Couch to 5K

Week 4 Run 1

After run 3 of week 3 I was apprehensive about starting week four, Almost twice the amount of running!!!! Anyway after a disturbed sleep last night I was not sure if I would get up for a run but the alarm went off at 5.30 and dragged myself out of bed about 6 and went out.

The first 3 minute run went well, legs a little heavy but I put that down to the 2 days rest I take (I go out Monday, Wednesday and Friday) Then came the first 5 minute run, slow and steady said Laura and I was happy to oblige. I checked the starting point and off I went. I was delighted to do one circuit of the park (about half kilometre) without stopping. The next 3 min run went without hiccup, if anything my legs felt better jogging than walking. Then Laura said the last 5 min run - already I said - so off we went, nice and steady. Starting to flag now and when Laura said your half way through I said are you sure!!!!!

So I dug deep, thought about all the words of encouragement on this forum and kept going and finished without stopping. I was worn out, breathless but thrilled to do it - easier than I thought but lets not get too cocky we will see how Wednesday goes.

Thank you for your support

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Good morning, Redskins. :-) Well done on getting through the first run of week four; sounds like you managed a little better than I did! Sounds like you had a similar start to me too; my sleep wasn't great last night either (never is on a Sunday night, for some reason) and snap: I'm out Monday, Wednesday and Friday too: I feel the two days of rest over the weekend does a bit more harm than good as it's a struggle getting back into it! I am going to take up swimming on the Saturdays and have Sunday off; I'm on a waiting list for adult swimming lessons, so hopefully I'll be learning soon and will have a day of other training on the weekend so I'm still active.

You've done well today; congratulations. Time for us to rest up now ready for run two on Wednesday. :-)


My master plan was to commence week 4 this morning but I had the inlaws over for dinner yesterday and overindulged somewhat :-)

A long slllooooooowwww walk with the dog will be the extent of todays exercise I'm afraid


Ah the dreaded in laws. Hope the meal was worth it!!!!. Hope you find time soon to start week 4


Hopefully tomorrow redskin. Yours post and that of Miles makes me think that week 4 may not be quite as bad as I think. Hopefully :-)

I can only put my lack of energy today down to that last piece of brocolli


Well done Miles for the extra training on the rest days I just walk to work nothing else.

All the best with the swimming. I do enjoy it but don't go much due to being overweight but my daughter keeps pestering me to go so I will after I complete the couch to 5k and loose some weight


Thanks kittykat I find that going early sets me up for the day and once its done its done. Not sure how far I would have got if I went out in the evening. Sat at work thinking about it.

Plus in the morning few people are around and there was a beautiful red sunrise

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Well done on completing the first run of week 4. Good luck with the next run and best wishes.


Thanks Fitmo. You were one of the posters I thought of with your encouraging words that helped me to keep going


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