Well in 12 hours I will be out attempting w5r3. I've seen the advice,keep it slow and steady,the programme is proven etc BUT 8 mins up to 20 mins does seem daunting. I will be giving it a good go but must admit to some trepedation.
W5R3 Looming large on the horizon: Well in 1... - Couch to 5K
Don't be afraid! It's been my most amazing run so far in terms of sheer joy and exhilaration at finishing it, and I know lots of people had the same experience. Just keep it steady and tell yourself that the way you'll feel at the end is worth any aches and pains that your legs can throw at you. And you can do it, you'll be amazed but you really can!
My favourite run! Honestly, you will surprise yourself, trust me. As others have said, all the running you have done before prepares you for this, and gives you a chance to see just how far you have come. It is a revelation. Starting out good and slow works a treat, too. I still follow that principle now, and I am in week 9, never failed to finish a run yet.
Start out with the mindset that, slow and steady, you can and will do this – and you will. It is as much in the head as it is in the legs.
Happy running and do report back!
My god!! It hardly seems possible for you to have got to this already!!! Remember your first runs? That's just amazing. I remember when I started out, I thought how impossible it seemed that I could ever run for 30 mins, but once I'd done 20, it seemed to be within reach suddenly. How does it feel now you've been running for weeks?
I was so nervous on the run up to this run (sorry for the pun!). I had NO idea how I was going to manage but I did. Listen to your body, manage your breathing, get into a good pace and keep going. Don't concentrate on the time (easier said than done!), try and let your mind wander off and if that doesn't work counting down from 100 is really helpful. Good luck. The sense of achievement will completely outweigh the challenge!