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Haven't run for a week - where to start again

Hi, I have been on holidays and did not run for a week, I was on week 7 run2, so was up to running 25 mins. Should I start back on week 6 now, or just go back to the programme where I left off? I was really loving it, however now that I have missed a few, I am dreading going back to it, in case I fail.

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If you've been active on holiday I would just go out there and try where you left off, there won't be any harm done if you don't quite manage it. If you've over induldged and been a real couch potato or sunbed sleeper perhaps one run of week 6 would do you good. Only you can tell how your body feels after a break. Whatever option you chose good luck.

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I would say just go and try week 7 again, you've done it a few times by now and by going back to week 6 you'll just be going back to intervals, which you probably don't need.

I did the same during week 7 and just went out slower, and through much mental persuasion, managed to complete it. Now I can do 28 minutes!!

Good luck x

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I wouldnt go back to w6r1 as I found that really hard but maybe do run 2 again that 2x10 but it does depend what type of holiday you have just had. ;-)

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Myself and a friend had the same dilemma last week. We done a 20min run and then a 25min. We have just started on week 8 on Monday. We were both surprised and pleased that we done the 20 with having a week off.

It's better to complete a run than have to stop and walk, I think it's motivational.

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Just continue from where you left off. A weeks rest might even have done you ood. I had completed wk 7 run 2 when I took a week off to rest a glute injury. As an aside my wife was delighted as she felt vindicated in her view that I am a pain in the a**. Anyway after the week I set out to do run 3 and it was fine. Go for it, whats the worst can happen.

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I'd carry on from where you left off. Take it steady, don't go trying to break any records, see how you go.

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I had the same dilemma although for slightly different reasons. I failed on W7R3 as I had a cold/virus. I didn't go out for 5 days and the same as you, didn't know what to do as I didn't want to fail on my next outing. I just did the run that I missed and it was perfectly ok. Also, my husband took 2 weeks off and he just picked up where he left off on W8 - so it goes to show that all the hard work you have already put in to build up your stamina, really does pay off.

Good luck, I'm sure you'll be fine :)

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Well I bite the bullet and went for my run this evening, I was delighted I did it, as I managed to do 28 mins…slowly! Was really pleased with myself. thanks to all who commented and gave me the advice to just get out there and do it!

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