Week 4 - Run 1 - I Can't Believe I Did It! - Couch to 5K

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Week 4 - Run 1 - I Can't Believe I Did It!

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I was supposed to go for my run yesterday but I woke up and I wasn't in the mood. There was a layer of snow or frost on the ground, I had a headache and I just didn't want to, even though I knew I should.

I was disappointed with myself for the whole day. I let my mind games win. As I went to bed, I was determined that I would wake up with a positive mindset.

I still apprehensive but I made it out the door and got on with it.

Wow - that first 3 min run was OK and then to the 5 min run. I can't believe I managed to run for the full 5 minutes. My legs did feel like jelly during that last minute but I carried on. I was huffing and puffing during the walk.

The last 5 minute run was a devil. It felt like I had reduced my speed to a crawl but I listened to Michael. He told me not to stop, he told me to slow down. And I Did It! I am so pleased with myself. I got out of the house, I did my first Week 4 run and I didn't stop running. Yes - Mind over Matter really works. So happy :)

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Papillon17 profile image
Papillon17Graduate

Congratulations i have Week 4 Run 3 on friday its a great feeling well done

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Tiptopcat in reply to Papillon17

Thank you.

Hope your run goes well on Friday.

Pianism profile image
PianismGraduate

Amazing - well done! :) I really battled this morning too and if I wasn't doing park run on Saturday I would have definitely stayed in bed (and then berated myself for the whole day!).

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Tiptopcat in reply to Pianism

Yeah - gotta learn not to be so hard on myself.

Good luck with the Park run.

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ButtercupKidGraduate

That 3 and then 5 is a killer - how I wished they’d done it the other way round ! Excellent work - go you ⭐️

So chuffed that I managed to keep running for those 5 minutes - running - hehehe, not sure you could call it that :)

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ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to Tiptopcat

I know - they keep telling me a runner but I’m really a very slow jogger 😁

me2019 profile image
me2019Graduate

It’s really great!! Yeah the inner critic is quite strong. Yet you gave it a go - yeah!!! Then you did it - double yeah!! I repeated W1 & W2 twice! I’m now on W8 R2 - so it doesn’t matter if you repeat a run or two as you’re building stamina and will be able to keep going and getting stronger each time! So good on you and the journey is yours so enjoy it and be kind. :) well done!!

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Tiptopcat in reply to me2019

Very true about building up the stamina. Have already noticed the difference in such a short space of time. It's amazing.

Congrats to you on getting to Week 8. Thanks for the inspiration.

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me2019Graduate in reply to Tiptopcat

Thanks!! :)

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate

Great job. Many of us don’t run on ice, don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day because of it. Enjoy your next run.

Thank you. I know that it is not a big deal to miss a day but, one does worry that one day becomes two days, becomes three then it's all over.

Then again, there is nothing wrong with taking a break and starting again. The main thing is to keep trying. :)

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