Couch to 5k Week 2

by Brad Isaac on January 24, 2010

My journal about my week 2 with the couch to 5k program – a training schedule designed to help you work up gradually to running a 5k marathon. You can read my notes on week 1 here. These are my two week results including feeling more energetic and how I am keeping motivated.

You can read my week 1 plan and goal here.

Week two went as well as week 1 for me. One difference I’ve noticed is I have had a few nights where I wake up at 3am and can’t get back to sleep.

Overall, I feel like I am sleeping lighter. So, my normally groggy mornings are still groggy. But I am hoping once I get into the full 5k mode, I will not have this problem.

My wife reports she is feeling better physically. But that the increase in running time wasn’t as easy for her as it was me.

I normally wear Vibram 5 fingers for jogging and walking. But due to the cold I put on running shoes one day. This made my run much more difficult.

My wife usually opts for running shoes. On the days she wears Vibrams, she keeps a better pace. Which makes me wonder if running shoes actually hurt performance long term. They certainly do for me at least in the early stages.

Motivation has remained. Though, some days I am just plain exhausted. Luckily, it hasn’t been enough to throw us off track.

Taking our time

Toward the end of week 2 we weren’t feeling as gung ho as in the beginning. This is natural. So what I said is we’re just going to go at our own pace. We don’t need to rush or strain. We can extend the week two plan into week 3.

Who cares how long it takes if we reach the same destination?

So we ended up running the week 2 plan 5 times instead of 3 with rest days in between. So the actual week 2 plan took us almost 2 weeks.

On to week 3….

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Yonathan January 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Good job and good luck in the next three (or six!) weeks. :)

January 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I share a similar philosophy when I got into running. I like when you said “who cares how long it taks if we reach the same destination” I don’t really pay attention to running logs, don’t pay close attention to time and distance. As long as I do a run, I’m happy. Although I haven’t run this week!!

February 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm

WOW. Amazing blog here. These are great tips. I also do a lot of running and have a similar experience with Sam, giving it me happiness.

February 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

Very good post keep going man

February 12, 2010 at 6:08 am

I like your post, it seems you are a health conscious person,which is very impressive. I also do activities that keeps me fit and energetic.
Keep going…

February 14, 2010 at 9:54 am

Very good post, Thank you for all these interesting information, it is a very important site. I’m very enjoy reading this content.

February 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Sweet, glad to hear an update on this. Which fivefingers are you using and how are you liking them? I really want to get the Flows but since I’m still recovering from surgery I wouldn’t be able to use them. What’s the best/worst part about your Vibrams?

February 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

My wife and I have pulled out our treadmill, dusted it off, and begun walking. It has been a good thing. She is up to running 3 miles now and I can walk for nearly an hour. We have both dropped some pounds. For me it’s been 20 pounds over the past few months. Good luck with your fitness goal.

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