On the Road to Becoming a Runner :)
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
So on Friday, I don't know what got into me, but I did 2 hours of working out!! I went to the pool to swim, intending to just swim 300 M and see how long it took me because that is the swimming distance of the Tri-it Triathlon. I ended up swimming for an hour and going 900 M. I took rests between laps, so I don't think I actually burned the 500 calories Spark told me I burned, but it was still great! I love swimming so much :) My mom got me into swimming lessons literally when I was still a baby. Mom and Grandma would take my brother (11 months younger than me) and I to the swimming lessons where a parent had to be in the water holding the child. I'm so grateful for that because it has made swimming almost second nature to me. I'm extremely comfortable in the pool. Being able to swim is to me almost like being able to walk.
Anyway, I biked to the pool so that was 15 minutes each way, about 4 miles. Then after I came home, I did my strength workout and C25K workout. I was exhausted, but it felt great to be able to do all that!
C25K is coming great. Yesterday, I started week 4, so I'm almost at the half-way mark (there's 8 weeks total). I'm a slow jogger, but I know that speed will come in time. This week really upped the amount of jogging. The program gives the option to run either by distance or time (e.g., it will say run 400 M or 3 minutes). I chose to run by distance. Since I'm slow, this means that my workouts are lasting longer, and my running segments are also longer. Yesterday, I ran 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile segments, and walked 1/8 mile and 1/4 mile segments. The 1/2 mile segments took me about 7 minutes to run. It's exciting even though I'm slow because jogging is beginning to feel like a sustainable exercise for me. Before, I would jog a minute or two and be completely winded. Now, my lung and heart capacity/strength is increasing and I'm learning to pace myself, and I can go for so much longer. I think cross training is also very important in this program. The program itself doesn't say that cross training is necessary, but I think it's extremely helpful. Cross training will accelerate your endurance and your muscle, heart, and lung strength. All together, my workout yesterday was 4.3 KM, 45 minutes, and about 20 of those were jogging.