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I just finished week 2, after many restarts of week 1. I could barely hold out for 90 seconds of jogging. I looked ahead and saw that week 3 calls for 3 minutes of jogging. I'm so scared that I'm tempted to give up. Did anyone else feel that way? Peeking at week 4, I see that it increases to 5 minutes of jogging! Right now, I feel like collapsing after each 90 sec jogging segment. What do I do? What can I do to be able to do this? Did anyone else feel this way?

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You cant be afraid of not finishing. Its not a fail if you stop before it tells you to. The fact youre going running at all is better than giving up. Thats not to say that you shouldnt try and push yourself thats just saying that if you need to stop its not a terrible thing. I remember when I first started and couldnt make it through the whole running segment it would ruin my whole day. I promise though its just a small step on your journey. Soon youll look back at week three and four and smile because youll be able to do it with your eyes shut (dont do that its dangerous :) ) Keep it up! Itll all be worth it in the end

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Azatol said something the other day that really helped me yesterday, WAS  'PUT THE PHONE DOWN'  , do not look at it... So , I was on Week 7 Day 2 of the 10k app, , and it is now running for 25 minutes. so I really wanted to see how much time I had left, bu I put the phone in my pocket.  Great tip Azatol.. AND I DID IT!!

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Chinebo DONT focus on the time it takes to compete an interval. Just keep moving. I thought week three was gonna kill me too but I'm proud to say I ran a 5k distance tonight. It's the gains you make in week 3,4,5 that will pay dividends in week 7,8. I'm the laziest person I know when it comes to exercise so if I can do this....you can too!

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Chinebo, don't feel like you HAVE to move onto Week 3 just because you finished Week 2.

 

Repeat Week 2, feel more comfortable doing the 90 second jogs.  There's nothing wrong with that.  

 

Next, think of it differently.  True, 3 minutes IS a lifetime...when you're jogging. BUT don't think of it that way.  Find that really hyper or motivational song and just let yourself get lost in the lyrics while jogging.  When you think about it, 3 minutes is about the length of a song.  How fast do our favorite songs go by?  

 

What I learned from this program is that by the time you move to the next week, if you listened to your body before progressing, you ARE ready (even if your brain says otherwise).  When I say listen to your body, really listen.  How was Week 2 for you?  You mentioned it was a real struggle.  That's fine, I struggled so much in Week 1 I had to repeat it.  So, repeat Week 2 until you feel more comfortable doing 90 seconds of jogging.  If you have to stay at Week 2 for 3, 4 or 5 weeks, so what?  At least you're still making progress which is better than giving up.  Nobody will know what week you're on, they'll only see you out there working on yourself, getting yourself in shape, and YOU will feel so much better regardless of what you do (except QUIT)

 

I'm not far behind you, since I just finished Day 2 of Week 3.  Here's my progress so far.

 

When I started Week 1, I thought NO WAY am I going to jog for 90 seconds. I remember W1 D1 was brutal and I barely finished! But I pushed myself through it.  By W1 D3 I was making it through with a little less difficulty, but not as "easy" as I would like.  So, I repeated Week 1 again.  Then I moved onto week 2.  As expected, it was a little tough, but not impossible.  I wasn't completely comfortable at the 90 second intervals by the end of Week 2, but it wasn't killing me.  Then I figured just for the HECK of it I'd try Week 3.  What's the worst that happens?  I can't do the 3 minute jog and I walk it.  Big deal...

 

Again, to my surprise, I did W3 D1.  It was HARD but I DID IT!!! Then...I had a week off due to really bad weather and I refused to go to the gym (spoiled by the outdoors now).  So I told myself congratulations on a belated holiday gift of not having to work out for a week (and I didn't, except for some weight training one day). LOL

 

This past Saturday I went out for the first time in a week.  It felt SO GOOD to be back out there waking/jogging.  I wasn't sure what to do, try W3 D1 again, go back to Week 2...I told myself I did ONE day of Week 3, I'm NOT going backwards.  Again, what's the worst that happens? Halfway through that 3 minute interval I need to start walking?  So what...

 

I did all of Wk3 D1 without much difficulty, actually it was not as hard as I thought, probably due to that week rest.

 

Then today, I went out and did Wk3 D2 again.  OMG what happened!!!??? LOL It was hard, and I had to keep telling myself keep jogging, keep jogging.  My calves were burning and I was feeling it.  But, I didn't want to quit and I made it ALL the way through D2 of Week 3 AND I even tacked on an extra 90 seconds of jogging during the 5 minute cool down because I was on the far end of the track and knew I had another 1/2 mile to go to reach my car and by that time I just wanted to get to my car as fast as I could so I thought if I jog I'll get there faster....  LOL Warped thinking, I know...

 

After finishing a few weeks of the program, here's the INTERESTING part I noticed.  Each of the times I did the intervals, I was "good" through the first part that was the same as the previous week.  For example, when I did the 3 minute jogging intervals, the first half (90 seconds) flew by and felt pretty easy.  In other words, it didn't even feel like 90 seconds and I wasn't struggling.  The second half of a 3 minute interval, now that's another story!  

 

Like I said in another post (Thank's Shannon for the mention!) believe in yourself! There's nothing holding you back from scaling it down if you start a Week and realize you can't jog for the full 90 seconds, or 3 minutes or 5 minutes.  Just try it and see what happens. That's the beauty of this program, it's not like you're solidly committed to doing an interval if you try and just can't.  Just stop jogging and start walking until the next jogging interval comes around.  If you can't jog, then you know you can take it back a week and next time, try again.

 

Take it from me, I NEVER thought I'd be out jogging, EVER..But....here I am doing it and enjoying myself at the same time!

 

 

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you COULD NOT fail?" - Robert H. Schuller

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OH Cendorly,

 

You brought tears to my eyes.  SEEEEEEEE??????  You can do it.  It gets so exciting...  I am on the 10k app and when I saw run for 25 minutes, I almost died right there, but I did have to stop a few times, but I DID IT, today was 28 minutes,  holy moly.  I am doing the best I can and will not give up/

 

SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU, you are doingit.  keep it up!

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hi Mani  you can do it ,  Do not look at your phone, go for it .   Azatol made that comment about not looking and man oh man, that helps so much.  Turn up the music and run , so   proud of you.  Keep it up.  

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I am on week 3 now too! I thought the same thing as you and was struggling with 90 seconds. I'm proud to say I just completed Week 3 Day 2. As I look on to week 4, I can't help but have that little bit of doubt creep in about running 5 minutes straight, but I keep surprising myself, so I'm going to give it my best shot! Hang in there and see what happens! I bet you'll surprise yourself too! Good luck!

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I may have made a mistake in going straight to week 3 after a 3-4 week break due to weather after week 2.  On day 1, I thought I might throw up.  Gasping like a landed fish and sounding like a bellows.  VERY difficult, but I managed.  That was Tuesday.  Day 2 was today and went much better.  It was a combination of seeing just how slowly I could jog and focusing on maintaining a breathing pattern so I didn't get started on the very deep and rapid breathing.  I don't know yet if I'll repeat week 3 or go on to week 4.  It depends on how the last workout of the week goes.

 

I've never *liked* jogging, but I need to get into better shape.  And my black lab mix loves being my exercise buddy!  We are signed up for a 5K human & doggie fun run on May 16.  So I have time to repeat a couple of weeks if I need to.  At this point, I'm not trying for any sense of speed.  I'm just jogging at about the pace of a brisk walk and increasing my jogging intervals for now.  I have no idea if I'll try to go farther than the 5K distance after I get to that point.  I'll likely stay at that distance for awhile and slowly try to increase to a pace that actually looks like jogging.  LOL

 

-Theresa

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@chinebo 

 

WelI I felt exactly the same. Struggled with week 2 had to walk a few seconds of the middle 90 second runs. .So when week 3 came round I was scared!

 

Will I be able to run for 3 mins when 90 seconds has been hard?

When I fail the 3 minute runs will I chuck my running shoes away?

Will I give up on loosing weight and getting my blood pressure down without drugs?

 

No way !

 

Week three started today (should have been last week but had a tooth abscess, and was on antibiotics ) Britain is cold right now , who runs with toothache, in the cold? not me.

 

 

 When I read though this thread last night it gave me the confidence to at least try W3 D1 and see if I could ? So what if I cant do it today? I will just redo week two and try again next week. I knew if I just kept trying I would get though. My mind was imagining 2,3,4,5 weeks of week 2. But if that what it takes then so be it.

 

Well I did it! Without stopping and feel pretty good about it. The key was just to jog at a slower pace.Yes a couple of snails strolled past me and my running partner a 2 year dog pretty much could stop and do her business before the chain got tight as I ran past her, but I did it.

 

looking forward to next week, next challenge, next success?

 

 

 

 

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