As of writing this I’ve just completed week 5 of my Couch to 5K! You might have noticed that I didn’t talk about this last week, well that was because I didn’t actually do any runs. Don’t worry, I have a pretty good excuse. Rather than do my runs I opted to try and sort the garden out instead. After moving a lot of trees, weeds, stones and goodness knows what else, I couldn’t physically run as I was knackered! I ached in places I didn’t think were possible. The worst part is that the garden isn’t even remotely finished. And Ross is still hobbling around the house, so he’s hardly any help either.
I May Have Missed a Week, but I’m back on track with couch to 5K Week 5
Anyway. No excuses for last week, let’s move on to this week! Week five consisted of 3 entirely different runs each time instead of the same one 3 times over. It was actually a nice change having something different each time. The first run was a 5:3:5:3:5 ratio run for 5, walk for 3. It was the first time the initial run was a little longer so after the first 5 minutes my body wanted me to stop. I wasn’t at all surprised since I hadn’t run for over a week, but I kept going and pushed on through!
It felt great being able to push through despite wanting to stop. If only Ross could’ve done the same for his little challenge!
The second run was a 8:5:8 ratio and this was actually easier than I imagined. Yes, I did clock watch the timer towards the end, but it’s that 1-2 minutes where your body starts telling you to stop. Once you’ve push through that you feel like you can just keep going. It’s almost like what they call the wall in marathon running, just a less extreme version.
Then there was the third run for week 5, where for some reason they suddenly decided to get quite serious:
Big jump? Yeah I thought so to. Especially looking forward to next week where it starts with split runs again. Not quite sure of the thought process for this as I still have four weeks before I have to do the full 30 minutes. Yet all of a sudden you’re running for 20 minutes at week 5. I should’ve just ran for an extra 10 minutes and called it all a day!
Surprisingly, though, I did actually manage to do this! As I said previously, once you push through your body telling you to stop there’s no stopping you. It actually feels pretty damn amazing to be enjoying this process and actually being able to jog. And when you also lose a little bit of weight and start to notice the change, it makes it even better.
WEIGHT LOSS FOR THE WEEK: 2lb Loss
In terms of weight, I managed to lose 2lbs. But I also measured myself and have lost 4 inches off my waist, and an inch off my hips and thighs. It’s really nice to see the difference too. Here’s what I’ve seen so far:
Only Four Weeks Left before I’ve finished the couch to 5K
Going forward I guess it’s just a case of keep doing what I’m doing. I still have moments where I don’t want to go out and run. But now I’m used to that feeling and I just fight through the resistance and get out and do it. Heck, I’ve even been running in the rain! It’s just nice to get out and clear your thoughts. It’s amazing what some fresh air and exercise can do for your mind, and your body too by the looks. But I’ll be honest, even if my body stayed the same I’d still be happy with doing this Couch to 5K.
Christ when I started this I genuinely thought I’d never reach the end. That I would simply give up. But now there’s 4 weeks left until I might be able to run for a full half hour doing 5K, and that’s quite exciting. Yes it’s the small things in life but this is such a massive achievement for me with each week that I complete.