week six

There seems to suddenly be a lot more running in this week..

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25/06/2012 at 14:41


any ideas??? <img title="" src="http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/smilies/confused_smiley.gif" alt="" /> Please help.


im struggling to get even to week two on this plan. I can run up to 20k on an eliptical machine but on a treadmill or in the outdoors i cant get past a few hundred metres due to my asthma, it becomes unbearably painful to breathe and i start to get dizzy, but this doesnt happen as badly on the eliptical machine. any idea why?

Also i started running last week and ran 5 days in a row, pushed myself to my absolute limit and on my rest day iv been having stabbing pains in my chest an random spots behind all my ribs and my ribs at the bottom on the sides and in the centre are very saw and a little swollen they hurt to be touched and when i breathe .... are these things normal or cause for concern?

Also when i tried to run on pavement rather than grass i got pains in my toe joints, ankles, knees and hips with each stride as my foot hit the pavement .... is this normal? will it improve? is there anything i can do to prevent it?

FYI just incase it is relevant, at the moment i am doing a dynamic stretching routine before my runs that i found on this site and after i do static stretches i remember from school and dance class ....

I would really appreciate your help as running is the only excercise that really feels like a release for me and the only thing that has given me any real weight loss results other than dancing (which i refuse to because i have no body confidence and dont want to be seen in public dancing) so i dont want to have to give it up. im 162cm and 64 kg so im not overweight enough for it to cause issues like these as far as i know.


15/11/2012 at 17:11
when i started the program i can honestly say i never thought i would get past week one. i'm now onto week 8and really enjoying running. so for anyone just starting, it does get easier as you go, just follow the schedule.
07/10/2013 at 08:24

Just wanted to say thanks a lot for this schedule. It has helped me to be able to run 5k without having to stop for rest. 

Just to note I did not completely follow the schedule. I started at week 3 and smeared week 4 and 5 out over 3-4 weeks. I liked the 5/8 min intervals. After that I skipped week 6 and did week 7 for only 1 run. Then I could do the full 30 minutes continuously. It was not an easy 6-7 weeks but totally worth the effort!

07/10/2013 at 15:22

Good work Bart!

I'm not sure anyone has ever followed one of those training programmes religiously anyway. Illness, holiday and real life often overtake us - and perhaps sometimes we feel we need to repeat a week or even skip one.

Everyone is different and develops at their own pace.

27/05/2014 at 17:57

Hi all. I've just returned to running after a five year absence. Work has been manic but so has my weight gain!

I started this at week four but repeated week five as I couldn't fit then three runs in. Week 6 was hard at first and my legs were aching when I did my first run of week 7 today.

I've always trusted these schedules and they've got me through 4 10k, 3 half marathons and 2 marathons.

I can't believe how my fitness has plummeted after just 5 years.

I'm starting to feel like a runner again. Thank you RW

28/01/2015 at 20:41

I'm up to week 4 running at gym on treadmill but can only manage a speed 7.5kph should I be able to run at a faster speed or is this ok for a complete beginner?

30/06/2015 at 00:29

Hello all, I'm on week 5 of this programme now & reading all the other comments think I may have made a bit of a schoolboy error. I've assumed that I should run/walk the times as described (e.g. Run 8 mins, walk 2 mins for week 5) THEN repeat this 3 times (as described for week 5) making a total of 4 lots of 8 mins running / 2 mins walking. Am I wrong & the repeat figure is the TOTAL amount of running/walking for each week? It would certainly make things easier!

04/08/2015 at 22:28

I am loving this beginners training plan and i am starting to do it. Although as the plan consists of running 3 times per week i am wondering in the days between i would be able to do squat challenges, ab exercises, upper body (strength and body toning workouts). Do u think thats a good idea?

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