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And that’s week 8 complete

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Well yet again I can’t say it was easy. I’d love to be telling you all that at this point my body and legs are loving it, I feel motivated every time I run and I’m smashing my PB’s. But that’s just not true.

But once I get my butt out there, get over the first 5 minutes, then the next 5…. I feel better. My enjoyment increases, my legs find their pace right before I feel tired again. Start to think I’m not going to complete it, feel guilt that this might be the failure, until my mind throws out those thoughts and I have 5 minutes left, feeling like an old rusty steam train climbing through its last journey. Then Laura tells me it’s over! I feel elated. Within seconds my legs feel ok again. My mind starts saying “you could have run for longer.”

I get home feeling brilliant. Yet again. I’ve smashed it.

It’s such a weird journey. Onto week 9!

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AlMorr profile image

Yes you have smashed it, well done on completing week 8, only 3 more runs until you graduate, good luck for your graduation run.

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DavidnotarunnerGraduate in reply to AlMorr

Thank you so much! I can’t wait. 😊

Voldatort profile image

Week 8? David you certainly are a runner! Great stuff, look forward to hearing you've graduated next week.

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DavidnotarunnerGraduate in reply to Voldatort

Thank you. I’m looking forward to it. Only 3 runs left and I’ll be sitting among the graduates. I never thought I would get this far. 👍🏻

I’ve just finished W8R1 and I know exactly what you mean!! It’s a question of mind over matter now! Though I have to say, my partner has noticed hat I look stringer when running and when we’re out on walks, I’m much faster and stronger (in fact I’m keeping up pace with him). And the neighbours have noticed how my body shape has changed! These small things keep me going! Keep it up! I will be not far behind you!

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DavidnotarunnerGraduate in reply to BrazilianPotato

Me too. I’ve definitely lost inches around my stomach and my wife is surprised that when she says “shall we go for a walk?” I no longer make excuses! Although she has suggested that I shave off my beard so we can see how thin my face has got…. Yeah, not happening! Well done for your journey! It’s great that we are all in this together. 😊

Poppdog profile image

Good for you week 8 done push the negative gremlins out of your head YOU HAVE JUST COMPLETED week 8 🎉🎉🎉👏👏

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DavidnotarunnerGraduate in reply to Poppdog

Thank you Poppdog. I see you are doing well too. Well done on your progress. One more week for me, but I’ll keep up with the consolidation updates too. We got this! 😊👍🏻

MaCherie112 profile image

Omg you sound exactly like me!!! There’s so many people who fall in love with running before the end of the programme and are able to bang one out first thing in the morning - but not I - at least we’re not the only ones! Congrats on pushing through and showing up for yourself today! 🥳

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DavidnotarunnerGraduate in reply to MaCherie112

Hopefully I’ll learn to love it. In fact on my rest days I do miss it. Just haven’t got to the stage when I enjoy actually doing it yet. The euphoria comes afterwards. But certainly not during! Thank you and well done on your progress! 😊👍🏻🏁

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MaCherie112Graduate in reply to Davidnotarunner

Same here but someone said it may come during the consolidation runs so I’m looking forward to those! Thank you! Good luck on your next run!

Well done.

A great description of the Toxic Ten, which all runners have to overcome

Whoop whoop well done and I completely get it about the first 5 minutes why is that??!!! sending positive vibes you’ve got this 👍👍👍😃

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IannodaTruffeMentor in reply to Chillipeppers1

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Frenc profile image

Well done Davidnotarunner. I know just how you feel. Best of luck for graduation week! 😊

You will soon have to change your name to Davidisarunner, because you are one already 👏👏👏 Three more to go and you graduate. Congratulations 😀😀😀

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