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7/31/13 1:08 P

I remember week 4 as being the worst of the C25K program. I really struggled with it, but once I got past it, the rest was cake.

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7/30/13 10:07 P

Yep, repeat it until you get through it. It's not failure at all--I think it takes most people more than the "official" nine weeks to finish. And I agree with the suggestion to slow down until you find a pace you can manage for the full specified time. You can work on speed after you build some endurance. You'll get there!

7/30/13 9:38 P

Yes definitely repeat if needed, hang in there and don't feel bad! Some days I struggle with 30%of what I usually do! Keep up the good work!!!

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7/30/13 9:11 P

Feel free to do it again until you get comfortable with it. I just got through a mental block on week 6 day 2 and it took me three tries. Don't look ahead to what you have to do think about how far you have already made it. Be proud of yourself and just keep trucking along.

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7/30/13 8:53 P

Yes, don't be afraid of repeating a week if you feel you need to. This isn't failure, it's giving your body more time to adapt to the stresses and impact of running, and that's just smart.

Also, I'd recommend slowing down your running pace. At this stage it is more important to get used to the motion of running, rather than worrying about your speed. Once you have finished C25K are running continuously comfortably, then you can work on your speed.

Cross-training with a different form of exercise (lower impact) on your non-running days can also help.


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7/30/13 7:05 P

Uh oh! Tomorrow, I am on week 3, day 3. Sounds like the next two weeks will be a challenge!

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7/30/13 6:13 P

It figures....

of course week 5 is harder than week 4.


oh well... I'll finish week 4 (again) and plod (literally) on through!

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7/30/13 4:03 P

edited: sorry, it's week 5 that has the huge jump.

Not walking is totally mental. Beginning running is way more mental than physical (provided you have an adequate cardio base). Listen to your music, look at the scenery and just zone out.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 7/30/2013 (16:16)
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7/30/13 3:18 P


This is very frustrating for me as I have been a 'runner' in the past, but that was 10 years, 30 pounds, and a couple of injuries ago.

I did week four last week and struggled throughout the whole thing. I'm re-doing week four this week. I really want to be able to do that 5 minute stretch without walking (some of mine is uphill--doesn't help the 'not' walking part of that).

Do you think I should stay on week four till I can do that or keep trucking along.

Any suggestions.

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