For the past 9 weeks I’ve stuck with Couch to 5k, it hasn’t always been fun but I managed to fit in every run. Couch to 5k is a great way to watch yourself transform. I went from wanting to die running 1 minute straight to running 30 minutes straight over 2.55 miles without walking (and I didn’t pass out, throw up or die). There were moments where I thought I couldn’t run another step, but I pushed myself to keep going.
It’s really amazing what your body can do and how much of it is a mental game. When I first started doing the long runs in the last 3 weeks, I wasn’t sure I would be able to run that long without walking. I also have set goals for myself for how fast I want to be for my first 5k. For every time (25 min, 28 min, 30 min) I set distance goals I wanted to hit. Sometimes it took until the third run of the week to hit that goal. Other times I made it and then some. I’ve also incorporated a hill into my running. During the 25 min week, I turned down a different street in my neighborhood (it’s well lit and has a decent amount of traffic, so I felt safe). I didn’t realize it was a hill, once I did I turned around and went my normal route. I wasn’t ready yet to tackle the hill. One day I was feeling good and decided it was time to tackle the hill. Now the hill has become a regular part of my running routine. The uphill just sucks, but running downhill makes me feel amazing, so I keep doing it. I’ve completed my fastest mile going uphill on my last run yesterday. I took almost 40 seconds off of my previous mile PR.
I have less than 3 weeks to go until my first 5k on St. Patty’s Day. When I first started I set a goal of 30 minutes for my first 5k. As I’ve been training I’m not sure that’s possible, but I’m going to spend the next 3 weeks training my butt off to get to that time. Tina has given me three different types of runs for each week to help me get faster and reach my goal time. I’m looking forward to starting that tomorrow.
I’m just finishing up the first week of Month two with Tina. Month two definitely has kicked it up. Along with the 3 runs, there’s two core workouts (hi planks) and two full body circuit workouts (one with cardio intervals). I’ll get more into the workouts after I complete the full body circuit with cardio intervals in an hour or so. It has been a challenge to fit everything in and I feel like my life has become all about working out, but to be honest I’ve needed something to focus on.