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I've just finished week 5 run 3 and just need a bit of reassurance. I've been logging all my runs out of interest really and I can see that although I'm running for longer periods of time, I could barely do 1 min at beginning so was v happy to do 20 minutes, my average pace and distance has not really improved since I started. This is because every time the length of run increases I have to run a little slower and then my walking is a bit slower as it takes a bit longer to recover. Is this normal? What should I expect? Also I'm not covering the suggested distances for the c25k in the running parts?

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I felt the same way.  By the time I was into Week 7, I knew that I wasn't going to be doing 5K in 30 minutes.  If I was able to keep up my average pace, I calculated I would need 35 minutes to do a 5K.  What I've heard in the forums here and everything I've read elsewhere says to worry first about the endurance.  Get yourself up to that 30 minute mark.  Do NOT worry about speed because, if you do, you run the risk of trying too much too soon and injuries creep in that way.

 

Once you're up to 30 minutes, maybe then you can look at shaving small bits off your time.  

 

Before my injury, I was at 7:00/km.  A 5K in 30:00 means 6:00/km.  I just restarted the program and the jogging segments were coming in at under a 7:00/km pace so I'm feeling good about that - AND I'm feeling like I have to be careful to not try to do too much too soon.

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