Week 5 R1

As a long term lurker i thought I should finally start to contribute to the forum.

I started the c25k mainly as a way to try to combat stress. My work is very pressured and I needed a release. Weight loss and fitness are secondary drivers.

I completed my w5 r1 this evening and found it challenging but easier than I thought it was going to be prior to setting off. Like most on here seem to I have half an eye on W5r3 and although I'm not dreading it i just can't believe I have the ability to achieve it. I am hoping I will be surprised, I do have faith in the programme it's got me this far after all but it just seems such a big step up.

One thing I noticed in W4 and again today is that the first 5 minute run I do seems to be the hardest, my legs feel heavy and my breathing is not great, I complete them then have the walk and then the next run seems to be a lot better. This confuses me a little as I would have assumed it would be the opposite and the more tired I get the harder it becomes. I'm guessing its something to do with getting into a rhythm. Any ideas?

Rest day tomorrow then R2 Tuesday. I will try to be less lurker more contributor as I move through the programme. Other people's posts on progress have proven a good source of motivation so maybe mine will also.


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  • I still find the first five mins the hardest. On the longer runs it definitely gets easier in the second half. I think it's just a case of getting fully warmed up and into a good rhythm. Don't worry about wk5 r3, just focus on keeping a steady pace and ease back a little if you have to. The sense of achievement you will feel afterwards is fantastic.

  • Hi Kungfoo... I've been a lurker too. You've coaxed me out! I too find the first run the hardest and by the last I'm finding I'm into a rhythm and actually enjoying myself. I'm on the last run of week 4 today .... not looking ahead at all but taking each week as it comes so pleased to see you're managing week 5. Well done!

  • I'm on W9 and I'm still finding the first 5 minutes the worst! Good luck with the rest of the week. You'll be amazed how well you do on ruun 3!!

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