Afraid of the next challenge

Week five

There are three different workouts for this week, which are:

Workout one: a brisk five-minute walk, then five minutes of running, three minutes of walking, five minutes of running, three minutes of walking and five minutes of running.

Workout two: a brisk five-minute walk, then eight minutes of running, five minutes of walking and eight minutes of running.

Workout three: a brisk five-minute walk, then 20 minutes of running, with no walking.


 

I have had 4 or 5 runs of workout 2 now and I can’t move myself on to workout 3. I just don’t feel ready for 20 minutes of running. I’ve looked at the plan again to see what is coming in Week 6 and this helped. I noticed that workout 1 and 2 from week 6 scale back the running to the intervals that I am confident with.

With that, I gave workout 3 a try. It was tough and it felt like I had ran for miles but I did it. The voiceover from the coach gives generic advice, but it’s welcomed when you’re struggling. I also found I am now getting stitch and but there are tips in the podcast to deal with that: slow down, breathe in, push stomach out and breath out. A few repetitions of that exercise whilst running temporarily clears the stitch and I can pick up the pace again.

After running for 20 minutes I felt like I had really made progress. Some of those early interval runs made me feel like the only person in the world walking in a running kit! I was seeing other joggers pass me whilst I was walking and it was a little off-putting. Today I could run for a set time and it felt like a huge achievement.


Week six

There are three different workouts for this week, which are:

Workout one: a brisk five-minute walk, then five minutes of running, three minutes of walking, eight minutes of running, three minutes of walking and five minutes of running.

Workout two: a brisk five-minute walk, then 10 minutes of running, three minutes of walking and 10 minutes of running.

Workout three: a brisk five-minute walk, then 25 minutes of running with no walking.


 

With my new found confidence, I decided that I had spent enough time repeating the 8 minute / 5 minute / 8 minute workout from week 5. I needed to move on. So the following week I started with workout 2 from week 6. I alternated this with workout 3 from week 6. I ran 2 of each.

25 minutes of running! I hadn’t yet made the distance of 5k though and that was starting to bother me. I also wasn’t really sure what the distance of 5k looked like where I was running, so who would I even know? I was ready for my Apple Watch to be delivered so I could start measuring my activity.