I've been doing ok and enjoying the programme but due to do the dreaded 20 minutes tomorrow - really not sure I can do it! Found run 2 this week (2 lots of 8 mins difficult towards the end!) Would be grateful for any tips!!
Week 5 Run 3 due tomorrow - yikes!: I've been... - Couch to 5K
You can do it. Yes you can. Don't listen to that niggling voice of doubt, just go out there, take it easy, don't count down the minutes (only 19 minutes to go, oh my gawd that's a long time, only 18, only 17, oh sh*t, 17 is twice as long as 8 and then a bit, only 16, oh my, does it ever get easier). Instead try to switch off as far as possible and just chill as you put one foot in front of the other. You can do it
Firstly, you can do this. You have laid the foundations and are more than capable. The doubts are in your head.
As has been said, take it nice and slowly. You are not in a race.
When I completed the 20 minutes I felt that breaking it into 5 minute mental segments helped. You know what running for 5 minutes feels like. It shouldnt surprise you.
Go to bed tonight telling yourself that you will do this. We all know that you will.
Good luck and I look forward to reading about your run
First of all congratulations for getting this far in the programme! 20 minutes does seem terrifying doesn't it - you're not the only one to feel intimidated! But the programme works and you really can do this! Like the others have said just take it as slow as you need to and then maybe a little slower and you will be fine! I'm looking forward to reading your success post in a day or 2!
Just take it nice and slow, I deliberately don't take a watch with me so I can't watch the clock and rely on Laura to keep me right. Just keep telling yourself you can do it and you will be fine. Good luck
Go slowly and deny yourself the possibility of stopping before Laura's say-so. You've got this far so your body absolutely *is* strong enough to do it. Tell your mind to back off every time it tries to get in the way. Legs on, grin on, fierce attitude on, mind off!
So, so worth it when you get home.