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Tell me it gets easier!

Posted: Yesterday 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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Posted: 28/06/2015 at 10:40

Well I have just ran for 20 minutes non-stop!!!!


I can't believe it.  A week ago I was struggling with 5 minutes and was going to repeat week 4, but I started week 5 anyway and have just completed it!  Thanks to those who said to just give it a go.  I am so glad I did!!! 

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Posted: 26/06/2015 at 20:59

Welcome Big Phil Ork and Daisydaisy2, congrats on getting started!  Just want to say it definitely gets easier even after a few weeks - just over four weeks ago I restarted the couch to 5k and couldn't even manage all eight of the minute long runs.  I did seven of them then stopped because I thought I was going to be sick.  This morning I have just completed week 5 run 2 where I ran for eight minutes at a time (twice!) and it was a doddle compared to that very first week!  After the first run I actually felt like I could have kept going for another few minutes.  I'm really hoping I still feel like that when I attempt the big one on Sunday - twenty minutes non-stop!   I'm scared but also can't wait to give it a go!  I'm absolutely elated and a bit in shock at the fact that I can run for eight minutes now!


Hope everyone else is managing to get out there in between injuries/no motivation etc.  Happy weekend running

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Posted: 22/06/2015 at 13:28

Thanks SilverStar, glad to know I'm not alone in thinking like that!  At the moment I'm doing exactly as you say, just concentrating on getting through the minutes but I'm hoping once I've finished the programme and can listen to my own music then that will help more.

I am thinking I might try the first two runs of week 5, up to the 8 min runs, then repeat that run for a week before moving onto the proper week 5 with the 20 min run the week after. 

Hope your knee isn't too bad, and hope everyone else with injuries manages to get out soon too, it's no fun being stuck with an injury.

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Posted: 22/06/2015 at 12:21

Also meant to ask - at what point does running start to feel good?  As in, when do you get to the stage where you can jog along happily, looking at the lovely surroundings, thinking about anything other than trying to count the seconds to the next walking break?  Please tell me that stage exists?! 

Don't get me wrong, I feel great after each run, but maybe not so much during them, especially the later ones!  I'd love to be able to spring along merrily, thinking about other things and taking my mind off the fact I'm actually running.  Right now I'm just about shuffling along as slow as I possibly can, more just hopping from one foot onto the other and hoping it counts as something resembling jogging.  I actually think I walk faster in the walking sections than in the running ones. 

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Posted: 22/06/2015 at 12:02

Just finished my last run of week 4, I'm thinking I might repeat this week though before the horror of week 5.  I don't find the last 5 min run all that comfortable, although the hill in the middle of it might have something to do with that.  But I'd rather be able to do it comfortably before pushing any further. 

In saying that, I am itching to be making progress, so come my next run I might just try week 5 and see what happens.  Not sure yet.

Did anyone else find week 5 manageable after doing week 4 just the once? 

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