Stone Soup for Five: Couch to 5k--Week 9

Couch to 5k--Week 9

Well, week 9 is here.  The week I'm supposed to be running 3 miles (5k).  And I'm not quite there yet,  but pretty happy with my progress so far.  It's been a long 9 weeks, but today I ran 2.5 miles and at this time 9 weeks ago, 60 seconds was winding me.  Seriously, that 60 seconds was every bit as hard as the 2.5 miles is now.

In the 9 weeks, I've:

-got a new pair of killer running shoes that have completely made my planters fasciitis a non-issue!

-ran out of my favorite pair of sweats (I ran with one hand holding them up today. Need to get a new pair!)

-not lost much more weight, but feel SO MUCH healthier.

-found that while I HATE walking for fitness, I much prefer running with my husband for a half hour and it's over.  I cannot tell you how much I loathed 'going on walks' with Mr. Measure.  HATED it.  Pointless, slow, boring, etc etc.  Now we can go run for a half hour, enjoy the scenery (okay, HE enjoys the scenery, I'm still an angry jerk when I run... but I'm working on it!)

-made it up to being able to run 2.5 miles.  (not quite the 5k, but I'll keep going after 9 weeks)

Running is a total head game.  It is more of an internal struggle with my brain screaming at me that I CAN'T DO IT and I NEED TO STOP.  But if I get past that grumpy jerk yelling at me in the first few minutes of running, she usually comes back one more time half way through, then is too exhausted to yell at me anymore.

When I started this c25k plan I was running about a 14.5 minute mile... which is about as fast as most people walk.  

Today as I was running the 2.5 miles, I was winded, tired, and more grumpy than usual and figured it was just a bad day of running, but when I got to the end of my 30 minutes, I realized I had run the entire 2.5 miles at a faster pace... at a 12 minute mile pace.  Which is still incredibly slow for runners but FAST for me!  New personal record and everything!!

Anyway, that's it for today.  I still have one more run to make it before I officially complete the c25k, but I'm feeling GREAT and so happy I made it through!

If you are interested in learning more, it's a free program online and there are free podcasts you can download on itunes that help you know when to run and when to walk.  

More info here:
and you can find a great free podcast on itunes if you search for NHS choices couch to 5k.

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