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Counting down EVERY minute!

Hi, did w7r2 this morning. I have stayed on track with the program, listened to advice. Waited and waited for the running high to kick in with me. It's not happening. I have started to count down every minute to get it over with. I've got good music on, listening to a good coach, not going too fast, etc etc., but nothing! I'm afraid that once I've done the final week, that that'll be it. I'll just stop. Help please!

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Perhaps you should not expect the running high... Try to run without counting time (but aparently it's been really difficult not to for you) and focus your mind on your feelings, on your environment, on your moves, your body. These are mindfulness techniques (or meditation): you need to let go, relax and try not to think. Just don't think about the high. For the moment, get to the end of C25K and see how you feel about graduation. Don't you feel proud of yourself for being able to run 25 mns? That's quite an achievement!

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Hi Anthie, thank you for your reply. I do feel good about having achieved being able to run for 25 minutes. I do find it hard work. I guess I am chasing the feeling of elation, and disappointed that I have arrived at this stage. I think I am def going to have to develop a different tactic for my next run, but no idea what that will be. I've been running indoors on a treadmill, so the most I can do is change my music. When I ran outside I got really bad shin splint, which I was afraid would put me off, so I'm afraid to chance it again.

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You can try running on a soft track or grass, if you think your shins are not ready yet. But try getting out indeed as your level of fitness has definitely improved. Good luck and you're not far from graduation, so be pleased with yourself and don't talk about waste of time...

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Thank you Anthie. I have been looking up some outdoor routes and will give it a go. I mustn't feel defeated!

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You have been running on a treadmill. You can't expect the same kind off buzz being a hamster compared to being out in the glorious outdoors.

The majority on this forum run outdoors.

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Oh, ok. I really feel like it's a big waste of time what I have done so far.

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Thank you for your comment. I didn't realise where I was going wrong.

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Get outside.... uneven surfaces, rain, wind, hail snow, sun and all that goes with the weather:)

So much to see and hear...new routes, new adventures...!

You started this to lose weight but mainly to get fit... okay.. has all that happened and if you stop, will that change again?

Finish the journey... and then... venture out...

" There are far better things ahead, than any we leave behind".

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Hi. Thank you. I def need to rethink what I need to do to move forward.

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I can identify with what you are saying but as I read further into your post I saw the word treadmill.

I thought I would prefer treadmill to outdoors but had no choice as I have no access to one so I braved the January weather and set out on week one determined I’d try another new “fad”. (My last one was horse riding)

And, you know? ....the thing that I’ve been most euphoric about was running in the worst weather possible and coming home feeling like I’d been beaten about the face but knowing I’d done something even more than just a run.

I’d got my arse outside.

I didn’t know how much I loved outside.

On week 2 I was lucky enough to be on the Scottish coast and did my runs there which hardened me to any weather I get thrown at me here in the English Midlands. I now think, if I went out in THAT ❄️I can go out in this! 🌧

Next week I’m lucky enough to be in Norway. I’m shuddering at the prospect of horizontal snow, but hey, it’s such a buzz to survive the run.

It only has to be 30 minutes!

Make it the weirdest, coldest, wettest 30 minutes of your day. Or even the hottest and sweatiest!

Then you really have something to talk about when you get home.

And this forum will listen with interest to what you did and give you a massive round of applause. I’m sure of that.

Go for it!!! 😊💪🏽

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Thanks Jude. I'm def regrouping and going to get out there! Enjoy Norway!

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The very fact that you have written this post proves you have the will to run ! Look forward to hearing how your outside run goes.

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Thanks Cat. I'll be back!

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According to a recent documentary by Micheal Mosley not everyone gets the Runners High (I may be one of those)

blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/news...

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I shall read this. Thank you.

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