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.