There can be all sort of reasons for not quite getting through a run, and it's all very personal. Dropping back a little and re-running earlier runs gives you time to build up a little more muscle, a little more aerobic capacity and a little more confidence. Plus you have a bit more time for things like your breathing rhythm to fall into place.
So, that's what I'd do: give yourself a break, congratulate yourself for getting this far, and get a bit more practice before you try week 5 run 3 again. I'm guessing you'll surprise yourself next time around
Hi Frigadella, I'm at the exact point you are. Just completed the two 8 min runs and my next is the 20 min run, week 5 run 3. I was okay with that but I see it as a big leap to 20 mins non stop, God help me! My thinking is there must be a reason for it so I'll give it a go and might even surprise myself..or not. Will let you know . Don't give up, don't know about you but when I started I could barely run 30 secs...it's all good progress .Frigadella wrote:I'm really struggling on week 5 run 3.
For some reason I'm struggling before 5 minutes has even passed. Had an epic crying fit after failing another attempt at it.
Just after some supportive advice!
Alabamatrotter wrote:How did you fare? I ran it super slowly, and really focused on the breathing part. It is pretty hard, and it took me 2 tries, but you can do it.
I did it! And it wasn't as bad as I thought. First 10 mins bit of a grind but then I felt my body ease into it a bit and I told myself there was no way I wasn't going to do it after that!
I realised running is as much a mental thing as well as physical and it's incredible how you can surprise yourself .
I'm about 4 stone overweight ( 2 babies in a year pfff!) but can still do this which has amazed me beyond belief.
Alabamatrotter, how did you find it the second time?