Post # 1
But I finished week 5 of Couch to 5k!
Today I had to run 20min straight! First 10min weren’t so bad… last 10 sucked. I kept a pace of 9:15 for my first 10 and then 9:30 for my second. I’m hoping to get that sucker down to 8 minute mile pace… probably not going to happen by the time I have to run the first 5k race I signed up for May 4. But a girl can hope!
Anyone else do the C25k program? Or just running in general? Post here so we can motivate each other 🙂
Post # 3
I’m training for a half marathon in September and have been training for about 10 weeks. I’m totally in a rut with my progress though 🙁 I can do the first 3 miles at 10mins/mile but when I add on another mile, my legs are literally like lead I’m averaging 20 mins/mile. I’m not normally even out of breath for that bit, just my heavy legs slow me down!! It really sucks!
Someone at work told me it was totally a mental thing, rather than a physical thing… I run after work so I guess I am mentally tired but I have no idea why it only affects me after the 3 miles!
Having said that, I am totally loving the training. I had 5 days off recently because the weather was rubbish here (I cannot run in the gym-it just makes me angry!) and after day 4 I was desperate to get out!! I guess I’m hooked 😉 just wish I could break this stupid pace change!!!
Post # 4
@Corgi-cariad: omg it is SOOO a mental thing. I was worried about being able to finish this week… because last week I was STRUGGLING with finishing my set of 3min/1.5min/5min/2.5min(run/walk/run/walk)x2.
I could NOT for the life of me finish that second 5 minutes and I knew it was SO mental becuse I was freaking out at like 3.5-4min mark! wth!
and then this week… I do 5/3/5/3/5, 8/5/8 run/walk/run, and 20min straight and do perfectly fine.
So I now know it is SO mental. I just have to keep telling myself to just keep trucking. Normally towards the end I have to mentally take it one minute at a time.
Post # 5
We’re race weekend date twins!
I’m training for a half marathon on May 5th!
I ran 9 miles this morning. I run WAY slower than you! Like 11:30 minute mile! (5.5 mph)
I run faster on the roads, but not an 8 minute mile! My best mile EVER was 8:16!
But I remember running my first 5K! It was SO exciting!
Post # 6
@BrandNewBride: I’m sure if I ran 9 miles.. my pace would be more around… 20minutes! lol
Post # 7
It’s definitely mental. I just ran my 8th half marathon and FINALLY achieved my time goal. With so many other races, I’d slow down thinking “there’s no way I can maintain this pace for 13 miles.”
Try starting out deliberately slow… you know your usual pace, run your first half a bit slower than that. By the halfway point, you should still be feeling good and it’ll help you take the pace up a notch for the second half.
Post # 8
@Corgi-cariad: UGH that lead legs thing was the WORST! I used to get lead legs from miles 4-5, then rubber legs from 5-6!
But I run on a treadmill, so I HAD to push though it at my usual running speed!
Now I can run 9 miles with only minor discomfort (May 5th half marathon), and the lead/rubber legs thing has gone away!
Post # 9
@Corgi-cariad: You should try to slow down those first 3 miles a little so you can get past that hurdle. You could even do a 10-min mile for 9 minutes, then walk for a minute to recover. I bet that would help you out a lot with miles 4+ and eventually you can cut out the walking or speed up your pace 🙂
Post # 10
@Woodstock: I was meant to finish today, but injury has pushed me back a few days.
Awesome for you, though! you did so well!!
Post # 11
@RunnerBride13: I tried slowing down today and managed to fit in another mile into my normal length run so did 5 miles rather than 4 🙂 and actually felt like I could keep going! thanks for the tip 🙂