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Week 5 run 2 and gutted

Well week 5 run 2 and I failed!!!

Achieved the first 8minute run then the 5min walk then got 6 1/2 minutes into second 8minute run and I had to walk for 20-30seconds. Finished the last 60seconds of it but I failed and I'm gutted!!'

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You'll get there! Try to avoid that 'f' word, you should just think of this as a bump in the road on the way to ultimate triumph...

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Thank you for your support

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It's a 'practice' run, we all have them from time to time. Just slow it down a bit next time and you will be fine.

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Thanks really appreciated

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Don't look at it as failure, it's a minor setback. Try again on Friday and maybe try slowing down a little.

Good luck

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Thank you :-)

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I have the same run to do on Friday, I'm sure that a 20-30 secs break didn't take away from your fantastic achievement of running continuously for the length of time you did.

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Thank you for your support, really appreciated. Good luck with your run Friday I know you'll be fine

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pretty sure you didnt fail , look how far you have come , if your anything like i was i dreaded the 60 second runs , we will call this a blip and smile about how much you can do rather than the cannot !! xx happy running

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Thank you your support is really appreciated. Well done to you and good luck with your run...I know your going to be fine

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You almost made it....its hard work in warm weather. Try again.. after your rest day.

Next time, start extra slowly, think about your walk in the middle as a recovery time, then repeat.. starting slowly gives you more in the tank for the last bit..😊

Good luck...you will do it.

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Thanks for good advice and support. This may sound really silly but I find it really hard to slow down. I will try extra hard though and try focussing on that

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I find it really hard to slow down too, I feel like I'm practically walking. But if you can leave yourself a little something in the tank for the end it feels absolutely amazing! I'm starting from the beginning again as I ran a couple of 5ks, then got out of the habit of running. Back to square one, and 5 minutes feels practically impossible to me right now, so you're doing fantastically! Believe in yourself :-)

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If you've done the 8 mins once you can do it again. I can only look on in awe - from week 4!

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Thank you so much...you are going to rock week 4 :-)

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Bluebirdrunner has hit the nail on the head

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Oh I no how u feel I used the "f" word on W4R2 but I didn't let it get me down. I'm doing the same run u just done this evening kinda dreading it so will c how it goes keep going ur doing great πŸ‘

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I know you are going to be fine...your advice is good and with that out look you will do it...thank you and let us know how you do

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Just slow down... try not to think of it as a f***...more a setback :)

You can do this..just trust the programme and take it steadily.. :)

Far too many posts about speed bouncing around on the forum currently. so you just carry on.... go on to run 3 and slow it right down :)

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Thank you. I beat myself. I have not found any of the runs easy but have kept going but today's run I don't know why got to me. This may sound silly but I find it really hard to slow it down. I have never taken speed as any part of the runs but like you have noticed some posts goi g on about it. I know I could slow my pace down just got to work out how

Thanks for your great advice and support 😊

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What they all said: Chalk it up as a practice run, do it again much more slowly, focus on your achievement so far, we all have little set-backs on the way.

You'll be absolutely fine Julesh15 :)

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Thank you...Friday I will go out there and take onboard all this great advice...😊

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It's easy to say "don't feel down or disappointed", but there is no wrong way to do this plan, do what suits you, at your own pace, and if that means that you need to write a run off, you call it a practice and you'll be ready for it when you try again! :)

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Thank you...not sure why as I've not found any of the runs easy but got through it but this one got to me. I will carry on Friday though and see what happens :-)

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Sometimes these things happen, but it's still better than being on the couch :)

Good luck for Friday!

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NOT a fail!!! In my limited experience no 2 runs are the same, "keep calm and carry on!!!"

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Thank you for that sound and sensible advice :-)

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Thank you all for your brilliant and much appreciated support and advice. I will go out Friday and hopefully put today behind me and start afresh with the next run...thanks again you great bunch πŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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I'd say well done for then running the final minute - it would have been the easiest thing to just give up then.

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Thank you :-)

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Did you run? Yes! Did you run before? No! So to me that's not failire...kill that negative voice in your head with a bloomin big dollop of praise. We all have it and I do too, so let's beat it together 😊

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Thank you....I have a massive problem with that negative voice in my head. Sometimes it works for me as I push myself but other times I feel I let myself time and all the bullies that bullied me back in the school days. Thank you though all your support is so appreciated

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Julesh15 Good luck for Friday. Find yourself a mantra like "I can do it" or mine is "just don't stop", which you can say to yourself with each footfall. It's not physical, it's the mental gremlins that make you think you have to stop...

Getting your mental strategy working now will help you get through - and you WILL do it because you're clearly well on the way. Well done. Keep going and if you pass a shuffling beetroot muttering "just don't stop", that'll be me! I love it!

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Hahaha..,thank you for your support and making me laugh. I was only saying to my sister yesterday I was like a sweltering beetroot.

Well I am heading out shortly for run three so I will see how it goes. I will think positively, put on some upbeat music and tell myself "I can do it"

Thank you 😊

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Good luck, have fun, the herd of sweating beetroots are with you!!

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Lol...oh my gosh the sweating beatroot did it...just but I did it

My mantra was "I did it" (even though I hadn't I just imagined what i could be saying at the end.

THANK YOU 😊

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Fantastic!! And didn't you just prove yourself right?

It's all in the head from here and now you have a successful strategy...well done!

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Don't look at it as failure. You can do that one again. Have you tried holding your phone so you can see the countdown. It really helps me as if I feel like stopping, I take a glance and it motivates me to continue... (only another minute etc)

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Thanks for you advice and support. I've tried holding my phone but find it more difficult with running with something in my hand

Advice is really good though and appreciated :-)

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If it helps, I use an arm band to hold my phone but strap it to my forearm, rather than my upper arm so I can still see the countdown.

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you did brilliantly and think how far you have come from those 60 second runs at the beginning. Some days I really struggle to keep going and usually the next one is fine. May be slow down and repeat this week as well and then you will be well prepared for the next. It doesn't matter how many weeks it takes!!

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Thank you...I don't know why I beat myself up over this run but it didn't feel good. You are right it doesn't matter how long it takes but sticking with it and to keep going. It sounds silly but finding it really hard to slow down even though I know I can and should. I will try again shortly

Thanks again 😊

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I have this run to do today I must admit it seems rather daunting but I'm going put on my running shoes and give it my all fingers crossed. Put the past run to the side and focus on your next run you'll be fine ☺☺

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Thank you...hope your run went well πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

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I managed it thank fully but it was hard I'm putting if run 3 but am going to give that a try tomorrow

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You can do it...have faith. You are doing amazingly and if I could do it you certainly can. I did run 1 of week 6 this morning. I actually found it harder than the 20minute run and I think it's down to the stopping and starting...oh and me not being fit.

Tomorrow I know you can do it and will be grinning like a Cheshire Cat 😊

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I did that run yesterday it's a toughie but be gentle on yourself , you kept going that's not failure x

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Thank you....I have found none of it easy but this one I really felt. Well done you for doing it, fantastic πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

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When i saw your post i thought "you used the f word- duck!!! " Everyone has said it, there is no such thing as a bad run. Rember what it was like 5 weeks ago? Remember how much you have improved? And for your own sake dont use the f word!!

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Lol...I was saying duck plenty of times in my head. Thank you, I am my own worst enemy and rarely see myself as anything other than a failure but one thing I am is persistent and determined. Thanks for your support 😊

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Oh my gosh..,I DID IT!!!

I ran for 20 minutes!!!!

I want to say the biggest thank you to all of you for supporting me and your advice

I slowed it down and even though hadn't finished when I was really feeling it kept saying "I did it" and imagining posting (which I never thought possible) the words I did it

Thank you for all your amazing support and advice....you really are an incredible group...THANK YOU πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜…πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Well done runner!!

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Thank you a running beetroot but I did it just 😊

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All the best runners are beetroots, it shows we're making an effort!

I might change my mantra to I did it too!

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Wowowowow! Can't wait till I can do that too!!!

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Well done you be proud of yourself you deserve it xx

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Thank you :-)

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Go girl!!!

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Stick with it.... you've done really well so far... more than I could manage!

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Thank you :-)

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I'm sure you'll do it next time I bet you couldn't have run 6 1/2 minutes a few weeks ago.

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Julesh I've been there, one thing I didn't do was say to myself "fail", just "good crack I'll get it next time". You know it makes sense....

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