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By Jove, I think she's got it! - thanks so much to everyone

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate
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OK, so I picked myself up by the scruff of the neck and told myself that today was going to be different. After all of your lovely encouragement and advice, I put a few different things into action and guess what, I felt MUCH better. Can't thank you all enough as tips such as working harder on the warm-up walk, sticking to a slower start and just not letting the doubts win really helped. I even ran the furthest distance so far and took a couple of seconds off my average (though I completely get it's not about stats at this stage but it's always nice to know).

My music shuffle mode also seemed to be doing its best to help out with a quick-tempo Paranoid by Black Sabbath for the warm-up walk, a couple of uni classics for taking my mind off things during the run (Reasons Unknown by the Killers and I Like the Way You Move by Bodyrockers) and an all-round fave to finish things off (Metal Guru by T.Rex). I even punched the air when I'd finished I was that ecstatic.

Fingers crossed I can carry this eureka moment on to the last run of week 8 and beyond 😁

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EngFan
EngFanGraduate

Nice one, I also remember punching the air first time I managed 20 mins. Still do it as I now can just do 10k. Enjoy the running

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to EngFan

I'm definitely not surprised you punched the air after doing a 10k, that's brilliant πŸ™‚

EngFan
EngFanGraduate in reply to Pnegirl

I’m still very slow but gradually getting quicker and I’m just as couldn’t run 100 metres 6 months ago, enjoy your running

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to EngFan

That's a massive achievement!

EngFan
EngFanGraduate in reply to Pnegirl

Thank you. Have you been running long/before?

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to EngFan

No, I just noticed the pounds starting to creep on over lockdown and thought I'd do something about it and give running a try. I've always insisted that I wasn't in any shape or form a runner but I'm very glad to eat my words. I can definitely say I've enjoyed C25k despite a couple of big bumps in the road

EngFan
EngFanGraduate in reply to Pnegirl

I know the same feeling. Pounds crept on so needed to sort or at least attempt to sort . Loving the fact I actually enjoy it and even went out twice in the rain last week, think I need to have a stern word with myself πŸ˜‰

SO PLEASED to read this post . You will definitely carry this through to your next runs πŸ‘ŒπŸ™‚ you will be nervous about replicating it but you will πŸ‘

Always it has been a prerequisite of this programme to have faith, but it sure can be tested sometimes .

I did R2 this morning and now find I’ve completely flipped my pace times . Instead of bolting off getting out of puff ( knowing it πŸ™„ and not enjoying it ) then getting slower because I am β€˜fair pechin’ ( as we say in the highlands πŸ˜‚)

Now hallelujah I am slower in first km , bit better next and then I get in stride ( not Usain Bolt stride ! ) but feel lovely not to be labouring. My last 8 mins today I could think what I was doing β€˜ in a good way’ because my brain and body were actually getting some oxygen !πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I always think the β€˜numbers’ often tell you what you have already observed . Good evidence πŸ‘Œespecially when you know it feels good .

Well done you πŸ˜ƒ

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to RacingintheStreet

'fair peching'... Love it haha!

Thanks so much RacingintheStreet and congratulations on finishing week 8! I never considered myself to be a doubter; once I put my mind to something, I generally do it, but like you say this process does test you. After everyone's support the other day though, I felt such a boost and can hopefully pass that positivity on now πŸ™‚

RacingintheStreet
RacingintheStreetGraduate in reply to Pnegirl

Ooops , edit that ! *R2 .

Very glad you’ve got your positivity back ✨

Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate

Good for you! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Who doesn't run better to a bit of T Rex? My favourite is I Love to Boogie - it makes me want to dance.

acountrycabbage
acountrycabbageGraduate in reply to Speedy60

Oh good shout! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸŽΆ

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to Speedy60

Any of them to be honest haha! Might try a bit of rapids too for when I want to make the pace a little more gentle. It's impossible not to at least tap your foot to I Love to Boogie though! πŸ™‚

Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate in reply to Pnegirl

Ride a White Swan is one of my Desert Island Discs. Every time I hear it, I'm 13 in the cookery rooms at school playing cricket with a frying pan and bread rolls with my mates. 🀣

Showing my age there. 😳

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to Speedy60

Love it! I wouldn't even worry about showing my age if I could show off about such music legends haha

Dodgylungs
DodgylungsGraduate

Very well done. Suddenly you’re running with people in your corner, that makes all the difference. I defy anybody not to feel euphoric when running to Paranoid and Metal Guru! Great sounds! I often run to Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life as it’s a great feel good track and really helps when running. Which week and run are you on?

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to Dodgylungs

Oh, it really does. Knowing people are there to cheer you on when you've had a knock to your confidence is priceless. Ooo, I might have to add that song into my list as well, good shout! My next run will be w8r3 hopefully on Sunday. Talk about leaving it late to get some of the basics hahaha!

Dodgylungs
DodgylungsGraduate in reply to Pnegirl

Well I ran on the treadmill for years without realising that when I was getting back into it I should have run slower. Never too late to learn good habits!

Woop woop woop! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ this is awesome to read, well done!

I read an article in my running magazine yesterday called Build a Bulletproof Mindset and it made me think of you. It’s an 8 page article so I can’t easily share but one section in particular was called Be Your Own Cheerleader.

It highlights the impact of internal dialogue and when you tell yourself something repeatedly, eg. I’m slow, I don’t think I can make it around, I’m rubbish at this,’ your brain starts to highlight all evidence to support it and actually filters out evidence to the contrary. Crazy/clever!

β€œBy saying positive things you will replace the negatives with these powerful and productive words, the more you’ll activate and strengthen these neural pathways - and the harder to activate the old negative ones will become.”

So basically keep on blowing your own trumpet! You can do this!

πŸ˜ƒ πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈβœ¨πŸ“£ πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŒŸ

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to acountrycabbage

Ah thank you so much for that article snippet! The crazy thing is I teach the power of positive thinking to students with exams coming up so maybe I have to listen to what I preach lol πŸ˜‚. That is interesting about the brain looking for supporting evidence so I'll make sure not to give it chance to focus on the negatives any more.

acountrycabbage
acountrycabbageGraduate in reply to Pnegirl

That sounds like a really interesting job! πŸ˜ƒ

Great stuff PMA wins hands down every time , try the 10k ju ju plan its twice as Awesome as the C25K graduate πŸŽ“ feeling...what a rush .Good luck πŸ‘

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to Knightrider_28

I bet it is such a rush! Think I'll get a bit more settled with the 5k target first, but never say never πŸ˜‚. Thanks Knightrider_28!

Ooo metal guru what a great memory and beat to run to

Sounds like a great run

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

Thanks WillowandSola! πŸ™‚

nowster
nowsterGraduate

"In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen." πŸ˜‰

And of course, the classic advert:

youtube.com/watch?v=GKRuG4o...

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to nowster

Yes, never write anything off! Though if it came down to talking with a heavy accent, I'd have that nailed πŸ˜‚

Sussex13
Sussex13Graduate

Well done, music is key to my running progress, it helps me so much! Keep going, you’ve got this now!

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to Sussex13

Thanks Sussex13! πŸ™‚

John_W
John_WAmbassador

Glad to hear the more vigorous warm-up helped - it *really* is important :-)

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to John_W

Yes it really does. Took me to week 8 to figure that out haha! Like my running, I got there eventually πŸ™‚

BradC
BradCGraduate

Brilliant! Keep it up😊

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to BradC

Thanks BradC πŸ™‚

I love your song choices!!! I was playing Sabbath and The Killers just before! Oh, and well done! πŸ‘πŸ‘

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to Maxi80

Thanks Maxi80! I hope you're getting on OK and yes, I think I'll start every warm-up walk with Ozzy from now on πŸ™‚

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to Pnegirl

Yeah, walked a good few miles around the racecourse before. β€˜Twas nice (and windy!)

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to Maxi80

That's good to hear. Yes, there's something to be said for these walks and runs blowing the cobwebs away. One second on the doorstep while locking the door and ping! I'm wide awake

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to Pnegirl

Definitely. I’m often disappointed when I have to go home! Waking in fresh air, little smile and a nod to people! Better than being at home staring into space lol

Excellent choice of Marc Bolan too πŸ‘Œ sad to say I remember that track and Paranoid from the first time round πŸ˜‚πŸ™„

I remember being amazed by T Rex when I saw them on β€˜Top of the Pops’ .

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ that’s showing my age too πŸ™„

Good music is timeless

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate in reply to RacingintheStreet

I've heard so many people say that about the first time they saw Marc Bolan on TV. He definitely broke the mould but music is definitely timeless! πŸ™‚

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate

Well done Pnegirl I’m sure all the tips and advice you’ve received on here will stay with you and see you through to graduation day and beyond. πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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