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    Irish Patti

    I did the couch to 5k with an obese friend.  We did runs every other day, so it was really 3.5 days a week.  But we took twice as long as the couch to 5k plan suggested, turning the 9 week plan into a 4 month plan.  The problem with the Couch to 5k plan, is that it's just for everyone.  (Everyone is different, etc.)

    For the last several weeks we were actually able to do just follow the normal schedule, but we had decided to hold back in some of the earlier weeks when we felt our pace and stamina hadn't built up enough to move on to the next step.  In these cases we simply restarted the current week instead of moving on.

    My suggestions to everyone are to just keep running, even if you just end up jogging as slowly as you walk.  And to use the timings, not the distance.  By the time you are ready to bump up to the next week your pace will have increased and you will be able to last the full distance.  When your distance equals your timing you can move up right away (as we were able to do at the end), but don't stop moving forward in the schedule just because you aren't covering the distance you are suppose to.

    In regards to you and week 5, day 3, I'd say to just restart the week.  Don't keep attempting the 2 mile run over and over.  Start from week 5 day 1, and do the 20 minute run again next week (on the next day 3).  And if that still doesn't help, don't linger on week 5, just move on to week 6.  Week 6 has a harder day 2 than week 5, so that's a better one to get "stuck" on if you want to run the full 2-1/4 miles.

    I realize it's not an option for everyone, but it also helps to have a friend along for support.  I didn't mind helping out with the Couch to 5k plan, and it gave my friend that extra push we can all use from time to time.

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