week six

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

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03/07/2009 at 13:30
I just wanted to see if there was anyone out there that has done this same Getting Started schedule and if they can share my confusion at how week six seems to suddenly jump to twelve minutes extra running. Infact, there is more running in week six than there is in seven and eight. Is there a particular reason for this or is it a mistake?
Edited: 03/07/2009 at 13:37
03/07/2009 at 14:04

Just taken a look at it and yes, there does seem to be a bit more running in wk 6 in total (36 mins overall), but in the gneral scheme of things, the progression through the weeks doesn't seem too much of a jump. I guess for a beginner, that jump from run 8/walk 2 to run 12/ walk 1 might seem a little tough.

 If you have trouble with it, maybe add an extra week in with, say, run 10/walk 90 secs or something similar.

03/07/2009 at 14:13
I can do the jump from eight to twelve. It's just doing the twelve three times that I'm wary about. I'll give it a go on Monday and if it seems considerably more difficult than the 8/2 then I'll try what you suggested. Tah
03/07/2009 at 14:19

If you struggle, add a week and do 2 x 12's and 1 x 8?.

You don't have to stick to the schedule religously, there is scope to mould it to suit.

See how you get on with 3 x 12, you might be suprised.

03/07/2009 at 14:20

No worries - best of luck. Unless you'er training for a specific event on a given day, I personally would take these schedules a guidelines rather than gospel as everyone is different.

03/07/2009 at 14:23
I'm somewhat taking this particular one as gospel because it has worked incredibly well up to this point. I've told myself that once I can get up to thirty minutes of continuous running then I can start looking into moulding my own schedule, but until then, its important for me and the kind of personality I have, to stick rigidly to a schedule, hence the panic..
03/07/2009 at 14:33
You really aren't going to loose anything at all by sticking an extra week inbetween, like I said, try the 3 x 12 out first before you hit the big red panic button, you might find it easier than you imagine, and if you do need to stick an extra week in,relax, its no biggie.
03/07/2009 at 14:36
i have a gut feeling that i'll be able to do the 3 x 12 because this morning i was almost gliding through the last eight. the less said about the first eight the better though..
03/07/2009 at 19:27
is this normal? to be finding the first part of runs the most difficult?
03/07/2009 at 19:51

yes very normal! I think my first ever post on here some years ago was to the effect that for the first 5 mintues I felt like giving up, but got on okay after that. It gets a bit better - I think because you expect it and don't think you can't run, just because you feel bad to start with.

My take on it is that your body is suddenly under some exertion and wants you to stop. Then when it finds out you aren't stopping, it just gets on with it and paces itself. (not v. scientific!)

03/07/2009 at 20:49
Its to do with how the body adjusts to exertion, something about anaerobic this and oxygen debt that, don't worry about it, it affects us all, just adjust your pace for the first part of your run.
04/07/2009 at 23:21

I am 53 and had not done any fitness routines since my late 20's and I have followed the eight week programme and in the begining it was hard and I thought I would never complete a 30 min run. but with a bit of perseverance and grit I can now run for 30min's and run just over 3 miles. so in short stick with it and you will win out.


06/07/2009 at 10:43
I did it!! And in the process clocked up 3.36 miles. Wow
06/07/2009 at 10:53

Well done. Onwards and upwards from here !

06/07/2009 at 10:54

Well done!

06/07/2009 at 10:56
Cheers guys
19/08/2009 at 10:21

I'm half way through week two of this schedule and already find that after four of my seven 2 minute runs I sort of hit a wall and can't imagine I'm going to make it. But then somehow I do, and my body feels as though it's accepting what's going on, and I guess that's what getting fit actually feels like. Also telling yourself "just two more to go" helps mentally.

Looking at the weeks to come I'm very excited even though I know it's designed to never let up on the effort (or pain!)

Edited: 19/08/2009 at 10:24
21/08/2009 at 19:12
I've just started week one having not done any running before. My husband is a marathon-runner/ironman/freak so I have plenty of encouragement and help but it's so good to hear about other people who are starting from scratch like me!
24/08/2009 at 13:50

My wife got as far as week 3 about 7 years ago. We recently bought a treadmill and she's used it a few times.

I'm going to suggest she starts this schedule and see how she gets on...

24/08/2009 at 14:33

I've just started week one having not done any running before. My husband is a marathon-runner/ironman/freak so I have plenty of encouragement and help but it's so good to hear about other people who are starting from scratch like me!"

My OH is a running nut too, but I haven't actually told him that I have started (only last Friday)! (And don't intend to either until I can run for at least 30 mins without stopping!)
Edited: 24/08/2009 at 14:34
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