Couch to 5K Update: Week 7

Um, Week 7 is SO not subtle.

Day 1: Run for 25 minutes.

Now, because I forced myself to do this back when they only asked me to run 20 minutes (I was intent on hitting that 2 mile marker, and at 5.0 24 minutes is needed for that), I was not too terrified.

I did it, and it was fine. At one point I did have to stop for about 23 seconds to hit buttons on the remote to start the next episode of The Office (we have the Wii hooked up in the basement which is how we’re streaming Netflix to that TV and I CHALLENGE you to use a Wii remote while still running), but I ran for an extra 1 minute at the end (so, 26 minutes total) to make up for it. I didn’t linger. I just had to wake up the remote and clickety-click.

As I’m running the full 26, I find that I get a little bit restless but I think that’s only because I have gotten so used to the time being broken up into smaller increments — it’s not because I’m TIRED or DYING. But it’s hard to figure out how to deal with the restlessness. I’m sure I’ll get used to it as time goes on. I find myself eying the clock too often. And again, it’s not because I’m too fatigued — I think I’m just too used to those distances being broken up.

 

I tell myself, The important thing isn’t whether or not you’re bored at times — the important thing is that you can (and HAVE) run more than two miles without stopping, now!

 

I tell myself, You will get used to this. Just like you got used to the broken-up times, you’ll get used to the all-at-once times.

 

I tell myself, You are seven whole weeks in, and going strong. An actual 5K run is within reaching distance.

 

I tell myself, Yanno, I’m really proud of you.

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10 thoughts on “Couch to 5K Update: Week 7

  1. Hey, love how hard you are working to prepare! Something to keep in mind.. Your adrenaline is going to kick in when you run! The pace and energy around you will make it much easier to get through it! Trust me, you can do it – and it will be a lot of fun : )

    1. Thank you! I’m still chugging along, which pleases me. Though I’ve been an athlete in my somewhat younger days, I’ve never really been a “runner.” And yes, I’ve noticed that the longer I run the easier running longer becomes — it’s almost as though the first mile is harder than the second. I suspect the third mile will be harder than the second, too, but I’m hoping to ride that endorphin high all the way through til the end!

  2. I used to despise running…then I found the couch to 5k!! It really helped me to build endurance and confidence! Once I finished the program I felt ready to move on to the couch to 10k; it was very challenging but worthwhile. I ran my first 10k successfully! As far as feeling restless, try to kick your speed up just a tiny bit..the extra challenge might be just what you need 🙂 good luck!

    1. Solid advice! Thank you! I’m really interested in working up to a 10k! My plan so far has been to ride out the rest of C25K on 5.0, then RE-do the whole program but doing the “walks” at my current jog/run speed, and doing the “jog/run” at 6.0, and therein slowly acclimating myself to the higher speeds. Does that sound like a reasonable plan? And once I’ve done that I fully intend to move on to the C210K! I think that would be SUCH an amazing experience! Congratulations x 1,000 on finishing a 10K — what an accomplishment! You should be so psyched!

  3. Hey Karen! One tip I have is that the clock is the devil. I’ve run all sorts of long distances, and even to this day I have to avoid looking at my watch or the clock as much as humanly possible. Focus on other things! If you have to run for a certain amount of time, my suggestion? Remove the clock from the room, set a timer or alarm on your phone just so it tells you when time is up, set it aside, and cover the treadmill with a towel or shirt (as soon as you’ve set your speed). Sounds scary… but it won’t even give you the option to keep looking at the time. You can then rightly focus all of your attention on Michael Scott.

    After doing that for a while, you become trained and it becomes more natural to not focus on the time, even when there are clocks around!

    1. Robin,

      Hi! Thank you for these tips — they are definitely wise. I think I might give it a try, now that the C25K is more “Run for x minutes” for 1 rep, so to speak, instead of several reps of smaller distances. I previously required a clock visual because one day, when I tried to flip my phone over and not look at the time as I jogged along, I didn’t HEAR the little app say “OK, walk now,” and I was going forever, and I was like WHEN WILL THIS END GODDAMNIT and, yeah… haha. So yes! I think now that it’s all about the longer distances and not so much Ok this, Ok now that, Ok this again, that it’ll be possible to dispel my use of the clock.

      Thank you for the tips though — you’re right that the clock is life-sapping and I need to get past it. I shall endeavor to do so. Phone alarms and covered screens, here I come!

      1. Perfect! Yes, it would definitely only work for single distances and not intervals. Good luck!! I’ve enjoyed reading about your journey/success!

  4. I’ve never used a treadmill but I used to find myself clock watching a lot during C25K. The best remedy I found was to distract myself with what was going on around me or focus on the music I was listening to.
    Looks like you’re doing really well getting 2 miles in 25 minutes already – a lot to be proud of! 🙂

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