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C25K: Week 5, Run 3!

Firstly, I'd just like to say that the accomplishment I felt when I finished the run was just unbelievable. Who would have thought that something as simple as running for 20 minutes could make someone feel so proud? I knew I would complete week 5 but I must admit, I didn't think it would feel that good when I had finished. I didn't find the run extremely difficult surprisingly, mainly because I was thinking about things that kept my mind off of what I was doing so that helped a lot.

My stamina was absolutely shocking before I started C25K and I can feel it gradually building so if you're worried about that - just stick at it!

Bring on week 6!

On another note, I've recently noticed my upper back has been aching but I'm not sure if this is to do with running. It doesn't seem to be getting better and that's around 3 days I've had it for so I think I'll see to that tomorrow.

Thanks for reading. :)

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Well done, I know exactly how you feel - I was blown away at finishing that 20 minute run, so much so that I didn't want to go back to shorter runs in W6. However, I kept the faith and followed the plan and am so glad I did - now on W8 and loving it.


Well done! It does make you feel great.

I get really stiff shoulders when I'm running, I've a terrible habit of hunching (I do it when I'm not running too) and carry a lot of tension. I find some yoga stretches really help and a nice hot bath. But do see a GP if the pain doesn't go away.


Congrats, I have my week 5 run 3 tomorrow.


Well done, it certainly is a fantastic achievement to complete w5r3, you should feel proud. Good luck with week 6 :-)


Well done - it's a great feeling, isn't it? The ache might possibly be tension - I caught sight of myself in a shop window early on in the programme and honestly, I looked as though I was pushing an invisible zimmer - I was hunched forward, fists clenched - not pretty :) One of the mental checks I do when I'm running is to think about posture and tension, and make a conscious effort to work out which bits are okay and which bits are tense. Having said all that, of course, it's a good idea to go and get it checked by your GP if it doesn't feel right. Enjoy the rest of the programme - you'll have that lovely badge soon!



Well done Paul. You're more than half way now.


Fantastic, Paul. So glad to hear it's still going well for you, and that you can feel a difference already. I've had patches of aches in my back, but had thought they were more to do with dozing awkwardly in the car (not when I was driving!) or from hunching over my laptop - but maybe it was connected to the running too. I'll have to watch out for whether I'm getting too tensed up too.


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