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VictoriaRunsGraduate

So had a bit of a mare this week.

Struggled with the first week 3 run, and then the day after I had a personal trainer session which came free with my gym membership. I told her about the programme and that I wanted some exercises to do on my rest days and ways to strengthen my core.

She then proceeded to break me for an hour, so badly, I couldn't drive home. I could barely walk for 3 days, let alone run! (Needless to say I did not book anymore sessions in with her).

I did a week 3 run again today (legs still achey but usable for the first time in days!) but I think with the brokenness and the days off I will treat this as the first run of week 3 and try 2 more before moving on.

Annoyed! But pressing on. Week 3 is still not easy for me so I am apprehensive for week 4. I really struggle mentally with the last 3 minutes, but I'll give the app a go and listen to the lady you guys are always talking about and see if she gives me some motivation.

Sorry for the rant. Onwards and upwards!

4 Replies

Please don't be so tough on yourself clearly your personal trainer wasn't quite in synch with your needs. Try another W3 run and see how you go. Also using the coaches can help an awful lot, if only to keep you on track and give you some hints and tips.

Take an extra days rest if you need it the 9 weeks aren't prescriptive and that may help you when you start W4.

You're doing well and clearly determined, despite the pt from hell!

Good luck and happy running

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misswobbleGraduate in reply to Jancanrun

Gosh, how crazy! Daftness 🙄

So, now that's over you can crack on. Slow and steady 😃👍✔️

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OldflossAdministrator

Okay... sounds scary.. carry on as misswobble says.. slow and steady...

Squish the mind gremlins with every slow and sure step... relax and do this your way.. at your pace....:)

Speed doesn't matter, distance doesn't matter...you matter.. and forward is forward :)

You were really unlucky with that PT! But move on; you won’t use her again, and not all personal trainers are that useless. I consider myself very fortunate that I've got a physiotherapist who has given me valuable advice on exactly the areas that you were looking for.

I’m at the same stage as you are – just completed W3R1 yesterday. That was a bit of an eye-opener but I made it and am now looking forward to run 2 after the weekend. Stick with the programme!

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