Couch to 5K Week 8: Draft 1 – Epiphany is Not a Plan

I should be finished Week 8 of Couch to 5K by now but unfortunately it is Sunday now and I have not completed the three 28 minute runs. Just two of them.

Up until now I’ve been running through the pain and there have been points where if I run faster the pain goes away altogether but I can’t keep that pace up for the whole of the 28 minutes. My stamina levels just aren’t there yet.

So today I went to finish Week 8 but I just couldn’t. After just 11 minutes I had to stop because the side of my right foot just won’t quit it with the pain. I continued to power-walk because I wanted the exercise and to show my boyfriend the college campus (he’s visiting from Denmark, whoohoo!) so I got some exercise in today but not the running I wanted. It’s very disheartening after all the work I’ve put in to think I may not be able to get my body to a place where I can run 5km in November.

outside foot pain

In my last Couch to 5K post too I was very positive about the future of my fitness, both about my actual exercise and my diet. I didn’t realise how difficult it would actually be to stick to at college. I wanted to eat whole foods every day and cut out processed food. At least here in Ireland, processed foods can be cheaper and on a student budget that is an important factor. More so though, they’re quicker to cook and eat. I’m working harder in college now than I ever have before and that leaves me with little time to cook proper meals from scratch. Even if I have the time, I may not have the energy or brain power to cook something proper so waffles and veggie burgers seem like a great plan then.


With regard to working out every day, that went completely out the window as soon as I said it! It’s difficult enough to fit in just the three runs a week without four other workouts too. Don’t get me wrong, I already know it’s a great way to start the day, get me going etc but when you stay up until 11pm working instead of winding down before bed, getting up at 6:30am to workout, shower and have a clean, decent breakfast before a nine o’clock class just seems like torture.


All of that said, I think, after today especially, that I’m going to try harder, particularly with the clean eating. Today’s run was just so disheartening. Knowing I can do 28 minutes in one go but having to stop after just 11 because of a sore foot simply sucks. So, as a birthday present to myself, I’m going to have it looked at next weekend when I go back to visit my parents for the weekend (introducing parents to boyfriend, oh Lordie!) so hopefully I will figure out at least what I can do to improve my running form.

As disheartened as I may seem, I am still determined to run the entire 5km at the Run in the Dark in Cork City this November. I will be running for animal welfare so if you wish to sponsor me on this journey you can do so here. Every little helps! πŸ™‚


One thought on “Couch to 5K Week 8: Draft 1 – Epiphany is Not a Plan

  1. Hi there. I did C25K a year ago and picked up an injury towards the end. I think it’s quite common with C25K (brilliant as it is to get us all running 5K!) because of the added intensity of those final three weeks. The best thing to do is rest the foot for a week, get it looked at if you are worried and see how you go. You won’t lose that much fitness in 7 days and you’ve still got plenty of time to get ready for your race.
    Best of luck! πŸ™‚

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