Week 3 done but what now?

Just finish my last run of week 3 tonight. Have found the 3 minutes a challenge but didn't stop and managed to complete each session. Just seen that Week 4 ups the running to 5 minutes 😡

I'm after some advice please - am I best repeating Week 3 until I'm more confident or should I move to Week 4 and just keep repeating it until I can complete the sessions?

Thanks ☺️


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  • Week 4. You're ready. You can move on after you complete the sessions. They don't have to feel easy to progress. You're doing just great, you should have no problems with 5 minutes.

  • I've found that apart from the first couple of weeks as I've completed each week I've doubted whether I could do the following week - but simple fact is that you can

  • The programme is progressive so don't worry. Just go good and steady, slow is great. No need to hurry. Just chill and have a good time.

  • Go on to week 4. You'll surprise yourself.

    Just look at week one, I'll bet you will think you could do that easily now.

    The perfect thing about the NHS C25K is that it has been designed for you to build strength, stamina and self belief.

    You go for it

  • I'm with everyone else. It might be scary to move on (it was for me!!), but really - you are ready. Take a deep breath and start week 4 on your next run. Let us know how you get on.

  • I would go on to week 4 - if you have completed week 3 3 times successfully, you are ready! :)

  • Thanks everyone - I was worried about the increase to 3 minutes this week but I've managed it. Will go for it with Week 4 then and let you know 😊

  • I was worrying about the same thing last week. You are ready for this. My first attempt I was doubting myself and gave up halfway through, came on here and everyone gave me the support and advice to try again with a much more positive attitude and I did it. Yes, its hard but feels so good when you get to the end.

    Take it slow, you'll be fine x

  • Go for it! Slow and steady, you'll be just fine. πŸ˜€πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

  • My take was to not repeat a week, unless I didn't manage to complete that week. Week 5 was a tough one, and I didn't manage to do it in full. I chose to repeat it, and its given me a confidence boost as I feel I can take on anything now having nailed it the 2nd time around.

    Give every new run a try - trust laura/the program that you can do it - and if for whatever reason you can't, then do the extra practice. This isn't a competition and the program isn't written in stone. Heck, at the end of the wk5r3 podcast (the one I didn't manage 1st time) Laura even tells you to repeat the week if you didn't manage it.

    A big chunk of the challenge is mental in nature. Believe you can do it, push yourself that bit further/longer when you feel its tough, and you'll be amazed at what you can achieve. If you let the fear spoil your mood and deter you from trying - you'll find the whole process harder.

    Cliche - If I can do it, you can do it too!

  • Carry on... just very slow and very steady... :) You are completely ready for it...

    Try to focus on the now..not the next...you can do this :)

  • Well I did it! Actually felt pretty good after the first 3 minutes! The 5 minutes seemed to go on forever but I just focussed on getting to the end of the car park I run in and I did it. Thanks so much for the advice and support everyone x

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