Consolidation W3R2: Up early for a run that I... - Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

117,811 members149,006 posts

Consolidation W3R2

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate

Up early for a run that I really didn’t want to do. Kept snoozing the alarm and could tell my right calf was a bit tight. I’m tired; leave me alone.

Eventually dragged bones and got on with it. Have a shave (because I’m too hot after running to do it with an electric razor and no time for a wet shave) and brush teeth. Running gear on.

Tried and failed to find Suggs on DID so made do with an old crush, Prof Tanya Byron.

Small amount of Toxic 10 accompanied by gremlins telling me my right leg was dropping off. Pushed through. Wouldn’t describe it as an enjoyable run - it felt quite a struggle

I don’t know what listening to Kirsty and Tanya did but I put in my fastest run at 8”24’/k and covered 3.81k in just over 30 mins (as I now always run back to my start. First split was sub-8”/k. This might explain the struggle!

The photo is of the handsome beast I saw on the way out and who was pretty much in the same place when I got back having run nearly 4k. Perhaps I’m not as slow as I think.

Nice and relaxed for a day of meetings ahead.

Whatever you are running next, enjoy it x

55 Replies
Abicon profile image
AbiconGraduate

I think you are more determined than me..... I went out yesterday and only managed 20 mins and that wasn’t constant. But it was quite fast (for me). Thing is I just don’t do the pushing through thing that you talk about. I just think ‘this is horrible’ And walk for a bit instead. I think it’s because I’m not at all competitive, and perhaps I need to find that part of me that wants to beat me! I am quite interested in the stats but it doesn’t translate to ‘pushing through’ when I’m out there.

I’m thinking of going back to the beginning and doing the whole programme again in the hope I can go a bit faster by the end..... feel like I’m in the wilderness at the moment and not enjoying it.

I bet you’ll be all sprightly in your meetings this morning!! And that can only be a good thing🙂

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Abicon

My advice would be don’t go right back to the start. Perhaps revisit W5R3 but all of the earlier runs are conditioning to get you to the non-stop ones.

Pushing through isn’t competitiveness for me but stubbornness and also recognising the risk that if I ever stop I may not start again, so fear drives me as much as anything.

I know when I get to the end of the run I feel deep satisfaction and stopping would remove that for me. And I ain’t getting much satisfaction in the rest of life at the moment 😳

The other thing is don’t worry about speed. Slow down and relax into the run. Sure, I’d like to go further and faster. But it is what it is x

Pippayoungart profile image
PippayoungartGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

I recognise that stubborness! I employ bloody minded teeth gritting to get to the end without stopping!

Penelopesimmons profile image
PenelopesimmonsGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

I think that stubbornness is a requirement more than any other attribute. Each time I want to stop I think about how many people would expect me to stop and that spurs me on!

Gradually the extra energy I have now has become my motivator as I hated the feeling of slowness and lethargy I felt on a daily basis.

Plus it is wonderful being part of this running family!

You are doing so well x

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Penelopesimmons

Thanks. Stubbornness has definitely got me through this programme.

hi Jay, at least you got through it, that's the main thing. It's a more than decent pace too so hopefully you'll enjoy the next run a bit more. As the advert says: "Every little helps", and that's what I'm feeling about the consolidation runs.

Good luck with everything!

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to David_G

Thanks - first 40 minute run next 😱🤣🤣

sallenson profile image
sallensonGraduate

Bless you, Jay for just getting out there and plugging away. Sounds like it's getting easier too. That's good. Nice snail too!! Have a good one buddy xx

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to sallenson

You too!

Well done Jay! 😊

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Thanks, super runner.

From one to another.

Hey. You got up and got out that is the main thing. Not every run is going to be enjoyable but we keep going 😜😜😜

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Loobylou43

Funny how they are all fantastic afterwards 🤣

sallenson profile image
sallensonGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

We're all in the same boat hon. No matter how occasionally off-form we are we all enjoy it in retrospect and can't wait for the next one. Bleeding junkies the lot of us :-)

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to sallenson

“I have to run so that I can enjoy stopping”.

_SimonT_ profile image
_SimonT_Graduate in reply to Jay66UK

I do something similar with my head and walls....

pianoteacher profile image
pianoteacherGraduate

Well Done Jay! I must start listening to DID again - brought my son up with Tanya's "ignore the bad, praise the good" method and still do it to a certain extent now he's a teenager - works a treat IMO x

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to pianoteacher

Thanks. Plodding on!

(TB’s a brilliant child psychologist but I have to say it’s less her brain that I’m drawn to, sorry!!)

pianoteacher profile image
pianoteacherGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

Haha! I'm sure it's her brain as well - I always had a bit of a thing for Susie Dent for the same reasons :-)

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to pianoteacher

Have you seen her on Eight out of ten cats does countdown? Filthy!

I’ve got a huge crush on her, mainly because she is so funny in a very dry way. I follow her on Twitter, she’s good.

pianoteacher profile image
pianoteacherGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

Yeah I love that show - I do always play along properly though :-)

HoagyM profile image
HoagyMGraduate

Well done Jay, keep at it. I always seem to have to push through that toxic 5/10 before I remember to slow down and find my happy pace.

And pleased to see that the snail photo was from your start/end point. Was worried you had taken it as the snail went past you - now that would have been a bad sign ;)

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to HoagyM

Ha! When I saw it on the way out I nearly took a photo but I was literally about to start the run. The gremlins had a field day. Talk about omens!

SendWine profile image
SendWineGraduate

Thought you'd been racing snails. Think we're all in the same boat at the minute, I'm just trying to plod through until the motivation finds me again.

“I have to run so that I can enjoy stopping” ... sums it up perfectly

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to SendWine

There’s an old flying saying “Take-offs are optional; landings are compulsory” (so think hard before flying in bad weather).

Running is a bit upside down compared to that. I do wonder why I post some of this nonsense!! 🤣🤣🤣

_SimonT_ profile image
_SimonT_Graduate in reply to Jay66UK

Because we love it! 😂

Ang33333 profile image
Ang33333Graduate

Yay! Love the snail pic! Glad it went well 🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Ang33333

Thanks!

SandieF profile image
SandieFGraduate

Well done Jay. Those 1st 10 minutes are make or break arnt they, and I’ll be dammed if they’re gonna break me. Yes it’s sheer bloody mindedness and stubbornness that keeps me going. If I stop, I’ll never start again haha

Your times seem to be getting quicker too. Brilliant! 💪👏

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to SandieF

They are getting better. Whisper it, but I might be getting fitter!

SandieF profile image
SandieFGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

You absolutely are! 💪

Goforitmama profile image
GoforitmamaGraduate

Seeing progress is rewarding, glad you are pleased with your faster run. Great job, well done!

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Goforitmama

Thanks!

Your the second one to get me laughing since coming on here today 😂🤣😁

How's the right leg?🤣

Love the snail pic 😊 I took pic of 2 swans on my commute home from work, they were just there so relaxed next to lake in drizzle 😊

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Kar43

I think the leg is still there 🤓

Kar43 profile image
Kar43 in reply to Jay66UK

That's very good to hear 😉😊😁

Hidden profile image
Hidden

Well done Jay. You are doing great. I did W9R2 this morning & struggled- didn’t want to go & had to fight constantly not to stop. Maybe there was something in the air? I had back to back meetings yesterday morning- shame I didn’t get the chance for a run beforehand. Enjoy your day!

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Hidden

Thanks. Sorry to hear about the struggles.

Hidden profile image
Hidden in reply to Jay66UK

Ah - I get knocked down but I get up again! Keep on running Jay you are an inspiration.

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Hidden

Stealing from someone on Twitter:

“The most successful people I've met

1. Drink a whisky drink

2. Drink a vodka drink

3. Drink a lager drink

4. Drink a cider drink

5. Sing some songs that remind them of the good times

6. Sing some songs that remind them of the better times

7. Get knocked down

8. Get back up again”

Hidden profile image
Hidden in reply to Jay66UK

Ha ha! Yeah I saw that - it was really funny!

Teddly22 profile image
Teddly22Graduate

Good for you Jay! I didn't enjoy today much either. I was disappointed with the distance but then I gave myself a talking to because it's so much further than when I was on the couch and who would have thought then that we could run albeit slowly for 25 minutes plus without stopping!!! When I'm running I think of all the runners here and it spurs me on to keep going! Keep running folks 🏃🐌🏃onwards and upwards👍

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Teddly22

Well done you!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate

Gold star Jay for combining your run with a nature ramble.

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Thanks! Amazing what you notice when huffing and puffing around.

mrrun profile image
mrrunGraduate

Enjoy every second of this and get out of bed at an earliest opportunity. Many of us did the same throughout the winter, when the weather was marginally different. Factor in wind chill and throw in some sleet for good measure. Don't forget the dark. Enjoy and cherish this weather while it lasts. There will be plenty of time left for rain and sleet. Oh, and the wind.

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to mrrun

Not looking forward to winter training tbh.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate in reply to mrrun

That’s when I’ll be back in the gym!

Bridget007 profile image
Bridget007Graduate

Well done! Another run done 😃... I wonder what week he’s on 🐌

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Bridget007

Looked like intervals. Guessing W2 or 3 due to lack of Lycra kit or proper shoes.

Bridget007 profile image
Bridget007Graduate in reply to Jay66UK

🤣🤣😆😂🐌

Eiralas profile image
EiralasGraduate

Cool snail! And cool run too 😎

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Eiralas

Thanks!

_SimonT_ profile image
_SimonT_Graduate

That snail is not using the correct technique and needs stern words from IannodaTruffe! 😂

Well done to you, though! And your new ‘stubbornness’ movement.

You may also like...