Running Dreams

How is April already almost over??! In case you haven't noticed I'm really behind on all things blogging-- including reading all of my favorite blogs, and replying to comments, but I plan on catching up one of these days. I wanted to make sure I put something together for Training For Tuesday (even though I'm three days late) so I could look back on my progress eventually.

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
Being able to run for 8 minutes without stopping is a huge accomplishment for me, but I was still disappointed.

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!

23 comments

  1. Ah man this is inspiring. I'm doing the C25K and am on week 3 day 3. Running for 3 minutes is doable but I'm scared of the next few! Keep it up! You're doing GREAT!

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  2. Good for you for sticking to the C25K program and improving your running! I know it sucks when you don't feel like you're doing as good as you should be but every little bit counts. You're doing much better than you were when you first started that thing so that's awesome. I've been doing yoga everyday because I started the 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene, and now that I'm on day 20 I'm so addicted to it. Every morning I wake up looking forward to doing my yoga exercises. But I also have some difficulty because I'm not as bendy and flexible as I'd like to be, but I see little improvements everyday!

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  3. I think you are doing great! It's all about the little victories girl!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. You are doing so great, Carly! I'm incredibly proud of you. Keep it up. I remember that stage in c25K. It's tough, but girl--once you get it, YOU GET IT!

    For the record, I can run for hours, but I still can't run an 8 minute mile. I'm still proud of my 11+ minute miles, though. :)

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  5. Running can be tough, especially when you're just starting! Wishing you luck!

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  6. You'll be surprised how you can make the 2 miles... just try not to focus on it - put on some music & just stay into that. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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  7. You. are. doing. great. Please go check my dailymile if you haven't already: Last Friday I poured everything I had into 2 miles and averaged an 8:34 pace (fastest mile was 8:22). Yesterday, I poured everything I had into 3 miles and averaged an 8:52 pace. A 10:00 pace for your first 5k is a much more challenging goal than I think you realize, and an 8-minute mile just may not be something your body wants to do. Not all of us are built for speed, not all of us are built for distance.
    Please don't be discouraged, and celebrate those small (even though they really aren't small at all!) wins and milestones. If you couldn't run for more than 60 seconds (like I sure as hell couldn't when I started) at the start, and now you're running 8 minutes at a time... you do realized that's 800% improvement right? (Double check me on that, I'm not a mathematician...) Can we PLEASE start looking at it in those terms?
    I know the C25k program has worked for countless people, but I also know it's giving you some frustration. Don't feel like there's anything wrong with deviating from the program a bit if you're looking for different results than it's giving you. The technique I shared with you the other day may be more beneficial at this juncture. Just whatever you do, don't let expectations of a program dictate how you treat your body, and don't let emotional and mental fatigue or frustration with C25k be the thing that you focus the most on, because it's going to bring you down. And your mind is a much bigger part of your runs than you may realize. Be optimistic, think positively, set realistic goals and expectations, reward yourself for a job well done.

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  8. Being able to run for 8 minutes without stopping IS a huge accomplishment and I am SO SO proud of you for doing so! I'm sure I've told you this before, but if not, when I started running, I ran 12-minute miles. And I ran them for a LONG time. Like a year. I started working on distance so that definitely kept my pace down, and every now and then I'd hit a shorter run in the high 10:00 pace range, but I was mostly steady at 12:00-12:30. The first time I ran a half marathon my pace was 12:30 and I didn't even stop to walk at all, that was just my running pace. I understand getting frustrated that your times aren't where you want them to be but when you're trying to run distance, especially when you've never run distance before, farther is always better than faster. Do what you gotta do to get the distance and worry about the pace later - if you stick with it, that part will come, promise!
    For the record, that 2-mile continuous run scared the crap out of me when I saw it on the c25k schedule and I was fairly sure there was no way I could do it without stopping. But you know what? I put one foot in front of the other and eventually I got through those 2 miles, and you can too.
    Glad you linked up and I hope you know we're always here rooting for you!

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    1. Also I just saw Alyssa's comment and would like to reiterate that 10 min/mile IS kind of a big goal for your first 5k. I'm not sure why that's what C25k goes off of, maybe just because it's an average (like, not typical but not impossible either) pace or because it makes the math easy, but whatever. I ran my first 5k at a 12:40 pace I think, and that was also without stopping. I was nowhere close to 10min/mile so don't think that that's the ultimate goal of C25k or that you're not really doing it if you can't hit that pace. I'm here to tell you that's 100% false.

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  9. 8 minutes straight is fantastic, good for you!! And at least the weather is warming up and you have great views for your training runs :)

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  10. this is a huge deal and you should be so much prouder of yourself than you are. seriously, i couldn't run one single minute when i started. zero exaggeration. and sometimes right now i can't do a 10 minute mile without puffing my little heart out. but you can't run 1 mile without stopping YET. you can't run 2 miles YET. you can't run your 5k YET. keep running and you will get there. there is no way you won't, i promise you.

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  11. You should be proud of your accomplishments! Runners always amaze me!

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  12. I think you just have to plug along. You are doing it. If you aren't doing an actual race you can always repeat week 1 for a 2nd week until you are ready for the week 2 runs. You will get better!

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  13. Girl, do NOT get discouraged or beat yourself up. That is a huge deal and you should be proud of that. I promise you, just keep going, you will only get better and better and better :)

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  14. Hang in there, girl! You should be proud of yourself of the accomplishment for doing anything at all - that's more than most people can say!

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  15. Carly you are accomplishing something just by getting off the couch to begin with so don't forget that. A 10 min mile is a big deal so don't downplay it one bit. I run a lot, long distances, but you will rarely, if ever, see me hit an 8 min mile pace. Be proud of yourself for what you're doing. We all believe in you. :)

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  16. You go girl! I know it can be frustrating to not be where you want to be after working hard to achieve something, but you just gotta remember you are achieving some thing and that everyone gets there at different paces! You can do it!

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  17. Congratulations on your running goals! I wish I can say I've been keeping up with my running, but ever since injuring my foot during the Army 10-Miler last year, it's been hard for me to run more than 2 miles a day. Also, my back is not my friend as of late. Keep up the good and hard work! Believe me when I say-- it's all in your heart. You'll be able to run as fast and as long as you want just as long as your heart is in it. I've never been a runner in my life until about 5 years ago. When I started running, I was unable to run more than about 5 minutes at a time. I currently run one mile in 6 minutes and 30 seconds, but my average pace during a long run is usually around 7-7:30 a mile. Believe me when I say that I only was able to get there through dedication and believing that I could.

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  18. Oh girl yes to all of this. When I was doing the program, I just remember telling myself to trust it. The people who created it designed it the way it is for a reason, so I just had faith that they had more confidence in my body than I did. For the "run 2 miles or twenty minutes without stopping" one, my goal was to just NOT STOP for 20 minutes. I probably ran a 14 minute mile that day, so no where near a 10 minute mile, but I didn't stop. The point was to keep moving. As time has gone on, I have progressively increased my speed. I'm still not at a 10 minute mile nearly a year later, and I'm okay with that. I run about a 10:30 or a 10:50 mile. Far better than where I started if I think about it. Just take your time and do what is right for YOU!

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  19. Girl being able to get out the door and just go for that run is such a big accomplishment right there! I can't tell you how many times I want to go for a run and then life happens! It takes time to build it up by you will be there before you know it!

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  20. Last week I was so proud of myself for actually fitting in the 3 runs into my schedule (the last few weeks have been so hectic) and getting into the groove of things and then I got tonsillitis this weekend :( I know my body needs to take a break but I hate to stop the momentum! Running 8 straight minutes is amazing!! I'm just heading into week 3 so that seems like an eternity to me! I've been having to do it on the treadmill because it's been non stop rainy so I'm a bit nervous about getting back to running outside but it's supposed to be super warm all this week so hopefully I'll be feeling better so I can take advantage. Coming from someone who has really struggled with running you should definitely be super proud of the progress you've made!!

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  21. You go girl!! You're so amazing for even doing this... I have such a hard time making myself run! You've got this!!

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  22. I think you're doing great! I'm not in great running shape right now and don't know if I could run 8 minutes without stopping. What it takes for me is accountability. I wish I had someone to run with here! I haven't worked out in a couple weeks now :( I'm impressed with you though! Keep it up and don't get down on yourself!

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