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Hi everyone,

 

I've been using the app and am at week 4 now. Been a silent reader of the forum topics and am loving how supportive and encouraging everyone here is! :) (that's why I've signed up)

 

I'm due to do the W4d3 run tomorrow and am dreading it(not to mention w5d3!). Mainly because I now know the 'pain', breathlessness and everything unpleasant during my run but I know I need it and don't want to fall off the plan altogether.

 

Really need some motivation, and I know this too shall pass and will feel awesome after the run. As I read somewhere else, I think I need to channel my inner Dory, 'Just keep swimming'. Yipes!

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Speedy, you CAN do this!!! Every week for me, day 2 has been my wall, making me dread day 3, but I PROMISE, you'll be able to do day 3. In fact, I bet when you're done, you'll think you could have run more. Go for it, believe in yourself, and you'll make it! If you're running out of breath, slow down a little. Pace is everything. You've got this!

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W5D3 is the biggest nothing in the program. W1D1 is much harder, By the time you get there your body WILL be ready(It's science and science is always right). The biggest defeating part of W5D3 is the mind game. Don't give in and you'll own it!!

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Really. Azatol speaks the truth. I was also dreading w5d3, as was everyone else here. It really is in your mind. Your body is now much more capable than you give it credit for. Just have fun with it. Seeing the results will give you much joy. Happy running.

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True, once you've done the first day, especially if you are a none runner, everything else is completely doable. I noticed you mentioned your breathlessness. I don't really experience that. Maybe you need to focus on regulating your breathing. I do in four counts (usually paces) and out four counts, so my inhale and my exhale are similar. If you time breathing with what your body is doing, it becomes automatic after a while and as such, almost a none issue. BTW, if I remember correctly, W4D3 was laughably easy....

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Thank you everyone!!! You're all amazing! :)

 

I completed, but it wasn't great(because I wasn't feeling 100%). Sorry to disappoint you Annie :( I had to stop for a short break(due to the all dreaded stitch) during the second 5 minute cycle before continuing, but pushed on to the end. But all good, will start week 5 next, and looking forward to a better run. keep me accountable, please. :) At this point I still find it hard to believe that W5D3 will be achievable, can't work out the science behind that for now

 

Azatol, yes, I've been breathing through both my mouth and nose, just to get more air into the system and avoid the dreaded stitch which has helped. I think when I mentioned breathlessness, it's more so the feeling that comes from increased heart rate

 

I can't wait for the day that I'll be able to run for 30 minutes in one breath. and also cover more distance!

 

What is the average distance covered for a typical week 4 workout? I think I'm going way too slow than what is expected of the app, currently doing 3.77km(2.44miles) in 32m, which, if extended to 5 kms, is only a little bit faster than walking...

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Good going speeding sloth ! If you flick around you'll see lots of my posts about me running very slowly but I'm on week 8 now doing 28 mins still only about 4km in that time. Heaps of great answers from regulars like Azatol, Ruthie, Anne, KellyAnn ...... Endurance first ...... Then either work on speed which naturally will increase distances, or extend from 5km to the next distance (10km) but that's too much for me at this time, so my plan is to get to 30-35 min and work at speed to 5km for my first race. Good luck !

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Thank you everyone!!! You're all amazing! :)

 

I completed, but it wasn't great(because I wasn't feeling 100%). Sorry to disappoint you Annie :( I had to stop for a short break(due to the all dreaded stitch) during the second 5 minute cycle before continuing, but pushed on to the end. But all good, will start week 5 next, and looking forward to a better run. keep me accountable, please. :) At this point I still find it hard to believe that W5D3 will be achievable, can't work out the science behind that for now

 

Azatol, yes, I've been breathing through both my mouth and nose, just to get more air into the system and avoid the dreaded stitch which has helped. I think when I mentioned breathlessness, it's more so the feeling that comes from increased heart rate

 

I can't wait for the day that I'll be able to run for 30 minutes in one breath. and also cover more distance!

 

What is the average distance covered for a typical week 4 workout? I think I'm going way too slow than what is expected of the app, currently doing 3.77km(2.44miles) in 32m, which, if extended to 5 kms, is only a little bit faster than walking...

Going slower is the trick. As you add distance your pace gets slower. It's that way for us all. Going slow makes you go long.

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Hi everyone,

 

I've been using the app and am at week 4 now. Been a silent reader of the forum topics and am loving how supportive and encouraging everyone here is! :) (that's why I've signed up)

 

I'm due to do the W4d3 run tomorrow and am dreading it(not to mention w5d3!). Mainly because I now know the 'pain', breathlessness and everything unpleasant during my run but I know I need it and don't want to fall off the plan altogether.

 

Really need some motivation, and I know this too shall pass and will feel awesome after the run. As I read somewhere else, I think I need to channel my inner Dory, 'Just keep swimming'. Yipes!

 

Here's a suggestion for you to try: run as slow as you can and note if you are having pain, breathlessness, and stitches. Are you having pain in your legs, feet, or ribs only?

 

I know it's not always I popular opinion, but when I find sessions tough, I repeat them. Repeating entire "Weeks" for as many weeks as you want. Each time, your body gets stronger. In the first half of the program, I needed to repeat until the sessions felt "easy" instead of feeling like I got ran over by a train.

 

If it was nerves, I'd tell you to continue on, that your body is ready, but I feel like you'd benefit more by listening to your body and letting yourself get stronger and boosted confidence right now.

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Keep up the good work!

 

If you are anything like me, it'll be tough but one day it'll just pop.

I struggled super hard to reach a 4k mark (not using the app, just 4k in general without care for how long it took) and it was so hard.  I was only able to run for a minute or two at a time

 

Then one day I just did 5k... I barely took a break and I was tired at the end but during I felt fine.

I've been consistently doing it since then and find I am less and less tired at the end of the run.

 

So, keep swimming, you've got this!

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Hi everyone!

 

My next run is the big W5d3! I w5d1 and 2 went really well, keeping my phone in the pocket the whole time was a great idea and turning up the music loud enough to drown out my own negative thoughts causing mental blocks really helped! In fact I had enough gas on both days to run and extra 2 minutes! You're all so amazing!

 

I was really looking forward to conquering w5d3 tomorrow but sadly I've just developed a really sore lower back this evening. Not sure where this leaves me, but hoping and praying that I'll be pain free tomorrow.

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Guess what! I managed The infamous w5d3 yesterday! It really wasn't as hard as I had initially thought a couple of weeks ago, Azatol, you were right, it's all in the mind! I had some extra energy and continue for a couple more minutes beyond the 20 minute mark.

 

I did it against what I think was my better judgement, with my sore back because I didn't want to have to repeat days or go backwards. It didn't seem to aggravate it, which was great, but it hasn't improved much yet. A thread about back pain mentioned that it's due to the fact that our bodies are just getting used to exercise and the cure for it is exercise, any thoughts? http://forums.zenlabsfitness.com/topic/2206-back-pain/#entry11313

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Guess what! I managed The infamous w5d3 yesterday! It really wasn't as hard as I had initially thought a couple of weeks ago, Azatol, you were right, it's all in the mind! I had some extra energy and continue for a couple more minutes beyond the 20 minute mark.

 

I did it against what I think was my better judgement, with my sore back because I didn't want to have to repeat days or go backwards. It didn't seem to aggravate it, which was great, but it hasn't improved much yet. A thread about back pain mentioned that it's due to the fact that our bodies are just getting used to exercise and the cure for it is exercise, any thoughts? http://forums.zenlabsfitness.com/topic/2206-back-pain/#entry11313

Congrats on completing it. Feels aweosme, doesn't it? Wish I had some wisdom ont eh back thing but a doctor I am indeed not.

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You need to be very mindful about brushing your sore back out of your mind. It might be nothing but then again, it could be the beginning of serous trouble. I should know. I always listen to my back and like to take care of it the minute it starts bothering me...nip it in the bud...if it doesn't go away in a couple of days, if you have pain down your legs or in your pelvic area or if you can feel it in your bones go to the doc.

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Ditto on repeating the workouts as much as needed. I'm finally on week two and much less sore because I've taken longer breaks averaging two runs a week. Will probably repeat week two at least another week before moving on and feeling like I'm making progress. Just stop the brain from thinking and keep moving

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Ditto on repeating the workouts as much as needed. I'm finally on week two and much less sore because I've taken longer breaks averaging two runs a week. Will probably repeat week two at least another week before moving on and feeling like I'm making progress. Just stop the brain from thinking and keep moving

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