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Couch-to-5K Running Plan

Monday, May 18, 2009

My daughter and wife are good runners. My wife trains for 5k races by running 10k. My daughter is a hightly ranked collegiate 800m runner. Until I recently lost 40 pounds, running any distance was out of the question for me. There was no way my feet could take such a pounding.

A number of people on Spark recommended the Couch-to-5k program. I did my first session yesterday. This first workout was 20 minutes of walking and jogging. 60 seconds of jogging followed by 90 seconds of walking sounded too easy.

It wasn't. It was just right.

I decided to go to the local high school track for this first workout. The track surface is resiliant and helps prevent injuries. I had to sneak out of the house. My wife and daughter love to run and would likely want to go with me. I really didn't need to be reminded that I am slow as molasses!

I used to do quite a lot of running. I ran the 1600m in high school. Because of my weight, I had not been able to run for years. I think I may like being a runner again.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LOLAGEEK 5/18/2009 10:31AM

    Right on with getting into the C25K program. I think it is slightly comical you need to sneak out of the house to do this on your own. If anything they sound supportive, maybe a bit too zealous for what you want to do right now. Keep up the good work and wow them when you do a running event.

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Longer Walks

Sunday, May 17, 2009

As I have increased my fitness I have had to walk farther and farther to get in the same time. I suppose that is good. I am walking a lot faster. As I walk I watch my watch. I think my watch is slow. A distance that used to take me 50 minutes now takes me 30.

I always take my dog with me. I think both of us are getting into better shape.



Need a Change - Bike Maybe?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I am getting bored with my diet and exercise routine. I have to figure out a way to change things up a bit. I do a lot of walking. I spend time on an elliptical trainer. I am thinking a bike ride would be a nice change of pace.

Time to air up the bike tires and fill my water bottle! C'Ya!



My Dog Takes Me For Walks

Friday, May 08, 2009

I have a Beagle named Lucas. Every day about 5:00PM he starts whining and turning circles. He wants his walk. He enjoys his walk so much it is contagious. Walking without him is just not as fun.

He tells me he is just trying to keep me in shape. I think he is fibbing.


Weight Loss Pills

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Ok, I will admit it. I buy body building magazines. I collect workouts like some people collect coins. The most interesting thing about these magazines is that 60% of the pages are dedicated to advertisements. Products such as protein powders and weight loss pills, are "scientifically proven" to get fabulous results. Elite body builders on these adds claim that product XYZ is the secret to success. I have fallen for some of this hype. I bought bottles of Cortistat blocker, Myostin binder and Thermogenesis Appetite suppressors. I took about 1/2 these pills before I realized the only weight loss that these pills produced was to lighten my wallet!

I wish there was a pill that eliminated the need to eat less and exercise more. Diet and exercise are the only "scientifically proven" methods to lose weight. There has to be a catch there someplace!



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