Week 6 run 1....what a downer!

Having celebrated my 20 minute run at the end of week 5 with a second 20 minute run on Monday (just to make sure it wasn't some kind of fluke!!), I was sure the first run of week 6 would be a push over.

How wrong I was.

For some reason I found it really rather tough. I suspect the reason being I took off on the first leg at too fast a pace and then suffered the effects of this through the rest of the run. I did also wonder however, whether in fact the weather may have had something to do with my issues. There has been a noticeable drop in temperature over the last few days and at 7 pm when I started off it wasn't far short of being damned cold. I really felt the cold air hit my lungs and wondered if this could have affected my breathing, I was certainly having more issues with breathing than in the previous weeks runs.

I finished the run feeling like I had definitely taken a few steps backwards


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9 Replies

  • Hi sounds like you got caught by the week 6 demon after your friday run with no intervals you were surprised by going back to intervals which probably put you off your stride. Put this one behind you and move on you are not the only one who has been caught out,

  • If you look up previous posts on this week, you will find this a very common experience.

    If cold air is a problem for you, try using a light buff over your mouth to help warm the air. Next run is the last one with walk breaks so you may find it easier to get into your stride on the longer runs.

    Good luck!

  • Loving the buff Ullyxxxx

  • A light buff! Ooh! feel the need shopping!!!

  • Do not worry..it catches so many of out...!It is a tricky little devil!

    You did well...particularly in light of the cold air...always tricky. Listen to our wonderful Ullyrunner , she told me about neck buffs when I was running before Graduation this time last year! get one..they are amazing :)

    So.. you ran, you did it.. move onward... slow and steady and pat yourself on the back! :)

  • If it makes you feel any better; that was toughest run for Laura as well: healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

  • Ah please don't feel downhearted, its all perfectly normal. Its a toughie Week 6 as it goes back to the run/walk ( as you've found out :-) )

    I think Week 5 and Week 6 are definitely mental challenges as well as physical ones and most of us felt exactly the same in finding it a tough after the euphoria of Week 5 Run 3.

    Just keep doing what you've been doing, dig in, you will be fine ! Once you complete this week , its all straight runs to Graduation :-) xxx

  • strange - was thinking this after my week 6 run 1 run last night. Am looking forward to tomorrow's run 2 to see if it's any better.

    I'll keep going though - it's become an obsession :-) x

  • Tricky little blighter this run, got me too from what I remember! You did it, well done. Tuck this run under your belt - hurrah! On to the next, you are doing really well.

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