I hate running!
I did my first workout today in nearly three weeks and it was not pretty! I decided I would start my Couch to 5K (C25K) training program today and that may not have been a smart way to restart my workouts. Five minutes of brisk walking and then commenced the dying… have I mentioned I hate running? It was like that first workout the contestants on the Biggest Loser go through, minus Bob Harper. I am pretty sure Bob would have been in my face encouraging (yelling at) me to keep going. I started thinking I probably should locate the nearest trash can in case I threw up. Then I started wondering if I had a heart attack and fell off the treadmill would any of the other gym goers actually go get the AED and try to resuscitate me. Like I said, not pretty. And did say I ended up throwing my (new!) phone across the gym (accidentally of course), but that was almost enough to trigger another cardiovascular event. No worries, the goal achieving smart phone is a-ok, but my husband has promised to order me one of those armband phone holder thingies.
I did make it through my workout, however instead of completing 8 intervals, I completed 4. I walked/ran a total of 45 minutes and in the end felt really good that I did any amount of running. I’m going to try again on Wednesday with a few modifications. If you’re unfamiliar with C25K, the first week you run 60 seconds, then walk 90 seconds and alternate for a total of 8 intervals. I think there should be an even “dumber” version of it, which I am going to attempt Wednesday. I am going to try running 30 seconds and walking 2 minutes. I may have to stay on week 1 for 3 weeks, but I would rather do that than dread every workout. Some of my friends who are a little bit more “run savvy” than I, gently suggested that maybe I am running too fast. They could be right. The only time I run is when I have to – like away from burning buildings, so I’ve never measured how fast I run. I had the treadmill on 5 mph today – too high for a beginner? Any other tips for a beginning runner?