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W8R1 - feel accomplished

I've just got back in after a 28 minute run. Ordinarily I would laugh at this first line, 28 minutes run my butt! But I did it, I really did. What's more, I wasn't ready to stop when Laura piped up to start walking, where was my sprint finish? My run was slow and steady and I really enjoyed it.

Last night my husband asked me if I was going for a run in the morning, this always made me chuckle because a 90 second run-walk-run thingy never really defined a run to me but I realised by week 5 that it was because of these short runs that I was accomplishing longer and stronger runs.

I feel like I've come so far on a programme that just looks daunting on paper but in reality is completely doable. Sticking to the mantra "slow and steady" really is the secret.

I don't feel so scared of the 30 minute runs next week now. This was my 22nd time I got myself out of bed and into the cold to do something I've never done before. Feeling proud today and can call myself a runner.

I'm off to get drunk on an ice cold water and live dangerously with a slice of lemon.

Have a great running week people x

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Congrats Rooster. Bit windy out there this morning though!! Won’t be long till your on that podium. What a journey ehhhh especially when you think back to week 1. This programme really works doesn’t it. I’m with you all the way with “slow & steady” Once again, well done in all you have achieved thus far👍🏻

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Thank you Oldlady x yes next Friday I shall be requesting my grad badge, I'm so excited. Thanks to you for keeping me going, your supportive comments have really kept me going x

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What a start to your day!! Totally inspirational.... and you are so right, slow and steady is what it is all about! I am about to post , to that effect, yet again!

It is amazing to see how far we get... from those first tentative steps to the lovely longer runs...Laura used to say, in my ear.. "Finish in style".... I used to respond.. "I just want to finish"!

You have got a lovely path to that podium now...take it all in... relax and enjoy.

Have a super day!

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Hope the Ice and a slice in your water don't go to your head:)

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Thank you Oldfloss x

It's been quite a new and exciting journey. Week 1 seems like a distant memory and to now run 28 minutes is keeping me smiling all day x

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Careful with living on the edge like that 😂

Great run, 5 to go. Not only are you enjoying running, you’re disappointed at not going faster at the end? Yep, you’re a runner!

Enjoy that water!

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Thank you UFN x

I feel great for it. Feel luke I've really done something for myself for a change rather than just fit something in. The mornings are early before the chaos of school runs starts but I feel great for it x

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The “you time” that you get is also good for you... not enough parents get that.

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Yes, very true. To have some "me time" gives me some space from the daily grind and I've felt mentally stronger for it, and now also healthier x

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Yay Rooster! W8 is yours for the taking, and then you have your celebratory W9 en route to the podium! Sounds like you are loving it, which is fabulous! 😀😀😀

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Thank you Cheekychipmunks x

I am totally loving it. Never thought I would do it but I did and purposely didn't start on January 1st so I wouldn't break that resolution, although come January I'll probably set myself some running goals for the year! X

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Like 10ks for example, same as me! 😅 Really well done! 👏👏

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Yikes 10k! I'm hoping to keep up with 30 min runs until the end of the year. Aim is to cover more distance and then to progress to longer distances. My friends keep teasing me to do a 10k next year so we'll soon. Ooooh 10k seems a lot but we can do it!

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Of course we can! 👊👍

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Fab post! Sounds like a great run-I too was waiting on the ‘go faster’ part!!

30 minutes is going to be just fine, enjoy the rest of week 8!

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Thank you Marcia x

I'm enjoying following your posts as we're pretty much at the same stage. Good luck to you for these final weeks x

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Yes! Likewise! I'll race you to the end..... only kidding! I should have ran today but gale-force winds!

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Wow well done Rooster! Did you ever think 8 weeks ago you would be running for 28 mins & feeling like you could do more???????

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Thank you Bear7 x

No, not at all, I was petrified at the start but now I'm looking forward to week 8 with running for 30 mins? Who am I? X

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It's amazing isn't it! 🏃

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Yes it is Deals1 x Still can't quite believe it but I feel so much healthier for it x

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Amazing achievement, just hope I'm saying the same in a few weeks

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Thank you Sussmall x You will too, just keep it slow and steady and pace yourself, look forward to reading about your progress x

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That’s great. It’s s lovely feeling when you want to carry on. I felt like that two days ago when I did W8R1. I have been hitting 30 mins since week 7 as I kept pushing myself at the end of each run. My target is to try and get faster as I am not going to hit 5k in 30 mins that’s for sure! Like you I can’t believe I am doing this - especially when I found week 1 so difficult in the hilly region where I live. But now running on flatter areas!! Very well done to you again. I am off to do run 2 later on this evening when it’s a little cooler.

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That's amazing SailingGirl x Good luck on your run later, you're smashing it already x

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Wonderful new you, well done. It is a great programme and it’s so good to know it really does work. As a 10k graduate now, I started like you last April, so keep going Rooster678

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Thank you Agelesslass x Wow 10k! That far since just April? Amazing progress!

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Hope you have a great week too. Thanks for reminding me this is achievable

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BeckySharp1, its totally doable, distance isn't the aim, continuous running is. Slow down and breathe but don't stop. Urge yourself to get to that next lamp post, bench or road. You can do it. What week are you on?

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Just done my wk4 run 1. Felt good :)

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Good work, it's all leading up to W5R3 and sounds like you'll smash it x

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