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April 15, 2013 4:26 AM
Why did I read this?? I've started today and although I did it, and felt great, I am doubting my ability. I'm not giving up, i'm just glad it has been said that you can repeat weeks.

Good Luck and remember "If you keep on doing what you are doing you will always get the same result, only you can change you"
April 15, 2013 4:29 AM
I have done this prog app, It really works. Try not to stress about how long you have to run, don't think about it. Put your tunes on blasting and set off, Try breath singing along to the songs as this helped me regulate my breathing (i was a smoker at time) 4 songs had gone by and then the gong chimed and my 20 mins was over. Rome wasn't built in a day so don't worry if you need to repeat weeks. Feel free to add me. Good luck all, You CAN do this xxx
April 15, 2013 4:36 AM
I thought the same thing! It is amazing how the c25k program works. I am on week 7, day 2. It is both physical and mental for me. smile
April 15, 2013 4:36 AM
At W5D3 it is all mental at that point. Yeah you run for 20 minutes straight, but that is only 4 minutes more running that you have done the week prior. And believe it or not, the walking breaks you did up to that point has prepared you for this. W5D3 is a mental challenge more than it is physical. Do not be afraid of it, you might suprise yourself. Go into it with the mind set that you can do this and you will. No doubt W1D1 looked just as bad as W5D3 when you first started, and looking back now you probably are thinking, "I can't believe I thought that was hard." Same thing here.
April 15, 2013 4:40 AM
I did the 20 minutes no problem.....but thought the same as you. I kept telling myself that whoever wrote the program knows what they are doing and that I guess my body can do it even if my brain says no. I have not stayed faithful to the program and I have not gone past week 5. Every couple of weeks I do one out of week 5 just to keep going.....but I never pick the 20 min one! LOL You can do it!
April 15, 2013 4:42 AM
I have just finished my Week 5, Day 3 - 20 minute run. I went SLOW... really slow! In fact it was the 2nd slowest pace I have ever run. My focus was on getting the time done and not on setting any records. I didnt push myself at all.

Had someone told me a few weeks ago that I could run for 20 minutes, I would have laughed at them!!
April 15, 2013 5:43 AM
I was due to do run 2 of week 5 last week but I have pulled the ligament in my knee grumble so had to stop running.sad

Good luck with it all you'll be fine I'm sure. I can't wait to get back to it
April 15, 2013 6:31 AM
Thanks to all of you for your replies! It really helps me mentally to know other people were scared but they succeeded. The runs def do get easier each time - I literally was out of breath panting like a dog on week 1, you know, the 1 minute jogs embarassed But my stamina has increased so much, I can talk and sing during the 5 minute runs now. I can do this!
April 15, 2013 6:48 AM
You can definitley do it. As everyone has stated, the longer runs are more of a mental challenge than physical. The way I approached it was I thought of it as 2 ten minute runs. You've run 10 minutes with no problem, right? At the halfway point I told myself, oh, this is just another 10 minute run, no problem.

Stick with it and you'll be surprised how hard you can push your body. I now think of a 20 minute run as an easy day, lol.
April 15, 2013 6:54 AM
I'm on week 2 day 2 I'm going to pretend i didn't read any of this.
April 15, 2013 6:59 AM
I did week five last week. I was freaked out too but I made it the 20 minutes, just about puked but I made it! I tried to focus on each song and not look at the time on the treadmill.
April 15, 2013 6:59 AM

You can do it!!!

When I first started running I did C25K and I remember being so freaked out by that 20 minutes! I did it and I CRIED I was so overwhelmed and excited! Just go slow and you'll get it done!

This!! I actually stretched out the program a bit because I was so nervous about that long run. Once I did it I felt such a sense of accomplishment. Don't stress it. You got this!!! smile
April 15, 2013 7:00 AM
C25K Week 5 Day 3 -- even years after you complete the program, this is the run you will always remember. If you have gotten this far you will be ready. Slow and steady!
April 15, 2013 7:01 AM
Don't look ahead, just do each run and don't fret about the next one. I did it was year and did the 20 mins straight (at the end of which I may have done a little dance). If you can't do it, just try again! There is no rush to get through it, C25K DOES work, I struggled with the 1min run to start with, but can do 30 mins no problems now.
Good luck all
April 15, 2013 7:24 AM

Thanks to all of you for your replies! It really helps me mentally to know other people were scared but they succeeded. The runs def do get easier each time - I literally was out of breath panting like a dog on week 1, you know, the 1 minute jogs embarassed But my stamina has increased so much, I can talk and sing during the 5 minute runs now. I can do this!

You definitely can do it!!! After week 5 day 2 you have already run for 16 minutes, just not at one time. Once you get past that mental hurdle of running that long continuously you'll wonder why you were ever worried. I'm in week 8 and I look forward to going out and running each time. I actually prefer the continuous runs now vs. the walk breaks.
Edited by timeasterday On April 15, 2013 7:25 AM
April 15, 2013 7:27 AM
Don't be scared, just take it slow. Your body has prepared for this and you are ready. Also, if for some reason you don't quite make it through, don't beat yourself up. Just repeat the run or repeat the week. It took me two tries to get through it the first time I did c25k. For me, it was adding music to listen to that made all the difference. That tells me it was mental and not physical. Now I wouldn't think twice about it! You've got this!
April 15, 2013 10:32 AM
Thank you for posting this! It reminds me of when I started running with C25K and how nervous I was for that very same run. As it happened a friend of mine was at the track that day which flustered me so much that I miscalculated the time that I was supposed to finish my run. Turns out I ended up running 30 min instead of 20. I learned right then and there that I was capable of much more that I give myself credit for. Will try to remember that for my race this Saturday when I will run a total of 12.2 miles:)
April 15, 2013 10:37 AM
One stride at a time, do it girl and let us know how you got on!

I am W4D1 tomorrow, and know the holy cr*p week is coming!! But, I'm psyching myself up, and you can inspire me to do it!
April 15, 2013 11:15 AM
I was meant to do w5d3 about 2 weeks ago but couldn't... since then I've been slowly edging up towards it - my best was 12 minutes x 2 or 15 minutes followed by 6 minutes and 5 minutes.

Still haven't managed 20 straight though :(
April 15, 2013 12:00 PM

So I am starting week 5 of C25K this week and I was just looking through it and got a major surprise! Up until now each week consisted of the same run/walk times within the week but week 5 is different. I am freaked out that I have to run for 20 minutes straight by day 3 of this week noway ! Can anyone tell me their experience with week 5 - did you make the 20 minute run? If so, how (not how did you run, I get that part but I guess the mental part).

I did week 5 day 3 this morning. I was so scared i went to sleep dreading it. But I woke up this morning said "YOU WILL DO IT BECAUSE YOU CAN! YOU ARE THE BEST RUNNER YOU KNOW!" Yeah it was silly but it got me out there and I did it, and it was easier than the two 8 minute runs. I don't know what but I felt it was.

Of course the whole time I was writing a silly poem in my head about the tortoise and the hare, but it worked :D
April 15, 2013 12:01 PM
Starting week 5 this week! Hope we get through it. Best wishes.

April 15, 2013 12:07 PM
As someone who finished C25K a few weeks ago and now runs 5K a couple times a week, I do 20mins as an "easy run" now.

So you will succeed!
April 15, 2013 12:19 PM
I did W5D3 Friday night and it was SUUUUUCH a feeling of accomplishment! It made me excited to graduate from the program and become a "real" runner. :)
April 16, 2013 1:10 AM
I did W5D3 yesterday. The way to get through it is to take it really slow. The first 5 minutes went past pretty quickly. When the app then said I was half way, I couldnt believe it. At 15minutes, I was 3/4 through it and yes, the last couple of minutes were tough. I kept looking at my watch but at that point my head kicked in and said "You have gone this far, you can do the rest"

I sprinted the last 30 seconds of it just to prove to myself that I could.

So what helped me get through it? I read a pile of stuff on forums and they all said the same thing... Go slow! Go really slow! It doesnt matter if people who are walking, walk past you. As long as you are running for 20 minutes that is all that counts.

I also found this piece on the internet and it all made sense:

If you have come through the programme this far and you cant seem to get that 20 minute run done then the ONLY thing that is holding you back is your head. Get out there and do it :)
April 16, 2013 1:27 AM
Im only on week 3 but I think I may need to read this just before Week 5 lol. good luck everyone :-)


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