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Week 1 – Complete!

I did it.  I finished Week One of the Couch to 5K program!

I didn’t do it on Friday, as originally planned (went to play trivia and drink free beer, instead) but I made it up on Saturday morning!  I had my husband drop me off at our local library, so I could return a book and see if I could use their wi-fi to get my iPod to work.  Now it won’t even access the iTunes Store.  Boo…

Anyway, there is a lake there that has a path around it where people walk and run all the time.  I think it’s a half a mile around.  I did about half of that and veered off toward home.  The iPod skipped once, but it was my fault.  =)  I felt good!  It was a gorgeous, cool, spring day.  Not a cloud in the sky!  I tried to watch my form, and set visual goals for the 60 second runs.  It worked!  It really helped to push me.   I even made it home before my husband finished his errands!

The rest of the day was crazy, though.  I was in a LOT of pain.  It almost felt like I had been in a car accident – like if I had been hit and my body tightened up to brace myself.  Every muscle in my body ached – from my eyes to my head to my toes.  I tried to drink a lot of water, because my husband thought I may have been over-caffeinated.  (I had finished off a Monster drink before we started cleaning the house.)  I thought maybe it was because I was doing a lot of bending and lifting and stuff while cleaning – but I couldn’t understand why (or how) it would have come on so quickly.  I mean, we weren’t even done with the house before I started feeling that way!

It kept on like that until this morning, really.  I felt a little better yesterday – which was nice.  I tried to keep myself moving, and got the occasional shoulder/neck rub from my husband.  But it wasn’t until this morning that I actually felt right.  My eyes are still a little uncomfortable, but it’s only if I look up at an extreme angle.  I’ll just keep myself from doing that.  lol!

So, that being said, I’m looking forward to Week 2 Day 1.  I’ve seen some posts on Active.com that tell me it’s going to be tough, but it can be done!   I’m debating on changing schedules, though.  I tried to do a Mon/Wed/Fri thing last week, but that didn’t work out as well as I would have liked.  And I really enjoyed the morning run on Saturday.  I would love to run on weekday mornings, eventually – but I’m not a morning person, so forcing myself to run in the afternoons is a better way to get me started on this program.  If I had to run in the mornings, I would never get up!  =)

Anyway, I do like to rise a bit early on the weekends, so that I don’t feel like the day is wasted.  It was really nice to get the day started with some fresh air.  I’m thinking that I may switch over to a Tues/Thurs/Sat schedule instead.  Since its so early in the program, I think it would be a good time to make the switch, as well.  So, sometime today I’ll decide, but it’s looking like I’m moving toward the switch.  We shall see!

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Here we go again!

I did it!

When I got home last night, I dusted off my Nike+ Sneakers, got out the iPod Touch, and decided I’m doing Day ONE of the the Couch to 5KAGAIN!

I have been sitting on my ever-expanding rear end for probably the last 6 months, without doing much of anything but complaining about how my already-snug work pants were getting even more uncomfortable.  I admit, I had been in a bit of a funk in a lot of areas of my life – home, work, family, etc.  That depression just made things worse, and made my laziness that much more comfortable for me.

Since the beginning of the year, I have had a lot going on in my little grey brain – and it has taken some time, but I have gotten hold of some of my focus.  Not much, but a little at a time, right?  Baby steps!

I was kind of in limbo while waiting for an answer on a job I applied for – that I *really* want.  I was rejected (for the second time), and that has kicked me into gear again.  Sure, I’m still going to look for a new job (or work on getting myself self-employed), but I don’t feel so foggy at work.  Since I’m not going anywhere yet, I may as well get back on track!

As for my home life, that too is on the up and up!  My husband finished school, so now he is able to work and bring in some money – which is Fan-Frickin’-Tastic!  I had been so bogged down with the pressure of being the only source of income that I really let things go.  (I have another blog where I talk about that, so I won’t vent too much here.)  But now that he’s been working, there is a little more breathing room in the house.  And that is *quite* a good thing!

So, with everything else going well, I thought I may as well give this another try!  Except for the fact that my little Nike+ sensor doesn’t seem to want to work anymore, and the iPod Touch would randomly change songs – it went well.  I was trying to follow the podcasts found on Robert Ullrey’s Podcasts for Running blog, but for some reason, I would be in the middle of the song, and I guess my movement would cause the iPod to change to the next song.  I know I wasn’t touching it, so I will have to figure something out for Wednesday’s run/walk.

On a good note, the random changes made me go back into the podcast, so I was out walking for longer than the allotted 20 minutes.  It felt good.  When I got home, I was a bit out of breath but I ran upstairs, jumped into a warm shower and felt just fantastic!  The best part is that when I finally got tired enough to fall asleep, I slept great!

My thighs are a little tight today, but in a good way!  And I was really happy to see the extra few calories I could eat (according to My Fitness Pal)!  So, all in all, it was a good experience.  Hopefully Wednesday will be just as good!

 

GOAL: To be able to run the Disney Princess 5K at this time next year!  (Feb 24-26, 2012)

Lofty Goal: To be able to run the Disney Princess HALF MARATHON at this time next year!

Who goes from the Couch to a 5K?

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While perusing through Twitter Tweets, I found a link to a blog (SHOCKER!) that linked to another blog, that linked to another, and so on and so forth….

One of these blogs happened to be from a woman, who I assume is named Mindy.  I say this, because her blog is named ‘Skinny Mindy.’  I could be wrong.

Today she posted about how there are only 6 weeks and some odd days until her first 5K and how she feels about it.   This girl is taking her workouts to new levels, and I think that is fantastic!  She has pages tracking her weight, her workouts and her posts are insightful.  I’m hoping to keep up with her to see how she does, and to motivate myself to do just as much, if not more!  (No offense, Mindy!  I don’t see how I could  do more, but you never know!)

While reading Mindy’s posts, I saw her blogroll.  One of her links was to the something called ‘Couch to 5K.’

My intrest was piqued.  So I clicked.  And I am so glad I did!

There, I found a site called Cool Running which at first gave me flashbacks of the John Candy movie with the Jamaican bobsled team training for the Olympics..  Great movie, but wrong idea.  heh… 

The site is fantastic.  I clicked around for a good part of my morning (sorry Boss Lady!), signed up and learned a lot.  There are a ton (no pun intended) of supportive people on there – willing to listen, give advice, and encourage the newcomers.  I find that to be a huge part of my problem.  I need that motivation.  I need to be held accountable for what I do, or do not achieve.  Posting onto the forums gave me the inspiration to start the Couch to 5K program.

It was actually great, but I’ll do a second post on that one for my own benefit.

When I got back, I logged on to the computer – synched my Nike+ to the Nike+ website (I have 9 miles to go before I get to the next level.  I’m ‘Yellow’ now.).  I entered my info on the Daily Mile website.  And then I entered everything onto the Cool Running tracker.  I think it’s technically through active.com but it was still neat to see everything in print on the website!  (Yeah, I’m also kind of a tech nerd.  Geek may be a better name for it…)

There were some new posts on the forums that I added my two cents on, and some great hints that I tried to take advantage of.  Like the iPod Touch/ iPhone app that works with the program by giving voice cues when it’s time to run/ walk again.  Or the mp3 podcasts that Robert Ullrey created (which are FREE) that do the same thing, but with his own music library.  I think I may use a mixture of both.  I love the techno/club stuff that Mr. Ullrey uses, but I’m not always in the mood for it…  Sometimes I need a little bit of Rock to push me that last few hundred yards. 

So, what I’m hoping is that the newness of it all doesn’t wear out in a week and I let my fitness fall by the wayside again.  It’s too easy to let that happen.  I should know – I’ve been doing it for years!