I have been following this forum for a few months now but this is my first post. You have unknowingly provided much support and encouragement to me through C25K thus far. I started in September last year but having felt half dead after W1R1, I followed a programme I saw in a running magazine for a few weeks, which built me up to doing W1R1 again. I should say I'm 41, not overweight and had previously done a lot of walking. Which prepared me not one jot for running! I always hated distance running at school and was only ever good at sprinting, probably due to my height and lack of patience.
Anyway I was progressing ok through the weeks until week 4. I run with my partner and due to sickness and bad weather (we live on the coast in the North West of England - it's not been nice) we lost a couple of weeks. Week 4 felt hard so repeated it a couple of times. Onto week 5 and I had already seen what was in store so was a little nervous. However the first two runs went better than expected and W5R2 actually felt great, running along the seafront with no wind for a change. W5R3 loomed and despite not believing it possible, I actually completed it. And after that it's all gone wrong. Once I got home I felt ridiculously tired, which continued all the following day. Decided to repeat W5 again and after W5R1 I felt extremely tired for two days again. So with it being Christmas decided to take a break for a week.
Got a TomTom watch for Christmas so went out with that to restart at week 4. That first run was ok but subsequent runs have again left me too tired, considering the length of time that I'm running. I got that fed up with it I went to the docs and I'm waiting for blood test results currently, but he suggested I carry on whilst I wait. The TomTom tells me my heart rate is peaking in the 160s which seems high for a 3 minute run?? I looked back on W5R3 and saw my pace was 7min/km which maybe was too fast. I keep reading on here that people should slow down but I'm really not sure how slow to go? I ran at 8min/km the other day and wasn't as shattered, but my heart rate was just as high. Plus I find it really hard to find a rhythm.
Anyway I'm sorry for such a long first post. I really, really don't want to give up on this but I'm finding it very difficult at the moment. It's hard being back to week 4 when I first did it in November. The constant wind and rain through November and December didn't help but the weather is pretty good now, and I'm finding it no easier. I should add that I've also changed my diet, now having Nutriblasts at breakfast when I never had any fruit before, and trying to cut out processed food. I also cut out alcohol for a while (I'm not a big drinker by any means but thought it would be good to stop completely for a bit). Maybe I'm doing too many changes at once?
Your thoughts and hopefully encouragement to keep going would be much appreciated!