Couch to 5K


I'm counting down these long runs now and thinking that 8 more isn't very long for my body to meet them with insouciance, let alone look forward to them, which is a state of mind I'm trying to develop! At the moment I run by telling myself I can go for a nice swim afterwards (well, it's better than promising my stomach a chocolate bar, which is the reward I first decided on!) I had to slow down from 8.5kpm to 7.5 kph about 7 minutes from the end so I think I must try to maintain the higher speed for just a few more minutes so that I can be sure of completing 30 minutes by week 9. My mind keeps telling me the faster I run, the sooner it will be over in spite of my arguing that I'm going to run for a set time not distance- sometimes I think my mind is busier than my feet :)

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I presume you're running on a treadmill. You don't have to run 5K in 30 mins by the end of week 9, so go slower if you need to in order to make sure you finish. It's probably better to be able to pace yourself so that you can complete the time, rather than worry about completing any particular distance.


yep, running on a treadmil because I'm 61 and like to avoid wear and tear on my joints so I can swim, dogwalk, cycle etc. I have run 2 miles in the past and have really set my heart on running 3. It might take me a bit longer than 30 minutes but, since I can walk it in 45 It'd better not take me much longer after all this effort!! :)


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