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Linita&i

Don't even think about giving up!

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So.. I'm a first time consistent runner, I've been doing this for over a month -maybe two, as it is lately that I've come to love it and can't wait to do it every other day.

I just want to say to all those who have tried and at some point felt that they have failed or that running isn't for them.. Don't give up, keep trying! If you ever felt awesome when you finished your run then this is for you and you must keep going!

Not long ago I was on week 5 day 3 of the 10k programme, I gave it a try, I figured if it said 2 miles or twenty minutes then that's the pace I should keep up with to be able to progress further on, so I installed another app that tracked the distance, turned out I was very short of two miles, when I finished my body was acheing, I had palpitations for the last minutes of the run, my legs felt so heavy... So I tried to do the same run two days later, my bottom hurt, my legs, I chose a harder track to run in.. Result? After 11 minutes I couldn't, I just stopped and went home very angry about it, I waited another two days until my body was back to normal and tried again, that was today, towards the end of the run I thought "what if I didn't do the two miles? -I'll just try again in two days... It turned out I did it! 2 miles in 20 minutes, I met the target and i was full of energy, for the first time I had no palpitations towards the end, no pain in legs and could have kept going even further, it felt amazing! Bottom line: don't force your sore body and don't feel guilty about it, you wait and come back stronger! It's early on, I'm only on week 5 but I felt the need to write this post as I know for a first time runner you can get discouraged as early as on week 1 of this programme, it does get better, your body gets used to this. Thanks to all the people out there supporting, answering questions, I'm greatful to have found this app and be part of this community, it's an awesome experience!

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Hello Wendel, it's a big change from the previous weeks (the fifth week), the last day of week five its a third of the target (that's if yours is to do a 10k run) my advice to you: listen to your body, give your body necessary breaks and repeat days until you are happy, I'm giving advise here as If I was an expert, smarty pants! but it's because my body felt this big change and it ached so much and I wondered if I could actually keep doing this.. and I waited and I did it and now I am plased and craving to achieve more! please do write how you feel after accomplishing it. I'm sure you'll do excellent and feel like that too!

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I still ache a little the mornings after, but it's almost a good ache, like you have after a hard day of work. No pain yet. I'm just looking forward to this next challenge. It's really yucky outside, rainy and around 45, so it may have to wait until tomorrow. :-(

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Way to go, Linita&i! Glad you listened to your body for your limits and didn't get down on yourself. It's so true that you're body gets stronger quickly, letting you meet your goals. Keep it up!

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