A New Challenge
This week D and I started a new challenge for ourselves – the Couch to 5k program! We have been getting a bit sedentary lately, and I have always wanted to learn how to run, so this is perfect!
Yesterday was our first day. We got home from work, ate dinner and got changed. Then we took a brisk walk (it’s supposed to be 5 minutes, but we did about 10) to the top of the cemetery in our town that is a huge hill. Up there is a flat area and a road that loops in a large circle – the perfect place to begin running so no one sees me! And the view of all the mountains is amazing! I have never been into running, but so many people in my life have been, and they say it’s an excellent way to get in shape. I want to lose about 15lbs, and have for a while now. Winter is fast approaching, and I don’t want to slip back into all the comfort eating and gain weight! (or at least I want to lose 15lbs before all the holidays that let me eat! 🙂 )
So anyway, for the first week, you are supposed to do 3 days (we are doing MWF – and doing our regular walks on the other days for the week). You are supposed to do a brisk 5 minute warm-up walk and then alternate jogging for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds. The whole workout is supposed to take 20-30 minutes, so we did 7 intervals. I can’t believe it, but I actually did it without stopping! It was hard, but not hard enough to make me want to quit. I was so proud of us! (I had no doubt that D could do this no problem – and of course she did.)
So today I am a bit sore, but it is our regular walk day, so it’s all good. Another thing I am proud of is we both started AF yesterday, but we still pushed ourselves to do it!
The whole program is 9 weeks long, with increasing intensity. I wanted to write this post to keep myself motivated. I made a calendar for us at home that tracks where we are with things, so that helps too. I hope I can stick to it!!
Have you ever done couch to 5k? If so, what were your results?