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11/20/12 3:22 P

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Transitions are hard, at least from what I have found. I also now know that if I take a day off in between it really helps. I run better when I do that. Add some strength training on your days off for both abdominals and legs to help. I have also taken to doing longer walk-runs a few days a week where I just let my energy/body drive the pace. I ran 5 miles (walked a lot of it) and did 3 miles on Sunday by the beach (walking/running) as felt right versus timed. This encourages a sense of well being, less stress and more enjoyment. I also suggest that on your training days you keep to the training schedule. Jumping to the tougher levels too quickly even if you feel like you can may not resonate well with your overall body. I bought a heart monitor from Dr. Al. Sear's site (P.A.C.E. Monitor) and I use it to keep check on what my heart is doing not just my poor tired legs. At the end of the day, some days you feel like you can run forever and others you are lugging a 40lb suitcase with you :-) Hang in there, it will get better if you stick with it and just go out even when you are tired and exhausted.....

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11/20/12 2:55 P

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I skipped W5D1 and jumped right into W5D2 last night and boy, it was a reality check. I barely finished without cutting my running segments short, but I managed to complete the program as specified (2 min walk, 3 min run intervals). It really kicked my butt though. I was struggling to run after the 3rd run and had to slow down my speed to a crawl. I noticed my breathing was ragged and I was very worn out by the end of this workout. I'm not sure I would be able to sustain this for an entire 5K as is required of W5D3. Not sure how else to train at this point to get ready for that.

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