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Couch to 5K – brief update

September 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Yesterday I completed my first run of week 4 (out of 8) using my couch to 5K iPhone app. This is the first week where I’ll spend more time running than walking. At first I was worried, but after yesterday, I think I’ll do fine. Even when the app told me it was time to stop, I felt like I could have kept on running. That was a good feeling.

I guess the guilt over the new shoes and the app is still working 🙂

–dp

Couch to 5K update – short update

September 5, 2013 8 comments

Today was my first run of week 3 (out of 8) using my couch to 5K iPhone app. Felt pretty good today, too. I must admit to being surprised that this run felt better than the last run of week 2. Go figure. Anyway, I’m happy with my progress.

Oh, btw, I did get new running shoes *and* I bought the couch to 5K app. That should be enough guilt to keep me going for a while 🙂

–dp

Couch to 5K update – one week down

August 27, 2013 6 comments

Today I completed the final run of my first week using the couch to 5K in eight weeks iPhone app. After the first run, my legs were a bit sore, and got worse over the next couple of days. The second run felt a bit better and wasn’t as hard to complete. Two days later, today, and I was able to do the third run of the week without much trouble. As a bonus, I actually felt very good this afternoon after my run. Funny how getting out and exercising a bit can make you feel better. What a concept 🙂

Two things I think I’ll do next to encourage/guilt myself into keeping up with my goal of reaching a 5K are:

  1. Spend a buck ninety-nine and buy the C25K app, so I’ll feel bad if I don’t use it; and
  2. Buy some new shoes. Mine are really, really old. If I spend $100 on a new pair, I’m going to feel pretty stupid if all I do is put them on to go out somewhere instead of running.

So, that’s where I’m at. One week down … uh, seven weeks to go until I hit that three mile mark. So far, so good!

–dp

On running: a confession

August 21, 2013 19 comments

Believe it or not, a few years back, I was a pretty decent runner. I got up to where I could run 6 or 7 miles at a 10 minute mile clip. Nothing spectacular, but I was pretty proud of it. At the time, I’d even toyed with the idea of working my way up to a half marathon. And then, for no real reason, I stopped.

Fast-forward to today. I’ve essentially not run at all over the intervening years, except for a few short bursts here and there. Nor have I been going to the gym regularly. My day job is nearly completely sedentary, especially because I work from home (as a programmer), so about the only exercise I get is running up and down the stairs in our house. Better than nothing, but not by much. To say the least, I’ve gotten pretty out of shape.

For a while now, people have been telling me about an iPhone app called C25K (Couch To 5 K) in 8 weeks. Its purpose in life is to take you through the steps necessary to work your way up to running 3 miles, and to do so slowly. Considering my lack of any exercise, this seemed an ideal way to get back into something healthy that I enjoyed. So I downloaded the app and stared at it on my home screen for a few weeks. Yesterday, possibly out of guilt, I finally opened the app and pushed a few buttons to see how it worked. Pretty cool. Well, today, most definitely having reached the point of needing to do something besides sit at my desk, I got out my chair, strapped on my iPhone, put on my headphones and headed outside. I clicked start and away I went.

I returned home 30 minutes later more tired than I expected and sweating like a pig (not only because I’m out of shape but also because it was 100 degrees outside). Despite the sore legs, I’ve got to admit that I really do feel good at having accomplished something today. Granted, it was minimal, but it was a start. But, as they say, the longest journey starts with the first step. I consider this my first step, and for now, my journey will be hitting that 3 mile distance.

Wish me luck.

Oh, and if time goes by and I don’t post anything else about running, be sure to call me out on it. I need all the accountability I can get 🙂

–dp