Participated in Couch to 5k (week 1ish)

From my first color run, I’m pretty sure that I made it clear that I’ve never enjoyed running. However, since that event, my friend and I were inspired to actually begin running…it can’t be too hard to build up to it…

The first week after the “run” I was sick with sniffles, so I couldn’t start anything. But, finally, I decided to try this Couch to 5k outline.

COUCH TO 5K RUNNING PLAN

I’ve done this fairly consistently for about 3 weeks now. I did take about 5 days off while my dad was visiting for graduation. According to MapMyRun, (seriously fantastic free gps/fitness app and website) I’ve done 7 walk/runs ranging in distance of .68 to .96 miles.

When I first began I decided, like my friend, I’d double to time, and introduce myself to it slower. I was pretty skeptical about walking 5 minutes than jogging 2 minutes, and walking for another 5 minutes. However I did it, and was surprised on how easily my body complied. The first couple of times I did it, it was exciting, I was looking forward to it. Then, the 3rd/4th time I did it my “runs” were TERRIBLE! I kept getting distracted by the dog pulling on her leash, bra straps falling down, snot running out of my nose, ear buds falling out of ear, watching for cars, dropping my cell phone etc, feeling like my lungs would burst, and jogging more like a min and a half instead of the two full minutes….which was discouraging because I was doing this same routine for the 3rd week…when I should have been able to walk 5 mins, jog 3 minutes, and walk another 5 minutes.

I talked to a few friends wondering when it would get easier. Specifically, I asked “When do I begin to receive these fabled endorphins?” One person told me it’d be two weeks of consistency, another told me it’d be a month. I tried to be patient with myself knowing that even experienced runners must have “off days” do to random factors in their lives.

So I keep calm and “run” on. I say “run” since I’m still mostly walking. Something that I’ve noticed has been a motivating factor is getting “gear.” It’s the idea of getting specific presents for myself that I’d only use during running time, that makes the idea of running more exciting. One of these has been running shoes. Husband and I were waiting out a few paychecks, and I had this idea of hoping to spend no more than 25-30ish dollars which is nearly impossible for a good pair of running shoes. By God’s amazing grace He allowed me to find minimalist shoes Vibram Five Fingers KMD Sport LS for only $20. AND God knows the intimate desires of our hearts…they were PINK! I’ve only run in them a couple of times my feet are still adjusting to walking/jogging in them by hitting my forefoot first. I thought minimalist shoes would be better for me to learn a better running form.

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Also, I ditched the dog. I loved the idea of running with her, building our relationship. However, she needs to be better leash trained before she runs with me, because she’s a stubborn beagle who pulls. :-/

Learned that the answer to the runny nose while running…is simply to wipe on your sleeve, okay going hard core now.

This past week I was able to jog 3 minutes, and I literally felt like I was dying…feeling so frustrated, feeling like this is supposed to come more naturally to my body by now. Then, yesterday I jogged 2 mins unable to do the 3 minutes. Instead of beating myself up, I’m working on being patient with myself and my body. Maybe it is just going to take my body even longer to “get with it.” Its okay if I have to do 5mins/2mins/5mins for several months. In an awesome picture I saw on Pinterest…even if I’m the slowest person out there…I’m lapping everyone who is still on the couch!

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Another aspect that I think may be holding my body back is that I haven’t been stretching before and after. Basically, I have been “running” every other day, I have a hip/hop 30 minute workout I do with my friends, but otherwise I have a sedentary job. Therefore, I’m thinking if I purposefully stretch every day, even when I’m not running, it may help. I really like these blog posts about before and after workouts.

Have any great ideas/tips about getting into running? Please share! :0)

2 thoughts on “Participated in Couch to 5k (week 1ish)

  1. Hey Erin! I’ve done Couch to 5k before and have been meaning to start up again. One piece of advice i’d give would be to if you are struggling, don’t kick yourself about repeating a week. Its actually written into the plan if you are struggling, that it is okay to repeat the week again to keep your tolerance up.

    I wish you the best of luck in your running adventure!

    • Hey Kevin! Yeah, I’m really trying to be patient with myself…even if that means repeating the week 4-5 times lol. I think part of it is knowing sometimes I need to push myself too. Keep me posted on how your running goes! :0)

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