C25K Report: Week 1

What’s C25K?  That’d be Couch to 5k, a program to gradually build up running stamina.  There are tons of different versions out there, but I’m using the app available from Active.  Basic idea is you walk/run three days each week with rest days in between, gradually decreasing the amount of walking and increasing the amount of running until you can run for 30 minutes without stopping.  It did wonders for me when I used it the first time I lost a bunch of weight and I really do miss running, so I told myself I’d do C25K again once I’d dropped 40 pounds.

I don’t anticipate each day being worth an entire post, but I think I’d like to keep a “weekly wrap-up” type log going here.

  • W1D1
    • Didn’t suck nearly as much as I was worried it would.
    • Forgot to bring water.
    • Took a meandering route through the neighborhood.  Upset a lot of dogs.  Plus, trip-hazards galore and lots of street-crossings.
  • REST DAY 1
    • Serious DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
    • P90 Sculpt level 1-2 (resistance workout)
  • W1D2
    • Still some DOMS, but not so bad I couldn’t run.
    • Remembered water bottle.
    • Discovered route through local park to a multi-use path.  Have to cross one major street to get to it, but not too bad.  Turned left on the path, which runs alongside another park in that direction.
    • Forgot that the app will tell me when I’m half-way through, at which point I can turn around.  Turned back early, so had to make up a little time in the first park.
  • REST DAY 2
    • Legs still a touch sore.
    • P90 Sculpt 1-2
  • W1D3
    • Still just the slightest bit of soreness in thighs, but almost gone.
    • Took Day 2 route but turned right on the multi-use path.  Goes over a wooden bridge, which is NOISY.  Pretty sure I woke up a homeless person underneath it.  Likely won’t go this direction again so early in the morning.
    • P90 Sculpt 1-2
    • Rested Sunday

I’m also gradually re-learning my running playlist as I go through all this.  As I rediscover tracks which I particularly enjoyed running to, I’ll include them here.  This week was one from a band I used to play with.  Close to Odd, by Wight Lhite.  Tempo seems to match my running cadence pretty well, and the driving rhythm seems to help my forward momentum.

And now, on to Week 2.

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