My Couch to 5K week 2 certainly got off to a rocky start. We had a sickness bug that took down the house Monday and Tuesday, so I didn’t start my runs until Wednesday! When that day finally came, and I knew I had to do my first run, all I could think about was the fact that I didn’t really want to do it. In the past this would usually have been the end of my running aspirations. I’d say to myself a simple “oh I can’t do this today because…” and then I’d have no motivation to start again.
Still Going Strong Despite Adversity
But I didn’t stop. I knew it was going to suck but I got right back into it. Just as I expected, my first run of week 2 was a lot harder. It was basically like starting from scratch again. I’m not sure whether it was harder because it was week 2 or I was just so drained from being ill. But by the time that run was done, I felt so good about myself for completing it.
Couch to 5K basically splits up a 30 minute session into a bunch of walks and runs. Obviously at first you do a little more walking than running, and this gradually builds until you do one 30 minute run – I can’t even think about that yet! So this week had 90 second runs and 2 minute walks. It looked a little bit like this:
For week 2 I actually struggled with walking for the 2 minutes. I wanted to start running sooner, and felt that the 2 minute walks dragged quite a bit, so it was a little frustrating. I felt like I could run for longer than 90 seconds so I’m hoping this stands me in good stead for next weeks challenge.
The first run is always the hardest I’m quite lucky we have quite a secluded walk not far from our house. I’m still really self conscious of being in front of people whilst I run. But I always feel so happy at the end of these challenges, like I’ve really pushed myself and accomplished something. These challenges probably seem so little and silly to the person who easily runs but for me it’s a massive!
Couch to 5K Week 2: Weight Loss
Weight Loss for the Week: 1.5lb Loss
My weight loss for week 2 was only 1.5lb. I say only because in comparison to last weeks 10lb loss it would be so easy to feel disheartened. But you can’t lose 10lb every week now can you? I’m actually seeing a difference this week in my hips, someone said to me when I started this whole couch to 5k thing, that the motivation you see in your body shape will keep you going and it sure is:
This week was also my birthday so I did cheat a little bit; we had pizza and Ross made a cake. It wasn’t the best cake he’s ever made, but it certainly tasted pretty good. I even did one of my runs on my birthday! Not exactly how I expected to spend my birthday, but when you schedule your runs you have to stick to them! Besides, nothing beats homemade cake, some pizza and a handmade card off your baby after you’ve done a run!
Other than that little slip up – not that I should call eating cake on my birthday a slip up – I kept to my diet every other day and kept with my planned runs. Hopefully I can keep up that up for the following week. I’m really looking forward to seeing what next weeks challenge brings. I know there will be a little more running involved and I hope I can manage it! I still can’t picture myself being able to run for 30 minutes straight, but if it takes me a few more weeks to complete then so be it.
If You’re Thinking About the Couch to 5K – Just Do It!
Well that’s my Couch to 5K week 2 all done! We’ve done all the food planning for the week, food shopping is done and I’ve planned my runs on the calendar. I have to do it like this as it’s the only way it keeps me on track. I like having a plan, knowing what I’m doing and when. I’m very much following the slimming world diet, so that mixed with doing the couch to 5K should hopefully get my weight loss trending in the right direction.
If you’re thinking of taking up some form of exercise or want to give the Couch to 5K a go then just do it – that’s a link to the app. Trust me when I say if I can do this then you can. If you’re struggling then you can just keep repeating the week until you feel ready to move on. I know I’m not going to fly through this, but I’m actually loving the fact that I’m pushing myself.
If you do start the Couch to 5K then feel free to get in touch and let me know how you get on!