Couch to 5k

On December 3 I started a running program. Last Thursday, I ran 3.17 miles without stopping.  That’s eight weeks for me to go from non-exercising couch potato to running a 5k.  Although running is a pretty strong word for my 5.3 mph pace.

Yesterday, I ran this distance again and shaved a minute off my time.  A new PR!  That’s lingo that us runners use, it means Personal Record (I think). 🙂

Several people have asked me what program I used.  I followed Couch to 5k which sends you out three times a week for thirty minutes.  It begins with intervals of walking and running (mostly walking), and shortens the walking intervals until they are gone completely.  I used a Couch to 5k  IPhone app that would tell me when to run and when to walk.

After the walking intervals disappeared and it was all running, I switched to the the free version MapMyRun app.  This app will track your run on Google maps, calculate your distance covered, speed, elevation, and associated stats.  As you run it will tell you how much time has elapsed, what your average or current speed is, and how far you have run.

Here is the map from yesterday’s run:

I’m glad that I’ve stuck with this.  It’s the first regular exercise program that I’ve stuck with since…ever.  I can’t say that it’s fun or that I enjoy it, when almost every step of the way my only thought is, “Can I stop now?”  But I enjoy the fact that I am running, even if I don’t enjoy running.

4 thoughts on “Couch to 5k

  1. This is pretty awesome! Good for you to doing it and having the discipline to run the race well, both figuratively and literally!

  2. I’ve lost a few pounds, but I am still 25 lbs or so over the top number in my “healthy weight range.” I expect to gradually lose some more, but I realize that unless I eat better there is only so much that running will do for more weight loss.

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