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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Couch to 5K: The Catch-Up Week

I should really get a new "running" photo...
I did it! I caught back up to where I was before the biopsy.  So now I'll be starting Week Four (of Nine) of the Couch to 5K program.

In the Couch to 5K program, each week has three days, and you're supposed to have a rest day between each day you exercise.  For the first three weeks, the ones I had to make up, the exercise plan was the same each day. Later on in the program, each day becomes different. But since it wasn't at this point, I decided to do a week where day one would be week one's exercise, day two would be week two's, and day three obviously week three.If I'd found myself struggling to do one I'd repeat it before moving on.

But I didn't! So it only took me one week to catch-up. I was relieved to find that day one was a breeze. Day two was fine, I did have trouble, but it was because I started having respitory distress due to the cold, not because the exercise was too much for me. For the last four years I've flirted with asthma. I don't actually have it, but if it's really cold and I exert myself I get respitory distress (that's what the doctor called it).  So as I proceed into these cold months I need to make sure I try to exercise at the warm part of the day, the opposite of my habit in the summer.

Day three was today, and it was warm and balmy. It was supposed to be yesterday, but I couldn't find my watch, which is essential to the workout because it's done in intervals and I need the watch to do it right. So I just went on a long walk yesterday, since I did want to do some exercise. Then last night I found my watch (it'd fallen on the floor between the couch and the end table, apparently) and so today I finished it off.

I didn't start right away when I had hoped to the day I posted "".  Oh well, knowing that I'd posted it did get my butt off the couch eventually, if not as soon as I'd hoped.  On Thursday I'll start week four, and start making actual progress on the Couch to 5K for the first time in months!

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