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C25Kers

Which weeks did you repeat?

How many times did you repeat?

How do I approach the jump from two 8 min runs to a full 20 minutes without walking?

I am repeating week 5, day 2 for the 6th time and might have to do a few more runs. I can sometimes get through it but its rough, and other days I can barely get through without cramping or needing to walk. I was just looking to hear that someone else has "been there run that". Thanks! 

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Re: C25Kers

  • My first 20 minute run scared me to death, but I did it and felt awesome after and you will too! I'm still new at running so take my advice with a grain of salt but as with anything I wouldn't move on until you're comfortable. If it takes longer than it just takes longer! You can also try the 20 and see how far you get and if you have to stop just try again the next time :) Good luck and congrats on getting so close to "graduation"!!  

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  • I'm repeating week 6 right now but it's because I was sick for 2 weeks and couldn't run. 

    Is it possible you are trying to run it too fast? Maybe try running it a little slower and see if you're able to complete the run.

     Good luck and hang in there!! 

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    I'm repeating week 6 right now but it's because I was sick for 2 weeks and couldn't run. 

    Is it possible you are trying to run it too fast? Maybe try running it a little slower and see if you're able to complete the run.

     Good luck and hang in there!! 

    I wish this were the case - I jog at a 3.5mph
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  • I had to repeat some weeks over and over again... and after a year, I am still barely comfortable doing the half hour. I'm just not a natural runner!

    You don't have to be entirely comfortable at a level to move up. I would just give it a try - cover up the time counter on your treadmill if you can and see what you can do. I ended up getting stuck at 15 minutes for a couple weeks, although I assume that was just a mental block.

    For me, the C25K was a starting point for my plan, I didn't follow it exactly and move up way slower than the system is meant to go. You will eventually get to your goal... honestly, if I can do it, anyone can. I would just go for the 20 minutes next time personally, you might surprise yourself. 

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  • I got a little messed up in Week 5 with the 8 and 10 minute running lengths.  I hated those on the treadmill.  I can do short burst but long runs just bore me to tears and I start to think I can't do it.

    For the 20 minute run, like you, I was worried I wouldn't be able to do it.  It was a beautiful summer day when I went outside to run instead of the treadmill.  That made all the difference in the world.  I was able to run a speed that I could maintain (without the treadmill forcing me along) and I could people watch.  I couldn't believe it when I finished.  

    The program trains you for that long run.  Don't fear it - pick a speed you can do, distract yourself and GO. I actually found that run easier than the 8/10 minute runs that came before it.

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    You don't have to be entirely comfortable at a level to move up. I would just give it a try - cover up the time counter on your treadmill if you can and see what you can do. I ended up getting stuck at 15 minutes for a couple weeks, although I assume that was just a mental block.

    I was the same way that I figured I'd try the next day and see how it went and I was typically able to push though.  

    I'm still only at a 4 - 4.5 but am able to go a lot longer but at this point speed isn't a giant concern for me. 

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