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Still mind over matter

Sybilw profile image

Second time round I’ve been saying how much I’m enjoying this. Not so much today W5R3 😆. I knew I COULD do it (certainly didn’t trust myself last time - although of course I did) but seemed to concentrate more on the niggles. Tummy rumbling before I left. Extra half glass of wine last night (get me pushing the boat out to one and a half). Thinking I could just walk a bit 🤷‍♀️. However dear friends I just kept going. That’s all this plan is about after all. Did I enjoy it. Not really to be honest but as before it’s a great step forward.


No walking.

No stopping.


How amazing is that?!

23 Replies
Dexy5 profile image

Brilliant Sybilw. How scared we were of this run back in the day. Ticking the box is the main thing at the moment and you did just that. ✅

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SybilwGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Thank you. Exactly!! 20 min?! Me?! Not a chance!! It’s definitely a mental challenge just as much as physical.

davelinks profile image

Well done!I did w5r3 yesterday with Slinky, for the third time on c25k, had to percivere, it's never easy but think we knew what was to come.. So, slow n steady...

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SybilwGraduate in reply to davelinks

Forewarned is forearmed. It’s also faster than the sofa. Well done you too - all is possible (even at our age!)

It is amazing Sybil, even when we know we can do it, we still have to do it! Well done 💪🏃‍♀️

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SybilwGraduate in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Thank you. Can’t say it was fun but this time it wasn’t scary!

Vespina profile image

That is wonderful - go you!

Sometimes I find I enjoy the run when I’ve finished more than when I’m out there (I wonder how my posts on here would sound if I could write them as I’m running). On my last run, I needed to go onto the trails to distract myself enough to get in the zone. Otherwise I am diagnosis-central (“my leg feels weird”, “I’m hungry”, “I don’t like these socks”). So I definitely know how that feels.

Sometimes it’s the challenging ones that are more of an achievement. You did it and should feel super proud. And that run is a big milestone to hit too. Onwards and upwards. You’ve got this.

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SybilwGraduate in reply to Vespina

Thank you. I use podcasts to distract me. No Such Thing As a Fish is my favourite. Funny and sometimes a bit rude so I’m lucky I don’t meet many people - a giggling runner is a disturbing thing. 😂

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VespinaGraduate in reply to Sybilw

A giggling runner sounds like the perfect thing.

It really is amazing what we set our minds to

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SybilwGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

Absolutely. You’re a good example of that!

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WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Sybilw

Thank you 😊

Brixcos profile image

Awesome achievement! I'm looking forward (!) to my W5R3 tomorrow so your post was very timely. Now go celebrate but not with too much wine 🤣

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SybilwGraduate in reply to Brixcos

Good luck but just start with the belief you CAN do it. It’s very much a mental challenge from now on. Let me know!

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BrixcosGraduate in reply to Sybilw

I will definitely report back tomorrow 😊

Frenc profile image

That’s a cracking run you just did - I love how you just powered through it! Such a landmark run, well done 😊.

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SybilwGraduate in reply to Frenc

Thank you. It’s all a mental challenge now - you just have to choose to keep going!

Trainers2022 profile image

Hi there, wow 20 mins without stopping, I’m impressed, what an achievement 😀. Keep up the good work👍

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SybilwGraduate in reply to Trainers2022

It looks a real challenge but in fact if you trust the plan you can definitely do it. It’s just your mind on the way!

Newbie59 profile image

Well done! I'm the same age as you and trying to get back into running. I dream of running for 20 minutes non stop 😂

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SybilwGraduate in reply to Newbie59

I originally did this in 2018 but stopped for no apparent reason. We can both do it again. Go 👵🏻

KayBee1000 profile image

Well done, Sybilw - I remember the trepidation of this run when I did C25k first time around (I'm also a restarter).

And you're so right about how your brain tries to tell you all the things that feel 'wrong' on the way to the end - my sock feels weird, I'm tired, do I need the loo? 🤣

There's such a feeling of satisfaction when you realise you can run 20 mins without stopping - many congratulations!!!

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SybilwGraduate in reply to KayBee1000

This is my second reply to you - don’t know where I sent the first one 🤷‍♀️😆. Anyway - thank you. This time you can relax and trust the program. Hope you’re brush with Covid doesn’t hinder you. I had a very mild case recently with only 2 days of symptoms and indeed I started running again as soon as I tested negative. Good luck with your re-do.

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