Sunday, November 13, 2011

Couch to 5K: Week Four

Finished week four. Yay! This is also the last week I do the same workout each day. So this is what I did:
Walk 5 minutes
Jog 3 minutes
Walk 90 seconds
Jog 5 minutes (longest time yet!) 
Walk 2 1/2 minutes
Jog 3 minutes
Walk 90 seconds
Jog 5 minutes

Day One:
This was the first day I was doing something 'new' in a long time, since last week I caught up. But I found I was perfectly able to do it. I did struggle with the second 5 minute jog, but it was good to know it was the last one, and I did it.

Day Two: 
It was actually pretty easy.  I found it actually pretty difficult to stop running between the last two jogging bouts, but I did drop to a walk for those 90 seconds. The intervals are important.  Somehow, and I don't really understand it, you really do make much more progress if you walk then run than if you just run the whole time.

I was really struck by the majestic autumn colors as I ran. Wished I had a camera with me. Sorry!

Day Three:
Today was a little harder, but not really hard. I didn't get the 'can't stop running' feeling though. But I was pretty sure I was going faster! I don't have any fancy equipment to know for sure, but it seems like I picked up a little speed today.

Sadly, this 'week' took me a little over a week. Part of it was poor planning. I'd plan to do it that day... but not get around to it until the sun was going down and it was unsafe/too cold to run on country roads with no shoulders or sidewalks.  I also had horribly clogged up sinuses on Friday, so that I couldn't stand up without practically swooning from dizziness. My sister is sick, so I had thought I'd down for the count, but I woke up on Saturday feeling pretty much fine. That's a blessing.  I did get a 3 mile walk in with my friend Anne on Thursday though, so even though I only did the C25K on three days out of like eight, I wasn't not active all the other days.

Day Three of next week is the first day where you just run! Yeep!

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