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.

What doesn’t kill you…may just be toying with you.

Yesterday in a moment of weakness, I made a promise to myself that today was the day I start a regular program of exercise.  Then I promptly forgot about it.

But at 5:45 this morning I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I eventually hauled my lazy butt out of bed and went outside to do day one of Couch to 5k.  In the dark of the morning, with my IPhone in hand and music playing, I set off.

While I was walking/jogging this morning I discovered several truths about myself and the world.

  1. It is possible for me to run without the motivation of someone chasing me.
  2. Running downhill is much easier than running uphill.
  3. Lawn sprinklers are deceptively quiet.  They are the ninjas of the lawn care world.
  4. Having Cake’s cover of “I Will Survive” come up on my playlist as I am sucking wind and trying not to pass out was the work of either a loving God trying to motivate me, or an evil power trying to mock me.