Week 7&8 – C25k

Writen by: Hank Wethington

Posted on 21 April 2010

I realized I’ve been so focused on the 10k and bees that I failed to post my week 7 & 8 C25k experience. Here’s the recap.

Week 7 is considered by many to be the hardest transition week for the C25k as there are no more interval runs and I must say, it was certainly difficult for me. I am often not the smartest guy, and for being in the 200+ club, deciding to cut a week off of the 9 week plan did not show tremendous intelligence. Oh well.

Tuesday was a run outside for 2.5 miles. I had a basketball game but played like 2 minutes, so I needed to get out. This is what came of it. Not bad. I’m consistently having a tough time breathing the first 10 minutes or so, and everything past 2.25 miles is just plain tough. I have to push through I guess, but mentally I’m struggling.

Thursday I bumped to 2.79 miles and it was the first time I ever felt like just stopping. I hurt, plain and simple. My quad was sore, my calf was sore and I just wanted to stop. I didn’t and I’m proud of myself now. Playing basketball on off days is starting to cost me. I’m only getting one day of rest and I’m not sure it’s enough.

Saturday, after talking with a few of my coworkers who run, I decided to head to the gym and run on the treadmill. It’s not my favorite. I much prefer running outside where it’s cooler and the scenery changes. The idea was that my breathing problem is due to my pace, especially in the beginning. When I look over my GPSd runs, the first minutes are always faster then the rest and the longer the run, the slower my pace gets. Taking their advice, I started off slower and increased my pace until I finished with a 2.77 mile run. My breathing was better, but it didn’t make running the total run any better.

Week eight was odd. Tuesday, I, again, had a city league basketball game Tuesday, but this time played a significant amount, so running wasn’t really an option. I was really bummed as this was my first miss. On top of missing the run, this was supposed to be my first 3 mile run and is the last week of running before the 10k.

Thursday I made sure I got back on the treadmill and ran 3 miles. It was extremely difficult. Again, the first 2 or so miles were fine, but that last mile was darn near impossible. I keep hearing about a runners high, but it just hasn’t happened for me. 36 minutes in and I just wanted to die. I know I’m not ready to run a 10k, but I am ready for a 5k 🙂

Miracle Miles 4 Kids was my Saturday “run”

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