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W5R3 - I am strong! I will not give up!

Today was the day. Just after work, I changed and head out to the world. Warm up walk - gave me hope for easy run, I felt normal. I started Podrunner, this disco-like tune was not for me. I decided to give it a try anyway. The run started, after a minute or two my first and only crisis hit me. The crisis was "only" 18-minute long O_O I had good 1 or 2 minutes somewhere in the second half. I changed the track to my good old track, as Podrunner for this C25K run (140bpm) was way too fast paced for me.

I am strong! I will not give up! As mantra repeated over and over again. Slow and steady, one foot in front of the other. Look around, trees, clouds, other runner seemed to to C25K as well (saw her twice - is here anyone from Kindlington?).

I squeezed out almost a sprint, or at least a proper run for the last minute of the run. Thinking I am slicer and closer to home, to food, to my bed... When it was over, a huge positive feeling of accomplishment filled my body. I was walking like Rocky after he won the fight. Yeap, people were staring :P Who cares?! This was my few minutes of feeling amazing that I DID IT!

I know I am mentally drained. To prove myself that it is all in my head, not in my body, after finishing I did a small workout at home: 5-min butt and thigh burn + 10-min abs killer. Followed by 30 minutes stretching session, nice warm shower and nutritious dinner.

It was a good run! Difficult as heck, but very good one! Thank you all for support, believing in me, sharing your stories and struggles! You gave me power and inspiration to get so far and to power through this run :)

Enjoy the process! I got stronger mentally over the past 5 weeks :) of course physically as well, but running is my best treatment that holds me together.

I love running <3 easy and hard, short and long, alone and with my dog...

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Hi IgaT, I was looking forward to the result impatiently. You did it! Great congratulations and standing ovation for You too! Great, awesome, fantastic! You're a hero! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

And great inspiration for me not to give up! Thank You!

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Thank you :)

We will not give up! We are strong! We are unstoppable, indestructible!

I wanted to write the post sooner, but life happened :P

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"We are strong! We are unstoppable, indestructible!"-- WOW! OK!

I will remember that! πŸ‘πŸ

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You better do remember ;)

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Great job. After a run the last thing I’d do is a workout... I’m a little in awe!

Big breakthrough into just running βœ…

Enjoy week 6

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Thank you :) The huge mental challange accomplished.

To be fair it was short workout, just to totally fry those muscles before 2 rest days ;)

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Best workout I get into after a run is a few lifting reps, but I remove a little weight with each lift... cheers 🍷

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Cheers!

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Yay go you and well done. Welcome to the distance runners club lol πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Now you can relax and enjoy your weekend 🍹🍹🍹

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Thank you :) That's the plan. Depending on muscle soreness, maybe a long warm bath ;)

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Yay, well done! Fantastic achievement. I love reading posts like this, I attempt w5r3 tomorrow and now actually believe it is possible πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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You can do it. Don't let the mind gremlins tell you anything else. This is what you trained for πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Of course you can do it! This run is the mental challenge. Physically you are prepared more then enough. Close your gremlins in some closet or just show them how deeply wrong they are. They know nothing! You are stronger, both physically and mentally, than you think. Really! I know it sounds like a popular quote, but it IS true!

Just go out there, and slow and steady, one foot in front of another, just till the tree, just till that corner, just a little bit longer ;)

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You are strong and determined! I love the thought of you marching through your home town like rocky to the theme song of Rocky III β€œEye of the Tiger” ...Queen of Kindlington! Well done for completing that landmark run. Now, you’ve read my post on W6R1... get prepared to thrash it and keep that determination - you got it!

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I know what is awaiting me. I am prepared for it. The programme prepared me well. I'll take my dog as distraction, companion, and additional motivation ;)

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It’s now your theme song... β€œI’ve got the eye of the Iga!” πŸ‘

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"I have the eye of the t-Iga" ;)

The queen have to do groceries to provide a proper fueling of her majesty's body to conquer yet another week o this programme ;)

You mage my day, ThunderSloth :)

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He-he! Love it ❀️

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You know, I've been seeing your name pop up for a while now and have to say that your determination and commitment are second to none. Well done you.

Many congratulations on the "big one", you deserve a huge pat on the back and a party πŸŽˆπŸΎπŸŽ‰ Just fab.

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Thank you :) <blushing>

I did celebrate the milestone with delicious banana pancakes today in the morning :)

I'm not saying "This time you will see me graduate", as life is listening and it likes to throw to many curves balls (at once). As you noticed, I'm not giving up on my running journey, the same as you haven't. You have the same determination and commitment as me, you are just on higher league running longer distances ;) The difference, I am just running in circles, trying to bend the route with my mind to make it spiral with growing distances, endurance, and many new adventures that are await those who cross the graduation line. I will get there eventually. Even if I happen to be the first centenarian to do it :P

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That's amazing IgaT! You're definitely going to go all the way. πŸ˜ΈπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ˜Έ

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Slow and steady, one run at a time :)

My goal somewhere in the back of my head is to graduate before my holidays that start in the beginning of December. However, no pressure ;) What will be will be.

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