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W3R1.... almost got despondent, until I did some maths! 😂

AlphaExecDave
AlphaExecDaveGraduate

Ok, so just couldn’t work out why after this run, I’d only travelled about 1.7km instead of the 2.1km that I’d been doing in W2.

Turns out doing maths immediately after a run is stupid...! Leaving it for 20 minutes then doing the maths again makes it all become clear.... less actual exercise time/distance, more intensity! D’oh!

So I was a bit dubious about running for 3 minutes solid.... don’t think I’ve done that in nearly 12 years since leaving the RAF! But, through gritted teeth... each 3 minute run came and went without incident.

The thing I thought was shin splints doesn’t appear to be... each new run seems to feel a bit easier on the shins.

Just that horrible “calves feeling like lead weights” hurdle to keep getting through.... does this stop after a certain amount of time running or is it something that you always just have to grit your teeth through???

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Hi Dave, congratulations on getting this far. 😊

Just take it all slow and steady as you go through the programme and you’ll be fine. 👍

Don’t worry at all about your pace, the trick of this is to run for the time you’re given. The rest of it might come at a later date, or it might not. Either way you’re improving your fitness with every run. 🙂

Stick with it, we’re all behind you and cheering you on. 👏👏

SandieF
SandieFGraduate

Well done! It’s a magical programme, somehow it just works and all comes together to get you to that final 30 run. Take it nice and slow and you’ll get there. Heavy legs/calves could be down to dehydration. Are you sure your drinking enough? Especially the day before a run?

As above. Don't worry about the distance. The programme is about getting you running for 30 minutes. Shins and calfs ache because you haven't been using them so intensely for years. Takes a while for them to adapt.

I agree about the hydration. Make sure you have a beer.

Cheers guys. It could well be down to a combination of lack of use for a few years, as well as hydration.... I’ll address the latter tomorrow on the “off” day. Currently on holiday in Ibiza so having to stay hydrated anyway as it’s so hot; but still don’t think I ever drink enough water anyway and have to make a conscious effort to do so and track the amount I actually get down me!!

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