Bit disappointed

Hi all

I have today completed wk 7 r 2 but i found this so much harder than the last 2 longer runs...almost as soon as i started to run my knees and calves felt tight...i managed to keep going and ran the whole 25 mins at a speed of 7.36 minutes per km but it just felt so tough...why would this be i had 2 rest days in between runs which is not out of the ordinary?


Featured Content

Join the NHS Couch to 5K community

Couch to 5K has been designed to get you off the couch and running 5km in just 9 weeks

Start today!

Featured by HealthUnlocked

5 Replies

  • There is probably no identifiable reason for it. It is truly just the case that some days are better than others. I found W6R2 to be hellish despite having a good rest, being well hydrated etc. etc.

    Try not to fret, just do as you have been doing, make sure you have a good warm up and W7R3 will more than likely be a whole lot better.

  • Thanks i will try and forget it and move on.

  • Everyone has good days and bad days. Write this one off to experience and move on. You may well find that the next run will seem a lot easier.

  • You shouldn't be worrying about speed at this point in the proceedings. Speed is not part of the programme. Finishing is.

    You'll be fine. Just try and relax. The anxiety you are feeling will make you tense and so it's no surprise your calves feel tight. Do a thorough warm-up at home before setting off for your brisk warm up walk. Get good and hot! I do a little routine before heading out. Jumping jacks, skiers, jump rope (without the rope), walking on the spot with high knees, and arm circles. 30 seconds each thing and then repeat. Great for warming the body up before heading out. Gets the blood pumping round and also gets you in the mood to run

  • Sounds like you just had a bad run - the positive is that despite the fact that it felt wrong and was a struggle, YOU DID IT!!! You still completed the run - that's brilliant! If you can run for this long when things are going badly, just imagine how long you could run for when things go well!

You may also like...