Sunday, June 8, 2008

I did it! Couch to 5k in 65 days!

day174: Couch to 5K in 65 days! (by Kitzzy)
Armed with my new running shoes and socks, I set out to run 3.1 miles tonight and I did it!!

I ran 3.1 miles!!
Hell yeah!!

I ran it in 42:24, and I felt good during and after the run too. The last mile was hard because I was tired and I wanted it to end, but it was totally doable. I probably could have kept going if I had to, but I am glad I didn't have to :) I started slow, so I had plenty left for the last mile, and I kicked it into high gear for the finish.

Split times:
mile 1 = 14:39
mile 2 = 13:51
mile 3 = 12:54
.1 = 1:00
Total: 3.1 miles in 42:24 minutes, avg pace: 12:52
With the warm up and cool down walk, I covered a total of 4.14 miles

It feels so good to know I can do this, so that is one less thing to worry about for Saturday's 5K. I want to try to finish the race in under 40 minutes. I know that is almost 2.5 minutes faster than today's run, but I took it slow today. I wanted to focus on going the distance so I would know I had it in me before I pushed myself , but I know I can do it a little faster. I plan to run on Tuesday and try to push myself a little to see if I can do it faster. I may run Thursday, but since it is so close to the 5K I want to take it easy and reserve my energy for Saturday.

For those of you who like numbers: it took me 65 days from the first run to reach 3.1 miles. Because I ran every other day (instead of 3 specific days a week), I ran 4 days some weeks. That means it only took me 9 weeks and 2 days to complete C25K.


Viviane said...

Congrats! Those are some great splits. Awesome how you keep getting faster instead of slowing down! Good luck with the 5k. I am sure you will not have a problem though if you have already run 5k before. :)

Kitzzy said...

Thanks! I am all about the negative splits :) I just start slow or I won't have the energy to finish, but I am amazed that I can run about a minute faster each mile. This probably mean I could run faster to start, but I like the gradual increase. I am so excited!! :)

Shannon said...

I've been reading your blog a lot since I saw your posts on the C25K group. I don't read that group much anymore but do keep up with you.

Congrats on running the 5k distance in 42 minutes! I've been reading about your struggles to get up to the 3.1 distance and this is a great accomplishment. You'll do great at the 5k race!

Kitzzy said...

Thanks Shannon! Are you currently doing C25K too? I tried going to your blog but is private, so not sure if you just post at the LJ community. What's your sn there?

*lisa* said...

Great work!!!

I actually LOVE running in the rain (and prefer it to the sun even) but I was worried about running through the storm runoff/sewage water flooding the city.

Shannon said...

My blog is actually on Blogger and it's at I completed C25K (sn was Shannon1217 in C25K group) and now training for a half. Just finished week 1 of the half training and ran 4 miles yesterday. It's amazing how much you can increase once you get to 2-3 miles.

Shannon said...

Oh, wanted to add that my blog is about my whole life but if you click on the "running" tag it will just show posts related to running.

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