I have been working on the Couck25K running program for about a month, working toward my goal of RUNNING an entire 5K race by the end of the year.
For the average person, the program is designed to turn a couch potato into a 5K runner in nine weeks. For those of us who have 100+ pounds to lose, it is going to take a little longer.
It took me a couple weeks to get to the point where I could complete all of day one (5 minute warmup, followed by eight cycles of running 60 seconds and walking 90 seconds). I just kept working at it until I was able to somewhat comfortably complete it. Today I moved on to Week 2, Day 1 (5 minute warm-up, six cycles of running 90 seconds and walking 2 minutes, followed by a 5 minute cool down.)
I was expecting it to take me at least a week to be able to complete it without having to walk one of the running segments, but I did it on the first try! It wasn’t easy. I really wanted to quit on the last two cycles, but I kept going and I finished it. It felt great!
I didn’t even have shin splints, thanks to the new kicks!
I had been tracking my progress doing week 1 over and over again by watching my speed and distance increase. I knew it would go down a little bit because I would have to slow my pace moving on to the next step of the program, but overall, I was pretty happy with how it went.
30 minutes total (5 minute warmup, followed by eight cycles of running 60 seconds and walking 90 seconds)
- Attempt 1 — 1.68 miles
- Attempt 2 — 1.73 miles
- Attempt 3 — 1.78 miles
- Attempt 4 — 1.78 miles
- Attempt 5 — 1.82 miles
- Attempt 6 — 1.71 miles (sore knee)
- Attempt 7 — 1.89 miles
(5 minute warm-up, six cycles of running 90 seconds and walking 2 minutes, followed by a 5 minute cool down)
- Attempt 1 — 1.85 miles
Hopefully I will be able to comfortably do week two in under two weeks. Fingers crossed!
Also, I have set a goal for myself to walk/run or bike more miles than I drive in my car. Today I logged 9.27 miles (1.85 walk/run and 7.42 on the bike).
Weight loss goal for the week: 3 pounds