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Week 6 run 2 failure

Lisabee1978
Lisabee1978
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Hi everyone

First tIme of posting, however you have all been inspiring me along the way! I've just got back from my worst run so far and feeling a bit dejected...I know what's gone wrong, a week of making excuses, poor diet choice and carb/cheese loading (a habit I stopped almost a year ago), this has resulted in a run full of cramps and feeling sluggish and like my legs are made of lead!! Would you suggest starting week 6 again and brushing myself off...certainly won't stop but feeling rubbish whereas normally feeling great after a run :0(

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Irishprincess

Week 6 is notorious for being tricky so you are not alone. Many people find this the hardest for all sorts of reasons.

If you completed it then move on. It was a bad run, we all get them, so put it behind you and forget about it.

And go you for getting to week 6!

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misswobble
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It's a reminder of the phrase "we are what we eat"!

Eat and drink healthily and you'll be good to go. I think most of us start the programme with a view to improving our health, so it makes sense to overhaul our diets at the same time

I would press on. Slow but sure! No need for speed πŸ™‚βœ”οΈ

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Lisabee1978

Thank you, that's so true! I know for me to maintain a good weight I personally need to stay away from pasta, I had an ill prepared week running up to payday, overtired as well and reached for the pasta as a comfort....well I've run out now and I won't buy any more as the comfort was short lived πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Lisabee1978

Thank you! You're right, need to stick to my days I choose and keep ploughing through :0) xx

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misswobble
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I eat wholewheat pasta probably once a week but I weigh it out. 50 or 60 grams dry weight, depending on how far I've run. Usually 50g though.

You don't get any extra grub for couch to five k by the way. Sad to say πŸ™

πŸ˜ƒ

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Mummycav
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Oh ohhhhhh you used the F word??!!!!!!! I used it once...& I got a virtual kick up the backside!!! It's not failure...it really isn't, you've had a bad run & you know the reason why so that can be fixed...like misswobble says, we are what we eat...you're bound to feel dejected, crikey, I had a right old sulk on last weekend & then again on Monday over W5R3....I had two attempts at it and they ended up being practice runs...so, I was going to try again on Wed but I left it until Friday & I nailed it!!!! I repeated it because I hadn't completed it without walking, if you completed the run you should dust yourself down and move on...only you know how you're feeling & if you think you're in a good enough condition & frame of mind before a run then you should go out & nail it too...if you're feeling a bit bloated & have been indulging a bit too much then take an extra day....don't be gloomy all day...just remember, you're on W6!!!! Look how far you've come, bet you couldn't imagine that on W1 could you??? But here you are....& even though you might not feel like it at the moment someone will have seen you this morning & you will have been an inspiration to them

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Lisabee1978

Mummycav109...thank you πŸ€—πŸ€— words of wisdom right there!

I'm thankfully over my sulk now, motivated to keep going and even more motivated to control what's going in my mouth

you are right...I never ever thought I'd be able to run for 5 mins let alone 10/20 that I have been doing

Onwards & upwards xxx

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Mummycav
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That's the spirit girl!!!! πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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Jancanrun
Jancanrun
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Mummycav is right, she did get the virtual kick - I can remember the post! πŸ˜‰First rule of runners club, there ain't no failures! Actually very sensibly for one moment, there aren't - you bank the stamina and the kms and the experience, so it all helps in your future running life. No run is ever a wasted run.

Lessons learnt by me so far - running in heat not great, running in heat with a hangover - worse than not great, running when emotional/angry not great.

And Week 6 is feisty, you go in all nice and glowing after the infamous W5 R3, thinking that Week 6 looks doable. And it can trip you up, it did me... you did the run, move on and give yourself a congratulatory hug. You found the grit to do it even with leaden legs. Happy running

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Curlygurly2
Curlygurly2Graduate

We all have bad runs, you know why yours was, so you can fix it. Laura tells us "some runs will fell better than others. often there's no rhyme or reason for it" Put it behind you, the next one will be better.

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rammsteinqueen

Failure? You're not - you're doing something to make a better, fitter you. Failure you are not.

It sounds like you know where you're diet habits could be improved.. make a few tweaks perhaps and it may make you feel better?

And sleep. Amazing how lack of sleep can play havoc on us all, especially difficult for us when it's warm, no air con etc.

Good luck, try week 6 again - it should all come together :-)

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James2529
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I had a run in week 7 where, for reasons I still don't understand, I had crippling splits 15 minutes in and had to walk the rest of the way. I ummed and ahhed about doing it again or restarting the week but just forgave myself and did the next run anyway. That was a month ago and I just finished a 5k with a new personal best.

If you finished it, however you finished it, just go to the next one, you're doing great to get to week 6 as it is!

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A-n-d-r-e-a

I’ve just done week 6 run 2 and found it difficult too. Nothing to do with diet choice etc, just found it tough so maybe it’s a timing thing.

I’m struggling but don’t want to go back so I will persevere. Good luck to us both!!

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