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Hey. Tomorrow I start week 4! Just read 5 mins run. Managed 3 mins but 5? Not sure but will give it a shot. My issue is breathing, just cant seem to keep my breathing regular! Any tips? Would be most grateful. We should all ne so proud no matter what level we are at. 😁

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If you managed week 4, you are ready for 5. Breathing? Don't worry about it, it will sort itself out

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I hope so, I am so determined to do this. struggled this week will keep trying :)

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Morning 😊 I felt the same dread over the 5 minute runs but I have just got back from my wk4r1 and I did it. It's really not as bad as you think.

My breathing has only just settled and I think this is because I have stopped thinking about it so much. I think once we relax our breathing becomes more relaxed too.

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Well done! :)

I tried the 5 mins and I struggled. I have not managed to complete one whole run this week. am trying again today to see how it goes. :S

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Good luck with it. I do slow right down when I struggle. I have my fingers crossed for you 😊

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Good luck with it. I do slow right down when I struggle. I have my fingers crossed for you 😊

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Well done you!

Would it help your breathing if you slowed down a bit? Best advice I got for my running was that I had been taking too long steps. It really is important that your foot doesn't hit the ground in _front_ of you, but at your hip level. (If that makes sense.)

Someone even said to me that if it doesn't feel like you're taking too small steps, you are taking too big steps :)

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If your breathing is all over the place then try slowing down. It really does help!

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I have slowed down but has not helped. I think I need to relax a little more. I just wanna do it! it feels so good after the run.

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Dont put too much pressure on yourself to do it in the given time..i struggled with my breathing and have slowed right down and if i couldnt complete the whole run i would just repeat until i was confident.

Your breathing will sort itself out i promise. Ive just completed my 1st 8 minute run and if ud have asked me a few weeks ago i would have said NO WAY..

Relax :)

Good luck x

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I'm 47 and believed all my life that my lungs were not made for running. Six weeks ago I set out on my C25k journey fully expecting my lungs to be my major obstacle. Laura says on one podcast, breathe in as left foot hits ground, then inhale for three or four steps then..... Let me tell you, any attempt to control my breathing was fatal, i got in a right state and just about gave up. Returned to this forum and consensus seems to be let it do its own thing, at least early on. So I did and as impossible as it seems even now, on Friday I ran for 25 mins without stopping. I feel like a different person with a definite belief that if I was wrong about my ability to run, what else am I capable of?

Please please don't stop, just go really really slow, make sure your route is flat, the last thing you need right now is inclines ( note I don't say hills). Embrace your inner tortoiseπŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

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