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Now I feel like a runner


I’ve just come back from completing my W5R3 run, the first 20 minute run. I felt really worried that I wouldn’t be able to run that far in one go and probably didn’t go out with the right mental attitude. But when Sarah explained that my body was already trained enough to make it I decided to give it my best shot. Mind over matter and all that and.... I did it! It wasn’t easy and I really wanted to stop but I pushed myself and it happened! I’m really chuffed with my little self! And now I feel like a runner as I ran for the whole session! Many have said it before but if you’d told me five short weeks ago I would be looking back at this achievement I’d have laughed at you! Onwards and upwards to week 6! 👍🏻

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Great run. It is mind over matter sometimes, and that breakthrough obviously makes you believe in yourself more... nothing to fear in any of the runs now!

DianeUGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Absolutely! It’s been a big confidence boost! Cheers


Fantastic! I've just done w5r3 today too, feels bloody good doesn't it! All the best with w6 x

DianeUGraduate in reply to Running-nana

And you too! Well done today! X

Well done! It is amazing what we achieve on this plan. Yep - you’re definitely a runner now 🙂

DianeUGraduate in reply to Faith94

Thank you!


Definitely a milestone. Only just over a year since I did that one. I can still recall thinking. "Wow I can really do this" well done!

DianeUGraduate in reply to johnm12

Thanks for the kind words and it’s good to know you’re still going!

johnm12Graduate in reply to DianeU

Indeed yes. I consolidated for a while and just enjoyed being able to run a couple of times a week. I think thats a really key thing to do as it does build up strength and I think more importantly makes running just a good habit. Then I just gradually ran a bit further and did a couple of runs with our ( now adult children). A couple of weeks ago, my wife said...... The school ( our local comprehensive) are having a 10k race in a couple of weeks. Why dont you do it? So I did after discovering the fun of park run the week before. I basically find running to be incredibly relaxing and continue to be surprised that I can do it! So, do please continue with your running journey. The first long continuous run of 20 mins is however very special.

Keep us posted with your news!

DianeUGraduate in reply to johnm12

I will indeed! The encouragement from this forum is overwhelming and makes me feel like I don’t want to let everyone down!


Congratulations! It is a big one! I hope you feel very proud of yourself!

DianeUGraduate in reply to IgaT

I am. Yes it was a good feeling! 👍🏻


I'm not far behind you DianeU.

W5R1 tonight.

Good luck with week 6.

It sounds like you're gonna make it 😸

DianeUGraduate in reply to Katnap

Good luck you’re ready for the challenge! 👍🏻

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