Couch to 5K

W7r1

Just couldn't do the run :-( my legs ached and it was stop start all the way through. Why is this happening? Anyone else had this set back? Any ideas would be welcome. I made myself stay on the treadmill for an hour because I was so disappointed with myself :-(

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Sorry to hear about your setback. I wouldn't worry too much. I know when I used to go to the gym many moons ago, I used to have 'off' days where I just struggled with everything I did. It's normal :) I would take another days rest and try again. If you still struggle then how about re-doing w6r3 again just to give your confidence a boost ;)

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Thanks for the message :-) I will get my head down and hopefully smash the next run :-) I guess bad days are to be expected, and we must overcome them and carry on! :-)

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Exactly ;)

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Thank you so much! I will put this behind me and crack on with the next run :-) hopefully I'll crack it! :-) x

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As above, put it down to a bad day. After managing the move up to 20mins without a problem I'd thought the 25min runs would be easy enough. They weren't, and W7R2 was especially nasty. But it's got better! Keep at it and you'll be fine.

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Thank you for your message, hopefully the next tun will be better! :-)

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Sorry you've had a setback with the first run of week 7. Sometimes this sort of thing happens and we don't know why - there is no rhyme or reason to it. I had similar problems after I graduated and I had a few days rest, changed my route, changed my music then went out and had a really fantastic run. I don't think that making yourself stay on the treadmill for an hour as a result of disappointment is a good idea though - it's almost like you are punishing yourself and is likely to make you even more demoralised, not to mention putting yourself at risk of injury. An extra day's rest (or even two) might help as your legs will come back a bit fresher. I'd put this run behind you, chalk it up to experience and then move on to R2. I'm sure you will find it goes a lot better. Good luck and best wishes.

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Thanks so much for the excellent advice! I shall of what you suggest and hopefully will smash run 2 :-)

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Hey Nat. :-) Please don't feel disappointed with yourself: if you read the terms and conditions, you'll find that isn't allowed here! :-P Seriously though, don't feel bad. You will have a really brilliant run one day and the next may be a 'bad' one but they happen to us all. I had a particularly off run this morning too; (W7R1 also) it wasn't easy at all. It's easy to panic and think all subsequent runs will be shocking, but they never are. Put this run behind you, don't worry about it and get ready to breeze through run two! :-) x

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Thank you so much - I love your sense of humour - just like mine! :-) I will go onwards and upwards and hopefully find the next run that much better :-) Thanks again....very helpful and supportive :-D

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Not a problem at all; hope you're feeling more positive today! :-) And thank you; not many do get my sense of humour but quite a few good folk here seem to! :-)

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I have bad runs all the time. But a bad run is better than no run. I've just been out with my super-fit friend and I was way behind her, tried to keep up and then just power-walked. But hey, at least it was better than being sat on the sofa. I still did 5.5 km. Whatever you've done, whether its just 1 km or 10 km it's better than nothing.

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You are spot on, at least I'm not sofa surfing! I will put it down to a bad day and get on out there and conquer the next one :-) Thanks for the helpful advice, much appreciated. Good for you on the 5.5k too, anything IS better than nothing :-)

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I've just done W7R2 this evening and found it much harder going than the last few runs. I guess at this point the challenge is keeping up the stamina of doing lots of longer runs in a row. I'm sure we'll all do better on our next runs.

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Thank you so much Karlotta - yes, we will smash our next runs and these set backs will be a thing of the past! Good luck for W7R3, you will be AMAZING :-)

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My first attempt at week7r1 was awful I got amost half way through and I just wasn't into it and stopped. Some times I think we just have bad runs. Don't be discouraged, I got back out there and will be starting week 8 tomorrow (hopefully)

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Don't let this run get you down, I only just made it too. But what the others have said is true : this was just an off day. You know you can do this, because you did it last week, and you will be fine next time. Don't punish yourself; be proud for getting here, and remember, we will always be here to cheer you on. :)

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Totally agree, it's just one of those days! I will pit it behind me and forge on to W7R2 on Wednesday and hopefully, this time I will do it :-) Thanks so much for you helpful words and encouragement. This time 7 weeks ago I struggled to run for 1 minute, let alone 25!! :-)

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