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C25K Week 4 Run 1 - close but no cigar :-(

I am not going to call it a failure because quite frankly I did much better than I was expecting to and that in itself is an acheivement.

First 3 minute run - completed

First 5 minute run - completed, and I felt very amazed and pleased with myself at this point

Second 3 minute run - completed

Second 5 minute run - in progress!

I managed 2 1/2 mins of the 5 but could go on no longer and I was really, really trying both mentally and physically to keep going. Started to walk again and then jogged the final minute so all in all did 3 1/2 mins of the 5. I'm still pretty proud of that. I never, ever thought I'd be able to do 5 minutes of running, but I did.

And in my defence I was running into rain and a headwind on my second 3 and 5 minute runs. Now to you hardy runners that may seem like a pathetic excuse, but to us couch potatoes who believe that if you are going to exercise it should only be done in a mild climate with no inclement weather, that was quite a big thing to contend with. I'm hoping Wednesday will provide better conditions.....won't hold my breath though!

So there you have it. I tried, I (almost) succeeded, I'm still feeling chuffed and am now looking forward to a hot cup of coffee and a nice hot shower too (after I've made the bolognese sauce ready for dinner tonight).

Good luck to all you other runners out there, love reading all your triumphs, trials, tribulations and tantrums :-)

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Id say you did it! Have a go at the second run in a day or two. We all have moments where we hit the wall and we bounce back. Relish your success and your bolognese.....yum, I could just eat that :-)


You kept going and didn't give up - that's what counts. Totally agree about the wind and rain though. My first run without a strong side wind whipping off the fields was a pleasant surprise.


I hate running into wind and rain :( So a huge WELL DONE on keeping going as far as you could, and for picking it up and running again in the second 5 minutes. :)


Like everyone else, I'd agree that wind and rain does make a difference. You did brilliantly, especially if you compare with what you could do a month ago. :) Keep up the good work!


No fails here! :-) Well done for facing the weather head-on and running! I bet after a nice rest and better weather, you will ace the next run! I struggled each and every run through the program so I understand what you mean by still being very proud of yourself even if you didn't finish. You should be very proud of yourself and what you have achieved so far! Gayle


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