Hi all -- been getting lots of inspiration from the folks on the Week 5 and beyond thread, but... many of them/you are already at week 6 and 7. I'm just heading into week 5 (will do day 3, week 4, today or tomorrow) and i'm terrified of 8 minutes of continuous jogging, let alone 20? help! how did you do it.
I confess i took a break from the formal c25k to run/walk myself for a while, I could run 3 mins at a time but... that was agbout it so the 5 mins at a time are a BIG change for me. i dunno how you do 20! mostly it's the breathing that's trouble but... my legs and feet feel like achy wood all the time. sorry for whining and thanks!
I started the C25K program back in August and have found many excuses why I can't run....I just ate dinner....working late....wanna play with the kids....etc etc...so I am only on Week 4 day 2. I was a bit intimidated by the 2- 5 minute runs but it's definitely all in your head. What I like to do is use my MP3 player and put upbeat music on. Set up a special playlist for running with songs that have a good beat. I've found some songs where the beat is pretty close to the pace at which my feet strike the ground and I concentrate on trying to match the beat of the song. I set mini-goals while I'm running where I say DON'T look at your watch until you reach the next block...or 2 more lightpoles...or the next parked car and then peak at the time...otherwise I force myself to tough it out regardless of how fast I'm running. The other thing I have tried to do was set up a playlist with music that is the same duration as the segment you are runing (I've found some techno versions of the songs that went 5 minutes long so I knew I had to keep going as long as the song was on without looking at my watch).
This weekend I finished my first 5K even though I'm less than halfway through the program. I couldn't run the entire race but I did finish it, I wasn't last place and I didn't collapse. It is very do-able. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
Started C25K: Aug 4, 2010 Finished April 2012
Weight: April 2011: 330lbs
April 15, 2012: 268lbs
many excuses....more excuses...start over....
Current Status: COMPLETED 5k 34 minutes
Recently ran 3.5miles in 35 minutes!
Race for the Cure 5k: 9/26/10 / 36:30
Race for the Cure 5k: 9/25/11 / 34:20
Ohio Tough Mudder: 4/15/12 / 4hours 15 minutes and a SUCCESSFUL FINISHER!!!!
Funny, i also walked/ran a 5k last weekend and felt exactly how you describe... I didn't die and finished a minute ahead of my fastest time before for that mileaage but... it just made me want to get back to it and do more. I'd love to be more middle of the pack then end!
I do the same thing too with the parked cars, light poles etc. and TRY not to keep looking at my cardio trainer but it's rough. Yesteray I tried to run in place in my backyard (too dark for running on trails and potential of heavy rains, too) I really don't know if what I did was just super slow or not really running or what but I think i was able to sustain it for 20 mins. ... tonight or tomorrow i'll try to hit the trails again. (pouring here at present. guess i could try a treadmill.
good luck to you, too!