I did it! I completed C25k (9 weeks of Couch to 5k).
A few weeks ago I shared my C25k Progress Report up to week 5. Today I want to share my thoughts on the final 4 weeks.
What is C25K?
C25k stands for Couch to 5k – it’s a training programme designed to teach a beginner to run. There are different couch to run programmes, apps and training plans available online.
I used the NHS Live Well version which was 9 weeks long. It involved training 3 times a week for 30-40 minutes (including warm up and cool down). I started running for 1 minute at a time and gradually progressed over 9 weeks to being able to run for 30 minutes without stopping.
Completed C25K Report
I’ve made progress notes at the end of each week. Click here to read my notes from Weeks 1 – 5.
- Wow – this week felt like a big step up.
- The final run for the week involved running for 25 minutes!
- It was hard but I did it anyway!
- 3 lots of 25 minute runs this week.
- I ended up doing a tiny walk (less than a minute I guess) in each one.
- The miraculous thing is I kept going.
- I’m doing it – it’s hard but I am strong!
- I’m so pleased with my 3 x 28 minute runs.
- It still feels hard but I’m amazed how quickly I recover these days.
- Can I go faster?
- I only went and bloody did it!
- So proud of myself for sticking with it – even when it was hard.
- Feeling elated to have completed c25k and to be able to run for 30 minutes without stopping!
Each time I completed a run I uploaded to my instagram stories. I’ve saved the stories as a highlight and you can view my progress through the 9 weeks on my IG profile.
I also completed my Bullet Journal C25k tracker after each run and loved watching the boxes fill up over the weeks!
There’s 2 weeks left of summer term before the big summer break. During these 2 weeks I am planning to continue running 3 times each week for 30 minutes. I’m hoping to increase my pace. I may even try to repeat an earlier week with slow jogging and faster running for some interval training.
During the summer holidays it will be trickier to have a routine but I will try my best. I am hoping to run twice during the week (sometimes with my son on his scooter/other times with childcare arranged) and I am considering trying Parkrun on Saturdays. Our local Parkrun is very busy so I am looking at one a little further away that isn’t quite so busy – until I feel more confident with running 5k.
And at some point this year I’d love to sign up for a 5k race to get a medal!
If you’ve been thinking about giving something like this a go I would recommend it. It feels like it’s been a big achievement for me to have completed c25k! I haven’t ever been a runner before and it’s been great to see my own progress each week.
If you do give it a go – wishing you all the best!