I am really proud to have got do the end of week 8, only 3 runs left to graduate. But still each run is so hard and I only just finish (so far only failed 1 run and re done it). I want to enjoy it again like the early weeks. At the moment I'm running about 3km in 28 mins so still a way to go to 5km and feel so worn out at the end! I just wondered if keep training after graduate does it get easier and more enjoyable?
Does it ever get easier! : I am really proud to... - Couch to 5K
Errr.... no. In a word. That said, I graduated a couple of weeks ago and have progressed from 3.6-8km in 30 mins to 4km in 30 mins. Still have to fight inner demons, but still feel elated after each run. My husband said yesterday ‘ you’re actually getting quite good at this’, which is all the encouragement I need. 😊
You will get fitter and stronger that will mean it will get easier. If you’re getting exhausted now in your 28min run I’d suggest slowing down to a pace where you finish and feel it was doable.
Also it’s about running 30 mins to graduate not to get to 5k in 30 mins. Push the distance to the back of your mind and set your pace right to do the timed run.
After graduation (May for me) I found by doing the straight runs continuously got easier and for me was enjoyable. 😊
Enjoy your final week - good luck!
My experience (graduated very end of May) has been that as I continue to run it gets more enjoyable.
I didn’t go down the path of trying to do 5k within 30 mins but rather extending how long I can run for until I reached 5k.
I did this by doing two 30 minute runs a week and doing a longer run that grew by 10% each week, so 33, 36, 40, 44.
(I managed 3.4k in 30 mins at graduation, so it took me 44 mins to reach 5k.)
With that milestone reached I switched to running two 4ks and a 5k each week, and this meant I slowly got faster.
I did this for a few weeks before I built the confidence to try for 10k, which is what I am working towards.
My most recent 5k was 39 mins, so I’ve cut about 5 mins off my 5k over about 5 runs.
I find I can very comfortably run 4k, quite comfortably run 5k and the short extension beyond that has been easier than I expected so far.
Hope this helps.
Hi zog3. I am in exactly the same I the program as you and feel the same as you. Loving the feeling of achievement after the runs and some bits of each run are great but still really struggling with keeping going. That said, the heat is killing me and I know I will be much better when its cold again! W9R1 tomorrow for me. I'll be thinking of you as I run my route.