Newbie - W1 R2: Just finished 2nd run of week... - Couch to 5K

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Just finished 2nd run of week 1 (treadmill, as I am not confident to run outside yet) and did ok. Wasn't really up for it, but thought it is easy to quit so soon, just do it! First 4 x 1mins (runs) were ok, but the last 4 x 1mins (runs) did challenge me - but cranked up the volume on the CD player to get me through it. The fast walks were fine. Is this normal? I am taking it slowly, jogging at 5.8 speed on the treadmill, so not sure if I should increase the speed a little. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks 🏃‍♀️ #donotquit #icandoit

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UnfitNoMore profile image

Good running. Don’t turn up that dial... slow comfortable running is the way to do this, there is no too slow as long as you’re running.

Week one is tough, a shock to the system for sure. Doing 4 of the 8 comfortably is great, being challenged by the other 4 is normal... and beating the challenge demonstrates mental strength and develops the running brain. Running is at least as much mental as physical.

Great start to the plan... enjoy closing out week 1 and the rest of your journey.

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Viv49Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thank you so much, this reassuring to hear and I agree, it is very much a mind game with me to exercise. Appreciate the tip - I won't touch the speed (just yet) 👍 Maybe when I am getting the hang it it more. I am determined to run in Central Park in March 🏃‍♀️🏙

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to Viv49

Your comfortable, happy, conversational pace will rise over time, but no need to push it... once you’re outside it will come naturally. Central Park in March will be great, and spring will be kicking in so the flowers will be coming out to celebrate you running there.

Pianism profile image

Well done for sticking with it, Viv, and getting the run done. I'm not experienced enough to give advice but I do trust the plan and the good folks on here who know what they're talking about. Take it slow and keep going! :)

IannodaTruffe profile image

Welcome to the forum and well done on getting started.

This guide to the plan is essential reading

It may be tough at times, right through the plan, but you will be capable of doing so much more each week and you will notice benefits in all sorts of ways.

Stick with it. The rewards are immense.

Enjoy your journey.

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