Prior to last month, I was one of those “If you see me running, you’d better start running too because something is chasing me!”
I don’t run. I hate running. I’ve tried running and get part way through the treadmill routine and ask myself “WHY am I doing this? This sucks.” and I stop the treadmill and go rest on the couch.
But you know what? Since starting the “Couch to 5K (C25K)” app, I’m addicted. It’s actually hard for me to take a day “off”! I’ve even been known to do doubles- one run at lunchtime and another later in the evening. On Mother’s Day my husband joined me for a run (before breakfast) and then we did another one before dinner!
It starts out simple…. the goal is to do this three times a week.
Week 1: alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking (repeated 8 times)
Week 2: alternate 90 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking (repeated 6 times)
Week 3: jog for 90 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, jog for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes (repeated twice)
Week 4: jog for 3 minutes, walk for 90 seconds, jog for 5 minutes, walk for 2.5 minutes, jog 3 minutes, walk 90 seconds, jog 5 mins
Week 5: jog for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes (repeated 3 times)
Week 6: jog for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, jog for 8 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, jog for 5 minutes
Week 7: jog for 2.5 miles or 25 minutes
Week 8: jog for 2.75 miles
Final “graduation” is jogging 3 miles in 30 minutes
I’m currently on Week 4. It was a scary step to jump to the 5-minutes of running. This is the one we did twice on Mother’s Day! We did it!!!
Anyway- by about Week 2 I knew I was in this for the long haul. Not only the C25K program, but also the Fitness program at the kids’ martial arts school. I went out and bought new workout clothes- which is even more motivating because I can’t wait to wear them! I picked up a pair of running shoes, 4 pairs of running/fitness pants (knee to 3/4 length), two pairs of runners shorts, and 3 new sports bras and 4 new tanktops. Cuz if I’m working up a sweat 5 days a week I need to make sure I have something fresh to put on every day.
For the past few weeks I’ve been doing the C25K walk/run three times a week, and hitting my fitness class twice a week, and although my scale isn’t seeing any results, my endurance and muscles and mind are so much better.
I finally get the “runners high” thing…. the sense of accomplishment after my walk/run. The bigger sense of accomplishment when I hit my 10,000 step counts in the middle of a run or workout class. It’s freeing and liberating and just feels amazing (after you get over the shin splints and sore hamstrings from the first week or so).
Moral of my story- if I can do it, you can do it. You never know, you might like it.
And even if you are just sticking to the week 1 routine for six weeks….. at least you are steps ahead of everyone else who is still sitting on the couch, which is another amazing feeling.
I can DO this!