Failed week 4 run 1 miserably :(

Absolutely gutted......

Gave up half way thru, feeling sick and have a massive stitch. My first failed run. So upset.


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  • There is no such thing as a "failed run". It is just a run that didn't go as expected.

    I felt ill on one of my runs recently and it turned out I hadn't left enough time for my breakfast to settle before I set out.

    You will do so much better next time. Cheer up.

  • Don't worry - we all have bad runs. There is no such thing as failing in C25K - you succeeded just by getting out the door, which is far more than most people do. You should be really proud of yourself for getting this far.

    Enjoy your rest day and then just give it another go later in the week. Try going a little slower and take deep breaths. Even if you struggle to complete it again, it really doesn't matter at all. It's only a run. Little by little if you keep putting your running shoes on and getting out the door, you'll increase your fitness and get there. There is no rush to complete the programme.

  • Op 2015. Don't worry just do it again until you do it. Deep breaths then relax your stomach. Slow down even if it's to a fast walk. If I can do it then anyone can. Good shoes and remember slow slow. Man can't eat a whole elephant but he can eat it in bits. It's the same for your running little improvements nice and slow you'll do it. Any failures are not failures just little set backs which just make you more determined. And at the end of the day it's not a race its supposed to be fun :)

  • Ok, so that's over and done with now. In the past. Forget about it. We all have 'horrible run' days but if you want to succeed at this you just have to try again. Have a glass of water half an hour before you set off to help prevent the stitch and then take the run sections REALLY slowly. Hopefully this setback will be forgotten soon. C'mon..... you are very nearly halfway...

  • There are good runs, and there are bad runs. There's never a "failed" run though. Sometimes things work and sometimes they don't. As henpen says, forget about it. Next time out, just start off a little more slowly.

    In a couple of weeks you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.

  • I agree we don't like to say failed as it has such a negative feeling to it. You had a bad run, we all have those. Next time out go slow and take it steady, you will get there.

  • There is never a 'failed' run. Your run was shorter than you planned, that's all, and you got a stitch. Well that is going to stop you running and there is not much you can do about a stitch.

    If I remember correctly, Laura tells us half-way through W4r1 that "it's round about now that some runners start experiencing a stitch" and then goes on to recommend a drink before running, and breathing deeply during the run. So, you're 100% on target, and proof that Laura knows what she is talking about.

    Follow Henpen90's advice - have some water before you run, go slowly and breathe deeply. Forget W4r1 and do W4r2 next time. You know more about W4 now, go slowly and I'm sure you'll be fine.

    Best wishes & chip-up, Op2015.

  • Don't sweat it. Most of us had to repeat runs, it comes with the territory. Did you change what/when you ate prior to your run? That can make you feel sick -either to much or too little. Also slow it right down - I always feel ill if I push too hard.

    Another trick I use after a bad run is to run one of my 'easy' routes. Skip the hills (unless you have a nice all downhill route), pick something scenic and go for it again. Sometimes the brain just needs a reset to remind you that you CAN do this.

    We're behind you all the way.

  • You didn't fail, you just didn't run as far as you intended. That happens to us all. You'll crack it next time, just take it slowly. x

  • I'm going to call these runs "very welcome running lessons" instead of a failures from now on! And I am NOT a positive little flower by any means but I am ridiculously clueless about running and have tons to learn and calling what I do out there a failure is neither fair nor accurate! :)

  • This is an old post, i graduated 2 months ago!! So yes these ARE welcome running lessons!! Haha

  • My favourite posts are the ones where people are seriously struggling setting out and they have Graduate badges! SUperb! Well done you!

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