Yesterday I made a promise to myself that I would get back to running by re-doing Couch to 5K, so that’s what I did.
I woke up early(ish) and headed to Hove Rec a little before 8:00 am. The temperature was cool and there was a bit of drizzle in the air – a complete contrast to yesterday, but perfect for getting my first C25K re-run done.
According to my app, the first session (Week 1 Day 1) is eight reps of 60 seconds running and 90 seconds walking. I remembered how tough I found this when I first did the program two years ago. I could barely run for 30 seconds back then and kept looking at my phone to see how much longer I had to go before I could have a walk break. But this time was different.
This time, I knew that I would be able to complete the sessions without too much difficultly, so I decided to try to pick up the pace on the running sections. Of course, I went too fast on the first one, but I soon figured out a pace that worked and managed to keep it below 5:15 per kilometre for the final running section – not sustainable for 5K, I know, but it was nice to get moving!
With all of the walk breaks, my average pace was much slower and, even though I stopped the Garmin after the final running section, I only managed to cover 2.5K in 18:34. But that doesn’t really matter too much. The goal for this morning was to get out and get running again, which is what I did, so I’m happy with that.
How’s your training going? How do you get yourself back on track after a break from running? Please share your thoughts in the comments.