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Another week 6 run 3 post!!

Well, struggled to sleep last night, couldn't get to sleep at first, and then woke up at stupid o'clock. Stayed there listening to the birds and wondering about running, and when was a decent time to get up, for about 45 minutes, then got up and sorted out my running stuff - trainers on, headphones in and phone sorted. Mustn't forget to attach the dog securely - that would be a disaster! - and off we go. At this point (and for several hours previously) I felt quite anxious about running for 25 minutes, and I seemed to have loads of niggles this morning, but I chose to ignore them and just got on with it. Great tunes, lovely weather and happy dog, so all seemed well, until about 5 minutes in I heard a voice in my headphones 'battery low' - eventually they died after around 7 minutes which is always a pain - I think I need some better headphones - but soldiered on with my phone in my hand so I could hear Laura and the happy Strava bloke, as well as music!

Before I knew it, I had 5 minutes left, and was actually feeling really good! And when Laura suggested it I had a little sprint in the last minute - so chuffed with myself. I DID IT!! It's such a great feeling, and to all those of you who haven't arrived at this point yet, or who have had struggles and worries, this programme is fantastic and really, really works. It is worth all the prep and hard work and (dare I say it) change of lifestyle to get to this point - just go for it! Admittedly I still have 3 weeks to go, but I feel like I have come so far and I am just so proud of my little old self! Happy Happy! :)

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Good job! Well done. Your dog is gonna love you for this 😃👍🏃‍♀️🐕

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Yes she is! She knows what's happening when I put my running shoes on now! Haha! And thank you :)

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Well done 👍🏻 Im just in from work but going out to do this run in the next 20 minutes. Feeling a bit niggly about it so i hope i do as well as you did! Bet youre buzzing now 😊

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I’ve been buzzing all day! How did it go? I’m sure you smashed it! :)

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Well done you!

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Thank you :)

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Well done you :) I did mine today as well. Didn’t have the resources to speed up at the end but had gone quite fast anyway - almost made 5k including the walks so carried on walking two more minutes to make 5k 37 minutes. I thought I had mastered the art of running slower but it seems that was down to misplacing my headphones: I found them again today and was back running at my old speed again. I think I’ll just settle for that pace until it actually causes me a problem rather than worrying about. hypothetical problems it might cause!

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That’s so great that you reached 5k - you must be so pleased! I reached 4.3 which I’m happy with! Funny how what you’re listening to dictates speed isn’t it? I have the same issue - but it really helps me with my pace. Don’t know what I’ll do when I do my first 5k and can’t use headphones! Well done - onwards to week 7! :)

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To be clear I didn’t make 5k running - I ran just under 4k in the 25 mins and walked the rest. I’ve been walking to make 5k since week 1. Running is completely new to me but walking that sort of distance is no big deal.

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Haha I got that! My 4.3 was including the walking but as I finish almost outside my house i didn’t carry on any further. Happy just to be running for 25 minutes! :)

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