Couch to 5K

Week 4 Run 1

Hi all!

I haven't posted for a couple of weeks but since then I have completed weeks 2 and 3. So far all my runs have been in the evening but with stuff to do later, today's run, the first of week 4, had to be early in the morning.

I wasn't looking forward to the step up to 5 minute runs. The first 5 minute run was tough, my breathing was all over the place by the end, but the second 5 minutes was better and I felt I could have carried on for another minute or two, however I thought no, just stick to plan, don't get too confident and over do it.

I'm thinking about doing a Park Run for one of my week 5 or 6 runs, following the podcast and then just walking to the end. Has anyone else done this?

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Well done for getting to W4, you're doing brilliantly.

Doing a Parkrun is a good idea, just do as you say, follow the podcast and walk the rest. Lots of people run/walk so you certainly won't be last so don't feel under any pressure to run any faster or further than you want to.

Mr Wizzie has run a couple of Parkruns with me and he's just finished W4. (He's going to be much faster than me by the time he graduates!)

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

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Doing ParkRun is a great idea. I go to my local ParkRun but I don't treat it as one of my C25K runs- I just do my own thing with it, as there's quite a lot of uphill for the first half so I do what I can and don't beat myself up about it when I have to walk. You're making good progress with the plan so far, so stick with it and you'll be running the whole way round the ParkRun course before you know it.

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Well done... I love my early morning runs :)

Keep it slow and keep it steady and you will be fine... if your breathing is a bit iffy, then slow down more until you find your pace, and try not to overthink it :)

Lots of folk try a Park run, and many walk bits or all of it... there are all ages, levels and abilities... if you fancy it.. just go and enjoy the experience :)

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