At the end of March I talked about my first two weeks starting couch to 5k for the third or fourth time and overall felt pretty positive. Week 3 was a little bit more rough-- with April being much busier, with a lot of rainy weather, and a change in my work schedule, my running got quite off track.
I have never been able to run distance.
I really don't think I could run for more than 60 seconds without stopping when I first started c25k.
c25k week 5 day 2 has you run 8 minutes (or 3/4 of a mile)-- they must know what they're talking about because I was running as hard as I could and was just over 3/4 of a mile right at 8 minutes.
For the second 8 minute run I decided to try and go a little bit slower, so I could speed up during the last minute-- this didn't help my overall time because again, I was just about 3/4 of a mile at 8 minutes.
|16 minutes of run time & 10 minutes of walking|
Wanting to run a mile in 8 minutes after training inconsistently for 7 or 8 weeks is unrealistic-- I know this, but it still disappointed me.
I really had to stop myself because I'm not training to run a mile, I'm training for a 5k, and even if I am able to get that 10 minute mile I want, I'm not going to be able to run over three of them in a row just like that.
The next c25k run is a 2 mile run without stopping, I'm not very confident that I'll be able to run for the whole time but I think it will be a good measure of where I am.
I wish it was easier to focus on where I have improved-- instead it seems easier to see what I'm still not able to do.
What training/exercise goals do you have for May?
A huge thank you to Tracy and Alyssa for all of their encouragement and running wisdom on the days where I want to give up because I feel like I'm not getting any better. Make sure you check out their blogs and linkup for Training for Tuesday!