Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I'll say this. It's going to take quite awhile to make me a runner. Hoo Doggy! So, the podcast I found that I liked is not the Couch to 5k program. It's called 5k101. Same basic idea. It's an 8 week program instead of 9 but you gradually work your way up to running 5k without stopping. The first week is jogging for 2 minutes and walking for 3 and you do this 4 times. It's like starting somewhere between week 2 and 3 of C25k. And like C25k, if you don't feel ready to go on to the next week, you just repeat the week you just did. Overall, I feel OK with it. Both programs tell you not to worry about your pace but being the humans we are, we need the validation that we're "doing it right." I was aiming for 5 mph. Didn't happen. I never would've made it through. So I settle right at 4.3 mph. Not great but I figure once I can run at all, I can then work on my pace and try to improve my time. I got through the whole workout and even stretched when I was done. Go figure. Today, my glutes hurt but otherwise I'm in pretty good shape. I'm doing Day 2 tomorrow.
In the next couple weeks, I'm going to sign up for the 5k. I've walked one before but the goal is running here. It's an 8 week program but realistically, it's going to take me longer than that to get into a decent groove. I'm aiming for the 5k in late March or early April. Nice thing about living in AZ is that they have TONS of these things so it shouldn't be hard to find one.
Hope everyone's having a great day!