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Week 5 Run 3 - I DID IT!!!

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Second time's the charm as they say. Thank you all for your wonderful help. I did it with the NHS app today and had Laura's soothing voice talking to me when it got tough. I also took the advice about running downhill as much as possible which I managed to do. I eschewed my normal route (which probably wouldn't have made much difference to be honest) in favour of a long stretch by the Hampstead lido that I could run down, except I didn't consider that I'd have to run uphill again once I reached the road. It didn't matter because nothing was going to stop me today. Not even my dodgy lungs!

The asthma nurse at the hospital told me that there is a countometer on the back of my inhaler which was on zero yesterday which means I haven't been controlling my asthma properly since they switched up my medication a few months ago. This would most likely account for why I'm still coughing and wheezing.

I played raucous punk rock music today and some of my favourite bands like The Ramones kept me going. Other bands with questionable monickers provided the kind of noise that makes you want to finish just so you can listen to something more sedate, like Leonard Cohen, which I did on my walk home. How good that felt!

The most important aspect of my running is the wonderful support I have received on here. Thank you all so much for the wonderful help you have given me. It has made all the difference. A few weeks ago I was struggling to run for 3 minutes. Now I can do 20 minutes non stop! WE DID IT!!!!

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Yes! Well done! 💪 So glad you dusted yourself off and got back out there! 🏃‍♂️

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to PhoenixRise

Thank you so much. I won't say it was easy but I did it!

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Instructor57Moderator

Well done !

So pleased to hear you got out there and completed this run !

Is a good one to get under your belt 👍😁

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Thank you! Yes, it was a milestone for sure. I did run extra slow and any time I felt the gradient I was running up was getting too steep I just turned around and ran the other way. I managed to keep going which was the object of today's exercise! I'll try and run my normal route in the coming weeks.

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Instructor57Moderator in reply to Dodgylungs

I certainly remember slowing right down on that one ! 👍

P.S the couple of messages about the post disappearing have also now disappeared for me !

I suspect a technical glitch rather than an admin removal ,

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to Instructor57

I removed the post. Didn’t want it hijacking my run but thank you for letting me know.

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Fantastic! Well done - ain't no stopping you now ...

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to John_W

Thank you! I’m on the road to somewhere!

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John_WAmbassador in reply to Dodgylungs

The completion of C25K I hope.

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to John_W

I’m sure I will do it now.

Woo hoo!! Get you! Really well done! 😁💪👍

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to Little_lizzie

Haha thank you! Get me indeed! Had to tough it out but job done!!

but you did it!! Don't forget that feeling of achievement! Always take it with you! ✋

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to Little_lizzie

I will!

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nowsterGraduate

Well done! Grins and bragging will follow. 😁

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to nowster

Thank you! Lots of grinning! I’ll brag when I can run 5K in under 30mins :)

Congratulations! I have also just completed week 5 and like you cannot believe my lungs have coped lol. Keep up the hard work!

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to Pepper86

Congratulations! Doesn’t it feel awesome?!!!

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Pepper86 in reply to Dodgylungs

Hell yeah!

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Jools2020Graduate

Well done! So pleased for you! 👏👏👏👍 You ran for 20 minutes! How good does that make you feel. You see, having a practice run worked out OK after all 😬.

Think about what you will be able to do when your medication is working as it should!

For now, you can revel in the glow of your amazing achievement of today 👍

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to Jools2020

Revelling in the glow is the order of the day. It wasn’t easy but I knew I wasn’t going to stop today. I don’t think the rest of the programme is going to be as difficult as today. If you can run 20mins you can run 22 and so on...

YAY! I’m so happy to read your post, congrats on smashing it! 🙌🏼

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to acountrycabbage

Thank you!!!

Amazing! Knew you would do it xx

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DodgylungsGraduate in reply to carolinestanford

Thank you x

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