Training for a 5k in 11 Weeks: Week 5

Monday

Week 4 of c25k. I’d heard that week 4 is brutal, and they weren’t kidding. I couldn’t even finish the workout the way it was designed. It had 2 periods of jogging for 5 minutes, and even at 4mph, I couldn’t maintain it. During the first 5 minute period I had to step on the side of the treadmill to rest for about 30 seconds because I had an excruciating stitch in my side. The second one I had to cut up into like 3 pieces because I kept getting stitches in my sides and my legs were killing me. This is definitely the hardest I’ve worked since I started. I finished the entire 30 minute workout, but I didn’t do it the way it was structured. I’m thinking I’m going to have to repeat week 3 for the rest of the week and try week 4 again next week.

I downloaded the c25k app and was really disappointed (and pissed off) because it wouldn’t work. I kept getting the error “this app is not responding” and I had to keep track of time myself which was a pain. Normally I bring a print-out of the times that I can reference while I’m on the treadmill, but I forgot my paper this time which is why I decided to try the app, but I guess I’m going to have to uninstall it because it just doesn’t function.

Distance Traveled Calories Burned Avg Run Speed Workout Time
1.73 miles 158 4.0 mph 30 min

Tuesday

My calves were SO sore today! I could barely walk when I got up. However, walking around made it feel better, so I was still able to go to the gym. I worked out pretty late tonight, but I had a good workout. I tried out the fly and it seemed to work my back pretty good, so I’ll probably try that again in the future. I’m still tweaking my strength training days because I feel like I’m not making progress so I must not be doing the right things. I also get bored, so I just like to change it up. I am, however, still making progress on the hip machines. I’m up to 155lbs on both the adductor and abductor machines.

Stretching has become one of my favorite parts of the workout. I used to hate stretching, it felt like such a waste of time, but now I love it because I’m actually making progress. I’m so close to touching my toes! It’ll probably be a few weeks before I get there, but I’m really excited for it. It’s something I’ve wanted to accomplish for years and I’m finally working toward it and almost there.

I did the ab wheel again today too, and I went lower (or at least I felt like I did) than I ever have before. So hopefully I’m making progress in that area too. I have a pretty weak core, and a strong core is the foundation for pretty much everything.

Wednesday

Today sucked. I had very little energy and my legs hurt again when I got up, enough that it was still kind of hard to walk. Despite that, I went to the gym before work. My workout was not good. I should have taken a rest day, but I didn’t want to waste time. But not resting when you need to and then injuring yourself is also wasting time. My knee was bothering me during the whole workout and the pain persisted afterward so I’m afraid I may have injured it. It’s been bothering me for the last week, and today was the worst.

I also had a lot of trouble breathing on the treadmill today. I just felt like I couldn’t get enough air, despite the fact that I wasn’t running very fast. I scaled back to week 3 of c25k, but it was still too much. I got a pretty severe stitch in my side around the 13 minute mark and my shoulder was killing me. Normally I’d run through it, but I just had a very low tolerance for pain today, and I was feeling pretty discouraged. I didn’t finish the workout and I half-assed my stretching. I feel like I’ve hit a fitness wall, which is ridiculous because I’m still so amazingly out of shape.

My fiance broke his collar bone a while back and yesterday they scheduled him for surgery on November 6th. The 5k is on November 7th. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to go, even if I was doing alright fitness-wise. He doesn’t have anyone else to take care of him. I also really feel like I need to drop more weight before I can truly become good at running. So while I’m not quitting yet, I’m considering slowing down and maybe picking a 5k next year to train for instead. I think it’d be a lot less stressful if I had more time. Either way, I think I’m going to take a break from running until at least Saturday and just do other exercises in the mean time.

Distance Traveled Calories Burned Avg Run Speed Workout Time
1.09 miles 107 4.0 mph 20 min

Saturday

I haven’t been to the gym since Wednesday. I was giving myself some time off to recuperate and rest my muscles. I had done the fly machine on Tuesday and my chest muscles only just stopped being sore from that today!

I had planned to go to the gym today but then I went bowling with a friend instead. Bowling doesn’t sound like it’d be a good workout, but it can be if you make it one. It was just the two of us so there wasn’t a lot of waiting for turns, and we tried to bowl as fast as possible on our last game which made me break out a mild sweat. It ended up making my back sore though and I tweaked my knee even more, so I’m not sure when I’m going to be able to get back to running.

I bought a knee brace today, not sure if that’s going to help or not, but my knee keeps feeling like it’s off track or something so I was hoping this would help. It’s aching on and off now and I’m considering going to the doctor for it. I’ve pretty much decided not to do the 5k in November because of my fiance’s surgery (and now because of my knee) but there is one in March that I’d like to try to train for. Until my knee feels better, I’m probably going to focus on lower impact cardio like biking and the elliptical, and try to focus on strengthening the supporting muscles, as well as whatever the doctor tells me to do should I decide to go. And losing weight. I probably wouldn’t even have this problem if I wasn’t fat. I’m probably going to stop updating regularly until I actually start officially training again.

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