering you on, running right beside you, virtually of course.

Take care, and can't wait to see your run report on here!

Neil

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That’s brill knowing I have virtual support as I go. Will look at some new music thanks for encouragement much appreciated Cindy

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Take it nice and slow, distract yourself with new music or podcast and remind yourself how far you’ve come. You’ve got this!

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Will do. Thanks x

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You can do this! We know you can! Looking forward to hearing how you get on. Xx

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You will do it... anticipation not apprehension...:)

It really is, just another run and one you are ready for.

Slow and steady... relax and breathe gently...know, that you will do this:)

PS

We will be running there alongside you :)

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You will be absolutely fine just take it slow. You can always go faster at the end. It helped me to break it into 5 min chunks. Once you are half way you know you can do it. Good luck...enjoy it!

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Thanks everyone, taking everything on board, taking all your good wishes with me and now feel ready to take it in my stride. So much support you are all so kind Run Cindy Run x

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The first 10 minutes are the hardest as your body adjusts to the run... You will find that after 10 minutes you will settle into a nice comfortable rhythm. Do the whole run slowly, it's about stamina not speed. And when you finish it and go and treat yourself to some nice new running shoes post a pic so we can all drool over them! Good luck - you are more ready for this than you realise x

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You will be able to do it! So you better start looking for your new running shoes 😃😃 go slow and when you complete it you will be so chuffed ... can’t wait to hear how you got on 😊😊😊

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Need to go shopping 😀

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Yay well done! You will be grinning to yourself for the rest of day 😁😁😁👟 👟

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I’m exactly on the same boat, big step running for 20 minutes non stop after having done 8 at a time before. I'm also a bit scared of W5R3, but with all the nice comments and moral support above I feel a bit better. Tomorrow will be a big day Cindy 👍🏼 We can do it! (I hope)

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Hope all goes well today. Mines done and I’m feeling as proud as punch x

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Likewise, +1 for W5R3 in the morning :-).

Was a bit apprehensive about it before reading the posts above as it wasn’t so many weeks ago I was struggling with the 2 mins. The advice and encouragement is spot on.

You guys are awesome.

Eguzkilore, Mrscindyb, we can do it !!!!

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Yeah. Go me. I actually managed it. All be it at snails pace. I didn’t stop right til the end. In fact when prompt came thought I had last minute to go and couldn’t believe She was telling me time to cool down. Ironic a snail was at the end of my warm down lol. 🐌

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Well done that's amazing!! I have W5R3 to complete too this weekend and daunted currently but hearing people are doing it is encouraging!

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Go for it and take on board all the great advice afforded to me. Did this milestone and am confident you will too x

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It is great to hear people’s different stories and all that support, wow! I did WK5R2 yesterday. The first 8 mins was amazing. I was surprised to hear Sarah telling me to slow down. The second 8 mins, well that was a struggle and I was reduced to walking for a few mins in the middle but did finish it running which must be a plus. Kind of looking forward to tomorrow’s run.

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That's fantastic well done you I'm so pleased for you.

You have given me inspiration as I will be doing the same run as you this morning & I've also been dreading it.

New shoes for you now 🏃🏃

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Yes shopping trip needs to be planned before next big “run” x

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Just to let you know your inspiration allowed me to complete my 20 minute run today in the pouring rain, I'd just done the 5 minute warm up when it started but I continued in the pouring rain, that's not me as I hate getting wet, this running is doing funny things to me 🤣

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Very well done! We knew you could do it.

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We've all been there lovelies. Had the nerves. Reinvented the word slow. Felt grim and come through it. It's not easy but it is doable. It's a mind game now. We're all rooting for you and Oldfloss is bringing cake!! 😁👍👍

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Just finished it, snails and all hehe

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Yay!! Well done you!! See? How good are you feeling right now?? 👍👍

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Brilliant. Lifetime achievement for me hehe. Can’t wait to break this PB. New shoes coming my way for next big run 👟

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Yeayayayayayay!!!!!

No cake I am afraid... I don't eat cake...BUT... I am bringing chilled champagne, freshly squeezed orange juice, and strawberries...:)

Because, any time is the right time for bubbles...:)

Very well done you!!!! Move on to the next week with confidence:)

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You are my kind of person!! Brilliant!!

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Thanks everyone, I did imagine you all willing me on, strangely the thought of cake is not the first thing on my mind, now THAT is an achievement believe me!

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Brilliant! Well done! Enjoy your new running shoes!

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Well done

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Woop woop! Great work!! It feels amazing to get through that run - in fact every new milestone feels amazing so be utterly proud of yourself!!!

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Ooh how lovely to read of your triumph. Well flipping done!!! Enjoy your trainer shopping.

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I will, OH may well faint at the thought of spending on what he thinks is fad but I feel so much better for getting up and off the sofa 🏃🏼‍♀️

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It's customary to post a pic so we can drool over the new tyres 😁

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Will try but not sure how to do it lol 📷

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The buzz you get after doing this run is the best !! I was like you really concerned, but I did it and the sense of achievement was fantastic 😊😊

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I love these posts; I’m scared......Yay, just did it!

👍 fabulous

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Really well done you! You are an inspiration to all! Good luck on your journey 😊

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TY. Just keep plodding along and all of a sudden You’ve achieved the next step x

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Well done. It's my next run and I'm really excited about it. Glad you enjoyed it. Xxx

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I was scared last week - but also excited to think that I might just manage it based on my progress day on day, week on week. I had found the 8 minute ones OK so figured if it was in the plan and others had done it then surely so should I .... so I set off with curiosity ..... and actually it was OK .... a little bit boring cos I was focused too much on if I could do it, and waiting for the half way check in rather than getting in to my stride as I had started to do in the 8 minute ones. But it was fine, I took it steady, I wasn’t out of breath .... and I DID IT 👏 now in Week 6 the 5 and 10 minute runs have been almost routine and back to thinking about pace/breathing etc. ..... ask me tomorrow when I’ve got to do 25 minutes for Run 3!! But d’ya know what - I am already thinking .... well I’ve done 20 so it’s only another 5 ..... good luck, Cindy, keep going

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You must be near finished. I’ve had little set back with chest infection but that podium will be mine in couple weeks or so x

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You can do this. I was a bit scared too and went last night and did it. I slowed my pace down a bit so I could get through the 20 mins but it's an amazing feeling when you finish!

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Good luck Mrscindyb!! You’ve come a long way!! I’m doing my final Wk1r3, so don’t forget how far you’ve come and how inspiring you are for others. It’s got me ready to get my running gear on!! 👍🏽❤️

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Well done I've just done the same run and felt the same. I thought I was going so so slow but I actually overtook some dog walkers. Be proud of yourself I'm so happy.

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OK you will have done it by now, but this is what I intended to type before I was called away.

Do you remember your first post about week one? Wondering how you ran for one minute and how you couldn't wait for the walking bit? Well, look what you have achieved up till now. You had trouble running one minute and yet here you are having completed two eight minute runs in one session!

You really can do this, you really can run for 20 minutes. Go slow, save your energy and you WILL surprise yourself. When you have done it, go out and get those running shoes. Get gait analysis from a place like Sweatshop and you will wonder why you haven't done it before. (Actually, I would suggest that week four is the place to go shopping!)

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Decathlon do the gait analysis. Would I be better at a specialist running store. Thanks so much. Felt great to actually achieve it

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Well, there is a company called Sweatshop who specialise in running. We went to the store in Milton Keynes and had a good experience. Personally, yes I would use a running specific store. No one can be all things to all sports.

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Thanks. Will take my time and have a look

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I was scared before my first wk4..got second later..and I have peeked at week 5 and am scared too..but I have decided that if I really struggle with any week I will repeat it..that has calmed me done a bit.? good luck..

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Managed it and you will too. Slow and steady x

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Well done! Did my W5 R3 this morning and was also apprehensive but WOW what a great feeling to complete it! Enjoy your new shoes 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Well done Mrscindyb!! I love everyone's posts. They're so motivating. I also completed week 5 run 3 this morning. If you'd have asked me last Sunday if that was possible I'd have laughed but now my mindset is completely different. Slowing down has allowed me to complete the runs so I'm not afraid anymore and I know that I'll pick up speed as I get fitter. Actually looking forward to my Monday run! Well done again!

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Good luck 😄

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Im doing Week 5 Run 3 tomorrow too. Bit scared too. But let’s look back at how far we’ve come. I couldn’t run for a minute when I started and now I’ve run for 8 minutes, twice!! So let’s give it everything, take it slow and be positive. Good luck.

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How did you get on?

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Managed it,not easy but definitely doable. Really slow and steady. Loved eating away at the pavement

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Sorry only just seen this. I did it(no flying colours) but no epic fail. Ow onto w8r2 but a chest infection has got in my way. Little tlc and antibiotics should put me right soon.

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How are you doing ? 😄

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I managed this run and felt elated gave me confidence to continue I have been progressing nicely. Did my wk8r1 then got struck down with chest infection. I am still wheezing and not too good. On positive note GP has given me antibiotics and steroids so hopefully they will see me up and running again soon. So frustrating being so close but I have patience as I want to graduate for the first time in my life 😁

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So if all goes to plan graduate next week ? Will be a first for me too 😄

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Good luck and hope to join you over the finish line when I’m back up and running

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