C25K W1 D1 (again)

Today was the first day of my return to training with Couch to 5K. I had planned to do Week 1 Day 1 when I got home from work and, while I was a bit concerned about how I would be able to handle any kind of running after my ‘on and off’ periods over the last few months, I was really looking forward to getting started again.

Of course, old habits die hard, so when it came to actually getting myself out the front door, I was confronted by the all too familiar voice in my head telling me You’re feeling kind of tired, maybe you should wait until tomorrow… one more day won’t make a difference.

Thankfully, there was also another familiar voice there to remind me to ignore the first one and don’t think about it; just do it. So that’s what I did.

I switched off my brain, got myself changed and before I knew it I was heading to the seafront for a nice easy run/walk along the promenade – 8 reps of 60 seconds running and 90 seconds walking. That should be do-able, right? Even with my current fitness level, I should be able to manage 60 seconds. Shouldn’t I?

Despite my concerns, the run went pretty well. I started off fairly slowly for the first running segment and, even though I was a bit more out of breath than I should have been, it felt good. For the second running segment, I tried picking up the pace a bit more. Again, it felt ok, so I decided to continue trying to pick things up a notch for the third, fourth, fifth and so on, until the final run when my legs finally started to feel tired and I had to ease off again.

In the end, I covered just over 2.5K in 18:30 (I didn’t bother timing the final walk segment) and was surprised to see that I kept most of the runs under a pace of 6 minutes per kilometre, with the penultimate run under 5 minutes per kilometre – not a pace that I could sustain for more than one minute at a time right now, but a very pleasing start nonetheless.

Session 2 will be tomorrow. I can’t wait!

How’s your training going? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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A Month Off

Circle HopWith September almost at an end, I was a bit shocked to realise that it I haven’t run at all this month. It wasn’t something that I had planned for. In fact, my plan was to finish up my adapted C25K program be running 5K again by mid-October. But it didn’t happen, and I’m fine with that.

When it comes to training, I’m usually pretty focussed, and even obsessive about making sure I stay on track. Even when I miss a few sessions or don’t quite hit my targets, I still manage to put a positive spin on it, reassess what needs to be done, and get moving again. But this month I just wasn’t  feeling it.

To be honest, I haven’t really been feeling it since April. There was the longer than expected post-marathon recovery, the niggles that just wouldn’t seem to settle and the fact that my employment situation has been (and still is) in a state of transition since May probably didn’t help.

In saying that, having a month off hasn’t been a bad thing. It has given me the chance to relax, recover and reassess a few things. And it has made me realise just how much I want to run again.

So, with the final quarter of the year approaching, October is going to be a new beginning for me. I’m going to re-launch myself into Couch to 5K and this time I’m going to do it properly. No adapting the ratios, no short cuts with the walk breaks and, most importantly, no pressure to get to 5K before I’m ready.

After all, this running lark is supposed to be about having fun, so that’s what I’m going to do.

How’s your training going? Have you taken an extended break from running? How to you get yourself back on track again? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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