I had jokingly requested to my Twitter audience that we add a few extra weeks at the beginning of August, because I’m looking at the calendar and it says that I have to run a 5K in eight days from now. Aaaaah!!
I have been following the Couch to 5K program with, um, only slight modifications. During week seven they made me start running for 25 minutes without breaks, which I did except for that one day where I took a two minute walking break near the end. There was also a day or two where I didn’t run for the whole time requested because I tried running several hours after I’d eaten anything and felt like I was going to fall over and smack my head on the treadmill console or vomit on it.
Otherwise it’s been going rather well, though I admit I’m dreading the 30 minute runs I have to do next week. I think it would be more appropriate for me to have a 10 or 11 week program instead of the 9-weeks one, but the race is coming up, so oh well! I also find it odd that the scale says I’ve gained five pounds since I started doing this, which I will just pray is muscle or water weight or my 5-year-old scale finally losing it’s silicon-plated mind. My pants still fit, so that’s a positive.
Some of you reading this might have started the Couch to 5K program at the same time I did and now are berating yourselves because you stopped training. “I could be running 25 minutes now like PastaQueen!” Well, don’t beat yourselves up. Just start over. You can always start over (when it comes to running at least). When I went to BlogHer, I didn’t run for several days, but I picked back up again. As Nike says, just do it.
Also, congrats to Deb from Maryland who won the Stonyfield giveaway and has already accepted her prize.