Hey, if you’d told me I’d have run 6 runs less than two weeks after signing up for my 5k I wouldn’t have believed you 😉
Tthe couch to 5k plan is going well, and I am really enjoying it.
Observations after the first two weeks:
Crikey, my eating habits have been all over the place. Social occasions, summer holidays and general busyness have contributed to a lot of food on the go. My hunger has eased off though, so I’m not scoffing quite as much. However, I know that food really does equal energy, so I must double (at least) my efforts on eating and try to fit in more veg and more iron rich foods. More veg! I also need to cut back on the nightly glass of wine habit that I have slipped into over the warm summer evenings.
The running itself has been just about perfect – it fits in really nicely with my current fitness levels and although I have been tired (sometimes very tired), I haven’t failed to complete any of the intervals so far. No joint pain or other niggly problems either. I have slowed down though – the initial 60 second runs I could sustain at quite a fast pace, but the 90 second runs are harder and the third session this week felt really slow. I am thinking about starting some strength training on alternate days to my runs sometime in the next week or so. I think body-weight squats and lunges could really make a difference to the power in my stride.
I’ve only had one two-day break so far (otherwise I’ve run one day on, one day off), as my 5k race is sooner than the 9 week plan by a week and a half, but I’m not sure how much catching up I’m going to be able to do once it starts getting harder. More news soon.