Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Good morning,

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!


Gen said...

So cool you are running! Do not worry about your pace at all! I think 4.3 mph is perfectly fine, probably about what I do!

I love your "embracing Dorkdom" post. LOL! Glad you are loving Zumba!

Amanda said...

Wooohooo! Fantastic! I am so not a runner but I'd like to start at some point!

~Lisa~ said...

I am so thrilled for you! 4.3 mps is wonderful!! You're going to get there, just keep on keeping on!!

Jess said...

That's awesome. I am going to use that formula when I get on the treadmill today and see what happens! said...

I have always wanted to be a runner but my joints just dont like the idea...

Small world!!! What part do you live? We live in Dessert Cedars. We really did a lot of thinking and looking before we moved here. We wanted to live in a small town and lived in our last house for 6 years in mesa/tempe dobson ranch area.
The utilities here are crazy for one thing. The comute for my husband is getting to both of us.
I dont work. So that is not an issue.
All of our famlily is back is town. It would just be best to move back to town!
For some people they really like it here we have firends that live out here that have lived here since the very beginning when they had to come and sit on a lot over night to get a house. So they really like it here. They have owned 3 homes!! I love my house. If I could move it to the valley. Other then the fact I have no front window. It is my back bedroom. I just dont get that? Why would they not put I front window in the living room..Can you tell I am irritated? LOL

Patrick said...

Becoming a runner is a journey just the same as the journey to lose weight. Call it a journey within a journey; wise of you to leverage the proven c25k program.

Bonnie said...

That's awesome. Good for you.

Sandi said...

Good luck! Once you get the hang of it, you'll experience the 'runner high' and you'll want to do it again and again! I did walk/run program but in 13 weeks last year and completed my first!

I am new to this and only banded 8 weeks ago, glad to follow you!


Colls said...

I am doing a 5k in April, very excited! For the training I am using c25k, I really do love that program. It sounds like they are similar programs.

As for the speed - I have done this program few times and did about the same speed as you are doing now.

However, now that I am 60 lbs lighter I am pushing myself to do 5.4 - it's rough - we shall see how it goes!

Really it's about comfort - as long as you feel like you are breaking a sweat - then you are okay! <3