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New to all this + A question

Hello!

I joined this community today and I can’t wait to follow you guys, and get motivated to run more. I finished W1R1 today, and that’s where my question comes from:

I’m 18 years old and have been lifting weights and been running a little (mostly intervals) for the past 3 years. So i don’t think of myself like the «coach-potato» they talk about in the podcast haha. Today when I ran the first run of this plan I found it a bit easy, so do you think it’s smart to jump a little, and for example do the «week 2 run», and skip W1R2 & W1R3? Or just pick up my pace; and follow the plan run by run? Thank you!

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Hello and welcome to the programme, my advice would be to do the programme as it is, you will probably enjoy it more than most because you already have a level of fitness, good luck and keep posting as you progress. 😊

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I found the early weeks easy so just ran them a bit faster. Don't go mad, because pushing hard as a new runner is the way to injury.

Alternatively you could try moving on and trying a Week 2 run, as you say.

I tend to recommend that folk follow the plan, because then the gently increasing demands slowly build your stamina and strength to enable an easy progress through to graduation.

Do be aware that running as fast as you can is not the best way to condition your body for running. That happens most efficiently at 50-75% effort. This plan definitely works and will get you running for 30 minutes in just a few weeks but it only lays the groundwork for becoming a runner, which takes many months of regular running to achieve.

Make sure you take at least one rest day between runs........ that is not negotiable for new runners.

Enjoy your journey.

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Hello there

I would do all the sessions 👍😃

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Thank you so much!

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Hi, for what little time longer it will take why not start from the beginning

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Hi there,

Oh definately do all sessions... Though having said that, if you feel you need to jump one or two, then try it and see how you fend...... Just don't rush anything, no matter how much running you've previously done over the last few years. Good luck there. 😊

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Follow the plan! It works best when followed! ;) Jumping forward a week or two won't put you that much further "ahead"... And it may even cause an injury if you do too much too fast!

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