Couch to 5k – Week 5, Day 3


My around the lake running track.

This was the day I had been dreading for a while now. The first non-stop 20 minute run of the program. And how did it go, you may ask?

Nailed it! πŸ˜€

I surprised myself with this one. When I started this in August I was unsure if I would ever get to running for 5 minutes at a time, let alone twenty. I may be able to finish this thing after all.

Anybody else doing Couch to 5k? Would love to hear how you’re getting on wherever in the program you are.



9 thoughts on “Couch to 5k – Week 5, Day 3

    • Life n' Whatnot says:

      I found it’s so much more a mental challenge in many ways than a physical one. I had thought there was no way I could do 5 minutes of running.. and then I did. Then I thought I wouldn’t manage 8 minutes of running… and then I did. Then I just figured I should stop over thinking and just get out there and do it, lol. The program really does work.

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  1. Jennifer Pingree says:

    Hello.. great job!! I’m on week 6 day 3. Like you I dreaded that first 20 minute run. It’s all I thought about all week! I’ve never been a runner. So this is my first attempt at becoming a runner, I’m 38! I’m pretty proud and impressed with myself. I too nailed the first 20 minute run and week six day 1 ended up being my best distance and pace πŸ‘πŸ˜Š. My last run may have been the hardest physically. I’m excited to finish and start my next goal 5k to 10K . Getting married in 6 months!! Only 2-3 lb weight loss at this point but that’s ok I feel good, other than I’ve been running 3 weeks now with a pinched sciatic nerve that’s improving very slowly. I’d love to hear an update on your story.

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    • Life n' Whatnot says:

      Great to hear from another C25Ker! It sounds like you’re doing fantastic so far. πŸ™‚

      I have to admit I went a bit off piste with the program at the end of Week 7. I had been feeling good for the last run of that week and had decided to finish up the two laps of my usual route instead of stopping when the 25 minutes were up. I felt giddy (mostly with happiness though fatigue may have been a small part of it) when I saw I had managed to run 32 minutes. In one go. Me. The non-runner. Since then I’ve kept up with 4-5K runs three times a week with a longer one sprinkled in when I feel up to it.

      And thank you for your comment, it’s reminded me I’ve been neglecting this place this past while. A longer, more detailed post about my thoughts on C25K will be upcoming! πŸ™‚


  2. playfulpups says:

    I did c25k a couple years ago and it changed my life. I know it sounds dramatic, but its true. I had to repeat a few weeks to get through it but i did it. I lost 60lbs and ran over 12 races a year. Good for you for doing it- keep it up!

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