Guest Post: C25k Week 4

Dayle is back to share more of her challenges and triumphs with week 4 of couch to 5k!

This week’s workout was TOUGH!

Week 4 Screenshot

Week 4 was the first time I have actually had to walk some during the running portion of the workout (mainly during the 5 minute stretch). I keep trying to convince myself that it was because I was going uphill at the time and that makes it even harder. Right? At any rate, I didn’t give up. I just walked a little and then started running again. It is a bit discouraging though. I just want to do it with no issues. I guess if it was easy, then everyone would do it. Right??

While it sucked during the workout, it felt great afterward. I just have to keep telling myself that.

On Day 1, during the first 5 minute segment, I started to feel at my limit and doubted my ability to continue. But I kept running and forced myself to look around and try not to think so much about the trouble I was having. So, I pushed on and there was a point when the feeling passed and I was ok again. It was kind of strange. The second 5 minute segment wasn’t that easy to push through, and I found myself needing to walk a bit.

Week 4 Day 2 was better than Day 1, but still a bit of a struggle. I did walk a little during the jogging segments, but only a little. And twice, I had to tell myself to push through it. And I did. And it was a great feeling. I will say this…I am so glad I didn’t give up last week when I was considering it. There were a few days that I started to think that maybe running isn’t my thing and I should try something else. But I saw a status that someone had posted that said “Motivation is what gets you started; habit is what keeps you going”. I really needed to hear that and be reminded of it. I was so motivated in the beginning, but the initial reasons for that have faded, and my motivation is different (sometimes changing on a daily basis). But to truly accomplish my end goal, this has to become a habit.

In addition to getting my motivation back, there were three things that I focused on this week: my pace, the route I take, and what I do on the days that I don’t run. I noticed last week that during the walking segments I was kind of just cooling down. I realized this wasn’t good, because every time I started to jog again, it was like starting over. So, this week I focused on keeping a good pace during the walking segments. I also tried a different path this week, for two reasons: 1) so that I don’t get bored with the scenery and route, and 2) I’m still trying hard to find a route with minimal hills. Those are brutal during the jog. And finally, I realized that just doing these runs every 2-3 days isn’t enough to get me in the shape I want to be in. So, I’ve begun thinking about my overall activity level and planning out things I can be doing on the ‘off’ days.

Even though this week has been the hardest, this week saw my best pace & distance so far. That feels great!! And like Sergeant Block said in the screenshot above, I’m a third of a way there!

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