I am on week 5 - run 2 tomorrow- surprised at how much I’m enjoying it but I think my pace is v v slow and worry that I’m just not “up to speed”
Slow pace: I am on week 5 - run 2 tomorrow... - Couch to 5K
Welcome to the forum and well done on your progress.
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Too slow for what............the Olympics are next year!
Enjoy your journey.
Abandon the stress of trying to beat a certain time for now, just relax and just do the run... these 9 weeks are designed to build up your fitness and endurance gradually, so going slow and steady is the best way to work through this!
When I started, I used Niko-Niko Japanese slow-running as my "pace", it is super "slow" but gentle on my achy knees and allowed me to hold a conversation if I needed to, without being too out of puff; it served me well and over the weeks I felt stronger and have now increased my pace, but still fall back to Niko-Niko when parts of my run challenge me (normally the first few minutes, haha!).
When you graduate and do your consolidation runs, THEN you can choose to smash that pace... or just carry on as you are! You are doing this for yourself so make the runs work for YOU!