It’s the last C25K blog post! In this post, I will give you a recap of my 7th and 8th week running postpartum. I’m getting back to a running schedule and building strength using a free app called Couch To 5K , also known as C25K. Couch To 5K is a training app that helps beginners (or runners looking for a training schedule) run a full 5K (3.1 miles) in just 8 weeks! It is designed for you to work out 3 days a week (break in between workout days) and each workout is 30-40 minutes long. Each workout alternates walking and running to help build strength and it also includes a 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down. Best part is that it’s FREE, you can start immediately after downloading it onto your phone, and it tracks your progress!
To read about my introduction to Mommy Runs With C25K plus my running story, click HERE.
To read about Mommy Runs With C25K Week 1 & 2 Recap, click HERE.
To read about Mommy Runs With C25K Week 3 & 4 Recap, click HERE.
To read about Monny Runs With C25K Week 5 & 6 Recap, click HERE.
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What I used for my runs and what I wore:
Shoes: Brooks GTS 15 Adrenaline
Treadmill: Pro-Form 5.0 FX (this was a hand-me down for me, but here is a similar one, click HERE).
Headband: Bondi Bands
Water Bottle: Shakeology clear water bottle
Day 1: [ 35 minutes ] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
Distance: 2.15 miles
Calories burned: 334 calories
Day 2: [ 35 minutes ] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
Distance: 2.08 miles
Calories burned: 321 calories
Day 3: [ 35 minutes ] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
Distance: 2.12 miles
Calories burned: 331 calories
Recap: At week 7, I realized that although the C25K is a great app for beginner runners, it’s not totally ideal. I know several runners who run intervals (example: 20 seconds run, 20 second walk) for each of their runs. My goal from the start has been to FINISH a 5K and not to jog/run every second of it. Like many of you know, I have been a runner since 2015, and the reason I did C25K again was because I took almost 2 years OFF from running. Even before, I used to run and walk during my training run and races.
I almost didn’t write this blog post because week 7 and week 8, I ran in intervals. I ran the time assigned for each day, but I did walk too. I’m happy with that. Week 7 was great. My body has definitely gotten used to run/walk for longer periods of time.
Day 1: [38 minutes] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
Distance: 2.16 miles
Calories burned: 333 calories
Day 2: [31 minutes] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
I skipped this day
Day 3: [31 minutes] Brisk five-minute warm up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).
Distance: 3.1 miles (5K) in 51:25 minutes
Calories burned: 482 calories
Recap: Just like week 7, I ran intervals. I’m still trying to figure out what is the best interval ratio for me. I’ve been doing 30 seconds of running and 30 seconds of walking, but I feels like 30 minutes of running is too short and I end up running more than what I should because I feel fine. That’s a work in process.
I ran a virtual 5K on the last day of C25K! I did the Virtual Moonlight 5K through Virtual Running Club. It was fun and exciting! I’ll be doing a review on it in the upcoming weeks (I’m waiting for my race medal in the mail- more on that later).
I ran a 5K a few weeks back and my 5K time was 4 minutes faster last time, so this time I was a bit disappointing with my time. Truth is, you won’t be able to PR each new race.
I thought about doing the C210K, but decided to not do it.
Cough to 10K is the same as C25K except that it helps you train for a 10K (6.2 miles) instead of a 5K.
Instead, I will be reading as many books as I can about running and training and I will be following Jeff Galloway’s training plans. I’m training for my second half marathon in November 2018. Look for me at Disney’s Wine and Dine run Disney weekend later this year!
THAT’S A WRAP!
Did you start running with C25K? What did you think of it? Did you do the C210K? Let me know in the comments below!
Some of my favorite running things: