Couch to 5k: Week 2

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I have just finished up week 2 of the couch to 5k program and now I'm heading into week 3!

Here are the links to the previous posts in case you missed them:

Week 2 Recap

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Warm Up: Walk 5 min Warm Up: Walk 5 min Warm Up: Walk 5 min
Run: 1.5 min
Walk: 2 min
Repeat 4 times
Run: 1.5 min
Walk: 2 min
Repeat 4 times
Run: 1.5 min
Walk: 2 min
Repeat 6 times
Run: 1 min
Walk: 1 min
Repeat 2 times
Run: 1 min
Walk: 1 min
Repeat 2 times
Cool Down: Walk 5 min Cool Down: Walk 5 min Cool Down: Walk 5 min
Total time: 28 min Total time: 28 min Total time: 31 min

So, first lets review week 2.  The first run of week 2 went really well, but then an action packed weekend followed by my cat being unwell meant that the second run was 5 days later and also I did not make any yoga classes this week.  I did however manage to fit in some foam rolling and a little stretching so I think I'm making progress.  In case you were wondering, my cat is much better now after a course of antibiotics :)

Week 2 also taught me the importance of keeping on top of the laundry!  Especially if I want to be getting my sweat on every day.  I have discovered that the light sport load setting on my washing machine is nice and quick for all my technical fabric kit, but I should probably get a few more outfits so that I don't have to run the machine every day!

Week 3 Plan

On to week 3 and as you can see from the table below, some of the run segments jump by a full minute and on the last run of the week they have doubled in size!  This seems like quite a big jump and I would happy continuing to add 30 seconds to my current run segments, but I'm going to keep with the program and maybe I'll surprise myself.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Warm Up: Walk 5 min Warm Up: Walk 5 min Warm Up: Walk 5 min
Run: 1.5 min
Walk: 1.5 min
Run: 1.5 min
Walk: 1.5 min
Run: 2 min
Walk: 2 min
Run: 2.5 min
Walk: 2.5 min
Repeat 2 times
Run: 2.5 min
Walk: 2.5 min
Repeat 2 times
Run: 3 min
Walk: 3 min
Repeat 2 times
Run: 1.5 min
Walk: 1.5 min
Run: 1.5 min
Walk: 1.5 min
Run: 2 min
Walk: 2 min
Cool Down: Walk 5 min Cool Down: Walk 5 min Cool Down: Walk 5 min
Total time: 26 min Total time: 26 min Total time: 30 min

This weeks Goals

Since I'm still trying to get the stretching, foam rolling, yoga and running all happening in the same week, I think this will continue to be my goal for the next 2 weeks.

Also, to encourage myself with something to work towards, I intend to enter the Blackmores XTERRA Auckland Trail Series!

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