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Couch to 5k Progress: Week Five Recap

Week 5, Day 1 – Monday, September, 22, 2014

n/a mi • 31min

Couch to 5k Activity Training: Brisk 5min warm-up walk • jog for 5min • walk for 3min • jog for 5min • walk for 3min • jog for 5min • • 5min cool-down

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I didn’t get the miles & steps on this day because my free pedometer ZenLabsFitness app that I used in conjunction with the c25k free app didn’t save properly 🙁 You could only save 3 at a time, so I gave it permission to save over the oldest, but it didn’t do that! Instead it just lost / deleted the newest! SO I decided I’d had it with that app and that I was going to pay for ACTIVE Network’s Couch-to-5k App, which is apparently the official C25k app. It’s only $1.99 in the Android Google Play store, but if I didn’t like it, I didn’t want to keep downloading $2 apps such that in the end I ended up paying $10 to find an app that I liked.

Week 5, Day 2 – Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Total distance: 1.95mi • Pace: 15.53min/mi • Total Time: 31min

Couch to 5k Activity Training: Brisk 5min warm-up walk • jog 8min • walk 5min • jog 8min • 5min cool-down

1st day with my new app AND I got my best pace & best distance!!

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Screenshot of ACTIVE Network’s Couch-to-5k App

I am really really liking ACTIVE Network’s Couch-to-5k App. Not only is music, the c25k program and the pedometer feature all rolled into one in this app. They also give you little motivational nudges right when you need them throughout the workout. Ex: “You can do it!” or “Keep going, just a little more!” It’s really very helpful when you’re running and all you want to do is walk, or if you need just a little something to move a little faster.

Week 5, Day 3 – Saturday, September 27, 2014

Total Distance: 1.84mi • Pace: 16.18min/mi • 30min

Couch to 5k Activity Training: Brisk 5min warm-up walk • jog 20min with no walking • 5min cool-down

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Did a late evening run just before dinner around 6:30pm this time, and had to switch-up the days because of Rosh Hashanah. It was also my 1st workout without walking intervals — 20min straight! I was so so super skeptical that I wouldn’t be able to finish or would have to stop running to walk for a brief period of time. But, I did it! I have been reading some running blogs (both for beginner runners and people with shin splints because I have those) and one piece of advice I read was don’t push yourself super super hard if you aren’t a runner, which I have never ever been. This one girl was like don’t run faster than you can walk. As you continue to “train” you will naturally go faster, but if you push yourself too hard you risk injury or tiring yourself out too soon. So, I did just that, I took it slow and was able to run all the way through, even if it was at a slow pace.

And – linking back to my nine week training schedule to link up with all of my other couch to 5k weekly recaps.

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