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Thought I'd enjoy it more

I've just completed the 3rd run of week 4 and I find I'm enjoying it less and less. I am clock watching for the full 5 minutes run time and wishing it was over. Thought I would start to enjoy running but I fear it's not for me :(

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Most people, apart from the masochistic tendency, only begin to enjoy running when they get the pace right.

The guide to the plan healthunlocked.com/couchto5... explains the recommended easy conversational pace at which it all becomes possible and, for most, much more enjoyable.

This slow pace is perfectly adequate to trigger positive adaptations to your body and build stamina and strength.

Stop clock watching...........it is the worst possible way to pass the time.......find a distraction from thinking about running.

Are you running outdoors? Find somewhere beautiful and inspiring to run......... don't just trudge urban streets.

And if you are on a treadmill, even more reason.

Some people just do not have it in them to enjoy physical exertion........so you may just be an unlucky one.......I hope not.

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I think my pace is ok, I did start off too fast but quickly slowed down when I was knackered ๐Ÿ˜‚ I am currently running on a treadmill so the time is right in front of me, might need to try outside and try to forget about being self conscious. Thanks for the advice, I really want to keep going :)

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I would find running on a treadmill mindlessly boring.

You are doing better than I could.

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Iโ€™m starting week 4 later and wonder how on earth Iโ€™ll manage it... I just about managed the 3 minutes from last week.

How are you finding your stamina? Was it more that you were bored from the 5 minutes??

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Was definitely more boredom. Legs don't ache, breathing seems reasonable and my heart rate is about 20 beats per minute slower than it was when I started. I can really feel the health benefits so going to try running outdoors and see how that goes

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I run outdoors and literally surrounded by countryside and fields and always pass fellow walkers and runners. Itโ€™s all flat and is a track too so weather doesnโ€™t have to be an issue (if itโ€™s muddy)... running outside when itโ€™s nice and bright completely raises my mood. Try it and hopefully youโ€™ll feel so much better.

w4R1 was ok and managed it ok... I just have a tight right groin this morning ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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Donโ€™t give up before youโ€™ve learned to slow down. That was a huge turning point for me - firstly my brisk walk could be faster than my run. Then this -

I first saw in W6 and it turned running from a slog to a pleasure.

Give it a go and see how it feels.

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Honestly, it does get progressively harder, that's how its planned. However you will already have gained some health benefits.

I find that even if I don't enjoy the actual run, I invariably enjoy the "after run"

Nothing beats the feeling of when it does all come together, and you have a perfect run, to me the rarity makes those runs very special.

And the added joys of buying running gear ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Sorry to hear your not enjoying it, between you and me neither did I and sometimes still donโ€™t ๐Ÿ˜‚ but I love the benefits to my health/different body shape and feeling of achievement after the run. Go a lot slower and if you wear a watch take it off (or you will be looking at it all the time) if you run with music get some great tunes going and positivity before you run that you can do this and why your doing it. Buy yourself a little treat after each week to motivate you and hopefully you turn the corner and think itโ€™s not as bad as you thought ! Good luck ๐Ÿ‘Š

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Thanks. I probably do need to look at my music and find some more upbeat songs, it probably has more impact than I realise.

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Stick at it bubbles, nothing worthwhile comes easy. Running is a skill, it takes time to develop. When the aches and pains go and your fitness reaches a certain level where you can run comfortably, there's an amazing sense of freedom. It's also brilliant for things like stress. Try and finish this programme, you're SO close. If you still don't like it there's plenty of other things you can do to keep fit. Good luck.

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Bubbles_1974 How do you physically feel at the end of the 5 minute running bits?

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Physically I don't feel too bad, my legs don't ache and my heart rate is much lower than it was a few weeks ago. I'm running on a treadmill and I think that's part of my problem. I've always been really self conscious about running outdoors, think I need to give it a try though.

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It could be that running outdoors will be a lot more enjoyable for you. I like the treadmill - I find it very useful BUT it doesn't work for many and clock-watching is very common. Many beginners are self-conscious about running outdoors but trust me, NO-ONE cares! I'd recommend you try going to a local path or park as soon as you can. Or even a local athletics track.

Great news re: your HR - that's a really good indicator of your increased fitness. But what about your breathing while you're running? Are you out of breath at all?

What speeds are you choosing for your runs and walks?

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I downloaded an audiobook and that was such a game changer for me. Like you I was constantly clock watching or using the timings of songs to work out how long I had left! Consequently it was all turning into a bit of a slog! When listening to a book my mind was kept otherwise occupied and I found my pace slowed down too which helped massively.

I hope it all works out for you :)

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Hey are you listening to any music whilst running? I find music is a welcome distraction on my runs. Some people say Audio books is helping them. Also, Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ve heard this many times now, go slow, go slow.

I am on W4 next week and I am curious how I will cope with the 5 mins. The 3 min runs at the moment are fine.

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