Struggling with week 7: Hi all. I have so far... - Couch to 5K

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Struggling with week 7

Ray111
Ray111Graduate

Hi all. I have so far been both surprised and pleased with my progress, particularly so when I completed the W6R3 25 min run and the same again at W7R1, but then something happened. W7R2 & 3 were somehow more difficult and I found myself slowing to walking pace a couple of times during the run. I think I will have to go back to the beginning of W7, or perhaps even W6. I'm 64 and prior to C25k I haven't run any distance to speak of for decades, so very proud of myself, but just wondering if anyone out there has experienced the same as me. All thoughts welcomed!

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Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

Don’t go back to W6. W6R3 and W7R1 proved you can run the 25 minutes.

Go back and try W7R2. But only after an extra rest day (so a 2 day gap since the last attempt).

Bear in mind the heat is an energy sponge and makes everything harder. It’s not just the run but the day and night before. Run very early or very, very late. Make sure you are well hydrated (light straw coloured pee) and not too full/empty of food.

Finally, it’s a mental challenge. You can do it but gremlins might be convincing you otherwise. What makes you walk? Tiredness? Pain? Or just a voice in your head saying you can’t finish?

Good luck with the next attempt. All the practice runs are helping build your condition.

Ray111
Ray111Graduate in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks for the advice, much appreciated. I think my aching legs are the main reason for slowing down, rather than my breathing, which is reasonably okay. I run in the evenings, and in the current weather, leave it until relatively late when it cools a bit. Thanks again.

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Ray111

Aching legs sounds like hydration. Make sure you get plenty of water in the day. Hope the next one goes well - be sure to let us all know.

Ray111
Ray111Graduate in reply to Jay66UK

Many thanks for the tips. I drank loads of water during the day before going back to W7R2 as advised and hey presto, did the run no problem. Probably a combination of suitable hydration, a couple of days rest and the right mental attitude. Anyway, W7R3 on Tuesday. I hope this helps others who are also struggling. Good luck all.

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Ray111

Excellent!

As Jay says, don't go back but do complete each run before moving on. Some runs are harder than others. I think you're doing brilliantly.

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