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Week 5 run 3 and in wards

Moisha
Moisha

Due to do the dreaded week 5 run 3 in the morning, my question if I manage to get it done, why then on the next run week 6 run 1 do you go back down again so to speak, and not just continue to build on the week 5 run 3 you have just achieved!!!!!!!!!

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UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Hehe... this has confused lots of people... and for that very reason, W6R1 catches a lot of people out. Week 6 starts with a longer cardio workout than the end of week 5... it’s not a step back, it was the run that stood out to me as trouble when I first saw the plan.

Both runs are mentally challenging... you’re dreading a run you’re ready for, and at the same time thinking the one after is easier. So... tomorrow’s run... nice slow start, deliberately slower than usual and ease up to your happy, comfortable, conversational pace... when the voices in your head tell you you can’t do it, tell them you got this, shut them down, slow the pace a little again, and coach yourself to the finish line.

Then there’s W6R1... same plan really... first interval nice and easy, start the second the same way... and be ready to get that coaching voice in your head ready to close out the third!

You can do both runs... believe in yourself and control that pace.

Moisha
Moisha in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thankyou so much for reaching out with quick and encouraging advice x run done, now freaking out about the next one but I think all in all I need to now train my brain along side my body

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Moisha

Excellent job... so long as you don’t set off too quickly you’ll be fine... W6R1 is a run where it’s best to fear it a little to counter the fact that the brain reads it as an easier run!

dorarunning
dorarunningGraduate

You'd be surprised W6R1, really catches people out! A lot of people struggle with that one after the high of completing W5R3. Then from Week6R3 it's 10 non-stop runs of 25 mins+, so I wouldn't wish the breaks away!

Good luck tomorrow, you'll be fab.

Moisha
Moisha in reply to dorarunning

Thankyou so much for reaching out with quick and encouraging advice x run done, now freaking out about the next one but I think all in all I need to now train my brain along side my body

RainbowSloth
RainbowSlothGraduate

Did w5r3 yesterday morning. Was not think I could do it at all. But if you go at the pace that you can maintain it’s honestly so possible. If you did w5r2 you can definitely do it. It’s the best thing when you’ve finished x all the best.

Moisha
Moisha in reply to RainbowSloth

Thankyou so much for reaching out with quick and encouraging advice x run done, now freaking out about the next one but I think all in all I need to now train my brain along side my body

helenwheels
helenwheelsGraduate

You need to see the sessions as 'moving time', you are still moving/exercising when you are walking briskly, so week 6 run one has more active time than week 5 run 3.

Don't dread this run, you are ready for it :)

Moisha
Moisha in reply to helenwheels

Thankyou so much for reaching out with quick and encouraging advice x run done, now freaking out about the next one but I think all in all I need to now train my brain along side my body

It's about the mind not the body. Physically you're ready for this but the head says I can't. It's about silencing that voice in your head. Took me three attempts and a little mental trickery. Good luck.

Lil5k
Lil5kGraduate

Yes totally agree with the others. Wk5r3 for me was a concern, and repeated wk5r2 about 4/5 times, just felt there was no way I could do it.....but once done I was so proud of myself and moved on to wk6. Positive mental attitude all the way now and have faith in your abilities and the programme, its been building you up for this 👍

I always find it harder to start and stop than to keep going if that makes sense.

I think it’S related to breath control in myself.

Good luck

Bracken2018
Bracken2018Graduate

Hi,

I had to go and have a look at W6R1.

I cannot give you their reason , but feel it must have something todo with preparation of you body and mind . You are making progress towards W9 and the 30 minute nonstop jog or run.

It’s getting exciting now as the challenge becomes closer.

I had to slow myself down . I got into the habit of starting off to quickly . So managed to download music of 148 beats per minute which kept me on track .

Keep in touch 🏃‍♀️

Kumearn
KumearnGraduate in reply to Bracken2018

That sounds great. What was the music?

woodburne
woodburneGraduate

I have just completed r3w5 and was thinking the same? does not make sense

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