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W8R2 tomorrow then a two days rest

Been trying to run every other day not just 3 times a week and it’s worked out fine so far. Tomorrow I’ll do W8R2 then next run will be Boxing Day. I’ve had manflu, tight calf/Achilles, ear infection and 15 days consecutive working and still forced myself out so think I deserve the extra days rest. If all goes to plan graduation will be NYD then think it’s time to think about getting my time down. Currently doing 4K in 28 mins so going to be high 30s to 40 mins for the 5 I’d be happy to get that down to 35mins one day

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There are no hard and fast rules because everyone is different but as a general principle having a longer rest period now and again is good for you. Don't be in a rush to up the pace.

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I found that over weeks seven to nine, my pace slowed. For me, it was unrealistic to up my pace. The longer and longer period running - just five minutes between weeks seven and nine - meant I reached some sort of plateau where even a relatively short time of more running meant using a much larger effort. I guess it's some sort of inverse law of increasing demand. But as BartonWalker says - we're all different.

I like to run every other day, too. I'm due to run on Christmas Day. I wonder if I'll stick to that.

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Slow and steady and be kind to yourself.. your body has had a share of issues!!!

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Yep taking the advise this time from everyone just wanting too much too soon when I should be so grateful as week 1 I was looking at the time on my wrist begging Jo Whiley to say the minute was up 😳🙈 now I don’t like her interrupting my music a bit like when she’s on the radio 😂. Just the ear infection to clear up now and I’ll be fighting fit for week 9 fingers crossed 🤞🏻

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Well done on your perseverance.

You don't need to think about pace at the moment. As you say, one day you will probably reduce it, but for now, as a new runner, just run at a conversational pace.

Once you graduate, we recommend that you run 80% of the time at an easy pace and only try to push hard for 20%, which is the way pros train.

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