Couch to 5k: Week 6 again

Week 6 again but this time I managed that 15 minutes segment - yeeha!

In case you missed them, here's the rest of the series:

Week 6 Recap

I have no idea what happened last week but I didn't go for a single run :O

This is what week 6 is supposed to look like:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Warm Up: Walk 5 min Warm Up: Walk 5 min Warm Up: Walk 5 min
Run: 10 min
Walk: 5 min
Run: 10 min
Walk: 3 min
Run: 15 min
Walk: 3 min
Run: 10 min Run: 10 min Run: 5 min
Cool Down: Walk 5 min Cool Down: Walk 5 min Cool Down: Walk 5 min
Total time: 35 min Total time: 33 min Total time: 33 min

Day 1 and 2 I managed a couple of weeks ago and then I repeated Day 1 again the following week.

Day 3 was finally achieved yesterday.  It was a challenge for sure, but mostly a mental one.  The constant inner dialog telling me I can't do it, it's too hard, I'm too hot, I'm too tired, I shouldn't do it, it's ok only do 5 minutes/10 minutes, I've already done enough.  I reminded myself that just a short while ago 5 minutes was phenomenally hard and at 10 minutes I was still feeling good.  I reminded myself that I didn't hurt and my breathing was steady.  I reminded myself of the tasty baked potato I had waiting for me afterwards.  I reminded myself of how good it would feel to write this blog post and say that I did it! 

I was practically punching the air when I finished that 15 minute run segment!  After the 3 minute walk break I felt good and ready to run and the last 5 minute run was really straight forward.  I finished up feeling really pleased with myself :)

Sometimes I catch myself in negative self talk, like big deal it's only 15 minutes, other people run marathons but I try to banish these thoughts and celebrate the fact that I can do something that I couldn't do before.

Next Weeks Plan

I have a trail race coming up at the weekend so I'm not sure whether to repeat W6D3 again before that or if I should head into week 7 which starts with a full 20 minute run.  To run 20 minutes non stop is the top goal - it's like arriving at the start line :)

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