C25K Week 6

Workout 1  5 min run/3 min walk/8 min run/3 min walk/5 min run  (Actual:  5 min run/3 min walk/6 min run/30 sec walk/2 min run/3 min walk/5 min run)

This should’ve been a fairly easy run, but I’m following my worst run yet.  My legs are still sore, and my shins are tight.  I completed the first five minute run.  At about six minutes into the eight minute run, I look down and I’m walking.  I didn’t consciously stop running, my legs just stopped moving fast.  There was nothing I could do to make them move any faster than a walking pace.  So I walked for approximately 30 seconds, Nick continued running.  After my little break, my legs were able to finish the run.  We had a long cool-down walk.  

I decided no more candy this week.  I have a theory about my last two runs and why they were so horrible.  I’ve been eating candy at night, just the little fun-size bars, nonetheless I’m eating candy.  I had two last night before I went to bed.   I woke up, drank coffee, had a glass of milk, and then we went run.  No breakfast.  I think I’m having a hard time because my sugar level is plummeting, therefore causing me to have a bad run.  So, I’m going to stay away from candy this week.  I’m also going to bring a protein and carb snack to work to eat around 2pm, most probably it will be a fruit and string cheese.  I will see how this affects my runs for the rest of the week.


Workout 2  
10 min run/3 min walk/10 min run

I signed up for my first-ever 5K!!!!  I am super excited!!  I also saw a car on the way to work:  license plate RUNN3R and a 26.2 sticker on it.  I REALLY want one of those stickers!!  I sent a picture of it to Nick saying it was my inspiration for the day.  

At noon, I left the office and had a 5 hour drive to Bossier City.  I arrived at the hotel around 5pm.  I immediately went to my room and changed into my workout clothes.  I hurried to the fitness room, only to see one treadmill and one elliptical…and the treadmill was occupied – UGH!  Now what am I supposed to do?  I can’t sit here and watch this guy run….I mean, that would be creepy!  

So, I go back to my room, change into some jeans and go to dinner.  I had a grilled chicken salad with low-fat ranch dressing.  I declined the complimentary bread and resisted the urge to ask for more ranch dressing (they never give you enough).  I finished dinner around 6pm and headed back to the hotel.  

I changed back into my workout clothes and and 7pm I went back down to the fitness room.  To my surprise, it was empty.  I got on the treadmill and began my workout.  It was AMAZING!  By far, this was my best workout.  I ran at 5.5mph pace and really concentrated on my breathing.  It took me about 1 minute to recover from the first run, and about 1 1/2 minutes to recover from the second run.  About halfway through, I realized that I forgot to stretch, but I didn’t care because this run was fabulous!  After all of my trouble, I had a really great workout!


Workout 3  
22 min run  (Actual:  10 min run/1 1/2 min walk/10 1/2 min run)

We needed a few items at the grocery store to make dinner, which is located almost exactly 2 miles from the house.  We decided to run to there, get our groceries, then walk back.  I really like this idea, rather than getting in the car to go.  What I didn’t realize is that most of the run would be uphill.  At 10 minutes, I had to walk for a little while.  Then we ran the rest of the way, running past the entrance to the store to complete our 22 minutes.  Total distance was 1.8 miles.  

C25K Week 5

Workout 1  5 min run/3 min walk/5 min run/3 min walk/5 min run

This is my best run yet!  I felt confident, relaxed, and my breathing was under control!  I want to run a 5K this year, maybe even a 1/2 marathon the end of next year.  I see medals…lots and lots of completion medals in my future!  


Workout 2  
8 min run/5 min walk/8min run

This was tough.  My legs hurt.  My calves are sore and my shins are tight, really tight.  Not looking forward to our next run.  


Workout 3  
20 min run (Actual: 12 min run/1 1/2 min walk/4 min run/30 sec walk/2 min run)

I hate running!  I hate running!  I want to quit!!  I don’t care if I ever run again.  This is hard!!  I got twelve minutes into my run and tears were flowing down my cheeks.  I can’t do this!  I’m overweight, out of shape, and out of breath.  The route was two laps around part of the neighborhood.  We got a few driveways passed our house, beginning lap two, and I was ready to give up and walk back to our house.  Nick kept trying to motivate me saying, “You can do it.  Don’t stop.  Keep going.”  You know what?  The hell with this!  It hurts – my side and my shoulder are killing me.  This is not fun for me.  So I walk for 1 1/2 minutes, then begin to run again.  I ran for another 4 minutes, then had to walk again for 30 seconds.  I ran the last 2 minutes.  

I got home and was ready to throw in the towel, except I’m too stubborn to do that.  It was an awful run.  Truth be told, last night I had candy before going to bed.  Nick thinks I psyched myself out of it.  I think it was just too much, too big of a leap.  

All in all, I ran 18 of the 20 minutes.  Really, that’s not too shabby!  

C25K Weeks 1-4

C25K Week 1:  60 sec run/90 sec walk – 6 repetitions

I did it!  It wasn’t my best moment, and I felt really fat and out of breath, but I did it!


C25K Week 2:  90 sec run/2 min walk – 7 repetitions

Our run time increased to 90 seconds.  This was difficult, but I’m hanging in there.  I’m having a really hard time breathing.  I can’t decide if I should breathe in and out of my nose or mouth or a combination of both.  I do okay, then I start gasping for air like I’m hyperventilating.  If I breathe through my mouth, it gets dry, and I can’t swallow.  If I breathe through my nose, I feel like I’m not getting enough oxygen.  I need to find a happy medium, and soon!

C25K Week 3:  90 sec run/90 sec walk/3 min run/3 min walk – 2 repetitions

The running intervals are 90 sec and 3 min.  I’m scared, very scared.  This is DOUBLE my run time from last week.  I’m doing okay, still working on my breathing.

C25K Week 4:  3 min run/90 sec walk/5 min run/2 1/2 min walk/3 min run/90 sec walk

I’m having a really hard time with my breathing.  I look up online about breathing while running.  Some websites say nose only, some websites say mouth only.  I figure I will do both.  All agree that you should breathe deep breaths.  So I take this information and incorporate it into my workout.  

On workout 2 of this week, I am out of town, so I do the workout on the treadmill at the hotel.  I focus solely on my breathing.  Breathe in 4 steps, breathe out 4 steps, repeat.  I’m starting to get the hang of it.  

Workout 3, my breathing is getting better.  After about 2 minutes of running, it gets a little out of control, but I’m working on it.  

Emily’s Introduction

In 2011 Nick & I started the Couch to 5k running program.  I was NEVER a runner, heck I wouldn’t even consider myself athletic.  I was in dancing in grade school, but did not play any sports in high school or college.  I’ve always enjoyed walking, but never even thought about running.  We typically walk our two dogs 5 days a week, anywhere from 2 to 2 1/2 miles.  So, sometime last year, around September, we decided to try the C25K program.  It was a bust!  I couldn’t do it.  It was too hard.  We were running with the dogs, and my 8 year old heeler knows two speeds:  walking and running (fast).  So I never really got a good pace; I was always trying to keep up with her.  Somewhere around week 2, I gave up and quit.  

Well, in the springtime of this year, I began traveling a good bit with my job.  And traveling for me always equals weight gain.  To combat this, I began an interval running program on the treadmill.  Basically, you walk slow at a high incline for 1 minute, brisk walk at medium incline for 1 minute, and slow jog at low incline for 1 minute.  There are 12 of these intervals, with a warm-up and cool-down.  In the beginning, I could only do about half of the running.  I would finish the program, but would walk the rest of the time.  Over a couple of weeks I worked myself up to completing the entire routine.  I would do this treadmill routine sporadically.  My goal was three times per week, but I rarely achieved it.  

The first week of October, Nick and I decided to give the C25K one more shot.  We were still walking the dogs regularly, 5-6 days per week.  I am determined this time.  I began looking at races as a motivator for us to finish the program.