Cto5K: Week 7 completed – with a record

Today was a “record breaking” day for me.

After yesterday’s horrible attempt at running (literally couldn’t run for longer than a half mile), I decided today was going to make up for it!

First thing I realized: I require a cup of coffee in order to have a successful run. Maybe one day that will change, but every day that I have not had coffee, I have a shit run.

Today I had my cup of coffee and braced the cold. I reset the calibration on Nike + Runner so my run was bit more accurate.

I walked for .2 mi @6.0km/hr then ran @7.7km/h to complete the first mile. I did this for 3 miles total. The last .25mile I ran at 8.3km/h. It was so hard. But I felt so good after.

I completed 3.15miles aka my first 5K in 35 minutes. I’m pretty sure a minute of that was me trying to figure out how to turn off the Nike+Runner app.

Either way, I feel pretty good about myself today. I have only 3 more days of Couch to 5K training. It’s pretty much just running straight from here, but I have a few new goals.

1. Actually run the 5K straight.

2. Eventually, run 2 miles in 14 minutes. ((that’s a long way from now, but it is a goal))

Today, I averaged 11:25/mile . I’m pretty sure that this is because I walked for .2miles each mile.

🙂

Couch to 5K

My friends run. I don’t. I dance. Ask me to run and I can do a quick dash but I cannot go for longer than a minute. maybe. But my friends run. And some family members started to run. And the skinny people all run. After seeing a noticeable transformation in all of these people, I decided to take on the challenge. My friend mentioned an app called ‘Couch to 5K.’ It’s a 5K trainer that trains for 30min/day x3/week. The first few weeks are okay. Running for a minute, walking for 2 repeat. . . Then week 4 started… Jog for 3 min, walk 90sec, Jog for 5 min?????, walk for 2.5min repeat. Talk about lowering self esteem when ya can’t run for 5 minutes. But then I started week 5. Yesterday I started week 5. . .

“Brisk 5 min walk (warmup), jog for 3/4mile (or 8min), walk for 1/2mile (or 5 min), jog for 3/4 mile (or 8 min), walk for 5 min cooldown”

BLAH!? 8 min?? Here’s the sad part. I converted the 3/4mile to the km that my treadmill insists on. 3/4mile = 1.2km. I started running at .48km and after 8 min I was barely at 1.2km. . . I was supposed to be at 1.7km! I have noticed the timer on my phone goes faster than the timer on the treadmill. I could start my 30min app 3 minutes after the treadmill timer starts and still be finished 10 seconds before the 30 minutes is up on the treadmill. This makes me wonder if I’m getting accurate information. Today, I am supposed to be doing Week 5: Day 2. . . which suddenly asks me to jog for 20 BLOODY MINUTES!!!! What a dick. This app is a jerk. Will I do it? ((long thoughtful pause))… I guess so. I will try. I will probably not make it the full 20 minutes since I couldn’t run the full 8 minutes yesterday, but I will try!! And my friend is with me and that should hopefully be good motivation. Today will be different. I will download the Nike +Running App and see my true results.

 

 

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