I wanted to write a blog post about my week 5 run 3 run, because even though it was 2 days ago I still can't believe I managed to complete it!
I had been really worried about this run, 20 minutes of running seemed like a huge jump from the 8 minutes runs on run 2 of the week. I was going to try and put it off but decided to take the bull by the horns and head out on friday evening to attempt the mammoth(!) run, my thoughts whilst running went something like this:
0 - 3 minutes - doing great, think I can run forever
4 - 5 minutes - Surely i've been running for at least 10 minutes by now?!
5 - 10 minutes - Starting to get a stitch and feeling tired - I tried to slow down and change the way I was running.....anything to get rid of the stitch.
10 - 15 minutes - Stitch got worse and worse, legs started to hurt and ache, thought I was actually going to have to stop the run at one point until I heard Laura say I had been running for 15 minutes and there was only 5 minutes left to go. Decided to power through!
15 - 20 minutes - Stitch still lingering but became focused on the running, finally got into a good rhythm and even picked up the pace by the end.
The feeling of completing this run is like nothing else and far outweighs the aching legs and stitch pain. Completing the run has given me such a boost to go on with the programme!
In total I worked out that I ran (roughly) 2.8km which is just over half of a 5k - not sure whether that's good at this stage or not? Sometimes I feel my pace is good - other times I feel I'm going so slowly I'm practically running on the spot.
If anyone has any tips of dealing with stitches i would really appreciate all advice. I've never got a stitch on the couch to 5k programme before but it really effected this run and I don't want it to effect my future longer runs.