Week 2 of Couch to 5k!

Run with Me: C25K Series Week 2

Well I did it! I made it through week 2!

Week 2 was actually pretty good for my confidence in myself. Each day I felt like I could have run a little further than I “had to” and that I could have walked less if it told me to. I could also feel my endurance getting better! Unfortunately, I have also noticed my dog’s endurance getting better along with mine. If you read my Introductory Post on C25K, you’ll know that I was hoping to keep her getting worn out as long as possible. That has not been the case with week 2.

The Results

Week 2 was three days of alternating 90 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking for a total of 6 rounds.
Each time I found myself waiting for my next turn of jogging. This gave me so much confidence that I ended up jogging a little faster each day because, 1- I knew I could do it, and 2- I wanted to “beat” myself.

I did actually improve all three days in time AND distance. Of course, these two things work together. Running faster for the same amount of time equals a longer distance, but I’d rather celebrate both as wins individually for a bigger boost overall.

Day 1- 1.88 miles at a pace of 15’57”. I burned 253 calories.

Day 2- 1.94 miles at a pace of 15’23” and 248 calories. If I recall correctly, I started my Fitbit “exercise” a minute or two late, which would account for the difference in calories burned.

Day 3- 2.2 miles at a pace of 13’27″… burned 260 calories. This is quite a jump both in distance and pace. I think this can only be justified if you also know that there was a thunderstorm looming overhead. The sky threatened me at the beginning and once again in the middle of the run by sprinkles and a bit of lightning in the distance. Overall, the rain ended up being a pleasant distraction and gave a bit of encouragement to go faster (clearly).

Upcoming: Week 3

Week 3 is a little daunting. I peeked ahead to see what I was in for, since I have been anxiously awaiting a good weather day to go for a run. The weather here in East Texas has been really unpleasant here recently, but soon…
Week 3 has two rounds of the following- 90 seconds jogging, 90 seconds walking, 3 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking. I may have asked for this, but I am nervous! Check back next week for an update on C25K Week 3.

Lastly, I am looking for some music to listen to on my runs- Leave a comment with your favorite running song or playlist!