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.
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! 🙂