Couch to 5k Complete… so now what?

I finished couch to 5k last week, but still had 3 weeks left before my 5k. Thankfully Tina gave me workouts to work on my speed and endurance. She kept it at 3 runs a week: one easy run, a zone 2 run and a stride run.

The easy run speaks for itself, but it was 5 minutes longer than any other run I’ve done before. The zone 2 run is a 30 min run with 3 10 min zones. You run at an easy pace zone 1 and 3 and run a 7 out of 10 effort wise for zone 2. The stride runs are also 30 minutes long and at random intervals you run as fast a you can for 2-3 minutes.

This past week I definitely had difficulty fitting all the workouts in. My body has been sore from the circuit workouts. They really are no joke and the squats and lunges are killing my legs. Not to mention I had a work dinner on Wednesday night and a work event on Thursday night. No chance I was getting up early after those two things. The zone 2 run was the first run on my schedule this week. I actually enjoyed that one and felt good about my run.

Since my schedule was so crazy I had to do the stride run on Saturday (normally I would have done it Thursday or Friday morning). This run was so difficult for me. It was definitely one of those bad runs. I almost passed out and had to lean against a light poll for a few seconds. Thankfully I didn’t pass out and as soon as I got back to my apartment I stripped out of my running clothes and sprawled out on the floor in my apartment.

I had to combine my easy run with my second circuit workout for the week. I was supposed to do cardio intervals with the circuit workout, but decided not to kill my legs and skipped that. Apparently it wasn’t my weekend for running because even my easy run sucked. It’s totally demoralizing when you have two bad runs in a row, especially when your race is now only 2 weeks away. I’ve yet to hit 3 miles and today I ran the amount of time where I would probably cry if I didn’t finish in this time. I even took out the hill but still didn’t do well.

I know I haven’t really talked about my goals yet so I’ll save that for my race recap, but while talking with my bff, Katie, she did make a good point. I was venting my frustrations to her about how slow I’m running and I’m not where I thought I would be. She told me that I should be happy that I’ve gotten as far as I have, because I’ve only been running for 2.5 months and look how far I’ve come. And she’s right. I can’t expect to be running 10 min miles now if I’ve never been a distance runner. So for now I’m going to try to not beat myself up for being “slow” and just enjoy the runs.

I’m looking forward to better workouts this week and hopefully running 3.1 miles.

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