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W6R2 - Blues

W6R2 - Blues

Today was the worst run so far, I struggled with both sets of 10 minutes but forced myself to get them done. I’m questioning whether this jogging malarkey is for me.......

I look forward to the jog and feel fantastic immediately after it’s finished, but hate the actual jogging!!! Erghhhh....... rubbish!!!!

My pace is in attached pic - I’m sure I could match this on a power walk!

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That pace seems very quick to me?!! Sorry to hear you don’t enjoy the jogging ☹️

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I felt exactly the same about this run yesterday! Struggled with both sets of 10 mins and finished wondering how on earth I will manage 25 mins on the next run! But somehow I do manage every run and like you I do love the feeling afterwards! Think how far you have come...only 3 weeks till we graduate so no giving up now! 💪💪x

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I shall definitely try the 25mins on Friday! Perhaps I’m just a miserable old crow today and probably haven’t had enough to drink!!! 🙈🙈

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Have this run to look forward to later tonight.....

I have a feeling all the runs will be tough from now on.

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Good luck!! I really hope yours is happier than mine 😘 I shall keep an eye out for your updates x

I was expecting to be like Mo Farah after w5r3 😂 feel a bit disappointed in myself x

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Don’t beat yourself up about it. Week 6 run 1/2 are tricky. Forget your pace and be pleased that you did it. 😊 Well done!

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Yes I remember that feeling when I did 2 x 10 minutes. You won’t believe this but I preferred the full 20 mins of the next run. You are doing brilliantly, just keep going. 😀

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Week 6 is a funny old week 😬 you will be fine by the next run. i found my week 8 run hard yesterday so looking forward to the next one so I can prove the last one was just a one off as I was sloooooow 🐌 even for me! 😊😊 you’re speedy in comparison to me you would think I had stopped 🤣🤣🤣

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Your running sub 40 mins for 3 miles or 5k.

It is not about pace. Your continuous runs are designed to build and strengthen your legs, lungs, stamina and tune your running brain.

Slow down and enjoy it more,yes try and prepare well,there is so much after you graduate that you will enjoy.

Running is easier on your body than power walking.

Distract yourself with all sorts during your run.💫🏃‍♀️💫

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Normally I’m loving the countryside views - today I seemed to have my head down, mostly watching my feet! I probably set myself up for a crappy run on the first 20 seconds...... I’m gutted I didn’t snap myself out of it - what a waste of a jog!!! Really cross with myself

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The running form, is head up,chin not jutting out , head still and looking ahead, etc, etc,

Your doing great, and your pace is good,

Never a waste, Keels , more miles invested.

You have taken years to power walk ,so it takes time and energy to build your running body also.

Enjoyment and belief is everything.

Atb on Friday. Enjoy and keep smiling.

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I think it might be just this notoriously tricky Week 6. I’ve found both runs this week less enjoyable than in previous weeks and it’s generally felt more like hard work. I’ll be doing the 25 minute run 3 in the morning......😳

Maybe the longer run will feel better?

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Hey - chin up and don't be disheartened. There is nothing wrong with your status or your feelings, but if you want to do this, you can do this :). I found Week 6 my worst - I had aching quads from W5R3, aching all weekend. Monday came for W6R1 and it was a struggle. W6R2 was even worse, and I thought, OMG, I'm not going to complete this week and think I will have to re-do it. So resigned myself to that and decided to bin the rest of the week, rest the legs, and start again Monday. But on the Sunday morning, 26 April, beautiful weather here in the South East. My legs felt OK and I thought, stuff it, it, I'm going to go for it. And I did and it was lovely - a whole 25 mins of non stop running after a completely pants running week, and I've improved leaps and bounds in Weeks 8 and 9. Unless something catastrophic happens, I will graduate Friday. So crucially, what I'm saying is, you've come this far, you're past half way, so you've got this if you want it. Pay no attention to distance/speed - that can come later if you wish. For now, just focus on doing your best to start running when your prodcaster says, and try not to stop until they tell you to. Build your stamina and it will support you as the runs get more challenging. Good Luck :) x

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Don't look at the speed just do the time! The slower the better, you are a new runner, a lot of people beat themselves up over speed on here, but that's not the way! The link below gives good advice...

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

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Sorry to hear you had a bad run :-(

I know what you mean about not enjoying the actual running part of running - I feel pretty much the same! But the sense of accomplishment when it's done is so great that it really does make it worth perservering with.

I found it much more enjoyable when I stopped worrying about how far/fast I'm going. In fact actually think I'm going further/faster now then when I was trying too hard. Hoping to do Parkrun on Saturday so guess I'll find out!

Onwards and upwards :-)

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Many people struggle with W6r1 and R2. After the long run at the end of W5 the interval runs seem easy and catch many of us.

Don’t worry about your speed, except in the sense you should slow down when it gets tough.

Well done for keeping going; don’t let this struggle put you off; take the final run slowly! Good luck and enjoy.

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