Think I need a good talking to!

Think I need a good talking to!

I've finished week 7 and looking forward to starting week 8 on Monday. I'm aware that the purpose of the programme is to train my mind and body to get used to running for 30 minutes, however during week 7 I found myself wanting to go faster and run further than the previous run and ended up disappointed when I failed. For my last 3 runs I have matched my times exactly. It's a bad habit I need to break 😡

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  • It sounds like you're finding your natural pace - which looks very respectable to me! It's unrealistic to expect to get a new PB every time you go out - where would be the fun in that? You can try if you want, but don't expend energy on being disappointed.

    Keep it steady until graduation and then you can build in some speed work if you wish.

    Only 6 more runs - good luck!

  • Yes, get out of the habit, for now at least. Just think about completing each run and having puff to spare. Sort of saving it for further down the line. You are building your running legs at the moment, having a day off for repair and renewal, so don't be in too big a hurry. You'll get injured if you try and go too far, too fast, too soon. Be warned! Rein yourself in.

    As your body gets stronger through successive runs you will be able to run further, and ultimately faster, but build the legs and core along the way so you're ready. Cross training is helpful, eg walking more, swimming, cycling, strength and fitness either at home or gym.

    Have fun!

  • During the first few months of running it seems quite common to see big improvements and get excited. People are cracking personal bests every time. But that slows down dramatically once you've been running awhile and settle into regular running. Which is a good, realistic thing. It makes it more special if you're not getting them every week. And if you think about it, if you improved with every run, you'd be an Olympic athlete in no time at all. Happy running.

  • Thank you all for your words of encouragement

  • Okay, Simon, those ladies above know what they are talking listen up.........and chill. You are doing great and if your 4:43m/km maximum pace was actual and not just a GPS blip, then you are looking as if you have some pace, but need to learn how to maintain it.

  • I do try to finish my runs with a flourish as encouraged by Laura, hence the 4:43, thanks for the wise words all, I will endeavour to chill 😄

  • Just read your post from a couple of months ago about your progress and a warning. Just readjusting my thought process in my approach to weeks 8 and 9, I will be focussing far more in how I feel rather than speed and distance. Thanks

  • Well, if you've read that piece and looked at the link then you know that my approach was not that different from your own.....impatient to get faster and run further. I am much more cautious now, after a couple of injuries, one of which was not running related, but which required me to rethink my way forward and build back up again very carefully. I believe I am stronger for this approach and have seen many new graduates hit the IC as a consequence of doing too much too soon.

    It's a man thing.......the women have far more sense. Listen to the ladies!!

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