So today was day 1 of week 9 of couch to 5k. Last week I was running for 28 minutes. This week is 30.
Psychologically this seems like a lot more despite being only 2 more minutes. Today I was determined to hit the 5k mark. That’s 30 minutes of continuous running. Yuck.
Well I am very pleased to say I managed it. It took 31 minutes but it was 5 whole kilometres. Further than I have ever run before.
I will complete the programme and plan on continuing to run 3 times per week. On the other 2 to 3 I will do a 30 day shred type HIIT workout.
I can’t recommend the couch to 5k programme enough. Yes you do need to be self motivated and determined but it is amazing what you can achieve. My boyfriend maintains that all human beings can run….I feel like maybe I missed that gene and was meant to be in a cave stirring a pot rather than hunter gathering….however in 8 weeks I have gone from struggling to run for 30 seconds to running for 30 minutes.
I don’t ever see me completing a 10k run or a marathon but I am pleased that I have done something in a decent time that I never thought I would do.
Overall of you are thinking about starting couch to 5k, download Get Running and just do it! There may be times you want to give up or stop but keep your focus and you can do it!
Here is a bit of Ryan to get you going…..