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W5D3 looked like Goliath but I turned out to be David!


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w5d3 has been staring me down for a while looking like a 20 foot tall frightening beast. I repeated w5d1 and d2 twice to build endurance. Tonight I went for it. I decided that the best way to slay the beast was to establish a conservative pace that maybe didn't get me two miles in distance but got me thru twenty minutes in time. End result, I did 1.8 miles in 20 minutes and slated Goliath on the clock. Didn't stop once in the 20 minutes and according to my meter kept a pretty consistent pace. My legs aren't shot. I feel pretty good physically tonight, mentally I feel very good about myself. I'm quickly going from a "never ran" to an "I can do this".

 

I'm staring week six in the eyes and for the first time since starting I don't feel intimidated.

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Soculese, congratulations! W5D3 is the biggest hurdle in the program, in my opinion. It was more daunting to finish that day (with no run close to that time), than it was to run the full 30 minutes and the 5K a few weeks later. You said it best, that's the step that takes you to "I can do this" and any run that comes my way with a little training. I'm set for my first 10K in three days, and I'm very excited about it. Six months ago, I never would have thought I could run for 54 seconds, nevermind 54 minutes, and I've done it twice this week in training. Keep up the good work!

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Oh no! I hope you recover quickly, but take your time getting back. The last thing you want to do is try to get back to quick, compensate for a sore ankle and injure something else. I just tweaked my knee this morning on my final training run before my first 10K on Thursday. I'm hoping I just need a day and a half of rest of be good to go!

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