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Couch to 5K stats, Day 4
Couch to 5K, day four of running. This is week 2, so I had to step up to the next level. Last week I started running pretty slowly, between 5.3 and 5.5 mph. I did that because I remember I was running around 5mph last time I had a gym membership -- then I also remembered that was less than a year post-knee-surgery.

At the time my sis was running 6mph, and I thought that was a heck of a lot, way faster than I could imagine then. Mostly I was amazed that I was running at all.

But at the end of last week I decided that 5.5 was quite easy, so I did the running segments of day 3 at 6mph. It was quite do-able, and I was proud of myself and planned to stay at 6 for each subsequent running bit.

So today the running segments went from 60 seconds to 90. I did all of the walking at 3.5mph, and the running at 6mph - well for the first few that is. The first one was okay, then the 2nd and especially the 3rd ones were hard! I managed them, but I was very out of breath and tight-chested by the time the podcast told me to switch back to walking.

The next two bits I dropped down to 5.8mph, which was more tolerable. But it was sad-making, because, you know, it's not 6. Also I'm a bit ashamed that it was so hard, especially when last week felt so easy.... even though I know I increased my speed quite a bit, plus the times went up.

But I did the whole workout anyway, even if I varied the speed up a little bit, and I'm quite proud of that. Four days is not much, but heck, it's a beginning! Just gotta keep at it.

I'm hoping there will come a day a few months from now when I look back on these little progress reports and think to myself, "I had trouble running 6mph for 90 seconds?! Wow, that is so easy now!" I hope. (:


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twoofdtm From: twoofdtm Date: February 5th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I read it anyways! :P
blue_lucy From: blue_lucy Date: February 5th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Week 2 actually WAY ramped it up for me, more than any other week moving up did. So don't worry - I think that's normal. It kicked my butt at a measly 5 mph. But now I just finished Week 4 and I'm running 5.5-6 mph for 3 and 5 minute intervals. It's not too far away!

Try running outside when it gets warm enough - it's a totally different experience, in my opinion
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 9th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is such a relief to hear, that week 2 felt much more difficutl for you. I wasn't expecting it to be so drastically more difficult than last week.

It's also nice to hear that the other weeks changes weren't as challenging!

6pmh for 5 minutes... wow GO YOU! Hopefully I'll be there in awhile too.

Last time I tried running (7 years ago? yikes) I did it all outside. I'm looking forward to being able to, although it is nice to have a machine telling me my speed.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 9th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Knees suck. I hate mine, and they hate me! (:
marsgov From: marsgov Date: February 5th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
My highest sustained rate was 6 MPH -- that is, in an hour, I would run 10 km, three times a week, for years. Post-surgery for a knee injury due to negligence (I didn't replace my shoes!), I can only allow myself to run at that rate, but only for about 5 km maximum once a week.
marsgov From: marsgov Date: February 5th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahem. What I am trying to say is that you shouldn't be worried about 6 MPH as a top speed. It's quite respectable and will get you places...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 9th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good to hear... thank you!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: February 5th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just got back from a 5k practice run, only about 5mph, I run slow. And it was hot 70 degrees!
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