Couch to 5K
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Am I covering enough distance

Did w3r3 yesterday but only did 3 k worried I'm not doing enough distance . Run 1 and to were ok but struggled with run3 , did it in evening . Will try w4r1 first thing in morning and hope I have more energy x

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When I did week 3 (now on week 6) I was only covering 3 - 3.5km - and sometimes that was extra walking at the end to get home!! I wouldn't worry too much about distance, just concentrate on running for the amount of time.

Keep going - you're doing well :)

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What @CookieM said. The program is designed to get you moving for 30 minutes regardless of how far that is. Plenty of time to speed up later.

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It's honestly NOT about the distance (or speed!) it's about getting you running 30 mins!

You'll soon discover that C25K is a bit of poetic licence, but then again it sounds better than C230mins!

I think it's Irish-John who repeats the mantra "slow, slower, slower still"

I decided in week5, I was going too fast & deliberately slowed down - as everyone on here was saying it's about building endurance, avoiding injury & graduating! (Apparently, speed & distance will come post grad)

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Thanks I think I will slow down from tomoz week 4

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We all say it! Slow! Slow! Slow! Stop the unnecessary worrying about distance! Just try and do the time!😊

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Any distance you're covering is just right. You're doing great.

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It's all about the time, distance comes later. Sometimes much later.

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DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT even think about distance. Just do each session as it comes and when you have finished the programme (and only then) you might consider how far you are going. For now you just need to trot along at a comfortable pace for the allotted time and try and enjoy each run, this is just the foundation for a running future. Good luck.

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Forget distance.. and speed.. just follow the programme.. slow and slower... build up your stamina to your 30 minute run... simple as that :)

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With this programme there isn't such a thing as not enough distance, just like there isn't such a thing as not enough speed. You do a running action for the appropriate time and that is success regardless of time and speed. Slow is very good,slower may well be better still. If the old lady walking her dog seems to be drawing away from you rather than you overtaking her, that's just fine - you are still running. Been there:-D By the time you graduate it's quite likely distance and speed will have increased without you worrying about them but even if they don't the important thing is that you ran 30 minutes 3 times and graduated.

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The 5k in the title is a bit misleading most people don't get near that until long after the program. On a good day I can run sub 30 but most of the time I do around 32 mins. 3k at week 3 is pretty good

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