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Week 5, Run 3 Failure

Not sure where to go from here. Only managed 15 minutes (should have been 20) and that was a real struggle. Should I try it again, move on to Week 6 or start week 5 again?

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I don't think it would be a good idea to move on. Try repeating week 5, and perhaps you should ease off the pace a bit with run 3?

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It's not a failure:you ran 15 minutes solid. Did you imagne yourself doing that5 weeks ago?

I wuld agree with Steve though: repeat W5 and dial back the tempo a couple of notches.

It is important not to view training as being a pass/fail situation. It is a process, an ever ongoing process of acclimating your body to more distance or speed or weight or height or whatever you are training for. Progress is not always linear. But as long as we are consistent with our training progress always follows.

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You ran for 15 minutes! Fantastic! Remember how you felt on the first run of the first week? I bet you couldn't have imagined running for 15 minutes!

I would try this run again but run it very, very, very slowly. This run, more than the others, is very much a mental exercise so just trust in the programme. You have done the runs up to now so you are ready for this one and can do it. Run slowly, breathe and enjoy that epic feeling when you've done it. Then come on here and tell us all about it.

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The others have said it all but I wanted to wish you luck the next time you are out. some runs are just harder than others - just keep on keeping on!

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Take the 'only' out of that sentence. You ran 15 minutes, and that's excellent! I'd repeat the week 5 runs, slow down and stop putting the pressure on yourself. The moment you see yourself as a performing seal it takes all the fun out of it :D

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I would try W5R3 again but slower. Good luck. You can do it !

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I would repeat W5R3 but don't beat yourself up over it or you are likely to get nervous before you run. I always put pressure on myself before a run to succeed but as other people have said before, running 15 minutes is a great achievement. Good luck!

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Been training for my first 5k i am on week 5 run 2 and the 2nd round of 8 minutes i had to walk a couple times for about 15 seconds. First time i had to walk outside of the plan. I guess trying to maintain a 10min pace was too much ive been able to do that on all the other runs. Feels pretty pathetic but i guess smoking on and off for 25 years didnt help. I quit before i started its been 49 days no cigs and 54 days no alcohol. I dont even know if this is good or not? I know 60 hear Olds that run marathons. I know 55 year olds that are running these 5ks at 7 min paces. Does it ever truly improve? Every workout has been hard.

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You Ran for 15 Minutes that's brilliant!

I did my week 5 Run 3 on Tuesday morning and it was more mind over matter for me

Try it again tomorrow, remember to breathe and don't get disheartened look how far you have come!

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I've just completed wk5run3 (yesterday) and it was my second attempt...I didn't manage to do it on Tues so thought I'd I'd ask advice on here, they suggested the same to me, as they have to you...try again, but much slower....

I couldn't run for 60secs 5weeks ago...now we are attempting 20... You're doing brilliantly, go for it 😀

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