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W5R1 - gosh that was unexpectedly tough!

Morning runner-folk!

I got up earlyish and did my 5k run of week 5 of JuJu’s plan. Even at 7:45 when I left, it was just waaaaay too hot. I did the run, but I was slow and my legs felt like lead. The toxic 10 lasted the whole run.

But - a run is a run, and another 5k in the bank. Surely though, if I can easily do 5k now, why was that run anything but easy? I could understand it if I’d been pushing the pace, but I was way slower than my last run.

No matter, it won’t stop me, I’m putting it down to the heat, and the fact that I had a restless night. It’s all good :)

Happy runnering folks!

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pinkaardvark profile image

You really need to be out before 6am ideally just after 5 at the moment then it is 12-13c. I left at 6:45 today and it was baking.

in reply to pinkaardvark

Yes in an ideal world 😂I was tired today, which is probably part of it. The heatwave can’t last forever, can it??!

Abaggs profile image

It's bonkers that the short runs can be harder and every run is so different! I guess there are so many factors that can affect the run.

Well done though. I got out same time to do 7k of week 3,wasn't sure I'd manage it, but slow and steady was my mantra on repeat!!😊

Onwards and upwards!👍

in reply to Abaggs

I know, right?! I’ve learned enough now that it doesn’t mean I’m a bad runner. As you say, onwards and upwards :) I’m not looking forward to 8 or 9 k on Friday if it’s still this warm :/

ju-ju- profile image

Well done for getting out, yes this heat makes any type of run hard, and some runs are just that.... hard!! You did tho, the next one will be better 😎

in reply to ju-ju-

Thanks JuJu, yes, it’s just too hot isn’t it? But you’re right, I did it, and given the heat and my tiredness, I’ll take that as a win :D

Ripcurlrana71 profile image

I’ve found the shorter runs after the long run harder too but more because of the heat. Have to agree with pinkaardvark to get out as early as poss even though 5am is crazy - no choice atm.

Well done for getting out and getting it done! 💪🏼

in reply to Ripcurlrana71

I have to get up at 6 for work, and they a long days with a long commute. Even getting up at 5:30 to fit in a run before tires me out, and I struggle to concentrate at work. Never mind, it’s probably going to be winter very soon 😂

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Ripcurlrana71Graduate10 in reply to

Hope so too!!! 😬

Sadie-runs profile image

It’s the heat, Neil, trust me! Though if your legs were a bit leaden, maybe not enough water yesterday? I drank GALLONS (it felt like) yesterday, and my legs were not heavy at all today (though breathing a bit harder cos of the heat). I got out at 6am today, and by 6:45 the heat was too much.

But you got a run done, and hard or not, that’s power to your legs! Well done buddy, so nice to see you out running again! Don’t dwell on how hard it was, it means nothing. I had a terribly hard 5k a couple of weeks ago for no reason I could account for. Meh!

Now relax. 😁 We are SO doing this 10k training malarkey!

Sadie-runs xxx

in reply to Sadie-runs

Thanks dear Sadie, yes we are doing it! I thought I was reasonably hydrated yesterday and this morning, but it was very hot. I perhaps could have drunk more than I did. It’s ok though, I’ll get there eventually!

It’s not like the British weather not to rain for so long. There are now two moorland fires, one on Saddleworth more near where I live and one on Winter Hill bear where I work. It’s insane. Just a bit of rain would be lovely!

Hope you have a good day :)

Mummycav profile image
MummycavModerator in reply to Sadie-runs

You two are my flipping heros...I’m following in your steps!!

GoGo_JoJo profile image

You did it 👍 but the heat wreaks havoc on you, it really does. I'm currently recovering from too much activity in the sun yesterday and can definitely say this heat can mess with you in more ways than one!! Take care out there 🤗

in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Gosh I hope you are recovering ok. You’re so right, the heat is brutal at the moment. I took my girls to the local church fête yesterday, I put sun cream on us all, but apparently missed a couple of bits, I know have very red ankles today 😂

GoGo_JoJo profile image
GoGo_JoJoGraduate10 in reply to

I didn't burn or dehydrate, just exhaustion with nausea, stomach pains and temperature. Dioralyte to replenish electrolytes and cooling compresses did the trick but I did feel awful. Today should have been a run day but it won't be happening. A definate rest day needed.

Get some aloe on your burns. We often forget our feet!👍😉

Mummycav profile image

Hey Hidden .... remember when you completed the dreaded W5R3 of C25k??? I don’t know about you but I thought I was invincible & that W6 would be a breeze, how wrong was I? I was surprised when week 6 turned out to be harder!!! Some runs are just like that Neil, you know that now...but the main thing is that you did it...you nailed it just like you’re nailing this 10k programme...the heat, the day, the sleep, the head, the mood...all of these things add up to the kind of run we have.....W5 R2 up next...can you believe it? You’re amazing!!

in reply to Mummycav

I remember it well... I was so surprised when I did it. Really surprised. Yup, some runs which should be dead easy are really hard. I can’t see any rhyme or reason for it.

You know what’s scary, coming up for me is W5R3 again, only this one is 8km!!

Mummycav profile image
MummycavModerator in reply to

Ha ha...who’d have thought it eh??? You’ll be fine Hidden ...we all know you can do it...💪🏻🏃‍♂️

in reply to Mummycav

Well Ive already done one 8k run, and I loved that, so I’m trying to think positive!! Thank you for your confidence in me lol

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MummycavModerator in reply to

I’m banking on you paving the way for me Neil!!! 😉

Lorijay profile image

Well done Neil. I too found my run this morning very difficult but hey we did it and in the heat so good on us. Another run in the legs bank. Have a great day :) :)

in reply to Lorijay

Legs bank... that made me laugh! Thank you, yes, we did it. Well done you too :)

You must have been boiling! I hope you had water and ice in abundance waiting for you afterwards!

in reply to Tjar

It was a tad warm by the time I returned, I did drink rather a lot of water when I returned 😂

Tjar profile image
Tjar in reply to

I’m all for ice (in all varieties) when it’s hot!

Empem profile image

Having had a four day break , I'm taking the early start posts and experiences in seriously, so thanks for the warning.I will do my wk 2 6k tomorrow crack-of.Drinking water drinking water....hope I can do it....

in reply to Empem

Good plan! Breaks are good, unless they are in your bones. Not so good then. I gather drinking lots of water the day before is good, though I have to say I don’t want to be chained to the loo the whole day 😁

GoGo_JoJo profile image
GoGo_JoJoGraduate10 in reply to

Once your body becomes used to a higher intake of fluid the loo stops go back to usual. (Bear in mind that only one or two stops during a work day is really bad for you)


in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Oh trust me, I have WAY more loo stops than that ;) Still we get paid even when in the bathroom, right? ;)

GoGo_JoJo profile image
GoGo_JoJoGraduate10 in reply to

Who knows!? I'm on a daily rate... I try to finish as early as I can manage!! 🤣🤣🤣

in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Lol how on earth did we get on this topic?! Definitely time to change the subject!!

Empem profile image
EmpemGraduate10 in reply to

Haha....it used to be fag breaks...being paid for fag breaks..all those years ago!

in reply to Empem

Nanny state lol!

GoGo_JoJo profile image
GoGo_JoJoGraduate10 in reply to Empem

Funny you should mention that... I am constantly amazed how many are still in the smoke sheds, both young and old!! 🤔

Empem profile image
EmpemGraduate10 in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Is that right? Interesting

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