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W5R3- When I'm wrong, I'm wrong

MadzScientist profile image

Thanks to everyone who told me I was wrong to be worried about week 5 run 3. I just ran for 20 minutes, that's bonkers! You lot were totally right.

If anyone is struggling here are some things I have figured out along the way:

Pretend you're not running- think about something else, try to spot wildlife, focus on the lyrics of your music, practice a presentation in your head, think about anything except how much time is left or how tired you are.

Don't clench your fists, it's a waste of energy.

If you run the same route every time you very quickly learn where the finish line is, but remember you're running on time, not distance. Speeding up at the end will get you there faster but it will also move the finish line and wear you out prematurely.

Personally, I find thinking about my breathing makes my breathing worse, if I don't think about it I breath easier. This may be different for everyone though!

If you're thinking about stopping, think about how happy you will be if you get to the end without stopping, it's worth a miserable few minutes towards the end (but don't run yourself to death).

Assume you can do it before you start and you probably will.

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Tartancat profile image

Well done!

It took me 5 attempts to crack W5R3, but I learnt 2 important lessons from it

1. Run slower than you have ever run in your life before

2. 90% of the battle is with your mind.

You're dead right - if you believe you can, you can. And you did!

Yes! That's one missing off my list!

Gait= run


Nita49 profile image

Great Post... Thanks for the advice 👍

Keep on Running!

Oldfloss profile image

Huge well done.. all advice we have given folk on the forum for years! Very well done you!

Our FAQ post lists these things in bucket loads... just trust the plan.. slow and steady and believe you can do it:)

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