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Stuck on wk6 run1!

Well the good news is that I am keeping up the running, but I can't seem to get past run 1 on week 6. After feeling so great at the end of week 5 I am finding this run so hard. The first five minutes are really hard and I can't wait for the walk. The middle 8 minutes don't seem so bad, but the last five minutes is a real struggle. I've managed 1.5 minutes and 2.5 but not 5.

Maybe it is a bad week for me because I don't seem to have any energy at all. Also, this is the week I got to before Christmas and I got a bad ankle injury. Will I ever get past week 6??

I don't know whether to keep on with the first run or move onto run 2. Can't help feeling that I haven't progressed, I was running 16 minutes at week 4 and now I can't manage 15!

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Have you tried going slower? It will make a big difference to you. Maybe you are coming down with something or you are more tired? Well done for keeping on with the programme.


I'd agree with Norni, maybe trying going a bit slower. If you can do the first two runs a bit more gently, you will likely find you can do the third one right to the end. Maybe there's a bit of the gremlin-talk going on too, if it's the week you got to before - are those gremlins whispering that it's too dangerous to keep going, just stop now and have a rest... ?

If you start of slowly, I bet you'll manage run 2.


Thanks for your advice. I'm quite slow anyway, but will try to slow down a bit. I think the gremlins might be right though. I'll have a rest tomorrow and go out again on Thursday, not sure if I'll do run 1 again or go on to run 2. Don't want run1 to defeat me! This time round I've flown through each week really easily, so it's a bit of a reality check to realise that it can be tough. I think I prefer the longer runs as well. I seem to be just getting into my stride at 5 mins when I stop. Just have to keep remembering that 6 weeks ago I wasn't running at all.



I did week six run day one yesterday evening. Nightmare!! I was so pleased with the 20 min run last week and I thought this woudl be a doddle! My calves killed, my breathing was all over the place and I hurt! Hoping day two will be better..Good luck


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