Twenty Minutes Non Stop

I did it! Today was Week 5 Day 3 of C25K, the day that everyone looks forward to with a degree of excitement and a fair amount dread.

The goal for today was to run for either twenty minutes or two miles without stopping. As my main goal at the moment is to keep going, rather than thinking about speed or distance, I opted for the twenty minutes rather than the two miles.

Having only ever run for eight minutes at a time, I did have some doubts about whether I’d be able to do it. However, it proved to be a lot easier than I thought it would be.

This is partly to do with the fact that the C25K program allows your body to adapt to running for longer, but more than that, it also has a lot to do with the way that doing C25K makes you listen to and understand your body’s needs and what it is capable of.

The most important thing that I have learned over the last five weeks or so is how to pace myself. I no longer worry about how I look when I’m running, about what people think of my half jog half shuffle, or about how many people overtake me as I make my way along the seafront. If I have to go slowly to keep going, then that’s what I’ll do. And it works.

The other thing that I have learned is that the way you breathe makes a huge difference. As well as ensuring that your body is getting a steady flow of oxygen, focusing on breathing helps keep my mind off other distractions like how hot it is, how much further I have to go, or how my legs are starting to hurt.

If you missed my post about breathing, you can check it out here. The technique used in the video really helped me get through today’s run without feeling like I was going to keel over by the end of it.

Ok, so I didn’t manage the full two miles. I checked my distance when I got home and found that the running part of my work out, not including the five minute warm up and cool down, was only 1.78 miles. But that’s close enough for now and gave me a pace of 11 minutes and 14 seconds (or thereabouts) per mile, which I’m pretty pleased with.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back to intervals of walking and running again with Week 6 Day 1, so hopefully that will help me to work on my pace for next Saturday’s 22 minutes. I can’t wait!

How’s your training going? Have you done Week 5 Day 3? How do you find the leap to longer running segments in your training? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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15 responses to “Twenty Minutes Non Stop”

  1. Chuck says :

    well done! keep it up and before you know it, you’ll be running 20 minutes as a warm up. 🙂

    • theblogrunner says :

      Ha ha ha! I almost spat my coffee on my keyboard when I read your comment. A 20 minute warm up?!
      Something tells me you’re not joking though… :-/

      • Chuck says :

        LOL!! If you keep this up, you’ll find yourself one day taking a 20 minute jog to warm up for your 5-7 mile tempo workout. You’ll follow that with a 20 minute cool down. See what you have to look forward to? 😛

  2. Dave says :

    Finishing W5D3 makes the first two sessions for Week 6 look much easier, doesn’t it? 🙂

  3. northwoodsmamma says :

    Great work! Your going a bit faster pace than I am. I’m hoping to eventually pick it up a bit, but like you said, now is a time to just be proud that we can do this program. Later will be a time for speed and better step spread. I was kinda giddy to see week six, day 1, I must admit 🙂

    • theblogrunner says :

      It doesn’t look too bad at all, does it? I might try to pick up the pace a little bit on those shorter intervals to try to build it up a bit… not too much though. 😉

  4. ronaldlwalter says :

    That 20 minute run is huge. I think that’s the moment more than any that you get done with it and realize, wow… I can really do this!

    • theblogrunner says :

      That’s so true. I can’t believe I’ve spent my whole life thinking that running is something other people do. Doing that 20 minutes after a only month and a half of training makes me think anything is possible. 🙂

  5. Leah Hallissey says :

    Well done! Keep it up!

  6. Amy @ The Deviated Runner says :

    Awesome! I am currently working on Week 3, so I still have a couple weeks to go before I get to that point, but it’s getting exciting! Sounds like you’re well on your way to a 5K! Good luck!

  7. rubbishestrunnerintheworld says :

    I have week 5 coming up now. This is the one that I’ve been dreading. Your blog has helped me get here though!

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