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I Have Finished Couch to 5K

Well, sort of finished it anyway. The app I’m using goes by time, not distance. So what I’ve actually finished is Couch to 30 Min of Jogging. I’m slow, and can’t finish a whole 5K in those 30 min. But- darn it – I’m still super proud of this accomplishment. Since the final session in the program, I’ve been trying to work my way up to jogging for the full 5K distance. The last jog I did, I went for 34 min. Let me tell you, there were days along the journey that I didn’t think I’d ever be able to jog non-stop for 30 min, let alone more.

At 34 minutes I still didn’t quite hit 5K (3.1 miles), but I’m getting close. When I use various apps or my fitness watch thing I usually start them going as I begin my warm up 5 min walk, and I don’t turn them off until I get home, so that includes 10 or so min of cool down walking as well. Some of the programs are easier to separate the walking from the running than others. My pace varies between 11 and 12 min/mile, usually about 11:30ish (I told you I was slow). So I figure if I can jog for 36 min I should be hitting the 5K by then. I suppose one of these outings I should wait to start tracking as I actually begin jogging, and stop when I start my cool down for a better, or at least more precise measurement.

I’ve been reading articles on advice for newer runners who have just finished C25K about what to do next to continue their training. Most advise against just running your 30 min every other day and say you should vary your distance, your speed, etc. to continue to improve. I’ve tried following a couple audio type classes that do a sort of interval speed work to help get faster. It’s been a bit of a joke, because I’m really going the fastest I can right now, and any slower is a power walk – not a jog at all. I’m not sure an outside observer would be able to detect any difference in my ‘fast’ intervals vs. my ‘easy’ intervals. These classes like to talk about going at you’re ‘race pace’. I keep thinking, “My what now?”

Oh well. I have to start somewhere, right? I didn’t know for sure I could jog for 30 min straight. Maybe someday I will amaze myself again and have more than one pace.

I girl can dream.

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