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W7R3 - Je suis mort

Crikey this was a tough one. Pouring with rain but I didn’t let that deter me, but I really found today’s run tough! Help my fellow C25K ers - I really need some motivation. Does anybody else ever feel self doubt like “why am I doing this” ....”I’m too old for this” ....”I’m no runner”....etc etc?? 😕

This morning at 5 mins in I was questioning just what the hell I was playing at but the other half of me just kept saying, keep going, you’re no quitter and you can do this!

So glad though when I completed the 25mins. My distance wasn’t great though - only 4.65kms inc the walks!! Is this good enough for this stage of the programme?

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Yes, yes and yes, we have all felt like that!

It will be worthwhile when things get easier........and they will.

Just slow down and you will get there.

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👍👍 Thankyou

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Lol - my French is good enough to chuckle at the title. Don’t worry about distance as nothing is good or bad on this programme, as long as you keep going for the next run and stay off the couch 🛋 . Personally, I think your distance is very respectable and pretty close to 5k, but it’s important but not to get drawn into comparisons as we are all unique and it’s not a competition.

We all have terrible run days when our bodies don’t play ball. You’ve got to week 7, run 3, which is a great achievement. I remember one of my runs that week when I felt so relieved the 25 mins was up as I was toddling along with stomach cramps and felt awful. At that point, I also felt like death. Par for the course.

Keep moving on - you’re doing fabulously.

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Tx Joanne, that helps me a lot 👍👍

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Yes of course it's "good enough"! You are doing really well, going for 25 minutes. Looks like a runner, sounds like a runner- Must be a runner :)

Not all runs are easy or even enjoyable. Zero degrees here this morning and then the rain started. Yuk. Never mind.....

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Wow that is such a good distance! It is so much further than anyone on the couch!

It always helps me if I remember the toxic 10. Those first ten minutes for every runner is always tough. Its because it takes a while for our bodies to realise it needs to go into ‘run mode’ and utilise/up the oxygen in the body appropriately. In those first ten minutes or so keep reminding yourself of this, it really does help motivate you to keep going. Then recognise how much easier it feels thereafter. Someone may have a link to a very good article on the toxic ten which was posted sometime ago... i think it was Realfoodieclub .

You can do this, you are doing great!

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Really a big thankyou for this Millsie-J; I didn’t know about the Toxic 10 and that explains a lot. And Tx also for your encouraging words; I already feel better. 👍😊

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You are welcome runner! Keep going 👍🏼

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I felt like during week 4 and week 6. I really think it’s par for the course, especially if you arent 18 anymore. It will pass. It probably heralds a breakthrough - it did for me anyway, both times xx

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Well done! 😊Wow 25 minutes and 4.65k! You are doing tres bon!

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You are doing fantastically. I've definitely felt that way the last few weeks; and like you I didn't know about the Toxic 10 until I posted similar to yours. Today is my graduation day and if I can do it...you will too. :)

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Tx you so much & hugely well done to you. It must be such a great feeling. I’m determined to do it. 👍👍

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on our NHS C25K, there's no distance requirement (rendering it the less catchy couch to 30 min), on other versions I've only seen "run x distance OR y time". Basically you're doing just great and actually I am sure it's "character building" to make it through the runs that feel really tough. Everyone has them and now you know you can finish one when the gremlins are shouting loudly!

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Ah Sue, non tu n'es pas tout-à-fait morte ;-) you're not dead at all since you made it through!!! And you know what: W7 was the toughest for me. It was quite warm at the time and I was not at home, so had to run mostly in a small town on sidewalks before reaching the banks of a river (but nothing picturesque right, more like the bank and next to it the cars on the road!). And that was when I registered with the forum because I thought like you, hum, will I be able to make it even though I enjoyed the "suffering" lol!

So, go for W8, and don't worry: yes, you WILL do it! You may find it easier like I did and you will if you start slow and keep it comfortable. Sometimes, the run feels more taxing just because your body clock is not right (bad sleep the night before or any other hormonal reasons...). I used to think I could only run in the morning but with the programme and the stamina acquired on the way, I can now run at any time (only if I do it very late in the day, I can't fall asleep afterwards). You will find your best times of the day for running. Go for it, you!!! Graduation is on its way!

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Lol Merci beaucoup. It will be a great NY gift to myself. Watch this space haha 👍😜

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I will!! And we'll drink a bit of champagne or prosecco to celebrate!

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Ooh now you are talking my kinda language 😜👍🍾🍾

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Yes. I am procrastinating as we speak, anything to put off running and I'm on the same run as you. This is the first week I will have (when I eventually get up and go) finished a week on a Sunday because I've found this week so hard to get motivated. It's just sooooo cold. I nearly had a panic attack in bed the other day thinking why am I doing this, can't believe I'm doing this, who do I think I am! Oh well, can't give up now, we've come so far. Mind I've signed up for the c210k (didn't realise there was a c25k) with an eye on a half marathon next September so I have a long long way to go! Trying really hard to take it 1 step at a time though. Right, time to get up and go .....in a minute!

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Wow R-E-S-P-E-C-T

That is a challenge indeed. And it’s so heartening to know there are others who feel the same way. One thing I’ve learned about myself and thanks to everyone on this forum is that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”. Maybe I should add that into my running list 😁👍👍

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You were out and you ran.. distance means nothing!! Go you... !

I think.. what the heck am I doing? Of course, yes, and the answer is always the same..because I can and it is blinking wonderful!!!

Slow and steady and embrace every single moment... you are out there, and doing it! Brilliant!

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Tx Oldfloss for spurring me on. Everyone is so great and I’ll be taking you all with me on my next run. Week 8 - can hardly believe it 🤗

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Absolutely I feel like that at times - so turn up your favourite music and ignore those inner question marks.

I can't remember exactly, but your distance is similar or a bit further than me at the same stage. There is no "good enough" - you are out there & doing brilliantly.

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Forgot to say - W7 was my most difficult week - I struggled to wave good bye to the run/walk pattern. By the end of W8 I felt loads better - bet you will too!

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This is really encouraging, Tx Elfe5 👍

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