Three Is The Magic Number

C25K. Week 3. Day 3. Run for 3 minutes.

I’ve been looking forward to this evening’s run  since Sunday. Apart from the fact that it means I get to move on to Week 4 of C25K this weekend, being able to run for three minutes at a time actually feels like running.

I know three minutes doesn’t sound like much, but you can cover a decent amount of ground in that time. You can actually get somewhere faster than you would by walking. And that, for me, feels like running.

The run itself, however, seemed to go in a bit too quickly this evening. I still did the same twenty eight minutes that I did on Saturday and Sunday, and covered pretty much the same distance, but somehow the weekend runs felt much longer.

Perhaps this is because it gets easier by the third day. I’m not huffing and puffing quite as much by Wednesday; I’m not trying to figure out how many more seconds I have left before I can walk again; and by the end of the final run, I actually feel like I could go on and do at least one more.

One of the things that helps is having some music to listen to. During the first week, I just listened to the instructions on the app while I ran, but now I’ve realised that you can actually listen to music while the app is running.

The music helps for a couple of reasons: when I’m struggling, it helps me to focus on maintaining a pace; when I’m doing well, it takes my mind away from the mechanics of running; and when I’m nearing the end of the run, whatever song I’m listening to seems to spur me on through those final strides to the finish.

And by some strange coincidence, this is what I ended with tonight…

What do you listen to while you’re running? Do you have a favourite track or playlist? How does music affect you when you are running? Please share your thoughts in the comments.



8 thoughts on “Three Is The Magic Number”

  1. Hey there. I just completed C25K and am a new born runner. Slow, but loving running for 35 minutes nonstop now and about to start to train for 10k. I had to comment as I must heartily recommend the NHS C25K podcasts. You can find them on the NHS site or on iTunes. I found them excellent, with music and very timely encouragement and tips on technique. Anyway, keep up the good work! It’s great isn’t it?

  2. Congrats on reaching a new goal. Everyone is all at different levels and ultimately you are cpeting against yourself. Well done!

    1. Thanks Sam. I’m loving this journey and it’s great to know there are other people out there doing the same thing. Never thought I’d find such a supportive community by blogging, but here it is. Cheers! 🙂

  3. Great effort! I started with this program and can now comfortably run 8km! Not super fast but I started being able to run only 300m before I thought I’d pass out haha! I love Eye of the Tiger to get me moving. I usually run with others so music is not an option then, I just zone out into my own little world… Keep moving!

    1. I don’t share a playlist but I have a lot of compilation albums so usually get a few interesting surprises. That’s probably how I ended up with Eye of the Tiger. 🙂

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