Thursday, April 21, 2011

C25K Update

So far, so good on our Couch to 5K program.  We started approx 3 weeks ago and we're still going strong.  I'm actually most surprised that we actually look forward to our jogging days.  I personally have never been a runner.  Never, ever, never.  I still recall being forced to run the 'watermelon' track in I think Jr High and having to do a mile in under 12 minutes.  I finished, barely, but it was a pretty sad effort.  I am by nature/genetics thin, always been that way, always probably will be so people naturally assume I'd be a good runner or already am.  That is definitely not the case.

The pros so far are that we enjoy doing it, we feel good after and it hasn't been too bad during.  I can definitely say that we both get sore, my knees generally hurt pretty good during the first jogging portion each jogging day, but I just continue on and by the end the pain is usually all gone.   So far we haven't run into anything that prevents us from continuing on and hopefully that will be the case from here on out.  We actually enjoy it so much that we plan to keep at it while we're on vacation.  Something we've never done before, except maybe a long walk on the beach.  We really need to do that to stay on schedule in order to complete the C25K program prior to the 5K we're participating in on May 21st.

I must say that the Android C25K app makes ALL the difference.  I remember trying a similar program a while back, having to keep track of when to walk/jog manually and lost interest/focus after a day or two.   This app rocks, there is a built in voice that tells you when to walk, when to jog, throws in a great job here and there and you can also have Pandora and Run Keeper going at the same time.  In addition it will tell you when you're at the halfway point of your workout so you can turn around and head back the other way if necessary, etc.  This is definitely the key to success.

I think that we'll actually want to continue on with this after the 5k.  I don't want to get ahead of ourselves since we still have 2/3rds of the program left, but so far I would definitely recommend it!  It's definitely easier to do it with a partner and if you're at different paces that's fine.  We jog around a Lacrosse field and we have different paces, but it's just good to have someone else to go along with to be sure you get out there on your scheduled days.  Good stuff!  And here's a quick shout out to Jen S for completing her first 5K on Tuesday of this week!  She was a big part of what motivated us to get started on our program, great job!


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