Monday, June 07, 2010
Couch to 5k - Week 9
Another week, another Couch to 5k update. I'm hitting a period of work that will make this Couch to 5k thing difficult with VBS coming up at church. But that is still a few stressful weeks away and I did manage to be successful this week. As you recall these were my goals from last week:
1. Go for a run outside at least once with a week 1 workout.
2. Go to week 2 and try to do it fully several times before without giving it up as too hard.
3. Workout while I'm visiting my family next weekend.
I am happy to say that I was a success in all these goals. I did week 2 workouts 3 times last week and did it completely and successfully each time. The third time was yesterday (Sunday) and I went running outside and didn't even go down to a week 1 workout. The other special thing about running outside on Sunday was that I went running with my father. My father is awesome and went from his own couch potato status to a real runner year's ago. He's run a marathon and still runs regularly. So it was a BIG deal for me to go running with my dad.
I did oscillate between joy that I was running with dad successfully and embarrassment that I was so painfully slow and gasp-y, but the important part was that I did the workout and didn't quit once. I may be slow but I did it and that is more than I could say a few weeks ago. And I may be saying the same thing in Sept at the 5k...I'll likely be slow but I am going to do it.
My success last week gives me a dilemma. I had fully anticipated having to repeat week 2 because I worried that I wouldn't be able to do the whole week successfully. Instead I was successful and I wonder if it is time to try week 3, but week 3 is frightening to me to as it takes a real jump up from little intervals to larger ones and I just don't know that I can do it.
So I'll put it to you blogland. Do you think I should spend another week on week 2 and boost my confidence and endurance at the 90 second run or do you think I should go on to week 3 and forge ahead since it may just be fear that has be dragging my heels? I WILL run three days this week and my first run of the week will be tomorrow night so please comment and tell me what you think by 7pm tomorrow (Tuesday). I'll commit to trying the majority opinion this week.
I'm including the McLinky again this week. If you are doing the Couch to 5k please link to an update this week. It has been 9 weeks since we originally started the challenge...is anyone through the program yet? Tell us how it is going and let us support you too! I know that you support me!
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