I finished week four of the nine week Couch To 5K program. During this week, I had to run three and five minute intervals with 90 seconds of walking between each interval. Usually, by the end of each week, I feel like the intervals get easier and I feel confident about moving on to the next week. This week was hard. Those five minute increments didn't get any easier. They were hard. Every. Single. Time. I decided to stay on week four an extra week to see if those five minutes would get any easier and by the second week they did! I feel good about moving on to week five and I'm glad I started this nine week program well before I plan on running the 5K run. I may have to repeat some of the upcoming weeks in the program and I'm glad I have plenty of time to do that if I need to.
I usually do my running in the morning and most mornings I grumble to myself about how I don't want to run or I don't feel like running today. As soon as I get outside and start moving, I'm always glad I put my running shoes on and decided to run. I feel great afterwards and it feels really good to see that I'm making progress and that I can run longer and farther each week. If I don't go for a run, I feel grumpy and upset with myself all day. It's better just to go for the run and as I'm grumbling to myself about how I don't want to go, I try to remind myself how good I'll feel later on.
I was really glad I went this week! As a nice bonus on Tuesday's run, a group of firefighters decided to hold a game of touch football at the park where I was running. Another nice bonus is that I've lost three pounds since starting this program. My goal for doing this challenge was to get in shape and just see if I could actually run three miles which is something I've never done before. Even though my main goal wasn't to loose weight, loosing three pounds without really changing my eating habits is kind of nice!
Inspired by this pin for the Couch to 5K running program.