Couch to 5K: Week 5 Update

Guys! Girls! Everyone in between!

I forgot to mention that I have begun Week 5 of Couch to 5K.

So far, so very-very-very good!

The first two workouts were sincerely a breeze — so much so that I think when I do my second round of W5 (since I usually do 5/6 running workouts a week depending in how hard they are), I might try to up SOME of the running to 6.0 again instead of 5.0.

Recently, I saw someone in Facebook making disparaging comments about people who “run” (they put the word in quotes) ten or twelve minute miles. How rude, right? If it’s hard for that person (and it’s certainly hard for this person!) then it’s just hard. It just is. And who is anybody to take that away from someone else who is trying their best?

Readers, I don’t care what speed you set your treadmill at or how often you need to stop for water or walk a few steps. You are always, every single time, lapping the version of you who never got off the couch.

One of the best things I ever learned from Crossfit (which I miss but which has been hard to fit in, because of the recently lengthened drive) is that when it comes to wellness and fitness, competition is fun and all but what really matters is meeting yourself where you are at, focusing on your own goals and improvements, and celebrating yourself — YOUR. SELF. Not you relative to someone else. Not you as you might be next week. Just you. Now.

That’s worth feeling good about. It really is.

Tomorrow, I take on the oft-fabled 20-minutes-of-running-with-no-breaks part of Couch to 5K, AKA Week 5, Day 3. I’m almost looking forward to it — it’ll be a big accomplishment if I middle through without needing to stop. I don’t think I ever really ran at a 5.0 for 20 minutes without walking.

So rather than dreading the workout, let’s try to reframe, shall we?

I don’t dread the workout.

Instead, I am looking forward to achieving a new little bastion of fitness that I’ve never reached before.

Ok, yeah. Still nervous.

But attitude is everything, eh?

Haters can hate. To me, “running” is anything that isn’t walking and tomorrow I will “run” for 20 minutes.

And then I’ll be back to tell you all about it!


3 thoughts on “Couch to 5K: Week 5 Update

  1. Absolutely spot on! If you have to go slow, then go slow. At least you’re still going! Week 5 day 3 is great. It wasn’t that long ago that I did C25K and I still remember how amazing it felt to have run for 20 minutes without stopping. I had to slow down to do it, but I still did it. Best feeling ever! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I really loved it when I ended up doing the workout! You’re so right — it felt great. Thank you for the encouragement. As someone who, even at her most fit, has NEVER been a good runner, I often feel embarrassed about running slowly. I’m trying to get over that. I’ve been using the mentality I’ve learned at CrossFit — that my fitness is FOR ME, and I can’t compare myself to anybody else. If it ain’t walking, then, to me, it is running. And I’m gonna keep on keepin’ on.

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Karen

  2. I did week 5 day one today and I was surprised when I completed it that I ran 3, 5 minute runs and it felt easy. However, i took a sneak peak at day 2 and 3 and I am a little intimidated but at the same time excited to see myself be able to complete it as well.

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