Wk9 R1 2nd attempt, and I nailed it!!!!

Thank you so much everyone who encouraged and supported me over the last few days following my unsuccessful attempt at this run a few days ago: and I've taken note that the F word (fail) is banned on this site :-)

I plotted out a new route, around areas and mental distance markers that I am familiar with but where I never run and I have to say it made a big difference. I did forget about the flight of stairs I would have to run up and 2 busy junctions I would have to cross (and one of these was so busy I had to stop and then walk behind group of pram pushing mothers for ten seconds) but I did it and that's what counts. Surprisingly I found it far harder than the 28 minute runs and really struggled in the 15 to 25 minute sections but I was mentally strong enough to push on and made it to the end.

What I couldn't do was go straight into the walk at the end and instead I held onto a tree and prayed I was not about to have a heart attack or a lung collapse, but 30 seconds later I was fine and could walk, though not that briskly.

It wasn't the prettiest of runs and I missed my target of 5k in 30 minutes by an annoyingly small distance of just 240m, but I will nail that double objective by the end of the week - 5k in 30m. Its doable, though not sure my throbbing thighs and buns agree with that right now.

Again, thank you everyone for supporting me the other day, I needed that boost to get me back on track and confident in myself again.

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  • Wow that's pretty fast running for my w9 r1 on Monday I only covered the 5 k by adding on 15 mins of warm up and cool down to the 30 mins running. And the beauty of treadmills is you can cling on and keep walking which is certainly what I did directly after the running. Phew.

  • I knew you would be fine!! Its amazing how everyone here just gets behind you and "virtually" helps you push that bit harder and get to your target isnt it? I seem to struggle around 20 mins too, though thats a guess as I dont want to look at my watch and know how much I still have to do.....! I think our recovery rate is so much improved too from those first weeks when the walks didnt seem long enough to recover and now you are ok after 30 secs.

    You will get your 5K by R3 easily as you are so close to it.

    I am out on W9R2 tonight so see you at the finish line at the end of the week! It would be good to know how many are graduating this week as it seems like loads...... Good luck!

  • Great stuff well done Pat :-)

  • That is great well done! I like the idea of changing your route - I'm about to start Wk 8 so I might try that. Good luck for your next few runs - not that you need it, sounds like you've nailed it!

  • Well done Pat!! Yeeeeah! I knew you could do it! Congratulations on a great run-who cares about the 5K? I never know whether I have or haven't, just keep on running and doing what Laura says to do and when she stays you can slow down now I do and when she says start the warm down walk I do. Main thing is you kept running in the time given.

    I feel a shiny badge coming your way??

    John is going to be out of his mind this week-I Graduate tomorrow to, yipee!

    Don't forget to write John a message to get the said badge :-)

  • Well done Pat!! Yeeeeah! I knew you could do it! Congratulations on a great run-who cares about the 5K? I never know whether I have or haven't, just keep on running and doing what Laura says to do and when she stays you can slow down now I do and when she says start the warm down walk I do. Main thing is you kept running in the time given.

    I feel a shiny badge coming your way??

    John is going to be out of his mind this week-I Graduate tomorrow to, yipee!

    Don't forget to write John a message to get the said badge :-)

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