I just completed my couch to 5k journey earlier this evening, running 4.26km in 30 minutes with an average pace of 7:05 so a bit short of the 5k I was aiming for but I'm so pleased with how far I've come and hopefully I'll improve over time! I think I may have twinged a back muscle on this last run so I might have to give it a few extra days before I start consolidating.
I've really enjoyed working through the couch to 5k, I started it on Sunday the 6th of January so it has taken me longer (almost 13 weeks) due to missing a few runs because of illness and repeating some of the runs four or five times to feel more confident before moving on. I also failed my initial attempt at the first 25 minute run in W6R3 and felt very deflated but persevered and gave it a second go after re-doing W6R2 a few more times. My advice to all other runners is to not to pressure yourself into sticking to the 9 weeks if you feel like you need longer before progressing - taking it easier really helped me get to where I am now.
Overall, I'm very happy that I've made it to the end and I have signed up to doing a 5k at the end of May so there's plenty on the horizon to keep me motivated! I really wish I'd become involved with the couch to 5k forum earlier as I've been finding the posts so encouraging and helpful - will continue posting as I progress - watch this space!
All the best to all the runners out there!
Congratulations! I didn’t make 5k on plan either... now I’m running 5 miles, and there’s more to come. You’ve changed your life and given yourself the base you need to achieve anything... you wanna run a marathon, then you’ve had the best start... you want to run for fitness and health, you’re there just keep going. Enjoy that 5k... you’ll be more than ready and it’s a celebration of the journey to that particular start line. Talking of celebration, do that well tonight, it’s a huge achievement. Enjoy consolidation and all your future running adventures
Thank you UnfitNoMore, I'm really encouraged by hearing everyone's stories, looking forward to getting back out there and (hopefully) slowly improving!
Cool... I’m watching this space as you told me to... don’t be a stranger, I’d love to see your onward progress.
Will see what I can do!