Date: Sat, 25 May 2013 01:47:41 +0200
- Persistence Unlimited
Couch to 5k Week 2
My journal about my week 2 with the couch to 5k program – a training schedule designed to help you work up gradually to running a 5k marathon. You can read my notes on week 1 here. These are my two week results including feeling more energetic and how I am keeping motivated.
You can read my week 1 plan and goal here.
Week two went as well as week 1 for me. One difference I’ve noticed is I have had a few nights where I wake up at 3am and can’t get back to sleep.
Overall, I feel like I am sleeping lighter. So, my normally groggy mornings are still groggy. But I am hoping once I get into the full 5k mode, I will not have this problem.
My wife reports she is feeling better physically. But that the increase in running time wasn’t as easy for her as it was me.
I normally wear Vibram 5 fingers for jogging and walking. But due to the cold I put on running shoes one day. This made my run much more difficult.
My wife usually opts for running shoes. On the days she wears Vibrams, she keeps a better pace. Which makes me wonder if running shoes actually hurt performance long term. They certainly do for me at least in the early stages.
Motivation has remained. Though, some days I am just plain exhausted. Luckily, it hasn’t been enough to throw us off track.
Taking our time
Toward the end of week 2 we weren’t feeling as gung ho as in the beginning. This is natural. So what I said is we’re just going to go at our own pace. We don’t need to rush or strain. We can extend the week two plan into week 3.
Who cares how long it takes if we reach the same destination?
So we ended up running the week 2 plan 5 times instead of 3 with rest days in between. So the actual week 2 plan took us almost 2 weeks.
On to week 3….