W1R1 ... birrova disaster :(

So, 2 days later than planned due to some unbelievably torrential rain I went for my first C25K run this morning in the company of m'husband and Sarah Millican. What a failure! Only managed 2 1/2 mins of the runs before I had to stop and take my inhaler and after that it was pretty much game over for me. Tried on the next rep to pick up the pace again but only mananged about 30s before I had to slow down to a walk again. On the plus side I didn't stop moving, kept walking but that was probably only cos I had to get back to the car. :( Really disappointed in myself. Husband kept going and managed all of the runs, walking back to me during his 90s cool downs to make sure I hadn't karked it, bless him. Feeling horribly demotivated.


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  • Firstly, well done for getting out there as this is the hardest part. You need to slow down and then slow a bit more. It isn't a race so you need to find your own pace, which may be different from your husbands (my husband can run a mile 5 minutes faster than I can so I don't go running with him!!). Take your rest day tomorrow then get out there again at the weekend and have another go and build on what you have achieved today as you were moving for 30 minutes.

  • Thanks! I definitely wasn't trying to keep up with him, and if I'd been going any slower I think I may have ended up going backwards! 'run' or 'jog' is a very optimistic description of what I was doing...'lumber' probably more apt. Going to give it another go on Friday though. Might be repeating W1 more than once...

  • Good luck - just remember slow and steady, and we use the work 'run' quite loosely as it is the motion rather than the speed. Keep us updated as you go and repeat weeks as needed, but if you have ticked off a run as complete (no matter how bad you think it was) just move on to the next week.

  • Thanks. Should I not repeat the W1R1 then, and go on to W1R2? i was going to keep repeating the first run until I was able to complete it fully without needing defibrillation!

  • The week one runs are all the same so you need to successfully run this (completing the running parts) three times before you are ready to move on to week 2, so technically you need to repeat this first run.

  • Ah ok thanks...I could be on W1 for a while then!

  • You will be fine, and you will also be surprised about how quickly you progress - it is very motivational honest!

  • Don't worry about that. It took me something between 12 and 18 goes (I lost count) to complete Week 1. The rest was easy-peasy by comparison.

  • de-motivated after run one! Oh no, no, no. You don't get away that easily πŸ˜ƒ

    You will be absolutely fine, honest! It might be better to run on your own as it helps your focus, and stops,you comparing yourself with others. It's your programme πŸ™‚

    As long as you do the jog bits really slowly , you will finish the session πŸ‘

    You CAN do,this. You just don't believe it yet. Trust in yourself and this programme πŸ™‚

  • Thankyou. I have no problem ignoring my husband, believe me! :D :D Aww that sounds mean, if anything he was probably slowing down to stay with me even though I told him to go at his own pace. I think next time we'll try running round the playing fields...this time we were on a bridle path and the linear aspect of it kept making me think how far we'd have to go back! :D

  • There's a lot to be said for running alone I believe πŸ‘πŸ’•πŸ˜‰

  • Just go forward very slowly. Don't think about anything else πŸ˜ƒ It will be good if you can complete the programme together but ditch him if he makes you over extend yourself. That would be a no-no

    Anyway, have fun! It is fun. Well maybe not yet, but if you go slow enough it will be βœ”οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺ

  • I failed w1r1 twice before finally completing it. I slowed right down and that helped. I completed it again twice more and I'm now on week 2. You can do this!!!

  • It might be worth considering not only slowing right right down for the run sections but also for the walking too.

  • NOT a disaster. You have made a start. Slow starts are as fine as quick starts and safer. The "f" word (failure) is not allowed either. One thing worth trying, as you seem to have exercise induced asthma, is taking two puffs of your inhaler just BEFORE you start your warm up walk.

  • Hi and thanks. I took 2 puffs of my slow release inhaler when I got up, as I do every morning, and thought it would cover me for the run as it lasts for 12 hrs. I'll def try the 2 puffs of the short term reliever before we try again on Friday.

  • Yes take your reliever inhaler about 5 minutes before you start - and have it with you too! A lot of the shortness of breath is anxiety.

  • You did great I have asthma and bronchiectasis so know the struggle. I started by doing a month of walking 2 miles everyday before starting c25k as I knew I'd be the same as you. Also find I can run a lot better if I've had my tablets and both inhalers first. I've just finished W6R2 which is the last of the interval runs so you will get there!

  • Congrats!! You thought about doing it. You downloaded the app. You talked about it with your hubby. You chose a day. You put your gear on. You did some of the runs. You survived. You came on here and told us. You're talking about your next run. What's not to celebrate and give yourself a massive pat on the back!!! Never look at what you didn't do. Always tell yourself what you did do. There's always an achievement that last week you hadn't achieved yet.

    I will also be repeating some weeks until I get better and more comfortable with my running. Slow and steady and we'll get there. We'll be amazing!! You'll see!

    Good luck for your next run xx πŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸ‘ŠπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

    Ps congrats to your hubby too πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

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