Tonight, I completed the 2nd Week of the Couch to 5K program. As I mentioned in my first post, (I think I mentioned it…) I started out with Week Two, instead of Week One. I did this because I did Week One several weeks ago and thought it was fairly easy, so I decided to speed things up this time around and started out with Week Two.
And it was really, really hard.
I have decided, for my own sanity, to do Week Two twice. So instead of moving on to Week Three next, I will do Week Two, Day 1 again.
I know that the point of this program is to push you – but trust me, doing three more reps of Week Two is plenty of pushing.
Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Five-minute cool-down.
This is what I did tonight. It’s the third time I’ve done it, but…. (wait for it…) it’s the first time I’ve done the WHOLE THING. The first two times I did it, I was not able to run all six 90-second runs. This time, I did ALL SIX!
The first four weren’t the ones that were tough. It was the fifth and sixth ones that got to me. The past few days, I would pretty much just skip the fifth run, and the sixth one I would just do probably half.
But tonight – tonight I did ALL SIX RUNS!
I think there are a couple of factors that help me here – first of all, of course, I’m building up endurance. Things are going to seem hard the first time around, but the more I do them, the easier they will get.
Secondly, I changed my workout playlist. I have recently started listening to K-Love on my drive back and forth from school. It’s the only radio station that doesn’t go fuzzy on me between Mena and Arkadelphia, PLUS because it is listener-supported, it has NO commercials. Y’all, I have fallen in LOVE with Praise & Worship music. So – you guessed it, I changed all of my workout music to Praise & Worship songs. Well, mostly. It’s probably 98% Praise & Worship, with a few other soft rock/pop songs thrown in. Listening to the encouraging words makes my run SO much nicer.
And lastly, during the “tough spots” of my workout – runs 5 and 6, I kept saying over and over in my head, (and aloud) “I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me!”