How can my time get worse??

I'm only in week 2 run 1 and i took my phone on mapmyrun to see how far I ran. There was I thinking I was doing well as just running for a minute in week 1 was a minute more then i've run for years! However, tonight, i thought I'd done really well as I ran for 90 seconds (I know for those in week 9 that seems easy!) but my phone told me i'd run less distance than in week 1. Gutted!! will try to improve next time.

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  • My advice for when you are just starting out is, "Don't sweat the detail!" It really doesn't matter about speed or distance at the moment, that can come any time and some people don't start speeding up until they have completed the 9 weeks - I know I didn't. Just concentrate on getting out there and running for the required amount of minutes. Speed and distance will come. Most of all try to enjoy it. You have taken a big step to start running. Enjoy and good luck.


  • As above, it is too soon to start worrying about speed and distance. Concentrate on just completing the run. It is too easy to get bogged down in the detail, just enjoy the run.

    You will have good days and some not so good. But you will improve.

    Happy running :-)

  • Personally I'd recommend ditching mapmyrun for the time being. The first few weeks are about getting your body used to this unaccustomed new exercise and you should allow yourself the wonderful glow of achievement knowing that this week you can run for 90 seconds when last week you thought 60 would kill you. Next week your stamina will be better again and so on through the weeks. I found that I had to sacrifice speed in order to keep going for the required length of time, but am gradually starting to pick up the pace again. If you don't look at mapmyrun again until week four or five you'll see an improvement, in the meantime get used to your own ideal pace and learning to get into a rhythm.

  • You ran for more time. And although it is called Couch to 5K the plan is to get you running for 30 minutes which may or may not relate to 5k by the end of Week 9.

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