Sure, I get a sense of achievement after I have run but I don’t love it when I’m running and I still work myself up before the run. The Couch to 5k gives you the opportunity to enrol in a forum which appears to be a lovely community full of optimistic, happy and encouraging members. The majority of ‘graduates’ swearing by the fact that you will become hooked.
It’s Monday (26th Feb) evening, I need to get on with Couch to 5k because I skipped Friday but I currently have a mantra running through my head screaming ‘I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to do this, I REALLY don’t want to do this’. It’s my internal, whining child voice that just wants to throw myself on the floor and ‘scream and scream until I’m sick’. Actually, I don’t think it was even an internal voice at this point.
There are three different runs this week, run one: a brisk five-minute walk, then five minutes of running, three minutes of walking, five minutes of running, three minutes of walking and five minutes of running. Run two: a brisk five-minute walk, then eight minutes of running, five minutes of walking and eight minutes of running. Run three: a brisk five-minute walk, then 20 minutes of running, with no walking.
I’m an event’s organiser (amongst many other things) and because of that I really feel I should be more organised with my personal ‘stuff’. With Couch to 5K I’m literally stumbling from one run to the next with no plan. I feel like I should be using Strava, recording my stats properly and taking better photos but to be honest I get busy and forget.
For your three runs in week four, you will begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then three minutes of running, one-and-a-half minutes of walking, five minutes of running, two-and-a-half minutes of walking, three minutes of running, one-and-a-half minutes of walking and five minutes of running.