Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Couch to 5k! I'm doin it!

Let me just put this out there; I hate running.

I love my elliptical. It has gotten me results and it's not as hard as running. A part of me is thinking, why change a good thing?

But... I am looking to push myself more, so I will be taking up running. At least for 9 weeks. I am going to do the Couch to 5k program with my fellow blogger friend, Gen. I commented on her blog that it sounded good and I'd been oh you know, meaning to getting around to doing a little running sometime in the future myself (haha) and she suggested I join her in actually doing it. Well ok, I guess I can get on board with you know, ACTUALLY DOING IT!

So, I did my first run today and it was definitely harder than the elliptical! For the first week, you run 60 secs, then walk 90, off and on. And let me tell you, during the running, I was huffing and puffing. I was sweating, my heart rate was up and I was breathing heavy.

Also, I downloaded a C25k app for my phone so I can listen to music and the app tells me when to start running, when to walk and keep track of the time and distance. Pretty cool!

The C25k stuff is 3 days a week, so I'll be doing it with other workouts on the other days. I was nervous before I started. I was scared I'd be too out of shape, plus I don't really love running outside where people can actually see me. But it was fine. Challenging, but fine. I made it! I think I need to do stuff like this (ie pushing myself) more often.

Attitude of Gratitude: Thinking you can't do something and then actually doing it feels good.

17 comments:

Christie said...

That's awesome!!! After nine weeks you might change your mind and enjoy running more!

Jessica said...

I think you will like the program. Who knows..running may become your new thing :)

HS @ Our Debt Blog said...

5k is only 3.5 miles! easy!! careful running, it becomes addictive!!

HS

Diet Starts Tomorrow said...

Good luck! I hate running too, but I actually think the training of 60 secs on, 90 off will really help get you in shape faster than doing a straight jog.

Size16isFat said...

Woooo good luck to you and Gen! I'm just two weeks ahead of you, so if you ever want inside as to what hell awaits, let me know :-) I'm not going to lie, week 3 SUCKS!

Kristen said...

You can totally do it! but becareful i have found that running is addictive!

Thin Lizzy said...

I have the app on my phone too. Much better than the podcasts.

I completed the program a month or more ago. It is really fun actually.

Try not to go more than 3 days between sessions.

You're gonna get really achy. In week 4 my hips were killing me! I didn't think it was normal! But, you loosen up and it starts to feel better!

Good luck!

ThunderThighs said...

Great job! Don't worry about huffing and puffing, it really does get easier. Also a word of advice - do a week twice in a row if you need to. I liked to repeat a week until I really felt comfortable where I was, and then proceeded to increase the intensity. It saved me from getting burned out. You can do anything you put your mind to!!

Brendalyn said...

Wow, what a challenge, Good for you.
I personally am not a fan of running, my knees scream at me too much... I have always had knee issues but I can and do like to run in little sprints here and there while walking the dog.

Gen said...

:D Awesome! It is nice to realize you can actually do it. I think it's so good that you want to push yourself, and who knows, maybe you'll end up liking this! :) If I can get myself to shop for some running shoes, I'll be doing my second workout tomorrow (still the first week of course), if not it will be Thursday.

Kelty said...

Always good to push yourself! And, when you complete it you'll be surprised by how much you can do!

Diandra said...

It's surprising how difficult running can be in the beginning - but the results are so worth it! Unfortunately, my knees don't take too much of it, but I usually get one or two running sessions into the week, together with walking sessions and DVD workouts (TaeBo, ...)

Ann said...

Great job!!!

Karen@WaistingTime said...

Good for you! I tried it once and had some feet and back issues but would love to try again.

Miss S. said...

Yay for the C25k! You can do it! I agree the elliptical is deceptively easy compared to other forms of exercise.

Jan said...

Way to go! What a great commitment! So glad you're joining your friend with is "challenge". Keep it up! How great it's going to feel when you complete it! :)

Lali said...

I need to get back to running! Thanks for the motivation.