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4/8/14 8:30 P

I hear you, I've been stuck doing week 3 for 3 weeks! Granted I only got to go once last week, but even then, I've been pushing so hard to stay running on this level's running intervals that I can't imagine longer ones.

That said, I did just finish downloading the next 2 weeks to my player, so I'll push ahead next time with week 4. The way I see it, I'm still doing a 30 minute interval workout, so that's great!

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3/30/14 6:45 P

to echo everyone else, nothing wrong with repeating at all, and the goal is completion not speed.

That said, it's usually better to repeat an entire week not just 1 day of that week. This still gives your body the rest periods as designed in the program but lets you build before moving on. If you can complete week 3 I recommend doing that and doing it again. If you cannot it may be best to do week 2 again instead of the one day's routine.

overall it's up to you though. Congratulations on taking the hardest steps in getting started!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,459
3/30/14 5:18 P

Also, slow down your running pace - at this stage it is more important to get used to the motion of running, rather than worrying about the speed.

And don't be afraid to repeat a week if you feel you need to. It's not a sign of failure - it's giving your body more time to adapt to the impact of running, and that's just smart.


GLORIAMAJDI Posts: 6,339
3/30/14 1:47 P

I did a C25K starting last September. It was supposed to be an eight week thing and it took me at least twice that long. I don't run every day, I don't even run every other day. And sometimes I was stuck on a day for three or four tries. I believe you should listen to your body and take your time. But also for me (and not everyone is the same so your experience might be completely different), I sometimes need to just push myself a tiny bit to get to the next level...just don't hurt yourself.

Also, I don't know which program you are doing...I did a phone app and it seemed to advance very very fast. When I started looking around at SparkPeople and at other apps, I actually decided to change to a different program that wasn't as aggressive - the new one that I picked worked much better for me - make which ever one you are doing YOURS and tailor it to your needs and fitness level - and if it isn't working for you, consider looking into a different one that might suit your level better. This is about you and you should feel good about it. It is VERY hard but it is worth it in the end.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,993
3/30/14 1:39 P

There's nothing wrong with moving at a slower pace if you need to. The important thing is that you're doing it, so keep up the good work!

Coach Jen

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3/30/14 9:35 A

Thank you Jen,
Yes i have been taking the day off in between. In the mean time i'll just listen to my body and move to next level when i feel that i can. emoticon

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,993
3/30/14 7:42 A

Are you taking rest days in between any of your workouts? If you've done the same workout 3 days in a row and you're still having trouble, I would take a day or two of rest and then try again. There's no way to automatically add that workout to the tracker if you're doing it again, but you can go to your tracker, click to add an exercise and then search for your workout in the database. (You'll probably have to add your walking and running as 2 separate entries.)

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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3/30/14 7:35 A

I'm 55 and doing the 5kwalk/jog and have been doing week 2 day 3 for 3 days now and don't feel as though i can move to next level. how can i add the same day to my tracker before i move up to next level?

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