W6R3. Dark Night of the Soul Update! - Couch to 5K

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W6R3. Dark Night of the Soul Update!


Hi, All. I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who responded to my Dark Night of the Soul post on Friday. I was utterly despondent and fed up, having completely bailed out of my W6 run 3 when I was only 7 minutes in.

Your advice was so good that I actually found myself looking forward to having another go. I still gave myself the weekend off, stepped onto the treadmill this evening, and while I can't say I enjoyed it (I always have - and I think I always will - found exercise pretty tedious) I used many of your suggested techniques and was able to let my mind wander while I chugged towards my 25 minute goal. And wouldn't you know it, I got there with energy to spare and was even able to have a bit of a sprint (if you interpret the word very loosely!) for the last minute.

So thanks again for the great advice and the wonderful support. Week 7 here I come!

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Well done you beat the Gremlins.


Congratulations on completing run 3 of week 6 on the treadmill, you are now OFFICIALLY a RUNNER 🏃🏾 👍.


Well done 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 You’ve got this! Well be reading your graduation post in no time 😊


Great news, BTC! You picked yourself up and reached your goal. Very best wishes for w7.

Yay. You've totally got this, just gets easier and easier.

That is wonderful!!!


Well done.You say you find exercise tedious.............if running meant doing it only on a treadmill, then my low boredom threshold would have stopped me at W3. Have you tried running outdoors, with a constantly changing sensory backdrop, sunshine and fresh air........ ..it beats tedium.

BellaTheCookGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

I have run outdoors in the past, but there are several reasons I've chosen to use the treadmill this time. Firstly, I'm a shocker when it comes to using bad weather as an excuse not to go out. Secondly, the road I live on is single-track, unlit and is used as a short cut by speeding cars - it's okay to use in the summer, but it does mean stopping and stepping into the ditch when a car comes along, which can be 5 or 6 times in a 30 minute run . And if I use bad weather as an excuse, I would seriously use having to drive somewhere to run as an excuse!

So I figured if I can get into a good routine using the treadmill, then going out for a run could be an occasional treat.

Although, I'll not lie - I find running outdoors pretty tedious as well 😆.

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