Starting Couch to 5K Week 3

I started week 3 of the Couch to 5K program this morning.  Consulting my C25K app, I saw a pretty intimidating run compared to what I've done so far.

  • Warmup walk for 5 minutes.
  • Run for 90 seconds.
  • Walk for 90 seconds.
  • Run for 3 minutes.
  • Walk for 3 minutes.
  • Run for 90 seconds.
  • Walk for 90 seconds.
  • Run for 3 minutes.
  • Walk for 3 minutes.
  • Cool down walk for 5 minutes.

The longest continuous run I'd done so far was 90 seconds, and I remember the transition from 60 second to 90 second runs as being pretty hard.  If adding 30 seconds was hard, I imagined doubling my running time would be brutal.  That's not to say I doubted I could to it–I just expected a bag of pain.

All I can say is the Couch to 5K program is very well designed.  My running pace dropped by a full 45 seconds, but I was able to complete my three minute segments with greater ease than the 60 second runs of week 1.  I made my best distance so far, and my walk pace continued to improve.

I expect as I move to 10 and 20 minutes runs my pace will be pretty poor.  That's ok, I can work on speed later.  Right now, I just enjoy the sense of completion.

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