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Week 2 complete?

Cheesesalad
Cheesesalad
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Hi,

This is my 3rd attempt at C25K and have today done W2R3 (the furthest I've got). W2R1 was fine. However after my 2 rest days W2R2 was pretty dismal, I did the full half hour but didn't complete all of the 90 second runs and was exhausted at the end, so for R3 I made sure I had eaten about 2 hours prior to run and took it steady, despite light rain and being windy it was a good session. So I have a question. Should I repeat one of the W2 runs or just carry on to W3?

Grateful for any advice ๐Ÿ˜€

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IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Well done.

If you don't complete any workout it is worth having a rest day, then repeating it. No need to repeat the week.

Bear in mind that this is a brilliant training plan, not a tick box exercise.

Do each session and you are ready to move on.

Thanks. I'll do another W2 run on Friday and if it goes ok I'll continue to W3. It's difficult to know if you should do 3 consecutive successful runs or just 3 successful runs mixed in with a number of less rewarding ones.

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate
in reply to Cheesesalad

They don't all feel great, that's normal. If you make it to the end of the run, even if you feel rough, you're ready to move on to the next. If you don't make it to the end of one then it'll probably work better to do a repeat. Don't worry how many weeks it takes in total to complete, it took me more than 9, but I got there and so will you ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thanks for the advice and encouragement. You probably remember how far away week 9 felt at this early stage. Feel a little daunted by it.

Cheers ๐Ÿ˜

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate
in reply to Cheesesalad

I do remember. I didn't think I'd stick to it so didn't buy any trainers. I ran in cut off jeans and walking boots and hurt my knee! A big part of why it took me more than 9 weeks as I needed a week off to recover! Every time I did a run it felt like a miracle ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hi I didn't complete all the week one runs so am now doing week one again. Do know if this is the right thing to do or not. But it seems to me if you can't complete W1 is there any point in moving to W2. OR AM I WRONG

Cheesesalad
Cheesesalad
in reply to Peggy01

I think I'd be inclined to do the same.

ButtercupKid
ButtercupKidGraduate
in reply to Peggy01

Youโ€™re absolutely right ! You move on to the next week once youโ€™ve completed all the requirements of all 3 runs in the current week. Repeating isnโ€™t failing: it gives your body time to adjust to the new demands youโ€™re placing on it. It took me nine weeks of repeats to conquer week 1, but none at all for weeks 5 and 6 ( Iโ€™m about to start week 7), so taking time at first really pays off. Enjoy your journey x

Thank you for your reply. I'm glad I'm not the only one who couldnt make week one at the first attempt. Try try again take care

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate
in reply to Peggy01

It's fine if it takes a few more days to complete the 3 runs though. Keep going, it gets easier even though you're running for longer. I found nothing was as hard as the that first 60 seconds! It gets really exciting by about week 3!

I look forward to being excited, take care

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