Couch to 5K Challenge: Week 2 Recap

Posted: February 27, 2012 in News, Sports
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Last week the site didn’t get a whole lot of updates due to some pretty crazy stuff going on with my schedule. Even though I didn’t have time to write, I did have time to run, so here’s the Week 2 recap of the Couch to 5K Challenge.

Week 2, Day 1: 1.5 minutes running, 2 minutes walking x6

This week the program added 30 extra seconds of jogging time, but also tacked on an equal amount of walking. When it’s all said and done there was an additional minute of running time compared to last week, and I definitely felt it. I didn’t really change my pacing any from Week 1, and the three-day layoff (I’m not supposed to run Sun or Mon), coupled with the added time turned into a recipe for burning lungs. As I wrapped up the last run I was wiped out, but I’m hoping that it gets easier as the week progresses.

Week 2, Day 2: Same routine

I screwed up right out of the gate today. The wife and I were talking as we did the five-minute warmup walk and we both totally missed the cue to start running. At what should have been the 45 second mark the cheery English lady piped in for me to keep it up, and suddenly I broke into a somewhat ashamed trot. I tried to make up for lost time by running a little longer during the first leg and starting a bit earlier for the second, but I have no idea if I properly made up the missing time. Looking back I should have just restarted the program for the day, but I’m a little late with that solution. Also, a change of venue with more sharp turns led to a shorter than average run, so overall I’m kind of disappointed with how today went. Even though I finished, I could have done much better.

Week 2, Day 3: Same routine

It’s the last day of running this week and I’m determined to come out strong. Unfortunately, nature hates me and greets me with a stiff headwind that I’m going to have to run straight into for pretty much the duration of my jog. There’s really no way to avoid the wind, so I’m just going to make a game out of it. I’m determined to keep my normal mile pace while facing the wind, even though that means I’m going to have to push a little harder. I manage the first mile only one second off my pace, and I actually run the second mile a little faster than normal. I assume it’s because the breeze has slacked off but I haven’t really slowed down. The other big reason is because my wife, who typically drops behind after a couple legs of the run, managed to keep pace with me for the duration, so having her there right alongside pushed me to keep up the pace.


Next week things get a bit tougher, as the amount of time per run doubles even though the total overall running time stays the same. I’m going to have to set a more deliberate pace, which has always been one of my weakest points when jogging. Up to this point I’ve been able to have a short-term runner’s mentality, running fairly fast because I know the distance is short. Now I have to change my thinking and begin to plan for longer, sustained runs. It’s going to be tricky, but I won’t know if I can do it until I try.

Anyone else out there getting involved with the program? I’d love to hear how things are going for you.


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