I'd love some advise on conquering w5run 3

I'd love some advise on conquering w5run 3 I am a 59 yr young lady with a mental block of " il never manage 20mins running tomorrow" but I so want to as completed each run so far & fair chuffed with myself😊 not very fast slow run I'd say and have to keep saying I can do this throughout every run!! New to running as I have always wanted to run but too self concious! I am keeping to flat areas as don't want to put myself off😊help please!!! Fear I think of failing!

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  • You can do it. The lovely Laura says so .😁 I found it useful to tell myself it was just 2 10 minute runs back to back. You'll find when Laura says you have done 10 mins that it helps make you determined to finish. Remember slow then slower still tends to get you there. Good luck 🍀🍀🍀

  • Has Laura let you down so far? She knows what she's doing, just take it really steady, then slow down a bit...We all remember that run, it's seems like madness, but you CAN do it...slowly now.. xx

  • I'm on the same week, just about to do r2 struggling with a sore knee I may have a few blips on the way but the 'f' word is not in my vocabulary. I've been doing this for 5 weeks and determined to get through it

  • YOU WILL DO IT........... SLOWLY!!!!

  • Everyone gets a little nervous before this one. I know I worried about it all week - "What? I have to run for 20 minutes? That's such a jump!" The best advice is to take it even more slowly than usual. It doesn't matter if you can walk faster! Just take it steady. The programme has built you up for this, and you can do it!

  • If you've done all the runs leading up to this one you've been cleverly trained to cope with it. you really CAN do it !

  • HI,

    I am still on week four...

    But Iused to run a lot when Iwas in my early 20s ond upwards, but at school, Iwas the typical overweight kid that every schoolyear seems to have; and the bullying that went with it!

    Anyway, my advice is set of at your normal pace and ewhen your body feels tired, slow your runnign pace right down.

    If youwalk, starting to jog/run again is difficult. But if youslow your running pace right down, as your body recovers, your pace will pick up naturally; at least mine does.

    Hope this helps

  • Dont think of it as a 20 min run, Just break it down into smaller chunks. You know from the previous run that you can manage 8 minutes, when the 8 minutes are up then just push yourself to do another 2, then you are halfway there - so slow the pace if needs be and just repeat what you have just done. Let us know how you get on.

  • Good to break it down into smaller chunks of time in your head, it keeps those gremlins away! You can do it just take it slow and steady x

  • I guess most people feel that way as it does seem like a pretty big increase - I know I certainly did. I'm 4 years less young than you :-D and weeks 1 and 2 seemed like quite hard work but when it came to it I was probably less tired after W5R3 than after W2. Things I find help are moving around before going out to start the warm up rather than literally getting up off the couch and going out to run, although you need to walk briskly in the warm-up don't push it too hard, start running really slowly, slower than you think you need to - you can always speed up a bit at the end if you have energy to do so, and that's a fantastic feeling. Make sure you drink enough in the hours before you go out, too. Hope you're weather is beautiful like ours is - I've just been out and done W8R1 and it was just right for running. Enjoy it!

  • I did it!! Weather not so good but calm & drizzle of rain but better than last night as struggled in the wind!! Gale force winds forecast for tomorrow when I was due to run so just decide to go for it tonight & so pleased with all the advice it really motivated me to get out & do it!! Slow run but kept running for full 20 mins!! So chuffed & not bad for a "young" oldie😂😂😂

  • Wooooo Hoooooooo

    Well done you :)

  • Yay! Well done :-D

  • It is daunting but I think you'll get into it and then it will be over and you'll wonder why you thought you couldn't do it!

    Try going for 10 minutes and if you get there try for 15 and if you get there then why stop?

  • All good advice above.. you are ready and you can do it. Positive thinking will help too...😊 trust the program, trust your legs, start slowly, relax your shoulders and just do it...😊

    Good luck.x

  • It's tough approaching it mentally but the answer is that you can do this. I dreaded it, and although was enjoying the progress I'd made, in a way I was waiting for me to be 'right' and to not manage 20 minutes ... truth is I did manage it and although it wasn't easy, I still did it. Try to approach it like any other run, it's a sustained time, like your 5 or 8 minutes so try not to look further than that. Start off slowly, don't go too fast, maintain as steady a pace as you can and if you need to, slow down some more. Before you know it you'll have hit 10 minutes, tell yourself it's just another 2 or whatever you need to do do break it down and it will come ... trust yourself, trust the programme and above all don't build it up to be something terrifying ... it's just running and each time you head out of the door, it's a triumph no matter how far you go ... looking forward to hearing how it goes :-)

  • I think alot of us went through the - how is it even possible to make that leap, but it is totally achievable and you will look back in another few weeks and 20 mins will seem short! You can already run for 16 minutes albeit not back to back, so its really only another 4 to get there. As everyone says, go really slowly and allow yourself time to settle into it and just relax. Looking forward to hear how you get on.

  • I did it so chuffed & all your advise helped keep me going😊😊😊

  • Brilliant, well done! Accomplishment feels so damn good :-)

  • You bet it does😊 so glad of this forum😊😊

  • You can do this...yes, you can! Slow, steady and have confidence in yourself.

    You are ready for this... forget that evil 'F' word.....get out there... and go for it xxx

  • Wow!!!! Thank you all so much for your support and advise😊 I am so so chuffed I DID IT!!!!! Had done run 2 of week 5 last night but forecast up in Moray was warnings for gale force winds tomorrow when I was due to go out so decided to do it tonight as calm weather drizzle rain but that was nothing!! As struggled with the wind last night! Took everyone's advice & so grateful for it slow run but did full 20mins rest of the weeks do not seem so terrifying now😊 such a fantastic feeling and I am determined to finish the programme! Never stuck to anything like this before so real pleased! I will be a regular here now & if I can get this far you all can😊 because I am doing this myself I think I am doing it at my pace & not feeling stupid or a failure because I'm at the end in a group! Thanks to all who replied you helped me get to the end😄😄😄😄x

  • My secret to this was just to do it, not being judgemental about the run. If I did 18 mins I have still done 18 mins more than other people, however when you get to that time you have only a couple of mind left.

    Good luck and believe in yourself

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