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W5R2 - Done but worried about R3

So, managed to complete Wk5R2 last night in the gym - feeling tired after a day at work and also from the workout I had at home on Sun morning with lots of squats and some kettlebells. Texted him indoors with "smashed it" at the end of the run, but the reality was I felt knackered! Looking at the next run, I'm just not sure how I'm going to get through this weeks 3rd run - looks like such a big step up! I'm getting plenty of rest and eating properly and keeping moving with some walking but it's my head I'm not sure how I should be preparing. Want to feel really motivated by tomorrow evening but can't get this fear out of my headspace.

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Well done on how far you've come! Good work.

Have faith in the programme, you are ready to do this. You're already running for longer but with a break in-between. Take it nice and slow and like everyone else, you will be able to do it! Be positive and good luck! You can do it

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Hi debsatryer,

Don't worry, you'll be fine. And I promise I'm not just saying that!

The jump to 20 minutes is actually OK, because you've already done 16 last night, albeit with a break, but that break was not stationary, you were still walking briskly. So you actually did 21 minutes of exercice rather than 20. Your body will be ready for it, honest :)

My tip for success here as NMDR has said is take it nice and slowly. This is your first "long" run, so you just need to manage it a bit differently. You're actually learning endurance here. Just take it at a pace slower than you would normally (Trust me!) and listen to your body, if it's getting too tiring, slow down until you can manage it. That got me through W5R3 and W6R3... and W7... and W8! *really* hoping it will get me through week 9 now :P

You'll be fine, please try not to worry. Enjoy it to, and don't forget to come back and tell us all how it went :)

Neil

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Good luck with it. I'm not quite at that point yet. But encouraged that plenty of others seem to have got through this stage.

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to quote frank herbert...

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

― Frank Herbert, Dune

take it slow and steady you've come this far there is nothing to fear for the rest of the journey

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It does feel like a big step (I dreaded it! as lots of people do) but if you take it nice and slowly, don’t push yourself, you’ll be fine. Lots of luck. x

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Right, now then I'm not going to tell you it will be easy because it wont be but none of the runs so far have been easy.

Each and every run is something of a challenge BUT each run you do increases both your strength and your stamina that little bit in preparation for your next run.

So having done the runs to date you ARE ready for this run, but remember don't go out and attack it take it nice and steady.

Go real slow and then slow it down some more and you WILL be absolutely fine, just remember snail pace minus 1 is where you need to be aiming

It's not about speed, it's not about distance , it's about running for just 20 minutes so slow slow slow is the order of the day

Get in there!

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Fear?

Read this healthunlocked.com/couchto5...………..positivity

Last run you did was 16 minutes plus 5 minutes walking, so 21 minutes in total.............not so different from W5R3.

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Anticipation not apprehension... ! Just maybe.. slow down.. even if you feel you can move faster.. just relax.... take it really gently..think of how far you have come..relax and breathe steadily... just know you are ready for this... and you will do it:)

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PS

Listen to IannodaTruffe

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PPS

And listen to Oldfloss too :)

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Yes.. I know what I am talking about :) Wise old snail :) Tee hee! Thanks you x

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I’ve just completed Week 5 Run 3 this morning I was excited but really apprehensive that the feeling of achievement after run 2 would be replaced by disappointment if I couldn’t complete run 3. But listen to the advice and support from others that have been there and trust me you will do it and feel amazing afterwards. Physically I didn’t find it awful, considering I’m very overweight and like others found it a real challenge to run for 1 minute at the beginning of the programme. Just look how far you’ve come! Use the support of the runners who are further through or who have completed the programme they’ve been there. Good luck x

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Same here.. I am also worried about the same.. :-)

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