Good evening amazing collective brain. As a COMPLETE newbie to any kind of fitness have just completed week 6 and cannot quite believe it! I am managing to keep good breath control but my calves are the muscle needing the most building and currently limiting my pace. Am completing the runs but it is slow - around ten or ten and a bit mins per km when sustaining over a long period like tonight's 25 min run. I have managed each run first time of asking so far so am wondering whether to try and get faster even if cannot sustain for the next few weeks, keep going as I am to try to complete then try to build speed or go back to week 1 trying to be speedier now can maintain longer. Any advice would be much appreciated as think will complete but at current pace will be miles from 5k in the 30 mins! Thanks so much!
Speed - week 6 complete : Good evening amazing... - Couch to 5K
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You don't need to speed up. If you do your injury risk will soar, so just be content with running at a comfortable pace, which will build your basic endurance, stamina and strength and later on you can think about speed.
Keep going and stay slow. Your speed will likely build naturally as your fitness builds - that's what I'm finding (on my 2nd week after graduation). But for now definitely stay slow and stick to the plan.
As I understand it most people graduate without running 5k in 30minutes - I didn't. I don't think speed matters, it's keeping running at a pace that works for you. Eventually being able to run for 30 minutes is an amazing achievement. Slow and steady seems to be the mantra. Happy running!
I graduated in February and I’m only just beginning to push past 3k now. Everyone is different and the majority of us hadn’t run 5k by graduation - although some fit people with long legs sail past it in week 6 and don’t understand what all the fuss is about ! Do what works for you, and enjoy the journey x
The objective of the program is to run for 30 minutes three times in one week.
Whilst "C25K" is a catchy title, it is not accurate. But "C2r430m3xi1w" is a bit of a mouthful. So take all the good advice from the collective mind: simply concentrate on the run timings, ignore pace, speed, distance and work your way through the program. You have the rest of your uninjured running life to work on other aspects of your running. For now, slow and steady.
I would suggest that you stay at your pace - slow and steady and complete all 9 weeks. In week 10 - ie after graduation - you can work on your speed. That’s my plan. I run at a snail’s pace but I’m getting through without pain, injury stitch or breathlessness. Well done on the job you’ve done so far!