After completing the biggie I.e week 5 run 3, I thought well week 6 run 1 is going to be so easy its laughable! How wrong was I?!!! It wasn't just my usual left calf pain (my left leg always feels as though it's made of lead, right leg is absolutely fine!) But I was just exhausted, like it took every ounce of willpower to get through the 8 min run - after 4 mins I honestly thought I had ran the full 8 mins. Don't understand!!!! What gives?!!!
Hit a wall on week 6!: After completing the... - Couch to 5K
The dreaded W6D1 - gets everybody - normally if I see someone coming up to this one or to W5D3 I would warn them about this one - Why is running with a break so hard when You have just run for 20 minutes? We have all been there! Don't worry about it! As Rignold says do a wee quick search on W6R1 and you will see that everybody feels the same. You are doing great - keep it up - your graduate badge is in sight!
You're also recovering from the longest run you've probably ever done in one go ... it's taken a while but I learned that although it's a simple activity ie put your shoes on (and a decent bra for us ladies!) and go, you have to have respect for the things that influence your performance that you never even considered ... rest days, what you've eaten, your state of mind etc ... that's why recovery runs after long runs are factored into training programmes for longer distances and all that jazz ... doesn't mean it has to be complicated, just that understanding the background noise as it were helps to rationalise the outcomes ... of and yeah, Week 6 is an absolute bitch!!!
It is for the very reason that it looks easier, that it catches most of us out. But W6 is harder than W5 just the same as any other week is a progression on the one before.
The walking intervals are there to help build our stamina and endurance, not just to get our breath back. Otherwise all the walking intervals would be the same length. This then comes to the for when we increase out runs.
To me it is the real trick of the program, we watch only the runs times and discount the walks between - a bit like a magicians sleight-of-hand. That is why we are surprised when we can suddenly run further than we thought.