Okay, week 7 is supposed to be a 25 minute jog, with no stopping. They expected you to be running 21 minutes and walking 9, but I’ve been running 26 minutes and walking 6. So, theoretically, I should be able to jog 25 minutes without stopping no problem. I’m not sure that’s actually true. I think it might be a bit hard, though not impossible.
But 25 minutes of jogging is only 2 miles, if I hurry. For the Presidential Fitness Test, which I just took this past Saturday, I ran a 14 minute mile. I was SLOW. So 25 minutes, or 28 minutes even, would only get me two miles. And a 5k is three+. It’s 3.1 miles.
The Couch Potato to 5K doesn’t say you need to run fast. And I haven’t been. It says jog. And while distance is an option in the later weeks, time is also.
I looked up other 5K programs and they all say 30 minutes is enough time to finish. But I guess that assumes you’re running, not jogging. I’m figuring I’m going to need 42 minutes of jogging. (Yes, I know. They’ll have closed the course by the time I get there at that rate. Shoot, walking is supposed to be faster than that.)
Okay, I went back to look at the running program and I have so been doing it wrong. Drats.
Each day is supposed to get harder. I thought only each week was supposed to get harder. So I haven’t been getting anywhere near what they were expecting. Drats. Last week I was supposed to run for 20 minutes without stopping. This week my third workout is supposed to be 25 minutes without stopping. Hmm. I’m not so sure I can do that. And I’m supposed to be able to run 2.25 miles in that amount of time. Unless the route I’m running is a lot shorter than I think it is, I am so hosed.
I guess tomorrow I will run without stopping. I don’t think we are going to have the time to go measure again. Unless I can figure out how to use the stuff on R’s bike and go for a bike ride. What if it’s even less than I thought it was? Aaack!
Guess I’ll go see about taking a bike ride.