Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Couch to 5k: Weeks 5 & 6


The past few weeks on C25K haven’t gone so well.

I sold my car (and thus, transportation to the gym) and the weather in Utah (you wouldn’t even know it was Spring here thanks the the inches of snow on the ground) prevents me from running outside. When things get hard or even a little bit of a inconvenience I tend to give up. Not good, I know.

I am definitely a creature of habit and once I stopped regularly running it has been near impossible to get started again.

BUT… I did run at A’s house this past weekend and was SO impressed with myself. After my 5 minute warm-up walk I started running. I hit 5 minutes and decided to go for 10. I hit 10 and decided to keep going until I had to stop. That came at 13 minutes. I finished my workout with another 1o minutes of walking. I couldn’t believe that after 2 weeks of ZERO running I was able to almost triple my previous running time. WOW. Just goes to show what I little energy and motivation can do for a person.

I guess I am not technically on the Couch to 5k program. I haven’t looked at the assigned program intervals since week two. Instead, I have been going at my own pace and pushing myself when I felt ready. I am still hoping to be able to complete a 5k by the end of the program (which is rapidly approached just a few weeks from now). But, if I am not able to do it I will still be happy with my progress so far. It may take me more than 9 weeks but I will be able to run a 5k sometime in the near future. You can count on it.

My goal for this week (week 7), is to run my normal 3 sessions and aim for at least 10 minute runs each time. I know now that I can do it and have no reason not to set the bar high.



2 thoughts on “Couch to 5k: Weeks 5 & 6

  1. I agree, it’s SOOO hard to try and kickstart your routine when you’ve stopped. Sounds like the break didn’t set you back much though!!

    • Weirdly, it didn’t seem to. Unfortunately, I haven’t run again since. This move to Alaska has me pretty stressed! I hope to get my butt in gear when I get there. The employee housing has a new gym and there is also just the awesome hiking nearby. I am hoping to make some big changes in my health and fitness this summer.

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