Posted: 10/08/2015 at 18:39
Hi everyone, not been in here for a few weeks, been away and not had a lot of chance to run. So when I got back into it a couple of weeks ago I had taken a bit of a step backwards, but thought that any run was better than no run. I was struggling to get to 20 or even 15 minutes where previously I'd managed 25 so was a bit disheartened, but then suddenly a few days ago I decided to just go out and run for as long as I could round a 5 km route and not worry about time. And I did most of it! Walked for 0.5 km in the middle up a hill but ran the rest. Then today I ran the full 5 km!! My first ever!!!! I am so happy!
I don't know why or how I managed to suddenly make the leap from 15 minutes last week to 35 this week but I'm not complaining! I think it helped that for the first time I didn't follow the couch 2 5k podcasts and just listened to my own music, going by distance rather than time. When I last used the podcasts I had done week 7 but was really struggling to get past 25 minutes and hadn't even managed that the last few times. Now I don't really see much point in going back to weeks 8 and 9 because I've done 35 minutes twice since then, so I'm going to count that as having graduated!
I'll not pretend the 5k is easy - I really struggle in the last km although I manage to speed up for the last couple of hundred metres (when I can see the end in sight!). I'm hoping to do it a few more times then try upping one of my runs a week. I've gone and signed up for a 10k which is in exactly 8 weeks, and I'm petrified I will not be ready by then. But it is keeping me pushing on, because otherwise during the last two runs I would have normally stopped long before I did. Knowing that I have this race to aim for made me keep going and that's how I ended up getting to 5k.
Anyway, sorry for waffling, I'm just really excited! I'll need to go back through and catch up on everyone's progress. Welcome to the newcomers too!