Week 5 of N2R training should finish today. It’s going well but I’m a week behind schedule. Haven’t felt the need to repeat any weeks but due to circumstances I did have to extend one week over two. All being well I should finish the course on the 7th or 8th of September well before my first real 5K.
Week 5 started off a lot easier than I thought it would.
Week 5 progresses from 90 seconds running and 2 minutes walking for 25 minutes to 90 seconds running and 1 minute walking! Cutting my walking (recovery) time in half!!
Day one nailed it! Well not quite I skipped run 7 (well I walked it. I didn’t actually skip for 90 seconds. That would be a sight no one would want to see). But overall it felt good and not as hard as I thought it would be. Looking back though to week 4 I remember thinking, while doing my 2 minute walk, “This is taking ages! Can I not just get back to the running part and get this 25 minutes over?”. Hmmm
Day two went well as well which is unusual. I usually find day two is the hardest to get through but this time it went by in a flash. It was a bit disappointing though as I’d managed to place my phone where I couldn’t see it properly. So when my last running interval came I was oblivious to the fact it was the last so instead of my sprint (well faster run) finish it was suddenly my cool down time. A bit deflating but the run was complete and successful.
Day three is today. Being Saturday I try to get a morning run in which means off the treadmill and outside. But today I’m working from home until 2. So I set the alarm for 5:30 and was out ready to run at 6. It’s overcast but not raining and quite bright so let’s do this. Off we go with the warm up walk.
Up the hill.
Ping! Run time.
And the heavens open.
Not a light drizzle but full on stair-rods. “Sod this for a game of soldiers” as my cousin used to say. Turned round and ran home. Will finish week 5 back on the treadmill after work.
And of course now three and a half hours later when I’m tied to my desk the sun is thinking about making an appearance. Typical.
Week 6 however is a repeat of week 5 which is good news. I think it’s good at the halfway point of the programme to reinforce the progress made so far in terms of minutes spent running. By the end of week 6 I’ll have established a kind of baseline. A level I know I can complete. Something to build on. From struggling to run for 4 minutes in a 20 minute window just over a month ago I’ll happily be running 15 minutes in a 25 minute window. Now that’s progress and a good platform.
And now for the obligatory link to my fundraising page.