I failed W6R1 miserably on Sunday - after successfully doing W5R3. I think maybe I got a bit cocky - I definitely got a bit complacent. I managed the first 5 minutes ok, then had to stop about 3 minutes into the 8 minute run. I'm going to try again tonight - can anybody offer any words of advice please?! This has really knocked my confidence and I actually feel like throwing in the towel (embarrassed to admit it but it's true).
Failed to complete W6R1 :-(: I failed W6R... - Couch to 5K
Don't worry, you are not alone Week 6 is a week that catches a lot of people out.
Remember that each week of the plan is a progression and more challenging than the previous week.
You've done fantastic getting this far and having completed the milestone W5R3, you are ready to do this.
Although it's been said many times before here, it's very true that slow is the way forward. Even if you feel you are already running slowly, slow it down even more and just take your time. You can do this and you will do it.
Good luck with your next run, I look forward to seeing that you've smashed it.
It’s so easy to be down and hard on yourself but you just said ‘when a few weeks ago I couldn’t even complete 60 seconds’ You’ve (we’ve) come SO far in just 5 short weeks. That is worth celebrating!
I know it’s easy for people to say chin up and you’ll do great next run, when I did my ‘practice’ run I was also so deflated. But I kept going and the next run was fabulous so I’m proof (at 20 stone!) that it’s possible.
I'm on W6/R2 tomorrow - so just one ahead. I struggled a lot with Run 1 this week, and slowed down (to just faster than a snail) to get through it.
You've (we've) done amazing to get this far - and there are bound to be hiccups... I'd run it again with a couple of days rest, take it really gently and I'm sure you'll conquer it.
You can try and fail, but failure is when you fail to try. (Sorry I know the F word is bad here so I thought I’d use it, I’m a naughty boy)
Sometimes you meet the impossible... and at that point the challenge is to work until it’s possible. When my knee is fixed I’m expecting many of these fails, but I won’t be a failure.
Repeating now gets your legs and body stronger for the next tough one you find than you would have been if you’d breezed this one... so your “fail” actually helps you later.
When the legs find it hard it sometimes becomes a matter of will, and to get to week 6 you DO have what it takes, everyone here knows that you do, but occasionally you may need to convince yourself of that.
The bogey W6R1. It’s pesky and catches loads of people out, especially after feeling so good completing W5R3, the first real landmark run. If I hadn’t read lots of warning posts on here, I think I might have fallen victim too.
Just go slower than slow and don’t beat yourself up about it. You’ll be fine now you know what’s coming!
Good luck! 😀
Please don't quit
I hated that run. I thought it was so so so hard. It made absolutely no logical sense. How did I run 20 minutes (not easily, but did it) then hate so hard a run that had a REST in it. It makes no sense.
Then I realized: Starting is the hardest part for me. Settling in, accepting that this is what we'll be doing for the next 20+ minutes or so, the physical impact of ramping up from walking to running.
So at that point, THREE starts felt like torture.
Early on, I needed those walking breaks like you cannot imagine. I desperately needed every second of them to recover from the gasping tortured breathing. As weeks went on? I needed them, I was grateful for them, but gosh they were just a liiiitle too long. Not like I was super anxious to get back to running, but kind of?
I don't know if any of this relatable at all. It's just something that I have discovered about myself.
I ran 25 minutes for my run today and it was "fine" (ha!) but truly if I had to run 5 minutes four times with little breaks in between? I think I might have cried and been completely wiped at the end.
If you "throw in the towel" then the gremlins win.
I bet you heard things in your head like "see, you knew you couldn't do this" "you just got lucky on the last one" "It's too hard"
You ran for 20 mins. You CAN do this. You know how to do it. Slow down and push on. The only question is - do you want to? If you want it enough you won't let those little buggers win! 💪👍😁
If you search the forum you are not alone in finding this one in particular hard after the euphoria of W5R3.