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The lows and highs of week 6

What did week 6 have in store? I was a bit unsure of what to expect after the highs of W5R3 but I have seen a lot of posts on here about how difficult week 6 can be.

Life got in the way and was struggling to fit run 1 in my normal schedule and then a light bulb moment - I can do my run on the way to my errand and it just so happens that this is where my local parkrun is held so I can do a recce as well! In theory fantastic idea, really nice part of the shore, wide paths, fantastic views on a summers evening, the only problem was this was a driech Tuesday night and I just about froze. It took a really long time to get moving and generally huffed and puffed my way through it. Not a happy bunny. Week 6 is horrible!

Still run 2 would be better. Not really, for the first time since I started this programme I really felt like packing in after a couple of minutes, legs were like lead. Still I battered on and quite glad I did, bit surprised at the distance covered and even managed to zone out for a few minutes. Week 6 is getting better.

Then, of course we have run 3, expecting to do 23 minutes and discovered it was 25 (gulp) now it’s getting serious. Sounds a bit strange but found things a bit easier without the walking break, just as well no more of them now. Made it to the end then with those words you really want to hear “you are a runner now”. Week 6 might not be that bad after all.

Onwards and upwards, Happy Running everyone!

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Well done you for battling on. I've just finished week 6 too and like you thought I had to run for 22 mins and then discovered it was 25! Bit horrified but managed it and felt so chuffed to hear Laura say I was a runner. Keep up the good work!


I am also on week 6 - completed W6R2 today in the wind and rain - very hard going, couldn't believe that I would find ten minute intervals so difficult after last week's high. I'm so grateful for other people's posts about week 6, knowing that I wasn't the only one who is finding it a challenge kept me going. Even though it is hard going we haven't given up, we should be very proud of ourselves, who would have believed that in 6 weeks we would have progressed this far! We can make it x


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