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    Hi there I'm currently doing the darebee 8 weeks to 5k program as title, but it doesn't look like I'll be hitting the 5k target by the final day. I'm currently on day 48 of the plan and so far the furthest I've managed to run is 3.7k. How do you think I should proceed? I MIGHT be able to make the full 5k next Sunday if I run for approximately 40 mins but this fills me with dread. I'm already resigned to failure somewhat so should I keep repeating the final week til I make it instead? Or just move onto something else if I don't succeed and return to it at a later point? Thanks to anyone who replies!

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    No, no, no! Never resign yourself to failure! If you need to, go back a week or so. I did a different 8 weeks to 5k training (it was Zombies, Run!) and I was very apprehensive and never thought I'd get my final 5k. I ran on a treadmill. I started off REALLY slow - I mean, you could walk at the speed I was "running". I VERY slowly increased my speed. I managed to do my 5k, and yes, it took me what you're estimating - 42 minutes! Slow, sure! But the thing was, not only did I actually run my 5k, but I had the endurance to keep going for 42 minutes. Wow! So now I've got that badge. My mistake when I tried to do this running programme previously was in going faster than I could maintain, because I didn't think what I was doing could be considered "running". Then I realised that, for me, it was running. You are not Usain Bolt (are you?) so you just do you. Plug yourself into a great playlist and relax; accept that, right now, you're slow. But think how totally chuffed you will be when you complete that 5k, even if it takes you 40 minutes. And think also about how much your endurance has improved, allowing you to run (no matter how slowly) for 40 minutes! Maybe later, you'll do it again and find you're faster. Not me, though - I've got that badge!

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      #3
      Thank you that was a super helpful and sweet reply, totally appreciate it!

      In a somewhat hilarious twist of fate I had a sleepless night last night and so kinda missed my chance to go to the gym today for today's part of the program. Not wanting to fail or give up it meant I had to street run (which is something I've only done once so far) for the 15 mins run 1 min walk x 2 for day 49 for and well... Turns out I'm faster on the street than the treadmill and on my fourth lap around my almost exactly 1km park I realised if I kept going past the 32 mins in the plan and ignored the stop point I'd make 5k. So I did. And some (had to finish the lap obviously 🙃) Woo!

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        #4
        Well done! Amazing what you can do when you don't want to give in, hey?!

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          #5
          Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
          No, no, no! Never resign yourself to failure! If you need to, go back a week or so. I did a different 8 weeks to 5k training (it was Zombies, Run!) and I was very apprehensive and never thought I'd get my final 5k. I ran on a treadmill. I started off REALLY slow - I mean, you could walk at the speed I was "running". I VERY slowly increased my speed. I managed to do my 5k, and yes, it took me what you're estimating - 42 minutes! Slow, sure! But the thing was, not only did I actually run my 5k, but I had the endurance to keep going for 42 minutes. Wow! So now I've got that badge. My mistake when I tried to do this running programme previously was in going faster than I could maintain, because I didn't think what I was doing could be considered "running". Then I realised that, for me, it was running. You are not Usain Bolt (are you?) so you just do you. Plug yourself into a great playlist and relax; accept that, right now, you're slow. But think how totally chuffed you will be when you complete that 5k, even if it takes you 40 minutes. And think also about how much your endurance has improved, allowing you to run (no matter how slowly) for 40 minutes! Maybe later, you'll do it again and find you're faster. Not me, though - I've got that badge!
          I Love this...i was the same way when I started trying to do a program...i gave up the first time and felt defeated, but I tried again, and I got it done! I used the C25K app. My runs were sooo slow lol, but I told myself it was OK. I've been back and forth since then as far as running, but I know if I wanted to, I can do it again

          Al Bo-Baggins congrats on getting 5K+!!

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