NOTE: This is not me, nor anyone I know...
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I'm guessing a lot of you have heard of the Couch to 5K program, since I heard about it from many of you! But I just read up on it a bit more this morning and I am excited about it! As you recall, I started adding jogging into my workout routine a while back (read about it HERE). But I had no real rhyme or reason to my jogging routine. Here is the progression so far:
- Began by walking around my little neighborhood in my townhome complex (equivalent of probably 2 blocks)
- Began jogging around 1/2 of the little neighborhood, walking the rest (equivalent of walking 1 block & jogging 1 block)
- Began alternating walking and jogging around my little neighborhood as well as past the local elementary school and over into other neighborhoods (equivalent of about 10 blocks)
- I began counting my steps as a way of pacing myself (I actually just started counting instinctively, this wasn't a thought out 'technique') and decided to gradually increase the number of steps I was jogging and decrease the number of steps I was walking in each interval.
- Currently my interval is: Jog for 250 steps, then walk for 200 steps, then jog for 250 steps and so on for about 6-8 blocks (after a 2 block warm up, and followed by a 2 block cooldown)
But to be honest, I have no idea what I'm doing!
So, coming across the C25K program via a few of your blogs seemed like the answer to my dilemma! A well-laid out plan designed for me...the exercise and jogging newbie! And it gives me a goal to work towards in a time frame that seems doable! And another thing I'm excited about is that there are downloadable podcasts with songs that fit with the workout schedule for whichever week you may be on.
Problem is, I don't have an iPod/MP3/etc. But my husband does! Think I will be borrowing it.
Back in July of 2006 I ran a 10K! A 10K people! And here I am trying to run more than 250 steps without stopping to walk. Craziness, isn't it. I will say, in my defense, that I didn't run the 10K non-stop. But I did run 3 miles of it non-stop. See, I had signed up to be the running leg of a triathalon team with my co-workers for this event. My co-worker who asked me to sign up with her team told me it was a 5K. Seemed doable...I was in better shape at that time. So I agreed, but didn't really review the info about the race until about 2 weeks before the race. Ahem...it was NOT a 5K...it was a 10K!!! BIG DIFFERENCE! I was prepared for a 5K...gulp. But I actually did well for myself...not a top finisher by any means, but ran the majority of the course with only a few short intervals of walking (so I wouldn't DIE). So I KNOW if I put my mind and my body to it, I can run a 5K in a few months.
Motivation for me is helped along by a tangible goal...so I'm thinking very strongly about signing myself up for the Race for the Cure (Susan G. Komen) 5K to be held on Mother's Day at the Mall of America. That is 10 weeks from March 1st (the date I plan to embark upon the C25K plan)...and the plan itself is 9 weeks long...sounds like it will work perfect!
Any Minnesotans want to do it with me?!?
Who else is doing the C25K program right now? How is it working for you? What week are you on? What do you recommend to a newbie just starting out?