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Couch to 5K Training Program: Week Three
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5K Training Schedule: Week Three
This week's 5K training schedule features a 5-minute warm-up, followed by 3-minute running intervals and 2-minute walking intervals, alternating for a total of five running intervals. As usual, we finish up with a 5-minute cool-down.
Day 1: Well, I slacked off on the tail end of our family vacation so it’s been a week since my last run. In years past, that week would have turned into two weeks, then four, then eight, until my running program was just a distant and bitter memory. But I vowed that things would be different this time around, and so, with a dual sense of apprehension and excitement, I set out on my run, wondering exactly how I’d make it through the five 3-minute intervals required of me. I pushed through the first two intervals, finding them not quite as challenging as I’d expected but the thought that I still had to get through three more was daunting. Still, I managed to get through them. I can’t say that I drew on my “inner strength” or used any other particular strategies; quite simply, I just did it (Thanks, Nike). Maybe that’s the secret: stop waiting for motivation, enthusiasm or a sense of mightiness to hit you over the head and just do what you’re supposed to do. Let’s see if I can remember that when week five arrives and I have to run 8-minutes (!) without stopping :)
Day 2: Since it’s the weekend, my husband came along with me on this run and it made me realize just how ridiculously slow I’ve been jogging. My handsome hubby was a college football player just a few years ago so my 3-minute intervals are kind of a joke to him (not that he’d ever say so); while he makes every effort to encourage me, I could tell our pace seemed painfully slow to him. I admit, it's a bit discouraging, but I'll try to use it as motivation to push myself just a little bit harder during my future running workouts. Having said that, speed isn't meant to be the focus during the running intervals, so I figure that as long as I'm getting through them, I'm doing just fine.
Day 3: Today's workout was pretty uneventful, and as far as I'm concerned, that's a good thing. Again, it wasn't exactly a walk in the park, but the 3-minute running intervals definitely felt more manageable today than they did a few days ago. I'm proud to say I made it through another week, and I'm looking ahead to week four of the 5k training program with anticipation and anxiety - I somehow have to manage 4-minute running intervals with just one minute of walking in between!
Keep running with me! Check out week four of my 5K training program.