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Week 4 Day 1- I'm Stuck

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Hello Tracy! I promise it happens to everyone. Sometimes the body doesnt want to cooperate. You have to remember how much change its going through. Try going back a day until you kill it and then move on to week four. Running is HUGELY mental. If you give yourself a great boost by getting a killer time on w3d3 your brain may be in a better place. Its hard not to get discouraged, i get it.

I hope this helps :) let us know how it goes!

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Thanks all for the support! I just wanted to follow up and let everyone know that the 4th time was the charm. It wasn't pretty but I did it. I was slow as a snail but I made it through. I wanted to stop in that last 5 minute run but I kept telling myself "Do it. You don't want to repeat week 4 day 1 again " I see some repeats in my future but that's ok.

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I know how you feel, I just did W4D1 this morning and I can't believe I got through it.  Going from 90 sec/3 minute runs to 3 min/5 minute runs was a huge jump for me physically and mentally, but I did it!  I had to slow down from where I was doing Week 3 runs to make sure I didn't cough up a lung, but slow and steady got me there.  I'm using the treadmill for my training (it's cold and snowy outside, and if I have to wake up at 5:00AM to go out in the cold I won't go at all, so it's down into the basement and onto the treadmill for me), and I was doing Week 3 at 6.0 running speed, but today I dialed it back to 5.5 on the first 3 runs and down to a 5.2/5.3 on that last 5 minute section.


I think that's the best advice I saw on any of the message boards: just go slow.  My competitiveness wants me to speed up and go for it, but I keep slowing myself down so that I can complete it all without hurting myself (which is what I did to myself 6-7 years ago when I started running the last time: shin splints and runner's knee from over-doing it).


I haven't been looking ahead to the other weeks, but I think I saw that week 5 has 8 minute run segments, so I'm starting to get a little verklempt about next week, but I'll jump off that bridge when I get to it...

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