Had a peek at week 3! Gulp!

I cannot possibly run for 3 minutes without stopping. Can I?

I did week 2 run 2 today and struggled a wee bit because I chose a route which involved too many hills! I then developed a stitch which seems to actually be a muscle pull. It's better this evening, but it was quite annoying at 630am!

I sometimes feel I'd like to try again the following day, but I've been sticking to rest days as instructed. Could I cycle instead on those days?

Kx

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  • Looking toward freaks you out I did it to but you will do it no probs trust me:)

  • Yes, you will do it as long as you follow the instructions. I decided not to look ahead each week as it can seem daunting and have kept to the same route at the minute (up to end of week 7).

    Good luck

  • Yes you can do it, take it from this 74 year old, do what Laura said take it slow and avoid hills at the moment, read a few of my old post about my pesky hill. Good luck with the rest of your journey . Pat

  • Week 3 has been my favourite so far. You'll do it :)

  • I also thought I wouldn't be able to do it - but I did and it got easier. If you are concerned you could always repeat week two and then go for week three. I think you'll be fine though. Good luck.

  • Of course you can do it. Think "YES I CAN" and keep saying that mantra for the whole 3 mins. Piece of cake!!

    Good luck!

  • I absolutely panicked about W3 - it was the first time I blogged here and I got so much support that to my surprise I was fine. It wasn't easy, but I did it! Partly because I knew people here were 'with' me on my run!

    Good luck, we're with you every step of the way.

  • Well done for keeping it up, and yes you can. You will find your head might be harder to convince than your body. If you got through the last run, you can probably do the next one. Trust Laura!

    As for the cycling, if you're finding you want to do something on the rest day, i'd say it wasn't a bad thing. just don't knacker yourself out. Keep it at an easy pace. Or if you fancied it, do something strength or flexibility based like the nhs strength and flex or yoga for example. Apparently strength training can help avoid injuries when running. (Dunno why recommending it, because I've not manged to drum up the discipline to do that on my rest days. But I'm sure it's a good idea!)

    Good luck. And keep going!

  • it feels like a really big jump to go from 90 seconds to 3 minutes and i dreaded it and didn't think i would manage it but did. don't panic about what's ahead - i think it's great that laura always tells you to just take it steady, don't push yourself too hard, and you'll definitely do it :)

  • You're at exactly the same stage as me! I was going to go out for w2.r3 this morning but slept in and it's too hot now, so this eveningit is. I cannot believe I will manage 3 mins next week either!! Mind you, last Saturday I didn't believe I would manage 90 secs either :-) I'm going to trust in the programme, blindly, and go for it!! Let me know how you get on :-)

  • "Slowly, slowly catchy monkey". You can do it, just don't rush at it. Have faith in yourself.

    I try to think about where I will be when the run ends, rather than how long, and that seems less daunting. If you start to tire, then just ease up, rather than give up. The satisfaction of completing it is fantastic, and more than worth it. :-)

  • Of course you can do it. No-one who has graduated from this programme is a superhuman right? :-) I felt like you and thought 3 minutes would be too hard (I'm training on "undulating" terrain for 2 out of 3 of my weekly runs) but I did it it this week. Best bet is, as others have mentioned, not to look further than your next run because looking at the programme ahead can seem daunting.

  • Apparently cycling is a good "cross training" exercise on days when we are not running- so I'm told anyway! The hardest transition for me was from 90 seconds to 3 minutes but I did it and the others haven't been as hard (3- 5 then 5-8 now facing 8- 20 which is daunting but somehow not as daunting as the one you are facing). You'll do it and you'll be justifiably proud of yourself.

  • Oh wow, everyone you're all so supportive and lovely!! Thank you so much for the reassuring replies. I guess I've just never seen myself as being able to achieve a proper level of fitness. I was always the podgy kid at school who got picked last, was universally despised by PE teachers ("could try harder") and thought my lungs were going to explode whenever I was forced to do cross country. I remember thinking when it seemed like all my friends were taking up running, "uh oh, they're all capable of running - I'm not even going to go there. I HATE RUNNING!" However, something changed in my head. I joined slimming world, lost a stone (2 more to go) and in january, a kind friend who is 60 and runs marathons, gently encouraged me to get started. As you can see it has taken me 5 months to actually get off the couch! Don't know what I'd do without all of you! Xxx

  • Hi Kreesh, Not sure it;s a good idea to look ahead because you will scare yourself (sounds like you already have!) If you trust the programme I'm sure you will pleasantly surprise yourself with what you can achieve! Good luck - you will do it fine! At the end of the dat it is all mind over matter.

  • Hi Kreesh. You can do it. I never thought that I could run for 60 seconds but I did. Trust in the programme as its not let us down so far. You can do it. Let us know how you do.

  • Oh wow, everyone you're all so supportive and lovely!! Thank you so much for the reassuring replies. I guess I've just never seen myself as being able to achieve a proper level of fitness. I was always the podgy kid at school who got picked last, was universally despised by PE teachers ("could try harder") and thought my lungs were going to explode whenever I was forced to do cross country. I remember thinking when it seemed like all my friends were taking up running, "uh oh, they're all capable of running - I'm not even going to go there. I HATE RUNNING!" However, something changed in my head. I joined slimming world, lost a stone (2 more to go) and in january, a kind friend who is 60 and runs marathons, gently encouraged me to get started. As you can see it has taken me 5 months to actually get off the couch! Don't know what I'd do without all of you! Xxx

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