Couch to 5k Update #2

I took a week and a half off from training/running recently. A hike we went on that was a lot steeper than I was hoping and my everything hurt for a good week–shins, knees, quads. I knew enough about my body and injury history to chill out for awhile and go easy. I decided after the mini break that I needed to repeat Week 3. I ended up repeating Week 3 a few times in fact!

A reader, Denise, left a great comment on the last post: “I love the C25K until I get to week 5. I think it’s just too big of a jump by going from running 8 straight minutes to running 20 minutes (for a true beginner). I have repeated weeks but always get stuck at this point.” I was so grateful she let me know so I could pay attention to that and modify if needed.

I also downloaded a FREE Couch25K app that prompts you when it’s time to walk, etc. I didn’t like the free one so I ended up buying one for $1.99. The free one was very limited and only the first two weeks–plus it didn’t let me listen to my music. The one I bought works great! You can choose the voice (which is limited in your options) that prompts you.

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It shows very clearly what stage you are in and what is next up. The prompt is SO helpful. When I was doing the C25K program without the app before, I struggled because I’d forget that I  had to walk! So far I am happy that I bought the app.

Week 3 (repeated)

Monday – Rest Day

Tuesday – 1.85 jog/walk/run on treadmill in 29 minutes, followed by weight lifting

Wednesday – Warrior Room -1/2 Isolation, 1/2 Tabata class

Thursday – Rest Day

Friday – 1.25 mile swim

Saturday – Weights followed by

Sunday – Yoga

 

Week 3 (Again)

Monday – Rest Day

Tuesday – Kettle Bell Condition class at the Warrior Room

Wednesday – Elliptical 2.5 miles

Thursday – Rest Day

Friday – Elliptical 1.85 miles followed by yoga

Saturday – Weight lifting followed by 1.75 miles on treadmill

Sunday – Swimming

I ordered some new workout clothes from The Clymb–it’s a discount website. I’m happy with the compression tights I got and also a new shirt. The shirt has air “vents” on the side, which is nice. The tights are also nice but they are thermal so a little warmer than I would like. They’d be perfect for a cold morning workout outside but rather uncomfortable for hot weather or in the gym. The tights are “Skins Bio A200 Thermal Long Tights” and the shirt is a “Short-Sleeved Ventilator Web Top.”

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I was still working on week 3–It seems like I’ve done Week 3 about 3 times now and still haven’t completed it. I don’t know why but I only do about 1 or 2 of the scheduled runs in week 3 and still haven’t been able to do that third run.

Week 3 (LAST TIME!)

Sunday – yoga

Monday – 4.25 mile hike

Tuesday – Rest Day

Wednesday – 1.95 miles on the treadmill followed by some weight lifting

Thursday – Rest Day

Friday – swim 1.25 miles

Saturday – weightlifting and then 1.82 miles on the treadmill

I will tell you that the next update will NOT be more Week 3. 🙂 I am happy to be back running again. I’m glad I decided to do this program. It’s a very different feeling to be so structured but I am already seeing the benefits of it.

12 Responses

  1. I think that jump in Couch25K week 5 from 8 minutes x 3 (24 total) to 20 minutes non-stop is hard one to handle mentally. This year I followed the Train Like a Mother 5K Finish It Plan that goes more gradually through a 10 week program and has you run 4x a week instead of 3.

  2. Way to go! I’m on Week 6 right now and it’s been rough. I think it’s harder because I was running 5ks all over the place two years ago and I’m not where I used to be.

    I also bought a Couch to 5k app and love when it tells you to walk and run and and also “You are half-way there!” so you know you can just turn around and don’t have to map a route. What I found difficult was at the end of the program when you run 30 minutes and then next one has me running 45 minutes. Wha? What?!! Something I did the before my first 5k race since I finished the main part of the Couch to 5k program with a 30 minute run was just up each run I did after that by 1 minute. So the next time I ran, I ran for 31 minutes. Then 32, etc… All the way up until 60 minutes. That way, it didn’t feel so difficult each time!
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    1. Lots of people have said that! This app has “Free Runs” included so I might use those as a buffer for when it gets to be too much of a jump. And I’m the same way about the route!! A map is helpful! Or having the same route you take.

  3. It’s funny how we feel like we have to follow a plan to a “T” when really they probably are best as a rough guide! I had to stop using training plans because I wasn’t good at tailoring them to my own needs. Now I’m trying to follow some plans for speed workouts, but I have to remember to listen to my body first. So, are you going to report Week 4 next week? 😉
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    1. You make a great point. I think people get injured because they don’t listen to their body. There were many times I KNEW I should rest or back off, and didn’t. I ignored that voice and I should have listened!

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