Couch 2 5K – Part 2 of more than 3

I had initially planned to split the nine week course into three blog posts of three weeks each (you can catch up with weeks 1-3 here). But this fourth “week” has taken so long to complete that I just have to blog it and get it out the way.

  • Week 4, Day 1
    Wooo, now I can run five minutes at a time! Sort of. The shoes still rock (or bounce, I should say), and there were no aches today, except some kind of tiny recurring pain I have in the middle of my left thigh. Only appears after I’ve stopped. Found a new place to jog today, too, very peaceful, although today was a bit windy.
  • Week 4, Day 2
    Really, really bad. I don’t know what happened. The three minute sections were fine, but I couldn’t do the five minutes. Ended up doing about 90 seconds at a time. Is it a mental thing? Very disappointing. Didn’t give up though, which I suppose is the main thing.
  • Week 4, Day 2 (Repeat)
    I decided to do this one again because the last attempt was so freakishly woeful. This time I completed the whole thing without stopping which is brilliant. Granted, I was about as slow as Yamamoto, but I was working on the assumption it was a mental thing and that completing it was more important than doing it in style. Also, my iPod screwed up last time I synced and I had no music to listen to. Thought it would be awful, it was oddly peaceful. Might try it again some time.
  • Week 4, Day 3
    FAIL. It was a terrible day all round, I don’t know why I thought running was a good idea.
  • Week 4, Day 3 (Repeat)
    At least this time I managed to get to the finish, but it was NOT easy. Clearly I am getting less fit the more I run.

Whilst I am nowhere near giving up, which is in itself quite an achievement, I am pretty disheartened with this “week”. That twenty minute run has never seemed further away.

9 thoughts on “Couch 2 5K – Part 2 of more than 3

  1. Nice one, do you feel better for actually running, both mentally and physically? I have some days where I really don’t feel like it, and others where I know it’d do me some good and eventually fall out the front door.

  2. Keep that chin up! The mental game is just as tough as the physical challenge, I can definitely relate to that! As you say though, its compeleting it come hell or high water that matters in the end.

    As a bit of inspiration I was much the same as you are now – around April last year I got into running and couldn’t do more than a minute at a time, but I stuck with it until 2 months later I could run a whole 1500 meters without stopping for some deep breaths!

    3 more months later and I entered my first 10k race, stopped a few times but it went ok (finished in 46 minutes which was crazy talk!), and by Xmas I found myself competing in duathlons (that’s two 5k runs with a 10k cycle in between….in winter!).

    Topped off the full 12 months by competing in my first ever half marathon up in Inverness and finished in just over 2 hours!

    So there ya go, it can happen! And having been told I was clinically obese before I took up running its fair to say I was well and truly stuck in the couch before all this running around!

    Good luck!

  3. Ended up doing about 90 seconds at a time. Is it a mental thing?

    It is certainly a mental thing. If you could convince yourself that ou could do it you would be able to run for 15-20 minutes with no problem. Convincing yourself you can do it is more than half the problem. If you start convinced that you can do it you will complete your schedule every time.

  4. Keep going! I promise it gets easier once you have built up a base level of fitness.

    I’ve started to enjoy long runs with no music and no conversation. It’s the purest form of ‘me’ time you can get. I clear the mind, don’t think too much and just relax.

  5. Christine, are you sure you are not fatigued from overtraining? Take a couple of extra days off before the next run and see how you go…

    I was training too much when I was building up to 5k and it hurt to run … when I took longer breaks between runs, things went better…

  6. I’ve started to enjoy long runs with no music and no conversation. It’s the purest form of ‘me’ time you can get.

    I must admit I resynced my iPod and got the music back, and I was grateful for it. Perhaps it’s good to chop and change. Sometimes peaceful quiet, sometimes rocking music!

  7. Christine, are you sure you are not fatigued from overtraining? Take a couple of extra days off before the next run and see how you go…

    I don’t think it’s that. I only run every few days as it is.

    I did Week 5, Day 1 yesterday and that was better. But I don’t want to spoil the next post 🙂

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