When will the nerves stop???

Just started. Completed week one and was so happy!! I did week 2 day 1 yesterday and found it tough. Wanted to cry. Didn't expect an extra 30 seconds would make too much difference. How wrong I was ...

I almost gave up but so glad I didn't. Small achievement to most but massive to me, I was so out of breath but I was really happy when I did it. Just wish I could stop being so nervous before doing it.


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  • Hello there. Well you have done the hardest part, you did your first week and you're out there - nice one! :-) You will see as you progress with the plan your body will adjust and each week you can do a little bit more. Also, take note of how long your body recovers between each set of runs. I remember my first week and being out of breath the whole time I was walking and then when it was time for my next run, I was still exhausted.

    Please note though you are going to find some runs tougher than others. It's not a bad thing, it's not a setback - keep at it. You WILL get there, keep positive and listen to Laura. If you're finding it really hard just slow right down.

    Let us know how you go on your next run - good luck :-)

  • I was out of breath for the whole walking parts too, its so good to see I wasn't the only one. I will try and take notice of my pace, and thank you. This feed is really encouraging.

  • Just finished the same run. I found that by the time two minutes rolled around I could go again. But the first week was really tough. Totally different for me.

    Keep going. You are doing really well.

  • Are you sure it's nerves and not excitement? Sometimes they feel the same before a run. Your doing really well and the fact you wanted to quit and didn't is fantastic. Well done and happy running.

  • I was thinking the same thing. I think that one of the best things about c25k is that the speed of progression is exciting. I was nervous too, but I could hardly wait to see how I got on! All the best to you on your journey :)

  • Yes - I felt really buzzy before all of my early runs. I think it was about week 9 run 2 before it felt like nervous excitement rather than nerves. It was a good few weeks post graduation until I started to think of it as pure excitement though.

  • the early weeks and runs can feel hard as your body adjusts to running and your fitness improves, which it is and will .

    Well done on your progress so far , keep at it :D

  • Keep at it and if in doubt the advice I got on here was.....

    'Slow down' !!

  • Gosh yes ! Slow it right down. I find if you plant a smile right across your face when you set off it does help relax you. Slowing down will help give you more puff to finish the session

    Nothing to fret about. This is fun! Enjoy yourself.

  • relax, it's meant to be fun. Don't be hard on yourself, imagine the advice you'd give to a friend or a loved one and give that advice to yourself. It will get easier if you stick at it and give yourself time to progress. Best of luck.

  • Go slow and then a little bit slower! You will get used to it sooner than you think and over time you will learn to run at your own pace. For now you are up and out and doing it, which is definitely better than not!

    Don't be disheartened, most people seem to struggle with bits of the programme at times but you really can do it. If one run seems to much you can always repeat it until you are more comfortable, I never thought I would do it and I have run for 25 mins today non stop!

    Let t us know how you get on.


  • That's amazing well done, I can't imagine running for that long.

  • You might just surprise yourself!

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