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Anyone get despondent?

I've been loosely following the c25k plan (I could run 5k back in the early summer then had 2 months off due to injury). I'm on W5r2 which I did yesterday but I found running a real struggle. I can run 1.5miles without stopping which I'm pleased with as when I started back running 1/4mile was hard work. I'm just feeling impatient at how slowly I'm progressing. I know I shouldn't be as its better to increase gradually to reduce the risk of injury. I'm just impatient to be able to run 5k again. I'm quite fit (do a spin class twice a week and do interval training on a Concept 2 rower). It just doesn't seem to be translating into being able to run further.

I also run with my 1 year old in the pushchair and the dog, which makes it harder (the pushchair not the dog lol). My OH is away a lot so it's run with the pushchair or not at all.

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I run with my dog and that is hard enough can't imagine having a pushchair as well am very impressed. I find my dog runs slowly on the outbound half of our run (slow even by my standards) then just as I think I am going to collapse he decides it is time to sprint, not really convinced he helps me! I Know it is frustrating when I have run for 30 mins and find have only done a couple of miles, I think it should be at least 3 by now, but I think we have to build our stamina first and then the distance will come. That's what I tell myself anyway! Don't get dispondent be proud of your achievement and keep going :-) Good Luck


Thank you. It's nice to be able to talk to people who have gone through, or are going through the same things. There are a lot of people who run where I live but they all seem to run for miles.

Thankfully my dog is pretty good and generally runs at my pace. Only thing I have to watch with her is that she likes to be right by my leg and I often end up knocking her with my knee. Takes her about 10 minutes or so to realise that if she keeps a sensible distance away from me (whilst on the lead) she won't get knocked. She is sometimes a little dopey. Lol.

I went out the other Saturday morning without the pushchair, thinking "this should be easy without the extra weight" but was rather disappointed when I found it harder bizarrely.

Good luck to you too.


I feel the same, 18 months ago I was running 10k every other day. Then I got a virus that left me with post viral fatigue and it has only been in the last 2 months that I can go running. The most frustrating thing I find myself doing is comparing how easy I use to find running for an hour and now if I run for 20 mins it can take me a day to recover. I guess it's all about building strengh and stamina again.....and learning patience.


You are doing really well. The fact that you are still out running is brilliant especially with a pushchair.

keep going


McGee, I feel your pain. I think it was easier when I couldn't run at all and then started because I had nothing to compare it to. I hope your runs get easier. Patience has never been my strong point! Lol.

Thank you for your great encouragement Paterson.


Well the end of this week has been pretty rubbish running wise. I ran Tuesday and that was ok but I wasn't happy (sights too high though I think). Anyway I did my usual spinning class on Thursday and it was hard work. The instructor was intent on making our legs drop off I think. I then planned to run Friday. Well that was a complete and utter disaster. My legs were so heavy after the spinning class that it was all I could do to move myself along, let alone the pushchair too. I'm embarrassed to say I gave up this run as it was just too painful (and I still have to be wary of aggravating my injury).

I must have been tired as I fell asleep Friday night at 8pm and didn't wake til 7am when my alarm went off. I did another spinning class this morning as it was so horrendously windy and wet here I chickened out. My next run is planned for Monday so I will rest my legs tomorrow and hopefully they should be friends with me again and willing to run.


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