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 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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amy33024 said...

Do week 3! You can do it!

Amber said...

I noticed how much more difficult week 3 seems than week 2 when Chris was doing it last summer. I'd say go for it - start week 3, and you can always repeat it if you're not comfortable with it. But since it sounds like week 2 left you feeling comfortable, I say move on! And enjoy it!

Amelia Sprout said...

Because of my asthma, I didn't go forward if I couldn't do the previous week without finishing a run interval with some breath left. If you finished those, then you are ready to push on. Week 2-3 wasn't so bad, if I remember right.

beautyredefined said...

Honestly, I think the transitions between weeks are always scary, and you just need to push ahead and try it. You made week 2 - that means you can push for week 3. I do think, however, that you should reserve the right to drop back down to week 2 if your body rebels during the run. I had to do that when trying week 6 the first time. I was going to try for a ten minute run, and my body said "Nope! You're done!" so I dropped back down on the fly and went back to Week 5.

You can totally do it.

Jen said...

Do week 3 at least once. If you can't make it through, you can go back to week 2 for your second run of the week.

Valerie said...

Well, my opinion may be a little late, but I'll leave it anyway. Luckily, I agree with everyone else. Give it a shot! What damage could it do? And, just like everyone else said, feel free to drop back down if you need to. Take it at your pace, but you'll never really know what your pace is unless you give it a shot.