Couch to 5K

Well, I’ve decided to dabble back into running again.  I was thinking about how much running I used to do before I hurt my back and then I just struggled with it too much for it to be enjoyable. Not that running itself was ever really all that enjoyable, but I loved how I felt after.

 

So, cueing on the purchase of my new shoes last weekend, I am going to start the couch to 5K and see what happens this time.

Week 1 started today and boy, it sure feels like the beginning again! I was talking to John about how I used to run for an hour straight back in  the day and that seems almost unreal. Of course, I chose to start on a Thursday, which makes my week whonky, but whatever.  I will plan on Tues, Thurs and either Sat/Sun for the runs.

This is the first week:

Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Then 5 minute cool down (30 minutes total).

We’ll see how it goes. It may not last. I have to listen to my leg on that, but it seems that periodically I get the urge to try  again. It also feels good to change something up until the outdoor biking season comes (come on biking!!).   

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15 thoughts on “Couch to 5K

  1. Odessa Cherbokoff

    Good for you! Did you run on a treadmill or did you go outside? What do you prefer? (I signed up for my first-ever 5K in June and have begun training.) Best of luck and here is to feeling great!

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    1. Lori Post author

      Treadmill right now. It’s too cold for me to go running outside and icy weather is coming in. I will just use the treadmill for now, although I prefer to be outside. Good luck with your training!

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  2. Sandy

    Good luck with the Couch to 5k Lori. I can’t believe it’s nearly time for you to bike again – it seems like it’s just been put away. You did have a lovely, extended season though.
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  3. Fran

    Well girl you gave me just the push I need. I am joining you! I am struggling with running so much over more than a year. I can’t believe I trained for a half back in the days. But I have to start over again too and I will join you with my Start to Run program which is similar to your program.

    Let’s do this together!
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  4. Helen

    All the runners I know (well, not me) are taking spin classes right now. It’s opposite world!

    Good luck – listen very carefully to your body and be extra careful since you’re on a treadmill. That belt pushes the body a bit.
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