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Posted: 09/07/2015 at 11:25

Ah, really disappointed today.  Was supposed to be doing 25 minutes which I've already done twice, but only managed about 18 or 19 minutes.  I don't know what was wrong but I just wasn't feeling as comfortable.  My legs were screaming at me to stop from 12 minutes onwards.  I hope I am actually going to finish this couch to 5k, because at the moment it seems a long way off!

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Posted: 08/07/2015 at 23:08

Don't worry Emma, breathing definitely does get easier!  That is the main thing that I found to improve in the first few weeks.  During the first couple of weeks I found myself gasping for breath after each run section, and not being quite ready to run again after the walk break, but by week three or four the difference was amazing.  I found that I didn't even need the full walk break to recover.  Just keep pushing through, and remind yourself that every run you do, no matter how horrible and unbearable it seems at the time, it is helping to build your fitness so the next one will be easier. 

Jonjay, well done on your run, 5k sounds pretty good after a break - I'd love to be able to run that!

Hope everyone else is going strong and injuries are all healing

I'm out tomorrow for another 25 minute run - my third in total.  I've done it twice now so I know the first wasn't a fluke!  There's no way I'll be doing 5k though in 30 minutes.  I'd be lucky to get 4 out of it!

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Posted: 06/07/2015 at 14:23

Ditto to SilverStar - just keep going!  I had an absolutely rubbish week a couple of weeks ago and two days ago I managed to run for 25 mins!  Do not even let the thought of speed enter your head, it really is true what everyone says about it not mattering when you're just starting out.  The couch to 5k really does work, you have to trust it but don't be afraid to repeat a week.  If you give it another few weeks I guarantee you will see a difference!  Just remember that not every run will be better than the last, I found that out recently, but your overall progress will be going in the right direction.  You'll feel so much worse if you give up than if you had a bad run! 

Today I started running.

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 12:31

Well done Andy, sounds like you're off to a good start.  I'm currently doing a couch to 5k too, and definitely a time-based one!  I think if I had one that was telling me to run faster at any point I'd tell it to sod off. 

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Posted: 04/07/2015 at 12:22

Just completed week 6 - and I actually ran for 25 minutes non-stop!  I am amazed!  I never, ever thought I would be able to run for anywhere near this long.  Especially after a bad couple of runs last week where I struggled with the shorter runs.  I'll not say it was exactly easy but it was certainly doable, and I've got three more goes at it before it gets upped to 28 minutes then 30.  But I think if I can do 25 I'll be able to do 30. 

I am so happy!


How's everyone else doing? 

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Posted: 03/07/2015 at 22:11

Hi WholeLottaRosie, yay, another returnee like me! 


Well done on starting again, remember to keep popping back with your progress!

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Posted: 02/07/2015 at 23:29

Yeah, I've struggled in the heat too, although we've not got it anywhere near as hot as the south-east.  I'm using that as my excuse for struggling with the last couple of runs.  It's just so airless!

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Posted: 02/07/2015 at 16:48

Thanks guys, I think I'll try eating slightly more to see if that helps (no weight to lose thankfully).

Went out for another run this morning, two lots of 10 min runs with 3 min walking in the middle.  Managed ok - not as good as the eight minute runs or even the 20 minute run, but not as bad as last time either.  So not my best but not my worst.  I am dreading the next run though - 25 minutes! 

And if I stick to the schedule then I have no more official walking breaks either.

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Posted: 30/06/2015 at 16:31

Thanks Jonjay.  Was just disappointed because every run I've done previously I have felt a definite improvement and this was my first one where I felt it harder than the previous week.  Hopefully I will manage the next one ok.


One thing I have noticed though is that since starting running a few weeks ago I have felt exhausted all of the time.  I don't mean when I'm running, just generally throughout the day.  I thought exercise was supposed to give you more energy?!  I feel like I am struggling to get through the day sometimes!  I really hope this is temporary and will go away once I get used to it more. 

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Posted: 30/06/2015 at 11:10

Ah well, burst my bubble this morning.....

Went out for week 6 run 1 after running for 20 minutes non-stop last time.  This was 5 mins then 8 mins then 5 minutes running with 3 mins walk break in between the runs.  No problem I thought.  But it was hell!  It was so much harder than the 20 min run.  The first 5 min run was fine, but the last two felt pretty horrendous.  My legs felt like they were resisting me the whole time and I was willing the podcast to tell me I could stop.  I think this is the first week where I feel like I've gone backwards.  I'm hoping it is just a bad run and the next one will be back on track.  I'll be really gutted if it turns out my 20 min run was just a fluke!


Anyone else find weeks like that, where things you could comfortably do previously suddenly became a struggle?

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