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8/18/10 4:01 P

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Do what works best for you. I would advise trying Week 2 first before you talk yourself out of it. I had the same feeling every time I advanced to the next week and to my surprise I was able to do it. Don't under estimate yourself you can do way more then you think. Good luck!

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Do what works best for you. I would advise trying Week 2 first before you talk yourself out of it. I had the same feeling every time I advanced to the next week and to my surprise I was able to do it. Don't under estimate yourself you can do way more then you think. Good luck!

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emoticon emoticon That's awesome! You know, you don't have to rush the walking part coz that's your recovery before you run again, so just take your time. You're doing well!

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8/16/10 12:19 A

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emoticon You might need to slow it all down a little. Eventually you will build endurance and then speed. emoticon

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Update: Well, I decided to go ahead and go to week 2. I DID it, but I think it killed me, too! I did all the running intervals, but the walking intervals, I felt like I didn't give it my best, I wasn't walking rapidly, but I was walking slower than I wanted, but I still did all of the intervals...I'm also getting to finish a mile in less time, so I guess that's a step in the right direction. :)

Thanks everyone, I"m so thrilled to hdo this alongside all of you!

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8/13/10 6:14 P

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As long as you completed week 1, I would say to move on to week 2. I never find the runs get much easier, but I can always move on to the next workout. If you find you can't do week two, go back to week one. Do what feels better for you.

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8/13/10 3:19 P

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I always repeat weeks. I love this program, but it's certainly been a challenge for me! I feel better to take it slow, I don't want to get frustrated. I think I did week one for four weeks,lol! It's was necessary for me because I couldn't even complete week one when I started! Good luck, and do whatever feels right to you and that will make you stick with it:):) Happy running!

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8/13/10 1:38 P

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Glad you are listening to all the advice and it has given you confidence to do what is best for you even if it means repeating weeks! Way to go!!!

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Mercy! I've repeated so many weeks, I can't even remember how long I've been doing this! All I know is I'm having soooo much fun and I AM A RUNNER!!!!!! (not in a hurry....just listening to my body!)

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8/13/10 9:55 A

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I ended my C25K training just glad I could run 30 minutes straight. I was nowhere near 3 miles. I just kept increasing my time til I was able to get to 3 miles straight, then 4 miles then 5 miles straight on the TM. It took me quite a long while to get there. I had backed off my running beginning of May to pick prepping for a weightlifting competition in July. I lost a lot of ground in my running distance. Now I'm working on trying to get that back. It's going to take time, doing it in run/walk intervals. But that's OK.

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8/13/10 9:52 A

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Do what feels right for you!

I started this and got to week 2 back in December, then my boys were in an accident and I had to stop. I finally picked it back up this summer and am on week 4. Week 4 has been tough, with longer runs and shorter walks, so I am thinking I will repeat it next week before moving on to week 5 (maybe a little mental, as week 5 has a long run at the end!)

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STARGAZER08's Photo STARGAZER08 Posts: 495
8/13/10 9:39 A

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Exactly! Just stick with it! That's all that matters! And I'm right there with you - I had never run in my life (I'm 41) - heck I practically convinced myself I was allergic to any form of cardio! Seriously, I don't think I had done any sort of consistent exercise in my life! I graduated from C25K last month and now I run 3x - 4x per week and I do straight runs for 30 - 40 minutes and speed pyramids to work on my speed. I'm working on increasing my length of running time, too. If I can do it, you can do it!

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Thank you - I realize that it's up to me to do what works, I guess I just needed the confidence to hear it! I need that BIG TIME! I'm a first time runner, have NEVER run in my life, even when I was at a health weight of 125. I just found it so strenous. So no surprise that almost 100 pounds heavier and I find it VERY, VERY difficult. I think it's mostly in my mind, but I have committed to doing this, I really enjoy the podcasts (not having to look at my watch and just waiting for directions, plus, I think to myself - I can do anything for 60 seconds, right?)....so I will probably repeat week 1....I'm also nervous because we are going on vacation next week and in my mind, I thought I'd do week 3 on vacation and now I'll be stuck doing part of week 2 on vacation....it's silly, I know, but I have to forgt the woulda, shoulda mentality and just do what I can, as long as I stick with it!

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8/13/10 9:11 A

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I repeated week 1 and I think I repeated week 2 too. I think at one point I thought I should keep going at week 2 because it wasn't "easy" for me yet and I realized the point of this is to continue to push yourself. So I think you kind of have to decide what is best for yourself. Don't overdo it, keep working at it and don't feel bad for repeating anytime you want. We can do this!

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8/13/10 8:48 A

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You must only do every week once and if you don't you get kicked out of this team emoticon

Of course, I'm only JOKING!!!!

I'm still only on week 3 because I have repeated each week and I'm doing week 3 for 3 weeks.
I'll get to week 9 eventually - even if it takes 9 months .... or years .... emoticon

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8/13/10 8:35 A

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If at any time you want to or need to repeat a week, do it. Make it work FOR you, make it work for YOU, to make it something you can do and stick with rather than something you can't do then quit. Make it fun. Take it at your own pace and ability. I know I did this during this training and still do now that I'm done with the training. I wouldn't still be running if I didn't make it work for me.

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I did repeat W1, but only because I went on vacation and didn't continue with the program until I got back. I was able to see a difference (the second time) between D1 and D3, which made me more confident to start W2. If you don't feel like you are ready, I'd say you should repeat W1. You may not have to repeat W2 once your body finds out that you are really serious about this! I just finished W2 last night and I feel comfortable moving on to W3 Sunday. But that is the beauty of this program . . . there are no rules, you make it work for you. I've been on these message boards for awhile, and I can tell you that some people repeat weeks multiple times, and they are able to be successful in the end. As long as you stick with it, it doesn't matter if it takes you 9 weeks or 18 weeks! Good luck to you!
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8/13/10 8:02 A

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I think most everyone here has had to repeat a week or two or three or well, you get the idea! You can make this program work for you - you can tailor the program as needed. Repeat nothing, repeat every week, repeat a week that feels "off" ... however it works best for you. I didn't repeat any weeks until week three and then I repeated that sucker three times ... and I repeated week 6 and week 8 (I think those were the weeks ... I can't remember exactly). Whatever works for you!

Just don't give up - and sometimes when you feel you can't do a week, give it a try. I bet you'll surprise yourself many times!

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Hi all, I just finished W1D3, and I'm not sure it's gotten significantly easier for me at all. I can still get through week 1, but it doesn't seem much easier from W1D1. My question - should I repeat week 1? Has anybody done that and after that, did you repeat week 2 also? At what point did it finally click for you so that you don't have to repeat weeks?

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