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Week 5 Run 1 - A Bit of a Struggle To be Honest

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The snooze gremlins got me this morning. πŸ‘ΏπŸ’€ so it had to me a lunchbreak run.

It was cold, damp and misty out and I really didn't feel like it - energy levels were really low and I almost didn't go. This is the first time I haven't been enthusiastic about going for a run since I restarted c25k.

I kitted up and started my dynamic warmup routine. Then my boss rang me. By the time I finished the call, completed my warmup and faffed around a bit more it was much later than I'd intended.

It's run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 5 minutes today.

Oh my goodness!!! That second 5 minute run was so laboured and was actually slower than both my warmup and cooldown walk!!! πŸ₯΅

However, come the third and final run interval I felt better, and was almost easing into things by the time Denise Lewis told me to slow down to a walk.

By the time I got home I had just enough time to log back onto the laptop and open Zoom, before the start of my conference call. Thankfully I only had to listen to a presentation, so did my post-run stretches in front of the laptop - double checking to make sure my webcam was switched off. πŸ˜‚

The photos were taken last week - in much better weather - on a walk through a different part of the wood which has also been coppiced.

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I’m glad things perked up for you Birdlady64 in the third interval! It made me laugh re the stretches and checking the webcam - I can imagine that featuring on YouTube somewhere if not!

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Birdlady64Graduate in reply to dreamrun

Hmm - yes. I could be infamous!😱

Well done on your perseverance. πŸ‘πŸ‘

It would have been funny if someone had recorded you on zoom if you left the camera on πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™ŠπŸ˜ƒ

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Birdlady64Graduate in reply to

Thanks! Funny ha ha! I did triple check, especially before I did the ones that require me to lie on the floor with my knees up against my chest 🀣

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A bit of a struggle but you did it !Well done !

I often find if I don't get out at the time I had planned then it really seems to mess things up ! 😐

Are you sure your webcam was off while you did your stretches πŸ€”πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£

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Birdlady64Graduate in reply to Instructor57

Ha ha Ian! I really hope so as it wouldn’t have been pretty

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nowsterGraduate

Sadly, most of the Zoom calls I'm in I have to be visible. And I keep cutting it very fine with the run timings too.

My "really didn't like it" run in C25K was the W4R3 one in drizzle. In contrast, the W5R1 one was on a bright, fresh summer morning, and that really lifted my spirits.

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Birdlady64Graduate in reply to nowster

First time round it was mostly nice summer weather and I used to run after work so no time pressures.I don't really like running in my lunchbreak as I find it quite stressful

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nowsterGraduate in reply to Birdlady64

Agreed. Having to fit a run in within a narrow time window can be very stressful.

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RoxdogGraduate

Well done for sticking to your run day today, despite the delays. I expect the late start and lack of energy impacted a bit. But by the end your energy had returned, so that's great. Looks like a beautiful run too!

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Birdlady64Graduate in reply to Roxdog

Thanks Roxdog. I was actually starting to enjoy it by the end, which is definitely a good sign.

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skysue16Graduate

Pesky gremlins, they have been visiting me too 😠. And zoom meetings……yes probably a good idea to turn off the camera πŸ˜†. Lovely photo. We’ve had some lovely crispy, frosty mornings here in Somerset- love bright sunny winter days 😊

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Birdlady64Graduate in reply to skysue16

Bright cold still sunny days are my favourite kind of winter weather but we seem to mostly get damp grey murk and wind

Well done getting out there, I find January to February the hardest time to stay motivated. That first week 5 run does challenge your stamina I think - the 3 minute walk, while you need the recovery time, is also long enough to make starting the second run feel particularly hard work.

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