Couch to 5K

Week 6 completed

Hi everyone :)

Officially, I'm a runner (so says, Laura) ;)

Again, I started this week feeling a little apprehensive but I'm beginning to think this is a natural reaction to each new week and probably a good thing, preventing any chance of complacency setting in ;) I'd also been warned by fellow c25k'ers that w6 can, and has, caught a few people out so again I was a little wary.

I started r1 and after a few minutes I felt that I may be one of the people caught out by w6! I can't say exactly why I felt this way but it did make me concentrate that little bit harder. It could have had something to do with me increasing my speed again by 0.5km/h over the previous week. It felt fast but by r2 it didn't feel as fast and it seems my body was quickly able to adjust to that extra 0.5km/h increase, something I've been banking on since starting the c25k and which has worked well so far as I've increased my speed each week.

The big one of course was r3, the 25 minute run! I tried to convince myself that it wasn't too different from the 20 minute run of w5r3. However, I can safely say this was the hardest run I've had so far. That last five minutes seemed to go on forever but finally I heard Laura's voice telling me I'd done it and I was certainly relieved to hear that :)

Can't wait for w7. Again, I'm hoping to up my running speed by 0.5km/h to 9km/h to keep me on target to reach the goal of 5k in 30 minutes. Fingers crossed I can do it ;)

For w6 I walked at a pace of 4km/h (w5 at 4km/h) and a running speed of 8.5km/h (w5 at 8km/h) covering a combined walk/run distance of 3.6k for r1, 3.7k for r2 and 4.2k for r3.

In old money (approx): 4km/h = 2.5 mph. 8.5km/h = 5 mph. 4.2k = 2 1/2 miles.

Best wishes to everyone working their way through the c25k and to all those thinking of starting, just go for it :)

Regards, Paul

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Well done Paul! That's the dreaded 'easy' week six out of the way; it really is a shock to the system, as many find, so well done on getting through it, and on pushing through the final few minutes of the big run! Congratulations, and good luck for week seven; not long now and you'll be graduating! :-)

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Thank you, Miles. Eeek, getting close to graduation ;)


Thanks, kittykat. It certainly is a toughie, more than I expected it to be.

As for the spooky moment, yes, I've recovered now ;)


Well done Paul!! I definitely agree those final 5 minutes feel like eternity, but you've done it!! Keep it up! :)

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Thanks. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks so ;)


Hi Paul, congrats! I´m starting W6 today, I had to do some extra rest days (2 instead of 1) betwwen runs because of my hip (is better now) but happy to start week 6. You are running really fast! I can handle 7,8 or 8 km p/h, but no faster than that, of course I don´t care about that, but I´m happy with your goals and your success.

Best regards


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Hi Ana and thank you ;) Hopefully I can keep it going. Good luck with w6 and I'm sure you'll be successful. Taking two rest days between runs is a good idea. Keep us informed on your progress ;)


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