Sunday, 22 July 2012

Couch to 5k - week five

I am out of love with running. It has been a difficult week.

On Monday I was feeling good. Prepared. Definitely keen. The  pep talk I had with myself was working & I was determined not to skive. I thought this might be the week that I started to really like running (cause that has to happen sometime, yeah?).

I survived the run uphill! 
Ohhh boy. 

It's hard to explain, but I just felt so sore this week. Not the aches and pains that I had at the start of C25k, but an ongoing, weak, exhausted feeling from start to finish. Normally I find my pace picks up after the first run/walk interval, as I'm properly warmed up and I have a nice stretch of running before I start to feel tired. Not this week. I felt like I was counting down the seconds for the app to prompt me to walk again, and at the final stretch I had to repeat to myself "just keep running... just keep running". It's so depressing!

I know this must all be because I'm a bad skiver - the programme is set up so you are running three times a week, not once a week - so I hopefully just have to battle through it before things pick up again. But ugh, a couple of bad days do nothing to help a beginner runner battling with motivation issues! 

I'm off to the Olympics next weekend so FINGERS CROSSED that I come home all enthused and sporty.

Summary of week five:
+ I am glad I did it.
+ I ran five minutes, eight minutes, five minutes, which is the most I've ever done.

- all of the above.
- weighed myself after four weeks. Have lost nada. 
- worst week yet. 


  1. I'm doing this at the moment and finding it hard to actually run 3 times a week, because I cycle to work so that on top of 3 runs a week is pretty exhausting. I know I'm just complaining and need to get through it so see progress but it made me feel better to know that you're also experiencing the feeling of counting down the seconds til you can walk again. Even so I'm so impressed that you're up to week five and can run for 5 and 8 minutes in a row. I'm still on week 2 and haven't don't my third run yet this week. I guess it's not easy for everyone.

  2. Congratulations to you! That is an accomplishment indeed and you should not minimize it! :) I tried this thing as well, didn't really work out the first time, but I am willing to give it another try! I guess it takes a lot of effort before you get to enjoy jogging! :D

  3. Don't give up! I still have good weeks and bad weeks after 2 years of running, do you listen to music when you run? when you've got a good tune to run to it really helps xx

  4. I just did a post about running. I keep loving it and hating it, but I always end up being proud when I do well. You did a great job and should be sooo proud of yourself :)x

  5. You've just inspired me to get my trainers on and go out a run tonight!
    I had got to about level 4 with the C25K a week or so ago, but sort of just got out of the habit of it and haven't picked it back up again, but I'm going out tonight, even if I need to drop down to level 2 as I do always feel better after I do it - even if it's hell whilst I'm doing it!


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