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Week 3 first run: things get real

deadandalive
deadandaliveGraduate

Just back from my first run of week 3 and I gotta say, I felt that! I liked the challenge and had been looking forward to it since my final week 2 run on Saturday, but I'll be first to admit it did NOT end too soon! 😂 I didn't need too much encouragement to keep it steady and not go too fast, but I did find myself doing that though: I've never been so aware before now just how much of a temptation speed is.

I'm honestly looking forward to the next two runs, though, and to building stamina by the end of the week.

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Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Well done you!

Slow and steady as you go and make sure you start to put in some core strength and stamina work on some of your rest days, as the runs get longer.

The time for speed and distance comes later... we just need to let our running muscles build slowly and this nine weeks starts that process.

deadandalive
deadandaliveGraduate
in reply to Oldfloss

The core strength and stamina bits are where I'm struggling. I tried the strength and flexibility podcast and it was just not as enjoyable. I basically slogged through my first attempt and I haven't tried again since. Any other ideas, please? And preferably something I can do at home and with no equipment besides bodyweight? Thanks!

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to deadandalive

There are loads of ideas online... and many of us devise routines which become a habit... There are ones you can follow on You Tube and then put into a workout of your own... I can PM you some links if you wish :)

I just have a set of weights at home, my exercise ball and my Yoga mat...my cross trainer..bought for my husband serves me on icy days and after injury...

deadandalive
deadandaliveGraduate
in reply to Oldfloss

Please do — PM links I mean. Ideally with no equipment at all besides a chair, though cause I have (and for now, prefer) none. Thanks!

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to deadandalive

Will do...

Sophia1712
Sophia1712Graduate
in reply to Oldfloss

I do daily yoga for strength and flexibility. You don't need any extra equipment although a mat may be helpful: yogawithadriene.com

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to Sophia1712

I use that site too..great for warm up for a run and cool down too..

Jundal
JundalGraduate

For me, week 3 was the hardest: the closest I came to thinking I couldn't do it. It really REALLY hurt! But keep going, things DO get easier as time goes on and by week six, things will be a lot easier.

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