Just completed run 2. Managing to do the runs without stopping and my recovery walks are feeling much better but I really can't see how I can suddenly step up to 20 minutes in one go ☹️
Week 5 - dreading run 3: Just completed run... - Couch to 5K
I promise you - we all felt the same.
And it might have taken us a few 'practice runs' - but we made it through and so can you
Main things to focus on are - run slowly, I mean REALLY SLOWLY.
Second - RELAX. don't run all tensed up and worried that you cannot do it.
Thirdly - keep it in perspective, look how far you've come already compared to where you started. If you had been told to run W5R2 the first day you really would have been screwed, right? Yet now you have done it. That's progress - and that is what the programme is about, you progressively build up your stamina. Some build it up fast, some slow...but as long as you keep going out the front door and working it you too will be putting 'Graduate' beside your name also
I repeated a few runs, but never went back to the start of a week. The programme is basically about piling one brick of stamina on top of another. If you can't quite manage to put a particular block on the first time it makes little sense to take off one or two below it
Having said that - there is no such thing as a 'one size fits all' programme so your individual needs/comfort level comes into play also. About the most objective bit of advice I can give you based on my own 'real world' experience is be cautious about doing anything if you find you are thinking of it in 'must do it' language.
Remember - take it slow, then slower still when the hurt starts hitting to get things in perspective and be able to focus on what your body is really trying to tell you while the Gremlins of your Mind try and get you to stop altogether
I feel sure you will do it Gertlet. Set out in a positive frame of mind. This is the next run and you ARE ready. Start as slowly as you can to save some energy for the last few mins. It is a breakthrough run and Laura will help you through it. 😊
I felt like that and was very surprised to have completed it successfully! [It was quite a relief to me, though, that the first two runs of week 6 went back to having recovery walks!!]
I'm now on week 7 [having had to take a break for nearly 2 weeks due to a chest infection] and still can't believe that I can now run for 25 minutes non-stop!!!
You can do it - and if it doesn't quite happen the first time, then just try again!
It is actually possible to run slower than you walk. I know this from experience - for instance those times when you see the elderly dog walker ahead of you pulling further and further away... If you are doing a running action you are running so that gives lots of scope for slowing down. So, if you are struggling go even slower, and talk yourself through it - recite rhymes or songs (aloud or in your head, count, count markers eg lampposts). Good luck and enjoy!
You really can do this. It is definitely as much a mental challenge as it is physical. People have all sorts of methods for tricking the gremlins, from counting steps to breaking it down into 5 minute chunks. I actually ran week 5 run 2 again and just kept running through the walk break! Just start slow and keep it steady, if necessary slow some more.. and then some more, just don't stop You can do this!