So last week I started the Couch to 5K program. I found a wonderful app for my phone from Active.com that shows me how far and how fast I have gone each time I am out, something that completely keeps me motivated as I love to compare my most recent run to previous runs.
Now I have always been quite timid about getting outside and jogging/running. I don't know, it just seems like the older I get, the more I don't want to be seen running, which is really strange when I stop and think about it. I mean, we have quite a few joggers in my neighborhood and have a walking trail where I see plenty of joggers. Why do I even care what others think of my jogging? I don't know most of the people I see when I am out, and I am looking decent since I have a sports bra helping out with not getting knocked out or a black eye when I am jogging (my bigger breasted ladies, you know what I am talking about ;) ).
Anyways, I have been told by a few people I should at least try the whole Couch to 5K thing, that it is a great way to ease into it and get comfortable. So I finally looked at the calendar for the program and could have slapped myself when I saw that most of the times needed were just 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week! How awesome is that! I was thinking I would have to carve out all this time, and working around Damien's schedule to ensure someone was home with the kids during my run was something I had been dreading. But 3 days a week for only 30 minutes? There were surely 3 evenings I could find Damien off, or even a morning of a weekend if need be... sure enough, when I checked Damien's work schedule, I found I could fit this in quite easily!
So one evening, I was completely motivated, found the awesome app I mentioned above, but I needed something to help with carrying my phone around as I was not planning to be wearing jeans on my run. So I headed to Wal-Mart quickly and found one of those armbands that can carry your phone and I was set. The first week's calendar for the Couch to 5K is to jog for 1 minute and walk for a minute and a half alternating. The best part of the app was that it told me when to start jogging and when to start walking, so I did not have to time it myself. I don't know about you, but I don't want to have to think about the exercise when I am exercising, so having something tell me when to jog and when to walk was pretty awesome. Some times it is the small things I love! I was also able to play Pandora in the background and could still hear the lady on the Couch to 5K app clearly. And if you have music stored on your phone, you can just play it through the app.
This fall I will not be able to participate in any races, and I know once it starts to get cold I will stop running outside (hopefully I will be motivated to keep up on the treadmill), but I love that I can do this again when it warms up in the spring, and hopefully I will be able to participate in a race! I have just completed the first week so far, so let's see how motivated I stay in the coming weeks.
Have you done the Couch to 5K program? Did you stick with it after the program? I would love to hear your story, including if you got to complete a race after doing the program!