W4R2 gremlins: I completed the run but it was... - Couch to 5K

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W4R2 gremlins

born-to-run
born-to-run

I completed the run but it was rough. My entire body felt leaden. Tried to cheer myself up with the fact I've done it but it isn't working. Not sure I'm cut out for this running malarky.

I was loving every run until week 4. The programme was giving me such a buzz. Now I feel exhausted and worn down and the runs require effort. Every time I think about running I feel discouraged but I can't forget how amazing it was to begin with.

Anyone know how to throw off the gremlins and enjoy running again?

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AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

Live up to your name, everyone has bad days, just take your runs slow and steady, no rush, this is not a race, you started and you will finish, I hope you will get that buzz you began with soon again. You are allowed to repeat runs whenever you want to.

born-to-run
born-to-run
in reply to AlMorr

thanks. i think i need to slow down a bit but it hurts my pride to do it. maybe i'll repeat a run from this week too. thank you :)

TrickyRuns
TrickyRunsGraduate

It's so hot, I know your not the only one struggling recently - trust me everyone has horrid runs - but you did it and that is the important thing!

I would give yourself an extra couple of rest days to recuperate, before your next one.

I have been running really early in the morning to avoid the heat and it really helped, but I know this is not possible or practical for everyone...

and drink lots of water!

i probably was a little dehydrated and ran a little late in the day too. i'll consider taking an extra day's rest if I still feel worn out tomorrow. thank you :)

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Wait until it cools down..you will be fine😉

thank you oldfloss :D your faith makes me feel it too!

in w4 i did great on r1 and 3 but r2 i sucked. dont give up and move on. See ya in w5 :)

ah, I'm glad I'm not the only

one (although I'm sorry that your R2 sucked). I will push through! thank you :)

(i don't quite dare reply to your last line yet.)

Emmajane71
Emmajane71Graduate

Wk4 was hell for me, runs 1 and 2 were disastrous, heavy legs, dizzy spells, I couldn't even finish the last 2 runs on either day but I was given good advice on here to up my water intake and slow it right down, so I started carrying round a 2 litre bottle of water to drink each day and slowed my jog down to a plod and I actually managed r3 with no problems, I was over the moon as I honestly felt the same as you, I was convinced I wasn't cut out for running but I managed it, if I can do it (unfit, overweight etc) so can you, keep going, keep positive and enjoy the challenge. You're doing great! I'm just heading into wk5, would love to see you there?!

More water, run slower - got it! Let's see how my next run goes.

Maybe I'll be there, or maybe I'll take a little while to get to the party. Time can only tell :) congratulations on getting through week 4! You've done so well!!

I really struggled on the same run i, put it down to the weather I, even sacked off MJ at the end of it . W4R3 was a breeze in comparison. I’m on to w5R2 now onwards and up wards.

I'm glad you got through it! Well done!! A lot of people seem to struggle with W4. Looks like I'm gunna have to keep up the tradition of getting through it! all the best for the rest of your runs (especially W5R3 - first long run, eek!).

I’m absolutely dreading it!!! Hopefully my new running shoes will have a mind of their own.

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

Try having extra rest days between each run - don’t worry if your “week” covers one and a half. The heat sucks our energy and destroys our hydration

Slow right down. The aim is just to complete the run. Doing any run in this weather is a success.

Don’t throw away all those steps you have taken toward the podium by getting disheartened by things outside your control.

Soon this weather will be a memory. We will be cooler then colder and going faster to try to get warm!

born-to-run
born-to-run
in reply to Jay66UK

You're right, thank you for your wise words. I'll try not to beat myself up about it anymore and just keep running. Don't want to let those gremlins win.

Although I do feel a bit overwhelmed to have a C25K celebrity reply to me ;)

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate
in reply to born-to-run

😳🤷‍♂️ If you could see this slow, fat lump in action you wouldn’t see much celebrity!

born-to-run
born-to-run
in reply to Jay66UK

I'm sure you run perfectly!!

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate
in reply to born-to-run

I can assure you I don’t. But I do my best to keep going each run, despite the gremlins.

Keep smiling; keep running.

PaulaGullett
PaulaGullettGraduate

I’ve just completed the same run as you and I felt the same after w4r1. I made sure on this run I wasn’t dehydrated before I ran and slowed my speed down on my walks and runs. I thought if I kept the same pace as my previous weeks I would be ok but I wasn’t. Slowing down has really helped, its more important to keep running than it is to keep to speed. I also gave myself a talking to before I started ... it’s only 5mins.... that’s nothing! Keep going

Yes, I do think I need to slow down. Good on you for getting through that run!

it's quite an amazing feeling to finish a five-minute run, isn't it? In week one it was difficult to go for 60 seconds!

Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate

Gremlins or the heat? Drink more and try to run slower. I had a horrid run yesterday. First time I've had to stop. Was not properly hydrated and went off too fast. Made me feel awful!

perhaps a bit of both! I've not been taking care with my hydration, so definitely focusing on that for the next couple of days.

I'm sorry you had a bad run! Live and learn, eh? I'm sure your next one will be better :D

Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate
in reply to born-to-run

Hope so! I prefer evening runs so back to that this week if it is a tiny bit cooler!

Hi, we all have visits from the gremlins from time to time, so don’t worry about it 🙂

Just keep going and you’ll be fine. Some runs are better than others, and the poor runs make the good ones feel even better! 😀

You could try varying your route, or maybe different music or run at different times of the day, that might work 😊

Most important in this weather is to keep hydrated. Good luck with your next run 🤞🤞🤞

born-to-run
born-to-run
in reply to David_G

thank you! I'm going to attempt

to run in the very early morning (how's that for varying the time? :D). I am decidedly a night owl, so we'll see how it goes. Also, I will see what I can do about music; need to make a good running playlist. You've really got me thinking now. Thank you :D

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

Just reflect on how supportive your replies are to others on this thread and others. Turn some of that support onto yourself 😉

born-to-run
born-to-run
in reply to Jay66UK

😳 goodness, I feel caught out. You're perfectly right. I will be musing on that a while.

Just thought I’d let you know I completed W5R3 this morning. Once the adrenaline kicked in there was no way I was stopping. It wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. I think I’d blown it out of proportion in my head. If I can do it anyone can.

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