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Week 8 blues :(

Hi everyone,

I'm on week 8 of the programme but it is my first time posting here (though I have been reading!)

Just looking for some advice/tips really...I have really been enjoying the programme up until this week, it was great feeling my fitness improve and I really enjoyed being out in the fresh air. But suddenly this week I have started to dread going out, it feels like such an effort to get out of the house and get going. I did the second run of the week on Tuesday but I was barely running and everything felt such an effort. It wasn't so much that I was out of breath or in pain, i was just so exhausted and unmotivated.

Does anyone have any ideas about why this has happened and I've suddenly stopped enjoying the running? I really want to get to the end and keep up running afterwards, but it's getting to the point where I can't bear to think about going out to run :(


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The heat... if you check out the posts, it really has zapped so many folk..

Just make sure you are well hydrated.. and that is every day not just run days.. then go really slow and steady. A very early run, or a late one is good whilst it is so humid!

Take a few extra rest days and then out again, slower than a snail on a go slow :) You will do it:)


Thanks oldfloss, I think it may be more that the heat though, I feel terrible :( I just tried to do w8r3 and I was need up walking after 8 minutes and now I'm siting on a park bench in tears. This is the first time I have had to stop :'( I feel like I've let myself down so much


Sounds to me like you need a rest. Have a few days off, think about why you started C25K in the first place and review how far you have come to date, then come back revitalised and determined to carry on.

Next week looks less like a Saharan sizzler and more like an English summer, so that should help.

Keep running, keep smiling.


The website says: you will have good runs and bad runs. Accept it and don’t spend too much time analysing the how and why. Even a bad run is good for you.


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