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Hi,all. So I'm really struggling with week 5. Ive been doing all the weeks over twice to get my body used to running and it's helped, but I can't seem to run past the first initial 5 minutes. Week 5 day 1 is good, but day 2 and 3 is hard. I really want to run a 5k, but this is starting to make me discouraged. I know that this app is suppose to get me to run a 5k without stopping, but is that ideal for most people? And if so what can I do to overcome this?

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I dont even run that fast. I consider it just a jog more or less. Week 5 day 1 I can do the 5 minute run with the walk and then the 3-minute Run with the walk and cool down which is fine it's just the next one that goes to the 8 min is killing me. I find myself stopping and take a quick break and then going back. I do finish after breaks, but I want to be able to do it all without stopping.

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Treadmill is easier.

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I think it is 80% of mental problem. I know, I did it too, and more then once :)

 

Try this: instead of 8 min run  do 5 min. You already can do it and you know that you can do this.

At the end of 5 min run make a decision jog 30 sec more. At the end of 30 sec force yourself for more 30 sec.

See how far you can push yourself :) 

Do not look at the timer, listen music, think about anything else but finishing...

And it is very important to remember: It is OK to walk to complete the run. Do not feel upset about it!

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I agree that I think it's mostly mental, I just tell myself only a couple more minutes, keep going legs, you have to! Lol I also have started wearing a belt that I put my phone in, so I can't look at it 100x during my run, that has helped a lot since I just have to wait for the ding. Good luck and keep going, you will get it!

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Wk5day1 for over 1 week and I can't seem to passed 5mins run. It is so hard for me. It seems like I ran out of breathe and energy when I passed 3mis run.  For those who made passed wk5, congrats guys congrats!!!

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My recommendation.  If you can't seem to get over the time hump, spending a couple weeks at the plan for week 4.  Instead, try increasing your pace gradually.  After a couple weeks, go back and try week 5 at your old pace.  Your body will appreciate the slower pace and the extra time should be easier.

 

I started C25K back in 2012 and in about 8-9 months I was able to run a full 1/2 marathon without walking.  I have not ran much now for the past 3 years and I am about to start the C210K today.  I have tried to start running again the past few years but can't past the soreness.  I am hoping starting from the basics will build me back into the swing of things.  Wish me luck!

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I am starting on Week 4 next week. It hasn't been real difficult. I have always worked out but had a set back in my life in 2013 which changed my outlook on life and I quit working out. I have never liked running and I am hoping to lean how to like or even love it. I am 53 years old and really want to have a new passion in my life. How do you learn to love to run?

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I am starting on Week 4 next week. It hasn't been real difficult. I have always worked out but had a set back in my life in 2013 which changed my outlook on life and I quit working out. I have never liked running and I am hoping to lean how to like or even love it. I am 53 years old and really want to have a new passion in my life. How do you learn to love to run?

I'm 48 and just finished Week3 Day1.  I never liked running, and haven't jogged for 10-15 years.  I think it gets more interesting if you ran in a stadium running tracks or some kind of exercise parks, where there are more people running.  I actually looked forward to my next run because I measured my total distance and running pace.

 

I use an app called Argus by Azumio, along with the C25K app.

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It is definitely all mental. As long as you have a rhythmic breathing and steady pace, you can go as long as your brain will let you. I struggled yesterday (Week 5 day 1) and there were at least 3 times during that where I had the thought of "I'm not going to be able to finish this one without a break. I'm going to have to stop and rest. This is the one that ruins me." And even though it was absolute agony that last stretch, I kept saying "only a minute and a half left... only a minute left... only 30 seconds left..." and while most people will start to feel more tired while thinking "oh gosh there's an entire minute left!" I find it helps push me on. Because as I'm running, I remember that I CAN run 5 minutes. I CAN run more than that if I want to, and usually those thoughts of "I have to stop" are during the last 5 minute run. So I just look back at not even 5 minutes earlier; I have run 5 minutes without stopping TWICE now; I can do it a third time. If I can run 5 minutes twice and I made it this far in the last stretch, this last minute and a half isn't going to be the end of me.

 

After that run and I dropped down to a walk and caught my breath, I left the run feeling the same as I always do after a run - refreshed and awfully tired. That's how I know it's not too much - I didn't collapse, I wasn't limping, or curled up in a fetal position cradling a torn muscle, and I wasn't super dizzy. I did it.

 

Tomorrow is another story, but is the same idea. I'll get to the 5 minute mark and see that there are three minutes left and I'll groan in agony because that's THREE MINUTES. My legs will be tired and burning, I'll be breathing hard, but I know I can do it. I'm going to at least try anyway.

 

I can't remember their name but one of the other posters before me that suggested going "okay 30 more seconds" after each "minute milestone" is absolutely right. It's up to you whether you want to give in to your fatigue or not, and sometimes it's just the thought of "I can't do this" that stops a lot of us FROM doing it. For me, unless I feel like there's something SERIOUSLY wrong (torn muscle, on the verge of passing out, etc) there's no reason for me to stop. My condition is the same it's always been, I just have to push through it and complete it. I'm breathing hard but steady, I can slow my pace if I need to, but one way or another I will run the entire duration.

 

 

 

As for Friday, well, we'll see when we get there >_>

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Hi, I'm 68 and just finished W5D3. I was so scared last night that I couldn't fall asleep and then I just yelled at myself and decided that I will have no judgement. Just do the best I can. Well I did it. Ran the 20 minutes with no problems, so excited... I run a bit faster than a turtle but I figure that I'll work on the speed after I build up my endurance. On to W6.

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I see that these posts are very old. I have hit this point now. I am on Week5 Day2. I repeated it today. I am not even close.... my legs give up by Max 6mins in the first cycle and at 3mins in the second cycle. Any suggestions?

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On 7/16/2017 at 11:56 PM, Archana said:

I see that these posts are very old. I have hit this point now. I am on Week5 Day2. I repeated it today. I am not even close.... my legs give up by Max 6mins in the first cycle and at 3mins in the second cycle. Any suggestions?

Just keep at it.  For me, I didn't even care if I cleared Week5 Day2 or not.  The purpose of using this app is to make me want to run 30 to 45mins 3 times a week.  That habit that routine is more important I think.

The improvements will come .....

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