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The second 3 minutes 😟 (week 3)

Maxi80
Maxi80

Hey 👋

I’m on week 3. The first 3 minutes I felt good. Like yeahhh I could go further. But, the second 3 minutes I was begging for the line! Please say that’s it’s Michael.

Reckon that’ll improve? Running 5 minutes looks like a Pipe dream right about now.

Thanks for Listening

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IngridKW
IngridKWGraduate

Seriously don’t give up, I use to be screaming at Michael to say that’s 5 minutes well done ... I called him every day under the sun. I never thought I would enjoy running, but I graduated on Saturday and did my 2nd 5KM run today.

You will get there, the program is amazing.

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to IngridKW

That’s amazing!

nowster
nowsterGraduate

Yes, it definitely will get better. Not easier, as the programme keeps pushing you to greater achievements.

I remember doing week 3 back in mid-July. The three minute runs were at the limit of what I could do. I did feel lots better for having completed them though.

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to nowster

Did you go straight on to week 4?

nowster
nowsterGraduate in reply to Maxi80

The first W3 run was very hard. The second was just hard. The third wasn't quite as hard.

Yes, I trusted the programme and went on to Week 4 without repeating anything.

John_W
John_WAmbassador

So you're telling me that going along like this:

youtube.com/watch?v=9L2b2kh...

has you begging for the finish line? Look at how easy they can chat ...

Come on, tell us really... how fast are you actually going?

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to John_W

True, mate. I’m going faster than walking.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Not unusual at all, and yes it will improve. The two major things I look at with regards to fitness are my vO2max, which is an indicator as to how far I can run at what pace, and my recovery time. It’s not surprising to see the recovery time being long in the early weeks, and we start the next run before the heart rate is down anywhere near what it would be if we were just walking. Fitness comes from pushing the endurance, and that includes within a run/walk. Don’t worry about the end goal, just keep doing the runs exactly as prescribed and you will get there. You’re doing great... keep it up.

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thanks mate. Appreciate that 👍

John_W
John_WAmbassador

A quote from a recent reply by Jools2020 :

"The slow running was a revelation to me. When you finish, you are not even out of breath! And you have time to look around and concentrate on how you are running. And it’s brilliant for strengthening your body, stamina ...."

MontyMooDog
MontyMooDogGraduate

Sounds like you're running waaaaayyyy toooooo faaaaaasttttttt !!!!!!!!!😂

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to MontyMooDog

How slow can one go without actually walking? I really don’t think I’m going fast at all 🙈

Instructor57
Instructor57Graduate

Are you running at an easy conversational pace ? which is approximately 75% of your maximum heart rate

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to Instructor57

How slow can one go without actually walking? I really don’t think I’m going far at all 🙈

John_W
John_WAmbassador in reply to Maxi80

it's not about how FAR you're going. Distance is irrelevant, despite the catchy title.

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to John_W

Sorry meant fast!

Instructor57
Instructor57Graduate in reply to Maxi80

Are you running at an easy conversational pace ?

If not then it's simply too fast .

To answer your question as to how slow you could go , you could jog on the spot and not actually move forward !

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to Instructor57

😂😂 brilliant

sally1993
sally1993 in reply to Maxi80

I find it so hard to go slower just keep trying 🙈 it’s definitely worth it as the weeks go on x

Hi Maxi80,

Don’t give up. The progression of the programme will get you there but it might take more time than others. I tried to go at the pace of the programme when I first started and was pushing myself even though it was painful, and I ended up straining my calf muscles a two or three times. I consulted a physio and she said that as I have never done any running before in my life, my muscles will be very very weak. Running is a different motion to walking and all the muscles involved in running need strengthening. She said to not progress on to the next week until I’m fairly comfortable with the current run. So I’m still on W2R3 and I’m just repeating that run until I’m not getting the pain in my calf and shins any more. It’s taking quite some time. I’ve been doing it for about three, maybe four weeks now. I’ve started to notice this last week that my calf and shin is feeling less tired and painful. But I’m going to carry on for a week or so yet until it feels pretty good, and then I’ll progress on to the next stage.

There’s no rush. Your muscles will need lots of repetition in order to build up. It stand to reason that if you keep repeating something you will eventually find it easy enough. Go slowly, both in terms of running pace and also in terms of progression through the programme. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to ‘graduate’. Over do it and you may give yourself an injury or get fed up and drop out. Keep at it, but don’t put pressure on yourself to progress through as quickly as others.

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to TopCat22

Wise words mate. The 9 weeks does seem a little on the optimistic dude. You’re doing great 👍

Roxdog
RoxdogGraduate

But you completed the session? Well done!

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to Roxdog

True!! Cheers

John_W
John_WAmbassador

Maxi80

Some help with your mindset : healthunlocked.com/api/redi...

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to John_W

Cheers Coach 👍

I spent a lot of the first few weeks of the program worrying about the next few and so on 😂 I am almost at the end now and my self belief only really kicked in week 7 run 1 (take 2) after my failed attempt. Just have faith cos if you follow the program it just makes your body ready. Also don’t forget to go slower if you need to. I don’t even think I’ll be doing 4K at this rate by the end but that’s not what matters. What matters is building the habit and not giving up. Our fitness will come with time 👟 x

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to sally1993

I reckon you’ll whizz past 5K in 30 mins ✊

sally1993
sally1993 in reply to Maxi80

I’ll let you know! X

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to sally1993

Once More Unto the Breach! Where is it you run? Just on the roads down south?

sally1993
sally1993 in reply to Maxi80

Down south haha are you a northerner? 😂 I switch it up a little bit but my favourite is a particular route along the road but it’s very green round where I am ☺️ x

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to sally1993

Lucky devil. And yeah I’m up north, near Wales.

nowster
nowsterGraduate in reply to Maxi80

Act III SCENE I. France. Before Harfleur.

😉

" I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,

Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:"

sally1993
sally1993 in reply to nowster

😂😂😂 oh no you’re not a norther too are you!?

nowster
nowsterGraduate in reply to sally1993

Both quotes are from the same speech in the same scene in Henry V.

And it depends on whether you consider Manchester "The North". There are some folks in Newcastle who would dispute the fact.

youtu.be/YH_QCbYmWww?t=16

sally1993
sally1993 in reply to nowster

Ahhh that’s north to me! To be fair most of it’s north to me.. you’ve probably got a cool accent tho I’ll give you that! X

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to sally1993

Sally, are you mocking up north, lass? I’ll set my greyhound on thee. Right best go I’m off t’mines.

sally1993
sally1993 in reply to Maxi80

😂😂😂😂 bloody northerners making no sense

nowster
nowsterGraduate in reply to sally1993

If you really want North, try understanding an angry Shetlander in full flow.

sally1993
sally1993 in reply to nowster

hahaha this actually cracked me up I just youtubed it hahahaha

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to nowster

Excellent!!!

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