Tuesday, November 23, 2010
As I've shared in previous blogs, I modified the Couch Potato to 5K plan so that I'm stretching a 9 week plan out to 18 weeks. Thus, I plan to do the first workout of the second week tonight which goes like this:
1. Walk at 3.5 for five minutes
2. Walk at 4.0 for 5 minutes
3. Jog at 4.5 for one minute
4. Walk at 4.0 for 1.5 minutes
5. Repeat 3 & 4 until the 30 minute mark (this means I do 8 jogs of 1 minute, the last of which I do at 6.0 or higher)
6. Cool down a bit and stretch.
One reason I'm jogging so slow is because I failed to complete the plan last year and I don't want to fail again this year. By the third or fourth run, I was developing shin splints and I just hated every workout and decided to do other things that I didn't hate so much, and that weren't so painful. So this year I thought I would take it slower and speed up as I went, and so far the plan is working. I have no pain whatsoever in my legs either from shin splints or soreness so I'll just stay the course and keep doing what I'm doing, and hope for the best.
The carrot at the end of the stick here is that I'm hoping to be able to climb better on my bicycle next year. There's nothing like running to increase aerobic endurance and the mental ability to endure pain so I hope there's a strong enough correlation between running and riding to produce the desired effect!
Hope you had a great day today!