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WK2R3 Done


Hi Everyone

This is my first post. I didn't post earlier because I did not think I would even get this far. However thanks to your tips and advice on here, week 3 awaits me. My biggest issue at the moment is speed. Everyone advises slow, slow and slow. Great advice. However I find my natural competiveness makes me run faster than I should be. I know the logic behind slow, I just have to convince myself to believe it.

Thanks for all of your posts which really have been a great source of help and motivation.

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I'm with you on this. I'm quite a fast walker and it's really hard to run slow. It's my natural tendency to try and run a lot faster than I walk. I've gotta keep that in check else I'll burn out long before the time is up. As the weeks go on, I can see my walking and running speed becoming identical :)

It's great you've got to the end of week two. I'm just a week ahead of you. After a lifetime of avoiding running, I could never have imagined I'd get this far. Roll on week 4!

waspur in reply to Hidden

Thanks, WK 3 Here I come.


Increase speed or distance/duration... that’s what I remembered from my athletics days... as we have to increase duration, the runs should be run easy/comfortable. It’s a good discipline to get into. We saw Mo running 5k fast a lot on the TV, the cameras didn’t show him running 6/7 slow and one speed session in training to get there.

Great start to the programme... resist the speed... maybe let it out at the end of week 7 for a run, then put it away again!

waspur in reply to UnfitNoMore

"maybe let it out at the end of week 7" I'll be pleased just to get to week 7!

UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to waspur

You’ll be there soon!


How about setting a goal of seeing how slow you can go, then see if you can beat that target by going slower still next time? Your body will thank you for it!

waspur in reply to Tartancat

Food for thought.... Thanks


Your doing great. Obviously it gets more challenging as you progress and the aim is always to complete the time, hence the slow and steady mantra. I'm the same as you so I start slow for say five minutes, then pick up a bit mid run then push for the last 3, 4 or 5 minutes. If you've got something in the tank for that last push then I think it shows you've got the pace right. You can always dial it back to make sure you finish.Resist the urge to go off a full pace.

waspur in reply to steviej99

Thanks. I will get there.... slowly.


Welcome to the forum and well done on getting started.

This guide to the plan is essential reading healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Learning to run slowly is one of the most difficult disciplines to master. I found that running with someone who has a naturally slower pace helped me to discover this pace.

Enjoy your journey.

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