Hi all, I ran my first 5k yesterday evening! Not planned at this stage, let me tell you how it happened.
I have completed W7 last week. The last 5 runs were on a newly discovered course, which is in the lovely in the woods behind our house. The only catch: to get there I have to conquer a 150m elevation gain in the first 1.5km of running. This was the reason why I didn't attempt that course at the start of C25K but have been enjoying it recently.
So yesterday I went running later than usual (you can not control everything in your life). Going out of the house I was feeling good. Merely being out running at that time and by that rainy weather already gave me a sense of achievement. Because of the dark, I decided not to go into the woods but kept by the river bank where there is more light. It was going really well on this flat course, I could feel that all this recent uphill running really made a difference. I had the impression to move forward effortlessly (not really but comparatively). It felt like smaller steps (Garmin says they weren't but that is how it felt) but a lot of them (here Garmin agrees, cadence has increased dramatically since week 1).
So it was going really well and at the end of the 28 minutes, I realised that I had nearly 5k and that I was a little farther from home than expected, so I kept running.
Bottom line is, I ran my first 5k in 30:44!!! Never would have thought this to be possible 2 months ago!
Perhaps now is also a good time to make some short term plans:
> I will be going back to my now usual uphill course for the next runs. While I enjoy that, I also don't expect to reproduce that pace.
> I will probably attempt to fit 5k in the 30 min of W9R3 on the riverbank course. That would be a nice finish to C25K.
> What comes after C25K? I have set up a May goal of 50k in Garmin Connect, that should keep my going on the regular routine beyond week 9. 3 time 30 min sounds like a good thing for the next couple of weeks.
> Continue to enjoy the running, the changes in my fitness level and to be careful to stay injury free.
Greeting from a happy runner!