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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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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