Couch to 5K
This is my first post for the couch to 5K. I have been wanting to run for a long time, but always hated it….catch-22. Swimming has always been my thing. I LOVE to swim. But I don’t have the cash for a membership somewhere, and getting there, swimming, showering, getting home….I don’t have that kind of time either. So what can I do that is free? Run. It helps that Jon loves to run. It’s infectious. When the Lincoln Marathon was drawing near this year, I thought about how awesome it would be if I could get myself ready for a half-marathon by that time next year. But I still didn’t do anything about it.
I heard about the Couch to 5K plan from a few people, and I thought it was a really good plan. It could work. I showed it to Jon, and he decided to do it. Then I thought, “why not do it together?” What better way to motivate each other? So Saturday we decided to start. 25 minutes total. 5 minutes of a brisk warm-up walk, then alternating 60 seconds jogging with 90 seconds walking, then we did a 5 minute cool-down walk home.
I’m not gonna lie, I did think I was going to die after the first 60 second jog. I’m that out of shape. My lungs got tight, I realized I didn’t take or have my inhaler, and I almost panicked. Then I thought, ok…quit being a weenie,” and turns out I was ok. Each time we jogged, my lungs were less tight. They must have been thinking, “what is going on? Emergency! We are under attack…battle stations!” Then a little bit later, they thought, “oh…wait, I remember this. This is just exercise. False alarm everybody!” My legs cramped up, I was dripping in sweat, and you know what? It was pretty awesome. I thought after the first time, I was really going to have to force myself to go the next time. But I didn’t. I’ve been waiting for it. Jon made me keep a day off between.
I listened to Paramore, which was too up-tempo. I thought fast rock music would be perfect, but I try to match my stride with the tempo, and I couldn’t go that fast, and cutting it in half made me too slow, so it was not quite right. I have a lot of work to do in the music department to figure out a good running playlist.
So anyway, the plan is 9 weeks long, 3 runs a week. Each week I have to step it up. At the end of 9 weeks, I should be able to run 3.1 miles, or a 5k. There is a 5k at Pioneer’s Park in December that i want to run. Saturday Jon and I ran together. During the week, I’ll run alone. So this was day one. And it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. Now I’m thinking next week, when I have to step it up, might be a big challenge. Won’t know till I try though, right?