25 Minutes

I just jogged for 25 minutes straight. That’s the longest I have ever jogged continuously in my life.

If anyone ever asks if couch to 5k works, I’m going to give them a resounding yes!

I’ve been at this for 5 weeks. In the beginning, I was blowing my heart rate up to 176bpm after running for only 60 seconds!

Today, I ran 25 minutes straight and my heart rate only peaked at 162, with an average of 152. 

WHAT! I mean, WHAT?!?!?

Seriously, I’ve never been into running, but I need to lose weight so I thought I’d give it a go. I never thought I’d actually see the day where I could jog more than 5 minutes without being totally winded. Look now, 5 times that and while I was breathing pretty good, I walked home from the track without stopping or sitting down.

This may be one of those areas where training is everything. I used to get really disheartened when running because I would push myself to total failure. The couch to 5k approach, however, took a measured course towards building running stamina over time. This is something I hadn’t considered, but it’s worked.

I still have 4 weeks to go on training, but I’m very confident that 30 minutes straight is within my reach. I can then focus on getting to what matters, improving my speed, and eventually start entering some local 5k races.