Going to miss week 4 - scared of week 5! - Couch to 5K

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Going to miss week 4 - scared of week 5!


Well I completed my w4r3 this morning and I even ran up hills without stopping! I have really 'enjoyed' (yes really) week 4. I think because I've not been watching the clock and have just had to get on with the longer times I've settled down into it.

How did people find week 5? Any tips please? And does anyone else use a route planner such as plotaroute.com to work out where they can run? I live in a rural area so there isn't anywhere on my doorstep nice and flat like a park - but at least I've managed to avoid the 20% hills since week one :D

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Well done.

Week 5 is just another week......one in which you do not increase your workout duration........in fact R3 is the shortest overall session since W3.

The intervals are juggled, but overall duration drops on the last run.

Just take it nice and slow, trust that the programme has brought you this far and enjoy it.

This has apparently been of help to others healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

I use Maverick for running and walking routes, as it gives free access to Ordnance Survey maps.

southlundonGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you! Your other post was spot on and now I feel a bit daft for saying I'm 'scared' of anything. Perhaps it is more that I've enjoyed this week properly for the first time so I'm more sad about moving on :D Trust the plan!

southlundonGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Oh and thanks for the Maverick tip. I'll check it out :)

SandieFGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you for that link @Iannoda, it certainly rang bells with me and now I am looking forward to my next run more than usual. 👍


I'm just blown away by your photo 😍🐑 and want to know where you live!!? Tell me! tell me! 🤣 Sorry, aside from that, W5 is nothing to worry about ~ if you can run up hills then you've already got this! 🙌😊

southlundonGraduate in reply to Flaraflarkin

I'm up in the Ribble Valley! :D And yes, I was jealous of anyone with flat runs for the first three weeks but something has clicked this week and I'm getting through the hills!


Hi Southlundon

Just completed W5R1 today. I was dreading it actually. Woke up not quite feeling it. Probably the same underlying dread of it now getting hard, but it was not bad at all. I really enjoyed it and amazed myself, still feeling I had something to give by the end! You’ve done all the runs so far and you can definitely do the next one too! Well done you! ❤️

southlundonGraduate in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks Fabulous! (I'm trying to be Fabulousat41!) Will follow your progress too given you're just ahead of me :)

Fabulous450Graduate in reply to southlundon

Only just southlundon! We’re birds of a feather! Let’s do this! ❤️


IanodaTruffe has got you covered here. Slow and steady. You will be ready for each run when you get to it.

southlundonGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

Cheers Jay :)

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