Struggled and stopped

Hi. I just love reading the posts on here have found it a great inspiration. I started 5 weeks back and never thought I would get passed Day 1. But I did and have been enjoying it so much. Yesterday was Wk5 Day3. Decided to try outside along the prom. Started great but had forgotten that outside it can be windy - hair was over my eyes and had a job to see (oh for an elastic band) Spent so much time trying to see and not fall over anyone's dog, forgot to breathe!! Feel deflated that I stopped and gave up. Have been doing it in gym so far. Do I try again outside (tying up hair) or go back to gym. Did anyone else have to repeat a day. Thank you. Hope those of you running today have a great run. I am planning to try again on Monday x

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  • Hi and welcome!

    Sounds like you had a good run, although hampered by the weather and canine obstacles :) Well done for getting into the big wild, wide world... :) Many folk repeat a run, for many reasons, some repeat weeks...This is your journey and you are following it in your own way:)

    So... if you feel you had not completed enough of that run to move on, because you would like to do it absolutely to the book...then just do it again :) Outside!

    You were enjoying it, but had overlooked some of the hazards of being out there...with me, it is tree roots, muddy tractor trails and the odd rabbit:) With others it may be extreme weather, hot or cold, or an overly busy city run.

    Have another go outside, it is amazing, and having a promenade to run along, wonderful! I am at my holiday home currently and had a great run yesterday all, around the quiet, sleeping town, and then along the Esplanade... with the sea air and the wind and the huge sky and sea!

    I shall be out there tomorrow morning... we could run together, you on your prom, and me on mine. What do you think ? :)

  • Thank you Oldfloss. You're right. I was enjoying it and will be giving it another go Monday morning. Thank you x

  • I would say if you enjoyed being outside then repeat it outside, you'll be more prepared this time. And if you have a prom to run along even better. I was away 2 weeks ago and was doing the program along a prom and it was soooo nice even when blustery ๐Ÿ˜„

    I did the program last year on treadmill because of my fears of being outside and now I'm doing the program outside this time and really wished I'd been brave enough last time! It's much nicer outside even in the rain! Lol

  • Thank you for the reply. I think I have been worried about running outside and yes, will now be more prepared :-)

  • Hi, well done for getting to Wk 5, you've come a long way. Call you last run a 'practice' run. I always run outside and love it but I do know what you mean about the wind and long hair! Clips, bands, even a light weight beany if it's a cold wind are the only way forward. I try to plan my route with the wind on my back as I return ... I need all the help I can get at that stage! Give it another try, perhaps at a quieter time of day. Go for it!

  • Thank you. Yes I am now going to think of it as a practice run. Like the idea lol

  • Don't be put off - many of us repeated days (or even weeks), until we felt ready to move on. As for running outside, it is very different to running on a treadmill, so give yourself time to adapt. Personally, I am not a fan of the 'dreadmill' so would urge anyone to give outside running a try! Pity you got a windy day (not the easiest to run in) but I bet the prom can be a great place to run when it's not too windy! Good luck with the rest of the programme whatever you decide - you are doing so well.โ˜บ

  • Thank you Sandra39. Yes might try a track through the woods on Monday as it will be a little more sheltered. Am going to repeat it until I do it. X

  • They do say running on a treadmill is easier than running outside. There is so much to be aware of outside - as you noticed. But for that reason it is also much more interesting. So see it as a practice run. The main thing is to get out there and do it again - but I have no worries there, you enjoyed running outside, so I'm sure at the next opportunity you will smash it!

  • Thanks JaySeeSkinny. I think I enjoyed being outside more than treadmill and am going to treat it as a practice run. Thanks for the advice.

  • I regularly did weeks twice last time I did c25k. Just enjoy it xx

  • Thanks TwistaRuns

  • I would suggest going outside. You set out with a positive mindset but the weather conditions threw you off guard. Preparation always helps and I bet you will enjoy it more next time. If you don't run outdoors the next time, you'll associate it more negatively and it will feel like a bigger step than running indoors. You can and you will be able to experience a good run outside. Remember you get good and not so great runs whether you are indoors or outside so just go for it!

  • Thanks Run_rabbit_run. You are right I have had some not so good runs on treadmill. Mindset much more positive thanks to all of the great advice and support

  • Outside wins hands down for me! or should I say feet down, just learn to take the rough with the smooth..๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Thanks davelinks. A lesson learnt I think :-)

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