Hi! I have been lurking a good while, and have been amazed and warmed by how supportive and informative this group is.
I have been intending on starting for ages, then finally started Couch to 5k properly 5 weeks ago!
After a few false starts with the wrong trainers and sore calves, I have found the runs relatively achievable and been extremely surprised and pleased. Some of my runs have been outside, which I find harder, and due to having M.E I have to be gentle, so most of my runs are on a machine. I have been stunned that whilst I get hot and sweaty and sore, I don't get overly out of breath or tight lungs, which is what used to put me off running when I tried in the past.
Yesterday evening, I did run two of week five, which was two eight-minute sets of running with a five-minute walk in between, and the usual five-minute starting and finishing walk. Those eight-minute runs were a real stretch. My calves complained lots. I was delighted to get through, purely on will power! But it was tough.
Tomorrow evening's run is a twenty minute run!! This seems a huge jump from two eights with a recovery in between. Twenty straight minutes!!!
I am feeling quite overwhelmed about it, and worried I won't be able to achieve it. I think my calves will say no, and my will power will give out.
I would much rather have the next step be two ten-minute runs divided by a three-minute recovery walk perhaps. And then perhaps the next time attempt fifteen minutes, a two-minute recovery and then five-minute run, so I have more experience of running twenty minutes over two sets rather than going straight into twenty. It does seem like a bizarrely huge jump.
So I guess I'm wondering, those who have got past this stage and had worried like I am now, do you have any tips or advice? Is it magically achievable? Or are there alternative sets that can be done to build up incrementally to the twenty minutes set?
I would be so grateful for any advice.
Very best wishes.