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Need to find something from within. I finished W2R3 last tuesday 9 days ago and have done nothing since. The thought of 3 minutes running is not feasible at the minute I know I can't do it so can't/won't even try. Would you go back to week 1 run 1 now or attempt week two again or even try the week 3 which I don't have the right frame of mind to try really. Help please. At least I have taken the first step by talking about this. Heres hoping.

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Stop thinking about it and go. Don't go back to week 1. Try for week 3. 9 days off might mean you don't make it in which case just take a rest day and try again until you can. But probably you will be surprised. Each week is tough. Possible if you managed the week before but always a challenge. That's the point. If it was easy we wouldn't need a programme we'd just do it. The only way you can fail is not to try.

Get out there, give week 3 your best shot and then come back and let us know how you got on.

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I Agree - what harm if you stop more frequently or take a slightly longer rest break before getting going again.

It helped me to think about it this way.

In week two you do a 5 minute warm up, run for 9 minutes broken up with 10 minutes of walking and then end with a 5 minute warm down. In week three you do exactly the same just you do slightly longer runs and slightly longer breaks so there are a few less intervals.

You do no more activity in your 30 minutes of activity. You still do 9 minutes of running and 10 minutes of walking.

Go on - give it a go! Better to try and chalk it up to practise than not to try at all.

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Hey well done on posting its often tough to admit difficulties especially if you don't feel in the right frame of mind to be doing it. You did Week 2 yes it was a few days ago now, but going back to W1 may be a little step too far back. Why not just put your trainers on and have a go at W3? See how you feel at the critical intervals like the 90 seconds, and if you're still running and feel you could do more then you know you're as good as you were at the end of W2. If you can't quite finish the 3 minutes, then just try repeating that run until you can. Nothing that you do is wasted, the stamina and kms are going in the bank for your future running life.

The plan does stretch you and sometimes the jumps seem really hard, but it's worth a go, you may surprise yourself.

Whichever interval you and run you choose, I hope your next one is a happy and successful one.


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