couch to 5K

Tryn, I would try to go out the next day after a terrible run. Give your body the standard day of rest and give it a go on Tuesday. If your body didn't want to do it today there's no sense in trying to push yourself tomorrow. You're only setting yourself up for disappointment, IMO.

Nutkin, I saw it when I was buying my new running shoes the other day and only stopped because my running shoes (along with a bra, a nice pair of socks and my husband's running shoes) were so darn expensive. I've put it on my Amazon wishlist. I'll crack eventually. I LOVE gadgety things, so really it's only a matter of time.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
tryn,
Not to worry, everyone has lower energy days. The important thing is that you don't let it discourage you. Maybe you just need a day to rest.
CG (modified) since 6/18/2009
ii, 2c/3a?, med/course, porous (I think), normal elasticity
co-wash: Suave green apple, Deva no-poo, Giovanni TTTT, occasional Deva low-poo
condish: playing with NatPathAV, AOHR,
leave-in: KCNT
styling: HE set me up, curl keeper, KCCC, and BRHG
tryn, I have hit the same wall a few times during this program but I just try to shrug it off. For me it could be the weather, discomfort from not warming up my leg muscles correctly, or perhaps I didn't wait long enough after eating. Especially a heavy meal. I try to keep in mind that I CAN do it...just not that day. I just try again the next day and I do just fine.
Thanks everyone!!! Your words and advice made me feel better about that run this morning. After I typed that I posted in the other thread that I thought maybe it was the switch between running outside vs the treadmill that I think I've grown accustomed to. The gym is closed on the weekends so I ran outside today. At any rate my legs felt like lead. I'm going to see how my body feels when I wake up tomorrow. I may need the rest or I may be able to push on thru.

It does give me confidence to know I am not the only one that has experienced that dreaded wall
Even really experienced runners have bad days. It's not just us n00bs.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
Hi All,

Nutkin, Congrats on the new gadget. I'm a gadget junkie. That reminds me I need to replace my HRM watch battery...

Tryin, Here's to a better run next time...

I did W4D1 today. That felt about right to me. In the past I would have had trouble with the 5 minute jog phase, but by forcing myself to push through it I did it. I did have to slow down to 4.6MPH for the last two minutes of my final 5 min jog, but I did it.

When I was doing my own walk/run program I always felt I needed to be at a 5MPH or faster during all my jogging phases (4MPH is almost a jog for my short little legs). This program is forcing me to rethink that logic.
CG (modified) since 6/18/2009
ii, 2c/3a?, med/course, porous (I think), normal elasticity
co-wash: Suave green apple, Deva no-poo, Giovanni TTTT, occasional Deva low-poo
condish: playing with NatPathAV, AOHR,
leave-in: KCNT
styling: HE set me up, curl keeper, KCCC, and BRHG
Just did 5K in 35'35"!
That's awesome!!! I did 30 minutes tonight... one more program run and then I graduate!! I'm slow, though, so I'm not to three miles yet, but I'm pretty certain I could do it. I just haven't yet. This weekend I will.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
You will do it! In fact, you could go further.

I'm going to finish the program this week by running two more 5K.

My next goal will be to run the 5K in 30 minutes

I can't believe for once I have finished something I started and about to graduate. Unreal.
You guys are doing great!

I am switching gears for the next 60 days and using another program. After seeing your progress I will come back and pick up where I left off in week 4 because I really do want to work on my Steady State cardio rather then just interval training.
CG (modified) since 6/18/2009
ii, 2c/3a?, med/course, porous (I think), normal elasticity
co-wash: Suave green apple, Deva no-poo, Giovanni TTTT, occasional Deva low-poo
condish: playing with NatPathAV, AOHR,
leave-in: KCNT
styling: HE set me up, curl keeper, KCCC, and BRHG
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Great job, y'all!
Still doing CT5K MWF
I'm done!!

I did W9D3 tonight. I've changed my route to give me enough distance.... it's still not three miles, more like 2.25 or so, but I'm certain I could do three miles. It would just take me a while.

This program flat out changed my life. This is a huge milestone for me, and I'm so pleased with and proud of myself for sticking with it.

I've got two races planned in October, and there's talk of doing a 5k in September sometime since my first race in October is kind of a big deal, everyone thought I should sort of pregame with a shorter race.

Stick with it, ladies!! It's a huge self esteem boost to finish. I feel fantastic, and have my first trail run on Saturday with a girlfriend.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
Congratulations on finishing!

How did the trail run go?

I'm still trying to crack 5K in 30 minutes and having a tough time. I'm averaging about 35 minutes.

Here's a tip for the day....if you are going to run in the rain be careful what kind of shirt you wear. Grey is not a good choice. I swear people were driving by, turning around and driving by again to get a good look. And I've got nothing to brag about let me tell ya.
Not that great, actually. It was ridiculously hot, very humid, and raining, so I wore a hat... which kept all my body heat in and I overheated. Only ended up running about a mile and a half. BUT we got up and went, and we'll try again another day.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
I had a bad run last night. Did under 2k and couldn't go any further. I blame it on the humidity and spaghetti.
I did a super fun trail run the other night, and while I didn't get as much distance as I'd have liked (though I honestly have no idea how much distance I got since we switched trails like a billionty times), I felt great both during and after my run so it was totally worth it. And it was fun and I think that's going to be important in the long run, that some of my runs be just straight up fun even if most of them are mostly just workouts.

This morning I got up and did 2.5 miles on the street and felt pretty darned good. I was still slow (I averaged 13.15 miles) but I felt good and consistent, and I'm getting faster. I did 12.20 minute miles recently (don't remember when... Tuesday, maybe?) so I think weather (heat, humidity) have a big impact. Cooler weather and lower humidity make for a huge improvement on my pace.

I should also mention my 13:15 miles today I was battling a toenail that was cutting into the next toe and a powerful need to go to the bathroom. Frankly I'm surprised I didn't mess myself.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
I just finished reading through this entire thread and I am so inspired!

My plan is to start tomorrow.

Is everyone keeping a journal? What kinds of things do you write down about each day's workout?

Thank you everyone who has posted their experiences so far.


Do it!!! It's great. I kept a runnersworld.com training log for the first 7 weeks or so. I'd document what route I took, how I felt, and what run I was on... they were almost all one sentence entries. Something like, "W4D2, felt great until the last interval which was slow and my right knee hurt." I didn't feel like more than that was necessary. I stopped logging when I got to a point where I knew I wasn't giving up.

I had my best time ever tonight, and solo!! Well, not 100% solo, since I aught up to (kind of) my husband for the last probably half mile or so, and I pushed myself to keep up with him the best I could. He's a lot faster than me.

But my first mile was 10 minutes!!! I've never done that before!! My second mile was 12 minutes and my last half mile was 6 minutes, so I averaged an 11.2 minute mile for 2.5 miles. 12 minute walk home (up a giant hill) with a bit of jogging and a sprint mixed in because I was hoping to crush my husband... it didn't work, but it was fun.

I think we're trail running again on Wednesday. Gotta find a decent map of the park!!
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
I did my first "run" this morning! It felt sooooo good.

I used the podcast that someone had linked to early on which was fantastic.

I know most of you are done with the program now, but I'm going to keep this thread going if you don't mind. I'm really excited about this!


Yay for your first run!

I'm regularly running every other day except in crappy weather. Still just 5k and a bit slow but I don't mind.

I keep a "log" of sorts with my Nike Plus and everything gets uploaded to nikeplus.com. I love that thing.

Music is really helping me too. I try to update my ipod every few weeks with new music. A lot of it is dance stuff and I probably wouldn't admit to anyone what it is but if it makes me want to dance, than it makes me want to run! I've even taken notice of my pace change when a different song comes on. "Pump It" by Black Eyed Peas is my POWERSONG!

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