Is This the End of Couch to 5K???

Five months ago I started what for me was a pretty audacious project: Couch to 5K. It’s a nine-week program designed to get you from a lazy slob to being able to run a 5K. Nine weeks is the minimum — you’re likely to repeat weeks or take some time to work up to some of the goals.

It’s been a (often literally) bumpy road for me. I started slow, ramped up, hit a wall, backslid, caught back up, pushed further, and then, this morning, I reached week 9, day 3, minute 30:

My final thirty-minute uninterrupted jog (fact check: I had to pause to re-tie my shoe). No problems. I’ve spent the last few runs adjusting my pace, slowing myself down so I wouldn’t tire myself out before hitting my goal. While I’ve been happy to reach that 30-minute mark, it hasn’t been the exhausted slog across the finish line some other runs were. Thanks to my many jogging coaches for helping me out there.

So what now? Well, I don’t know if you noticed, but it’s called “Couch to 5K” not “Couch to 30 Minutes”. Not including the warm-up and cool down walks, that final 30 minute jog was only 4.54 kilometers, and my math is rusty but that’s less than 5K. Fortunately a kilometer isn’t that much, and at my current pace it looks like I only have to add about three more minutes or so to hit that goal. That’s the next step.

Of course, what I’m doing now is training for the actual 5K I’m entered in! It’s in December and so I’ll be getting used to running in the cold. There may be nipple chafing. There are also a couple of hills involved in that course so I’ll need to work on that as well. C25K has taken me this far, but there’s still a little further I need to go before I’m done.

In the meantime, many thanks to everyone who’s supported me along the way. This has been a new and rewarding experience for me. And also many thank to those who have donated to my 5K run already. If you haven’t, would you consider doing so? Just click here. I’ll make you proud!

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