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I apologize for not jumping in earlier. I love the fact that teammates are sharing what they've learned. It's so valuable!
I worked with intervals big time when I first started towards my first running 5K. I adjusted the interval for comfort and efficiency. I went on to do a couple of 5Ks that way until it became second nature. Then I started to work on speed training, resulting in finally being able to run the entire 5K. You want to embrace the run, enjoy it fully, and especially have fun at any race. I never worry about timelines in training. If I'm not full comfortable, I will repeat or mix it up.
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I wasn't able to do the 35 minutes straight the first time. I had to take two short breaks. The second time, I kept my overall pace slower and was able to make it through. I found that if I keep my pace slower at the beginning, I can always increase my speed in the second half if I'm feeling good. I also have to plan some strategy on the big hill in the middle of my run. If I push it too hard, I can't run the full time. Slow and steady helps get me through. Next up the 40 min run!
Hey ROGAN1 I couldn't face doing 35 mins straight after week 3 intervals, so I have diverted to a different training programme that builds up the continuous run time a bit more slowly. I'm currently on 12 mins run 5 mins walk (repeat) - which gives me 24 mins running broken into two sets. This is working for me. I think you have to find out how to work with your own psychology - what appeals to your brain! Keep running whatever :D
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Thanks BeckyAnne, your reply was quite inspiring!
Btw, I've never been on a treadmill, always go outside, funnily enough the first slight hill near where I live seems a bit tough, but another hill later in my run seems to go much easier and I am less out of breath!!
Will let you know how I go, thanks agin for the encouragement
Personally if I couldn't do week 4, I would probably repeat week 3. Treadmill running can be boring. I've banned myself from it now. It forces me to get outside. Just give it a try and see how you do. Maybe even give it a 2nd try and see if it's better. Just keep telling yourself, you can do this. It's only 35 min. Many times when I go down to the lakes for my run, I have to tell myself I'll be done in less than an hr and then I can do whatever I want. It usually works.
I've just finished week3, so on to week 4 tomorrow, 35 minutes jogging.
I don't want to be pessimistic, but I've felt pretty pooped after the 8x4 minutes of jogging in week 3, you know what I mean, falling asleep in front of the Tv LOL.
My question is: if its too hard to accomplish the 35 mins straight, should I break the time into 2 sessions or 4 with some walking in between for a few minutes? OR, perhaps stay on the week 3 a bit longer??
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