I am a 60year old woman who has led a fairly passive lifestyle. I am on day 2 of week 5 of c25k and I'm struggling to finish the2nd 8 minute run. I think that psychologically I'm worried about the 20 minute run on day three. I've tried day two twice and can't seem to complete it. Any advice would be welcome.
Gramola, we all struggle at times, whether it's someone doing the first day of C25K, or an elite marathoner. It's perfectly permissable to repeat a day or a week, and to slow down if need be. You can do it, and you'll get there.
Take the time out of the equation. If you're running a 10 minute mile - do a 2 mile run. Sometimes seeing a number that's intimidating can be a distraction. Running 2 miles may sound less intimidating that running 20 minutes.
Hi Gram and great big congratulations to you for making it this far. Don't stress over the 20 minutes, YOU can do it! SLOW your pace way, way down and you will surprise yourself. If you have an mp3 player, put on some slow music, if not, sing to yourself. Try a different course so that you are not getting hung up on stopping at a certain marker. Maybe you can recruit a running partner to go along with you.
Many of us have been right where you are and we survived to tell about it. You will too. If you get tired and want to give up, open your heart and mind and you will hear us all cheering you along!
Oh, and did I mention.....slow your pace down!!!
Marie from Tennessee
Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!
61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!
Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59
Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb
Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45
Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,
Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39
Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb
"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1
Wow, I'm very impressed that you are on W5D2. I'm not really one that should be giving any advice, but encouragement I can give. How awesome that you started, that you are still going, and that you haven't quit! You can do it!
Kristy in NC
3/12/11 - St. Patricks Day 5K - First 5K - 43 min
7/4/11 - Peachtree Road Race - 1hr 30 min
9/2/11 - BB&T Sunset 5K - 40:48
10/22/11 - Rocktoberfest 5K - 38:53
11/5/11 - CommYOUnity 5K - 37:22
11/24/11 - Butterball 5K - 37:03
3/25/12 - Charlotte Motor Speedway 5K - 34:21
Gramola, you go at your own pace sweetheart, if you don't feel you can make the twenty minutes, you do what you can! Walk a bit if you need to, just be sure to come back and do some tomorrow. This is a long run, you have 20-30 years of life ahead of you. We are all behind you cheering you on!