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5k Training: Discouraged

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Today went even worse than Monday. I was only able to complete 3 2 min walk/3 min run intervals at 3.5/6 mph. But I did push myself, in that once I realized I couldn't continue as planned, I made myself walk at 4 mph. I did that for 3 minutes, ran for 1 and felt okay. Then I walked for another 3 minutes and got a really bad side cramp for who knows what reason. I tried to run the last 3 minutes, but could only do two and walked that last minute.

I'm really discouraged. I'm really not happy about the fact that unless I get sprinkled with some magic endurance dust, I will have to repeat this week. I certainly can't add a 6th interval if I can't even get through 5. But I have to keep going. I have to beat this. I won't let it beat me.

Any advice? I have the motivation taken care of, but any advice for helping me get through these runs? Is there some way that being on my period could be totally throwing me off for the week? Is there something you eat or drink a certain amount of time before your workout that you've noticed really helps you keep going? I really want this for myself, and it's hard that it is so difficult for me.
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    Thanks for the encouragement and advice everyone. I'll slow my pace when I go to the gym tomorrow and see how it goes. (Also we're having steak for dinner so that should help my iron)
    2271 days ago
    You will have good and bad days many times. Just be patient. If you have to repeat a week, that's ok. Try and slow your pace down. You've got plenty of time to build up your speed. It doesn't matter how long it takes, a run is still a run! Your period could have an effect on your run because it can lower your iron. Keep going and you will work thru this.
    2271 days ago
  • SUE5007
    When I first did the C25k program I had a hard time too. It wasn't until I was having back pain that I tried running really slow that I found my endurance. I'm talking 4.0 mph on the treadmill. Baby steps, barely a jog. Keep your stride short and your feet underneath you. The first time I kept this pace for 20 minutes, then a few days later I got to 30 minutes. A week later I got to 45 min. I thought I was jogging before at 5+ mph but I figured out that pace was running for me (I was more out of shape than I thought) even though it felt good the first minute or so. My breathing matched my footsteps at the faster speed and it was hard to adjust to such a slow pace at first. But it was wonderful to be able to jog slowly and not stop. After that I made up my own walk/jog time increments for C25k...more jogging slow, less walking according to how I was feeling. And my speed increased from 4 to 4.8 in a matter of weeks.

    Some days you will be more tired than others so your speed should be flexible each time you train. Don't kick yourself if you have to dial down the speed one day. Then out of the blue you will be able to dial it up and go faster than you're used to.

    Do not give up. Make it work for you! emoticon
    It's not the end of the world if you repeat a week. emoticon
    2272 days ago
    Doesn"t Jeff Galloway say, "run your slowest, then slow it down to a shuffle" or some such advice?
    2272 days ago
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