WOW. So much can happen in a single day.
Yesterday I was so frustrated and angry on the extremely difficult run of Couch2_5K program, that I found myself wanting to reach out the community and point out that Week 5 Run 3 is impossible.
I mean, jumping from an 8 min run to straight 20 min run is insane. Yesterday, when I tried to attempt the last run of week 5, I was imagining a 15 min run. I actually had to stop and re-check if I was on the correct week. When I attempted the run, I knew there was no way I could finish the whole 20 min run, but I still attempted it. It was insanely difficult; I could literally count the number of mins I was running. By sheer will and panting like a dog , i managed my finishing point and almost collapsed. Right after stopping, the voiceover announced that there are only last two minutes left, but I had reached my finishing point so I had no absolutely mental strength left.
Believe me, when I say that it was only mental strength that brought me to my finishing point, I mean the sun was blazing at 30 C at 2pm mid-day, and I had little rest and sleep previous night. The only reason I went for the 20 min run was that I knew I couldn't finish the race in time, so I told myself I can stop anytime I want (reaching 15 min mark was my desirable target ).
When I started, only at 7 min mark, my body started to give up, since I only cud do an 8 min run ( I did the 8 min runs many times, so I was accustomed to it).
By sheer willpower and a strict refusal to quitting (actually here I tried a trick on my body, i kept telling my body "just reach that bench, now reach that fence and now reach that post", u see , the old carrot and donkey story), I somehow managed to reach my finishing point.
At that point (refer the second para), but then I calmed dawn and looked on the brighter side " I somehow managed to run 18 mins, and that too on my first try ".
Today, when I realized that I cud run 18 mins , I said to myself "why not give it another try". This time I was well rested and I chose my favorite time to jog "Midnight" so I was confident that I will complete the 20 min run, but the results tonight ( plz see the attached pic of my run and distance covered), surprised the Mashallah (Praise be to Allah ) out of me..............
During the run tonight, I barely felt the ten min mark, fifteen min mark was nothing, and then finally when i stopped (31 Mins) , I was still in pretty good condition and could have run for further two mins.
After seeing the results tonight, I am confident that I can very easily cover the 25 and 30 min runs and may be even go further, Inshallah (Allah Willing).
Thank you for reading my post, I doubt if someone will fully read it but I am so happy today that I needed to share my happiness with someone, that was this community and you guys. Again, thanks.