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couch to 5k {ten weeks down, zero to go}

16 Jul
I have finished my 10 weeks of my couch to 5k program. I finished 5 weeks of the actual program and 5 more weeks of Dan’s program that he came up with for me. I am so proud of myself. I know I still have a long way to go but I feel incredible having finished 10 weeks of a running program.
This last week was definitely the hardest with the longest running times.
The first day was walk 3 minutes, run 30 minutes, walk 2 minutes, run 4 minutes, walk 3 minutes.
I had a hard time on this day. I ran the whole 30 minutes, which I was so proud about, but it was hard. I don’t know if it was the heat or that I waited 3 days since my last run, but I had to push myself really hard. And I did it. I didn’t run any more after the 30 minutes and just walked back to the car.
The second day was walk 3 minutes, run 34 minutes, walk 2 minutes, run 4 minutes, walk 3 minutes.
I ran the full 34 minutes which was just about a 5k. That makes me feel so good because I know I can actually run an entire 5k.  After the 34 minutes, I walked 3 minutes and ran another minute and then walked back to the car.
The third day was walk 3 minutes, run 40 minutes, walk 3 minutes.
I did not run a full 40 minutes. I walked 3 minutes and ran 22 minutes. My leg started to hurt while I was running and I felt really tired. I pushed myself but had to stop because of my leg. I ran the 22 minutes then walked and ran off and on til I got back to the car. I was somewhat disappointed that I wasn’t able to do the full 40 minutes. I know I will get there though.
Today I decided to go for a run just to go for a run. It was a little weird not having a certain goal in mind but it was also kind of nice. It was a little hot so I wasn’t planning on going really far. And my leg started to hurt again. So I walked 2 minutes, ran 22 minutes, walked 2 minutes, ran 3 minutes and walked 1 minute back to the car. I know I will get to a point where I can run further, I just need to keep up with the running and keep pushing myself.
My original goal for the 5k was to run more then I walk. Now that I basically ran a 5k and knowing that I still have 2 months to train, my new goal is to run the entire 5k. I know that I can do it and it makes me really excited.
I will definitely keep posting about my running. It helps keep me motivated knowing that I am sharing it with whoever is reading this. 🙂
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couch to 5k {eight weeks down, two to go}

26 Jun
I am getting close to the end of this program and I’m glad.
I was very proud of myself this week. I ran the longest amount of time that I have run and I felt great. I was also running a new route because I’m getting bored with the old one. Dan has been running this route so I started the new one this week.
The 1st day was walk 3 minutes, run 12 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 12 minutes, walk 3 minutes.
This day was really hot. I went first thing in the morning and it was already about 90 degrees. I think the heat affected me. I was having a little trouble with my breathing. I ran the first 12 minutes fine but had a little harder time with the second 12 minutes. There is a hill towards the end of the route and I had to stop at the top of the hill and walk for a little bit. I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t run the whole 12 minutes but I only walked for about 40 seconds so it wasn’t too bad.
The 2nd day was walk 3 minutes, run 12 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 14 minutes, walk 3 minutes.
I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to run 14 minutes after I had to stop and walk during the 12 minutes. However, I made it the whole 14 minutes without stopping to walk, even going up the hill. I was so proud of myself. Dan ran with me this day and I think that might have helped because I push myself harder when he is with me.
The 3rd day was walk 3 minutes, run 12 minutes, walk 2 minutes, run 14 minutes, walk 3 minutes.
I did the 3rd day today. I reversed the route just to mix it up and that meant the hill was more towards the beginning and it was downhill. I felt ok today but I did have a hard time towards the end of the 14 minutes. I made it the whole way though!
I feel really good after finishing this week. I feel like I am really starting to be able to run a good amount of time and it feels great! Every day has been about 3 miles and that feels good because I feel like I will be able to run the 5k. I would love to be able to run the entire 5k. I guess we will see. 
I’m a little nervous about the next week. The first run is 20 minutes. Dan says if I run 14 minutes, I can run 20 but I’m not so sure. I will try my best to do the whole 20 minutes. Last time I had to do 20 minutes, I couldn’t do it. I really hope I can this time and I will push myself to finish. I will keep you guys posted!
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