Sunday, September 12, 2010

Couch to 5k - 1.1 - 1.8 miles and I feel....well, I'm alive. That's what matters.

Well, I FINALLY started the Couch to 5k program today, like I have been meaning to for months. When I looked at the calendar and realized that the 5k I want to run is only a few months away, I figured it was time.

I did 1.8 miles, which I'm pretty impressed with. That was with 5 minute warm up, 20 minutes of interval (90 seconds walking/60 seconds running), and a 5 minute cool down.

The walking? No problem. The running? Let's just say I am pretty sure I left my lungs next to where my car was parked. I knew breathing was going to be an issue. Hopefully after a few workouts it'll start to get better. I may end up making a trip back to my doctor to get a new inhalator. I used to have one for when I worked out but I checked the expiration date on it after soccer on Friday, and I'm pretty sure if I tried to use it, it would kill me.

And of course, my knees/ankles hurt. Because of my RA, I expected it. This should ease up at least some as I continue to lose weight. Also, running a few times a week will strengthen me back up.

The big thing is that I made it through all the intervals. My confidence level going in wasn't very high - I can barely run to first base in softball, and that is a much shorter trip. But I took it slow - at a few points, especially towards the end, I'm pretty sure my jog was slower than my walk. Again, I expect that to get better the more I do this.

The C25K plan says to rest a day between workouts, which is fine. Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday is definitely manageable, especially since I don't have class those days. And I knew I didn't want to try on Fridays, since I'll be playing soccer at night and the combination might kill me!

Oh - last thing. I started a profile. You can find me here! Add me on there, I will need all the motivation I can get!

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