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week 5, run 3 - no point, I can't do it.

today was my nemesis day, no way can I run for 20 mins, so might as well not bother, give up now! find something else to do, go shopping, enjoy your day off, whats the point? all these thoughts are terrible demons to me, I have them every time, is it just me?

then I thought, well go and see how long you can run, try and do 10 mins, thats longer than I have ever done. Get on the treadmill and start, just going to keep going, but no way can I run for 20. Started on the run and guess what? Laura left me again, my podcast ground to a halt, so I was all alone. I had looked at the time on the treadmill so thought, well I'll just keep at it and see. All the thoughts about trusting Laura, and pacing myself, listening to her and feeling good were gone. Was thinking about why I'm doing this, how lovely the sun was outside and looking forward to my break in a few weeks, when suddenly I realised, I had run for 20 mins! my word, can't believe it! well, if I can do it anyone can. 4 years ago this month I broke my leg, I couldn't even walk for 8 weeks, so it's done! just need to work out how to stop myself from talking myself out of it, and also try downloading the podcast onto something else, as my phone doesn't play properly! good luck to all those coming up to it!

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It's not just you!!! I did the 20 mins about 3 weeks ago, then convinced myself it was a fluke and I'd never do it again. Since then I've done 25, 28, 30 and 40 mins without stopping.... I'm beginning to believe that I can do it again, but the mental challenge is often huge. You have responded to that challenge with just the right attitude - 'well, let's give it a go and see where we get to' - and now look at you!! Well done and keep going!

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well done you! & to do it without the safety of laura ~ double well done :)

perhaps now you can believe in yourself & start shouting back at those demons.

you did brilliantly :)

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That's fantastic - all you need to remember now is that you've done it and you can do it again, and when you do it again, just think well now I can do a little bit longer. That's how I approach it anyway - well done!!! :)

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I did w5r1 today and seem to remember Laura saying that this is the week when it becomes a mental as well as a physical exercise now. Thanks for the encouragement about w5r3. I didn't mean to look ahead, but r3 does look daunting. Really hoping I'll be able to make it too.

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you will beckipeg you will :)

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I've just come back fro running w5r3.

Honestly didnt think i would do it, especially after about 3 minutes!

But after watching the wonderful john bishop last night, I kept thinking one foot in front of the other, keep going!

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agree with the mental battle, it's tough, i'm obsessing during running but find a way to distract yourself, keep going stay with it, I've done 25 mins today and it's just amazing, don't listen to your conscious self trust the part of you that isn't talking :)

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Well done on your achievement. :) I too had a few technical issues wtih Laura and my phone....fixed it by deleting them out of iTunes and off my phone and then downloading them again...seemed to have worked.

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Well done! That's a fantastic achievement, running your first 20 minute run and without Laura! Just trust yourself and let your legs do the running. Pretty soon you'll be shopping or enjoying a day off and thinking 'i could be running right now...'!

Well done, good luck for next week and keep running!

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Well done!! 20 mins! Wooo!!

I cant wait to try out r3, im so annoyed at myself for catching a cold and am actually dissapointed that i cant run tomorrow (may of caught the running bug).

Don't listen to the demons, now you've done this run, you have proved them wrong =D

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thanks kitycat, know you won't be far behind me! going to the lake district for a few days soon, so think you may be able to overtake me as it looks very hilly! might have a few days off myself then

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rest days are important and 2 or 3 wont do you any harm imo.

well done on w5r3 it is as all the others say now more mental than physical

one foot in front of the other.......

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