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Struggling Beginners

Annieapple
AnnieappleGraduate

Hello to all who are just starting & struggling a little. I am doing Week 1 all over again as I didn’t cope too well......but determined to keep going.

Doing some stretches before each Run this week which is helping. Keep going!!! We will get there too.

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HeavyFoot
HeavyFootGraduate

Keep on keeping’ on Aa! This time last year I was struggling to run 40 seconds! Take your time and trust yourself and the program! Sure, repeat weeks if necessary- it’s very sensible 😋

Annieapple
AnnieappleGraduate in reply to HeavyFoot

Thank for this encouragement! 👍

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate

Well done you. Just do what's right for you. Good luck 😊

Annieapple
AnnieappleGraduate in reply to Buddy34

Thank you

Annieapple
AnnieappleGraduate in reply to Buddy34

Thank you

ButtercupKid
ButtercupKidGraduate

It took me nine weeks of repeats to conquer week 1, so don’t despair ! The body takes time to adjust to these things, and everyone is different. Always remember the First Rule of C25k: The only run you fail is the run you don’t go for ! Keep having fun out there x

Annieapple
AnnieappleGraduate in reply to ButtercupKid

👏👍😊✅

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Well done.

Make sure that stretches pre run are dynamic, as linked to in the guide to the plan healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

In my opinion post run stretching is far more important as it pulls out contractions in warm, supple muscles avoiding carrying them into the next run and improves recovery by improving blood flow.

Annieapple
AnnieappleGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

VERY Helpful ‼️Tx

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

Some people do struggle a little, especially on week 1, but after that the runs get a little easier, at least for some, just take all the runs slowly, yes, you can repeat any runs or weeks if you wish to, good luck, onwards and upwards, trust the program.

Annieapple
AnnieappleGraduate in reply to AlMorr

Encouraging. Tx

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate

Hi Annieapple (what a lovely name!). Don’t worry about repeating weeks - one forum member did it 9 times before feeling confident enough to move on. Each time you run you’re preparing yourself for the next one - just stay well hydrated and take it slow. You will do it!

Annieapple
AnnieappleGraduate in reply to Oldgirlruns

Bless you! Lovely encouraging message!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Well done. The only way to be a better runner is to run! Determination to keep going is the only prerequisite to success here, keep on running!

As IannodaTruffe has already said, make sure you’re doing the right stretches before a run, the wrong (static) ones can make injury much more likely.

Annieapple
AnnieappleGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Great advice which I will follow! Thank you 😊

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