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Wk 2 run 1 - killer!

Trixibelle154
Trixibelle154
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I was very impressed with the fact that after not having run for 30 years, I managed to do week 1 of C25k last week.

Was coming away for the weekend and travelling yesterday, but decided to do my wk 2 run 1 before I left with my dog.

I was a bit shocked when I realised it was now going to be 90 seconds running, not 60.

I really struggled, tried to focus on each 90 second segment fully, but it was just beyond me. It felt worse than my first run effort last week. I nearly gave up the run and the whole C25k programme.

However, I ran as much as I could manage and completed the session.

Didn't feel great afterwards, as I have been doing, but I didn't give up!

Does everyone struggle with the 1st run of the new week?

Does it get any easier?

Should I repeat week 1 and then step up to week 2 next week?

Any tips would be gratefully received.

Thx,

Fiona

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pilateslover

I ran for most of my 40's, one marathon, now I'm 60 and stopped for over 10 years because of an injury and just malaise . No muscle memory after all that time. lol. I thought I'd quit too, was so winded and tired and did I sweat afterward. It did get better, I had to slow down and know my "jog" just had to be faster than my walk. I repeated one week and then found the 3 minutes doable. I also saw my speed slowly increased even if I didn't feel it. Patience is all it takes, you decide when to continue but always push yourself past what you think you can do a little bit. That's how you grow.

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Trixibelle154

Thank you x

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tiggs1
tiggs1Graduate

I always find the first run of the week the hardest however the best thing I did was follow the advise on here and SLOW down and if you need to go slower still.

This worked so well, I started to enjoy the runs and it has made a massive difference as the run time gets longer.

Good luck and well done :)

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Trixibelle154

I couldn't slow down much more but will try on my next run. I did think the 1st of the next week of runs would be harder, as the very first run was. But things got better.

I suffer from asthma, have lung damage and back problems as well as being 5 stone overweight...so probably not as easy as it could be. But that's what I am working on improving x

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WillowandSola

Those 90 seconds seemed like forever the first time so we slowed down some more and the next run was better we did struggle with some runs and every run was hard until after we graduated, keep going. There is a website health unlocked with loads of advice and encouragement

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Jennypenny2

Well done on your first run,they do get easier.

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Nelsonsmummy

Yes, I’d say repeat a week if you’re not managing the times fairly easily. When I started I was 4 stone overweight ( lost 3 of them now and running definitely helps) and this extra weight plus lack of running muscle didn’t help my knees. I had a few minor injuries that stopped me running so I slowed right down and repeated each week until I was comfortably achieving the running times. I did week 1 four times, week 2 five or more. Stopped having injuries. Might not work for a more impatient person but works for me. I’m currently happily repeating week 6 as I’m having surgery soon and will start again on week 1 as soon as I’m fit to. It’s the best thing ever for stamina, I’m a nurse and can now easily manage 14 hour shifts on my feet constantly, bonus! Good luck with your journey

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Samf1971

I’m over 20 stone and found the first 90 seconds run I was struggling but just kept slowing the pace down as I was going too fast I think.

I’m on week three run three and again panicked at the first run but just told myself I could do it and relaxed a bit more & felt more comfortable. For me it’s mind over matter on that very first run, get over that and I’ve been happier

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Smelliepoo

I have just done wk2 r1 and I did not find it as bad as wk1 r3! My calves were killing that day! I realised when I got home today that I had put the wrong playlist on and I was running to much slower music, which stopped me pounding the ground so hard and I was more able to concentrate on getting my feet in the right place. My legs do not hurt half as much and it was a much nicer run. I am now changing my playlist to one that is not so hardcore! Dunno if it will help you!

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Granspeed
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This sounds like the perfect mistaken playlist. Others take note - slower music! No pounding feet! 👏🏼

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