Yup, that’s right folks. I finished the Couch 2 5k program. It only took me about 6 months instead of the suggested 9 weeks but WHO CARES?
My times are much slower now than they were pre my North America trip and the only thing I can put that down to is diet. BUT again I say, who cares? I finished it. I can now run for 30mins straight no problem and most times I do more than 5ks in 30 mins.
So what now?
My goal now is to increase my speed to do 5k in 25mins. And my Couch to 5k app can help with that. Let me rave about this app for a second as if you are looking for one then this is awesome. It is a running app rather than just a Couch to 5k app. It’s called Run Double and it has multiple programs on it and it is available in miles as well as kilometres.
Finished C25K? No problem. You can do timed 5k runs with stats, you can do a 5k to 10k program (I see this in my future), you can do intervals, 0 to 10k, 10k and half marathon event training AND, my new favourite, 5k improver training which basically helps you get faster on your 5k runs. THIS is my next planned program.
It hasn’t all been smooth sailing. I struggled a bit to stay the course a few weeks ago and someone on Facebook suggested I get a running partner. So I’ve done that which has been really awesome. We run together 1-2 times a week and the other 1-2 times I run alone. When I run with my running partner I notice the first half of the run just scoots on by sooooo quickly. It really is incredibly motivating.
The other great help recently has been my choice of music. Previously I had a running playlist but then I started using it to count songs and try to figure out how long I had left to go. This isn’t that helpful for me. I’m better of being distracted and just running. So now I run with the radio in the background (only Triple J – besides the fact that I don’t really like mainstream music the ads on commercial radio would quite honestly do my head in). The mix of talking and songs means that it is impossible for me to count how far I’ve gone unless I use markers (ie trees, play equipment etc). To combat that I just don’t look up all that often and then I don’t know how far I’ve gone.
So YAY me. I’m feeling really excited about achieving this goal and I can’t wait to get faster. I’m sooooo going to get faster. You wait and see. Just call me Speedy Gonzalez. Or Road Runner. Beep beep.
*My best time so far is 5.14kms in 30mins. The goal is 5km in 25mins or 6kms in 30mins. You know I’ll report in when I hit it. If you are interested in my stats at all you can check them all out on my Couch 2 5k page.
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