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8/28/13 1:34 P

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I am currently working on week 4. And when I first ran week 3 - I thought no way - I'm going to have to do this again. After run 3 week 3 I could do it no problem. Likewise with week 4 !! It is truly amazing how quickly endurance and strength builds. I tackle each week - one run at a time - with the understanding that if I don't feel ready then I stay at the same level. So far I've made it through without repeating...only time will tell.

But I think as it has been said - go with the plan to succeed and take it from there.

Happy Running :)

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8/28/13 11:17 A

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I also never thought I could be a runner, I planned on repeating almost every week because I didn't think I'd be able to move on after just three days but I will be doing W5D2 today and I haven't repeated yet! I probably will have to at some point but I always expected to and I don't see it as a failure, I think of how proud it will make me to stick with something that wasn't easy but that I stuck with and what that perseverance says about me emoticon

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5/29/13 9:55 A

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I agree with PAQTEQ!! I never would have thought that I would be able to follow this program, but I haven't needed to repeat a week yet through week 5, and I'm certainly not fit. I did notice it is easier to complete the runs when I'm also doing strength training on the off days. I can totally tell the difference in muscle tone...all I have to do is shed the lbs so that they show :) It's amazing how the human body adapts and trains.

Although at the end of the week (friday) is the first 20 minute run no walking day, so we shall see. I may be repeating this week if I can't keep it up for that long...

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ELEKTRAONFIRE Posts: 39
5/29/13 7:40 A

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PAQTEQ, I like the fact that Robert Ullrey keeps talking a bit in his podcasts. It makes me feel like I have a personal trainer next to me and the thought of 9(+) weeks isn't as daunting.

I'm glad I started this topic and grateful for the replies, because at first I had plotted out some stuff in my calendar, like it could be scheduled in a "just get it done" fashion, but I'm already feeling what my body is telling me and that is "unfit", so I've accepted that I'll have to find my own pace at the programme.

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5/24/13 10:50 P

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I don't know if its realistic, but I NEVER thought I could run, but I have just completed Week 4 and I feel great! if I can run until the app tells me to walk, I believe anyone can do it.
My advise is to take it one week at a time, push your self to run when you are told and your body will build up an endurance. Also, 'PLAN' to succeed at each week and look at week 9 as the beginning, because then you can just go out and Jog or Run a 5k whenever you want to!

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5/24/13 4:02 P

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Not a silly question at all. Alot of the people here are new or have moved on to the next challenge. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

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ELEKTRAONFIRE Posts: 39
5/24/13 12:56 P

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Thanks for the replies! Either the question was silly or this is a quiet team LOL.

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5/22/13 7:42 A

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No, I don't believe it is realistic...unless you are pretty fit to begin with...(or young) I have taken several weeks for each "week". I haven't been able to get my breathing right in that short of a time. In fact I haven't completed it yet! But I love the program. It has some really good guidelines to follow. I keep getting injured because I'm so gung ho. Please go at your own pace. emoticon

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5/21/13 12:34 P

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Welcome to the team

The time it takes is 100 percent up to you. It is a guide and totally able to become 12 weeks or 20. Take your time and when comfortable move to next week. Many people including muself repeat weeks. This is a joirney not a race.
All my best to you and feel free to ask any questions you may have

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ELEKTRAONFIRE Posts: 39
5/21/13 8:32 A

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Is it realistic to 'plan' to finish after nine weeks? Have you retaken weeks?

I don't want to set myself up for failure simply because I imagine nine weeks are how everyone do C25K, if it turns out that retaking is normal.

Most of us are here for significant lifestyle change rather than simply wanting to become more fit.

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