#oneaday Day 903: Running Review

I’ve been running through the Couch to 5K programme again, no pun intended. If you’re unfamiliar with this well-paced running programme, check out the image at the end of this post for more information. Also, play through Emi’s path on Katawa Shoujo and you’ll really want to do it.

Ahem. Anyway. Tonight was the first day of my fourth week on the programme. I’ve done it through to completion once previously, but that was quite a while ago now and my fitness has lapsed somewhat, so I decided to start again. Week 4 is where the pace starts to step up a bit and the jumps in difficulty begin to become more noticeable. For example, tonight I did two three-minute runs and two five-minute runs; on the previous trip out, I did two minute-and-a-half runs and two three-minute runs.

I got on pretty well. I didn’t have to stop at all, and I paced myself well. Said pace is still fairly glacial compared to people who aren’t carrying around as much weight as I am, but I’m satisfied so far.

One thing I remember noticing last time I did all this and am noticing again now is the fact that running is good stress relief. It’s actually probably exercise in general, but I’m finding it particularly apparent while running.

When I say “stress relief” I don’t necessarily mean “making the stress go away”. If it was possible to just make stress dissipate… well, then the world would be a much nicer place. (I also don’t mean “stress relief” in the same way that J-List refers to “stress relief toys”. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry.)

No, what I mean, in fact, is that running seems to “shake things loose” in my head. Stressful thoughts which have been clogging up my head all day come to the fore, particularly when reaching the end of a session. This isn’t always a massively pleasant experience, but it can be helpful and cathartic in the long run. It’s easy for stressful thoughts to get “backed up” and simply cause you to “feel stressed” all day for no specific reason — releasing these thoughts helps dissipate that vague “meh” feeling, though naturally you still have the specific thoughts themselves to deal with.

The human brain is weird.

Anyway, I’m happy with my progress on Couch to 5K so far. I remember being impressed with myself when I made it through the last time I did so, and being even more impressed when I successfully made it through an entire 10K race in London. (Okay, again I wasn’t especially quick, but at least I didn’t come in last place!) I’m contemplating setting myself some sort of target such as another race somewhere so I have something to aim for — the end of the programme is all very well and good, but where do you go from there?

Well, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. For now I shall enjoy the small victory of successfully running for 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 3 minutes and 5 minutes without stopping.

9 thoughts on “#oneaday Day 903: Running Review

  1. cgrajko

    I remember there’s one day that goes 7 min. running, break, 5 min. running, break, and then 7 min. running that killed me when I did the program. There are a couple days in there that are just killers. Good on you for sticking with it :)

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  2. slapshot82

    Sound like a great program!

    I was supposed to go with my wife to renew our gym memberships today, but my Golden Retriever broke his pinky toe yesterday and we ended up taking him to get all bandage up instead. I used to run and things of the sort, as I’m in quite good shape, but an unexpected heart problem, well, two actually, have slowed me down a good deal on the exercise front. Really need to get back in the gym to keep the pounds off.

    Oh, and after all the Katawa Shoujo talk on your blog, I gave it a go yesterday. Completely unaware of what it was or anything, I tried it and well, I’m really glad I did!

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  3. thepsephologist

    Well done in your running pursuits! I’m doing the Great North Run in September and started running Jan-April until injury hit. Haida month off and am back into it. My training is different to yours as I deliberately didn’t want to do the walk/run/walk thing. If I walk I won’t start again. So, my toppest tip for you is to go slowly, very slowly. The slower you run, the langer distances you can go the more cals you burn. By the end of April I was doing 5 miles, it was taking me an hour, but I bloody well did it and burnt a shit load of cals! I run outdoors, in wind and rain, up and down hills and being outside in the remoteness of he countryside is bloody brilliant. Stick at it. Look for runs to aim at and stop thinking about times and aim for distances :)

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  4. Lexington Gout

    Would you be interested in signing up to do either a 5k or a 10k run in the middle of September? It’s just outside Winchester.

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  5. Matt Mason

    I just wanted to say thanks for motivating me to start the C25K program; running is very cathartic and probably one of the best habits I’ve picked up. So, uh, thanks!

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    1. Pete Davison Post author

      Delighted to be of assisstance, sir. Hope you’re enjoying the C25K programme. While it’s basically just “interval training”, it’s paced well and allows you a smug sense of satisfaction every time you complete a session. Difficulty ramps up significantly after week 4, though, so be warned!

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  6. Grace

    I had the early entry link to the Bupa 10K for next year yesterday I think and I’m going to do it next year :D Fancy it again?

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