W5R2 - tough!

Was determined not to stop, legs were fine but struggled with breathing and a stitch today. Made it through but was tough going and first 8 mins was all on an incline which didn't help. Second 8 mins was flat/bit downhill but still a challenge.

Not sure I'm ready for R3, might repeat R2 midweek then try R3 at end of week but really don't feel I can jump up to that long...

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  • Take your rest day and then see how you feel..starting on an incline can be tricky too...:)

    Just take it very slow and steady.. could you walk to the incline and then use it for your warm up walk, then do the down hill, very steadily ?

  • Yeah will do that, suppose I could try it and see how far I get.. maybe could aim for 10 or 15 mins of the 20 if not and try and build on that. I can't see me going from 8 to 20 minutes even with the biggest will in the world!

    My warm up walk is all uphill too unfortunately, I am just in residential roads so do a large 'block' with the end bit more on the downhill and the warm down walk back uphill again.

  • I am a bit the same.. everywhere..inclines, and when you start to run, there seem to be even more :) I wrote a post once called.. Has anyone got a very big iron !

    The only advice is... you are ready for the time running.. you are..you just really have to go slow as is necessary...really, really slow, :)

    Break your run into, sections, just tell yourself.. right.. I am going to run this five minutes... then the next five minutes etc.. think about what is around you, make up a rhyme.. count, plan your dinner for the evening.. focus on just reaching a tree.. a post box. anything to forget about how long it all is :)

    After a year's running, the only way I made 10 K was to pretend I was just running a 5K, then another 5K.. the 10..put me off! :)

    Just have ago.. are you doing the NHS linked strength and flex exercises on your rest days, they are useful :)

    Let us know how you go :)

  • Before I started this programme I thought it impossible to even run here having tried before, it is like that here, everywhere you go and everything you do is up and down inclines.

    I was going slow but will maybe go even slower and see how far I get then, am already doing that subconsciously with the post boxes :-D

    I haven't seen the strength and flex exercises, will try and find that :-)

  • It is a problem, especially when you are starting this journey.. I love going to flat places!!1

    You can do this.. just persevere... it does get easier..honestly!

    I still use the Strength and flex exercises, I found they helped with leg strength and stamina too.. :)

  • I can only think it must feel easy to go to a flat place after so guess it will have some benefits to starting like this!

    I will definitely look and add them in :-)

  • It is easier... but I have very little chance for flat, like you, so..have learned to embrace the hills as we do the blessed weather..Onard and errr upward :)

  • Sorry, ;Onward,'!

  • Your thinking is exactly the same as mine was for week 5! Believe me though, the 'I'm not sure I can do it' is just in our heads. Everyone told me I could do it and I was ready but I still didn't believe it.

    In the end I had to trick my brain!

    I decided I would do run 2 again before attempting run 3. Then I decided I would try and keep running through the walk break, which would effectively give me a run 3. If it didn't work, then it was just an extra run 2. Just a practice for the big one. I wouldn't have failed at run 3, just put in an extra run 2. It was a win win scenario (for me anyway).

    So, off I went. No pressure. Ran (exceedingly slowly) through the walk break and then slower still through the last 8 minutes, effectively running for 21 minutes. Run 3 in the bag!

    For me it was psychological, I think my (unfounded as it turns out) fear of failure was my biggest obstacle. For you, it may be different but the end result is the same. We are all capable of so much more than we think.

    However you do it, enjoy it! Best of luck ☺☺☺

  • I spent most of the break blowing my nose and using my inhaler!

    But I like the idea of that way of thinking to run through the break..

    Guess I will at least try R3 and see how far I get.. and maybe just stick on that until I've cracked it with the breathing and can get through the whole thing :-/

  • Loving the advice on here. You're one day ahead of me just now so I was eager to see how R2 went for you, well done. And like you R3 is looming on the horizon, one thing I found in W5R1 was that at one point of my last 5 minute run I was distracted by my surroundings, people, cars etc and suddenly Laura was telling me that I was half way through.. wait what? I only started a second ago or so it seemed! so distraction seems to be a good thing. Going to try it with R2, hopefully it will help me forget about sore legs, huffing and puffing etc. It's worth a try anyhow. x Good luck with R3.

  • Will see how you get on when you do your R2 :-) That was the first one for me that really felt tough and I wanted to stop, but also didn't want to give in!

  • I felt like that for my first 5 minutes yesterday, but I didn't want to give in either. We wont let it beat us, we can do this x

  • Well done for pushing through. Go for that W5R3, you can do it if you've completed the previous runs! Worse case is that you make it a practice run and probably make the same running time as W5R2 and best case is that you manage it fine!

    Because there are 2 runs of 8 minutes in W5R2, run 3 is only 4 minutes extra in total than the previous run. It is a big jump, don't get me wrong, but considering you've already stepped up from running 9 minutes total in week 3 to a total of 16 minutes in week 4, it's very do-able!

    Go slow and steady - if you feel like you need to stop just slow down a bit more. Once you hit 10 minutes remember from that point you are counting down, not up. Use any tactics you've learned in the last 5 weeks to keep those gremlins at bay. You can do it! :)

  • I like those tips, thanks! especially the bits about it's only 4 mins longer and the jump already from W3 to W4 :-)

    After reading all the posts today I will give it a go and just see what I can do!

  • You'll probably surprise yourself! Either way you have nothing to lose :)

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