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Why on earth was that so hard!?!

Last week I ran 5k on Sun/Tues/Thurs/Sat two days off and started Ju-Ju’s plan with a 2.5k run tonight.

Not sure if it’s all the chocolate I’ve consumed, the fact that it was evening instead of morning, or whether I just took it for granted it would be easy but I really struggled! 😩

My times show I was well behaved and went slow but the map shows that my heart rate was up for more of it than any of the 5Ks last week 🤔

I’ve got so much to learn!!

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Well, I think that is quite a lot of running when you have graduated so recently. Maybe need to consolidate a bit more and stick with 3 x 30 min runs/week for at least a couple of weeks before moving on. It's great to feel you're off the leash but if you push it too fast and don't stick to the 10% rule you run the risk of an injury. Don't mean to sound negative and put a damper on things but you've done the important stuff and made running a habit and you honestly have lots of time ahead. Good luck

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I’ve been doing x3 runs since October (apart from an injury blip and flu) so figured this was actually pulling back rather than consolidating!?!

Having been injured once I actually take things like 10% rule and rest days very seriously

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I always find I am much more sluggish of an evening than in the morning. The Easter eggs won't have helped, but mostly I think your body just puts on the brakes sometimes...and it's up to us to listen. It's most likely that your next run will be fine and it's just a blip, but if you start finding consecutive runs a struggle it may be time for a week off. I've learnt that one the hard way. Take it easy. ☺

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The body putting on the brakes is a great analogy Sandy! I had a crappy run last week when everything hurt from the first moment till I packed it in at 3k. Took the whole long weekend off and things seem back to normal now so I'm glad I listened and didn't push it last week.

BLEWI - Bad runs happen?

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But I want to be superwoman... 😩🤣

Think also I went out not really knowing what I wanted to achieve which didn’t help. I’d thought about doing some sprints and slow jogs but picked my favourite short route which actually happens to be hilly and I didn’t think sprinting up, or down a hill at this stage would be particularly wise 🤣

See I am trying to be sensible!!

I’m blaming the Easter Bunny 🐰for giving me too much chocolate and will take it slow on Thursday!!

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Glad to hear you're okay Lordi. Well done for looking after yourself. I think, mentally, it's often as difficult to stop running when we should, as it is to start.

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I've given up wondering why some runs are amazing and some are pants. I guess we are organic machines, not mechanical, and so subject to so many variations: food, sleep, biorhythms, stress, mood. Three lots of 5k in a row just might have triggered a digging in of heels from your body, even if it usually happily does the same - who knows. I do find it harder to run when I haven't eaten wisely, or during the day, or when my sleep has been disturbed (that's most nights at the moment). As several wise people said to me a long time ago (well, October I think), it's still Ks in the bank; it was what it was, put it behind you, next time will be better - it seems it always is :)

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I know how you feel,I started ju jus plan on Monday...I almost ended up walking half way through!! Must be a mental issue!!

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Didn’t you only just graduate?

Maybe take some time to enjoy running 30 minutes 3 times a week, smelling the flowers and having fun, before setting out in the next challenge. I hear your enthusiasm but consolidation is an important phase. There’s plenty of time after all😊🏃🏾‍♀️👍

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Booked in to do a 10k at the end of May!! I’m prepared to walk some of it but following Ju-Ju’s plan to prepare.

I may sound quite driven but I’m actually loving every moment of getting fitter, watching the magnolias bloom and listening to the birds while I run!

Just amazed at what I think should be easy feeling tough and the tough runs feeling great! Never knew how much running takes place in the mind (or how bad chocolate is for energy!!)

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You only graduated about a week ago, so would be better to consolidate 30 min runs x3 for a few weeks first, instead of doing 5ks, overtraining just a wee bit at the moment probably made your run feel hard, need to cut back! 😊

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