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Week 6 run 2

Hi all I’m Pete, currently running at about 8 mins 30 secs per mile which I never thought possible six weeks ago. Joined the community to chat to other runners and see how everyone else is finding the journey from couch to 5k

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Isn't c25k just amazing, when you think back to wk1 the way we progress great feeling 😊

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Yeah it certainly is amazing how fast you progress, im struggling with control of my breathing too but I’m working on it. I think it’s key to pull your pace back slightly if you’re getting too out of puff but I still find that at some point my control of my breathing is gone and it’s all about how determined I am.

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Yes, I had a few problems with my breathing and I thought I was going slow but I managed to slow a bit more and it helped 😊

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I agree Pete....at some point ...its "mind over the air that we breath "...lol

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Welcome and great job so far... that’s a quick pace! Enjoy run 3

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Thank you, I’m looking forward to run three. To be honest I’m hoping to nail the 5k but it will mean an increase in pace and I’m at my limit so I think I need some patience.

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Your maths is out... 8:30 per mile is a shade over 26 minutes for 5k!

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Run three is 25 minutes running so would need a slight increase to pace, not sure I can but it sure would be great.

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True, but the programme is built around running for 30 minutes, so you'll be fine.

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That’s a very good point, thank you.

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It’s best not to push pace often... even the likes of Mo Farah run easy 8-9/10 runs. Many here aim to run 5k in 30 when they start, it’s not the aim of the plan though. Think you may be the first to want to do it in 25 😂

Relax... you didn’t start this plan a runner... your pace is very good... there’s no need to push it, speed will come with longer easy runs and a little speed work, but more importantly it will come with fitness and experience. You’re doing great... be proud.

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That is great advice, I’m going to pull back and relax a bit more. Knowing I was close today made me forget so I appreciate what you’ve said, thank you.

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Hello and welcome! That is a fast pace you have there!

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Thank you and hello, struggling with breathing at that pace though but I find I’m comfortable pushing myself then easing back slightly to recover and going again.

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You could slow down a tad..... advisable at such an early point of your training plan. Build your running legs first, pace can come later. There is no rush, you are at the beginning of your running journey. Take the time to look around and enjoy maybe 😀

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I guess it would make a change from wiping the sweat from my eyes, the whole community has advised the same thing and I can see it’s good advice so I’m glad I joined you all. Thank you.

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Hello and welcome! My advice is don’t get hung up on pace at this stage. Firstly your pace seems already very fast to me. And 2 you are starting so best to go leisurely and enjoy and build up some stamina and some running muscles 💪 enjoy 😊

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Yeah I’m glad I joined the community because everyone has advised the same thing and I can see it’s good advice, thank you.

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Yes it’s a great community! Also there are so many of us that whatever you are feeling, someone else has. Keep asking questions and enjoy your next run!

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Well done... you know you can do it now.. so maybe ..pull back, relax and enjoy the ride... Let those legs carry on building up as Millsie-J suggests.... it is just the beginning here and as you move on... you will find the strength and stamina gained from the longer slightly slower runs is immeasurable :)

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Hi Pete that is brilliant- the program is so good it feels like you get to a good level without realising.

I start level 4.1 tomorrow but a friend has asked me to join him on a 5K this evening with the running club - I know I’m not going to do the whole 5K without slowing or walking but will give it a go - unfortunately it is likely to be raining and storm Gareth is going to be chasing us 😀 Keep on running 🏃🏻‍♂️ 🏃‍♀️

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Good luck with the 5k Karen, just keep your pace steady and walk if you need to. Don’t make the same mistake I did and over pace too early on, I’m exhausted today as a result so stick with the c25k program.

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Hi you are fast, 13.67 km per hour, you can already technically do the 5 k in under 30 min, at that pace you will do about 6.8 in half an hour! Don’t push too hard and hurt anything!

Keep up the good work but don’t be obsessed with pace, enjoy!

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It’s not that I’m focussed on pace really, I’ve always found I’m comfortable pushing until my breathing is hard then backing off until I have control again and going again. I have to reign that in a bit though, I’ve spent today exhausted as a result of my pace on the run. Better to build strength and stamina over time, pace will come naturally.

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