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Any tips for Week 6 Run 3?

I’m due to run week 6 run 3 in the morning. Any tips on how to keep going? I usually struggle for the first 5 mins of any run and worry about the next 5, 10, 15 mins. I probably think too much but difficult not to. I run with music on which helps. On run 2 of week 6 I felt I had a bit more left in me so fingers crossed I’ll cope 🏃🏻‍♀️🤞

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Congratulations on making it as far as you have already Janice, you are already a runner 👍😊🏃‍♀️👏 your last run was the last in which you had an interval - from here on it's just warm up, run, cool down ✅

As long as you go steady and slowly enough so you could maintain a conversation with someone, you will do just fine, try not to think about the time if you can. I have a feeling you are capable of more than you think you are 😉. It should be another lovely day tomorrow for the weather I think, so just listen to the music and concentrate on your surroundings, I'm sure the time will fly past.

And let us know how you do! 😄🤗

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Thank you - I tend to speed up if I see people - it’s not a conscious decision but I just seem to do it. I will try and block everything else out if I can and just run! Will definitely post how I get on! I plan to run early as I don’t like the heat so at least it’s be done and dusted before I go to work!

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No problem 😊

Doing it in the AM is better for a number of reasons, including the heat, so good plan 👍✅

You're not the only one that speeds up around people, I and many others were like that before, but that should ease off when you grow in confidence and realise what you're doing is for you.

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Congratulations JaniceG68 on now completing all the runs of C25K with interval walks and runs, from run 3 of week 6 it's all non stop running. 😊 🏃

You have come this far, so no stopping or gong back.

Just prepare yourself for those longer runs by hydrating and drink plenty of water the day before you run, don't run too fast, C25K is not a race, good luck for the longer runs.

Your username is interesting, my post code is G67, I notice part of your username is G68.

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Thank you - once I’m out and actually running, I know I’ll feel ok. I just seem to sometimes have doubts the day before and also just before I go out of the door so if I can get past that little hurdle the actual run should be fine - I hope! As for my username, I like the letter G and 68 is my birth year (sshh)!

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👍 🏃

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Lots of folks find it takes 5 or 10 minutes to settle into a run. (People even call it the Toxic Ten.) Now that the runs are getting a bit longer, you may well find you settle better. It used to be known as getting a “second wind” and it was true for me for sure. But do remember to slow down if things feel hard! And drink plenty of water, especially between your rug days. 🏃🏼‍♀️👏🏼

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Thank you. I can relate to the toxic ten! I usually feel better towards the end rather than the beginning of a run. It’s odd how it takes a while to settle but understandable as most of our lives we walk rather than run! I always try to drink lots so will just increase it a little tonight.

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I read somewhere recently that the first 10 minutes is harder because that's how long it takes for your brain to A) realise that your muscles need more oxygen and B) get you breathing in enough to balance out the oxygen deficiency you had on starting. It's one of the reasons we warm up, to get blood and oxygen around our body before we really need it for the exercise so we don't start out at a loss 😊

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That makes sense. 😊

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I'm happy to hear it. I remember I found that out by checking out the FAQ page we have on this forum - did you see it yet? It might have answers to more questions you have now or will have in the future

healthunlocked.com/couchto5... 👍😊

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Yes I did read it at the beginning though I might revisit it now I’m at this stage of the programme.

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Aha you've progressed quite far in the last 6 weeks haven't you 👍🏃‍♀️😊

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Who knows, you may find you are destined to be a distance runner! 👍

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Well you made it through W5R3, so this is only a little bit longer than that. :) I'll be running W6R3 in the morning as well, so you'll have a virtual running buddy at least! :)

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That is true! Ah my running twin! Post how you get on tomorrow. I’ll do same - happy running for the morning 🏃🏻‍♀️😊👍

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Good luck Janice, I’ll be running W7R1 tomorrow evening, so exactly the same. I did W6R3 on Saturday as part of Parkrun, not ideal 😀 different course, different terrain, no music, lots of other runners, but I did it just about and then after a short interval pressed on to the 5k. Looking forward to getting back to routine.

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Think positive thoughts instead of negative...tell yourself you can do this...and you can, the program has prepared you. I prefered the distance runs when they started....you settle into your pace and sort your breathing....smile and enjoy, your doing something great and healthy that a lot of people would love to do.

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Thanks for all the inspiring comments last night 😊. I have just got back from running for 25 minutes!!! Yes - I did it and it was fine. Actually more than fine. After the first around 7 minutes I settled into a nice slow pace and I even sped up at the end (at Laura’s suggestion). Felt like I could have run a bit more which I’m rather pleased about as it puts me in good stead for the next few weeks. This is me right now 😁

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