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Thursday, August 11, 2011

C25K - Week One

Monday August 8, 2011 - Day One - 6pm

Phew!  I ended my first run/walk as a sweaty mess from head to toe.  But, I did the whole thing!  Five minute walk to warm up, 8 intervals of walking and running (60 second run, 90 second walk) and 5 minute walk to cool down.  Only I didn't cool down.  I just got hotter and hotter.  :)  I would pick the hottest summer in forever to start running.

I forgot to stretch in the beginning.  Will fix that next time.  I took JJ in the jogging stroller that I forgot had been given to me waaaay back before he was born.  I found it in the garage and it works well.  This is really my only option currently, as John is working mega overtime this summer and basically only has time to sleep and eat before he heads back in.

Wednesday August 10, 2011 - Day Two - 11am

The beginning of the second day seemed easier than the first...but the end seemed harder!  I still pushed through and did the whole thing.  It was the same routine as the first time.  I ended just as hot and sweaty as I did the first day.  My leg with the nerve issue hurt pretty bad.  I'm hoping that this running will help it and not hurt it worse...I really think it will help in the long run.  Haha!  Little joke!  :)

This time I did remember to stretch.  JJ actually fell asleep near the end.  He seems to especially enjoy when I'm running.  What a fun ride!

Thursday August 11, 2011 - Day Three - 6pm

This time the beginning of the run was harder and the end felt easier.  Go figure!  I was going to wait until Friday, but it was a nice cool night and I couldn't resist.  I wasn't quite as hot and sweaty, thanks to the cooler weather and a nice breeze!  My left leg didn't really hurt at all! 

I stretched beforehand, and after.  I cut my cool-down walk a couple minutes short because, well, let's just say it's hard to plan where to run so that I end up at home when I'm done.  I run different speeds each time I guess.  And tonight I'd already gone around our one block 2 times in a row, so I figured I would just end.  And JJ was asleep in the stroller.  :)

Week One Recap

I really do love to run.  I'm so glad to be getting back into it.  I do not, however, like running with the jogging stroller.  I find myself leaning on it a lot, and I know that's not good form.  I am constantly reminding myself to stand up straighter and not put pressure on my arms.  It's amazing how different it feels when I do that.  I won't be able to run without the stroller the majority of the time, so I just need to do better thinking about how I'm running.

If you're considering starting the Couch25K, do it!!!  This webpage has some great information, the most useful to me being the podcasts!  I downloaded the very first one on his list, and it's great to have someone telling you when to run and when to walk.  Otherwise it would be very frustrating to try and figure it out while you run!  The music isn't that wondeful, so I'm going to look into some other ones this weekend.

I am totally looking forward to next week!  If we weren't so busy this weekend, I think I'd be doing an additional day this week.  Crazy, right?!  I enjoy it so much!

Oh, and soreness.  After the first day my legs were pretty sore, especially going up stairs.  But I know the cool-down walk really does help there.  After the second day I was SO MUCH less sore.  Since I just did the third day, I don't really know yet...but I have a feeling I'm not going to be sore.  For some reason alternating the walking and running really seems to work.

There!  I did it!  Week One down.  Probably the hardest week.  I'm so proud of myself.  :)


Kristi said...

Yay keep up the good work Lynn.

Rachel said...

Yay. Congrats - you totally should pick a 5k and sign up for it. Then you can't talk yourself out of training. At least that's what my sister and I keep saying about this half marathon we have looming on the horizon. :)

Lynn said...

Thanks Kristi! Rachel, I know! Last night I was looking at some in this area. I just need to pick one and go for it! I think it'll help me even more to have a goal besides just the 9 weeks.

Rachel said...

I think my mother is doing the Susan J. Komen breast cancer one? I think in October. Or I will personally invite you to join all the Pennings for the Thanksgiving Day one in Central Park. So freezing. Such a good excuse to stuff your face with pie for the rest of the day. :)

Lynn said...

I saw both of those runs Rachel. The October one, I really want to do, but I think it's too early. And I wish I could do the Thanksgiving one, the timing would be perfect, but we have a Thanksgiving tradition of having a huge breakfast at our friends house. Yes, 2 huge meals in one day - can't fit in a run. :) I'll find one that works!!