W3R1: Well I was worried, doubling my time... - Couch to 5K

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T2runner
T2runnerGraduate

Well I was worried, doubling my time running by 100% had me doubting my fitness, or lack of. First three minutes I was pushing my way through it, slowed the run right down to be on the safe side, but wow second 3 minute run I didn't want it to stop, physically my body would have given up but mentally I could see me doing more. Not going to push it too hard I know it's a slow building process but the joy i get from finishing each session is fantastic, long may that continue and help when the going gets tougher and any problems that may arise. I am loving the journey and the benefits it is bringing.

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Wenderwoo
WenderwooGraduate

Sounds like you really enjoyed it, and that you have a great attitude....well done!

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate

Great work, slow certainly gets you through. Happy running

Yes! Well done to you. I finished my w3r1 today too and felt exactly the same. Bring in the next one 🏃‍♀️

John_W
John_WAmbassador

Well done! But you say you were "doubling your run time by 100%" ... how so?

grumpyoldgirl
grumpyoldgirlGraduate in reply to John_W

Ooh, now don't go asking maths questions, have pity! 😂 Great job T2👍

John_W
John_WAmbassador in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Was trying to make the point that there is no difference in running time between Week 2 and 3. A lot of beginners, understandably, especially when using the app, focus only on the length of the individual running bits and not the total running time.

grumpyoldgirl
grumpyoldgirlGraduate in reply to John_W

Sorry, just having a laugh 😉

T2runner
T2runnerGraduate in reply to grumpyoldgirl

What are you sorry for? Maths can be made to work anyway you want to. Thats called politics and we are not going.

grumpyoldgirl
grumpyoldgirlGraduate in reply to T2runner

Sorry mainly for inadvertently starting a maths discussion!😂

I remember too well what a daunting challenge it seemed to run for 3 minutes when 90 seconds had seemed barely doable. It's a bit of a leap of faith to get out there and actually try it. The beauty of this program is that it works, it just seems so unlikely until we do it!

I'm on the IC at the moment, and not allowed to run, and 2 years ago, I couldn't have imagined ever being annoyed at not being able to go running! This is a life changer 😊

T2runner
T2runnerGraduate in reply to John_W

I think the time spent running in each section is very important to newbies and me as a newbie can see it as an increasebin our staminer, two weeks ago i was struggling with one minute, i can now do three times that and not be so pooped at the end of it. Total time run is what we build to, its the goal. I can run longer in stints and that is what we measure for now, if that makes sense.

John_W
John_WAmbassador in reply to T2runner

"... the time spent running in each section is very important to newbies " - don't doubt that at all. Been there, done that! :-) As you go on though, you *may* find it mentally, a more helpful strategy to focus on the total running time. Just saying! You're doing great ... Good luck! :-)

T2runner
T2runnerGraduate in reply to John_W

1 and a half minutes to 3 minutes is doubling up, or 100% of 1 and a half minutes is 1 and a half minutes so a 100% increase makes 3 minutes, thanks fir the brain workout this morning. 🙃

John_W
John_WAmbassador in reply to T2runner

Your TOTAL running time is 9 minutes - *exactly* the same time as Week 2 - so a total increase of.... 0% :-) It's just divvied up differently. By looking at the length of the individual running bits, you risk being intimidated or overly worried.

T2runner
T2runnerGraduate in reply to John_W

Not overly worried, I have been on such a buzz since starting I have wanted to do more, I just have to stop myself as i know physically I am not ready or up to it. I know sticking to the C25K plan is the best way to do it, following you lot is great way of seeing what to expect and pick up a few tips along the way.

John_W
John_WAmbassador in reply to T2runner

Great attitude! Carry on and...

Good luck!

Tazzy_wazzy
Tazzy_wazzyGraduate

It’s surprising what you can do when you try isn’t it. Well done 👍 and keep it up!

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