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Making it work

I'm into my second week of the programme and quickly realising that it's probably gonna take more than the 8 weeks to finish it. I work 12 hour shifts, usually three of them back to back and I'm finding that I just don't have the energy to go for a run the day after. That leaves me with 2 days a week to run then I'm back into work.

I guess it doesn't matter if it takes a little longer than expected!

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I am in week two and a friend who encouraged me to start stated early on that it doesn’t matter how long it takes, repeat weeks, take extra time to do a week but just keep going.

So don’t worry and keep going.😁😁


Well done for keeping to it and getting this far, the end goal is all that matters really, enjoy it when you can, any running is better than none, you will get there 👍


I took far longer than the 9 weeks to graduate. I had to repeat weeks as at the beginning I found it very hard. I also had holidays when I walked and ran but didnt follow the programe. In all I started in May and graduated in October but I was already running 5K by then. Take your time and you will get there, just enjoy your running! xx


Love your attitude :) Keeping it enjoyable and fulfilling - good for you ☺

Less than 10% of us graduate "on time/with distance" as a survey we did showed so you are in good company :)

Wishing you many happy miles in your future :)


It doesn’t 🙂 finishing each session is all that matters

Once you graduate it would be nice to be able to get your regular runs in to keep up your fitness levels 🙂

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Well done.

Too long between runs will restrict your progress, but stick with it and you will get there.

This Don't be tempted to run on consecutive days. While you may get away with it during the early weeks, as the duration increases you risk injury if you miss rest days.

There is no rush and each run makes you stronger.


Extra rest days are fine. I had to keep it flexible due to work and life. Some weeks I managed every other day. Others only 2 runs and illness gave me a five day break and right at the end a 7 day break. None of that proved a problem to finishing.

Good luck fitting it in, keep your schedule flexible and enjoy.


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