You Can Do It: Trust the Plan

We know. It’s tempting.

This week was tough. Next week looks tougher. Maybe it would be better to repeat the last workout a few times before moving on to the next one.

It might feel like your body is telling you that you need to reel it in and hold off on taking it to the next level. Just remember, more often than not, that nagging little voice isn’t coming from your muscles; it’s coming from your head.

Each workout in the plan is there for a reason. It’s there to get you to the next one. If you get through this week’s workout, you’ll be ready for next week.

I know it’s easier said than done, but ask anyone who has completed the program and they’ll tell you it’s true. They might also point out that the workouts they’re proudest of are the ones that seemed impossible during the warm-up walk. I’m not saying it’ll be the most fun you’ve ever had, but you won’t regret taking it to the next level.

Don’t get me wrong. If you’re injured, sick, or just feel like you’re breaking down altogether, that might be a different story.  One of the benefits of the app is the flexibility.  If you do feel like you need to redo a workout for one reason or another, simply double-tap the appropriate green circle on the main screen.  Also, if you ever need to restart the program from the beginning, you can reset the app using Settings.

Illness and injury aside, most of the anxiety and hesitation that we have towards tackling the next workout happens because we’re training our minds right along with our bodies.

Your mind, just like your body, only gets stronger when pushed. Physically, that first step of the workout is probably the easiest. Mentally, from time to time, it’ll be the hardest.

So what do you do if the new week brings a new workout that looks like too much to handle? Don’t be intimidated. Be flattered.

Because yes, it is a tough workout. And it’s in there because we know you can do it.

That’s the beauty of the program. Go get ‘em.


9 responses to “You Can Do It: Trust the Plan

  1. How timely! I just finished W5D3 yesterday and I couldn’t believe that only 5 weeks ago running for 90 seconds was a challenge! Thank you so much for this program. I never thought I’d be a runner, and now I can’t imagine NOT running every day!

  2. i run 5 days a week most weeks so i usually repeat days 1 and 2 and that has been good for me i cant wait to move on to the next 10 k app

  3. So true! I did repeat one week, because I had to take a break of several days once (I think I was actually sick, hmmm). But ever since, I’ve just stuck to the plan and found that not only can I run for the time asked, I can actually run just a little bit longer! THAT is a great feeling! I’m looking forward to going to B210K after my race in July!!

  4. Ok, help me out here, I have repeated a week only because I could not do the full run I had to walk some of it. I have only moved on when I have been able to complete the whole run times, is this wrong? I might add that it has only taken 1 repeat to get to completion stage. Should I have moved up to the next level even though I was not able to complete all the runs?

    • Hi Trish,

      Thanks for writing. You can absolutely complete the week/days as you like. It is very important to listen to your body and not burn out. I’d rather you finish the program injury free than not at all. You are doing the right thing.

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  6. This is so true!
    I’m doing the B210k and was considering redoing week 2, but nope I’m going with week 3!
    Thanks Alex perferctly timed post! 🙂

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