I've started week 5 of couch to 5k so I'm halfway through now. Technically the program is 9 weeks long. But the 9th week is just 30 minute runs. So in my mind I'll be done after 8 weeks.
I didn't quite finish week 2 when I got sick from allergies. Nothing terrible but enough that I didn't feel like running. So I had to repeat that week. No biggie because the 5k I want to do isn't till the end of Oct. so I've got lots of time.
I started the program setting the runs at a 10:00 pace. This used to be a fast pace for me. But now it was easy. This has just shocked me. Not only had I been on a 9 month hiatus, but I was on that hiatus because I was growing a baby! If this is all because I walked & did yoga during the pregnancy, then I'm even more convinced of the benefits of exercise while pregnant.
So I bumped up the pace to 9:31. Then that became too easy. Crazy! So now I'm at 9:13, which is 6.5 mph on the treadmill. And now it feels like a workout!
I've been having some longer runs now so I don't intend to be increasing the pace anymore. I'm actually wondering if I need to back off.
Yesterday all the runs were 5 minutes long. Tomorrow I have a couple 8 minute runs. But Saturday will be the big one. After a 5 minute brisk walk warmup, I have to run for a solid 20 minutes! I'm a little nervous since I'm kinda struggling with the 5 minute ones already. But I'm gonna go for it. I'm trying to remind myself that I once ran for almost 6 hours & I've birthed a baby drug-free.
If Saturday's run is too hard I'll either repeat the week as it is or I'll back off on the pace. Even if I go back to a 9:31 pace it'll still be a fast enough pace to guarantee a sub-30 5k. But I'm hoping to just keep going & be able to see that not only can the program make a runner out of anyone but also that it can make a faster runner out of an experienced runner.