Very early Wednesday morning, I started a Couch to 5k program. I'm using this app. It literally gets you into it without burning you out, and without too much pain - pushes you just enough to want more, and not too much you want to give up. So I say. After 2 days.
Chad is working through the program with me (with this app) so we'll be accountable to each other.
The first week of the program consists of 3 workouts all including a 5 minute warm up walk, then alternating 60 second jog and 90 second walk for 20 minutes, then a 5 minute cool down. Wednesday, I did 2.1 miles. Far from a 5k, but I was surprised all the same.
This morning, I did 2.29 miles with a 11.38 running pace and a 13.46 walking pace. Which is far from my goal of an 11 minute mile, but it's only day 2. I pushed a little harder, especially in the early runs to pick up a little speed. I felt less awkward on the runs this morning than I did yesterday. I didn't think that I would be able to pick up any extra mileage doing it back to back days (which I won't be doing typically - but I wanted to stay on the same schedule as Chad). Anxious to see how he does tonight on his day 2 - WITH a day of rest.
Yesterday afternoon, I did some music hunting. I found this blog. She has really put time and effort into these playlists. They are designed specifically for a C25k program. Each playlist is the perfect amount of time (excluding cool down time). At each walk-to-run or run-to-walk transition, there is a Barry Manilow-esq 5-4-3-2-1-0 countdown in the background, barely audible - but you hear it subconsciously, and then the song changes as your activity changes. I was very surprised by all this, since I literally downloaded a few and hoped for the best this morning. And it worked great - until my program somehow got paused half way through and my music was 30 seconds ahead of where I actually was in the workout. For me though, it was less about the music, and more about the beat. All of the songs she chose were perfect for a first week pace.
Am I training for a 5k? Seems kinda funny to say, since it's only 3.1 miles. But the end goal is a 5k race. Start small. However, I'm not ashamed to say - no marathon for me!