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Consolidation run 3

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doggytailGraduate

Didnt manage my run 3 yesterday let alone the 3 miles I promised myself.☹

Yet again found myself so tired.😫

People at the gym say I am trying to do to much, run on monday at 5.30am then an hour in the gym, Tues walk 5k then an hour in the gym wed normally just a run

(but not this week ) Thursday 5k walk hour gym Friday run hour gym sat and sun rest

Apart from the run this is what I've been doing for the last 6 years (am I getting to old☹

Has the euphoria of completing C25K left me,

This morning I set off with good intentions after running for 5 mins I had to walk😫 that's the second time in these consolidation runs, after a couple of mins I hot my breathing back and completed the 30 mins.

If I jog any slower I may as well walk it.

I think I will only manage the 2 runs this week though.

Ok thars my moaning done for today sorry for all the negatives.

I will get my mojo back

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IannodaTruffeAdministrator

It is always worth reflecting on the state of our runs, whether they were perceived as good or bad, there is always something to learn.

Everything going on in our lives can impact on our performance as a runner. Restedness, hydration and nutrition are at the top of my list of variables that need to be optimised to enable enjoyable running.

This post expands on the theme. healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

In response to your question about getting old, this FAQ post about Aging and Running may give you some new perspectives. healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Keep running, keep smiling.

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MrsrunGraduate

Don't beat yourself up... You are doing so well and listen to yourself not the people in the gym... The times people have put their negative energy on me and I have just felt like asking them why they need to be so negative! When you do your runs now does Laura come along for the ride?.... If not could you play week 9 on your app to encourage you?....

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doggytailGraduate in reply to Mrsrun

After my first run without Laura I realised how much I missed her so she now joins me. I must admit I have felt extremely tired this last week even though I have been having 8 hours , we have just sold our house funnily enough a week ago through nightmare neighbour at the back of us. Our immediate neighbours are lovely and we didn't want to move but after 14 years of her giving my husband hassle (I didn't know any of this when I met and married him 6 years ago ) he felt it was time to move on, so now trying to find something.

Perhaps this is having an effect on my runs that just came to mind writing this.

I love this site everyone so positive and non judgemental x

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nowsterGraduate in reply to doggytail

As said many times before, there are lots of factors which can affect us.

If running in the gym isn't doing it, maybe try a short run outside the gym? Keep it short and light if you're not used to the Big Room with the Blue Ceiling and that hot yellow thing above. (Though most of the time in the UK it's like being under a Tupperware lid.)

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doggytailGraduate in reply to nowster

I think maybe I wrote the post wrong I do the run in the park first and then go into the gym lol

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MrsrunGraduate in reply to doggytail

You could be very right..Neighbours ... We have been there and it is a nightmare ..... Luckily we bought this house 20 years ago and the neighbours here are a dream; only have horses behind us and they are great neighbours , though they do eat my blueberry bush!... Good luck with running and a new home.... Being happy in your castle is so important .

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CmoiGraduate

Hang on a minute doggytail. If I've understood this and your previous posts correctly, you graduated from C25K less than two weeks ago, so you're a very new runner.

You've now added three 30-minute runs a week into an already busy exercise schedule and you're wondering why you're feeling tired? I don't think it's your age, I think you're asking too much of yourself.

Give yourself a break and cut back on something. You've been doing fabulously well, you really don't need to overdo it and risk injury into the bargain!

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doggytailGraduate in reply to Cmoi

Bless you thank you I was trying to stick to what the programme says and 3 30 min runs but perhaps I am asking to.much of these bones of mine 😁

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nowsterGraduate in reply to doggytail

Indeed. You could reduce the number of runs in the week, or ease the load by doing one or more of them as a short run/walk intervals session (eg. Week 5 Run 1).

There's no rule saying you must run for 30 minutes every single time.

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CmoiGraduate in reply to doggytail

Let me put it differently doggytail - if you'd added three extra 30-minute gym sessions to your previous schedule, would you expect to feel a bit more tired, or not? And running is a new, different activity, so even though you weren't coming to it from the couch, your body isn't used to it!

C25K is supposed to be about getting people off the couch and into the habit of regular exercise in the form of running. Consolidation is about developing your running gradually, thus reducing risk of injury, and making running a habit. That's true regardless of age, or previous fitness and activity levels.

Please give yourself permission to do a bit less - whether that's gym, walking or running - so that your body gets used to the full new range of activities. After that, you can start building back up again if you like.

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doggytailGraduate in reply to Cmoi

Thank you for your excellent advice which I will take x

Maybe take a few days rest then you may find you are running on fresh legs and start enjoying it again, if it’s the app you miss then Nike Run Club has guided runs to keep you motivated

Don’t be frustrated, you are already doing a great job, you just need time to strengthen yourself!🥳

Hi doggytail! I have found consolidation hard after graduating and that’s without going to the gym! I’m still a newbie to this and I found cutting back on running some weeks helped - I hadn’t realised how running every other day for months had gradually been wearing me out. I’m still trying to find the right balance, which is hard when you want to progress further.Happy running 👍😁

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doggytailGraduate in reply to Couchpotato101

Thank you for your reply. It's strange I found the 9 weeks c25k hard but an enjoyable challenge, now find the consolidation really hard.I think I will cut back a little and see how I go from there

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