I did it!
I finished Week 5 with a HUGE success!
But first... here's the story.
I run/walk Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Up till this week, all three days have been the same (the same run/walk times, that is).
This week had a structure like this (after a 5-minute warm-up):
Day 1 - Run 5 minutes, Walk 3 minutes, Run 5, Walk 3, Run 5, cool-down.
Day 2 - Run 8 minutes, Walk 5, Run 8, cool-down.
Day 3 - RUN 20 MINUTES, cool down.
Today was Day 3.
Today was DAY 3... and I did it!
I can't believe I ran for 20-minutes in a row.
No, that's not true.
I thought I could do it.
I just wasn't 100% sure.
I'm SO happy.
Such an interesting experience, too.
The first 5-minutes were tough. I breathed funny - because I hadn't got my rhythm yet - I struggled on the first hill, and I had to keep repeating "I can do this. I can do this" to myself.
The middle of the run was GREAT! I felt like I could run for miles and miles.
Toward the end, I could feel my legs getting a little tired... not too tired (and maybe it was all mental), but they knew it was the longest they've run in a while.
Finally the 20-minutes came to an end. I ran a few extra seconds because I could - it felt good.
Then, I walked.
Then, I blasted my way up the last hill... WOW, that felt AMAZING. It was the best hard run I've ever had.
Then, I walked the rest of the way home... feeling on top of the world.
The Couch to 5K Program REALLY works!
I also need to thank Robert Ullrey whose Podcast "Podcasts for Running" help me track my running time each day of the week. If you're thinking of starting a running program, Robert's podcast is GREAT. I downloaded mine from iTunes.