Finding The Time To Run

One of my biggest struggles with Couch to 5K this time around has been finding the time to run. I don’t think that my life is particularly busier than it was two years ago, but somehow I can’t seem to find the time the way that I used to.

Instead of getting out three times a week like I’m supposed to, I’m finding that even getting out twice a week is a struggle. I think a lot of it is to do with the frustration of not being able to do something that was fairly easy not so long ago; but there’s also the fear of injury. My leg is still not 100% and the slightest feeling of something not being quite right is enough to put me off these days.

Still, in saying that, the fear of not making progress or, even worse, going backwards again is enough to make sure that I get myself out the door at least once a week, if not twice, to get a run in.

So, this morning, even though I had a lot to do, I decided to make time to get myself out for Week 4 Day 2 of C25K. It was nice and cool outside and there was a mist coming on from the sea, which is always nice for an early morning run.

The running sections included two lots of three minutes and two lots of five minutes and, to be honest, it was a bit of a struggle at times. There was one point where I almost stopped but then I reminded myself that I could slow down without actually walking.

In the end, I completed 3K in 19:55, which isn’t too bad at all.

How’s your training going? Do you find it easy to find the time to run, or do you have to make time. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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9 responses to “Finding The Time To Run”

  1. diawalker says :

    I find a ton of reasons, not to have time and by reasons I secretly mean excuses, but I think I’m getting better at getting out there. Great post, when I read them I feel like you totally understand!!! 😊

    • theblogrunner says :

      I guess we all go through the same things, which is one of the things I love about this wordpress running community. We’ll find our way though, that’s for sure! 😉
      Happy Running! xx

  2. mohawkvalleygirl says :

    Oh, I feel your pain! I really, truly am busier than I have been at other times (lots of overtime, stage managing a play), BUT… At least if you are getting out two days a week, you are beating me (but not with a stick). Today I went for a walk/hike on a trail through some woods at a park, that is the closest I have done. However, one must persevere. I’m hoping it doesn’t matter how many times we begin again, as long as we do! Rock on!

    • theblogrunner says :

      That’s good that you’re getting some walking done. I used to walk to and from work every day but since I changed jobs I have to get the train, which means having to make the effort to go out and walk. Still, you’re absolutely right, as long as we are doing it/ something, that’s what counts. 🙂

  3. CeeJayKay says :

    Kirsten that’s faaaaabulous!! It will come… Give it time..,

    I’m struggling too 😦 I started C25k tonight but turn around and walked back with a pulling Achilles and sore as hell heel 😦
    Sitting down with X glass of wine now… I just thought f…IT!!!! Lol!!!! Try again tomorrow CJ!!!
    Here is to us and C25k!!!

    • theblogrunner says :

      I know how frustrating that it, but you did the right thing to turn back. I hope the wine helped make you feel a bit better… think I might have a wee whisky now you mention it… 😉
      And yes, a toast to C25K! We’re getting there! 😀 xx

  4. dgobs says :

    I definitely find it harder lately to make the time to run… well, lately as in before I got injured again 🙂 Last time I did c25k I had a running buddy who was doing the program with me and that accountability helped a lot. Now that I’m doing it alone, it’s much harder to find the motivation! High fives for getting out there and running! I’m hoping I can get back out doing the program again soon.

  5. artisticsharon says :

    Hi Kirsten, just checking in with you…I haven’t seen you put up a post in a few weeks; I hope everything is OK 😀

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