Not happy- w7r1 fail

I did something different tonight I went to a 24 hour gym for a free workout at the invitation of my sister. I thought I'd do my first w7 run which I was really excited about as I've been going well with the programme to date. It didn't start well as I was late for my sister I actually had a phone in one ear to somebody in the UK (we are in oz) a phone in the other ear to somebody in Africa ( I was trying to fix an asda home delivery fail for UK grandparent believe it or not) two toddlers dive bombing me by leaping off my bed and onto my back and my sister impatiently honking her horn outside.

I eventually made it to the gym and whilst I was looking forward to the run I was put off by the combo of TV news and radio blasting my ears and hadnt brought headphones. However I climbed on the treadmill and started off but within the first 7 mins of the 25 min run I'd realised that it wasn't going to happen. Couldn't get a rhythm, breathing all over the joint, very distracted by activities around me and treadmill felt like it was made of concrete underfoot. Got very uncomfortable and stopped!! I've NEVER stopped. I can't believe now I did and feel a bit shell shocked at how wrong it all felt today. Not sure now whether to head out in the morning or not. I won't be going to a gym again. I concluded that I like the solitariness of jogging on my own, outside in the open. I should add that in light of this weeks tragic aviation events I realise this is a non issue but it has put a bit of a dampener on my running mojo.

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  • I know ! I went on a treadmill while I was on holiday in May , never again ! It was awfull I hated every minute . Bet you will sail through when you do it outside . Good luck

  • Thanks for ghe support rockette!

  • Hello :) Sorry to hear that you've had a rubbish experience, but you should be proud that you've made it this far through the programme without not completing a run, you're really near the end now :)

    I can see you'll feel really disappointed (I too have just stopped running mid-run for the first time) but the comforting thing for you is that you know it was the change in environment that caused you to find the run so difficult. I've seen so many posts on here about people changing from running outside to treadmills (or vice versa), it is a really different experience and is quite likely to knock you off your stride. Other people find that running wearing something different or at a different time of day can throw them off too, it's really normal.

    I think you should go easy on yourself, go out tomorrow if you feel like it, and go and prove to yourself that you can do it :) I'm sure you can.

  • HI Emkeenan, thanks for those nice words. I have run on treadmills before - I have one at home but have being doing more runs outside as I've progressed through the programme - I think I enjoy it more. It was definitely the environment though, and having a stress day beforehand I think. Anyhow good news is that I tried again today and nailed it! Feeling very pleased with myself again - but I realise now having had one rubbish run that I need to be a bit more realistic about good days and bad days!! Cheers

  • I understand about the treadmill thing, I went on a treadmill during my holiday (during attempt 2 of c25k) and I just couldn't do it (funny enough it was also week 7) I think i was running way too fast on it, plus it was in a hot gym. Once you get back out there you will be ok don't let it take away your mojo!

  • Thanks Vixchile - yes I did do it today and completed the run - felt strong again at the end so clearly I was having a bad day yesterday and I think I just don't like to be in the the intense environment that you find in a gym. I'm obviously a fragile runner still and need all the stars to be aligned before I set off!! Mojo back anyway! Thanks for your response.

  • I don't count those as fails. I didn't complete w5r3 the first time, but instead of viewing it as a failure, I see it as a success that I got out the door and put in a few kilometers. Even putting in a few minutes of a cruddy run is better time spent than no running, which was my life a few short weeks ago. It's all good for you - they don't have to all be 100%.

  • Hi RWD - its true how far you come on this programme in a few weeks. That was probably part of my disappointment - elation that I have actually been "running" and disappointment when I couldn't do it that perhaps it was all a fluke. However I ran today and felt strong. I like your philosophy that a cruddy run is better than not running. Thanks for responding. cheers

  • I GUESS YOU'RE IN ADELAIDE FROM YOU NAME! FROM WHAT I REMEMBER IT'S NICE & COOL IN THE HILLS UNLIKE THE CITY WHERE IT WAS 47 DEGREES & 43 IN THE SHADE. WAY TO MUCH FOR A POM! , WE DID SOME GENTLE HIKING UP THERE, THEN WENT TO STAY AT WARRAWONG. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. I TEND TO DO 'POWER' WALKS (HATE THAT NAME) AS MY BALANCE IS SO CR*P.

    I ALSO TRIED SOMETHING CALLED SCOUT'S PACE WHERE YOU RUN A CERTAIN NUMBER OF STEPS THEN WALK THE SAME NUMBER OF STEPS THEN GO BACK TO RUNNING. IT BUILDS UP STAMINA, YOU CAN ALWAYS ADD MORE & MORE STEPS . I DON'T WOBBLE AS MUCH DOING THAT & IT'S LESS KNACKERING.

    WELL DONE FOR WHAT YOU'VE ACHIEVED SOFAR.

  • Hi zeblet. Your walks sound interesting! Im inPerth not Adelaide but have friends there so know about their shocking heatwaves.though the area is beautiful and especially good for wine!! Thanks for your support. Got through the run today withno problems!! Cheers

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