I've restarted training with the Couch to 5K program. I have no big ambition to run a 10K or a marathon. I just want to be able to run and finish a 5K. I'll see where I go after that is accomplished.
I'm back on doing the first week of the program. It is probably a breeze for those who carry a lot less weight than I do, but it is work for me.
It's fairly simple. I use a MP3 that helps a lot. It is to music and it tells you when to walk and when to run. I do 5 minutes of fast pace walking to warm up and then it tells me to run for 1 minute. After that there is a 90 minute walk to catch my breath followed by another 1 minute run (or in my case it is still a fast jog). There are 8 runs in all followed by a 5 minute cool down. I do this in a local park that has a trail. It's like cement sidewalk, but I have good shoes, gel inserts and good padded running socks.
Well, today it went like this:
1st Run - Not too bad. Just concentrated on my pace and it went pretty fast.
2nd Run - A little harder since I only had 90 seconds to recatch my breath.
3rd Run - Okay. I can make this, but it might be my last one for awhile.
4th Run - Man don't know if I can make, but I am not letting this beat me.
5th Run - You gotta be kidding me. Okay I'll take the downhill shortcut.
6th Run - Kind of recovered a little. I'll tough it out (but might be my last).
7th Run - Are you serious? I am pooped, but I won't give up.
8th Run - It's the last one and I am going to do it. But man it's hard!
Then the 5 minute cool down. Yea! Don't have to run anymore, can just walk it off. Took another turn around the trail so I can get in a full 40 minutes on the pedometer and do 2 miles altogether.
So since I completed it, I will probably do this routine for another week. Doing it MWF. Really want to be able to do it comfortably. Each week of the routine they decrease the recovery period and increase the run time until you work up to 3 mile run.
Just wanted to share my workout with you. Hopefully by the end of the year I'll be completing that 5K.