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Week 3

Hi all. Im due to start Wk 3 Run 1 tomorrow. I found the runs in week 2 challenging but possible and feel like I can only just manage to run 1min 30 and really don’t think I could manage much longer. I know week 3s run has a 3 min run and I really am unsure wether I will be able to manage it so just wanted advice as I’m not sure how it works. Do I re-do week 2 instead? Or do I give it a go and if I can’t manage go back to week two or if I can’t do it keep re- doing it till I can? Really unsure of what to do and like i say I really found my self only just managing 1min 30 and don’t feel ready to run for 3 mins!!

Thankyou very much in advance xx

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You'll be fine as long as you go very steadily. You've done the previous runs so should be able to do it. Give it a try anyway. Nothing to worry about as there's no hurry at all. No pressure and no need to push yourself at all. It's about slow jogs and finishing each session. The programme is progressive and you move onwards and upwards. If you do get bogged down then repeat a week. It's fine

Have fun!

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hi,

i've just done week 3 run 1, just have a go and see how you get on. Don't over think it and trust the programme. Ifs it tough post back and go from there, you may surprise yourself. take music that you love xx

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It’s just about slowing riiiight down! I was struggling, but now I’ve figured out just how slow I need to go, I can do it!

I’ve just finished week 3- first Run was hard, Second one a bit easier, 3rd one much easier and I probably managed 4 minutes!! The programme really does work!

Just take your time, repeat if you want to, but just don’t be defeated, you can definitely do it!!

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I’ve finished w3 r3 yesterday. I thought I couldn’t do it. When I first started the program I thought it was all about speed and distance. But since being on here I was told it’s not about speed. It’s all about just finishing the segments. Take it nice and steady. Speed comes later

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Yep, run really slow and you will manage it I’m sure. Every time I think I can’t run any slower, I find I can!

Try W3 and if it’s not successful, repeat until it is😁 but I bet you manage it first time🤞👍🏃‍♀️

Liz x

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I think this should get laminated on cards for new Couch to 5kers: "Every time I think I can’t run any slower, I find I can!" :D

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😂😂😂

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If need be you can repeat...but why not just slow right down.. and then slow down more... each run follows the one before.. and by going slow and steady you will move forwards. :)

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I felt exactly the same as this - told my very patient husband that there was no way I could manage it. But I did and I felt great about it - slow and steady all the way x

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You might surprise yourself and find it... easier?!? Seriously! I found there's like a magic cutoff point whereby a slightly longer distance was actually less painful for me to do than multiple short ones. I'd be 1st third:"Oh this horrible, horrible. Make it stop" 2nd third "Ugh" final bit "Hang on, second wind, this is comfortable." Whereas if I'd just been stuck doing that 1st third over and over with walks inbetween, ugh, hell. So you may find 1:30 is your hell and 3:00 your sweet spot? Or it might be 5:00 or 7:00, you've stuck with it this far, and you're prepared to redo if necessary, so you'll make it to the end and find out along the way. :)

Which is a very long winded way of saying, try it. You have nothing to lose. If it ends up a practice run so be it. Make like a snail until you find you can manage it. Keep chanting in your head "I can do it" even if you don't believe it, because if you fixate on "I don't think I can" your body will follow your mind. Your mind is stronger than your body at this point, so use it as a tool to get your body to catch up! :)

Mucho luck! I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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You won't know until you try.

Read the guide to the plan healthunlocked.com/couchto5... and follow the link in respect of mental attitude.

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Also think how many things you’ve done in life that seemed impossible before you started. What got you through those moments/days/weeks? Can you borrow some of those strategies for running? Xx

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I did w3r2 this evening. I too was really worried about starting week3, but it’s been ok. Tonight’s run I just took it really really slow and honestly it was very manageable. I think I went too fast (for me) on the w3r1 and it felt quite hard work. I’m still quite shocked that I can slow jog for 3 mins and not want to die at the end of it !!

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I've found that in the beginning it's best to focus on covering the distance, even if at first you're doing more walking than running. Over time, stamina builds and the running part comes. Covering the ground - or going the distance - builds muscle memory. Then one day, just like riding a bike, you find yourself able to run the whole distance. Just my experience.

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I was about to ask this same question when I came across your post. Just finished w2r3 and I feel like I barely made it through. I had some trouble with pace though as the trail was packed and I had to pick my way through and past people with my dog. I think I was going too fast. I wasn't sure if I should attempt w3 yet or do w2 a bit longer. I think I'll try w3 now and just see how it goes. Nice and slow...

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