After a successful week 5 with Couch to 5K I found myself relaxing a little, and the mental benefits of running started to become more apparent…. I had a quick look through week 6 on the app and noticed that I was going to back to shorter runs with the intermittent walks. I found this a tad frustrating as I was impatient to finish another 20 minutes. Run 1 Warm-up — 5 minute walk Run — 5 minutes Walk — 3 minutes Run — 8 minutes Walk 3 minutes Run — 5 minutes Cool down — 5 minute walk. Run 2 Warm-up — 5 minute walk Run — 10 minutes Walk — 3 minutes Run — 10 minutes Cool down — 5 minute walk.
Run 3 Warm-up — 5 minute walk Run — 25 minutes Cool down — 5 minute walk. So, I was back to the shorter runs with the walks in between. It was the 8 minute run that got me. I found it so hard! I wanted to cry with frustration. I ran 20 minutes two days ago, why was I finding 8 minutes so difficult? I managed to keep going and complete all of the runs but I was taken aback by the change in myself. I decided to give myself 2 full days in between run 1 and run 2 as I was feeling a bit anxious.
I needed the extra day to recuperate and get my head in order. Luckily run 2 had a more consistent routine and I was happy to know that I would be running for 20 minutes again albeit with a 3 minute walk in between. But the break in between threw me off balance; I felt comfortable after the first 10 minutes so to slow right down to a walk ruined my rhythm. I completed it but was a bit downhearted. Oh God. After beating myself up about run 1 and 2 I was forced to pull myself together, as I now had the longest run of my life ahead of me. I started off feeling a bit unsteady and out of puff, but I powered through and by halfway had found a comfortable pace and breathing technique.
I made myself focus on anything but the fact I was running; the cars passing me by, what I was going to have for lunch the next day, what series on Netflix to binge next. The last 5 minutes were fairly grueling as I decided to up my speed to finish. By the time Jo told me to slow down to a walk I felt more than ready to stop.
Despite the shaky start I did in fact manage to run for 25 minutes, which is the longest I have ever run — ever. But after a warm shower and a cup of tea I gave myself a few minutes to congratulate and praise myself on my achievement.
It was the first time I felt like I deserved to call myself a runner. Want the latest posts, offers and exclusive tickets straight to your inbox? Subscribe to our newsletter and never miss out again.
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