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I was cool with week2, but week3 is kicking my ass so far
I've tried to complete w3d1 twice now, and I make it through the first 3 minute run and then I get a leg cramp in my calf that pretty much renders me unable to run for the rest of the time (although today I did manage to last 5 minutes longer than the previous attempt). I'm thinking that I need to revert back to my previous system of doing the runs at a fast walk/slow run pace for a week and then try to actually speed things up a little.
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Crystal, I'm reading this post to say that you decided to speed up your running and you're now finding this to be too much.
General consensus on the running boards is that one should either increase volume or intensity but not both. People who do both at the same time have a tendency to get injured. As you work through the c25k program, you're increasing volume. As a new runner, it is indeed volume that you should be concentrating on. Let the speed happen naturally - don't try to run faster just yet. Give it a year and then start thinking about speed.
That said, don't stress having to do a workout more than once. That just means you're normal.
When I say I'm doing a fast walk/slow run, I mean I'm going from my "brisk walk" pace of 2.5mph on the treadmill, to either 3 or 4mph - really barely any change, and barely considered running Between weeks one and two, my "runs" would be at most 1.25 miles in 30 minutes. I'm not trying to break any land speed records here, I'm just looking to do more than sluggishly walk on the treadmill. I did week 2 at 4mph without a problem with cramping, and I drink easily about 3 liters of h2o a day, so I don't think hydration is an issue for me.
Week 1 took me 3 weeks, and week 2 was another 2. I'm not stressed, just annoyed that my body's being dumb about running more than 3 minutes at a time.
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Out of curiosity, what do you mean you broke it down into 5 minute segments? Did you set your watch for 5 minutes and just repeated it 4 times? This run was such a stresser for me last year and I know it is mental, but I'd love some strategies for breaking through it.
Sorry for the dealy, I just convince myself to get to the 5 minute mark. I get to that and convince myself I feel fine and there are no problems. I do the next 5 (10:00) and do the same. I do this 4 times, just telling myself to get to the smaller mark. By the time I got to 20 I really fely I could go longer. I got the 25 this week so I'll just stick with this, as it seemed to work for me.
I guess I'm mixed up on what day I'm on. I found a program for the ipodTouch and today I completed W3D3. I can't believe I made it this far with no hip pain, no shin splints, nothing. I am so excited.
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