Bubble burst! W7R1

I was feeling euphoric 2 days ago having completed wk6r3 and it’s all come crashing down today. Did the same run today for w7r1- 25mins but was struggling from the start. Managed to finish it but found it very difficult this time and was much slower than the previous run. Don’t know how I’m ever going to manage to carry on 😞 feeling nervous for next run scheduled for Saturday.

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Don’t worry read through these threads nearly everyone has been there and the next run can feel completely different. About the same run as you I decided to give Strava a go to see how my runs were going and was devastated to see I’d not even done 4K in 25 mins but listening to advice on here and focusing more on just running for the time than the distance/speed has got me to week 9 and just done my first 30 minute run. The bubble hasn’t burst if you’re at week 7 you’ve done great call W7R1 a bump in the road I’m sure you’ll do great next time. Keep on keeping on 👍🏼

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You're not a machine. Some days are bound to be better than others. Try setting off a bit slower and if it's going well finish a bit quicker. You still completed the run so you can do it even on a bad day. Everyone has them.

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We have all had those runs which didn't go so well but you did it 👏give yourself a pat on the back and go for it on Saturday 🏃‍♀️

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Crashing down! No it didn't. It was just not as good as the previous run. that's how the cookie crumbles. Your next run could be brill. Swings and roundabouts. Just learn to accept that some runs are better than others and move on

Of course you'll manage to carry on! Just chill out a bit, relax and set out to enjoy the session. Go steady. Slower is always better.

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You finished the run. That is all that is required.

Don't try to beat the pace you set last run, otherwise you will become disillusioned.

Just run at a steady pace, so that you can hold a conversation, that is all you have to do.

There are so many variables at work that it is always difficult to pinpoint the reasons behind a bad run, but I do believe it is worth having a look at all the conditions leading up to that run and seeing if you can learn from it. Rest, nutrition, hydration, mental state, weather, time of day, time of month, clothing, route etc. etc.

Everything in your life can affect your running and running can affect just about everything in your life.

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It was exactly the same for me so know how you’re feeling. Put it behind you and look forward to the next run, we all have off days and every run differs....at least it does for me 😊

You’re doing good, keep it up 👏 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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I crashed in week 7 too. You are probably still tired from the last run. Dont worry about it. I know that feeling of your body letting you down and the impossibility of managing what you did before, but it’s a fickle thing. Ten to one the next run will be fine. Mine was. X

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Part of the problem with lacking experience when starting running is that one cannot know how running goes. Sometimes therefore it is a bit of a rollercoaster; the highs are amazing and the lows feel catastrophic. It has taken me a few months to ‘know’ that a bad run is just that. It doesn’t mean you can’t do it or that the next run won’t be the best you’ve ever done. Just keep plodding on, building stamina and gaining knowledge about yourself. Don’t catastrophise!

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True! I like that! “Don’t catastrophise” will remember this when things aren’t going too well. 😊

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Oh, Dream-to-run, I really feel for you. I also did W7R1 today, and I didn't think I was going to finish. I find the first half especially difficult, and my left thigh was hurting like I'd pulled a muscle within 200m of my gate, as I did the warm-up walk. But you (and I) did it! I'm just trying to remember how I felt when I started (I couldn't complete W1R1 first time out in August, and stopped altogether in October with an injury). I am now into uncharted territory and I was thinking about you as I ran (I imagined you were finding it easier than me.). Do you think it's discouraging you to consider how far you run as well as the duration? I tried to calculate whether I'd make it to 5K in week 9 (4.1km - 5min warm-up walk / 25 x 35 = I give up!), but I decided I was jumping the gun a bit. Try to enjoy Saturday's run, and I'll check back to see how you did.

Love Lizz

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Thank You Liz, Such kind words. No! too afraid to check the distance. I had imagined it would be easier as I progressed through the weeks, so today was a bit of a reality check that I’m going to have to work hard to get to the end. I go to this mini race track (400meters) and can probably do the math to check how many Km I’m doing but like you said don’t want to overwhelm myself at this stage. Hope the next one is better. So glad I’ve got a 2 day rest. Happy that you got through your run and good luck with the next one. We can do it.

Xx

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Good lass! 😃👍. Running is lovely. A long, slow run is a thing of beauty. When you can do it, it will be the fulfilment if all your running dreams. Well worth chasing😃

Meanwhile just keep plugging away slow but sure, chewing up those sessions and ticking em off 🙂🏃‍♀️

As you keep running you will get fitter and fitter 🙂

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Thanks, your reply is very heartening. Look forward to the runs that I can truly enjoy running and not worrying about how many minutes to go! X

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Well done for completing the run. I find different things effect my runs. Weather, time of day, mood etc. Don’t let it put you off. You can do it. You will probably find your next run very different. Put this run behind you and look forward to the next. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress 😀

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Thank you.

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