Monday, May 21, 2012

C25K: Week 5 Day 1

Well, I got Gary the Garmin all charged up and took him for my first Week 5 run today.  This week is the first week where all 3 days aren't the same.  I'm still using my Robert Ullery podcasts since I'm running with my husband's iPod.  But before I left for the gym I made sure to find my iPod and hook it up to the computer.  Robert's podcasts are great but he uses techno music and by this point I need some good sing along songs.  So last time I did the program I found Suz's podcasts and used those for a few weeks.  Hers are neat because there is a theme to the music each week (i.e. 80s, 90s pop) so it's a fun variety.

Today was three intervals of 5 minute runs with 3 minutes of walking in between.  So a total of 15 minutes of running and 6 minutes of walking, plus the warm up and cool down.  I didn't make the distance quite as far as I did on Friday and I felt a little bad until I realized, you can't be in beast mode every time you run.  And since I had garmin I was aware of my pace and except for once, every time I glanced down I was still running at a sub 10.  In fact, most of the time it was hovering around the 9:30 min/mile pace.  So I'm pleased with that.

Wednesday the run is two 8 minute intervals.  This is where my sub 10 pace is going to be a challenge.  And by Friday's 20 minute run it'll probably be a thing of the past.  And that's ok, I'm not really a speed demon so I'll take whatever I can get.  As long as I run the whole interval, I'm proud of myself.

Now if I could just find a firecracker 5K to run since that would be the closest race to my completion date!


  1. It sounds like you are doing really well! Don't worry too much about your pace right now - just worry about getting it done. I still remember the first time I ran 20 minutes straight when I did the C25K program. I was so scared but I finished! I don't think you'll have any trouble. You're well on your way to your first 5k and your first half! :-)

  2. Hi! Just found your blog and so glad I did! I am on week 2 of c25k. Setting small goals as I have never run a race before. I want ti do a 5k in July. That is my first goal. Ultimately I would live to complete the tinkerbell half in disneyland as I am in Az. Would live to do the princess half someday! I want to complete a half marathon before my 40 th birthday in Oct. 2013!
    Good luck you are doing great! Love reading your blot!

    1. Thanks Jeannie! I'm a huge fan of the C25K program. I used it back in 2010 to do my first 5K ever. I went from never having run a mile in my adult life to running that 5K and it felt so good! On my 30 before 30 list was "run a half marathon". Well, 30 is July 2013 for me so I thought it was time to get serious about that goal. I started over at the beginning of C25K because it's such an awesome program. I'm not quite sure what I'll do after that, maybe bridge to 10K, but whatever it is I'll be blogging about it as I get ready to run in the happiest freakin' place on earth!