I haven’t blogged for a few weeks so thought it would be good to give you a little update on my Couch to 5K progress…
I re-started the program at the beginning of January with the idea that I would do just one ‘Day 1’ session per week and not worry too much about the others until I felt I needed to. And so far this has worked quite well. I got to Week 5 Day 1 on Saturday without too much trouble, but then decided that I should probably do all three sessions of Week 5 since the third one is the first continuous run of the program.
As I had the day off work today (a guy was coming out to fix my leaky roof) I decided that this would be a good opportunity to get W5D2 done. Also, I got a new Garmin at the weekend and I wanted to try it out – those things really do motivate me for some reason!
For this session, I had to walk for a 5 minute warm up, then run 8 minutes, walk 5 minutes and run another 8 minutes before finishing with a 5 minute cool down, so I headed to the seafront so that I wouldn’t have to keep stopping and starting to cross the road as much.
Now that I have my new Garmin, I was able to see that I started my run too fast so I eased off a bit and tried to get into a rhythm. One of the nice things about running with a GPS watch is that it helps with pacing and it also gave me a boost to see that I could still maintain something close to my old pace. Ok, so I’m not quite there yet, but it was encouraging.
The first 8 minutes of running was a bit of a shock to the system though, and I did struggle. However, after the 5 minute walk break, the second 8 minutes felt much more comfortable for some reason. I even managed an extra little jog on the way home and extended my cool down to get a full 5K for this month’s virtual race.
I’ll probably be in last place for this month’s 5K, but given that most of it was walking I’m not going to complain about my time – 43:19 really isn’t anything to brag about, but I’ll take it.
I’m also having a lot of fun with the data that my new Garmin throws out. I’ll maybe do a post on it another time once I know a bit more about it, but here’s a screenshot from today’s run that shows the type of info that it gives you.
My next run will be on Saturday or Sunday, so that’s all for now. Happy running and say hi in the comments so that I know you’ve dropped by.