Today Tim and I went to the Neuse River Greenway so that I could complete Week 1 of my Couch to 5K and so that he could do his long run in prep for his 1st half marathon in October. This will be a short but sweet blog since running is not my thing!
This 1st week has had me do a warm up walk for 5 minutes, then run 60 seconds, walk 90 seconds...repeat for a total of 8 intervals, then do another 5 minute walk for cool-down. I thought it would be pretty easy since I can already run a mile and sometimes 2 with no walking, but it was more challenging than I thought. I guess it was more challenging since I was pacing my running over a longer span of time. But even over the 1st week, I improved my distance while running and overall pace, and so I definitely think a definitive program over something I made up is the way to go for beginning runner.
A bummer today though: my app on my phone messed up today during my final walk before running and my final run...so my last pace times and total distances run were not accurate. Should I repeat this last run of Week 1 again or start week 2? My anal self cannot stand incomplete numbers, plus while I was running I was thinking of repeating this last step again before starting week 2. Any thoughts?
A couple of things I learned/realized/remembered: 1) I am a cyclist. 2) If I run on a Greenway and can hear the river, I get very thirsty. 3) I can actually run without music. 4) I will stick with this program. 5) If I really were a "Couch" runner right now, this 1st week would have been extremely hard. 6) I am a cyclist (important to repeat)
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