Couch to 5K: It's working!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Just a quick update to let you know that I have been following the Couch to 5K program to train myself to run, and it's working. I just started the 3rd week (yes, I know it's Thursday), and I was able to run for 3 minutes at a time. I would have found it difficult to believe just a couple of weeks ago. I don't run fast, because I have discovered that at a given speed, jogging raises my heart rate more than walking does. (If I only walk, I can go as fast as 4.2 miles per hour without exceeding my target heart rate; If I jog, I have to go a little slower, but that's fine. ) So far I am just doing it on a treadmill because it has been VERY cold here in D.C., but eventually I will get outside again. Alternating walking and jogging also helps to break up the monotony of a treadmill workout. A little at a time, I will learn to run longer, and eventually faster.
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    Good for you!! Eventually you will get to a point where you can run for 30 minutes with no problem. It's amazing what can happen when we just stick with something, pace ourselves and keep on going. Keep it up!
    4376 days ago
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