W5R3 - I did it!! (And can't quite believe it!)

Just got back from my W5R3 this morning, and I actually managed it! This was the run I was really dreading. Eight minutes straight to 20 minutes? Not a chance, I thought. I was considering just sticking with the W5R2 podcast for a couple more runs, but when I asked on here what other people thought I should do I got lots of encouragement to just go for it, bite the bullet, and move on to W5R3.

And that is what I did.

I think I managed it by starting off slowly - I mean really slowly. So slowly I was probably jogging backwards. But it worked, and I reached the end of the 20 minutes without being too knackered (in fact, five minutes later I caught myself thinking 'Oh, I think I could do that again,' shockhorror).

And I couldn't have done it without the community here. Without the support, encouragement and inspiration I found here I would have definitely chickened out of this run. But I haven't (thank you!), I'm still alive, so roll on week 6!


Featured Content

Join the NHS Couch to 5K community

Couch to 5K has been designed to get you off the couch and running 5km in just 9 weeks

Start today!

Featured by HealthUnlocked

4 Replies

  • Well done, we all knew you could do it!

  • Well done! You should never listen to that nagging little voice in your head, it's amazing what you can do :D I did laugh at running "so slowly I was probably jogging backwards", I think we all know the feeling! Really happy for you, and it's onwards and upwards from here.

  • Well done, brilliant achievement - W5R3 is a massive milestone to have reached and sounds like you nailed it! x

  • I think the W5R3 run is a great boost, once you've actually convinced yourself to go for it. I was scared to do it, but like you, everyone on here gave me the encouragement to go out and give it a go. The boost I got from completing it gave the the confidence to carry on. I wasn't scared of failing the 25 minute runs cos I'd done 20 so another 5 couldn't be so bad. It made me realise that with another few weeks training I actually will run for 30 minutes, something I'd never really thought I could do. Nor anyone else who knows me either! So well done and good luck for W6.

You may also like...