Couch to 5K

W5R2 - I may be here some time!

We after completing W5R1 on Friday, W5R2 today felt like quite a step up. I managed 7 of 8 minutes for the first run and then 2 minutes into the second run I got a niggle in a calf muscle. I need to see how that settles and then plan to repeat todays run, or maybe go back and start week 5 again. So a bit dis-heartened, but to be honest I'm not sure I would have managed the second run even without the calf strain. But it's all part of lifes rich tapestry and I know I'll get there in the end.

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Just see how the niggle goes, and only go back if you really feel it necessary..:)

You are doing brilliantly! You will indeed, get there...Well done!

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Thank you

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It is not a race, it's a journey. I took more than nine weeks to finish but now running is such a big part if my life. Enjoy the journey, you will get there.

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Don't be disheartened - it took me more than 9 weeks to complete the programme too, it's not a race. I'm sure your niggle will iron itself out - give it another try, cut yourself some slack and be your own best friend. You've got this far, so you can do it!

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Thank you. I;m confident I'll get there.

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Just done my W5R2 as well - easier than I thought it would be so I looked at W5R3 - 20 mins non-stop!!!! Thats going to be tougher than W6R1&2!

Look after that niggle - better to rest it than give yourself a problem - and you will with a 20 minute run if you're not careful!

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WELL DONE! I'm full of admiration.

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Lol - I'm full of aches!!! :-)

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Rest up a bit and then give it another go. You will manage this - it's as much about self belief as physical ability. Just take it really slow and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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Thank you. I will get there. I just need to take it steady. I'm no spring chicken and definitely at the age where things start to seize up and fall off, so will take care.

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I'm not sure if I repeated week 5 once or twice. I know it added to the total weeks going over the magic number 9 (as did week 3)! Looking back, I realise how much of a mind game it was, as much as a physical effort. Slow, slow. Steady, steady. Enjoy, enjoy. You know you can and will do this. Hope the niggles fade and good luck with the next one :)

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Thank you. I'm not worried about doing it it int he magic 9 weeks. I know I'll get there in the end.

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You ran for 7 minutes non-stop which is huge progress compared to just a few short weeks ago. Even today's small setback will have contributed to that progress.

Try not to fret, you are doing just fine. Take the running sections really slowly and I am sure you will smash it next time.

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Absolutely you will get there! Week 5 is a tough one and could be seen as the biggest mental challenge in the programme. You can't help a niggle - you definitely did the right thing to stop. I agree with the other comments, try W5R2 again once your calf feels better. Remember, slow slow slow. You'll probably surprise yourself! :)

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