Couch to 5k: Week One Day One.

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After putting it off for awhile, I finally attempted Day One again.

Couch to 5k is an interval training program designed to get you in shape to run a 5k, even if you’ve never run before. When I first tried it, I hit a wall. So I started by trying to walk a mile, and now I’ve been running and walking semi-regularly.

The last couple of days, life got in my way and I didn’t get to go for a run. I’m not much of a morning person (especially after the late nights I’ve been pulling writing) so running in the morning is out- not to mention I have two kids to get ready for school.

And running in the afternoon only works when TheBoy is there to watch the kids- and he was sick.

Week One, Day One

A five minute warm-up walk, followed by the following intervals: 9 jogging for 60 seconds, 8 intervals of brisk walking for 90 second each. The program that I use tells me when I’m halfway through the time so that I can turn around, and gives me a five minute cool down as well.

So how did I do? As it turns out, this is a more structured version of my usual run- about another five minutes of running than my mile. Because the app I use announces my average pace at each interval, I noticed I ran harder than I usually do, just to get the time down. Which meant that my walking intervals weren’t very brisk. So I’m not sure that actually helped much.

In the end, it was about 1.22 miles, and obviously the distance depends on my pace. But I survived! I’ll be doing Day Two on Monday (and probably going for a mile run tomorrow)

For those of you here for the schadenfreude, I’m sure I’ll be crying around Week 3.

  • You can dooo it!!

  • Jerry Gentry

    I love running. Seeing your post I just wanted to comment that there is so much on the other side of those walls you will run into. Not just the sense of strength and power you will receive, but the health and happiness that comes from the most honest and basic exercise man was born to do. We are runners of distance. Most important, have fun. Run easy, run light, feel smooth and enjoy the benefit of the pain. You can do it. Trust me. You are golden!

  • Thanks! 🙂 You’ve been a really great support.

  • I really am enjoying it. A couple months ago, if someone had said I’d want to go running regularly- or be thrilled about how I felt after a good workout, I would have told them they were crazy!

    Thanks so much for commenting!